Orange County Science Fiction Club Orange County Science Fiction Club

SCHEDULED MEETINGS

Our meetings are initially open to the public at no charge, although donations to help cover the costs are appreciated. Recurring visitors are requested to contribute $2 per meeting, or join us as a full member for $20 per year (prorated).

Readers' Orbit book review meetings are free to all. The format for the Orbit meetings is to serially provide each participant time to present their review. After the review cycle is finished a general discussion is encouraged.

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  • JUNE 26 GUEST/PROGRAM
    Marie Callender's Restaurant
    540 North Euclid Avenue in Anaheim
    Dining 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
    Meeting 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.


    Rick Sternbach

    Rick Sternbach has been a space and science fiction artist since the early 1970s, often combining both interests in a project. His clients include NASA, Sky and Telescope, Data Products, Random House, Smithsonian, Analog, Astronomy, The Planetary Society, and Time-Life Books. He is a founding member and Fellow of the International Association of Astronomical Artists (IAAA), which was formed in 1981. He has written and illustrated articles on orbital transfer vehicles and interstellar flight for Science Digest. Beginning in the late 1970s Rick added film and television illustration and special effects to his background, with productions like Star Trek: The Motion Picture, The Last Starfighter, Future Flight, and Cosmos, for which he and other members of the art team received an Emmy award, the first for visual effects. Rick also twice received the coveted Hugo award for best professional science fiction artist, in 1977 and 1978.

  • JULY 10 READING ORBIT- OCSFC Book Club:

    Marie Callender's Restaurant
    307 East Katella Avenue in Orange.
    Dining 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
    Meeting 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.



    July's book will be Six Wakes
    by Mur Lafferty

    Suggested by Dave Moore

    Maria Arena awakens in a cloning vat streaked with drying blood. She has no memory of how she died. This is new; before, when she had awakened as a new clone, her first memory was of how she died. Maria's vat is one of seven, each one holding the clone of a crew member of the starship Dormire, each clone waiting for its previous incarnation to die so it can awaken. And Maria isn't the only one to die recently...Nominated for the 2018 Hugo and Nebula Awards.

    Availability:
    Braille AnaPL FulPL LAPL LACPL OCPL AMZ-U $3 Kindle $10

    400 pages
    Pub. January, 2017

  • JULY 31 GUEST/PROGRAM

    Marv Wolfman

    Fondly remembered as the principal writer of "The Tomb Of Dracula" comic book series at Marvel and "The New Teen Titans" at DC. Marv has been a senior writer and editor since the early 1970's and served as editor-in-chief for a time. His more recent efforts have included work at Disney Comics, Dark Horse, First Comics and many small companies.

  • AUGUST 14 READING ORBIT- OCSFC Book Club:



    August's book will be Man In His Time: The Best Science Fiction Short Stories Of Brian Aldiss
    by Brian W. Aldiss

    Suggested by Dave Moore

    19 short stories and 3 novellettes by the Grand Master: "Outside", "The Failed Men", "All the World's Tears", "Poor Little Warrior!", "Who Can Replace a Man?", "Man on Bridge", "The Girl and the Robot with Flowers", "The Saliva Tree", "Man in His Time", "Heresies of the Huge God", "Confluence", "Working in the Spaceship Yards", "Super-Toys Last All Summer Long", "Sober Noises of Morning in a Marginal Land", "The Dark Soul of the Night", "Appearance of Life", "Last Orders", "Door Slams in Fourth World", "The Gods in Flight", "My Country 'Tis Not Only of Thee", "Infestation", "The Difficulties Involved in Photographing Nix Olympica".

    Availability:
    Braille AnaPL LAPL AMZ-U $3 ebay $4

    328 pages
    Pub. September, 1989

  • AUGUST 28 GUEST/PROGRAM


    Alexandra Monir

    Alexandra is an author of YA novels of mystery, time travel, and science fiction whose latest novel, The Final Six, has been optioned for film. Alexandra is also an accomplished songwriter and singer.

  • SEPTEMBER 11 READING ORBIT- OCSFC Book Club:



    September's book will be The Ship Of Ishtar
    by A(braham) Merritt

    Suggested by John Bowen & Catherine Curley

    The hero, John Kenton, is a well-off adventurer and archaeologist who has financed excavations in Babylon, and receives from it a strange stone block with nearly-illegible warning inscriptions. Naturally, he can't leave well-enough alone when the stone cracks. He discovers that the block contains a toy-like ship on a crystal sea, in precious and semi-precious metals and gem-stones. This ship is the gateway to a world of endless day, and the deck of a "real" ship which has voyaged since the days of Sargon of Akkad.

    The 1924 magazine serialization is in thirty-five chapters. The Putnam/Avon text, which is available on various places around the web, was re-ordered into thirty-one chapters, some re-titled to fit, and divided into six parts (possibly suggested by the six-part magazine serialization). Whole pages are missing, including the crucial opening scene, which introduces the protagonist, and his feelings of alienation after returning from service in the First World War. Since this backgrounds his doubts of his own sanity, its absence can only confuse the reader. The Annotated version contains the complete 1924 text.

    Availability:
    Braille LAPL Kindle-Annotated $6 ebay $3

    228 pages
    Pub. November 8, 1924 - December 13, 1924



  • October's book will be Gustav Meyrink's The Golem.

    November's book will be Vonda McIntyre's Superluminal



Alphabetical list of past presenters
Books suggested for reading and discussion
Alphabetical list of books previously discussed
Chronological list of books previously discussed
How to suggest a book for discussion
Symbols used for availability:
AMZ Amazon
Kindle Amazon Kindle & Fire
Gutenberg Project Gutenberg
Nook Barnes & Noble
Braille available from Braille
AnaPL Anaheim Public Library system
FulPL Fullerton Public Library
LAPL Los Angeles Public Library system
LACPL Los Angeles County Public Library system
OCPL Orange County Public Library system
-a = audio book
-cd = audio book on cd
-DB = downloadable audio book
-e = e-audio book
-RC = audio book on cassette
-u = Used copies available




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