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THE STARSHIP EXPRESS Volume 9, Number 6, June 1995

Contents of this Newsletter

[Editor's Note: The original format of this newsletter has been altered for inclusion in this website. Page 8 of the newsletter was a Calendar of Events done in a calendar format and does not appear here at all.]

THE STARSHIP EXPRESS Volume 9, Number 6 Copyright © 1995 Philip J. De Parto

The Starship Express is the monthly newsletter of the Science Fiction Association of Bergen County. To become a member and receive the Express and other benefits of the Association, mail a check for $ 10.00 made payable to Philip J. De Parto, 136 Manhattan Avenue, Waldwick, NJ 07463.

All material by Philip J. De Parto unless otherwise acknowledged. Adapted for World Wide Web posting by James E. LaBarre.


Please join us for an evening of science fiction in West Paterson, New Jersey. The Final Frontier and the Science Fiction Association of Bergen County will meet at Barnes & Noble on Saturday, June 10, 1995.


Barnes & Noble is located in the Caldor Plaza, 1156 Route 46 West, Wet Paterson, New Jersey (201) 812 - 0180. Directions appear on page seven.

John Del Gaizo is the featured speaker at the 8:00 PM meeting of the Association. Mr. Del Gaizo is the Advertising and Promotions Manager for Tor Books, a title he has held for five years. In that capacity he is responsible for many of the little things which help make or break a book. He is also the housemate of writer Samuel R. Delany and has been the road manager for an alternative rock music band as well as the booking agent for the rock and roll club Max's in Kansas City.

People who enjoy Star Trek are welcome to attend the meeting of The Final Frontier. Our Star Trek discussion group will reflect on what they liked and disliked about the first season of Voyager. They will also examine the past season of Deep Space 9. Show up at 6:00 PM and express your thoughts.

There are still a few openings left in the club's Advanced Dungeons and Dragons Game. If you would like to get involved call dungeon master William Molendyk at (201) 694 - 3029 ahead of time. The game is held from 2:00-5:00 PM at the GameMaster, 26-13 Broadway (Route 46 West) in Fair Lawn, New Jersey (201) 796-7677 earlier that day.

There will be an excursion to the Gold Star Diner next to the mall after the meeting. All are welcome to join us for coffee, dessert, and so on.

There is no charge when someone attends a meeting of the Association for the first time. Members whose Annual Membership Fee is still current pay a $ 2.00 Attendance Fee. Anyone else must pay both the Annual and Attendance Fees (12.00 total). We make an exception for people attending their second meeting. Second-timers have a one-shot option to pay a $ 4.00 Attendance Fee, although we certainly encourage them to become members.


The meeting will be held at Barnes & Noble, Caldor Plaza, 1156 Route 46 West, West Paterson, New Jersey (201) 812 - 0180.

Barnes & Noble is at the end of the Caldor strip mall which lies on Route 46 West, 1-1/2 miles west of where Routes 3 and 46 merge and a little more than 2 miles east of the Willowbrook Mall in Wayne, which is where Routes 23 and 46 intersect. It lies between the exits for Mc Bride Avenue to the west and Browertown Road to the east.

From Route 3 West or Route 46 West: The two highways merge in Clifton. Move into the right lane after the merger. The Caldor Mall is 1-1/2 miles past the junction on your right hand side. Browertown Road and the Gold Star Diner are landmarks that you are there. B & N is the westernmost store in the mall.

From the Garden State Parkway Southbound: Take Exit 154 in Clifton to Route 46 West. Follow directions from Routes 3 and 46 West.

From the Garden State Parkway Northbound: Take Exit 153B in Clifton to Route 3 West. Follow directions from Routes 3 and 46 West.

From the New Jersey Turnpike: Take Exit 16W in East Rutherford (Sports Complex) to Route 3 West. Go west until Route 3 and 46 merge. Follow directions from Route 3 and 46 West.

From Routes 46 or 80 Eastbound: (If on 80, exit onto 46 East in Wayne). Travel east or Route 46. After you pass the Willowbrook Mall in Wayne and the Route 23 interchange, you are about 2 miles from your destination. Exit Route 46 at Browertown Road. Drive under highway. The second left will put you into the Caldor Mall's Parking lot. B & N is the most distant store from where you enter.

Conventions, Readings, Signings, Talks, Workshops

John Del Gaizo, the Advertising and Promotions Manager of Tor Books, will address the meeting of the Science Fiction Association of Bergen County on Saturday, June 10, 1995 at 8:00 PM. The meeting will be held at Barnes & Noble on Route 46 West in West Paterson. Refer to page one for more details.

A major show of paperback book illustration is currently running at the Park Avenue Atrium of Olympia & York, 237 Park Avenue (at 46th Street) in Manhattan. Hours are from 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Among the artists on display are Bryn Barnard, Joseph De Vito, Vincent Di Fate, and Tim Hildebrandt. The show concludes on Tuesday, June 6, 1995.

Actor Adam (Batman) West is among the guests at the Movie, Music, TV & Toy Show on Saturday, June 3, 1995. The show will be at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Rothman Center, 100 University Plaza Drive, Hackensack, New Jersey (info: 718 - 921 - 5826). Tickets are $ 15.00 at the door; kids under 10 are free with paying adult. The show runs from 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM.

Artist Bob Walters is the featured speaker at the meeting of the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society to be held on Friday, June 9, 1995. The talk will begin at 9:00 PM. Call (215) 957 - 4004 for directions.

Authors Elizabeth Hand and Rachel Pollack will read at Dixon Place on Thursday, June 15, 1995 at 8:00 PM. This reading series is sponsored by the New York Review of Science Fiction. Dixon Place is at 258 Bowery, between Prince and Houston Streets in Manhattan. There is a $ 5.00 Admission Fee.

On Saturday, June 17, 1995, critic and anthologist H Bruce Franklin will address the monthly meeting of the New Jersey Science Fiction Society. Mr. Franklin's talk will begin at 7:30 PM at the Belleville Masonic Temple, 126 Joralemon Avenue, Belleville, New Jersey (201) 751 - 4948.

The next meeting of the Garden State Horror Writers will be held on Saturday, June 17, 1995 at the Manalapan Library on Symmes Drive (just off Route 9) in Manalapan, New Jersey. Author Roman Ranieri will speak at noon. Call (908) 863 - 8786 for directions.

Actor Frank (The Riddler) Gorshin will sign at Collector's Comic Shop, Rockaway Townsquare Mall, Rockaway, New Jersey (201) 366 - 3935 from 2:00 - 6:00 PM on Saturday, June 17, 1995. There will be a $ 15.00 fee for Mr. Gorshin to sign one of his official pictures and $ 20.00 to sign anything else.

Nana Visitor (Kira of Deep Space 9) and Ethan Philips (Neelix of Voyager) are among the guests appearing at the Creation Convention being held at the Meadowlands Hilton in Secaucus, New Jersey the weekend of June 17 and 18, 1995. One day at door admission for adults is $ 18.00. Regular and Special Preferred Seating is extra and requires advance payment.

Cynthia Soroka will appear at Barnes & Noble, 2572 Central Park Avenue, Yonkers, New York (914) 961 - 6644 on Wednesday, June 21, 1995 at 7:30 PM. She will speak on "How to Write Any Book and Be Successful."

Soma Vira, author of Lord Kito's Revenge, will sign at 6:00 PM on Thursday, June 22, 1995 at Science Fiction, Mysteries & More! 140 Chambers Street (off West Broadway), New York City (212) 385 - 8798.

On Friday, June 23, 1995, the Film Forum 2 in Manhattan kicks off "Blaxploitation, Baby!" a seven week extravaganza of 1970's flicks aimed at the black audience. Only a few of these, like Blacula, have even the slightest connection with SF/fantasy/horror, but an opportunity to catch Shaft, Superfly, Mandingo, and Cotton Comes To Harlem, among others, must be noted. The Film Forum 2 is at 209 West Houston Street, between Varick and Avenue of the Americas (Sixth Avenue) in New York City.

Barnes & Noble's store in Livingston, New Jersey will celebrate a Star Trek Weekend with a variety of activities beginning on Friday, June 23, 1995. Mark Shoulson of the Klingon Language Institute will talk about the Klingon Language from 4:00 - 6:00 PM on Friday. This will be followed by an enactment of the Klingon Naming Ritual at 7:30 PM. The ceremony will be followed by a talk on the cultures and races within the Klingon Empire at 8:00 PM. Concluding the evening will be a talk about Trek Trivia by Robert Bly, author of The Unauthorized Star Trek Quiz Book and a quiz at 9:00 PM. B & N is located at 518 Route 10 West, Livingston, New Jersey (201) 535 - 9595.

Artists Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell will appear at Wizard World, Rockland Center, 51 East Route 59, Nanuet, New York (914) 624 - 2224 from 1:00 - 4:00 PM on Saturday, June 24, 1995.

The Star Trek Weekend at Barnes & Noble in Livingston continues on Saturday, June 24, 1995. The first event of the day will be a discussion of the Star Trek Captains at 1:00 PM. At 2:00 PM, a panel of representatives of Star Trek clubs will discuss Trek Fandom in the area. An enactment of the funeral of James T. Kirk will be held at 3:00 PM. The Trek Weekend concludes with performances of the Romulan Rite of Spring and a Romulan Wedding at 7:30 PM.

Cynthia Soroka will sign and answer questions at Waldenbooks, 197 Nanuet Mall, Nanuet, New York (914) 623 - 4146 on Sunday, June 25, 1995 from 2:00 - 4:00 PM.

Linda Zimmermann and Robert Strong will do an astronomy presentation for young people at 1:00 PM on Sunday, June 25, 1995 at Barnes & Noble in Livingston, New Jersey.

On Wednesday, June 28, 1995, horror author Jack Ketchum will talk and sign at Barnes & Noble in Livingston, New Jersey at 7:30 PM.

"How To Write Your First Trilogy" will be examined by author Cynthia Soroka at Borders Books & Music, Garden State Plaza, Paramus, New Jersey (201) 712 - 9171 at 8:00 PM on Saturday, July 12, 1995.

The July 8, 1995 meeting of the S. F. A. B. C. will be held at Barnes & Noble, Route 59, 140 Rockland Plaza, Nanuet, New York (914) 624 - 2920. The meeting will be part of a day long space program which will include a space animation program by Lonny Buinis, a talk on the S. E. T. I. League by Richard Factor, and discussion of Bad Astronomy by author Linda Zimmermann. A breakdown of times and activities will appear in next month's Express.

Bookstore Discussion Groups

Bloodlist by P N Elrod, Book One in The Vampire Files series, is the featured book at the meeting of the S. F. A. B. C. Vampire Discussion Group. The group will meet on Thursday, June 1, 1995 at 8:00 PM at Barnes & Noble, 140 Rockland Plaza, Route 59, Nanuet, New York (914) 624 - 2920.

The Medieval Discussion Group will meet at Barnes & Noble's West Paterson store and discuss The Byzantine Empire on Monday, June 5, 1995 at 8:00 PM. The store is in the Caldor Plaza, 1156 Route 46 West, West Paterson, New Jersey (201) 812 - 0180.

Three Hearts & Three Lions by Poul Anderson will be examined at the Book Discussion Group meeting at Barnes & Noble in Princeton, New Jersey on Wednesday, June 7, 1995

The Association's Science Fiction Book Discussion Group will meet on Tuesday, June 20, 1995 at 8:00 PM in the cafe of Borders Books & Music, Garden State Plaza, junction of Routes 4 and 17, Paramus, New Jersey (201) 712 - 1166 to discuss Soldier of the Mist by Gene Wolfe.

Barnes & Noble's Springfield store will host its Science Fiction Discussion Group on Wednesday, June 21, 1995 at 8:30 PM. The topic for discussion is Artificial Intelligence. The store is at 240 Route 22 West, Springfield, New Jersey (201) 376 - 8544.

Nightmares and Dreamscapes by Stephen King will be examined at the meeting of the Horror Discussion Group meeting at Borders Books & Music, 300 Route 18 North, Midstate Mall, East Brunswick, New Jersey (908) 238 - 7000 on Monday, June 26, 1995 at 7:30 PM.

The works of Philip Jose Farmer will be spotlighted at the monthly Science Fiction Author Discussion Group meeting at Borders Books & Music in Wayne, New Jersey. The store is in the Wayne Towne Center Mall, Route 23 South, Wayne, New Jersey (201) 785 - 0037. The discussion will begin at 8:00 PM on Tuesday, June 27, 1995. This is an S. F. A. B. C. sponsored activity and we invite your participation.

May Meeting Review


  (Newcomers)                 Guest in ALL CAPS       @ Pre Meeting Only @

-  At Final Frontier  -       < Diner Crowd >         & Renewed Membership &

  [Not Officially Present]

-  Jim Allaire  -            < Ky Khieu >                Robert Savoye

 < Sharon Archer >          -< James La Barre >-      -@ Ruth Schaeffer @-

   Leora Baeder              < Ernest Lilley >         @ Scott Schmitt @

   Thomas Bauer              < Eileen Madison >        < Carol Smith >

- (Brenda Boyle) -           < Matthew Marcus >        < George Thaddeus Smith

 < Paul Dellechaie >           William Molendyk        < TRICIA SULLIVAN >

 < Mary Ann Denny >          < Christopher Nash >     -  Anthony Tellado  -

 < Philip De Parto >         < [Elizabeth Nash] >     - (Louie Velleco)  -

-< Steven Ferrara >-         < [Mary Nash] >             Christopher Ward

   Steve Ferrero             < Patricia Nash >         < Pamela Webber >

-< Brian Gonigal >-          < Robert Pinkus >           Barry Weinberger

-  Roy Greenberg  -            Thomas Pope             < Taras Wolansky >

   Elizabeth Grout          -  Thomas Purdy  -        <& John Upton &>

- (Paul Harvilik) -          < Sharon Roberg >           Robert Yeager

 < Jacqueline Hecht >       - (Greg Roman) -             Thomas Zych

The May 13, 1995 meeting of the Association was held in the Saddle River Valley Cultural Center in Upper Saddle River. For the second month in a row, meeting turnout was over 40. Attendance at the group's various functions ranged from fair to very good.

Philip De Parto, Ernest (tardy, as usual) Lilley, Robert Pinkus, Carol Smith, John Upton, Pamela Webber, and Taras Wolansky joined guest speaker Tricia Sullivan for dinner at East Side Mario's the new restaurant next to the Horizon Diner in Upper Saddle River. Thomas Pope joined the table for a cup of coffee. The Nash clan sat a few tables away. While waiting for dessert to arrive, Ernest unveiled a horror spoof titled "Vampire Viruses from Venus."

Several newcomers joined a smaller than usual meeting of the Final Frontier. The group discussed time travel in the Star Trek universe and other topics, and finished the gathering with a viewing of the episode of Cybill guest starring Jonathan Frakes.

The club got rid of another 40 or so books at the Book Sale. Thanks go to Robert Yeager for handling the money and to everyone who helped box, unbox, and carry the books. Brenda Boyle, Elizabeth Grout, William Molendyk, Christopher Nash and Tricia Sullivan won books as door prizes.

During the announcements section, George Thaddeus Smith informed the group that he had purchased three Star Trek Phasers. These had a limited production run and are no longer available. He offered two of them at cost to members. I saw Carol Smith writing a check for one but don't know who purchased the other. During the same period, Anthony Tellado announced that he had put together a second audiocassette of his radio show, Sci-Fi Talk.

This tape features interviews with Michael O' Hare, Jerry Doyle, Siddig El Fadil, Peter David, and others. It is available to club members at no charge.

Tricia Sullivan's first novel, Lethe is set on Earth a couple of hundred years from now. Biological, chemical, and nuclear warfare have rendered most of the planet's surface uninhabitable. True men live in protected reservations. Two varieties of artificially engineered humans, the one eyes and the altermodes (amphibious humans) work with intelligent dolphins and the disembodied consciousness known as the Pickled Brains to try to hold what's left of the world together. A message from a scientific spaceship exploring an artificially created body on the fringes of the solar system reveals a gateway to another world long buried secrets about the Gene Wars.

The book had not yet hit the bookstores at the time of the meeting, so Ms. Sullivan read the timeline and a few selected passages from the title. She talked about how she made the sale (she was dating an agent who sold the book on the basis of an outline and a couple of chapters), what she planned to do next, and what experiences and ideas went into the opus. Her story of swimming with dolphins off the coast of Maine was memorable.

Our guest was friendly and interesting, a good dinnertime conversationalist and a welcome addition to the post meeting diner run. Many members found time to chat with her a bit during the break and so on and all found her delightful and charming.

Thanks go to Bill Molendyk for filling in for an absent Chuck Garofalo with refreshments, to Sharon Archer for organizing the diner run, to Roy Greenberg for the tea, Pamela Webber for handling the sign ins, Robert Yeager assistance with the book sale, and everyone who helped with the loading and unloading of the books and the set up and clean up in general.

Association Activities

The Memberships of Leora Baeder, Richard Factor, Eileen Madison, Robert Pinkus, Robert Savoye, Scott Schmitt, Eileen Watkins and Leigh Whitlock have expired. They must renew their Annual Membership Fee in order to continue to receive this newsletter, attend club meetings, and various other benefits of the Association. Renewals may be done by mail ( $ 8.00 check made payable to Philip J. De Parto, 701 Eighth Street, Lyndhurst, New Jersey 07071) or at a meeting. Brian Keveney and John Upton renewed their memberships in May. Membership in the Association now stands at 77.

We are very excited to announce the formation of an Anime (Japanese Animation) subgroup within the S. F. A. B. C. The group will be run by past guest speaker Patricia Malone who was formerly the head of the Animation Fantasy Association (nee the New York Chapter of the Cartoon Fantasy Association). It will be held before meetings of the Association from 6:00 - 8:00 PM in the basement of the Cultural Center while the Final Frontier meets up- stairs. Pat will show a mixture of old and new videos, subtitled, dubbed, or in Japanese. The activity will begin in September.

The first outing of the new Special Activities Group was held on Friday, June 19, 1995. Philip De Parto, Eileen Madison, John Upton and Pamela Webber travelled to Manhattan to catch Hanley's World, a play directed by for-mer guest speaker Marvin Kaye. The play was about not ready for prime time talk show host Vera Hanley who decides that it would be a nice ratings boost if she were to book some institutionalized people on the show. She first lands a gentleman claiming to be Satan, then a woman claiming to be the reincarnation of Christ, and then brings them together for a live debate. The play's audience played the part of the studio audience, clapping when the "Applause" sign flashed and giving a show of hands to vote on questions asked by Hanley. After the performance, the group went to Edgar's for dessert, passing the plaque commemorating the former farm of Edgar Allen Poe.

The next gathering of the group will be held on Friday, June 16, 1995. We will meet at the Golden Bear Golf Center, 366 Route 46 Service Road East, Wayne, New Jersey (201) 256 - 6922 at 7:30 PM and play miniature golf. The Service Road is a short-lived lane just to the east of the Route 23/Route 46 interchange. This is a very confusing confluence, and we strongly advise against coming in any other way than from Route 23 North. Get into the right hand lane, follow the sign that says Route 46 East/Service Road. Turn right at the sign that says service road, then right again at the fork. Golden Bear lies between the Holiday Inn and Jack La Lane. Adult admission is $ 5.00; for children under 12, it is $ 4.00.

The club's AD&D game ran at the GameMaster in Fair Lawn before the May, 13, 1995 meeting. William Molendyk DungeonMastered for S. F. A. B. C. regulars Philip De Parto, Scott Schmitt, newcomers Robert Del Greco, Anthony Di Prima, Sharon Roberg, John Santa Maria, and Alex Wollen. The group continued to lead a slave uprising against the evil Iron Brotherhood.

The S. F. A. B. C. Vampire Book Discussion Group was held on Thursday, May 4, 1995 at Barnes & Noble in Nanuet, New York. Philip De Parto and Pamela Webber of the Association were joined by Greg Roman and B & N rep Barbara Todd to discuss Gifts of Blood by Susan Petrey.

Julian May's The Many Colored Land was discussed at our book group held at Borders Books & Music in Paramus, New Jersey on Tuesday, May 16, 1995. Present were S.F.A.B.C.ers Sharon Archer, Philip De Parto, Brian Gonigal, Elizabeth Grout, Ernest Lilley, Robert Pinkus, Michael Richman, Carol Smith, Pamela Webber, and Thomas Zych, as well as newcomer Daniel Mausner. Carol brought a wood gavel, essential for any group containing Bob Pinkus on a pun roll, and Ernest Lilley was officially recognized as the group's sex symbol. A title duly noted on Carol's seating chart. As usual, the opinions ranged from dislike to near worship of the featured book.

Philip De Parto, Charles Garofalo, Brian Gonigal, Elizabeth Grout, Robert Pinkus, Pamela Webber and Thomas Zych attended the Association's Author Discussion Group at Borders Books & Music in Wayne, New Jersey on Tuesday, May 23, 1995 for a lively, if meandering, discussion of the works of Ursula K. Le Guin.

The Association's Writers' Critique Group met at the home of Philip De Parto on Sunday, May 28, 1995. Philip De Parto, Charles Garofalo, Chris, Mary, Elizabeth, and Pat Nash, and Pamela Webber were there. Two chapters of The Strange Name by Chuck were read and critiqued. The next meeting will be held on from 3:00 - 6:00 PM on Sunday, June 25, 1995. Call Phil at (201) 933 - 2724 for directions.

Membership Note: Sharon Roberg appears as a character in The Killing Star by Charles Pellegrino and George Zebrowski. Like 99% of the human race, she dies when the aliens attack. Her death scene was mentioned in the favorable review appearing in The New York Times Book Review section on Sunday, May 14, 1995.

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