Category Archives: Upcoming meeting

October Impulse now on line

October’s Impulse is now available from our website, CLICK HERE.

We have a meeting coming up on the 15th.  Your attendance is important because we will be planning the November book/craft fair event, and also the programming for 2018.

NEXT CLUB MEETING IS THIS WEEKEND
Sunday, October 15
12:00PM-5:00PM
Grand Salon, Hôtel Espresso, 1005 Guy St. , Downtown Montreal
MEETING THEME: Halloween approaches! Don your favourite ghoulish costume, or carve a Jack-O-Lantern for the display table!

SUNDAY SCI-FI CINEMA MATINÉE   In keeping with the topic of this afternoon’s lead presentation, we offer a choice of films featuring Victorian characters and settings!

THE SCIENTIFIC ROMANCE: The so-called scientific romances of the 19th century (and earlier)—often repurposed today as Steampunk—are what science fiction stories were called before the term science fiction was coined. We examine our favourite Genre from this Victorian perspective.

Planning the November book sale / craft fair

BRAINSTORMING SESSION FOR 2018: We open planning for 2018 with this preliminary brainstorming session, in which we’ll collect ideas for presentations, panels, and workshops for next year’s MonSFFA meeting schedule. Come prepared with a few proposals! Your suggestions, MonSFFen, are encouraged and welcome!

NEXT MEETING: November 12
Book and Craft Sale

MonSFFA: Upcoming Meetings

October 15

Noon: SF Cinema Matinee, hosted by Keith

14h Victorian Scientific Romance: Steampunk is now a respectable and well-establ8shed style bust as the 19th century waned and the 20th dawned, human flight, electricity and life on other worlds were very topical themes and viewed quite seriously. Authors like H. G. Wells and Jules Verne were the most famous at the time, but they were by no means the only ones to dabble in the genre.   A retrospective of some of the more interesting stories of those early days, presented by Sylvain.

15:30: Preliminary planning for 2018 programming

November 12

 CRAFT DAY and SECOND HAND BOOK SALE Workshops and a chance for our artisans to sell their creations. The annual MonSFFA book sale will begin at noon.
Book sale 12

Donations of gently used books are gratefully accepted, as long as they arrive before noon and you help us to sort them on the tables.

As usual, volunteers who help set up get first choice of the books.

Prices run from 3 for a dollar for mass market pocket books, to 3$ for hardcover.

SF Artisans wishing to sell their craft work may either rent a table, 5$ for 4 ft table, or have wares sold by MonSFFA staff for 10% profit.

We are also considering the possibility of a garage sale table as well.

 December 9 Holiday Feast

Time and place to be announced

MonSFFA meets September 17

September 17 Club Meeting

13H World Con 75MonSFFen report on their wonderful adventures in Helsinki, Finland!

15h What’s with the fairy tales? Fairy tale for adults on TV, in movies, in books, love them or hate them? CPL, Josée, and René explain the persistence of the folktale in our culture.

16h The Music of SF/F, the Sequel  Overview of soundtracks, star composers of the genre, sf themes and imagery in pop music–All wrapped up as a game! (Kieth Braithwaite)

August 27 Meeting

Dinosaurs Rule our August 27 Meeting!

MonSFFA is celebrating the premiere of our stop motion film project. Bring or wear your dinosaurs to our August meeting. Tee-shirts, fossils, books, art, everything dino is welcome and will earn you a ticket in the Christmas party draw.

Cathy is donating a fossil Ammonite to the raffle.

Keith is coming with a collection of dinosaur movies for the matinee. Click here to review our choices!  Add your comments!

Times are approximate- we don’t know how long the movie chosen by members will last.

Noon:  SF Cinema Matinée, hosted by Keith

14:00h World Premiere of our stop motion project!

14:10 h  Forever and a Day: Living eternally, or at least for a much longer time than we do now is an old human dream. But would fulfilling it really be an unmitigated blessing? Presented by Sylvain St-Pierre

“Deployed” from FWA

16:00 The Future of Warfare: We talk about peace on earth, but it seems we don’t really expect it to happen. Indeed, from reading or watching SF, one expects warfare to go way beyond Earth. How will we fight in space ? Ships, armour, weapons? Planetary defence systems?  Presented by Mark Burakoff

August 27 MonSFFA Meeting

August 27 Meeting

Times are approximate- we don’t know how long the movie chosen by members will last.

Noon:  SF Cinema Matinée, hosted by Keith

14:00h World Premiere of our stop motion project!

14:10 h  Forever and a Day: Living eternally, or at least for a much longer time than we do now is an old human dream. But would fulfilling it really be an unmitigated blessing? Presented by Sylvain St-Pierre

“Deployed” from FWA

16:00 The Future of Warfare: We talk about peace on earth, but it seems we don’t really expect it to happen. Indeed, from reading or watching SF, one expects warfare to go way beyond Earth. How will we fight in space ? Ships, armour, weapons? Planetary defence systems?  Presented by Mark Burakoff

 

Dragons on the menu for June 4 meeting!

Wear your dragon t-shirts, socks, and caps! Bring your “pets” in for display!

 

NOON: The SF Cinema Matinee, hosted by Keith, will feature DRAGONS!

14H Here there be Dragons! We examine the legends surrounding fantasy’s supreme beastie while highlighting some of the Genre’s most memorable dragons! A presentation by Paula and Fern.

 

Note: The raffle will include hand crafted wooden dragon puzzles.

15:30h The Dragon Slayer: A discussion moderated by Cathy–Defining the role and character of a hero. Who in SF/F best embodies our vision of the hero?

MonSFFA Field Trip, May 14

Attention MonSFFen!

Mark Sunday, May 14, on your calendars, for with the Who’s familiar guitar riff ringing in our ears, we’re headed to the Montreal Science Centre at the Old Port to take in CSI: The Experience!

Based on the popular, long-running American television franchise, this “interactive learning adventure,” so described, will allow us to play forensic detective as we investigate a “crime scene,” collecting and analyzing “blood splatter, DNA,” and other evidence in order to solve a case of criminal nefariousness!

We’ll meet no later than 12:30PM in front of the ticket booth in the Science Centre’s lobby. Our plan is to have everyone purchase tickets for a 1:00PM or 1:15PM entry, so that we may all access the exhibit area at the same time.

So don’t be late!

MonSFFen will be responsible for their own admission. Adult admittance is listed at $23, with discounts available for children and seniors. A family rate is also offered, and we are given to understand that Canadian residents will benefit from a further rebate as part of the cross-country celebrations of Canada’s 150th birthday this year!

Arrive a bit early if you wish to scoff a quick bite beforehand. You may pack a lunch, or purchase food and drink at the snack bar on site; a dining area is open to all.

The Montreal Science Centre is located on the King Edward Pier, Old Port of Montreal—that’s at the intersection of St-Laurent Boulevard and de la Commune Street, an approximately 10- to 15-minute walk from either the Place d’Armes or Champs-de-Mars Metro stations.

Street parking is available in the area for those travelling by car, but we caution that it can be difficult to find a spot. Alternately, paid parking is available in a lot adjacent the Science Centre (access via King Edward Pier entrance).

This outing will take place in lieu of a club meeting this month. Note that our next MonSFFA meeting is scheduled for June 4.

Visit the Science Centre’s Web site for more information on CSI: The Experience: www.montrealsciencecentre.com

Author Andrew Fazekas, our Guest Speaker April 9

Andrew Fazekas, AKA The Night Sky Guy, will be our guest speaker at the 9th of April meeting of MonSFFA.

Andrew is the author of Star Trek: The Official Guide to the Universe, a gorgeous National Geographic Publication. He has promised to bring a few copies for sale and signing at the list price of 30$.

Andrew Fazekas, The Night Sky Guy, is a science writer, broadcaster, and lecturer who shares his passion for the wonders of the universe through all media. He is a columnist for National Geographic where he authors the popular online weekly StarStruck column, and is also a syndicated space news contributor on radio and TV networks (you may have seen him on CTV news on Sunday mornings)  and is an active member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada who has over 30 years of skywatching experience .

Andrew’s Website:  http://thenightskyguy.com/

Read Jeremy Berlin’s interview with Andrew here:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/06/star-trek-science-space-astronomy-technology-fazekas/

MonSFFA’s updated 2017 programme

MonSFFA has (finally) published its schedule for 2017 here.

A printer-friendly grid (pdf) covering the year starting from April may be downloaded from here.

As always, be aware that our schedule is not carved in stone. 

Also, while our meetings are usually in Grand Salon (Mezzanine level), or the Saguenay which is connected to Grand Salon, there are times when the hotel moves us to other rooms. If you don’t find us in the Grand Salon area, ask at the hotel’s front desk.

The Hotel Espresso is located at 1005 Guy Street, just south of Rene Levesque.