Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven: Book club and discussion.

Does Station Eleven Count as Science Fiction?

Does Station Eleven Count as Science Fiction?

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July 10 2015 10:43 AM

The Audio Book Club Visits Station Eleven

Slate critics debate Emily St. John Mandel’s post-apocalyptic best-seller.

Slate Audio Book Club discusses Station Eleven

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This month Slate critics Jamelle Bouie, Hanna Rosin, and Katy Waldman discuss the award-winning post-apocalyptic novel Station Eleven. Does Emily St. John Mandel’s story of a world brought to the brink of collapse by a flu pandemic count as typical genre fiction? What’s the difference between an artist and a celebrity? And how does St. John Mandel play with our ideas about what’s provisional and what’s permanent in human life?


Next month the Audio Book Club will dig into Harper Lee’s new novel Go Set a Watchman. Read the book and stay tuned for our discussion in August!

Visit our Audio Book Club archive page for a complete list of the more than 75 books we’ve discussed over the years. Or you can listen to any of our previous club meetings through our iTunes feed.


Podcast produced by Abdul Rufus and Andy Bowers.

Jamelle Bouie is Slates chief political correspondent.

Hanna Rosin is the co-host of NPR’s Invisibilia and a founder of DoubleX. She is also the author of The End of Men. Follow her on Twitter.

Katy Waldman is a Slate staff writer.