Welcome to Syzygy, the premier gathering of sci-fi readers in the Dayton area!

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Syzygy is a diverse collection of SF lovers from around Dayton who meet monthly to explore a new book selection in the genial, inquisitive company of fellow fans.

New member FAQ


What does it cost to become a member of Syzygy?

  Absolutely nothing! The only cost to you is the price of the books, if you choose to buy them. If you check them out of a public library, you can read for free.
2. Will you sell my e-mail address to spambots?
  We don’t even want your e-mail address! Just show up at a meeting.
3. Where and when does the group meet? Syzygy meeting
  Our meetings take place in the Books & Co. retail store in "the Greene" shopping center, at the corner of I-675 and Indian Ripple/Dorothy Lane, in Beavercreek. (See map below.) We normally meet at 7:00 pm on the second Wednesday of the month. This can change with holiday closings, or the opportunity for author signings, so it is good to stay in touch with our fearless leader.
4. Who picks the books you read?
  The members themselves pick out future readings in a dignified and egalitarian process, sometimes involving paper airplanes and lots of shouting :-}. Really, if you have a good idea, just bring it to a meeting.
5. Where can I get copies of the books?
  You can:

See our separate list of resources.

In the following reading lists:


Past reading list

  August September October November December
  Magic Street
Orson Scott Card
Michael Crichton
The Forever War
Joe Haldeman

The Sparrow
Mary Doria Russell

Beggars in Spain
Nancy Kress

  2006 2007 2008 2009 2010


The Left Hand of Darkness
Ursula K. LeGuin
Philip K. Dick
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Philip K. Dick
Slaughterhouse Five
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr
"We'll Remember It for You Wholesale"
Philip K. Dick


The Time Ships
Stephen Baxter
Red Mars
Kim Stanley Robinson
Robert Sawyer
Into the Looking Glass
John Ringo
Alan Steele


Rendezvous with Rama
Arthur C. Clarke
The Man in the High Castle
Philip K. Dick
Fredrick Pohl
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Douglas Adams
Elizabeth Bear


Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus
Orson Scott Card
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
Robert  A. Heinlein
Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang
Kate Wilhelm
The Lost World
Arthur Conan Doyle
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Jules Verne


William Gibson
Old Man's War
John Scalzi
A Canticle for Liebowitz
Walter Miller
John Varley
The Time Machine
H.G. Wells


Startide Rising
David Brin
Larry Niven
William Gibson
Out of the Silent Planet
C. S. Lewis
To Say Nothing of the Dog
Connie Willis


Darwin's Radio
Greg Bear
Moving Mars
Greg Bear
Frank  Herbert
Flowers for Algernon
Daniel Keyes
Dies the Fire
S. M. Sterling


Ken Grimwood
Greg Benford
The Lathe of Heaven
Ursula K. LeGuin
When Worlds Collide
Phillip Wylie & Edwin Balmer
Ender's Game
Orson Scott Card


The Icarus Hunt
Timothy Zahn
The Guns of the South
Harry Turtledove
The Martian Chronicles
Ray Bradbury
Crystal Rain
Tobias Buckell
The Invisible Man
H.G. Wells


Isaac Asimov
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Ray Bradbury
To Your Scattered Bodies Go
Philip José Farmer
Halting State
Charles Stross
Trading in Danger
Elizabeth Moon


The Speed of Dark
Elizabeth Moon
Jack McDevitt
Dan Simmons
A Fire Upon the Deep
Vernor Vinge
Pebble in the Sky
Isaac Asimov


Tess Gerritsen
The Caves of Steel
Isaac Asimov
The Quantum Connection
Travis Taylor
Agent to the Stars
John Scalzi
The War of the Worlds
H.G. Wells


  2011 2012 2013 2014


Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
Robert Louis Stevenson
The Postman
David Brin
Stanislaw Lem
Fahrenheit 451
Ray Bradbury


A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
Mark Twain
Robert Charles Wilson
Blood Red Road
Moira Young
The Quantum Thief
Hannu Rajaniemi


2010, Odyssey Two
Arthur C. Clarke
Dandelion Wine
Ray Bradbury
Ancient Shores
Jack McDevitt
Charles Stross


Robert Sawyer
WWW : Wake
Robert J Sawyer
The Day of the Triffids
John Wyndham
Brave New World
Aldous Huxley


Starship Troopers
Robert  A. Heinlein
The Stars, Like Dust
Isaac Asimov
Diving into the Wreck
Kristine K. Rusch


Planet of the Apes
Pierre Boulle
Lucifer's Hammer
Niven/Jerry Pournelle
Lord Valentine's Castle
Robert Silverberg


Close  Encounters
Katherine Allred
Methuselah's Children
Robert  A. Heinlein
WWW: Watch
Robert J. Sawyer


Michael Flynn 
The Unincorporated Man
Dani & Eytan Kollin
The Games
Ted Kostmatka


The Andromeda Strain
Michael Crichton
The Positronic Man
Isaac Asimov & Robert Silverberg
I Am Legend
Richard Matheson


The Ghost Brigades
John Scalzi
The Anubis Gates
Tim Powers
The Currents of Space
Isaac Asimov


Joe Haldeman
The Doomsday Book
Connie Willis
The Mote in God's Eye
Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle


On Basilisk Station
David Weber
A Beautiful Friendship
David Weber
WWW: Wonder
Robert Sawyer

Current reading list


May 14 Wool Hugh Howey In this dystopian, tightly-controlled future, all humanity lives in a silo hundreds of stories deep to escape from the deadly atmosphere on the surface. They can see the ruined landscape in grainy images from TV cameras on the surface. But the lenses eventually become covered in pollution. To live there, you must follow the rules.

Yet people long to return to the surface and a heroine rises up from within them to embody that hope. Juliette is a mechanic and her outspokenness gets her sentenced to a trip outside in a protective suit to clean the camera lenses--a trip from which no one has ever returned alive. This injustice foments an uprising amongst her fellow mechanics.

And Ridley Scott has purchased the film rights to this work.

June 11 The Shape of Things to Come H. G. Wells In this early future history, Wells predicted that a second world war would break out between the Germans and the Poles in Danzig in January 1940. (He missed the actual date by 4 months!) Unlike the real timeline, the battle degenerates into the trench warfare that characterized WWI, lasting into the 1950's, when all world governments have spent themselves into bankruptcy, and a plague of unknown origen nearly exterminates the human race. Here a benevolent dictatorship of scientists from all nations who control the transportation systems establish a unified, world-wide government. The new world order tries to grow into a society of Polymaths-whose every member is the intellectual equal of a Newton or daVinci. Among the accurate technological predictions are submarine-launched ballistic missiles (but no nuclear warheads); and the recognition that such weapons would be a significant deterrent to war, without being used; that the Japanese would try and fail to conquer China. He also (inaccurately) predicted the eradication of worldwide religion by the new state.
July 9 The City and The City China Mi騅ille In this not-quite-right copy of contemporary Earth, Mi騅ille presents the twin cities of Beszel and Ul Qoma, which occupy the same 3-dimensional space, but are separated by an unknown dimension. Residents of each city can sometimes see things in the other city, but are forbidden by law to notice. They have developed the habit of 'unseeing', a thinly disguised metaphor for certain customs in our society.

When the body of a young woman is found in the slums, Inspector Borl of the Beszian Extreme Crime Squad takes the case and quickly realizes it must involve an illegal transit between the cities but someone is trying to suppress that element of his investigation.

He eventually gains permission to pass to the other side, where he learns the girl was working on an archaological dig and had suspected there was a third city in the same space, unseen by anyone; but every time he come across a clue, the person with the answer disappears.

But the dedicated Borl forges on, risking his own life, challenging the mores of his time, to find the shocking answer.

August 13 The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood Offred is a 'handmaid' in the post-United-States, Christian fundamentalist state of Gilead. Her job title comes from the Biblical story of Jacob and his two competitive wives, who donated their handmaids to help grow his tribe during times of infertility. Offred's fate is to bear children for rich women who have been rendered sterile by an environment poisoned by war. Yet she remembers her former life as a wife a mother, and the right to vote--without bitterness. She embraces a rich inner life to escape from her brutal external reality. This book won the first Arthur C. Clarke prize and was nominated for a Nebula.

Our meeting place

Syzygy meets on the second Wednesday of the month at Books & Co., in "The Greene" shopping center in Beavercreek (See map at right). Meeting night and/or location can change with holiday closings or author signings, so it is good to stay in touch with our fearless leader. Meetings start at 7:00 pm and last around an hour.

We meet on the second floor, in front of the fireplace. If you don't see us, ask at the customer service desk.

Readers' resources (How to get the books)

Essentially, you can buy or borrow your books. If you choose to buy them you can shop among assorted on-line booksellers:






Amazon.com now sells used books, too. They offer sample pages you can read on-line.

Amazon (UK)


We sometimes find books here, not available domestically.

Barnes & Noble


Also offers on-line excerpts.

James Thin


Another British retailer, with an outstanding SF section

If you live in the Dayton area, you can check the various national chains who have outlets here:

Name     Location     Phone     Comments
Barnes & Noble     2619 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd     433-0750      
    2720 Towne Dr     429-1660      
Halfprice Books     2090 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd     438-0249     These folks are serious about that "half price" bit. We once bought a vintage paperback of the original 2001, A Space Odyssey there for 47¢.

Dayton also has a few independent booksellers:

Name     Location     Phone     Comments
Books & Co. at The Greene     4453 Walnut St     429-2169     This is our meeting site. If you mention at the register that your purchase is on the Syzygy reading list, you will get a 10% discount. This is in addition to the "Millionaire's Club" discount, if you also have a store card.

If you have a library card from any Montgomery county library, you can borrow your book from any library in the county that has it.

  1. Go the the Dayton Metro Library home page .
  2. Click on "Catalog" (top of page).
  3. Fill in as much as you know about the book and click "Go".
  4. If that doesn't work, click "Other Libraries".
  5. Click on "More Ohio". (You will have to enable cookies on your browser, and pull out your library card to use this service.)
  6. Click "Standard Search". Fill in your title & try again. This scans dozens of libraries around the area.
  7. If you get hits, the "Details" link will tell you which library or libraries have it.

If you live in Greene county, you can look up books in the "card catalog" of the Greene County Public Library. They seem to have the newer titles!

There are more public libraries in the area outside both these systems:

Finally, if you live outside the range of any of these, you can still probably locate a library near you at:

Links of interest to SF lovers

Search the world wide web for "science fiction" and you will get lots of hits: primarily about TV shows, movies, gaming, or conventions. All the SF links in this section are targetted at people who like books. Many of the names don't tell you much about the services they offer, so we've tried to arrange them by service.

Contact us

For additional information about the Syzygy group, or provide comments about this web site, write to our fearless leader at the following URL:  .

The Syzygy readers' group home page/Revised April 2014

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