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


Leviathan Wakes
James S. A. Corey


Blood Music
Greg Bear


The Age of Miracles
Karen Thompson Walker


Sherri Tepper


A Darkling Sea
James Cambias


The Sirens of Titan
Kurt Vonnegut


Stories of your Life and Others
Ted Chiang


The Boost
Stephen Baker


The Martian
Andy Weir

Current reading list


October 12 Out of the Dark Dan Weber Earth has been conquered by the invading Shongairi--half of humanity is dead. A Master Sargeant, returning from duty in Afghanistan, organizes a resistance underground in the Balkans; while a former Marine in the southwest US builds a similar network. They have bleak prospects against the superior occupying force, but they try to free humanity anyway.
November 9 Lock in John Scalzi A new virus--Haden's syndrome--sweeps across the globe, leaving 5 million victims with permanent locked-in syndrome: a real medical condition where the brain is fully alert and aware but cannot move a single muscle of the body. It strikes down young & hold, rich & poor without mercy.

Twenty-five years later, medical science has come up with an implantable device that can transfer the consciousness of paralyzed Haden's victim into the body of someone who has recovered from the virus--enablers known as Integrators. The FBI pairs rookie agent Chris Shane with veteran Leslie Vann to solve a murder at the Watergate hotel in Washington. As the suspect is an Integrator, deciding whom to indict is a bit tricky. But the pair goes on to discover an entire culture among the implanted Haden's victims and a crime much bigger than simple murder.

December 14 Shift Hugh Howey In Wool Howey introduced us to a post-holocaust society, trapped in underground silos, ruled by a corrupt IT oligarchy and to Juliette, the heroine/mechanic who fights to free her people.

Shift is the next book in the series, and a prequel to Wool, in which we find out how that society got started. We meet the developers of the silos, a new drug that can erase memories: good or bad, and confront the eternal struggle to use new technology for the betterment of mankind against those who would use it for their own gain.


January 11 Ancillary Justice Ann Leckie Breq is an Ancillary: a human member of a race conquered by the empire of the Radsch; whose memory is purged and re-programmed by the conquerors to serve in their legions. Breq has served as the central control of a Radsch starship and commander of a hive-mind controlled cohort of footsoldiers. The ship was destroyed, but Breq managed to survive and is now on a covert mission of her own intent. The plot poses deep questions on the nature of identity in a milieu where consciousness and body are not irrevocably linked.

This book is a debut work of author Leckie; won the Clarke, British SF Association, and 2014 Hugo, Nebula, & Locus best-novel awards; and is the first book of a trilogy.

February 8 The Water Knife Paolo Bacigalupi Even in our present-day southwest, water rights are a major political hot potato; as recreational developers joust with farmers, urban designers, and home owners who want grass in their front yards over allocation of the extremely limited supply of this resource.

Fast forward a few years and meet Angel Velasquez, an agent of the Southern Nevada Water Authority, which builds 'archologies' (self-contained, densely populated human habitations for the extremely rich) in the Nevada desert. His job is to use whatever means necessary to assure that his boss gets her 'cut' of any new water sources (hence the title).

He heads for drought-ravaged Phoenix when rumors of a game-changing water source surface where he finds himself in a forced alliance with an embittered journalist and a street-smart refugee from Texas to figure out who's in charge and how to survive in this battle for a resource worth more than oil.

March 8 The Three Body Problem Cixian Liu During the cultural revolution young Ye Wenjie watches her physicist father being beaten to death as her mother denounces him. She is later sent to a top secret Chinese SETI project, from which she becomes the first person to receive a message from outside the solar system, to which she responds.

Forty years later, the Beijing police recruit nanotech engineer Wang Miao, asking him to infiltrate a secret society of physicists, many of whom have committed suicide. Within he discovers an addictive video game set on a world with 3 suns and an underground organization of people so alienated by their childhoods that they want to help an alien race occupy the Earth and save humanity from itself. Its spiritual leader is Ye Wenjie.

April 12 Arctic Rising Tobias Buckell Global warming melts the polar ice cap, exposing vast oil deposits and the race is on to exploit them. Enter the Gaia Corporation, with a new technology that can reverse global warming, that turns out to also be a super-weapon. Anika Duncan, part of the UN Polar Guard, gets caught up in the race between the military and the corporations who want control of the new weapon.

May 10 Shards of Honor Lois McMaster Bujold When Cordelia Naismith's Astronomical Survey team is captured by Barrayaran Captain Aral Vorkosigan, the Butcher of Komarr, she fears for her life. But after she gets to know the captain, she finds him quite different from his reputation: brilliant, humane, loyal, and honorable. Her respect grows into love.
June 14 Bowl of Heaven Larry Niven & Gregory Benford An Earth expedition to another star system stumbles upon a half Dyson sphere about a star--on a trajectory to the same star system as they. They decide to land and investigate.
July 12 The Pride of Chanur C. J. Cherryh Pyanfar Chanur, the hani (feline) captain of the Pride of Chanur, encounters Tully, member of a heretofore unknown species (humans), trying to escape slavery under the kif. Her decision to rescue him causes her all sorts of complications.
August 9 The Naked Sun Isaac Asimov This sequel to Caves of Steel re-unites detective Elijah Baley with robotic sidekick R. Daneel Olivaw. This time the murder takes place on the planet Solaria, whose inhabitants are so reclusive they never come in contact with each other, relying on technology for all social intercourse. Yet someone managed a murder, either by direct contact, or by use of robots, which would violate the first law.

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

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The Syzygy readers' group home page/Revised June 2017

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