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Aug. 20: Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

For the Fall:
Classic Authors' Works
(That You Probably
Haven't Read!)

Sept 17: The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. LeGuin

Oct. 15: Creatures of Light and Darkness by Roger Zelazny

Nov. 19: Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams

Books will be available for checkout in the New City Library lobby (across from the checkout desk, beneath the windows) starting about a month before the discussion date.


About In Other Worlds

is a speculative fiction book group that meets once a month to discuss a pre-chosen novel. Speculative fiction is the overarching genre the encapsulates science fiction, fantasy, horror, and any blending of the three. We are open to the public and encourage new members to stop in at any meeting. 

Meetings are held every third Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m.

The group is led by librarian Karen Ostertag. If you have any questions please call or e-mail 634-4997 x128 or kosterta (at) 


More about... Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Aug. 20:

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Seraphina - Rachel Hartman
ISBN: 9780375866562
Publication Date: 2012-07-10
2013 William C. Morris YA Debut Award winner; 2013 Andre Norton Award finalist; 2013 Locus Award nominee for Best First novel; 2013 Kitschies' Golden Tentacle finalist

Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty's anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high.

Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered--in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen's Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life.

“Just when you thought there was nothing new to say about dragons, it turns out there is, and plenty! Rachel Hartman’s rich invention never fails to impress — and to convince. It’s smart and funny and original, and has characters I will follow to the ends of the earth.” — Ellen Kushner, World Fantasy Award-winning author


More about... The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin

Sept. 17:

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The Lathe of Heaven - Ursula K. Le Guin
ISBN: 9781416556961
Publication Date: 1971-11-01
Living Inductee, Science Fiction Hall of Fame; SFWA Grand Master; World Fantasy Award Life Achievement.
1972 Hugo and Nebula nominee, best novel; 1972 Locus Award winner, best novel.

A classic science fiction novel by one of the greatest writers of the genre, set in a future world where one man's dreams control the fate of humanity.

In a future world racked by violence and environmental catastrophes, George Orr wakes up one day to discover that his dreams have the ability to alter reality. He seeks help from Dr. William Haber, a psychiatrist who immediately grasps the power George wields. Soon George must preserve reality itself as Dr. Haber becomes adept at manipulating George's dreams for his own purposes.

The Lathe of Heaven is an eerily prescient novel from award-winning author Ursula K. Le Guin that masterfully addresses the dangers of power and humanity's self-destructiveness, questioning the nature of reality itself. It is a classic of the science fiction genre.


More about... Creatures of Light and Darkness by Roger Zelazny

Oct. 15:

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Creatures of Light and Darkness - Roger Zelazny
ISBN: 9780061936456
Publication Date: 1969-07-01
Science Fiction Hall of Fame inductee.

Two gods, two houses, one quest, and the eternal war between life and death.

To save his kingdom, Anubis, Lord of the Dead, sends forth his servant on a mission of vengeance. At the same time, from The House of Life, Osiris sends forth his son, Horus, on the same mission to destroy utterly and forever The Prince Who Was a Thousand. But neither of these superhuman warriors is prepared for the strange and harrowing world of mortal life, and The Thing That Cries in the Night may well destroy not only their worlds, but all mankind.

As Zelazny did with the Hindu pantheon in the legendary, groundbreaking classic Lord of Light, the master storyteller here breathes new life into the Egyptian gods with another dazzling tale of mythology and imagination.


More about... Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams

Nov. 19:

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Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency - Douglas Adams
ISBN: 9780671746728
Publication Date: 1987-05-15
Author of the cult classic Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy "trilogy." Honored annually on Towel Day (May 25th).
(Honestly, how many authors have their own holiday?)

"A thumping good detective-ghost-horror-whodunnit-time travel-romantic-musical-comedy-epic!"

There is a long tradition of Great Detectives, and Dirk Gently does not belong to it. But his search for a missing cat uncovers a ghost, a time traveler, AND the devastating secret of humankind!

Detective Gently's bill for saving the human race from extinction: NO CHARGE.

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This publication was supported in part by Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds, awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.


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