CUSFS Termcard for Michaelmas Term 2001

All events start at 8.30pm unless otherwise specified. A summary is also available in calendar format.

Weekly Events

Social meetingsare on Thursday evenings, in New Hall bar. If this is unavailable at short notice, social meetings will move to the Castle Inn. Likewise, social meetings may be held in the Castle Inn outside Full Term.

Jómslunch: a buffet lunch is held each Sunday during Full Term, in conjunction with the Cambridge Tolkien Society. Food is typically available between 12.30pm and 2pm, and the cost is £1.60 a head. The venue is usually 6 Trumpington Street, room 6. Please mail soc-cusfs at lists dot cam dot ac dot uk if you would like to take part, so that we know how much food to buy.

Sunday Discussions and Other Events

Sunday 7 October   Squash   Selwyn, Borradaile Room
Come along and meet us if you're interested in joining CUSFS this year or just want to know more about who we are and what we do. Current members will be there to talk about science fiction, fantasy or anything else that takes your fancy. Soft drinks and alcohol will be served.
Sunday 14 October   Discussion: favourite author   46 Lensfield Road, room 7
Come along and talk about your favourite author(s) and book(s) - what makes them so good, and how they compare with everybody else's favourites. The suggestions for authors will help determine the programme for the rest of the year.
Sunday 21 October   Discussion: China Miéville   6 Trumpington Street, room 6
China Mieville writes fat fantasy - or is it science fiction, or political satire? Maybe all three?
Come along and talk about King Rat and Perdido Street Station if you've read them, or discover them if you haven't.
Thursday 25 October
6pm - 7.30pm
  Fabulous Harbours   Heffer's, 20 Trinity Street
This is Heffer's annual "meet the authors" event. At least a dozen authors are lined up to talk about their work (and sign books, if asked), including:
  • Neal Asher
  • Pat Cadigan
  • Simon Clark
  • Paul Cornell
  • Graham Edwards
  • Colin Greenland
  • Jon Courtenay Grimwood
  • Gwyneth Jones
  • Miller Lau
  • Juliet McKenna
  • Justina Robson
  • Michael Scott Rohan
  • Jan Siegel
  • Sally Spedding
  • Jane Welch
This has been a very popular event in previous years, and looks like being just as good again.
Fabulous Harbours is a ticket-only event; the tickets can be obtained, FREE, from the front desk at Heffer's.
We are hoping some of the authors will join us in the pub afterwards; as a one-off, the social meeting will move from New Hall to the Castle Inn.
Sunday 28 October   Games evening   Trinity, New Court, room H2
An opportunity to play silly games, some SF-related e.g. Starbase Jeff and Spaceships (a variant of Battleships). Feel free to bring along your own games.
Sunday 4 November   Discussion: Iain M. Banks   46 Lensfield Road, room 3
The author of the Culture books probably needs no introduction. But what about his non-Culture SF (or is it?), let alone his mainstream fiction? And how much do we really know about the Culture, when much of what we see is the raw edges? Wax lyrical, or ask the awkward questions if you want to know more.
Wednesday 7 November   Speaker meeting: Colin Greenland   Selwyn College, Tower Room
Local SF author and fan, Colin Greenland, will read from and talk about his work. We also hope that his partner, Susanna Clarke, will read from her recent work, as published in the Starlight anthologies.
Speaker meetings are always enjoyable, and this one comes highly recommended.
Sunday 11 November   Science evening: "Enough of Fiction, here's some Science!"   Selwyn College, Chadwick Room
Two of CUSFS's resident scientists talk about their work in genetics. Hear about the current state of scientific understanding, and get some idea of the way things might be going. This is a new event for CUSFS so come along and find out more!
Sunday 18 November   Discussion: Lewis Carroll   6 Trumpington Street, room 6
Lewis Carroll is arguably one of the foremost writers of children's fantasy and humorous "nonsense". Why are Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass still enjoyed by children over a century after they were written? Is Alice more than just an impulsive brat? Did the blade that killed the Jabberwock have to be vorpal?
Come along and talk about this classic author, or discover what you've been missing.
See this Jómsmissive for a flavour of Carroll's work.
Sunday 25 November   Discussion: Lois McMaster Bujold and militaristic SF   46 Lensfield Road, room 3
Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan series is space opera set in a universe with a wide variety of distinct planetary cultures and featuring a vivid cast of characters who develop significantly over the course of the series. Would you rather live on Barrayar or Beta Colony? Do you like Miles Vorkosigan or find him annoyingly hyperactive and manipulative? Come along and discover this popular author.

Please send comments and queries to soc-cusfs at lists dot cam dot ac dot uk

Last recorded update: 24 June 2004, by Mark Waller
Status: up to date with all available missives

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