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.
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!
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!
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.
The 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!
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.
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.
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.
This 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!
First Friday Fandom has a long tradition of holding a 4th of July barbecue and potluck. Breaking tradition, the meeting will be held on July 4th, which isn’t even a Friday! We’ll meet in the afternoon around 2pm at our usual location at 1245 Allegheny Drive, with the plan of grilling in the early evening. The club will supply burgers, hot dogs, bratwursts, buns, and condiments. Please bring other dishes to share. Robyn called dibs on bringing baked beans, so don’t bring those. Guests are welcome!
For our non-winning Hugo nominee this month, we will be reading a novelette entitled “The Ugly Chickens” by Howard Waldrop. Mary says, “You have GOT to read this one!”. It lost to “The Cloak and the Staff” by Gordon R. Dickson in 1981 for Best Novelette. The novelette was featured on a podcast site called The Drabblecast. I don’t know if the text has been shortened for use in the podcast, but there is a full transcript available there, as well as the audio version. Find the story here
First Friday Fandom will be meeting at 8pm on June 3rd at our usual location at the home of Kent Bloom and Mary Morman. This month’s book will be another novel that didn’t win the Hugo when it was nominated. We’ll be reading Harpist in the Wind by Patricia A. Mckillop, which lost to The Fountains of Paradise by Arthur C. Clarke in 1980 for Best Novel. As usual, there will be several copies of the book available to borrow. Pick one up ahead of time and bring it back when you can so that others can read it. We’ll see you there!
First Friday Fandom will be meeting at 8pm on May 6 to discuss another of our “Hugo Losers”. We don’t want to imply that the books are losers, because every one of them was nominated for a Hugo. They just happened to be up against stiff competition in the year they were eligible. This month we will be reading Lucifer’s Hammer by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle. This great book lost in the 1978 Best Novel category to another great book — Gateway by Frederik Pohl. Dust off your copy, or grab one at the next meeting of FFF!