CUSFS Termcard for Easter Term 2005

See also the termcard in calendar format.

Sunday Discussions, Other Events, and Things Of Interest

Sunday 1 May, 7.30pm   Discussion: British SF   155 Gilbert Road
Ken MacLeod, Charlie Stross, Adam Roberts, Ian McDonald, Richard Morgan, China Mieville, Justina Robson, Alastair Reynolds.... contemporary SF is dominated by a new generation of strong, exciting, British writers. For the first time ever, the short-list for the World Science Fiction Society's annual Hugo Awards is all-British. So what are we getting right? Come along to discuss the impending British take-over of SF and to find out who you should be reading! (As ever, lurkers very welcome.)
Wednesday 4 May,
7.40pm (8pm showing)
  Film trip: The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy   Vue cinema,
Grafton Centre

Douglas Adams' rambling masterpiece hits the big screen. Reviews have been mixed, but come along and make your own mind up ...

It is strongly recommended that you book your ticket beforehand; use the Vue website ( or phoneline (08712 240 240). We will meet in the area just inside the cinema, where the ticket collection posts and food counters are, at 7:40pm (meeting early to improve our chances of getting good seats). Look out for an implausibly long orange scarf.

Sunday 8 May, 7.30pm   Discussion: Diana Wynne Jones   Newnham College,
Clough room 227
Reference links: ISFDb, Wikipedia
Diana Wynne Jones is an author of fantasy novels for children and adults, perhaps most famous for her Chrestomanci series which tells of the adventures of a nine-lived character who travels between connected worlds preventing the misuse of magic. Her other works include the Dalemark Quartet and the Derkholm series. If you are not familiar with Wynne Jones then now is as good a time as any to come along and find out more...
Friday 13 May, 6.30pm   Signing: Terry Pratchett   Heffers,
20 Trinity Street
Terry Pratchett will be at the main Heffers shop to sign copies of A Hat Full of Sky. The event starts at 6.30pm, and tickets are not required. No doubt some patience in queuing will be....
Sunday 15 May, 7.30pm   Discussion: Building a convincing world?   Newnham College,
Clough room 227
This week we will be discussing the art of constructing a convincing world in science fiction and fantasy. What makes one landscape or set of characters more believable or more attractive than another? How do the worlds of television and film compare with those of books? Feel free to bring along as many examples (wonderful or terrible) as you see fit ...
Monday 16 May, 7.45pm   Talk: The Science of Middle-earth and The Science of The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy   Borders,
Market Street

Henry Gee and Mike Hanlon will be in the Borders cafe to talk about their books The Science of Middle-earth (HG) and The Science of the Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy (MH) as part of an event staged by the Naked Science movement (

In his review of the book in the New York Review of Science Fiction, Tom Shippey wrote "The Science of Middle-earth is the most unexpectedly Tolkienian of any book about Tolkien that I have ever come across".

Sunday 22 May, 7.30pm   Games Evening   155 Gilbert Road
Bring games, play them, play other people's, stand by and heckle. Your choice!
Wednesday 25 May, 7.30pm   Cocktails evening   The Maypole,
Park Street
Last chance to let your hair down before exams! Join CUSFS at The Maypole for nice Italian food and lots of cocktails....
Sunday 29 May, 7.30pm   Video evening: Clangers marathon   6 Ainsworth Court

Long, long ago* and far, far away**, there lived a race of small pink knitted people, called the Clangers. Excitable and inquisitive, they enjoyed discovering and exploring the strange and wonderful things in the Universe around them. They also had visitors, like the Froglets and the Iron Chicken. Due to the lack of atmosphere, they lived in subterranean burrows (with the entrances covered by dustbin lids, of course), which they shared their friends, including the Soup Dragon.
* the 1970's
** a hitherto undiscovered (very) minor planet

Intrigued? Curious? Nostalgic? Now, thanks to the wonders of modern technology, CUSFS can help you relive those far-off days! Come along to the CUSFS Clangers marathon, and uncover the mystery of the blue string pudding...

Friday 24 June,
7pm for 8pm
  The Veizla   New Hall:
Open Walkway; Council Room
The Veizla is the Annual Dinner of Jómsborg the New, and includes the inauguration of the new Reeve and Companions. Details are now available.
Saturday 25 June,
12 noon
  The Summerthing   Meeting point:
Trinity Bridge
Join Jómsborg the New on its annual water-borne expedition up the Cam, for a self-catering picnic in Grantchester Meadows. Details are now available.

Amended for archive: 3 July 2005, by Mark Waller
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