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10 July 2011 @ 01:38 pm
Science Fiction Social Club revisited  

I appear to have this urge to actually try to, like, get the word out about a Science Fiction Social Club*, and am trying to figure out how best to do that. There’s apparently at least a small, perhaps dedicated, Steampunk scene in Dublin, and it seems like that would be a good place to reach out to, except I can’t find much of a focal point for them (the Ferocious Mingle Market may be the best place to start) (Or possibly standing on a street corner shouting “I know Cherie Priest!” would do it too…). Anime fans can be collected at the Forbidden Planet’s monthly anime gig. The local con-goers, well, we can get to them easily enough.

Other than that, it seems like putting up notifications at libraries would be clever. I’m trying to think where else. The movie theatres don’t have those kind of postboards (though the independents might, dunno). Probably *not* the writers’ centre, although I think perhaps an ideal Social Club thing would have a quarterly guest/speaker/thing that we could possibly use the writers’ centre as the venue for. Anyway, mostly thinking out loud here…

*Where all manner of fantasy, science fiction, comics, steampunk, and-what-have-you fans are welcome, but The Fantasy Science Fiction Comics Steampunk and What-Have-You Social Club makes for much too long a name, and while yes, I suppose one could have the Speculative Fiction Social Club, it’s not something I’m going to tout as a title because I think “speculative fiction” is a stupid umbrella name. All fiction is fricking speculative, or it wouldn’t be fiction.

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Mary Annepers1stence on July 10th, 2011 01:56 pm (UTC)
You could call it GeeksRUs. ;)
martianmooncrabmartianmooncrab on July 10th, 2011 08:00 pm (UTC)
that is pretty much the vibe we try for at our SF&F book club at the Beaverton Powells. The genre is not One True Book, but of many books.
Aidangingereejit on July 10th, 2011 11:02 pm (UTC)
You might try the various gaming conventions. There's a great deal of overlap between gamers and SciFi readers :-)
Xixpioti on July 11th, 2011 02:44 am (UTC)
Do any bookstores have community bulletin board type things? If I were doing that, I'd probably ask at the local Borders and B&N info desks to see if I could post something there, or if they had any recommendations. I'd also be tempted to post something at my local corner store, since that's where the local gamers get their beer.