Eldritch Science—Your Project
Membership Report—Birthday Bureau
Fan-Pro Coordinating Committee—Franking Bureau
Games Bureau—Membership Recruitment
Round Robins—Writers Exchange Bureau
Letters of Comment
Neglected Genre Authors: D. K. Broster
N3F Founding Members: Jack Gillespie
Give and Take
February SF Novels
Short Story Contest
Editorial / Introduction—p. 2
Local Outings—REVIEWS OF George Takei’s Allegiance, Rogue One, Fiddler on the Roof, Celestial Concert (a combination of music and astronomy.) and Hidden Figures.
My Trip to Hawaii—p. 3
Kritter Korner—p. 6
Book Reviews—p. 7 The Fifth Season, by N. K. Jemisin, Simon Bloom, the Gravity Keeper, by Michael Reisman, Mark Twain’s Letters from Hawaii, by Mark Twain
Closing Remarks—p. 12
When Leybl Botwinik, the editor of CyberCozin, Israel’s longest running fanzine, contacted MonSFFA asking for a meet-up in October, I jumped to the occasion. His visit to Canada just missed our October meeting, and since he was in Canada to meet with family during the Jewish High Holy Days, finding a date and Kosher restaurant proved awkward indeed. In the end, only 3 of us were able to meet Leybl and his son, Nathaniel, at Chez Benny. While there are many restaurants serving Kosher food, there are very few Kosher restaurants! And of course, those are all closed on Saturdays… There’s a gap between what I know, and what I KNOW.
Anyway, it was a very enjoyable meeting. I meant to write it up for WARP, but as it happened, we didn’t have enough material to publish an autumn edition. Leybl wrote an excellent article for CyberCozin, which you will find in his December issue.
We agreed to keep in touch, and hopefully trade articles for our respective zines. If Leybl agrees, I’m thinking his review of our meeting would be a fun way to start our collaboration!
Nathaniel gave me a copy of his book which I will bring to our next meeting.
I delayed sending this out till new VCON website, link to hotel booking & link to buying memberships ready. All three in zine.
VCON is Canada’s oldest ongoing science fiction and fantasy convention. The first VCON was held in 1971 at the Hotel Georgia with Ursula K. Le Guin as Guest of Honour. The upcoming VCON will be our 41st! The theme of VCON in 2016 is “Muppets, Puppets, and Marionettes” which includes everything from giant puppets to stop motion models to Supermarionation. Expect panels and lectures on these and many other SF&F topics, plus demos, workshops, and numerous audience-participation live action games like “Human Battleship” and “Fan Feud.” A mid-sized SF&F convention run by fans for fans, we average 700 to 800 attendees. The secondary theme is “The Small Press Cabal” which will celebrate independent Small Press Canadian Book and Magazine publishers who have created the environment for a veritable renaissance of Canadian SpecFic. Participating professionals will include publishers, editors, authors, artists and poets.
Issue # 4 has 40 reviews, including the three novels ‘The Black Bottle Man,’ ‘Goddess Gambit,’ and ‘Signal to Noise.’ Also an interview with ‘The Graeme’ by Lynda Williams, an essay on the H.P. Lovecraft controversy, and two guest reviews by Gregg Chamberlain.
Plus an announcement on plans to start up a semi-pro SF fiction zine which will pay 1 cent a word for stories 3,000 words or less. See POLAR YITES! Magazine for info.
In an unguarded moment I agreed to be Chair of VCON 41 come October 2016. I am determined that all attendees (including pros) have a heck of a good time, great fun for all. Don’t see any point to holding it otherwise.
This is the first of a series of monthly fanzines wherein I promote VCON 41 in the spirit I intend it to be. Hope you find it of interest.
Cheers! R. Graeme Cameron (The fool who dared to be Chair)