June 7 – July 2, 2023
“We Have No Need of Other Worlds. We Need Mirrors.”
The space station orbiting Solaris is a dream become real for the scientists living aboard. To orbit a far distant planet, to learn about its nature and design, to explore and discover—this is the meaning of life. But when the planet forces them to confront their own unexplored grief and pain, science is woefully inadequate. They must each decide for themselves where the boundary between memory and reality lies. And if the ghosts from our past are enough to help build our future.
Why We Chose This Work: Science fiction, as a genre, is adept at showing us reality through the remove of the impossible. And this feels like the perfect time to connect to ourselves and our grief—over covid, over racial injustice, over gun violence and war—from the safety of such a remove. This story, that deals so exquisitely with loss and longing, offers us as individuals and a community that catharsis. It’s also a really fun, scary, haunted-house story set in space. We’re looking forward to bringing more science fiction, and other genres, to the Book-It stage.
For Fans Of: Zen and the Art of an Android Beatdown by Tochi Onyebuchi, The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin, The Dry Salvages by Caitlin R. Kiernan
Content Warning: suicide, mentions of cancer, self-harm, psychological trauma, substance use, swearing, threats of physical violence, murder, blood, descriptions of drowning, domestic violence, depictions of anxiety attack, child death, colonization, depictions of gore, intimate physical contact