Category Archives: Big Ideas Book Club

The Circle – Big Ideas Book Club – January 2014

Huzzah! Our first book for 2014 has been selected and we’re starting out with a fiction by Dave Eggers. Join us on the 29th of January at 6:30pm at Embiggen Books in Melbourne, Australia or follow us via Facebook or Meetup or Eventbrite

The Circle

The Circle is the exhilarating new novel from Dave Eggers, best-selling author of A Hologram for the King, a finalist for the National Book Award.

When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users’ personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company’s modernity and activity. There are parties that last through the night, there are famous musicians playing on the lawn, there are athletic activities and clubs and brunches, and even an aquarium of rare fish retrieved from the Marianas Trench by the CEO. Mae can’t believe her luck, her great fortune to work for the most influential company in the world—even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public. What begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.

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Poster for Big Ideas Book Club August & September

The Big Ideas Book Club has selected its books for August and September 2013.

For August, we thought we’d go for a classic in Science Ficiton. Foundation by Asimov is the beginning of a trilogy and books that have many of the members excited.

For September we decided to go for a more recently released Scatter, Adapt and Remember by Annalee Newitz which I featured on Science Book a Day. The ideas revolve around how we have escaped near-extinction in the past and goes further to speculate about how humans may adapt into the future. I think it will be a great read 🙂

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