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Imagining the Future: Science Fiction Book Discussions


This fall, Pack Memorial Library will present a “Let’s Talk About It” reading and discussion series called Imagining the Imagining the Future:  Scientific Revelations in FictionFuture:  Scientific Revelations in Fiction.

By studying five classic science fiction novels, readers will be able to explore differing attitudes toward science and reflect on predictions which have sometimes turned out to be strikingly accurate. Guest humanities professors from UNC-Asheville and Appalachian State will lead the discussions which begin Tuesday, October 22 at 6 pm and continue every other Tuesday evening through December 17

This book discussion series is free and open to the public, but registration is required and a limited number of library books are available. Participants may register and pick up their books at the Pack Memorial Library readers assistance desk two weeks prior to each session, with the first novel being available beginning October 8. The library will loan the books at no charge. 

Please call 250-4717 or email regina.illig@buncombecounty.org to register or for further information. Sign up now for your free book loans and bring a friend!

The books will be discussed from 6 - 8 pm on the following Tuesdays:

  • Tuesday, November 5:  Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    Guest Speaker:  Merritt Moseley
  • Tuesday, November 19:  I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
    Guest Speaker:  Anne Jansen
  • Tuesday, December 3: The Space Merchants by Frederick Pohl and C.M. Kornbuth
    Guest Speaker:  Leon Lewis
  • Tuesday, December  17: Greenhouse Summer by Norman Spinrad
    Guest Speaker:  Peg Downes

This “Let’s Talk About It” Book Series is made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council and the North Carolina Center for the Book, a program of the State Library of North Carolina. Refreshments and additional funding are compliments of the Friends of Buncombe Libraries.