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THE STARSHIP EXPRESS Volume 9, Number 10, October 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 10 Copyright © 1995 Philip J. DeParto

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. DeParto, 136 Manhattan Avenue, Waldwick, NJ 07463.

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


Please join us for an evening of science fiction on Saturday, October 14, 1995. The Science Fiction Association of Bergen County will meet at the Saddle River Valley Cultural Center, 305 West Saddle River Road, Upper Saddle River, Bergen County, New Jersey (201) 327 - 9878. If you have never been there, you can consult the map and directions on page 2.

At 4:00 PM, Association Guest Speaker Charles Pellegrino will give a talk and slide show about what science has discovered about the legend of Atlantis at Barnes & Noble, 160 Route 17 North, Paramus, New Jersey (next to Fortunoff) (201) 261 - 6995. This is an optional event. Audience members may join Charles for dinner.

Doors to the Cultural Center open at 6:00 PM. Anthony Tellado will lead a discussion of the aliens of Star Trek at the meeting of the Final Frontier. The group will watch Star Trek, Deep Space 9 at 7:00 PM.

Our fans who enjoy Anime (Japanese Animation) will meet in the basement at 6:00 PM. Patricia Malone will show episodes of Captain Harlock, Space Pirate (subtitled), Dragonball (dubbed), and a movie of Ranma 1/2 (subtitled).

Charles Pellegrino is an author of both science fiction and science fact. His published science fiction novels are Flying to Valhalla and The Killing Star. His non fiction includes books about Atlantis (Unearthing Atlantis), the Titanic (Her Name Titanic), time travel (Time Gate: Hurtling Backwards Through History), and the Bible (Return To Sodom and Gomorrah: Bible Stories From Archeology). He has also co-authored three books with Jessie A Stoff: Darwin's Universe; Epsteim Barr Syndrome; and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

He is currently collaborating with Pamela Sargeant and George Zebrowski on Fury Scorned, a hard science sf novel and Songs of Distant Earth, a Star Trek novel.

We hope that you can make it down. Bring a friend. Come out to the Horizon Diner with us after the meeting and enjoy the food and conversation.

This is a standard meeting of the Association. First time attendees are admitted at no charge. Anyone whose Annual Membership Fee is current is responsible for the $ 2.00 Attendance Fee. Everyone else must pay both the Annual Fee and the Attendance Fee ( $ 10.00 total). An exception is made for people attending only their second meeting, who may pay a special one-time $ 4.00 Special Attendance Fee without joining the group.

Charles Pellegrino is among a group of writers who have donated collectibles to raffled for a scholarship fund for the daughter of the recently deceased science fiction fan Walter Luftig. There will be three prize packages which include donations by Arthur C Clarke, Stephen King, and Gene Roddenberry. The drawing will be held in October at Science Fiction, Mysteries & More! in Manhattan. Tickets are $ 5.00. Fliers with details will be at meeting.

Association Activities

The club's Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Game will be held at the Game Master, 26-13 Broadway (Route 4 West), Fair Lawn, New Jersey (201) 796 - 7377 on Saturday, October 14, 1995 from 1:00 - 4:00 PM. NOTE: This is one hour earlier than the usual time.

The Writers' Critique Group will meet on Sunday, October 29, 1995 from 3:00 - 6:00 PM at the home of Philip DeParto, 701 Eighth Street, Lyndhurst, New Jersey (201) 933 - 2724.

The Special Activities Group will go out to the movies on Friday, October 20, 1995. Call Philip DeParto at (201) 933 - 2724 on Thursday, October 19, 1995 for details.

Association Business

The Annual Membership Fees of Bobbie Bauer, Alice Geisinger, David Goldfeder, Jacqueline Hecht, Matthew Marcus and Christopher Ward have expired.

They may renew at the next Association meeting they attend or by mail. If renewing by mail, send a check for $ 8.00 made payable to Philip J DeParto to 701 Eighth Street, Lyndhurst, New Jersey 07071. Membership in the Association now stands at 90.

Anyone willing to bring a 13" or larger television to meetings of the Final Frontier on the second Saturday of the month should contact Philip DeParto at (201) 933 - 2724. This will allow us to watch Star Trek, Deep Space 9 at the meeting at 7:00 PM.

Rising Postage, Printing and Rental expenses make it necessary to generate additional revenue for the S. F. A. B. C. The most effective way to accomplish this appears to be to raise the Annual Membership Fee from $ 8.00 to $ 10.00 and leave the per meeting Attendance Fee at $ 2.00. This would not kick in until January, 1996. Feedback is welcome.

Bookstore Discussion Groups

On Monday, October 2, 1995, the Science Fiction Discussion Group meeting at Barnes & Noble in Princeton, New Jersey will discuss two horror novels, Dracula by Bram Stoker and They Thirst by Robert Mc Cannon. The group meets at 8:00 PM at 3535 US Route 1 South, Princeton Market Fair Mall, Princeton, New Jersey (609) 897 - 9250.

"The Rise of Islam" will be the focus of the Medieval Discussion Group meeting at Barnes & Noble, Caldor Plaza, Route 46 West, West Paterson, New Jersey on Monday, October 2, 1995 at 8:00 PM.

The S. F. A. B. C.'s monthly Vampire Book Discussion Group will meet at 8:00 PM on Thursday, October 5, 1995 at Barnes & Noble, 140 Rockland Plaza (opposite Nanuet Mall), Nanuet, New York (914) 624 - 2920. The group will examine Salem's Lot by Stephen King.

One Hundred Vicious Little Vampire Stories edited by Dziemianowicz and Greenberg will be discussed by the Vampire Book Group meeting at Barnes & Noble, 765 Route 17 South, Paramus, New Jersey (201) 445 - 4589 at 7:30 PM on Tuesday, October 10, 1995.

Cyteen by C J Cherryh will be probed by the Diverse Horizons Book Group meeting at Barnes & Noble, 240 Route 22 West, Springfield, New Jersey (201) 376 - 8544 on Tuesday, October 10, 1995 at 7:30 PM.

The Bits & Bytes Computer Users Group will meet at 8:00 PM at Barnes & Noble inWest Paterson, New Jersey on Thursday, October 12, 1995. Mr. Joseph Graziano will talk about making the correct decisions in matching your hardware and software.

"Enemies of the Federation, a look at the bad guys of Star Trek" is the topic of discussion at the meeting of the Final Frontier being held on Friday, October 13, 1995 at 7:30 PM at Barnes & Noble's in Livingston. The store is at 518 Route 10 West, Livingston, New Jersey (201) 535 - 9595. The Final Frontier is an activity sponsored by the Association.

The Harvard Lampoon's Bored of the Rings, which is to JRR Tolkien as Monty Python and the Holy Grail is to King Arthur, is the featured book at the S. F. A. B. C. monthly Book Discussion Group held in the cafe of Borders Books & Music, Garden State Plaza, junction of Routes 4 and 17, Paramus, New Jersey (201) 712 - 1166 on Tuesday, October 17, 1995 at 7:30 PM.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K Dick will be examined by the Science Fiction Discussion Group meeting at Barnes & Noble in Springfield, New Jersey at 8:30 PM on Wednesday, October 18, 1995.

The Monthly Horror Book Discussion Group meeting at Borders Books & Music in East Brunswick will discuss Insomnia by Stephen King on Monday, October 23, 1995 at 8:30 PM. The store is at 300 Route 18 North, Midstate Mall, East Brunswick, New Jersey (908) 238 - 7000.

The first meeting of Sector X, a group formed to discuss legends and events at the borders of science, will occur at 8:00 PM on October 23, 1995 at Barnes & Noble in West Paterson, New Jersey. The group will discuss Atlantis.

The works of A E Van Vogt will be examined at the meeting of the Association's Science Fiction Author Discussion Group at 8:00 PM on Tuesday, October 24, 1995. The group meets in the cafe of Borders Books & Music, 81 Wayne Town Center Mall, Route 23 South (next to Willowbrook), Wayne, New Jersey (201) 785 - 0037.

The first meeting of a new Writers' Critique Group will be held at Barnes & Noble in West Paterson, New Jersey on Sunday, October 29, 1995 at 7:00 PM.

On Wednesday, November 1, 1995, the Science Fiction Group which meets at 8:00 PM at Barnes & Noble in Princeton, New Jersey will discuss Ender's Game and Songmaster by Orson Scott Card.

Anno Dracula by Kim Newman will be discussed by the Association's Vampire Book Discussion Group meeting at 8:00 PM at Barnes & Noble in Nanuet, New York on Thursday, November 9, 1995.

Conventions, Readings, Signings, Talks, Workshops

Author Charles Pellegrino will talk and answer questions at the meeting of the Science Fiction Association of Bergen County on Saturday, October 14, 1995. The meeting will be held at 8:00 PM at the Cultural Center in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey. Consult page one for details.

Transportation is the theme of the newest show at the Park Avenue Atrium of Olympia & York, 446 Lexington Avenue (between 45th & 46th Streets in New York City. The show contains over 120 pieces of SF and other art on the subject. Illustrators on display include Joseph DeVito, Jerry Lo Faro, and Frank Paul, as well as many artists whose work graced such publications as Popular Science. Gallery hours are from 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Monday through Friday. The exhibit is closed weekends. The show concludes November 30, 1995.

Author Lyn Mc Conchie will read from The Key to Keplian, a Witch World novel co-authored with Andre Norton, at 6:00 PM on Thursday, October 12, 1995 at Science Fiction, Mysteries & More! bookstore, 140 Chambers Street (off West Broadway) Manhattan, New York (212) 385 - 8798.

Frederick Pohl will address the General Meeting of the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society on Friday, October 13, 1995. The talk will be held at 9:00 PM in the South American room at the International House, 37th and Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Call (215) 957 - 4004 for directions. He will also be among those speaking at the Group's 60th Anniversary Banquet at the Adams Mark Hotel the following evening.

Science Fiction writer S Andrew Swann and comic artist Vicky Wyman are the guests at ConFURence East, a convention for fans of humanoid animal creations, being held at the Holiday Inn Jetport, 1000 Spring Street, Elizabeth, New Jersey the weekend of October 13, 14, and 15, 1995. Three day at door admission is $ 30.00.

Pocket Books editor John Ordover will again conduct a Writers Workshop at Science Fiction, Mysteries & More! in New York City. The course will be held at 3:00 PM on four consecutive Saturdays: October 14, 21, 28, and November 4, 1995. Participants must bring two short stories or chapters from a novel to be critiqued in a workshop environment. Tuition is $ 50.00.

Writer Charles Pellegrino will give a talk and slide show about what science has to say about the legend of Atlantis. The presentation will be at 4:00 PM on Saturday, October 14, 1995 at Barnes & Noble, 160 Route 17 North, Paramus, New Jersey (201) 261 - 6995.

On Sunday, October 15, 1995, the Movie, Music, TV & Toy Expo will be held at the Meadowlands Exposition Center, 355 Plaza Drive, Secaucus, New Jersey. Guests include Julie Newmar (My Living Doll), Adam West (Batman) and Van Williams (The Green Hornet). At door admission is $ 15.00.

Don Fowler will speak at the meeting of the Space Frontier Society held at Houlihans Restaurant, 42nd Street and Lexington, in New York City on Sunday, October 15, 1995. The subject of his 3:00 PM talk is the World Wide Web and Usenet.

The New York Review of Science Fiction's Dixon Place reading series continues on Thursday, October 19, 1995 with writers David Bowman and Jonathan Lethem. Dixon Place is at 258 Bowery (between Prince and Houston Streets) in New York City. Admission is $ 5.00. Starting time is 7:30 PM.

Writer Charles L Grant will appear at Barnes & Noble, 3535 US Route 1 South, Market Fair Mall, Princeton, New Jersey (609) 897 - 9250 on Sunday, October 22, 1995 at 2:00 PM.

The Chiller Theatre Toy, Model and Film Expo will be held the weekend of October 27, 28, & 29, 1995 at the Meadowlands Hilton Hotel, 2 Harmon Plaza, Secaucus, New Jersey. Guests include Roger Corman (Saturday and Sunday only), Sara Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Jr., Ron Chaney, Brinke Stevens, Monique Gabrielle, Zacherle and others. One day at door admission is $ 13.00. Call (201) 804 - 8040 for further information.

Jeffrey Kluger, who co-authored The Apollo Adventure and Apollo 13 with Jim Lovell, will appear at the YM-YWHA of Bergen County on Sunday, November 5, 1995. Mr. Kluger will give a talk and sign over brunch at 10:00 AM. Admission is $ 18.00. The YM-YWHA is at 605 Pascack Road, Washington Township, New Jersey (201) 666 - 6610.

September Meeting Review


 (Newcomers)               Speaker in ALL CAPS       @ Pre Meeting Only @
& Renewed Membership &       < Diner Crowd >         - At Final Frontier -
[ Not Officially Present ]     + Joined +            ~ At Japanese Animation ~

 < Sharon Archer >          < James LaBarre >        ~< Sharon Roberg >~
   Bobbie Bauer               Ernest Lilley          -  Greg Roman  -
   Thomas Bauer            ~@ Patricia Malone @~     ~@ John Santa Maria @~
~< Paul Dellechiaie >~    ~<+(Frank Mann)+>~          < Robert Savoye >
 < Nancy Denker >          -< Matthew Marcus >-      -@ Ruth Schaeffer @-
 < Mary Ann Denny >        -< Debra Matofsky >-      ~  Scott Schmitt  ~
 < Philip DeParto >        ~<(Donald McFarland)>~     < Carol Smith >
  [Angela Diadone]         ~< William Molendyk >~    -& Anthony Tellado &-
 + Louis Diadone +            Christopher Nash         [Kristian Tellado]
~@ Anthony DiPrima @~        [Elizabeth Nash]        -+@J Anthony Vugrinez@+-

 & John Fitzpatrick &        [Mary Nash]             +< William Wagner >+
~  Charles Garofalo  ~        Patricia Nash             TONI WEISSKOPF
-@ Andrew Goll @-          -  Adrian Pope  -          < Pamela Webber >
-  Roy Greenberg  -        -  Thomas Pope  -         ~< Taras Wolansky >~
~  Elizabeth Grout  ~       < Thomas Purdy >            Robert Yeager
 < Jacqueline Hecht >      +< Ken Quintilian >+      ~  Thomas Zych  ~

The most recent meeting of the Science Fiction Association of Bergen County was held on Saturday, September 9, 1995. It was held at the Saddle River Valley Cultural Center in Upper Saddle River, where we expect to meet for eight of the next nine months.

Pamela Webber arrived early, let herself in the building, and began setting up. This was the only time anything happened early or on time the whole evening long.

This was the first gathering of our Anime fan group which meets to view Japanese Animated programs. The theoretical 6:00 PM starting time was delayed by the late arrival of the Association's television and VCR. Once it arrived and was set up in the basement, things went reasonably smoothly. Pat Malone aired episodes of four series: Captain Harlock, Space Pirate; Rai; Dragonball Z, and Ranma 1/2. The first and last shows went over the best, Harlock, because it was subtitled, and Ranma, because of its physical comedy. There were 13 or so in the audience, several of whom left after the event.

The painting and repair work to the auditorium got pushed back, so we were able to hold the meetings of the Final Frontier and S. F. A. B. C. in the theatre section.

Anthony Tellado was about a half hour late, so Roy Greenberg volunteered to lead the discussion of the new seasons of Star Trek at the Final Frontier. When Mr. Tellado arrived, Roy graciously stepped down. There were only ten present when we took attendance at the beginning, but a number of latecomers arrived and took seats during the next hour.

Star Trek: Deep Space 9 now airs on Saturdays at 7:00 PM. Tony decided to change the Frontier's format so that discussions will be held from 6:00 - 7:00 PM and viewing of DS9 will be done from 7:00 - 8:00 PM. We are in need of someone to bring a television of at least 13" to the meeting for this purpose.

Philip DeParto, Matthew Marcus, Robert Savoye, Carol Smith, and Anthony Tellado read the parts of various Starfleet personnel debating whom should replace Picard as Captain of the Enterprise. This was one of a number of Star Trek Funnies floating around the Internet some years back.

We were unable to obtain the boxes of books advertised in last month's Newsletter, so we had another book sale from our existing inventory.

With paperback prices at 3/$1.00, a number of people were induced to buy things. Tom Zych was a big help in handling matters.

Toni Weisskopf from Baen Books wandered in about 20 minutes late. Jeanne Caggiano was ill and could not accompany her. Toni gave her Baen Books slide show of lots of neat covers, asking and answering questions along the way. Paul Dellechiaie, Carol Smith, and Taras Wolansky were awarded books by Toni for answering questions or making nice observations. Carol had the best line of the night when she titled a painting of a frustrated demon at a computer "Another Satisfied Windows '95 Customer."

We took a break after the slide show during which a number of people spoke to her privately. She then returned to the stage and fielded questions for over a half hour.

Jacqueline Hecht, Debra Matofsky, Patricia Nash, Taras Wolansky (who had himself a pretty good night), and Thomas Zych won freebies from the club's horde. Thanks to Roy Greenberg for the tea, Charles Garofalo for the refreshments, James LaBarre for doing a supply run, Pamela Webber for handling the door, and everyone who helped set up, clean up, or run things.

There were nearly 20 of us at the Horizon Diner afterwards, and the late arrivals finally did straggle in.

September Activity Recap

The topic of "Dracula in Literature and Film" brought out 18 people to the S. F. A. B. C.'s Vampire Book Discussion Group at Barnes & Noble in Nanuet, New York on Thursday, September 7, 1995. Our best turnout yet at the store included Association members Philip DeParto, Debra Matofsky, Greg Roman, and Barry Weinberger, returnees Catherine Ableman, Kelly Conklin, Rick Friedman, and Justin Fuchs, as well as newcomers Eileen Callery, Sandie Jerinsky, Bob Le Bow, Jacqueline Mahan, Eugene Olsen, Katherine Olsen, Natalie Pieterse, Kristin Tattie, Annette Tedeschi, and Eugene Walter. The discussion was a lively one.

The first official meeting of the new chapter of the Final Frontier was held on Friday, September 8, 1995 at Barnes & Noble in Livingston, New Jersey. Brian Gonigal led a discussion of the season debuts of Star Trek: Voyagerand Star Trek: Deep Space 9. Members of the Association present were Brian, Philip DeParto, Debra Matofsky, Robert Pinkus, and J Anthony Vugrinecz. Anthony and Kristian Tellado also stopped by briefly. The head count was a little over 30, although only 26 actually signed in. The discussion went reasonably well, and the group settled on the second Friday of the month as the regular meeting date. Brian, Philip, Debra, J Anthony, and Dennis Marshall went out to a diner afterwards.

The Dungeons & Dragons Group gathered at the Game Master in Fair Lawn on Saturday, September 9, 1995. William Molendyk DM'ed for Philip DeParto, Anthony DiPrima, Charles Garofalo, Don McFarland, Sharon Roberg, John Santa Maria, and Scott Schmitt. Anthony DiPrima has volunteered to chronicle the adventures of the group and passed around a draft version for commentary.

The Special Activity Group's excursion to The New York Is Book Country Street Fair on Sunday, September 17, 1995 was cancelled due to rain. The group had set up a contingency plan, but only Sharon Archer, Philip DeParto and William Wagner showed up at the Ground Round, so we drove to Waldwick and joined Pamela Webber at Matthews Restaurant.

The Association's Book Discussion Group met at Borders in Paramus, New Jersey on Tuesday, September 19, 1995 to discuss The Forge, Book One of The General by David Drake and S M Stirling. Sharon Archer, Mary Ann Denny, Philip DeParto, David Goldfeder, Brian Gonigal, Ernest Lilley, Robert Savoye, Pamela Webber and newcomer Laura Masker were in attendance. The discussion was carried by David, Robert, and Pamela, who were the only ones to have read the book, but the talk soon spilled over into military sf, history, and war tactics in general. There was also a side discussion of the sexual appeal of covers of Playboy, Cosmopolitan, and National Wildlife. You had to be there.

The Writers' Critique Group met in the basement of Philip DeParto's home on Sunday, September 24, 1995. Present were the host, Charles

Garofalo, Christopher, Elizabeth, Mary, and Patricia Nash, Sharon Roberg, Barrie Samuels, and Pamela Webber. Philip DeParto read "For a Rainy Day,"

a short story by Chuck. Chris read "Homecoming," a standalone short story by Pat set in the Illegal Alien universe. Pat read Chapter 13 of Chuck's The Strange Name.

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