The Cosmic Codex
The Cosmic Codex
Introducing Club Codex
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Introducing Club Codex

An online space for reading and discussing recent, award-winning science fiction
“The ongoing conversation” by Brian S. Pauls, 2023; Digital illustration created using Midjourney
My science fiction novelette “An Illicit Mercy” is part of a new promotion in August.
Over two hundred science fiction and fantasy novels, stories, samples, and excerpts available for download at no charge.

Today I’m announcing a brand new addition to my Substack publication: the Club Codex science fiction book chat.

Club Codex is a conversation space in the Substack app I have set up exclusively for my subscribers — kind of like a group chat or live hangout.

The purpose of Club Codex is to read and share our thoughts about recent award-winning science fiction novels. Each month, I’ll post a thread for a new novel, and you can jump into the discussion.

I’ll be reading as I go, posting my thoughts from time-to-time. Anyone is welcome to join, whether you are also reading along with the group, have already read the novel, or have questions for those of us who are reading/have read the book.

I will begin each thread with a rough guide to which chapters I plan to cover each week. If you like to read ahead, please restrict your comments to the current selection and those we’ve already covered. Be aware that there will be spoilers for each section of the book as we get to it.

I’ll post the first book discussion thread in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, jump into Club Codex and introduce yourself in the welcome thread!


To join our chat, you’ll need to download the Substack app, now available for both iOS and Android. Chats are sent via the app, not email, so turn on push notifications so you don’t miss conversation as it happens.


How to get started

  1. Download the app by clicking this link or the button below. Substack Chat is now available on both iOS and Android.

Get app

  1. Open the app and tap the Chat icon. It looks like two bubbles in the bottom bar, and you’ll see a row for my chat inside.

  1. That’s it! Jump into my thread to say hi, and if you have any issues, check out Substack’s FAQ.

Join chat

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The Cosmic Codex
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