CUSFS Termcard for Michaelmas Term 2005

All events start at 7.30pm unless otherwise specified.

Other events may be added to the programme. Details will be included in the list once when we know them.

Sunday Discussions, Other Events, and Things Of Interest

Monday 10 October   Squash   New Hall, Long Room
Details to follow. Please note existing members may attend by invitation only.
Wednesday 12 October
8.40pm for 9pm showing
  Film trip: Serenity   Vue cinema
Joss Whedon - the Oscar- and Emmy-nominated writer/director responsible for the worldwide television phenomena of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel - now applies his trademark compassion and wit to a small band of galactic outcasts 500 years in the future in his feature film directorial debut, Serenity.
The film centres around Captain Malcolm Reynolds, a hardened veteran (on the losing side) of a galactic civil war, who now ekes out a living pulling off small crimes and transport-for-hire aboard his ship, Serenity. He leads a small, eclectic crew who are the closest thing he has left to family - squabbling, insubordinate and undyingly loyal.
When Mal takes on two new passengers - a young doctor and his unstable, telepathic sister - he gets much more than he bargained for. The pair are fugitives from the coalition dominating the universe, who will stop at nothing to reclaim the girl. The crew that was once used to skimming the outskirts of the galaxy unnoticed find themselves caught between the unstoppable military force of the Universal Alliance and the horrific, cannibalistic fury of the Reavers, savages who roam the very edge of space. Hunted by vastly different enemies, they begin to discover that the greatest danger to them may be on board Serenity herself.
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 8:40pm (meeting early to improve our chances of getting good seats). Look out for an implausibly long orange scarf.
Sunday 16 October
  Discussion: Arthur C. Clarke   12 Herbert Road
Reference links: ISFDb, Wikipedia
Arthur C. Clarke is perhaps the UK's best-known and longest-established SF author. He is probably most familiar for the book and film 2001: A Space Odyssey, but, in a career now spanning nearly 70 years, has published some 20 novels and a vast array of short stories. He is regarded as the doyen of 'hard' SF, but his work also reveals a considerable interest in the metaphysical, or even the mystical.
Come along, tell us what you think of this classic author, and hear what others have to say. Non-members are welcome.
Wednesday 19 October
9pm for 9.15 showing
  Film trip: Night Watch   Arts Picturehouse, St. Andrew's Street
A blockbuster to rock the socks off you, Night Watch is an epic fantasy thriller set in present-day Moscow where the forces of good and evil prowl in uneasy truce. The Night Watch patrol the activities of the darkness, the Day Watch watch over the light. Anton Gordesky is introduced to this realm of the supernatural when he tries to get revenge on his departed wife, finding himself dragged into handling vampires and his own ESP as the quest begins for the 'Great One' who will change the balance of power forever. Racing through Russian undergrounds, warehouses and gritty apartment blocks this a super-smart, visually stunning, action-packed marvel where even the subtitles are having fun - some coloured crimson which fade like blood in water, some flown back with their speaker into a wall. Don't miss it.
To join us, e-mail soc-cusfs at lists dot cam dot ac dot uk. by midnight on Sunday 16 October (the Arts allocates specific seats when booking, so we will book for everyone at the same time). Meet in the cafe at the Arts; look for the long orange scarves.
Sunday 23 October   Discussion: Michael Moorcock   New Hall, Video Room
Reference links: ISFDb, Wikipedia, Moorcock's Miscellany (official site)
Michael Moorcock is probably best known for his fantasy cycle The Eternal Champion and particularly for the incarnation that is the doomed anti-hero Elric of Melniboné. However he also writes both science fiction and other more general works.
Thursday 27 October   Social evening: noodles   Yippee Noodles Bar, King Street
Our noble and intrepid Chairbeing will lead an expedition to Yippee Noodle Bar. If you wish to join us, please e-mail soc-cusfs at lists dot cam dot ac dot uk. by lunchtime on Wednesday 26 October so that we can book a table. This is an opportunity for old CUSFS members to catch up after the summer and for freshers to get to know the rest of the society. It should be an enjoyable evening; we hope to see you there!
Sunday 30 October   Games evening   155 Gilbert Road
The perfect antidote to Fifth Week Blues. Bring a game, or come and play someone else's. Games old, new and very very silly will be played.
There will also be a chance to look through the library sale books. We have several hundred spare SF and fantasy books for sale, so come prepared to grab yourself a bargain or three...
Tuesday 1 November
  Heffers SF & Fantasy Evening   Heffers, Grafton Centre

Sarah Whyley writes:
On November 1st from 6.30pm, we are hosting a Science Fiction and Fantasy Evening at Heffers, Grafton Centre. It's a chance to mingle with some great authors and get some of your books signed. Tickets are free and are available from Heffers, The Grafton Centre; to reserve tickets or have them sent telephone 01223 568573 or e-mail me on <address removed>. We have a fantastic line-up so far; authors attending include:
Peter F. Hamilton, Stan Nicholls, China Mieville, Jon Courtenay Grimwood, Sarah Ash, Chaz Brenchley, David Lee Stone, Juliet E. McKenna, Mark Chadbourn, Susan Price, S. F. Said, Michael Scott Rohan, Jessica Rydill and Colin Greenland.
Please don't hesitate to contact me if you need further information.

You are recommended to book early.

Saturday 5 November, 7pm for 7.30   Fireworks   Midsummer Common
Explosions galore! Come and help CUSFS ooh! and aah! at the annual Cambridge firework display on Midsummer Common. We will meet outside the Fort St. George pub at 7:00 prompt, in time to find a good firework-viewing location before the fireworks start at 7:30. Look out for long orange scarves! (It's usually VERY busy and latecomers will be unlikely to find us. You have been warned.) After the display we will probably retire to the Carlton Arms on Carlton Way (10-15 minutes' walk) to warm up again.
Sunday 6 November   Discussion: fantasy before Tolkien   155 Gilbert Road
Suggested reference links: Wikipedia entries for James Branch Cabell, Lord Dunsany, E. R. Eddison
Once upon a time, The Lord of the Rings had not been printed, and publishers had never heard of "fantasy". Authors did not have to write fat trilogies describing quests across the entire map. Instead, they were free to produce whatever they wanted - any structure, any length - and so, before it even existed, the fantasy genre was given some of its most distinctive, enjoyable and enduring works.
Come along and explore these authors and books with us; discover what makes them, still, some of the freshest and most lively voices in fantasy.
Sunday 13 November   Discussion: Ken MacLeod   155 Gilbert Road
Reference links: ISFDb, Wikipedia, The Early Days of a Better Nation (Ken MacLeod's blog)
Ken MacLeod is probably Britain's most overtly political SF author. His "Fall Revolution" series (The Star Fraction, The Stone Canal, The Cassini Division, The Sky Road) explored the politics and economics of a capitalist / communist / anarchist (in various proportions) future, both on Earth and in various other places. This was followed by the "Engines of Light" series (Cosmonaut Keep, Dark Light, Engine City) which famously introduced the 'squids in space', along with several planetfuls of humans whose ancestors were kidnapped from Earth, and who provide some further economic laboratories.
Come along, discuss and find out more about this interesting author, including (maybe) where, when and why "I hope I will see you again".
Sunday 20 November
  Speaker meeting: Susanna Clarke   New Hall, Video Room
Susanna Clarke is the internationally acclaimed and Hugo Award-winning author of the best-selling Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell; she has also published various short stories, some set in the same world as "Strange and Norrell". She will join us to talk about and read from her work.
Come along for a unique opportunity to meet a remarkable writer.
Sunday 27 November   Discussion: favourite authors   155 Gilbert Road
A discussion where everyone will have an opinion... Come along and encounter feuds being born and friendships ended as people reveal their favourite author, laying their souls open before the weekly CUSFS discussion. Whether you want to revel in the popularity of the likes of Pratchett or Tolkien or promote a little known author whom you consider worthy of adoration - then this is the discussion to do it at! Alternatively it's worth coming along and sitting quietly at the back, just to hear the advice of others and build up that reading list into treble figures again...
This year the discussion will be fuelled by mince pies and mulled wine. Come along and enjoy!

Last recorded update: 19 January 2006, by Mark Waller
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