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Sci-Fi Club, Dublin, Ireland
Issue 4 - 2001-05-31

Greetings, Carbon-based Lifeforms.

We have had to change our previously advertised meetings schedule,
again, but these meetings are occasionally subject to factors completely
beyond our control! We will invariably run into snags like this again in
the future, and we apologise in advance for all future transgressions.
We still have various plans at various stages of completion, and we will
keep you all informed as soon as they come to fruition. However,after a
good many years of seeing various schemes go belly-up after they had been
announced to all and sundry, we prefer to keep our cards close to our
collective chest. However, we can tell you that all meetings will be held
in the upstairs bar of

Bowe's Pub
Fleet Street
Dublin 2

And that all meetings will have an opening time of 8:00 PM.
As usual, there is no cover charge. We finance all meetings by the
raffles we hold at them, and, as usual, we would be delighted to receive
any books, comics, graphic novels, CDs, DVDs, videos, toys, games,
merchandising of any kind, and any other things that you may have that, in
these days of brief attention spans, you are now tired of. We're not
Raffle tickets, by the way, are still at the unbelievable price of 5 for
£1. Buy lots!! Support your local SciFiClub.



In a recent poll run by Comic Buyers Guide, The Batman was voted the best
comic character of the 20th century. We're huge fans of the Dark Night,
here at SciFiClub. There cannot be anyone who has not had some contact
with Batman, whether through the comics, films and TV shows, both
live-action and animated. We're going to do our best to explore the
phenomenon, and we'll be showing you some truly cool bat-props (we hope to
have, amongst other things, the bat-signal.)
We'll have some great video footage of the Scourge of Gotham in action.
We'll tell you which comics are the best bat-tales of the past 62 years,
since He made his debut in Detective Comics #27 back in May 1939.
Holy Bat-history, Batman!!!

By The Way: The membership rate for Octocon goes up from the end of May,
but you can still avail of the reduced rate of £15 at our meeting. Look
for the Octocon Treasurer. That'd be, ah, Pádraig Ó Méalóid! As usual, you
can find out all about the convention at


Although I can't really be specific about the details yet (see above!),
but we are hoping to have a book-related event. Intrigued? So you should


I was talking to my old friend Brian Nisbet the other day, and he said
"Gaelcon is Ireland's Premier Independent gaming event. It's three days of
roleplaying, LARPing, wargaming, cardgaming and any other type of gaming
you can think of. The games on offer cover all aspects of every genre,
from huge games like D&D, Vampire, GURPS, Magic: The Gathering, Legend of
the 5 Rings, Warhammer 40k and Warhammer Fantasy Battles, to smaller home
grown games and events you won't see at any other con in the world. We
also run our traditional pub quiz and a charity auction that raised over
IRL£12,000 last year. Not only will you have a great time gaming at
Gaelcon, but you'll also meet some of the friendliest gamers in the world.
So join us in the beautiful surroundings of Clontarf Castle for a
fantastic weekend of gaming."
Sounds good to me!!
The dates are 27th to 29th October 2001. More information can be had from


We've been hearing about a convention to be held in and around the
University of Limerick in November. The details are:

Tricon. A comprehensive Science Fiction, Fantasy, Film and Cult convention
and festival.
Dates: 6 p.m. Friday 16th November to 6 p.m. Sunday 18th November 2001
Venue: University of Limerick
Further details can be had from Niall McGlade, UL Ten Forward (that's the
UofL SF Club)
Otherwise, we'll let you all know further details as we get them.


On the 3rd of May, I became an uncle again, this time courtesy of my
brother Mícheal and his lovely wife Carmel. As little Állsún is the first
member of my family to be born in the 21st century, I found myself musing
on the implications of that.
As a child of the 21st century, she will have her photograph taken by
digital camera, and sent instantly around the world by computer. News of
her birth was disseminated by personal hand-held communications devices.
The world she has been born into would be instantly recognisable to any
Science Fiction reader of the 30s or 40s as The Future, beyond any shadow
of a doubt. It snuck up on us, without our noticing, I think, but we are
living in the future, and a damn good one it is too.
I hope Állsún's adventure in this great future of ours is as good as
mine has been, on balance.

Keep watching the skies!

Lots of love from:
James Bacon
Pádraig Ó Méalóid

The first rule of SciFiClub is: We talk about SciFiClub.