You're aways away from there, I know, but given how ahead of time you record you may not be as far as I think. So I wanted to flag this little essay I wrote about (one page) of the issue. I'm pretty happy with how it came out.
Just in case you find it thought-provoking for your discussion.
I'm going through the series for the first time right now. It might just be because I done ain't got none of that book learnens, but I didn't really dig this story. I didn't hate it, I just don't get what the big deal is. Again, maybe it's my lack of book learnens. I didn't think the previous one about cats was too cool, either. I should read your blog before I barge in here with me complaints.
Oh, marvelous! This, of course, is one of my favorites (it's one of everybody's, right, and it won the Hugo), and I'm excited to get there.