We’re all living through a science fiction novel now, so it’s the perfect time to go all the way into the worlds of speculative literature. We will read, discuss, and write about three critically important and disturbingly relevant novels. The first, from an important voice in the Black community, Octavia Butler, explores racial and social fractures in the post-apocalyptic landscape of Parable of the Sower. We’ll find out what happens post post-apocalypse in Walter Miller’s A Canticle for Liebowitz, about the re-emergence of civilization when science has become the new religion. Finally, we’ll read arguably the most seminal novel in the science fiction canon, Dune. We’ll experience it together because the novel is a universe unto itself. If the present is too much and you love thinking about alternative futures, this is the place to be.