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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  • Marie Callender's Restaurant
    1821 North Grand Avenue, Santa Ana
    Dining 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
    Meeting 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

  • SEPTEMBER 26 GUEST/PROGRAM

    Arlene Busby

    Arlene Busby is president of the Aerospace Legacy Foundation in Downey. They will be putting on the OuteRimCon 2018, an annual science and science fiction convention celebrating the history of space exploration on October 12th & 13th this year at the Columbia Memorial Space Center, 12400 Columbia Way, Downey, CA 90242.

    The Aerospace Legacy Foundation, is a community-based 501(c)(3) organization located in Downey. Since 1995 they have dedicated themselves to the preservation of Southern California’s aerospace and aviation history. Their mission is to educate, lecture and preserve the history of space exploration.

    Arlene (Satin) Busby has been an advocate of space sciences and space exploration for decades, and has been a driving force in the organization. She is been a significant figure in the local Southern California science fiction fandom, one of the better known members of LASFS, the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society, and appeared on the now legendary Hour 25 when it was first being broadcast on local station KPFK in Los Angeles. She was awarded LASFS’ highest service award in 2008.

  • OCTOBER 10, 2018 READING ORBIT- OCSFC Book Club:



    October's book will be Practical Demonkeeping
    by Christopher Moore

    Suggested by Catherine

    A people-eating demon threatens a sleepy California resort town.

    Availability:
    Braille AnaPL FulPL LAPL LACPL-e OCPL AMZ-used cheap Kindle & Nook $6

    243 pages
    Pub. 1992

  • OCTOBER 31 GUEST/PROGRAM

    Michael D. Sellers

    Michael Sellers has been an agent of the Central Intelligence Agency, an environmentalist, and a film writer, director and producer. His latest book details the story of how the Disney Studios spent $250 million on a picture they shelved only ten days after its release.

  • NOVEMBER 14, 2018 READING ORBIT- OCSFC Book Club:



    November's book will be Just One Damned Thing After Another
    by Jodi Taylor

    Suggested by Dave

    Book One of The Chronicles Of St. Mary's. There is also a prequel: The Very First Damned Thing.

    Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary's, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don't do 'time travel' - they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time'. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power - especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet.

    Availability:
    Braille-downloadable AnaPL FulPL LAPL LACPL-e OCPL AMZ-used $5 Kindle & Nook $4

    282 pages
    Pub. 2013

  • NOVEMBER 28 GUEST/PROGRAM

    Nikki Skelton

    Nikki is a Los Angeles-based recognized cosplayer, artist, and published model. She has been an avid fan of comics and science fiction movies since childhood, and has been attending conventions for about eight years. For the last four years Nikki has delved into the world of cosplay. Fascinated with the artistry and creativity to build and construct her own costumes, she speaks on panels to others in the community about how to get started in cosplay, and not fearing getting into the hobby due to age, size, gender, etc. Nikki has been featured in about ten news and entertainment publications for her cosplays, such as the Los Angeles Times, Orange County Register, and Buzz Feed.

  • DECEMBER 12, 2018 READING ORBIT- OCSFC Book Club:



    December's book will be Hogfather
    by Terry Pratchett

    Suggested by Catherine

    DiscWorld #20 of 41 novels.

    When the red-suited, gift-giving Hogfather disappears, Death himself is forced to pick up the reins of the sleigh on Hogswatchnight.

    Availability:
    Braille FulPL-downloadable LAPL LACPL OCPL AMZ-used $3 Kindle & Nook $10

    421 pages
    Pub. 1996

  • DECEMBER 26 GUEST/PROGRAM
    There will not be a regular meeting with a guest on the last Wednesday of December as few of our members would be able to attend.)

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  • JANUARY 9, 2019 READING ORBIT- OCSFC Book Club:



    January's book(s) will be Bowl Of Heaven & ShipStar
    by Greg Benford & Larry Niven

    Suggested by John Bowen

    This novel was published in two parts.

    In this first collaboration by science fiction masters Larry Niven and Gregory Benford, a human expedition to another star system is jeopardized by an encounter with an astonishingly immense artifact in interstellar space: a bowl-shaped structure half-englobing a star, with a habitable area equivalent to many millions of Earths…and it's on a direct path heading for the same system as the human ship!

    Availability:
    Braille (download) AnaPL LACPL LAPL OCPL AMZ-used cheap Kindle & Nook $7.99 (BoH)/$9.99 (SS)

    416/496 pages
    Pub. 2012-2014

  • FEBRUARY 13, 2019 READING ORBIT- OCSFC Book Club:



    February's book will be Moon Called
    by Patricia Briggs

    Suggested by Jamie

    Book One of the Mercy Thompson series.

    Mercy Thompson is a shapeshifter, and while she was raised by werewolves, she can never be one of them, especially after the pack ran her off for having a forbidden love affair. So she’s turned her talent for fixing cars into a business and now runs a one-woman mechanic shop in the Tri-Cities area of Washington State. A half-starved teenage boy arrives at her shop looking for work. But Mercy’s act of kindness leaves her no choice but to seek help from those she once considered family — the werewolves who abandoned her...

    Availability:
    Braille (download) AnaPL FulPL LAPL LACPL OCPL AMZ-used $3.50 Kindle & Nook $3

    336 pages
    Pub. 2006



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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