TENTATIVE PROGRAMMING Expect changes!
We mostly finalized our programming at the January meeting. The dates are uncertain as the hotel has informed us that our regular meeting space is no longer available on Sundays. Consequently, there is a good chance that our meetings will move to Saturdays. For instance, if the date listed is Feb 11, then the meeting would likely move to the 10th.
The other issue is that Sylvain, famed for his really excellent presentations, is not going to be available for the foreseeable future. We scheduled him later in the year, but this also may change.
This is what the programming looks like at the moment. (My notes are a mess, lots of arrows moving panels about, I hope I have everything as we planned.)
February 11 Wear Red for Valentine’s Day!
Starting at NOON: SF/F Cinema Matinee (Keith) Title/Theme TBD
A Personal Journey: Fern offers a brief account of his involvement with MonSFFA over the years, highlighting the fun and satisfaction it has brought him!
Yves, Keith, to moderate Society and Sex in the future: Future relationships or How Technological and Sociological changes might affect our views about the subject.
Balderdash: Game run by Danny
March 11 Pin your favourite female author to your heart!
Guest Speakers: Jo Walton, Su Sokol International Women’s Day is March 8. There was a time when women SF/F authors were not welcome in the genre, has anything changed? What makes a novel “feminist”? Where are the female Clarkes, Bradburys, and Asimovs? We could also explore the portrayal of women in SF/F–Can a man write from PoV of a woman? Are books written by women different from those written by men?
Debate: Moderated by Keith, panellists to include Cathypl, Alexis, and anyone whose arms we can twist: Discovery vs The Orville.
April 8 Theme is Capes and Masks
NOON: SF/F Cinema Matinee: Episodes of TV’s Bruce Wayne as Batman.
The Lure of the Superhero Keith, details to follow
Debate: DC versus Marvel (Moderated by François)
Comic Art: Presentation by Keith
UFOs Possible guest speaker
Translation in SF, Presentation by Danny
June 10 Field trip to the Museum of Science and Technology in Ottawa
Car Pools will be arranged. BTW, Steampunk fans will love this: https://ingeniumcanada.org/scitech/whats-on/exhibition-steam.php
July 22, Rain Date the 29th: Our annual picnic in the park
August 12 Art in SF/F Bring in your favourite book illustration
Sword and Sorcery: Presentation by François
Judging a book by its Cover: Various presenters are interested–might be several short presentations of 10 minutes each.
Slide Show: The Star Trek recreated sets in Ticonderoga A slide presentation by Keith and Lindsay.
Ret-Conning, Presentation by Sylvain (hopefully) followed by an open discussion on our personal views on the subject.
Astronomy Presentation: Possible guest speaker, or else Cathypl will give you the latest on Exo-planets, Webb Telescope, LIGO, etc
Golden Age of Pulps: possible guest Speaker, or presentation by Sylvain
Presentation by Adam: Folktales and how they influence SF/F
November18 : Our Annual Book Sale and possibly a game.
December 8: Our Annual Feast, probably at the Irish Embassy