Our meetings are held Saturday afternoons at 1:00 PM in the St-François room of the Hotel Espresso, 1005 Guy Street, unless otherwise indicated. If you don’t find us there, check with the front desk as we are sometimes moved to other rooms.
NOTE: All programming is tentative and subject to change without notice. Real life happens… Sigh.
SUNDAY JANUARY 14
- Elections & appointments
- Planning for 2018
- Field trip
- Meeting dates
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 10
Wear Red for Valentine’s Day!
Starting at NOON: SF/F Cinema Matinee (Keith Braithwaite)
A Personal Journey: Fern Novo offers a brief account of his involvement with MonSFFA over the years, highlighting the fun and
satisfaction it has brought him!
Society and Sex in the future: Future relationships or How Technological and Sociological changes might affect our views about the subject. Keith Braithwaite, Yves Tousignant
Balderdash: Game run by Danny Sichel
SATURDAY MARCH 10
In honour of International Women’s Day, pin your favourite female author’s name to your heart!
Guest Speakers: Jo Walton, Su Sokol
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 the PoV of a woman? Are books written by women different from those written by men?
Debate: Discovery vs The Orville.
Moderated by Keith, panellists to include Cathypl, Alexis, and anyone whose arms we can twist
SATURDAY APRIL 14
Theme: Capes and Masks
NOON: SF/F Cinema Matinee: Batman, starring Bruce Wayne
The Lure of the Superhero: Panel discussion moderated by Keith Braithwaite
Debate: DC versus Marvel, Moderated by François Ménard
The Art of the Comics: Presentation by Keith Braithwaite
SATURDAY MAY 26
UFOs Possible guest speaker
Translation in SF, Presentation by Danny
SUNDAY JUNE 10 FIELD TRIP
The all-new Canada Science and Technology Museum is open with dazzling, immersive exhibits and some familiar favourites – including the Crazy Kitchen and giant steam locomotives. https://ingeniumcanada.org/scitech/index.php Car Pools will be arranged.
SUNDAY JULY 22
Picnic in Angrignon Park, rain date 29th of July
SATURDAY AUGUST 18
Bring your Favourite book illustration for the display table
Presentation: Sword and Sorcery, François Ménard
Judging a Book by its Cover Various presenters are interested–might be several short presentations rather than one.
Slide Show: The Star Trek recreated sets in Ticonderoga, presented by Keith Braithwaite and Lindsay Brown
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 8
Presentation: Ret-Conning, Ret-Conning: The More Things Are the Same, the More They Change! The look of the Klingons; long-established Caucasian characters suddenly becoming African-Americans; the many new different origins of just about everybody in the DC and Marvel universes. It seems that nothing is sacred anymore! Why is that, and is it a good thing? Sylvain St-Pierre
Astronomy, hoping for a guest speaker!
Pod-Casting: The how-tos and whys of it, Alexis
SATURDAY OCTOBER 20
The Golden Age of Pulps Once upon a time, scientists could build faster-than-light interstellar spaceships or a quantum time machine in their basement with cardboard and a few vacuum tube. Those stories were published in magazines that are now falling to dust because of the cheap paper, but that were so gorgeously illustrated!
Folktales, and how they have left their mark on SF, presented by Adam Lawrence
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 17 SECOND HAND BOOK SALE
The annual MonSFFA book sale will begin at noon.
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.
We are also considering the possibility of a garage sale table as well.
SATURDAY DECEMBER 8, HOLIDAY FEAST
Time and place to be announced, but most likely at the Irish Embassy Bar and Grill.