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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.

The Night Sky Guy at MonSFFA Meeting

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, aka 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, 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/

MARCH 12 MEETING

MARCH 12 MEETING, Espresso Hotel 1005 Guy Street, corner of Rene Levesque

We usually meet in the Grand Salon, but are sometimes moved, so if you don’t find us in the Salon, ask at the front desk.

WEAR GREEN in honour of St Paddy’s Day!

NOON:  SF/F Cinema Matinee: The Flying Saucer Edition!

Chose for review one of five vintage sci-fi films on our list this month, all featuring flying saucers in honour of last month’s guest speaker on UFOs, Professor Don Donderi!

Click here to see what’s on the Cinema menu!

Can Government Get Any Weirder? The recent US presidential race was… …different! Is it the only way to rule a country? Certainly not, as even democracy has many variants. From Libertarian anarchism to totalitarian galactic empires, there is room in the genre for many, many forms of government, some of them very, very strange. (Presentation by Sylvain St-Pierre)

SF/F Conventions  For Eastern Canadians, March is the start of convention season. The Toronto Comicon is next weekend, Ad Astra is on the May 5-7 weekend, as is Boréal, the French language convention in Quebec City,  and later in the year, Can-Con is in Ottawa. World Con is the BIG one;  this year it is in Helsinki, Finland.  We discuss the different kinds of con, what you can expect to see and do at each. 

Programming Workshop:  A lot of decisions to be made! Will we have a book sale this year? Where are we going for our field trip? Will we have a craft day? Your input is critical!

Meeting on the 12th of March

March 12 

FREE Movie passes! There will be a free drawing of passes for LIFE, courtesy of Sony Pictures and Promo Movies.

Life tells the story of the six-member crew of the International Space Station that is on the cutting edge of one of the most important discoveries in human history: the first evidence of extraterrestrial life on Mars. As the crew begins to conduct research and their methods end up having unintended consequences, the life form proves more intelligent than anyone ever expected. 

The advance screening is Wednesday, March 22, at 7:30.

NOON:  SF/F Cinema Matinee

Can Government Get Any Weirder? The recent US presidential race was… …different! Is it the only way to rule a country? Certainly not, as even democracy has many variants. From Libertarian anarchism to totalitarian galactic empires, there is room in the genre for many, many forms of government, some of them very, very strange. (Presentation by Sylvain St-Pierre)

SF/F Conventions  For Eastern Canadians, March is the start of convention season. The Toronto Comicon is next weekend, Ad Astra is on the May 5-7 weekend, and later in the year, Can-Con is in Ottawa. World Con is the BIG one;  this year it is in Helsinki, Finland.  We discuss the different kinds of con, what you can expect to see and do at each.

Programming Workshop: Participants to fill in the programming grid. There are more suggested items than we have time slots–hard decisions to be made!

Free Movie passes

For advance screening of LIFE, a Sci-Fi Thriller will be drawn at the March 12th meeting.

We were better off alone!

Life tells the story of the six-member crew of the International Space Station that is on the cutting edge of one of the most important discoveries in human history: the first evidence of extraterrestrial life on Mars. As the crew begins to conduct research and their methods end up having unintended consequences, the life form proves more intelligent than anyone ever expected.

Directed by:    Daniel Espinosa
Written by:    Paul Wernick & Rhett Reese
Cast:  Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson. Olga Dihovichnaya, Ariyon Bakare, Hiroyuki Sanada, and Ryan Reynolds   

NEXT CLUB MEETING Feb 12

12:00PM-5:00PM  Grand Salon, Hôtel Espresso, 1005 Guy St.

MEETING THEME: In celebration of Valentine’s Day, simply wear something red!

12:00PM-1:00PM: EARLY-BIRD BRAINSTORMING SESSION: We work further on our schedule for 2017’s meeting programming; fresh ideas welcome!

1:00PM-3:00PM  GUEST SPEAKER: Are flying saucers real? Is Agent Mulder on to something? MonSFFA welcomes retired McGill University professor Don Donderi, who will be speaking on the topic of UFOs. Professor Donderi has authored the book UFOs, ETs and Alien Abductions: A Scientist Looks at the Evidence.

3:00PM-3:30PM MID-MEETING BREAK: Brief discussion of club business; fund-raising raffle

3:30PM-4:30PM EH, ROBOT!: What will the Canadian economy look like in the future? Will there still be jobs for everyone when robots are doing all the work? Will we attain SF’s utopian dream of a fully automated society without want or need, or are we staring down the barrel of a dystopia? Discuss!

4:30PM-5:00PM  BRAINSTORMING SESSION, REDUX: To close the afternoon, we briefly get back to working on our 2017’s meeting programming, fine-tuning and finalizing any outstanding scheduling. Missed the early-bird session? You can still contribute! Put forth your ideas now!

MonSFFA meeting February 12th

13H Espresso Hotel, Grand Salon
MonSFFA welcomes Guest Speaker, Prof. Don C. Donderi, author of UfOs, ETs And Alien Abductions: A Scientist Looks At The Evidence.

Mr Donderi,  PhD, associate professor (retired), McGill University Department of Psychology, teaches a ten-week course in the McGill Community for Lifelong Learning (MCLL).

He was interviewed by the Montreal Gazette, you can read it here.