Would you fly on that spaceship?

For a change at our general meeting in April we played a game in the form of a Crew Hiring Challenge.

The challenge was for each team to agree on a spaceship and its crew – the crew being the Captain, First Officer, Science Officer, Chief Engineer, Navigator, Medical Officer, Security Officer, Quarter Master, and the Sanitation Engineer.

The rules of the challenge were: everything must come from a fictional universe; the crew and its ship must all come from different fictional universes; and the same ship or character could not be chosen by more than one team.

There was a lot of discussion, some spying on other teams and some laughter before three possibly highly dysfunctional crews and their ships emerged.

In no particular order….

Would you travel on this spaceship?

Spaceship Helva (Anne McCaffrey’s novel The Ship Who Sang)

  • Captain John Sheridan (Babylon 5)
  • First Officer Chewbacca (Star Wars)
  • Science Officer Harry Seldon, (Isaac Asimov’s Foundation novels)
  • Chief Engineer Conrad Stargard (Leo Frankowski’s Cross-Time Engineer novels)
  • Navigator Aelliana Caylon (Sharon Lee and Steve Miller’s Liaden novels)
  • Medical Officer Doctor Conway (James White’s Sector General novels)
  • Security Officer Tasha Yar (Star Trek the Next Generation)
  • Quarter Master Elli Quinn (Lois McMaster-Bujold’s Vorkosigan Saga novels)
  • Sanitation Engineer Adam Quark (Quark)

Or would you travel on this spaceship?

Spaceship Millennium Falcon (Star Wars)

  • Captain Nemo (Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea and other novels)
  • First Officer 7 of 9 (Star Trek Voyager)
  • Science Officer The Doctor (Doctor Who)
  • Chief Engineer Richard Ceason (Sky Layer)
  • Navigator Major West (Lost in Space, 1960s series)
  • Medical Officer Doctor Victor Frankenstein (Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein)
  • Security Officer Flash Gordon (originally from Alex Raymond’s 1934 comic strip Flash Gordon)
  • Quarter Master Alfred Pennyworth (Batman)
  • Sanitation Engineer Dave Lister (Red Dwarf)

Or would you travel on this spaceship?

Spaceship New York City (James Blish’s Cities in Flight novels). Yes, it is the actual city of New York.

  • Captain Aral Vorkosigan (Lois McMaster-Bujold’s Vorkosigan Saga novels)
  • First Officer Hal (Arthur C Clarke’s novel 2001: A Space Odyssey)
  • Science Officer Ash (Alien
  • Chief Engineer Kaywinnet Lee “Kaylee” Frye (Firefly)
  • Navigator A Navigator (Frank Herbert’s Dune novels)
  • Medical Officer Doctor Stephen Franklin (Babylon 5)
  • Security Officer Xena (Xena: Warrior Princess)
  • Quarter Master Vila Restal (Blake’s 7)
  • Sanitation Engineer Kryten (Red Dwarf)


These are the CSFS meeting dates for the rest of 2018.
This list will be updated through the year with any changes of venue/date. Please check this post for the latest information.
All general meetings start at 7.00pm, at the Canberra Southern Cross Club in Woden.
For all restaurant meetings, please email or phone the Secretary Sandra to confirm you’re attending and will need a seat to be booked.

  • March 15 restaurant meeting (RM) at Turkish Delight, Belconnen
  • April 5 GM
  • April 19 RM at Flavours of India, Woden
  • May 3 GM
  • May 17 RM at Ethiopia Down Under, Pearce
  • June 7 GM
  • June 21 RM at Thai Ayutthaya, Belconnen
  • July 5 GM
  • July 19 RM at Iron Chef, Mawson
  • August 2 GM
  • August 16 RM at Turkish Grill, Wanniassa
  • September 6 GM
  • September 20 RM at Hellenic Club, Woden
  • October 4 GM
  • October 18 RM at Cisco’s Mexican, Kingston
  • November 1 GM
  • November 15 RM at My’s Vietnamese, Weston
  • December 6 Annual General Meeting
  • December 20 RM at Saffron, Kingston

Hungry Buddha

The Canberra Science Fiction Club usually meets twice each month. The first Thursday is a General Meeting and on the third Thursday members, friends, family or guests can gather together to talk and eat at a restaurant. Each person pays for their own choice of meal. Everyone is welcome. You don’t have to belong to the club to join in. The only requirement is that you notify the Secretary at least two days before attending the dinner.

The Secretary has pre-selected the restaurants for this year and the cuisines are varied – Chinese, Ethiopian, Indian, Malaysian, Mediterranean, Mexican, Nepalese, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese, just to name a few. Most restaurants have a banquet as well as a normal menu.

January’s choice was Nepalese – we gathered at the Hungry Buddha in Belconnen. Many attendees had dined at the Hungry Buddha in Curtin (before they moved to Belconnen) and were looking forward to an excellent meal. The Banquet menu was chosen (just $35. per head). I won’t go into the Nepalese name for each dish, just describe the dishes.

Four entrees were provided:-
– Steamed chicken dumpling with homemade tomato pickle,
– Corn kernels sautéed with authentic Nepalese spices,
– Spicy peanut salad with lime, tomato and onion sauce, and
– Tender chicken fillets sautéed with chilli flakes, diced capsicum and onion.
It did not take too long before these were heartily attacked and enjoyed by all.

Then four main dishes were served. These were accompanied by Rice, Naan bread, Raita and Pickles:-
– Lentils flambé with cumin, coriander, a touch of chilli and cooked with Himalayan spices and tossed with herb jimmu (or jimbu),
– Nepalese style vegetable (mild) curry of cauliflower, carrot, zucchini, peas, potatoes, bamboo shoots and other seasonal vegetables,
– Boneless chicken cooked in exotic Himalayan spices, and
– Village style bone-in goat with flavours of fenugreek, cinnamon, tomatoes, bay leaves, ginger and garlic.

Drinks available included the usual selection of red or white wines. soft drinks and Lassis.

Strangely enough by the time all this was eaten, nobody seemed interested in a dessert.

Everybody had a excellent feed and very much enjoyed the food. We will definitely go back there again.

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.

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

CSFS AGM – restaurant meeting suggestions

This is the suggested list of restaurants for our 2017 meetings. This list was confirmed at the annual general meeting.

Jan – Vikings club, Chisholm

Feb – Fortune Cookie, Melba

Mar – Turkish Delight, Belconnen

Apr – Taste of India, Phillip

May – Ethiopia Down Under, Pearce

Jun – Thai Ayutthaya, Belconnen

Jul – Iron Chef, Mawson

Aug – Turkish Grill, Erindale

Sep – Hellenic Club, Woden

Oct – changed to Taste of India, Phillip

Nov – My’s Vietnamese, Weston

Dec – Saffron, Kingston

CSFS Meetings

The Canberra Science Fiction Society meets twice a month.

The general meeting is held on the first Thursday of the month, 7pm at the Canberra Southern Cross Club in Woden (near the Hoyts Cinemas).

We also have a restaurant meeting on the third Thursday each month. For talking SF, fantasy and whatever else over a meal.
Please contact the Secretary at canberrascifi@hotmail.com to reserve a seat.

Upcoming venues are –
April 2016 – Flavours of India, Woden
May – Ethiopia Down Under, Pearce