First Friday Fandom meets the first Friday (unless we’ve rescheduled due to a convention) at 8pm. We generally buy 2-3 copies of our discussion books (except those available for free online!), which are available at the meeting a month beforehand.

August 4, 2017 Meeting

Our book this month will be The Humans by Matt Haig.

Goodreads states:

The Humans is a funny, compulsively readable novel about alien abduction, mathematics, and that most interesting subject of all: ourselves. Combine Douglas Adams’s irreverent take on life, the universe, and everything with a genuinely moving love story, and you have some idea of the humor, originality, and poignancy of Matt Haig’s latest novel.

We will meet at the usual time and place despite August being an “A” month.

July 7, 2017 Meeting

We will meet early for our potluck barbecue

First Friday Fandom will be celebrating Independence Day with our annual potluck barbecue. The club will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, buns, and condiments. Please bring a side or dessert to share with everyone, and any other protein you might want to throw on the grill. Come as early as 4pm to hang out, but we’ll start dinner closer to 6pm. Ted and Robin will bring some silly card games.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang book cover
Our book for this month will be Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by author Ian Fleming of James Bond fame. We might get the movie as well, just for fun.

June 2, 2017 Meeting

Cinnabar book cover
Continuing our theme of authors writing outside of their usual genres, this month’s book will be Cinnabar by Edward Bryant. This is a set of eight linked short stories about Cinnabar, the “City at the center of time”. We will meet at our usual time of 8pm at our usual location at 1245 Allegheny Drive.

April 7, 2017 Meeting

Continuing this year’s theme of science fiction or fantasy books by authors writing outside of their usual genres, our book for April will be The Science Fiction Stories of Rudyard Kipling, edited by John Brunner.

This collection is out of print, but used copies can be found. Call to see if any of the copies purchased by the club are available. Included in this compilation are the stories, “A Matter of Fact” (1893), “The Ship That Found Herself” (1898), “.007” (1898), “Wireless” (1904), “With the Night Mail” (1909), “As Easy as A.B.C.” (1917), “In the Same Boat” (1917), “The Eye of Allah” (1926), and “Unprofessional” (1932). You may be able to find some of these on the internet.

We will meet at our usual location at 1245 Allegheny Drive at 8pm. We hope to see you there!

February 3, 2017 Meeting

This year we will be reading science fiction or fantasy books by authors writing outside of their usual genres. Our book for February will be The Eyes of the Dragon, a fantasy novel by Stephen King. We will meet at our usual location at 1245 Allegheny Drive at 8pm. We hope to see you there!

January 6, 2017 Meeting

My Real ChildrenSo this time of year is busy as we get ready to run COSine. We plan to meet at the hotel. Details will be posted here. Our book is My Real Children by our author Guest of Honor Jo Walton.

Please Note that we are meeting at the Hotel Eleganté

The Hotel Eleganté is at 2886 S Circle Drive. We will meet at 8pm in the board room on the 3rd floor of the Tower. Take the lobby elevator to the third floor, the board room is to the right of the elevator landing.

December 9th, 2016

seventhsonThe December meeting will NOT be on the first Friday of the month, this being an “a” month (ah-december). It will be held at 8pm on the second Friday, December 9th, at our usual location at 1245 Allegheny Drive. Check the Directions tab for a map. We will be reading Seventh Son by Orson Scott Card. We will also be having our usual getting-close-to-COSine discussion, so come prepared!

November 4, 2016 Meeting

timebanditsFor November we typically will meet earlier than usual to enjoy dinner and a movie. Pizza will be provided, but please bring some other goodies to share pot-luck style.

We’ll be meeting at the home of Karen and Erin Jordan. We will watch the movie Time Bandits, which was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation in 1982, but lost to Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Important Note! We have swapped the time and location of the meeting for this month because of the movie. We will be meeting at 6:30 pm at the home of Karen and Erin Jordan, at 2906 Stonewall Heights. This is a gate-controlled neighborhood, but the gate should be open for us.
Map to Karen and Erin's

October 7, 2016 Meeting

The October meeting will be held at 8pm on October 7th, at our usual location at 1245 Allegheny Drive. Check the Directions tab for a map. For October we will be reading the winner of the 2016 Hugo Award for Best Novel, The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin. This book was also nominated for the Nebula Award in 2015, and the Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel in 2016. It is the first book of a series, and has garnered some excellent reviews.

From GoodReads:

This is the way the world ends… for the last time. A season of endings has begun.
It starts with the great red rift across the heart of the world’s sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun.
It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter.
It starts with betrayal, and long dormant wounds rising up to fester.
This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy.

Mem has several copies of the book available at her house. Contact her at the number on the directions page to arrange a time to pick up a copy.

August 5, 2016 Meeting

emergenceThis month’s book is Emergence by David Palmer. The first part was originally published in Analog in 1981, with a followup in 1983. These parts were combined in a novel published by Bantam in 1984, and the book was nominated for the Hugo Award in 1985, losing out to William Gibson’s Neuromancer. The style is a first-person narrative written in an abbreviated telegraphic style, based on Pitman shorthand. It is about an 11 year old girl who is one of the first of a new species of humanity — the next step in human evolution, and her survival in a post-apocalyptic world.

We will meet at our usual time and place, at 8pm at the home of Kent Bloom and Mary Morman at 1245 Allegheny Drive. Click the Directions tab for a map to their house. Cary offered to bring snacks for this month. Thanks!