About Positron

Positron is dedicated to science fiction and fantasy book-lovers of the greater Chicagoland area. Chicago is home to many SF/F bookclubs, we have a lot of great events and cons, and both are supported by awesome indie booksellers and libraries. However, it can be hard to hear about these events. Positron's mission is to spread the word, help fans meet up, and provide resources for the reader.

The Upcoming Events Page is the heart and soul of Positron. It's also worth checking out our Facebook events if you're a Facebook user.

We post notes from book-club discussions, write-ups from conventions and other events, essays, and reviews, and have recently started podcasting.

Positron is always looking for contributors:
  • meeting notes from SF/F & related book-clubs
  • book reviews
  • opinion pieces
  • event notices and recaps
  • site assistance
  • graphic design
  • podcast guests & segments
Please contact us at positronchicago@gmail.com if you are interested. We are not currently looking to feature original fiction.

Staff & Contributors

Editor: Jake Casella
Jake Casella moved to Chicago in late 2013. A native of the Pennsylvania Appalachians, he is a specialty coffee professional and cycling enthusiast. He is an independent scholar, with much of his work focusing on the science fiction of C.J. Cherryh, ethical philosophy, and generic & narrative structure.

Casella is Positron's founder, and really trying to slow down with the book clubs.

Podcast Co-Host: Michael John
Michael John is a professional entomologist, specializing in scale insects and phenotypically-similar crop pests (although he has a real soft spot for the eusocial gall aphids). He's been bitten by many bugs in his career, but none so frequently nor so sweetly as "the science fiction bug".

He was a "windmill-setter", a semi-pro practitioner of bocce volo, until resigning in disgust with the other 36 "firm-sole" holdouts in the Lucerne debacle of 2002. He is the loving owner of two retired greyhounds, BeauBeau and Darlene. In addition to co-hosting the Positron Podcast, he occasionally provides meeting write-ups for Think Galactic.

Comments & Harassment Policy

  • Be Nice.
  • If you're not sure what that means, it means no threats, attacks, harassment, name-calling, or disparaging remarks. We currently have a moderated but fairly open comment structure, and will not tolerate any bigoted speech.
  • Please keep it fairly PG.
  • We encourage active criticism, but ask commenters to separate preferential disagreements from critical ones. In other words, don't attack people or works because or your personal preferences and tastes. We'd rather hear a critical celebration of one thing you love than a thousand condemnations of things you don't.

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