Replicants and RUSes and flying elephants

As a part of their Cult Classics movie series, Dendy is screening two very different ’80s classic movies.

9 May will be the day for “The Princess Bride” and rodents of unusual size and on 15 May “Blade Runner” will be screening.

While on the other side of town, Limelight is screening classic Disney animated fantasy movies starting with “Dumbo”.

Shakespeare and Science Fiction

Today is the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare.

Shakespeare’s plays have been borrowed by or provided inspiration to science fiction and fantasy authors and movie and television creators.

One of the most obvious ‘borrowings’ is “Forbidden Planet”, the 1950s retelling of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”. There are many other examples, with long running franchises such as “Star Trek” using many characters and ideas and often direct quotes, for example in “Star Trek V”.

Its not just Shakespeare’s works that are used. The author has been used as a character in stories, for example “Doctor Who” and the “Blackadder” time travel special.

Do you have a Shakespeare influenced science fiction or fantasy story, comic, movie, tv show etc? Please leave a comment and let us know

Back to the Future Arrival

Today’s date, 21 October 2015, is the future date the characters travelled to in ‘Back to the Future 2’.

Did they get anything right about the future? Is there anything you wanted that they predicted?

I’m glad we don’t have flying cars … all those rooftop accidents.

The BBC website has a detailed article analysing the future shown in the movie, and which predictions came close to our real 21 October 2015.
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-34569759

Warp Drives and Bending Time

The science and science fiction of faster than light travel is the topic at the Shine Dome on Tuesday 5 May.

Professor Tamara Davis will be presenting “Warp Drives and Bending Time” as a part of the Shine Dome’s ‘Science Fiction becomes Science Fact’ public speaker series.

The event starts at 5.30pm, tickets are $6 and bookings can be made at https://www.science.org.au.events/warp-drives-and-bending-time

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

Today is International Fanworks Day

February 15th is International Fanworks Day, the first annual day to celebrate fanwork of all kinds. Writing, crafting, costuming, reviewing, role playing games, photography, creativity related to fandoms, and more.

The Organisation for Transformative Works has organised the day to “celebrate all iterations of fansworks across the world”. Further details including a fanwork drabble are at http://transformativeworks.org/news/international-fanworks-day-here

What fanworks do you enjoy as a creating or consuming? What makes it special?

Zine Lounge – what a place to make a paper zine!

Over the last 87 years a lot of things have happened in Old Parliament House. Now there is a Zine Lounge in the building.

Apparently a would be (fan) zine maker can let their “let your imagination run wild in this self-guided workshop, with all supplies and materials provided to make your own zine. A zine (pronounced ‘zeen’) is a handmade, self-published magazine, often photocopied in black and white, and with a limited print run. The range of subjects is as diverse as the people who make them. Zines can be about absolutely anything! Print is powerful.”

The Zine Lounge is open daily between 9am and 5pm at Old Parliament House, Barton. Website: moadoph.gov.au/visiting/zine-lounge

Conflux 10 convention happens this weekend

Conflux 10 will be held at Rydges Capital Hill on the October Long Weekend (Friday October 3 to Monday October 6).

The chair is Karen Herkes. Guests are Margo Lanagan and Alisa Krasnostein. T

his year’s theme is “Journeys of discovery and self-discovery”.

For details visit http://conflux.org.au/

The CSFS in not involved in Conflux.

2014 Hugo Awards announced at Loncon 3

The 2014 Hugo Awards were awarded at Loncon 3 less than an hour ago.

This year’s awards had the largest number of voters for any Hugo Awards and, with more than 60 countries represented in the convention’s huge membership (10, 762 including 3, 323 not attending, as at Sunday evening), the voters would also have been from many countries. So the results are not all as expected by some US and UK fans.

Here are some of the winners

  • Best Novel – “Ancillary Justice” by Ann Leckie
  • Best Novella – “Equoid” by Charles Stross
  • Best Dramatic Presentation (Long form) – “Gravity”
  • Best Dramatic Presentation (Short form) – “Game of Thrones” Rains of Castamere