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)

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