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. It started in August of 2005 and has met every month since.

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 Kettering-Moraine Public Library, 3496 Far Hills Avenue, in Kettering; between Stroop Rd. and Dorothy Lane. (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 Jos้ 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 2015


Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
Robert Louis Stevenson
The Postman
David Brin
Stanislaw Lem
Fahrenheit 451
Ray Bradbury
The Gate to Women's Country
Sheri Tepper


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


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


Robert Sawyer
WWW : Wake
Robert J Sawyer
The Day of the Triffids
John Wyndham
Brave New World
Aldous Huxley
In War Times
Kathleen Ann Goonan


Starship Troopers
Robert  A. Heinlein
The Stars, Like Dust
Isaac Asimov
Diving into the Wreck
Kristine K. Rusch
Hugh Howey
The Cusanus Game
Wolfgang Jeschke


Planet of the Apes
Pierre Boulle
Lucifer's Hammer
Niven/Jerry Pournelle
Lord Valentine's Castle
Robert Silverberg
The Shape of Things to Come
H. G. Wells
The Carpet Makers
Andreas Eschbach


Close  Encounters
Katherine Allred
Methuselah's Children
Robert  A. Heinlein
WWW: Watch
Robert J. Sawyer
The City and The City
China Mi้ville
Inverted World
Christopher Priest


Michael Flynn 
The Unincorporated Man
Dani & Eytan Kollin
The Games
Ted Kostmatka
The Handmaid's Tale
Margaret Atwood
Mardock Scramble
Tow Ubukata


The Andromeda Strain
Michael Crichton
The Positronic Man
Isaac Asimov & Robert Silverberg
I Am Legend
Richard Matheson
Alfonso & Jonแs Cuar๓n
Forbidden Planet
W. J. Stuart/Cyril Hume


The Ghost Brigades
John Scalzi
The Anubis Gates
Tim Powers
The Currents of Space
Isaac Asimov
The Host
Stephanie Meyer
The Fifth Head of Cerberus
Gene Wolfe


Joe Haldeman
The Doomsday Book
Connie Willis
The Mote in God's Eye
Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
The Fountains of Paradise
Arthur C. Clarke
Zoo City
Lauren Beukes


On Basilisk Station
David Weber
A Beautiful Friendship
David Weber
WWW: Wonder
Robert Sawyer
Roadside Picnic
Arkady & Boris Strugatski
Jack McDevitt
  2016 2017 2018


Leviathan Wakes
James S. A. Corey
Ancillary Justice
Ann Leckie
2061: Odyssey 3
Arthur C. Clarke


Blood Music
Greg Bear
The Water Knife
Paolo Bacigalupi


The Age of Miracles
Karen Thompson Walker
The Three Body Problem
Cixian Liu


Sherri Tepper
Arctic Rising
Tobias Buckell


A Darkling Sea
James Cambias
Shards of Honor
Lois McMaster Bujold


The Sirens of Titan
Kurt Vonnegut
Bowl of Heaven
Larry Niven & Gregory Benford


Stories of your Life and Others
Ted Chiang
The Pride of Chanur
C. J. Cherryh


The Boost
Stephen Baker
The Naked Sun
Isaac Asimov


The Martian
Andy Weir
The Shrinking Man
Richard Matheson


Out of the Dark
David Weber
The First Men in the Moon
H. G. Wells


Lock in
John Scalzi
M. M. Buckner


Hugh Howey
Galileo's Dream
Kim Stanley Robinson

Current reading list


February 14 Saturn Run John Sanford and Ctein A intern discovers an object entering the solar system on a trajectory that will take it to Saturn. Since it is decelerating, scientists conclude it is under power and targetting the gas giant. The US hastily assembles a team to pilot a ship and make first contact with this spacefaring civilization. In short order they find themselves in a race with a Chinese ship.
March 14 Split Second Douglas E. Richards Physicist Nathan Wexler has discovered a technology with which he can send things back in time by a fraction of a second. While he considers his invention useless, Nathan and his fiancée quickly discover it has put both their lives in danger. Seasoned SF author Richards sheds new light on a much-explored topic.
April 11 Redshirts John Scalzi A new ensign aboard Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid is proud of his new assignment, until he starts to notice that on every away mission somone gets killed within the first 5 minutes, and that someone is always wearing a red shirt. (Fans of Star Trek will identify with this intuitively.) He schemes with his cohorts to stay out of the sight of the officers who lead away teams, only to discover a secret about the Intrepid that alters their view of the universe. Veterans of Agent to the Stars will recognize Scalzi's wacky sense of humor.
May 9 The Big Book of Science Fiction Ann & Jeff Vandermeer, Eds. In a radical policy shift, the club will read an anthology this month instead of the usual novel. And this collection has the best works of all the giants of the genre: Asimov, Clarke, & Wells, as well as outstanding newcomers like Ted Chiang and Cixin Liu. For May we will read the first 19 stories ("The Star" through "Surface Tension").
June 13 Chindi Jack McDevitt A survey mission to a neutron star intercepts a message in an unknown language. They leave behind several satellites in hopes of tracking the signal back to its source. Five years later the satellites deliver and a new probe is launched, under the leadership of Captain Priscilla "Hutch" Hutchins (who also led the mission to Deepsix). The search follows clues from planet to planet until they stumble upon an alien artifact (named 'Chindi' after a native American spirit).

Chindi is the 3rd book of the Academy series (Deepsix was the 2nd), a category I: loosely-coupled series.

July 11 Nanotime Bart Kosko In 2030 the world population has doubled, oil is running out, and Big Brother governments are watching everybody. John Grant has discovered a revolutionary technology that can provide the world with unlimited energy--which gets him branded as a traitor--and on the 'most wanted' list of his own country. Hamid Tabriz wants Grant's patent, using an implantable chip that allows him to control someone else's mind.
August 8 The Big Book of Science Fiction Ann & Jeff Vandermeer, Eds. The same book we read from in May. This time we read from "Beyond Lies the Wub" through "Plentitude".

Our meeting place

Syzygy meets on the second Wednesday of the month at the Kettering-Moraine Public Library, 3496 Far Hills Avenue, in Kettering; between Stroop Rd. and Dorothy Lane. 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.

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.

Powell's City of Books


An Oregon-based independent with a strong sci-fi 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 47ข.

Dayton also has a few independent booksellers:

Name     Location     Phone     Comments
Books & Co. at The Greene     4453 Walnut St     429-2169     This store offers a 1-year "Millionaire's Club" discount card that saves you 10% on all purchases, including SF books. You have to spend roughly $200/year to get back what you pay for the 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, send an e-mail to:   .

The Syzygy readers' group home page/Revised January 2018

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