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Sci-Fi Club, Dublin, Ireland
Issue 6 - 2001-06-26

SciFiClub News 26/06/01

Greetings, fellow bipeds,
We've finally put together a list of future meetings, which is bound to be
in the body of this message somewhere. As this is going to be a long
mail, I'll get straight to the news.

JULY MEETING 03/07/2001
THE NIGHT OF THE TRIFFIDS
We are delighted and privileged to have Simon Clark in attendance, to talk
about his new book "The Night of the Triffids". Some of you may recall
Simon's previous appearance in Dublin, which was at Eurocon in Dublin
Castle, which is where we first met him.
"The Night of the Triffids" is a sequel to "the Day of the Triffids" by
John Wyndham, which is one of the most famous Science Fiction novels in
the world. Simon will tell us how he came to write this, 50 years after
the original.

AUGUST MEETING 07/08/2001
DUNE NIGHT
A little from the books, a little from the film, and a little from the TV
series. Wear desert gear.

SEPTEMBER MEETING 04/09/2001
THE NOW LEGENDARY QUIZ
What can we say about the quiz? We set the questions. You try to answer
them. Magnificent prizes guaranteed!

OCTOBER MEETING 02/10/2001
YOU'VE BEEN CONNED!
October sees the two biggest conventions in Ireland, Octocon and GaelCon.
We'll have people from both conventions to talk about what's going on, and
why they do it.

NOVEMBER MEETING 06/11/2001
COMICS NIGHT
The details on this one a still a little fuzzy, but involve getting a
major name in the comics field to talk to us. Watch this space for more
news.

DECEMBER MEETING 04/12/2001
TOLKIEN NIGHT
Are there any of you who haven't read "the Lord of the Rings" or "the
Hobbit"? Probably not. The influence of the creations of JRR Tolkien is
still to be felt in the field of fantasy writing, and we'd like to know
why.

JANUARY MEETING 01/01/2002
INTERNET ANIMATION
For some time now we've been intending to do a feature on the amount of
really good animation available on the Internet. So tonight's the night!

BLATANT PLUG (I)
SciFiClub co-founder James Bacon and living legend Chip Livingstone have
combined their considerable talents to bring us Battling Robots at this
year's Octocon. Some of you will already have seen James & Chip's robot,
Son of Gimp, which they brought to a recent SciFiClub meeting, and which
won the prize for most aggressive robot at the CyberDrome event at
EasterCon this year. My belated apologies to Chip for having previously
ascribed the ownership of this fine machine to JB alone.
This event is a bit like Robot Wars in miniature, with radio controlled
cars as the motor units. Check out James and Chip's wonderful site at
http://www.octocon.com/robots/

BLATANT PLUG (II)
Those wonderful people at the Forbidden Planet have asked me to mention
that they have the lovely Chase Masterson, who is best known for her role
as Leeta in Star Trek: Deep Space 9, signing in their Dublin store on
Thursday 26th of July, from 4PM onwards. I cannot give you all an URL for
this as FP Dublin, in common with most of the SF shops in Ireland (now
that I think of it), do not maintain a website.
Chase Masterson has one, though. It's to be found at
http://www.chasemasterson.com/

BLATANT PLUG (III)
Those of us you find themselves constantly scouring the second-hand
bookshops looking for those elusive last few gems to fill your collections
should like this one.
My old friend Dermot Carroll down at the Secret Book & Record Shop on
Wicklow Street has just bought a substantial collection of old SF books.
This is a good, solid collection, and must have taken years to accumulate.
It's well worth taking the trip down there, as you're bound to see
something you need to have. While I'm at it, I would be remiss if I did
not mention two other good sources for second-hand SF. Rory Lennon up in
Dandelion Books (on Aungier Street) has probably the largest selection in
Ireland, and Ger O'Boyle of Ger's Books in the George's Street Arcade has
a damn fine selection also. These three shops are all within a stone's
throw (If you've got a very aerodynamic stone.) of one another, so you can
easily get through them all in an afternoon. They'll all be more than
happy to point you to the rest of the shops I mentioned. Tell them we
sent you!

FINALLY.
James Shields has been doing some great work reorganising the LostCarPark
site, and has added a few new buttons. One of them is Battling Robots,
which I mentioned earlier, and the other one is Fionna O'Sullivan's super
FanZine, FRINGE. Fionna has been producing this on a loosely regular
basis for a number of months now, and distributing it at the SciFiClub
meetings. We strongly suggest you read it, as it gives a fascinating
insight into her little black heart.
You can find it at http://www.lostcarpark.com/fringe/

As usual, all meeting are held on the first Tuesday of the month, and
begin at 8.00 PM sharp. (Honestly.)

All meeting are held in:
The Upstairs Lounge,
Bowe's Pub,
Fleet Street,
Dublin 2.

Thank all for your time.
Pádraig Ó Méalóid
James Bacon
SciFiClub