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THE STARSHIP EXPRESS Volume 10, Number 1, January 1996
[Editor's Note: The original format of this newsletter has been altered for inclusion in this website.]
THE STARSHIP EXPRESS Volume 10, Number 1 Copyright © 1996 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.
Anyone possessing clout with the weatherman is urged to use it so that the we may finally enjoy a rain free, snow free meeting. The first meeting of the Science Fiction Association of Bergen County in 1996 will be held on Saturday, January 13, 1996. The meeting will be held at the usual place, the Saddle River Valley Cultural Center, 305 West Saddle River, Upper Saddle River, Bergen County, New Jersey (201) 327 - 9878. If you require directions, please consult the map on page two or call (201) 933 - 2724 earlier in the week.
Two of the sub-groups within the Association will get together shortly after the Cultural Center opens its doors at 6:00 PM. The Final Frontier, our Star Trek club, will discuss the latest Trek happenings and speculate about the economic system of the Federation with "Starfleet Accountants: Who Pays the Bills?" At 7:00 PM, the group will view the broadcast episode ofStar Trek: Deep Space 9.
Anime Associates, our group of fans of Japanese Animation, will watch a couple of subtitled features in a different section of the building. The main feature will be a Time Stranger, a movie about time travel, reincarnation, and other mysterious forces. The second show will be an episode of Rai Deen, which features evil aliens and giant robots, among other things.
At 6:15 PM, or thereabouts, the club will conduct another booksale. This one promises to be our largest yet, and will offer over 200 titles which have not been displayed before. Prices are $ 1.00 per mass market paperback, $ 2.00 per trade paperback or hardcover.
All this will be going on before the Association's meeting actually begins. For the first time in our history, the S F A B C will actually hold an officers' meeting. This is not as easy as sounds, because everyone knows that we don't have any officers. We do have a number of people who run various activities for us, though. This will allow them to introduce themselves, say a couple of words about what their section does, and answer a few questions. Then we can begin the main event.
Linda Stewart is the author of over a dozen books. The books fall into three categories: mysteries, novelizations, and Sam the Cat, Detective. Sam is clever, witty book categorized as a young adult novel, but which can be appreciated by anyone who enjoys cats, hard boiled detectives, or clever satires. For Sam is no ordinary cat, he is cared for by gumshoe Sam Spade. While his master is out solving human crimes, Sam tackles the seamy side of crimes against catkind.
Other works by the author include two Nick Carter books, Panic on Page One (made into an ABC television movie), Blue Sky, novelizations of the movies Absence of Malice, Fun with Dick and Jane, Harry and Walter Go To New York, and Jackson County Jail.
Ms. Stewart has reviewed crime novels for the Chicago Tribune, Detroit News, and Washington Post. She has taught "Spies and Eyes," a course on detective fiction, at the School of Visual Arts for ten years and is a graduate of Brandis with a major in Social Psychology.
Linda Stewart comes from a literary and cinematic family. Her former husband is Donald Stewart who has written the screenplay for several Tom Clancy movies. Her uncle was Marty Ryskind, who won the Pulitzer Prize and scripted My Man Godfrey, A Day at the Races, A Night At the Opera, and a number of other Marx Brothers movies.
The Annual Membership Fee required of anyone attending meetings of the S F A B C has risen from $ 8.00 to $ 10.00. This increase was announced several times in 1995 at meetings and in the Express. Rising rent, postage, and other expenses have made this necessary. The $ 2.00 Meeting Attendance Fee is unchanged.
The following people must renew their Annual Membership Fees: Elizabeth Donahue, Douglas Finch, Roy Greenberg, Ernest Lilley, Barbara Rayczek, and Pamela Webber. This can be done at any meeting or by sending a check of $ 10.00 made payable to Philip J. DeParto, 701 Eighth Street, Lyndhurst, New Jersey 07071. Membership in the Association now stands at 90, with (Charles Gehm), Michael Korsonsky, (Melissa Griffin), and (Thomas Pope) having joined or (renewed) their memberships.
The club's Writers Critique Group will meet twice in January, on Sunday, January 7, 1996 and Sunday, January 28, 1996. The gatherings will be held from 3:00 - 6:00 PM at the home of Philip DeParto in Lyndhurst, New Jersey. Call (201) 933 - 2724 ahead of time for directions. The group did not meet in December.
The club's Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Game will be held from 1:00 - 5:00 PM on Saturday, January 13, 1996 at the GameMaster, 26-13 Broadway (Route 4 West), Fair Lawn, New Jersey (201) 796 - 7377. Last month's game was cancelled because of the weather.
There will be a special joint program by the members of the Special Activities Group and the Vampire Book Discussion Group on Friday, January 19, 1996. Members will attend the 7:50 PM showing of Dusk Till Dawn at the Movies at Spring Valley, Route 59 West, Spring Valley, New York (914) 426 - 1600. This tenplex is a few minutes down the road from Barnes & Noble in Nanuet, New York.
A special "Year of the Association in Review" issue of the Starship Express is in preparation. We hope to have it available at the group's January meeting. Only members of the S F A B C or those actually attending meetings will receive copies in order to minimize postage expenses.
The Association is exploring a number of new endeavors and activities. A science discussion group to be based at Barnes & Noble in Nanuet, New York and headed by Paul Dellechiaie should be up and running before too many months. A book group to focus on tie-ins to science fiction movies and television shows is under consideration. Barry Weinberger has agreed to coordinate a group to view and discuss sf movies and television shows. Several people have suggested that the S F A B C obtain a website on the internet. Anyone interested in participating in any of these activities should say so at the meeting or phone Philip DeParto at (201) 933 - 2724.
01/04/96 The Last Vampire by Christopher Pike Nanuet, New York
01/07/96 Writers' Critique Group Lyndhurst, N. J.
01/12/96 The Final Frontier: The Four Doctors Livingston, N. J.
01/13/96 Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Game (1:00 PM) Fair Lawn, N. J.
Japanese Animation Videos Group (6:00 PM) Up Saddle River, NJ
The Final Frontier Trek Economy (6:00 PM) Up Saddle River, NJ
Used Book Sale (6:00 PM) Up Saddle River, NJ
S F Association Meeting (8:00 PM) Up Saddle River, NJ
01/16/96 The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut Paramus, New Jersey
01/19/96 Special Activities: Movie: Dusk Till Dawn Spring Valley, NY
01/23/96 Discussion of Works of Stephen Brust Wayne, New Jersey
01/28/96 Writers' Critique Group Lyndhurst, N. J.
02/01/96 Love in Vein edited by Poppy Z. Brite Nanuet, New York
02/09/96 The Final Frontier: Trek Love & Romance Livingston, N. J.
02/10/96 S F Association Meeting, etc. Paramus,
Dream Park by Larry Niven and Steven Barnes and Burning Bright by Melissa Scott will be discussed by the science fiction group meeting at Barnes & Noble, 3535 US Route 1 South, Princeton Market Fair Mall, Princeton, New Jersey (609) 897 - 9250 on Wednesday, January 3, 1996 at 8:00 PM
The Vampire Book Group meeting at Barnes & Noble in Nanuet, New York will assemble on Thursday, January 4, 1996 at 8:00 PM. The group will discuss The Last Vampire by Christopher Pike. This is an Association-sponsored activity held at Barnes & Noble, 140 Rockland Plaza (opposite the Nanuet Mall), Route 59, Nanuet, New York (914) 624 - 2920.
The anthology, The Ultimate Dracula, will be discussed by the Vampire Book Group meeting at 7:30 PM at Barnes & Noble, 765 Route 17 South, Paramus, New Jersey (201) 445 - 4589 on Tuesday, January 9, 1996.
"The Four Doctors" of Star Trek will be discussed at the January 12, 1996 meeting of the Final Frontier in Livingston, New Jersey. The Frontier meets at 7:30 PM at Barnes & Noble, 518 Route 10 West, Livingston, New Jersey (201) 535 - 9595 and is an S F A B C-sponsored Star Trek discussion group.
The first meeting of a science fiction discussion group will be held at 5:30 PM on Friday, January 12, 1996 at Science Fiction, Mysteries & More! 140 Chambers Street (Off West Broadway), Manhattan, New York (212) 385 - 8798.
The group will be coordinated by Alan Zimmerman and be held on the second Friday of each month. The initial gathering will determine the exact format the group will take. Mr. Zimmerman is also putting together a mystery group for the third Friday of the month.
The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut will be discussed at the S F A B C's Book Discussion Group meeting in the cafe of Borders Books & Music, Garden State Plaza, junction of Routes 4 & 17, Paramus, New Jersey (201) 712 - 1166 on Tuesday, January 16, 1996 at 8:00 PM.
The monthly Horror Book Discussion Group meeting at Borders Books & Music in East Brunswick will discuss Cutthroat by Michael Slade on Monday, January 22, 1996 at 7:30 PM. The store is at 300 Route 18 North, Midstate Mall, East Brunswick, New Jersey (908) 238 - 7000.
The Sector X Unexplained Phenomenon Group will discuss the Siberian Explosion of 1906 on Monday, January 22, 1996 at Barnes & Noble, Caldor Plaza, 1156 Route 46 West, West Paterson, New Jersey (201) 812 - 0180 at 8:00 PM.
Love in Vein, a collection edited by Poppy Z Brite, will be discussed at the meeting of the Vampire Book Group meeting at Barnes & Noble in Nanuet, New York on Thursday, February 1, 1996 at 8:00 PM.
Anne McCaffrey's The Rowen and Diane Paxton's White Raven will be discussed by the group meeting at Barnes & Noble in Princeton, New Jersey on Wednesday, February 7, 1996 at 8:00 PM.
The Final Frontier will discuss "Love and Romance in Star Trek" at their meeting at Barnes & Noble in Livingston, New Jersey on Friday, February 9, 1996 at 7:30 PM.
Linda Stewart, author of Sam the Cat, Detective, will read and answer questions at the meeting of the Science Fiction Association of Bergen County on Saturday, January 13, 1996 at 8:00 PM. Consult page one for details.
Editor John Ordover of Pocket Books will again offer a Fiction Writing Workshop at Science Fiction, Mysteries & More! Bookstore, 140 Chambers Street (off West Broadway), New York City (212) 385 - 8798. The workshop will meet on four consecutive Tuesdays from 6:30 - 8:30 PM beginning on January 9, 1995. The other dates are January 16, 23, and 30, 1996. There is a $ 50.00 fee to participate in the workshop.
"Secrets of Self Publishing" will be the subject of a talk given by Cynthia Soroka at Barnes & Noble, 160 East 54th Street (Citicorp Building, corner of 54th & Third Avenue), New York, New York (212) 750 - 8033 on Wednesday, January 10, 1996 from 6:30 - 7:30 PM.
Author Edward Brown will speak at the meeting of the Garden State Horror Writers on Saturday, January 13, 1996 at noon. The group meets in the Manalapan Library, Symmes Drive (just off Route 9), Manalapan, New Jersey (908) 863 - 8786.
Editor Mary Elizabeth Allen will give a talk on how to write science fiction, fantasy and horror at 7:30 PM on Thursday, January 18, 1996 at Barnes & Noble in Princeton, New Jersey. The store is at 3535 US Route 1 South, Princeton Market Fair Mall, Princeton, New Jersey (609) 897 - 9250.
Rick Tumlinson of the Space Frontier Foundation will speak on the 12th Anniversary of the Challenger Disaster on Saturday, January 20, 1996 at the meeting of the New York Science Fiction Society (The Lunarians). The group meets at 7:30 PM at TRS, Inc., 44 East 32nd Street, 11th Floor, (off Park Avenue), New York City.
Carl Sagan will speak on the topic of "Science as a Candle in the Darkness" at the 92nd Street Y, 92nd Street YM-YWHA, 1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York (212) 996 - 1100 at 8:00 PM on Thursday, January 25, 1996. Admission is $ 18.00.
The New York Review of Science Fiction's Dixon Place Reading Series will feature authors Richard Kadrey and Pat Murphy on Thursday, January 25, 1996 at 7:30 PM. Dixon Place is at 258 Bowery (between Prince & Houston Streets) in Manhattan, New York (212) 219 - 3088. Admission is $ 5.00.
On Wednesday, January 31, 1996, writer Charles Grant will read and answer questions at Barnes & Noble, 518 Route 10 West, Livingston, New Jersey (201) 535 - 9595. Starting time is 7:30 PM.
Author Craig Shaw Gardener will address the meeting of the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society on Friday, February 9, 1996 at 9:00 PM. The group meets in the South American Room of the International House, 37th and Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia, PA. Call (215) 957 - 4004 for directions.
Writer Tony Daniels will be the featured speaker at the February 10, 1996 meeting of the Science Fiction Association of Bergen County. The meeting will be held at the home of Robert Yeager in Paramus, New Jersey.
Anyone with information about local appearances of people in the science fiction field is asked to notify Philip DeParto at (201) 933 - 2724 at the earliest opportunity.
ATTENDEES: & Renewed Membership & (Newcomers) [Not Officially Present] Sharon Archer & Charles Gehm & Patricia Nash Bobbie Bauer Roy Greenberg Adrian Pope Thomas Bauer & Melissa Griffin & & Thomas Pope & Philip DeParto Theresa Griffin John Upton (Russ De Negris) Donald McFarland William Wagner Anthony DiPrima Christopher Nash Pamela Webber Steve Ferrera [Elizabeth Nash] Judy York Charles Garofalo [Mary Nash]
Despite snow, threat of sleet, and the cancellation of our scheduled guest, the December 9, 1995 meeting of the Science Fiction Association of Bergen County was indeed held at the Cultural Center in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.
The earliest arrivals were Philip DeParto, Donald McFarland, Adrian and Thomas Pope, and Pamela Webber. Thanks go to them and to everyone else involved in the set up or clean up.
The light turn out limited the variety of foods present. Don's chili was the hit of the event. Other main or side dishes included chicken cutlets by Sharon Archer, meatballs by Bobbie Bauer, chicken ravioli soup by Charles Garofalo, a chicken casserole by Adrian and Tom Pope and a tray of vegetables and dip by Pam Webber. Desserts included brownies by Sharon, homemade cookies by Charles Gehm and Judy York, cinnamon rolls by John Upton, and chocolate chip cookies by Pam.
Conversations overheard included Pat Nash, Tom Pope, and Judy York realizing that they had all attended Queens College at around the same time; Sharon Archer, Philip DeParto, Steve Ferrera, and Roy Greenberg having a mini Memory Alpha reunion; Sharon, Don McFarland, and Judy talking about computers; and Chris Nash and Adrian Pope discussing having worked for different divisions of the same company.
No one expressed an interest in watching the rerun of Star Trek: Deep Space 9. At 7:30 PM, we popped Walt Disney's The Lion King into the VCR to both keep the Nash kids entertained and to provide a frame of reference for our guest speaker's talk on "The Lion King as Mythology." Only the Nash kids and one or two others formed the audience when the movie started, but nearly everyone was watching by the halfway point.
It was after 9:00 PM and we had still heard nothing from Robert Price, our scheduled speaker. We were just about to start the meeting when he phoned, saying that he had returned home after hitting a massive tie up on the Garden State Parkway.
We then went to Plan B, which was having Chris and Pat Nash, with varying degrees of input from Mary and Elizabeth, lead the discussion. It was a mellow, wide ranging exchange of views that drew most of the group in at one time or another.
Several people deserve praise for loyalty above and beyond the call of duty. These include Steve Ferrara who left straight from work near Livingston and arrived around 8:45 PM; Roy Greenberg who made a mad dash to the party after a chess tournament in Hackettstown; Russ De Negris, who showed up at the cancelled afternoon AD&D game and copied the directions from Scott Schmitt's newsletter to show up for his first meeting; Robert Yeager who had to work but sent a cranberry bread via the Nashes; and Judy York and Charles Gehm, whom Philip DeParto forgot to call back with directions but who puzzled out how to get there from New York despite it all.
With lots of left over snacks, and hot chocolate and tea being provided by Roy Greenberg as well as brewed coffee by Philip DeParto, there was no reason to make our usual post-meeting excursion to the Horizon Diner.
01/06/96 (Saturday) Prydonians of Prynceton Plainsboro Twp, NJ
01/06/96 (Saturday) Jersey Association of Gamers Park Ridge, N. J.
01/13/96 (Saturday) Garden State Horror Writers Manalapan, N. J.
01/13/96 (Saturday) U S S Lexington (ST Empire) Wayne, New Jersey
01/20/96 (Saturday) The Lunarians New York, New York
01/20/96 (Saturday) New Jersey Science Fiction Soc. Belleville, N. J.
01/28/96 (Sunday) U S S Justice (Starfleet) Maplewood, N. J.
01/21/96 (Sunday) Jersey Association of Gamers
Park Ridge, N. J.
02/09/96 (Friday) The Final Frontier (Star Trek) Livingston, N. J.
02/10/96 (Saturday) S F Association of Bergen
County Up Saddle River, NJ
(Editor's Note: This is an abridged version of a convention report by Mark Leeper which originally appeared in the newsletter of the Mt. Holz Science Fiction Society, The MT Void Volume 14, Number 18 Copyright © Mark Leeper, and is reprinted with permission of the author/editor.)
. . . Schoen said it all started when he was down-sized out of his previous teaching job. Looking for something to occupy his mind while waiting for responses on resumes, he decided to learn Klingon, based on the dictionary developed by Marc Okrand. Schoen said he had been in the Mythopoeic Society and first thought, "Is Klingon like Elvish? Can we study it as we study a dead language?" At some point he found others on the Net who were interested and so founded the KLI. When "jobs failed to appear," he stayed with it. . . .
The first major project undertaken by the KLI was the translation of the Bible into Klingonese because, according to Schoen, there is a linguistic tradition to translate the Bible into all new languages that are discovered.
. . . There is also the "Klingon Shakespeare Restoration Project, inspired by a line in the sixth film (regarding how HAMLET must be read in the original Klingon to be appreciated). As Schoen said, "HAMLET is about honor and revenge and everyone is dead in the last scene--that's a Klingon play." The KLI translation of Shakespeare is . . . aiming for quality work: hardbound, case-bound, and on acid-free paper. They are currently in the fourth revision of the translation of HAMLET, and the Klingon is in iambic pentameter where the English is and in rhyme where the English rhymes. They will be printing 1000 numbered copies, priced at $20 each (and undoubtedly scarfed up by dealers who will inflate the price), and twenty-six copies lettered (in the Klingon alphabet) in lexohyde reserved for major contributors. Schoen says the goal is to take HAMLET onto the Letterman Show.
After this comes out they hope to publish a play a year. MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING is already done. They will publish the major plays individually, but the minor ones will be bundled in pairs.
There is also a Klingon postal course modeled after the Esperanto postal course: You send a self-addressed, stamped envelope and they send you Lesson 1. When you complete that, you send back your answers to the exercises and another self-addressed, stamped envelope. They grade the exercises and send you the results, along with lesson 2. And so on. There is no charge except for postage-paid envelopes. As Schoen notes, "You can't learn the language without the dictionary, but you can't learn the language with just the dictionary" either. He would like to use the Internet, but he feels it's important to stretch the course out rather than let the student run through all the exercises at on time and then forget it all in a week. They do have a Web page, though: http://www.kli.org.
. . . The address for the Klingon Language Institute . . . is P. O. Box 634, Flourtown, PA 19031. The postal course is available from Klingon Postal Course, P. O. Box 37, Eagle, ID 83616. The self-addressed, stamped envelope should have sufficient postage for two ounces.
. . By the way, the KLI is registered as a non-profit organization, but not a, Schoen noted, as a church! . . .
JANUARY 1996 01/03/96 Wednesday Dream Park by Larry Niven and Steve Barnes plus Burning Bright by Melissa Scott. Book Discussion Group, 8:00 PM. Barnes & Noble, Princeton, New Jersey. 01/04/96 Thursday The Last Vampire by Christopher Pike. Vampire Book Group, 8:00 PM. Barnes & Noble, Nanuet, New York. 01/07/96 Sunday Writers Critique Group, 3:00 PM. DeParto Home, Lyndhurst, New Jersey. 01/09/96 Tuesday Fiction Writing Workshop, 6:30 PM. Science Fiction, Mysteries, & More!, New York City. Part 1/4. 01/09/96 Tuesday The Ultimate Dracula (anthology). Vampire Book Group, 7:30 PM. Barnes & Noble, Rt. 17 South, Paramus. 01/10/96 Wednesday Self Publishing Talk by Cynthia Soroka, 6:30 PM. Barnes & Noble, New York City. 01/12/96 Friday Initial Meeting, Science Fiction Discussion Group, 5:30 PM. Science Fiction, Mysteries & More!, N Y C. 01/12/96 Friday The Final Frontier, 7:30 PM. Barnes & Noble, Livingston, New Jersey. 01/13/96 Saturday Garden State Horror Writers, 11:00 PM. Manalapan, New Jersey. 01/13/96 Saturday Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Game, 1:00 PM. GameMaster, Fair Lawn, New Jersey. 01/13/96 Saturday Used Book Sale, 6:00 PM. Cultural Center, Upper Saddle River. Anime Videos, 6:00 PM. Cultural Center, Upper Saddle River. The Final Frontier, 6:00 PM. Cultural Center, Upper Saddle River. Linda Stewart @ S. F. A. B. C., 8:00 PM. Cultural Center, Upper Saddle River. 01/16/96 Tuesday Fiction Writing Workshop, 6:30 PM. S F M & M!. New York City. Part 2 of 4. 01/16/96 Tuesday The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut. Book Discussion Group, 8:00 PM. Borders, Paramus, New Jersey. 01/18/96 Thursday Writing SF, Fantasy, & Horror Talk by Mary Elizabeth Allen, 8:00 PM. Barnes & Noble, Princeton, NJ 01/19/96 Friday Dusk Till Dawn Viewing, 7:50 PM. Special Activities Group. UA Theatres, Spring Valley, New York. 01/20/96 Saturday Rick Tumlinson @ Lunarians Meeting, 7:30 PM. TRS, Inc. New York, New York. 01/20/96 Saturday New Jersey Science Fiction Society Meeting. Masonic Temple, 7:30 PM. Belleville, New Jersey. 01/22/96 Monday Cutthroat by Michael Slade. Book Discussion Group, 7:30 PM. Borders, East Brunswick, New Jersey. 01/22/96 Monday Siberian Explosion. Sector X, 8:00 PM. Barnes & Noble, West Paterson, New Jersey. 01/23/95 Tuesday Fiction Writing Workshop, 6:30 PM. S F M & M!. New York City. Part 3 of 4. 01/23/96 Tuesday Fantasy Writer Stephen Brust Discussed, 8:00 PM. Science Fiction Group. Borders, Wayne, N. J. 01/25/96 Thursday Richard Kadrey and Pat Murphy Readings. Dixon Place, 7:30 PM. New York, New York. 01/25/95 Thursday Science as a Candle in the Darkness Talk by Carl Sagan. 92nd Street Y, 8:00 PM. New York City. 01/28/96 Sunday Writers Critique Group, 3:00 PM. DeParto Home. Lyndhurst, New Jersey. 01/30/96 Tuesday Fiction Writing Workshop, 6:30 PM. S F M & M!. New York City. Part 4 of 4. 01/31/96 Wednesday Charles L. Grant Talk. Barnes & Noble, 7:30 PM. Livingston, New Jersey FEBRUARY 1996 02/10/96 Saturday Author Tony Daniel @ S F A B C Meeting. Methodist Church, 8:00 PM. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey
The S F A B C meets on the second Saturday of the month and features
talks, slide shows and other presentations by people in the science
fiction, fantasy, horror, and related fields. The Association also
runs two Star Trek sub groups, two book discussion groups, a
writers' critique group for aspiring authors, an Anime group, a
special activities group, a group which discusses science fiction
writers, a Dungeons & Dragons game, and this Newsletter.
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