We had great success testing and playing different configurations of Artemis on 7/29, with 3 regular MeFites, a couple of irregular ones (me and jenquat), and an outsider remoting in from Sausalito, and it's time to schedule another one. [more inside]
I'd like to bring together a casual group to occasionally play Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator at my home (and possibly other venues). Since there's a learning curve to playing this cooperative spaceship bridge crew game, be prepared for some collaborative setup, burn-in, and waiting. But it's fun anyway! Come join me/us! [more inside]
CONvergence is imminent! The MeFi meetups the last few years have been fun, so let’s do another this year. [more inside]
So captivepredator and I were talking about a pre-meetup meetup on Saturday before the Writers with Drinks event. If you can't go to WwD or if you just want EVEN MORE Mefite time, come hang out with us at Borderlands. (It's just a few blocks away from the main meetup!) [more inside]
"The Science Fiction genre is known for tackling important social issues and examining the human condition, as well as things exploding or being on fire. Alex DeCampi (Smoke, Grindhouse), Adam Rakunas (Windswept), Margaret Trauth (Decrypting Rita), Douglas Wolk (Judge Dredd: Mega City 2) and Arthur Wyatt (2000AD) take a look at the tropes and themes of modern SF and the intersection of flashy eye-candy and deeper meaning." That's right - an ECCC panel with not one, not two, but three Mefites! If you are at ECCC, swing on by!
It’s mere weeks to CONvergence 2015. Last year’s meetup was fun. Let’s do it again! Saturday morning from 10:30–11:30 a.m. (or, you know, later if folks are feeling it), in the Garden Court. [more inside]
FOGcon, a literary sf convention, is happening on March 6-8 in Walnut Creek. This year's theme is The Traveller. "From The Odyssey to Dr. Who, Margery Kempe to Alyx, the Traveler is an iconic figure. This trope evokes a whole class of stories in both SF and fantasy in a compact and emotionally suggestive form....We will explore such topics as modes of travel, evolving attitudes toward the idea of an alien realm, the range of metaphors travel stands for, changing expectations about the experience of earthly or space travel, and how to be an extreme wilderness hiker - or an extreme hitchhiker. And lots more. Honored Guests: Kim Stanley Robinson, Catherynne M. Valente, Joanna Russ (posthumous)." [more inside]
A themed programme of Spanish science-fiction short films from Nacho Vigalondo (TIMECRIMES, EXTRATERRESTRIAL), Chema García Ibarra, Alex Pastor (CARRIERS), Alberto Gonzalez Vazquez, and Pablo Larcuen. Robots from space, invisible friends, transformations, space-time anomalies, even the end of the world! Come and join us! [more inside]
This weekend is the annual Arisia science fiction convention, at the Westin Boston Waterfront. I'll be there nerding out, and it just occurred to me to wonder if there would be other Mefites there. [more inside]
The magazine I edit is throwing itself a one-year birthday party in downtown Toronto. There will be cake and music and drinks. A selection of the Canadian SF who's who will be in attendance. Admission is free, though donations are always welcome. Stop on by. More details.
Is anyone else going to Worldcon in Reno this year? [more inside]
Hey, MeFites! Let's go check out the Out Of This World: Science Fiction But Not As We Know It exhibition at the British Library (subject of this excellent FPP by dng). I'm thinking this weekend-- short notice, I know, but what is life without spontaneity? [more inside]
The Chiaroscuro Reading Series Spring Fling is tonight at The Augusta House. There are going to be readings from local genre magazines as well as other performances. I will be there reading a piece from an upcoming issue of AE and handing out print editions of AE Micro 2011 (which includes a piece by MeFi's own The Whelk). [more inside]