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05 July 2011 @ 09:57 pm
The Science Fiction Social Club  

Tonight I went to a meeting of SF geeks. After about 45 minutes, we determined that the point of the meeting was to determine whether or not there was any interest in having meetings. *laughs out loud*

At the end of the meeting, it was agreed that there appears to be some interest in having meetings. To that end, although actually sort of coincidentally or complimentarily rather than derivitively, The Irish Hat Girl is beginning a “Book Drop-In” in August. It is not a book club. Book clubs, as she said, suggest commitment, and commitment is scary, and also as far as she can tell the purpose of a book club is to make people read books they don’t want to. So the BDI will be a casual chat about sf/f books and basically if you’ve read the book Hat Girl is talking about that week, then you’re welcome to drop by and chat about it. I forget exactly what’s up for the first three weeks–a Brandon Sanderson novel, THE DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS, and something else–but it’s at a particularly convenient time for me (half six on Wednesdays at Accents on Lower St Stephen’s), so despite the fact that I’ve read none of those books and am unlikely to do so in the next few weeks, I may go anyway. :)

There will also be a gathering the first weekend in August, at the Twisted Pepper/Loft Bookshop, for local LJ/Twitter/Facebook/whatever SF fans. This will, I think, be the inaugural meeting of the (flippantly named by myself, and written down by Gareth) Science Fiction Social Club, and perhaps if we keep it going there will also be periodic events associated with the SFSC. I think keeping it going would be quite a success all by itself. :)

Anyway, so an amusing evening was had by me, at least, and I kinda hope we get a decent showing at the SFSC meet-up. I wonder if I should make a FB page for it. :)

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Malkhosmalkhos on July 6th, 2011 12:49 am (UTC)
In answer to your earlier about source material for life in the period 1800-1820, I thought of a better answer than I gave before and one that will be better than wikipedia.

If you go to google books you read the third edition of the Encyclopeadia Britannica and its supplements, which were published during the period. As you may know that site is hopelessly disorganized so get all the volumes (reprinted at various dates) you have to use the advanced search and search for--Encyclopaedia Britannica--(and you have to spell out the diphthong, that change in typography didn't come in until about 1900 or the search engine will miss your target volumes), and limit the date to between 1788 and 1797, and do the same for the fourth edition but between 1800 and 1810.

This will certainly give you background information authentic to the period and you might find a few other odd tings to help you. For instance, the article on "Motion" in the third edition is am impassioned pleas against Newtonian gravity. The author argues instead that the observed phenomena referred to gravity are accounted for by the classical element fire. You might be able to do something with that in your genre.