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Luca Pulling under into a good reciving position

Lock Your Bikes

Last night there was an attempted bike theft at the gym. Luckily the bike was reclaimed but the thief got away. If you're going to leave your bike by the front, please take a moment to lock your wheel to your frame so it can't be ridden away. Better yet, find a pole to lock it up on the street.

The CFSBK Book Club's Next Book

We have a smart crime thriller for our July book.....Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John Le Carre!

Set in the 1970's this novel is a look at the disenfranchisement of the spy game after the cold war and the lengths those within the British Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) will go to uncover and by some, hide, a Soviet mole. This is no James Bond or Jason Bourne style novel, there is no glitz and glamour, it is all about the compromises that are made as the once young guns of the SIS reach middle age and must face their own demons in a beige world where disenchantment has taken its toll. Le Carre eloquently captures the decay facing a once mighty empire who is now on the back foot and trying to assimilate into a changed world where there is a new game in town.

There's also a film adaptation staring Gary Oldman, Colin Firth and John Hurt  for this one so feel free to check that out as well! Our next meeting will tentatively be on Sunday, July 15 at Pacific Standard. Mark your calendars!

To sign up for the Book Club mailing list to be part of the book choosing process and get the discussion questions, please contact Peggy at pjeanlouis1(AT)gmail.com


What are your top 3 favorite works of science fiction?
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Science fiction?

None.


Wait, does The Handmaid's Tale count? That was QUITE ENOUGH, thank you.

June 29, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermichele

So much good sci-fi, will just have to appropriate Michele's free selections to form a top 5 -- even that feels limiting...

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Neuromancer by William Gibson
Dune by Frank Herbert
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

June 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDan Rx'd

Dan's choices are superb. In the spirit of no repeats (I'd have included Dune and Hitchhiker's Guide):

Foundation by Isaac Asimov
The Mars series/Barsoom Series by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Phillip K. Dick

and I know you asked for three, but I will toss in an extra "rep" - there are so many ones to mention - how about the Chronicles of Amber series by Roger Zelazny

June 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTom

How did the thief get away? That's a shame. Glad that the bike didn't walk.

Science Fiction - been a while, but when I was younger,

A wrinkle in time, swiftly tilting planet, etc.

Also C.S. Lewis.

Been adding in a little more sweet potato / veggie fuel, I was undershooting that. I've been more active and the extra fuel is required.

Looking forward to a couple of good workouts this weekend.

June 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJR

Lilith's Brood trilogy by Octavia Butler
Perdido Street Station by China Mieville
Kiln People by David Brin

And, of course, the Foundation series, Neuromancer and Snow Crash

Back in Brooklyn after a month away--looking forward to getting back to CFSBK!

June 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMobina

Mobina, Dan and Tom have me covered. (Asimov, Mieville, Gibson)

On a side note: I once assigned _The Left Hand of Darkness_ by Ursula Le Guin in my class on the Philosophy of Feminism; we'd been reading theory for ten weeks or so and reading Le Guin's classic was a good way to try and bring a theoretically informed perspective to reading that novel.

June 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSamir Chopra

Again, no repeats. I'll add one: The Dispossessed also by Le Guin.

I thought I has posted this before, but maybe not…

Sci-fi fans: if you ever find yourself in Portland, ME, there’s a GREAT used bookstore that has an impressive collection of sci-fi and fantasy books. It's, like, all they have. It’s crazy. I can’t remember the name just now, but it’s by the crypotozoology museum. They even have a women’s sci-fi book club :)

June 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKMo

I like Science Fiction but it's not a genre I've done too much reading/viewing.

1. The Illuminatus Trilogy by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson
2. Dune by Frank Herbert
3. Aliens 2 (more of a throw back, I loved this movie so much growing up)

I feel like I'm probably forgetting a couple things that would replace my third.

Also, FYI film and television are also fair game for today's question

June 29, 2012 | Registered CommenterDavid Osorio

Our book club could beat up their book club.

June 29, 2012 | Registered CommenterDavid Osorio

In the spirit of no repeats...

Stories of Your Life (Ted Chiang, in "Stories of Your Life and Others"
The Sparrow (Mary Doria Russell)
Never Let Me Go (Ishiguro)

June 29, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermelon

I'll add Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell.

Glad the bike was retrieved. It was only a matter of time for some jerk to try that stunt. Can we get bike racks put in outside?

June 29, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterken

Surprisingly I haven't read that much Sci-Fi, even though I love Sci-Fi.
But Ursula Le Guin is amazing and it's worth repeating. Read these books!
The Dispossessed. (my favorite book, possibly of all time)
The Left Hand of Darkness Woah. Gender never felt so strange.

Tuesday's Events:
Recovery Squat: 225x5 and 245x3

RDL: 215x5x4

1-armed DB Bench (left arm only): 70x9x2 and 70x6
I was surprised to get 9 in the first place but then the last set I had nothing.

Prowler:
8 runs with 50 pounds. HR monitor. I got my HR up to the low 160's (~93% of the theoretical max for my age) and would let it get down to the low 150's and then run again. Managed to run up the hill on laptops 6 and 8 this time. Did this in less 8 minutes so rests were pretty short.

And had good workout last night...

Squat: 335x3
This was solid, a lot stronger than 330 and I really felt I had one more left in the tank. Maybe two. Again my weakest rep was number 2, but 3 popped up. It's almost as if it's a purely technical event: if I stay in the groove and keep my bar path I will bounce out of the hole and it's fine. If I tip forward just a touch, I'm toast.

DB Press: 55x10x3
This is the most I've DB pressed at this weight. Still not risking using a barbell due to the shoulder, which is way, way better, but still funky. Did both arms though.

Deficit DL: 315x5
Another best, and it went pretty fast.

I was hoping to get in the prowler, but time was an issue, so I did the accessory work I missed on Tuesday:
DB Triceps extension rolls: 25x12x3
Curlz: 25x12x3

We head to Florida today for my parent's 50th anniversary and my sister's 49th birthday... And the pool!

June 29, 2012 | Registered CommenterRob Is

Squat: 260x3x5
Metcon: 15, 10, 5 of Clean )115) & Pull-ups 7:20

The back has been feeling really good lately so I'm trying out an extra day of Squatting. This was heavy so I had to get some screaming going. Was still able to bang out 3 quick reps so there's still room in the tank. First "metcon" in almost 18 months. NOT FUN. About halfway into it I really wanted to change my mind and by the end was screaming "RIGGS, RIGGS, i'm getting too old for this shit" (c) Lt Murtaugh. Can't believe I was going to do 21,15,9. Still kinda fun though.

yesterday's benching
old PR was 170, and I hit that for two last week so I was aiming for 175.
(45x5, 45x5, 95x3, 135x1) 155x1, 165x1, 175x1 PR, 180x1 PR, 185F, 185F
really happy to get such a big PR, and I think I could have had that 185 if I'd gotten there more quickly. A couple months ago I realized I was in the ugly flared-out-elbow push-up club, so put my ego away and rebuilt entirely, starting from elevated but really focusing about elbows in. I still can't do as many pretty reps as I could ugly ones, but the strength is there which cheers me up.

June 29, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkatie

In the spirit of no repeats I will include Heinlein.

By the end of his life he got pretty weird, but some of his mid career stuff is awesome.

Stranger in a Strange Land
Methuselah's Children.

Also going to include Vernor Vinge 'A Fire Upon the Deep'.

June 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMalcolm

Quiet/sweaty 6am with Coach Nick.

Saturday's tempo front squats (2x10) every 30 seconds at 140#. The first few sets were so easy and the last few were tough.

3 rounds + 7 rows on the AMRAP metcon with 30# dumbbells. Another good WOD. Really tough, but kept moving with only a few short breaks.

In between the front squats and the metcon I achieved my first bar muscle-up. Woot! Been trying to do this for a few weeks and finally got the technique down.

1. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A Heinlein
2. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card (the subsequent books in the series are much weaker)
3. Altered Carbon by Richard K Morgan (detective sci-fi, the audio book narrator is fantastic, the whole Takeshi Kovacs series is great)

June 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPeter

@Koko B. Ware, between Murtaugh and this, you've outdone yourself. The fans are on their feet!

June 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJR

Man, so many great picks have been taken already! There's some good SF taste up in this box.

1) Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
2) Light by M. John Harrison
3) Pattern Recognition by William Gibson

That last one's technically not science fiction (it's set in the present day), but feels totally science fictional. It's also better than Neuromancer.

I also want to second Melon's mention of Ted Chiang. If you like this kind of stuff, go get his short story collection and read it. You won't be sorry.

June 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJon S

No one mentioned Martian Chronicles by Bradbury!!?? Shocked! This is what got me actually liking sci fi... although not a far stretch considering I was (and am) a fantasy nerd

On the movie/television front my faves include, but are not limited to:

1. Firefly
2. 2001: A Space Odyssey
3. Alien

June 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterShaye

SCI FI! It's neat, a lot of the books listed are on my to-read list.

"Enders Game" was really, really excellent. Unexpectedly so.
"American Gods" (yes, I consider this sci fi, sci fi fantasy whatever)

I'm sure there's more, brain is too focused on what I WANT to read. :p Just finished I, Robot, it wasn't mind blowing but it was fun to compare to the movie and realize uh.. the movie is nothing like the book except general idea.

June 29, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterasta

I'm with Michele on the sci fi--although this years sci fi issue of the New Yorker had two AWESOME stories, one by Junot Diaz and the other by Jennifer Egan. Check 'em out.

Plus one for a bike rack. we can submit a request to the city. (Sadly our friend/coach who works for DOT cannot expedite it, though.)

June 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCharlotte

Running off the Le Guin theme, a shameless plug for my friend Will's book Goblin Secrets (middle grade fantasy), about which Le Guin blogged the following:

"Goblin Secrets, by William Alexander [...] is outstanding, in this increasingly crowded and imitative field, for the unlabored imaginative authority and completeness of its setting, and for the fine, vivid English it’s written in. It’s an endearing book. And there’s something else to it that I can’t put words to: a haunting quality, a sense of depth, of unspoken further implication, in the adventures and the characters, which is its real magic. I wish I could have read it when I was eleven."

< /plug > sorry for the interrupt; his agent's not doing anything to promote the book, and it's too good to languish without being read.

June 29, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermelon

In the spirit of not repeating (and most of my favorites have been mentioned), I would throw in The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood. Only vaguely sci-fi, but it's gorgeous. And also Fahrenheit 451.

I was supposed to come to the noon class today, but I am locked in my apartment finishing a paper due this afternoon, so that's a no go.

June 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRachael

The Gate to Women's Country--Shari Tepper
Diamond Age--Neil Stephenson
Neuromancer--William Gibson
World War Z--Max Brooks
Ender's Game--Orson Scott Card
Circuit of Heaven--Dennis Danvers
Anything by Kim Stanley Robinson

Looking at the weekend and seeing that I will not be around for my Filthy Fifty (one) Birthday and thinking that I might swing down to open gym tonight to bang it out. Anybody care to join me for a long hard schlog?

June 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPeter H.

The geek within stirs.... So if all works are included, not just books, I'll throw some more into the fire.

As you said, no repeats:

Video Games:
Mass Effect 1, I bought an XBox just to play this game. Just saying.
Star Craft 1, it's a real time strategy game. Would often play again 3 insane computer opponents to practice for human play. Good times.
Day of the Tentacle, old school point and click adventure game.
Space Quest -- anyone remember this series?

Board Games/RPG's
Shadow Run - I would LOVE to get a group playing again.
Warhammer
Mage: The Ascension -- technically more magic than sci-fi, but a sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic, so it stays.

Movies
Blade Runner
Star Wars (Empire Strikes Back)
The Matrix
Star Trek (Reboot)
Terminator 2
Jurassic Park

TV
Firefly - yes the theme song sucked...
Star Trek: TNG
Doctor Who -- the latest writing by Steven Moffat is fantastic. And that Angel episode is amazing. "Don't Blink!"

Art
The works of HR Giger -- David O, this is the guy from who's work the Alien series is based.
Josh Kirby -- comics anyone?

June 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDan (almost) Rx'd

Dan - hating on the Firefly theme song? No. I have it stuck in my head for days whenever I watch. Agreed on the new Doctor Who!

Plus we can't forget X-Files. I would also add Buffy (the show, not the movie). And, if we're adding fantasy (not just sci-fi), then add both the Game of Thrones series and His Dark Materials to my books list. Plus can we fit Pushing Daises in here somewhere?

And I know we're trying not to repeat, but I just want to add for the love that melon gave The Sparrow. That book was phenomenal.

Glad to see so many other sci-fi nerds floating around CFSBK!

June 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRachael

Any episode of "The Twilight Zone (but especially "Time Enough At Last").

On an unrelated note, had a dream last night in which I was eating crackers and woke up panicked that I had broken my diet. The Lean Out Challenge has officially invaded my subconscious.

June 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew M.

@Rachael: "You can't take the sky from meeeeee!"

June 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDan Rx'd

why did you post that, dan?


why.

June 29, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterasta

Missed that Shaye posted Firefly, mia culpa! I'll sub Farscape instead, Jim Henson in space!!!!

June 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDan Rx'd

LOL I have no idea what any of this was. Last time I saw Firefly, it was at a Grateful Dead concert

June 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJR

See, and now it's going to be stuck in my head for days. Thank you so much for that. ;)

June 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRachael

Not a bad morning! Traci T made my day - she's back! Very nice to see. Did yesterdays workout and seriously loved the Bench Press to DL's and pullups mix. Serious happiness and I wasn't my usual terrible self - things actually flowed fairly decent.

Books and shows, why no Spandex love? In no particular order, floppies, collected works, Manga and not, weird and strange, violent and not, I present some picks but not all.. and please note that Appleseed and Ghost in the Shell are near and dear to my heart as is Mai the Psychic Girl - those were my first Manga.

Akira
Appleseed
Mai the Psychic Girl
Ghost in the Shell
Weirdling - if you like Alien you might jam on this
Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka
V for Vendetta
Ronin
Transmetropolitan

June 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJules

@Andrew - I had a similar dream where I was going to town on some oranges. Peeling and eating a bunch, then freaking out because I was trying to manage carbs for the challenge. Bonus sci-fi day weirdness: the peels of the oranges weren't orange - just the white pithy part and instead of being smooth they were covered in tendrils like one of those shag rugs. I think I need to stop taking magnesium supplements before bed.

SciFi Books: (no repeats)
Zone One by Colson Whitehead is a new one that I liked
The Passage - Justin Cronin

June 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNino

@Rachael At least I didn't post the theme song link... youtube.com/watch?v=D7vS4z6ngQo

whoops!

June 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDan (almost) Rx'd

@Jules

Akira is classic, and Transmetropolitan is the $hit!

June 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDan (almost) Rx'd

OH charlotte i started reading that Junot story but had to stop because i was so damn scared.

June 29, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermichele ma belle

SCI FI AHOY!

My favorites:
-Stranger in a Strange Land and Starship Troopers by Heinlein (the movie is an insult to the book)
-World War Z by Max Brooks
-Dune for the sheer readability

I've seen some votes for Neuromancer, which I enjoyed but found difficult to picture in many instances. It's influential but not necessarily accessible.

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMatt U.

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