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 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 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 Mi騅ille
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 & Jon疽 Cuarn
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


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


On Basilisk Station
David Weber
A Beautiful Friendship
David Weber
WWW: Wonder
Robert Sawyer
Roadside Picnic
Arkady & Boris Strugatski

Current reading list


October 14 The Fifth Head of Cerberus Gene Wolfe Set in a distant solar system, where two planets orbit each other and which per legend were once inhabited by shapeshifters, Fifth Head consists of 3 novellas (originally published separately):
  • The son of a mad genius and his brother research their mysterious upbringing in a brothel and discover a hideous heritage,
  • Another young man's dreamquest on a planet full of hostile tribes for his darker twin half, and
  • The story of a scientist's imprisonment after visiting the brothel in the first story.

As in an Arthur Hailey novel, the stories only merge into each other at the dramatic ending of the book.

Critics have taken umbrage with the author's use of ambiguity, a technique not everyone can appreciate.

November 11 Zoo City Lauren Beukes Zoo City is a slum outside a future Johannesburg where those who have committed crimes are 疎nimalled, given a mshavi animal that is a manifestation of their crimes. Zinzi December has a talent for finding things, but when one of her clients turns up dead she is attached to a sloth and forced to resume her least favorite profession: missing persons. Her first case is to locate a teenybop pop star. But instead of buying her way out of the slum it catapults her into the dark underbelly of the dark city.

December 9 Echo Jack McDevitt

In eight thousand years of spacefaring, humanity has never encountered another intelligent, extra-terrestrial species. Eccentric explorer Sunset Tuttle spent his entire life trying to change that and seemed to die (30 years ago) unfulfilled.

Then antiquities dealer (and amateur detective) Alex Benedict reads about a stone tablet that has sat--unnoticed--all these years in Tuttle's back yard, that contains inscriptions that don't correspond to any known language. But before he can study it, it disappears in the hands of Rachel Bannister, Tuttle's former lover.

Believing that Tuttle may have succeeded in his quest, but for unknown reasons taken the secret to his grave, Benedict (and his capable assistant Chase Kolpath) set out to uncover the mystery behind this controversial object and get more than they bargained for.

Echo is the 5th entry in the (currently) 7-book Alex Benedict series. Each book is self-contained and does not need to be read in sequence. Those who appreciated Asimov's The Caves of Steel mystery will see a strong similarity.


January 13 Leviathan Wakes James S. A. Corey

Jim Holden runs an ice mining colony in the rings of Saturn. He stumbles upon an derelict ship, "The Scopuli," which harbors a secret so powerful that someone is willing to kill for it. Unless he can find out where this ship came from war may break out.

Detective Miller is looking for a girl with rich parents and the trail leads him to the "The Scopuli." Holden & Miller must solve the mystery, making careful tracks between the Earth's government, the outer planet revolutionaries and the secretive corporations that control the mines.

February 10 Blood Music Greg Bear Vergil Ulam has made a revolutionary breakthrough in genetic engineering--an intelligent noocyte that inhabits a host and works at the cellular level to improve it, only to see his project shut down. Rather than destroy his life's work, he injects it into himself, without realizing how his actions will change history.

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.

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 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 September 2015

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