Reading Group

We read about characters faced with urgent ethical questions in a wide range of ecologies, both on this planet and in wide range of alternative universes. Readings include short stories, novels, and non-fiction articles and books.

Everyone is welcome!

For more information contact Kris at freeman.ks at

Upcoming Readings & Meetings

October 24, 7 PM: In Person (SJU conference room at 5515 Phinney Ave. N)
Zoom link:
A Prayer for the Crown Shy [novel] by Becky Chambers

September 26, SJU conference room (5515 Phinney Ave. N)
Zoom link:
A Psalm for the Wild-Built Book [novel] by Becky Chambers

This short, optimistic novella by Becky Chambers is set on a lush, post-peak-industrial world. It’s in high demand at libraries, so we have a couple of loaner copies! Contact freeman.ks[at] for details.

We’re so open to ideas for future selections. There are a lot of worlds out there!

Past Readings

July 26, 7 PM in-person!
A Canticle for Leibowitz [novel] by Walter M. Miller Jr

February 7, 2022, 7:30-8:45
Dune [novel] by Frank Herbert

November 9, 2021, 7:30-8:45
The Parable of the Talents [novel] by Octavia Butler, sequel to The Parable of the Sower

October 12, 2021, 7:30-8:45
Good Omens [novel] by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. Good Omens has also been adapted in a mini-series, available on Amazon Prime and from the Seattle Public Library.

August 3 & September 14, 2021, 7:30-8:45
The Parable of the Sower [novel] by Octavia Butler

July 6, 2021, 7:30-8:45
Wild Seed [novel] by Octavia Butler

June 1, 2021, 7:30-8:45
The Lathe of Heaven [novel] by Ursula LeGuin

May 4, 2021, 7:30-8:45
The Sparrow [novel] by Maria Doria Russell–second half

April 6, 2021, 7:30-8:45
The Sparrow [novel] by Maria Doria Russell–first half

March 2, 2021, 7:30-8:45
“The Nine Billion Names of God” [short story] by Arthur C. Clarke

“The Star” [short story] by Arthur C. Clarke.

The Twilight Zone episode “Star” [14 min, filmed low-budget in 1985]