Upcoming Events

All the SF/F & related book-discussions on Positron's radar, as well as other related events. Same information is also available on the Google Calendar; this format might be a little easier for book-hunting or mobile viewing. You can also see the calendar integrated with a map, so you can see both when & where things are happening.

If you're on Facebook, check out Positron's Facebook Events Listing—we toss a lot of events in there, including things that are not-quite-book-based, or not-quite-SFF, that don't make it onto this page.

Please note that the dates/times/selections below are updated to the best of Positron's abilities, but we may miss changes--it's a good idea to check the links provided or the groups' pages if you plan on attending. Some groups will require you to join their Facebook, Meetup, etc. before disclosing locations details. (Events in parentheses lack firm web confirmation, check in with the venue or group to be sure.)



August 2017

Mon. 8/14- "Embassytown" by China MiƩville
Chicago Nerd Social Club: 6:30pm @ Volumes Book Cafe, 1474 North Milwaukee Ave

Thur. 8/17- "1984" by George Orwell
Western Suburban Science Fiction: 7pm @ TBD.

Sat. 8/19- "On the Edge of Gone" by Corinne Duyvis
YA for Adults (Hosted by Sulzer Library): 1pm @ The Grafton, 4530 N. Lincoln Ave

Sat. 8/19- Jac Jemc discusses her new novel "The Grip of It"
Volumes Bookcafe, 1474 N. Milwaukee Ave

Mon. 8/21- "Babel-17" by Samuel R. Delany
Another Dimension: 8:30pm @ Bucket O'Blood Books & Records, 3182 N. Elston Ave

Wed. 8/23- "A Cure for Suicide" by Jesse Ball
Weird & Wonderful: 6:30pm @ City Lit Books, 2523 North Kedzie Boulevard

Wed. 8/30- "Welcome to Night Vale" by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
Lisle SF & F: 7pm @ Lisle Library, 777 Front Street, Lisle IL



September 2017

Sat. 9/2- "The Martian" by Andy Weir (and discussion of film adaptation dir. Ridley Scott)
Book to Film: 1pm @ Kelly Branch Library, 6151 S. Normal Boulevard

Tue. 9/5- Leigh Bardugo appearance & signing for "Wonder Woman: Warbringer".
Hosted by Anderson's Books: 7pm @ Community Christian Church, 1635 Emerson Ln, Naperville IL

Wed. 9/6- "The House of the Spirits" by Isabel Allende
Happy Hour Book Club in the Loop: 6pm @ Brando's Speakeasy, 343 S. Dearborn St.

Thur. 9/7- "Contact" by Carl Sagan
Classic Sci-Fi Meetup: 7pm @ Red Lion Pub, 2446 North Lincoln Ave
Wed. 9/13- "Cordelia's Honor" by Lois McMaster Bujold
Think Galactic: 7:30pm @ Myopic Books, 1564 N. Milwaukee Ave

Sat. 9/16- "As I Descended" by Robin Talley
YA for Adults (Hosted by Sulzer Library): 1pm @ The Grafton, 4530 N. Lincoln Ave

Wed. 9/27- "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" by Alan Dean Foster
Homewood SF/F: 7pm @ Homewood Public Library, 17917 Dixie Hwy, Homewood, IL

Wed. 9/27- "The Prefect" by Alastair Reynolds
Lisle SF & F: 7pm @ Lisle Library, 777 Front Street, Lisle IL

Fri. 9/29- Stephen & Owen King talk and Q&A for "Sleeping Beauties".
Hosted by Anderson's Bookshops: 7pm @ NCC, 440 S. Brainard St., Naperville IL


October 2017

Tue. 10/3- Dan Brown discussion for "Origin".
Hosted by Anderson's Bookshops: 7pm @ Tivoli Theater, 5021 Highland Ave, Downers Grove IL

Wed. 10/11- "Certain Dark Things" by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Think Galactic: 7:30pm @ Myopic Books, 1564 N. Milwaukee Ave

Mon. 10/16- "Camp Concentration" by Thomas Disch
Another Dimension: 9pm @ Bucket O'Blood Books & Records, 3182 N. Elston Ave

Sat. 10/21- "The Lie Tree" by Frances Hardinge
YA for Adults (Hosted by Sulzer Library): 1pm @ The Grafton, 4530 N. Lincoln Ave

Wed. 10/25- "I, Robot" by Isaac Asimov
Homewood SF/F: 7pm @ Homewood Public Library, 17917 Dixie Hwy, Homewood, IL

Wed. 10/25- "A Darker Shade of Magic" by V.E. Schwabb
Lisle SF & F: 7pm @ Lisle Library, 777 Front Street, Lisle IL


November 2017

Wed. 11/8- "Everfair" by Nisi Shawl
Think Galactic: 7:30pm @ Myopic Books, 1564 N. Milwaukee Ave

Windycon runs November 10-12 at the Westin Lombard, 70 Yorktown Shopping Center, Lombard, IL

The Paragon SFF Short-Play Festival is November 11th & 12th @ the Public House Theatre: 3914 N. Clark St.

Sat. 11/18- "Spontaneous" by Aaron Starmer
YA for Adults (Hosted by Sulzer Library): 1pm @ The Grafton, 4530 N. Lincoln Ave

Wed. 11/29- "Glasshouse" by Charles Stross
Lisle SF & F: 7pm @ Lisle Library, 777 Front Street, Lisle IL


December 2017 

Sun. 12/3- "The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead
Read the Classics: 3pm @ The Galway Arms, 2442 N. Clark St.

Wed. 12/13- "Iraq +100" ed. Ali Bader
Think Galactic: 7:30pm @ Myopic Books, 1564 N. Milwaukee Ave

Pocket CON is Saturday, Dec. 16, @ 78 E. Washington St.

Sat. 12/16- "Carry On" by Rainbow Rowell
YA for Adults (Hosted by Sulzer Library): 1pm @ The Grafton, 4530 N. Lincoln Ave

Wed. 12/27- "All the Birds in the Sky" by Charlie Jane Anders
Lisle SF & F: 7pm @ Lisle Library, 777 Front Street, Lisle IL


January 2018

Wed. 1/10- "The Core of the Sun" by Johanna Sinisalo
Think Galactic: 7:30pm @ Myopic Books, 1564 N. Milwaukee Ave

Wed. 1/31- "The Aeronaut's Windlass" by Jim Butcher
Lisle SF & F: 7pm @ Lisle Library, 777 Front Street, Lisle IL


February 2018

Wed. 2/28- "Wool" by Hugh Howey
Lisle SF & F: 7pm @ Lisle Library, 777 Front Street, Lisle IL


March 2018

Wed. 3/28- "A Closed and Common Orbit" by Becky Chambers
Lisle SF & F: 7pm @ Lisle Library, 777 Front Street, Lisle IL


April 2018
Wed. 4/25- "The Sudden Appearance of Hope" by Claire North
Lisle SF & F: 7pm @ Lisle Library, 777 Front Street, Lisle IL


May 2018

Wed. 5/30- "River of Teeth" by Sarah Gailey
Lisle SF & F: 7pm @ Lisle Library, 777 Front Street, Lisle IL


June 2018

Wed. 6/27- "The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O." by Neal Stephenson & Nicole Galland
Lisle SF & F: 7pm @ Lisle Library, 777 Front Street, Lisle IL


July 2018

Wed. 7/25- "Walkaway" by Cory Doctorow
Lisle SF & F: 7pm @ Lisle Library, 777 Front Street, Lisle IL


August 2018

Wed. 8/29- "All Our Wrong Todays" by Elan Mastai
Lisle SF & F: 7pm @ Lisle Library, 777 Front Street, Lisle IL

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