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SciFi BLAST-OFF: Book Discussion

SciFi BLAST-OFF: Book Discussion In-Person

Reconnect with other Lobos and science fiction fans! The library will host a group book discussion of A Planet for Rent by Yoss. In this collection of science-fiction short stories all set on the same version of Earth (colonized by aliens in the not-too-distant future), the acclaimed Cuban author uses interconnected narratives of various characters to critique both life under Castro as well as encroaching neoliberalism. The vignettes have a wacky, sarcastic tone even as they explore themes such as exploitation, immigration, and political corruption. We’re excited to hear your thoughts about it! Join us in the Herzstein Latin American Reading Room on the second floor of Zimmerman Library.

You can check out the digital version of the book in the library's catalog.

Good news, everyone! If you don't have time to read the whole book, we'll plan to focus our discussion on just a few stories. If you can only read one, you're still welcome! If you can read all the stories, great! The selected stories we recommend include:

  1. "Social Worker" (Content note: brief mention of rape)
  2. "The Champions"
  3. "The Rules of the Game"
  4. "Escape Tunnel"

Discover other upcoming events and more on our SciFi BLAST-OFF website.  Questions? Contact Glenn Koelling (gkoelling@unm.edu) or Holly Surbaugh (hsurbaugh@unm.edu)

Wednesday, January 25, 2023
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Time Zone:
Mountain Time - US & Canada (change)
Zimm 247 Herzstein Room
Zimmerman Library
  UNM Only  
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Glenn Koelling
Holly Surbaugh
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