What is it about science faction and fantasy that so fascinates readers? To boldly go where no one has gone before? The genre’s popularity is unquestionable, and book clubs devoted to them are forming at a rapid pace. But fantasy and science fiction are wide-ranging genres and fans have very different tastes. How do you build a group that will satisfy them all?
This comprehensive, spirited, and often laugh-out-loud funny handbook will help you start, maintain, or enhance a science fiction and fantasy book group.
Bring fantasy and science fiction readers together for scintillating discussions with Fellowship in a Ring: A Guide for Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Groups. Providing everything you need to get started, the book offers detailed guidelines for some 50 fantasy and science fiction titles, plus guides for some 40 popular speculative fiction themes.
For each of the featured titles, the book provides bibliographic information, author background, a plot summary, notes on appeal points, discussion questions, other resources to consult, and suggested read-alikes. You'll find instructions on how to get a group started, tips for helping fantasy and sci-fi readers get along, hints for understanding the genres and subgenres, and more. The book also offers materials useful to collection development, display building, and programming. Featuring books that run the gamut from literary genre novels to classic pulp stories, Fellowship in a Ring can help you avoid common pitfalls and build a flourishing community of satisfied book group adherents.
• Provides discussion questions for 50 specific fantasy and science fiction titles and materials and booklists for 40 different themes of fantasy and science fiction
• Offers 100 additional recommended books for discussion
• Includes a chronology of science fiction and fantasy history
• Presents a glossary of science fiction and fantasy discussion terms
• Provides a bibliography of print and online resources for further studies of book groups and the science fiction and fantasy genres
• Offers the first collection aimed specifically at speculative fiction book groups
• Written in an entertaining tone, the book offers a spirited and upbeat approach to successfully running a book club
• Contains all of the information needed to help even a relative newcomer to science fiction and fantasy understand the genres and their readers
• Covers diverse subgenres and styles that range from light, escapist works to complex scientific, philosophical, and literary approaches—and tells leaders how to ensure fans of all of these coexist happily in the same group