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Friday, July 27th, 2012
7:44 am
[dmk]

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Monday, July 2nd, 2012
10:56 am
[laurahcory1]
July events
Tuesday, July 17th, 7pm, Southpoint Barnes & Noble. Book group, book
is Lois McMaster Bujold's Mirror Dance.

Monday, July 23rd - Two Star Trek Next Gen episodes on the big screen,
7pm, Brier Creek
.

Sunday, July 29th, 6pm. Can't Stop the Serenity, Raleighwood Cinema.
Charity event hosted by Raleigh Browncoats.

Hope to see you at some or all of these!



Current Mood: busy
Friday, June 22nd, 2012
11:54 am
[laurahcory1]
15th anniversary party tomorrow!
Hi everyone,

I hope if you're not already at ConTemporal, that you'll join us tomorrow (Saturday, June 23rd) for the Research Triangle SF Society's 15th anniversary celebration.

This will be a room party at the ConTemporal hotel--the Chapel Hill Sheraton, room number TBA. I'm checking into the hotel tomorrow and will post flyers, and a note to RTSFS online places, once I know the room number.

Party kicks off at 8pm tomorrow.

Hard to believe it's been 15 years since that first impromptu gathering in the coffee shop area of the New Hope Commons Barnes & Noble...



Current Mood: busy
Tuesday, June 5th, 2012
3:36 pm
[laurahcory1]
RTSFS Happenings This Month - Book Group, Party!, Local Authors
Lots going on this month!

First up is book group, Tuesday June 19th at the Southpoint B&N, 7pm. Book will be Robinson's Green Mars. Green Mars was supposed to have been last month's discussion, but since Robinson's Mars books are so tightly interwoven, most of us felt a need to read Red Mars first, so May's meeting ended up being mostly all about Red Mars. So this month, June, will actually be the Green Mars discussion.
http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/store/2109

Second, come celebrate the 15th anniversary of RTSFS's founding! Saturday June 23rd, 8pm, at ConTemporal, room TBA at the con -- look for flyers at the con and in the usual places that conventions post room party announcements. ConTemporal info here:
http://contemporal.org/

Third, local SF authors roundtable is back at the Cary B&N, Tuesday June 26th, 7pm. Featuring Tony Daniel, David Drake, Kelly Gay, John Kessel, James Maxey, Lisa Shearin and Mark Van Name.
http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/3365214

Yes, we're only 18 days away from our big birthday bash! Not quite Sweet Sixteen, but still, a milestone for the area's longest running sf club (that I'm aware of).



Current Mood: busy
Wednesday, March 21st, 2012
12:17 pm
[laurahcory1]
RTSFS 15th Anniversary Party at Contemporal, June 23rd
Mark your calendars for an out-of-this-world party on Saturday night, June 23rd.

We're celebrating the Research Triangle Science Fiction Society's 15th anniversary! (Anyone else remember that very first meeting, at the cafe at the B&N in New Hope Commons, June 1997?)

If you can't attend but would still like to participate, I'm creating a notebook of memories. If you have some fond club memories to share, send me (Laura) a message either to my email or via LJ message. I'm also looking for photos. I'll be happy to scan and return originals to you; again, send me a message and we'll work out shipping.

Regardless of whether you participate in person or from afar, please plan to join us some way, some how, as we mark the occasion. We'll be hosting this party during the new convention, ConTemporal. We hope to see many of you there.

More details as we get closer to the date.

Also, if you're not part of the RTSFS group on FaceBook, here it is:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/325433210580/



Current Mood: busy
Saturday, April 9th, 2011
8:24 am
[laurahcory1]
Book group this month
Book group this month is Clarke's The Fountains of Paradise, on Tuesday April 19th, 7pm, Parkwood Assocation office. If you haven't been before, or lately, let me know and I'll get you directions. There's some construction going on in the neighborhood right now.



Current Mood: calm
Monday, March 14th, 2011
3:50 pm
[laurahcory1]
Book group tomorrow: Dreamsnake, and DETOUR
For those of you who don't live in the area, you may be unaware of the major construction project now going on:
http://www.heraldsun.com/view/full_story_news_durham/11518122/article-Revere-Road-rebuild-set-to-begin?instance=main_article

This affects book group because our meeting location is just off Revere Road.

If you get to book group by coming up Revere from the stoplight at Highway 54, you'll need to take an alternate way into the neighborhood. I suggest, especially if you're not familiar with Parkwood, that you go down to the light at Hwy. 55 and Sedwick, where the Greenwood Commons shopping center is, and turn onto Sedwick and come into the neighborhood that way. You'll drive up Sedwick then make a right on Revere at the stop sign, and our location will be on the left instead of the right.

Here's a map:
http://tinyurl.com/26ggu9u

Book is Dreamsnake; yes, our schedule is FUBAR.



Current Mood: busy
Tuesday, February 15th, 2011
11:13 am
[laurahcory1]
NO Book group tonight
Hi everyone, no one can make book group tonight, so we're canceling. No sense having a book group when no one can be there. :) We'll skip this month's book and move along to the next one on the schedule, and that will be Tuesday, March 15th.

Monday, February 14th, 2011
4:04 pm
[laurahcory1]
Book Group tomorrow (Feb 15)
If you're coming to book group tomorrow, please give me a heads-up. Thanks.

Thursday, January 20th, 2011
6:27 am
[dmk]
Monthly RTSFS Meeting
Thursday, January 20

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Durham South Regional Library, Study Room 2

Open discussion on speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy, horror) in print, film and TV. What have you read in the past year? What are you looking forward to this year? What topics would you like to discuss at upcoming meetings?

The library has free wi-fi and a large SF collection for us to peruse! The other meeting rooms could be set up for videos or parties.

This month we'll meet in Study Room 2, but starting next month we'll be in a bigger room.
Monday, December 20th, 2010
10:27 am
[laurahcory1]
Party Thanks
Great party yesterday!

Extra-special thanks to Sam for hosting, and for bringing in a broader group than we've had at past events. It was fantastic seeing some new faces, plus hanging out with old friends I haven't seen in far too long. Thanks also for arranging the beer- and wine-tasting. paulcory and I will definitely put Full Steam Brewery on our to-visit list for 2011, and we also know now not to get the Hogwash hickory-smoked porter--yowza, that's not a "sweet, subtle smoke," it's sledgehammer o' smoke! Might make an awesome marinade, though. :)

Silly me, I had thought things wouldn't go past 8pm--Paul had to drag me away kicking and screaming from a lively, intelligent discussion at 10:30pm, because we still had chores to do. That's the sign of a good party; you don't want it to end.

Thanks also to everyone who came out, who participated in the silly gift exchange, who brought food/drinks, and who just showed up and had a grand old time.

This was the one of the biggest turnouts ever for one of our events, I think. I didn't do an official head count, and the space was pretty big, so it was hard to tell. But it looked like a big crowd. More importantly, it looked like people were having fun, and that was good.

We didn't get around to playing Fiasco, so I'm thinking that a dedicated Games Night is definitely in order sometime in the new year.

Book group also didn't get around to discussing Gateway, which was good, since I didn't get around to reading it (long story short: person who offered to loan me a copy couldn't find it).

Whatever you celebrate, here's hoping everyone has a wonderful holiday.



Current Mood: cheerful
Monday, December 13th, 2010
2:50 pm
[laurahcory1]
How festive! Party Dec. 19th, 3pm
Annual holiday party is Sunday Dec. 19th, 3pm, 3060 Colony Road, Durham NC. Here's a map of the location:
http://tinyurl.com/35fvgxj

This is the multi-story club house in Colony Woods, Sam Montgomery-Blinn of Bull Spec has been kind enough to reserve it for us. This is what he says about the space: "It's quite big, with two split-off rooms which could each seat 20 for breakout conversations/gaming whatever, a very, very large room downstairs which could hold 40-50 (I might suggest this as a "kids room" or similar), and the main space upstairs with an oven, fridge, etc. which could easily hold another 40-50. And decent sized bathrooms."

We will be having the traditional RTSFS Silly Gift Exchange; participation is entirely optional. This is basically a Yankee Gift Swap/Dirty Santa kind of thing.

In past years we've put low dollar limits on the amount people can spend, but this year, just use common sense. If you see a really cool, fun thing for $15, go for it. Me, I use Think Geek and Archie McPhee for inspiration and go from there. :)

Short version of the rules: buy a fun/silly gift. Wrap it. Don't put a nametag on it. Bring it to the party. Once everyone who wants to play has arrived, we put numbers in a hat and draw to see who picks first. That person unwraps a present. Next person can either take Person #1's gift or open a new one. And so it goes. Very quickly you will discover that there are one or two presents that everyone seems to want, and they'll get "stolen" quite frequently. It's all good-hearted fun.

General rules for Yankee Gift Swaps are here (note that we don't use the optional final three "hard core" rules):
http://mullenclan.com/misc/YankeeSwapRules.htm

Food and drinks: RTSFS will provide basics--plates, cups, napkins, disposable silverware, and ice, plus a few sodas and a couple bags of chips and cookies--if you'd like to bring something additional to share, that would be most welcome.

Games: since Sam says there's plenty of room, if people want to bring board games that would be fantastic. I can bring Apples to Apples and various flavors of Munchkin and Chez Geek.

Book group: At some point when we're all at the party, the book group subset will go take over a corner of the clubhouse and discuss Fred Pohl's Gateway.

Hope to see you all there!



Current Mood: festive
1:52 pm
[laurahcory1]
Book group now through June
Remember, for this month's book group we're meeting as a sub-group of the holiday party on this coming Sunday, Dec. 19th. The book is Pohl's GATEWAY.

For the first half of 2011, we'll be at the Parkwood office meeting space, where we had the November book group.

These are the dates and books for January through June:

Jan. 18th, Dreamsnake by Vonda N. McIntryre

Feb. 15th, The Fountains of Paradise, Arthur C. Clarke

Mar. 15th, The Snow Queen, Joan Vinge

Apr. 19th, Downbelow Station, C.J. Cherryh

May 17th, Foundation's Edge, Isaac Asimov

Jun. 21st, Startide Rising, David Brin

The office is on Revere Road, which is the backbone road through the neighborhood, and you can see it on this map here:

http://tinyurl.com/26ggu9u

The Association office is across the street from the Parkwood United Methodist Church. Actually the map above still has the Parkwood Library marked in it, and the Association office is at the other end of the shopping center from where the library used to be (yikes, I've turned into my mother, giving people directions based on things that no longer exist!).

If you're coming from Hwy. 54, you turn onto Revere Road at the stoplight, and drive until you see the church on the left, and the parking lot you want will be on your right (there's a small convenience store on the corner). If you get to the stoplight at Clermont, you've *just* overshot where you need to be.

If you're coming in from Hwy 55 and take Sedwick into the neighborhood, you'll go right onto Revere at the 4-way stop, then just past the light at Clermont, turn left into the parking lot.



Current Mood: busy
Thursday, December 2nd, 2010
11:39 am
[laurahcory1]
Jonathan Coulton tonight--Dec. 2nd--at Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh
Dangit, I *knew* there was a geeky thing I was leaving off the events calendar...

Jonathan Coulton is playing tonight--Thursday, Dec. 2nd-- at the Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh:

http://www.lincolntheatre.com/schedule.htm


Wednesday, December 1st, 2010
12:10 pm
[laurahcory1]
December-January Happenings, Scott Card Tonight at Quail Ridge
Tonight, Dec. 1st, 7:30pm at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh: Orson Scott Card:
http://www.quailridgebooks.com/event/orson-scott-card-science-fiction-master-pathfinder

Tomorrow, Dec. 2nd, 7pm at the Brier Creek Barnes & Noble, Clay & Susan Griffiths will be signing copies of their new novel, The Greyfriar, book one of the Vampire Empire series.

http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/3072160

Dec. 7th: "Genre" night at Durham South Regional Library in RTP. Monthly Genre Fiction Book club discussion from 7-8pm. December is Science Fiction, so come out and talk about your favorite SF in Durham's shiniest, newest, library.

Dec. 17th: Fifth annual cookie decorating party at Jeff and Tracey's. Details here.

Dec. 19th: Annual holiday party is Sunday Dec. 19th, 3pm, 3060 Colony Road, Durham NC. Here's a map of the location:
http://tinyurl.com/35fvgxj

For those who've asked, this is the multi-story club house in Colony Woods, Sam Montgomery-Blinn of Bull Spec has been kind enough to reserve it for us. This is what he says about the space: "It's quite big, with two split-off rooms which could each seat 20 for breakout conversations/gaming whatever, a very, very large room downstairs which could hold 40-50 (I might suggest this as a "kids room" or similar), and the main space upstairs with an oven, fridge, etc. which could easily hold another 40-50. And decent sized bathrooms."

We WILL be having the traditional RTSFS Silly Gift Exchange. This is basically a Yankee Gift Swap/Dirty Santa kind of thing. In past years we've put low dollar limits on the amount people can spend, but this year, just use common sense. If you see a really cool, fun thing for $15, go for it. Participation is optional; you don't have to participate in the SGE if you come to the party.

General rules for Yankee Gift Swaps are here: http://mullenclan.com/misc/YankeeSwapRules.htm Note: we don't use the optional "hard core" final three rules. Me, I use Think Geek and Archie McPhee for inspiration and go from there. :)

Dec. 19th: Book group - meeting within the holiday party. At some point when we're all at the party, we'll go take over a corner of the clubhouse and discuss Fred Pohl's Gateway.

January 12, 2011, at the Regulator in Durham: SF authors' night organized by Bull Spec Magazine

January 18th, 7pm, RTSFS book group: book is Vonda McIntrye's Dreamsnake. Location TBD, depending on where the regulars want to go.

Monday, October 18th, 2010
4:19 pm
[laurahcory1]
Book group tomorrow (Tues., Oct. 19th), Authors Night Nov. 11th
Just a friendly reminder about book group tomorrow night at 7pm at TraLi, discussing THE FOREVER WAR.

Also, mark your calendars for November 11th, Speculative Fiction Authors' Night at the Barnes & Noble at New Hope Commons in Durham:

http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/3065980





Current Mood: busy
Wednesday, August 25th, 2010
2:05 pm
[laurahcory1]
Book group next month--shift the date? William Gibson is going to be speaking at Duke
Hi everyone,

Normally book group falls on the third Tuesday of the month, and next month that would be Tuesday, Sept. 21st.

BUT!

William Gibson is going to be speaking at the Duke campus that night at 7pm.

https://p10.secure.hostingprod.com/@spyblog.org.uk/ssl/zerohistory/2010/06/william-gibson---zero-history-15.html

If we want to punt book group to the following night, Wednesday the 22nd, please let me know.



Current Mood: busy
Thursday, July 29th, 2010
8:48 pm
[laurahcory1]
NASFiC pocket program now online
The NASFiC pocket program is now online; if you go to the homepage:
http://www.reconstructionsf.org/

The first line of the update goes to the pdf to download.

I'll be there all weekend next weekend but if you want to be sure to catch me--or conversely, avoid me ;)--I'll definitely be at Opening Ceremonies on Thursday, at the Baen traveling road show on Friday, at Eric Flint's GOH speech, and at Toni Weisskopf's Toastmistress speech. Otherwise, I'll just be wandering around with paulcory (tall guy, ponytail, camera).



Current Mood: cheerful
Thursday, July 15th, 2010
10:48 am
[laurahcory1]
Buy your NASFiC memberships
crossposted)

NASFiC pre-registration closes today; they do take PayPal so if you still need a membership, you're not too late:

http://www.reconstructionsf.org/?page_id=6

Guests of Honor are Eric Flint (author), Juanita Coulson (fan), Brad Foster (art) and Toni Weisskopf as Toastmistress. List of program participants is here:

http://www.reconstructionsf.org/?page_id=254




Current Mood: busy
Monday, July 12th, 2010
12:05 pm
[laurahcory1]
Two Writers' Workshops at NASFiC This year
(crossposted)

Just an FYI, NASFiC (August 5-8, Raleigh NC) is having two writing workshops this year.

NASFiC website here:
http://www.reconstructionsf.org/

Allen Wold will be doing the workshop that some of you may have participated in at past cons like StellarCon or CapClave.

Additionally, Oz Drummond is doing one requiring advance, pre-convention submissions with limited slots available on a first-come, first serve basis.

Manuscript critiquers include Jack McDevitt, Mark Van Name, Steve Miller, Mary Robinette Kowal, Lawrence Schoen, Matthew Rotundo, Tom Doyle, and Carl Frederick. See link for additional details and submission instructions:

http://birdhousefrog.livejournal.com/159409.html




Current Mood: calm
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