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Traveling back in time with the Victorian Sci-Fi book club

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Tea, pastries and open discussions about science fiction novels from the 1800s is what the Victorian Sci-Fi Book and Tea Club members love to do.

They meet up every third Saturday of the month to read novels, eat pastries and drink tea for only $5 dollars. This is a great opportunity that book lovers cannot miss.

The club meets at the Magoffin Home, a state historic site  located at 1120 Magoffin Ave. from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. to discover more about Victorian literature.

“The Victorian Sci-fi Book and Tea Club was formed to explore Victorian literature in a way that appeals to modern sensibilities,” said Michelle Wood, coordinator of the event.

The club was founded this year on March 4, and was organized by Wood, an education and public event coordinator at the Magoffin Home.

“As I read the books on the list, I almost forget they are written in the 19th century as they often describe technologies and medical advances that are commonplace today,” Wood said. “It is an amazing example of how humanity has always had the same needs and concerns and that so little has changed from history to modern society.”

This club offers the community the opportunity to travel through time with novels from the Victorian era and explore parts of literature and history.

Members of the club have a month to read the different novels, which can be accessed online for free, and later show up to the meetings and be ready for discussion.

“The Club offers El Pasoans an opportunity to understand that history is not made of unsophisticated people who lived simple lives. Many dreamed of the existence we have today thinking it would make their lives easier and give them access to much more,” Wood said.

Some of the novels the members have read are “The Last Man” by Mary Shelley, “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” by Robert Louis Stevenson and “From the Earth to the Moon” by Jules Verne.

“I am friend of the Magoffin Home and follow them on Facebook and attend other events there too,” said Karen Thomas, a member of the club. “I think the club offers something different to do and some good reading.”

With 20 members registered since the club was formed earlier this month, the club hopes to get more people involved to keep learning about the Victorian literature.

If you are a book lover who wishes to explore something different and new in the El Paso area, for only $5 you have the opportunity to read fantastic novels from the Victorian era and take a step back into classic adventures.

To register, visit the website at

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