Star Wars the Last Jedi

Members of the society are putting together a group to see ‘Star Wars the Last Jedi’. The date and time will be agreed at the AGM

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AGM 7 December

The CSFS’s annual general meeting will be held Thursday 7 December at 7.30pm at the Canberra Southern Cross Club in Woden.

Members, if have any other business you would like to raise or contributions to the agenda items below – please contact the Secretary or leave a message below.

CSFS AGM Agenda
1. Minutes from the 2016 GM
2. Reports from office bearers – Treasurer, Secretary, Vice President and President
3. Nomination and election of new office bearers
4. 2018 Restaurant meeting venues
5. Other business

Star Wars battles for Gungahlin

The Gungahlin Library is hosting a Star Wars Reads Day.

The day, for kids aged 7 to 16, is Saturday 14 October from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

Come and decide if the Empire or the Rebels are the victors in the Battle for Gungahlin Library.

Bookings are essential

The event includes a costume contest, Star Wars themed crafts, Star Wars story readings, and photo opportunities with Jedi and Storm Troopers.

Euroscience

For anyone interested in science…

Over six days this week, Questacon is hostingEuroscience which is a programme of activities telling the story of the past, present and future of European science and technology.

The presentations at Questacon cover the CERN Large Hadron Collider, Marie Curie, the future of energy technology, European astronomy, European dinosaurs and guest scientists in the Qlab.

SF and fantasy events in our region

Some upcoming events in our region

  • Conflux Grimm Tales – Canberra’s annual speculative fiction convention. Friday 29 September to Monday 2 October, at the Hotel Vibe next to the Canberra Airport. Guests of honour – Ellen Datlow and Angela Slatter. Membership is $250 for the weekend ($200 concessional membership) or $70 for the day.
  •  Goulburn Steampunk Victoriana Fair – an annual retro-futuristic fair, essentially a mixture of a mini-convention and a fete. Saturday 14 October, at the Goulburn Historic Waterworks (a steam powered museum). Entry is $5, come as yourself or in costume.

New horizons voyage to Pluto and Beyond

PLUTO – New Horizon’s Voyage to Pluto and Beyond – Canberra
by American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics – Sydney Section

Launched January 19, 2006, the New Horizons mission had one goal as it ventured into the solar system – answer questions about Pluto, its moons and Kuiper Belt objects. Fast forward 9.5 years and over 5 billion kilometres, on July 14, 2015, New Horizons flew 12,500 km above the surface of Pluto, making it the first spacecraft to explore the dwarf planet. From mountains to moons and flowing ices on Pluto, the discoveries so far have been amazing.

You can learn more about these discoveries at a free ANU event open to the public. Tuesday 1 August 2017 at 6:15 pm. Bookings required

Pheno gaming convention

The annual Phenomenon gaming convention is fast approaching.

Phenomenon 2017: Storm is a roleplaying convention with some tabletop games included among the freeform, triptych and diptych gaming. The weekend includes a costume contest, a banquet and a Friday-night writing panel.

Pheno is happening over the Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend, 09-12 June, 2017 at the Daramalan College, Dickson, ACT.

Online registration is now open. The convention organisers strongly recommended anyone does not to leave it until the Friday night to register. “Some games fill up well before the convention starts and while every effort is made to accommodate your preferences the GMs need to sleep some time”.

For details see http://pheno.org.au/

(The CSFS is not associated with this event).

2016 Asimov and Analog AnLab awards announced

The 2016 Asimov’s Readers’ Awards and Analog AnLab Awards were announced and presented on May 20, 2017.

The Asimov’s Readers’ Awards winners for 2016 are:

Best Novella – “Lazy Dog Out”, Suzanne Palmer (4-5/2016)
Best Novelette – “I Married a Monster from Outer Space”, Dale Bailey (3/2016)
Best Short Story was tied between – “The Mutants Men Don’t See”, James Alan Gardner (8/2016), and “All That Robot . . .”, Rich Larson (9/2016)
Best Poem – “After”, Herb Kauderer (10-11/2016)
Best Cover Artist – Donato Giancola

The Analog Science Fiction and Fact: Analytical Laboratory winners are:

Best Novella – “The Coward’s Option”, Adam-Troy Castro (3/2016)
Best Novelette – “Detroit Hammersmith: Zero-Gravity Toilet Repairman [Retired]”, Suzanne Palmer (9/2016)
Best Short Story – “In the Absence of Instructions to the Contrary”, Frank Wu (11/2016)
Best Fact Article – “Energy for the Future”, Richard A. Lovett (7-8/2016)
Best Poem – “Somebody I Used to Love Asks Me Who Marie Curie Is”, Carly Rubin (3/2016)
Best Cover – December 2016 by Vincent DiFate