Planetfall by Emma Newman book cover

Texta book club

Planetfall by Emma Newman

To coincide with the exhibitions Gemma Smith: Rhythm sequence and Empathy swarm at QUT Art Museum, we will be discussing Planetfall by Emma Newman, a science fiction novel in which a secret withheld to protect humanity's future may lead to its undoing.

Renata Ghali believed in Lee Suh-Mi's vision of a world far beyond Earth, calling to humanity. A planet promising to reveal the truth about our place in the cosmos, untainted by overpopulation, pollution, and war. Ren believed in that vision enough to give up everything to follow Suh-Mi into the unknown.

More than twenty-two years have passed since Ren and the rest of the faithful braved the starry abyss and established a colony at the base of an enigmatic alien structure where Suh-Mi has since resided, alone. All that time, Ren has worked hard as the colony's 3-D printer engineer, creating the tools necessary for human survival in an alien environment, and harbouring a devastating secret.

The evening commences with a brief tour of the current exhibition, followed by a glass of wine and generous amounts of conversation about the title of choice.

Texta is held through the year on Tuesday evenings from 6:15pm. Purchase this title from the QUT Bookshop or QUT Art Museum.

Tuesday 12 November, 6:15pm
Boy swallows universe by Trent Dalton (2018), QUT Art Museum


Gemma Smith with her exhibition Rhythm Sequence at UNSW Galleries. Image credit: Document Photography.

In conversation

With Gemma Smith

Saturday 17 August

Katrin HOCHSCHUH and Adam DONOVAN 'Empathy swarm prototypes' 2018, robotics, Courtesy of the artists

Artist Talk: Robotic Empathy

Sunday 18 August 2019

colourful shapes

Gemma Smith: Rhythm sequence

17 August – 27 October 2019

two little robots facing each other

Empathy swarm

17 August – 27 October 2019

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