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THE STARSHIP EXPRESS Volume 10, Number 6, June 1996

Contents of this Newsletter

[Editor's Note: The original format of this newsletter has been altered for inclusion in this website.]

THE STARSHIP EXPRESS Volume 10, Number 6 Copyright © 1996 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.


You are likely to have two choices on Saturday, June 8, 1996. You can either stay home, watching reruns and complaining about the heat, or you can come to the June meeting of the S F A B C and enjoy a talk by a prominent science fiction editor in air-conditioned comfort, sipping expresso and surrounded by friendly faces.

The Association has once again slipped into summertime "Beat the Heat" mode with a meeting at Borders Books & Music, 81 Wayne Towne Center Mall, Junction of Routes 23 and 46, Wayne, New Jersey (201) 785 - 0037. This is the smaller mall containing J C Penny and Fortunoff immediately adjacent to the Willowbrook Mall. Some of you may know the mall by its former name, The West Belt Mall.

The easiest way to enter the mall is from Route 23 South, although it is also possible from Route 23 North or from Route 46 (via the Willowbrook Mall). A map with directions can be found on page two.

A meeting of The Final Frontier, the Association's Star Trek sub-group, will be held from 6:00 - 8:00 PM. The group will discuss the latest Trek news, talk about new and good Star Trek books, and watch the broadcast episode of Star Trek: Deep Space 9.

The S F A B C meeting will begin at 8:00 PM. Science Fiction editor Betsy Mitchell will give a talk and answer questions.

Betsy Mitchell

Betsy Mitchell has been a science fiction editor for more than a dozen years. She is a second generation fan who graduated with a BS in Journalism from the University of Nebraska. After a stint at the Omaha World Herald, she moved to New York and wrote advertising copy for Dell Books.

She soon joined the staff of Baen Books where she discovered Roger MacBride Allen and Elizabeth Moon, among others, and rose to the position of Senior Editor over a three-year span. She then moved to become Associate Publisher at Bantam Spectra Books for five years.

She accepted her current position of Editor-in-Chief at Aspect, the Science Fiction imprint of Warner Books, five years ago. Writers she has helped to develop there include David Feintuch and J V Jones.

Ms. Mitchell has had stories appear in Analog and Twilight Zone magazines. She has had articles about science fiction appear in a number of publications including the SFWA Bulletin and Writers' Digest.

We invite you to join as for a behind the scenes look at the science fiction publishing industry.



81 Wayne Towne Center Mall,

Route 23 South

Wayne, New Jersey

(201) 785 - 0037


Transit of New Jersey Bus # 197 departs from the Port Authority Building all day long on Saturdays. The best departure time is the 5:30 PM bus which arrives at the adjacent Willowbrook Mall at 6:02 PM. When you exit the bus, ask directions to the Wayne Towne Center Mall which contains J C Penny and Borders Books & Music. Buses for the return trip leave Willowbrook at 9:51 and 11:21 PM.


For bus schedules to and from the adjacent Willowbrook Shopping Mall in Wayne, New Jersey, call New Jersey Transit (from within NJ) at 800 - 772 - 2222.


Follow Route 46 East to Route 23 South. Turn right at first traffic light you encounter on Route 23 South. Turn right into Wayne Towne Center Mall. Circle mall until you see Borders Books & Music.

If travelling Route 80 East: there is an interchange from 80 East to 46 East in Wayne, New Jersey. Get onto 46 East and follow above directions.


If you come by Route 3 which leads to the Lincoln Tunnel, follow 3 West. It will merge with Route 46 West in Clifton. Follow the directions in the next paragraph.

Follow Route 46 West until the interchange with Routes 23 and 80. Stay in the center lane until the right lane disappears to funnel traffic to 23 North and 80. Exit almost immediately and follow signs for Route 23 South (bear right). Turn right at the first traffic light on 23 South and enter mall. Drive around mall until you see Borders Books & Music.

If travelling by Route 80 West: follow signs for Route 23 South in Wayne. Turn right into mall at traffic light. Drive around mall until you see Borders Books & Music.


Route 17, the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway connect to one or more of Routes 3, 46, or 80. All of these roads cross to the east of Wayne, so you take one of them westbound. Follow the appropriate directions from the heading above.

Note: Space considerations prevented the inclusion of the map we had planned.


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 ficiton, fantasy, horror and related fields. The Association sponsors two Star Trek sub groups, three bookstore discussion groups (one focused on a particular book, one on a topic, and one on the works of a particular author), a writers' critique group for aspiring authors, an Anime group, a special activities group, a Dungeons & Dragons Game, and other events. This month we kick off our newest activity, a Video Classics Group for people who enjoy movies. We also do this newsletter and invite you to visit our homepage at:


Association Activities & Business

The Annual Membership Fees of Leora Baeder, Richard Factor, Steve Gold, Eileen Madison, Robert Pinkus, Scott Schmitt, and Eileen Watkins have expired. They may renew at any Association meeting or by mail. If renewing by mail, send a check for $ 10.00 made payable to Philip J De Parto, 701 Eighth Street, Lyndhurst, New Jersey 07071.

We welcome back renewing members Brian Keveney, Robert Savoye, George Thaddeus Smith, and Cynthia Soroka, as well as new member Christopher Vial. Membership in the Association stands at 82.

The June meeting is a standard meeting of the Association. First time attendees are admitted at no charge. Second time attendees may either pay a one-time Special Attendance Fee of $ 4.00, or join the Association at $ 12.00. Everyone else attending must be an Active Member with a paid up Annual Membership Fee of $ 10.00. They must also pay the regular $ 2.00 Attendance Fee.

The Club's Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Game will be held at the GameMaster, 26-13 Broadway (Route 4 West), Fair Lawn, New Jersey (201) 796 - 7377 from 1:00 - 5:00 PM on Saturday, June 8, 1996.

Anime Associates, our group of Japanese Animation enthusiasts, will go on hiatus for the summer and resume operations at the September meeting.

The first meeting of the Video Classics Group will be held on Wednesday, June 12, 1996. Details appear in the "Bookstore Events" section.

Information about this month's Writers' Critique Group can be found in the "Bookstore Events" section.

The Special Activities group will enjoy dinner and then go bowling on Friday, June 28, 1996. Dinner will be held at 7:30 PM at Bon Buffet Restaurant, 125 Essex Street (next to the railroad tracks), Maywood, New Jersey (201) 909 - 8880. At 9:30 PM or thereabouts, we will bowl at Bowler City, Midtown Bridge Approach (along the river, near the railroad trestle), Hackensack, New Jersey (201) 343 - 3545.

James La Barre, Philip De Parto, and others continue feverishly working on the S F A B C Website. The homepage will consist of two parts, a short write-up about the Association followed by about 40 internal (SFABC-related) links and lots of external ones. The linkages fall into four basic areas: information about Association meetings, about the sub-groups, about the newsletter, and about external groups, listings, etc. Page seven shows the list of links accessible from our homepage.

Club Activities at a Glance

06/06/96    Vampire Book Group:  Laughing Corpse            Nanuet, New York
06/08/96    Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Game   1:00 PM      Fair Lawn, N. J.
06/08/96    The Final Frontier:  Trek Books    6:00 PM      Wayne, New Jersey
06/08/96    S F Association:  Betsy Mitchell   8:00 PM      Wayne, New Jersey
06/12/96    Video Classics Group:  1984                     Paramus, New Jersey
06/14/96    Final Frontier:  Life & Times of Janeway        Livingston, N. J. 
06/18/96    Topic Group:  Science Fiction Doctors           Paramus, New Jersey
06/23/96    Writers' Critique Group                         Wayne, New Jersey
06/25/96    Author Discussion Group:  Andre Norton          Wayne, New Jersey
06/28/96    Special Activities:  Dinner & Bowling           Hackensack, N. J.  

Bookstore Events

Children of Enchantment by Anne Keller Bush and The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K Le Guin will be discussed by the science fiction book group meeting at Barnes & Noble, 3535 US Route 1 South, Princeton Market Fair Mall, Princeton, New Jersey (609) 897 - 9250 on Wednesday, June 5, 1996 at 8:00 PM.

The S F A B C Vampire Book Discussion Group will meet on Thursday, June 6, 1996 at 8:00 PM at Barnes & Noble, 140 Rockland Plaza (opposite the Nanuet Mall), Nanuet, New York (914) 624 - 2920 to discuss The Laughing Corpse by Laurel Hamilton.

Sector X, the odd and unexplained phenomena group, will meet and discuss the Legend of King Arthur and the Holy Grail on Monday, June 10, 1996 at 8:00 PM. The group meets at Barnes & Noble, Caldor Plaza, 1156 Route 46 West, West Paterson, New Jersey (201) 812 - 0180.

The Vampire Book Group which meets at 7:30 PM at Barnes & Noble, 765 Route 17 South, Paramus, New Jersey (201) 445 - 4589 on the second Tuesday of the month is still in existence. It is simply no longer an official B & N activity and does not appear in the store's calendar. The group will meet on Tuesday, June 11, 1996 and discuss Independent Horror Films at the table in the Sales Annex.

The first meeting of the Video Classics Group, the newest sub group of the Association, will meet on Wednesday, June 12, 1996 at 7:30 PM in the video section in the basement of Borders Books & Music, Garden State Plaza, junction of Routes 4 & 17, Paramus, New Jersey (201) 712 - 1166. Coordinator Barry Weinberger will screen the version of 1984 starring Richard Burton.

Sisters in Fantasy edited by Susan Shwartz will be discussed by the science fiction group meeting at Science Fiction, Mysteries & More!, 140 Chambers Street (off West Broadway), New York, New York (212) 385 - 8798 on Friday, June 14, 1996 at 5:30 PM.

On Friday, June 14, 1996, The Livingston Chapter of the Final Frontier will examine the "The Life & Times of Captain Janeway." The meeting will be held at 7:30 PM at Barnes & Noble, 518 Route 10 West, Livingston, New Jersey (201) 535 - 9595.

"Science Fiction Doctors" will be the topic of the S F A B C Theme Discussion Group meeting in the cafe of Borders Books & Music, Paramus, New Jersey on Tuesday, June 18, 1996 at 8:00 PM. Starting point of the discussion will be Quarantine Planet by Murray Leinster.

The S F A B C Writers' Critique Group will meet in the cafe of Borders Books & Music, 81 Wayne Towne Center Mall (next to the Willowbrook Mall), Route 23 South, Wayne, New Jersey (201) 785 - 0037 on Sunday, June 23, 1996. The group will meet from 4:00 - 7:00 PM, starting and ending one hour later than usual.

John Sanford's Rules of Prey will be examined by 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 24, 1996 at 7:30 PM.

The Association's Author Discussion Group will meet in the cafe of Borders in Wayne, New Jersey at 8:00 PM on Tuesday, June 25, 1996 to discuss the works of Andre Norton.

Conventions, Readings, Signings, Talks & Workshops

Editor Betsy Mitchell of Aspect Books will address the meeting of the Science Fiction Association of Bergen County held at Borders Books & Music in Wayne, New Jersey on Saturday, June 8, 1996. Details on page one.

Robert Duncan Mc Neil (Lt Paris on ST: Voyager) is the principal guest at the Creation Convention being held at the Pennsylvania Plaza Hotel outside Penn Station in New York City on Saturday and Sunday, June 1 & 2, 1996.

Editor John Ordover will again offer his Fiction Writers Workshop at Science Fiction, Mysteries & More!, 140 Chambers Street (off West Broadway), New York, New York (212) 385 - 8798. There will be sessions held on four consecutive Wednesdays: June 5, June 12, June 19, and June 26, 1996. The workshops begin at 6:30 PM. There is a $ 50.00 fee to participate.

There will be a Publication Party and Signing at Science Fiction, Mysteries, & More! in New York City at 6:00 PM on Thursday, June 6, 1996 to celebrate the first sale by author Gordon Gross. The author's short story, "Communion" will appear in the June issue of the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Mary Elizabeth Allen, Denise Little, and Josepha Sherman are among the editors and writers participating in Project Publish: A Writers' Conference on Saturday, June 8, 1996. The conference will be held from 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM at Mercer County Community College, West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road, Trenton, New Jersey. Admission is $ 65.00. Call (609) 586 - 9446 to register.

On Wednesday, June 12, 1996 club member Linda Zimmermann will be at Encore Books in Scarsdale, New York (914) 472 - 4524 at 7:30 PM to talk about her history book, Forging a Nation.

Linda Zimmermann will talk and answer questions at 7:30 PM at the Public Library in New City, New York on Friday, June 14, 1996. Call Linda for directions at (914) 623 - 6792.

The latest Chiller Theatre Horror Convention will be held at the Meadowlands Hilton Hotel in Secaucus, New Jersey the weekend of Friday, June 14 - Sunday June 16, 1996.

The New York Review of Science Fiction's Dixon Place Reading Series will feature Bradley Denton and George Foy on Thursday, June 20, 1996 at 7:30 PM. Dixon Place is at 258 Bowery (between Prince & Houston Streets) in New York City. Admission is $ 5.00.

Star Trek Book Editor John Ordover and several Trek book writers will celebrate the publication of the Star Trek Invasion series which cross over into all four Star Trek series. Readings and signings will begin at Science Fiction, Mysteries & More! in Manhattan, New York beginning at 4:00 PM on Saturday, June 22, 1996.

Horror author Gerard Houarner will read from Painfreak at 6:00 PM on Thursday, June 27, 1996 at Science Fiction, Mysteries & More! in New York, NY.

Science fiction and horror writer Al Sarrantonio will be the featured speaker at the July 13, 1996 meeting of the S F A B C. The meeting will be held at Barnes & Noble in Nanuet, New York.

May Meeting Recap


   Speaker in ALL CAPS          (Newcomers)              {Pre Meeting Only}
=  At Animation  =             < Diner Crowd >         -  At Final Frontier  -
~  Guest of Speaker  ~                                   &Renewed Membership&

 < Daniel Adler >             -< Brian Gonigal >-       -  Sharon Roberg  -
   Sharon Archer              -  Roy Greenberg  -       -  Greg Roman  -   
 < Nancy Denker >              < Jackie Hecht >         - {Fernando Ruiz} -
 < Mary Ann Denny >           -< James La Barre >-       < Barrie Samuels >
 < Philip De Parto >          = {Patricia Malone} =        Robert Savoye  
~< Ben De Saro >~             -< Debra Matofsky >-        &George T Smith&
=  Louis Diadone  =            < WILLIAM MC CAY >         &Cynthia Soroka& 
 < Ben Ellison >              =< Don Mc Farland >=         Christopher Vail
   Steve Ferrara              =  William Molendyk  =     < William Wagner >
   John Fitzpatrick           =  Michael Piazza  =       < Pamela Webber >  
=  Charles Garofalo  =        -  Robert Pinkus  -       =  Taras Wolansky  =
- {Andrew Goll} -             -  Thomas Purdy  -           Robert Yeager

The skies were dark, the rains were teeming, there were power outages and the threat of tornadoes. In other words, it was a typical weather pattern for the second Saturday of the month.

The May 11, 1996 meeting was held in our usual digs, the Saddle

River Valley Cultural Center in Upper Saddle River. Prior to the meeting, the group conducted a book sale and the usual pre meeting activities.

Brian Gonigal filled in to lead the Final Frontier in a discussion of Star Trek and Babylon 5. He was helped out by a strong first-run episode of Star Trek, Deep Space 9.

Attendance was light for the Anime Associates with Patricia Malone. Her choice of Gunsmith Cats as one of the selections was extremely well-received by those who viewed it.

William Mc Cay was a low key, unassuming guest who could have titled his talk, "The Lighter Side of Writing Work-For-Hire." In Work-For-Hire, the author is writing stories for characters someone else has created. Star Trek books are one example of a Work-For-Hire; Nancy Drew is another; Batman, yet a third. It is a wacky world populated zany people. At one point he told about how he farmed out part of a book to his sub-, sub-contracted ghost writer.

Among the highlights of his talk were of working long hours on tight deadlines for two simultaneous deadlines. One was ghost writing for a gritty drug cop. The other was a lighthearted YA series featuring two cute sets of twins. He was afraid that he would have his tough guy say, "Let's look for clues!" or his cherubic youngsters utter an obscenity.

He passed around pencils of The Ex-Wives, a comic published by the Fantasy Factory, a publisher in Stan Lee's Riftworld series which features three well-proportioned ladies who acquired superpowers as a sexually-transmitted disease. As the pages of "Good Girl" artwork were passed around, Philip De Parto cautioned people to be careful not to spill soda on it. Mr. Mc Cay agreed, saying "Yes, I would find it difficult to explain sticky pages."

He also talked about writing a forthcoming Spiderman novel for Marvel Comics, co-authoring a Chains of Command, a Star Trek, Next Generation novel, and a series continuing the adventures of the Star Gate movie (which included some little-known facts about Egyptian mythology.)

He was an interesting guest and a considerate person and accompanied us to East Side Mario's for food and conversation.

Nancy Denker, Debra Matofsky, and Taras Wolansky won free books. The Nashes dropped by as the meeting was breaking up to reclaim their television. Thanks to Charles Garofalo for the refreshments, Roy Greenberg for the tea and television, Pamela Webber for taking dues and the notes used in the write-up for the meeting, and to everyone who helped set things up or put things away.

May Activity Recap

Turnout was light for the discussion of Robert Mc Cammon's They Thirst at the May 2, 1996 Vampire Book Discussion Group at Barnes & Noble in Nanuet, New York. Car trouble delayed Philip De Parto and Pamela Webber for over an hour. Things were just breaking up when we arrived, so we followed Brendon Brosnan, Ann-Marie Brown, Gwynneth Cally, James La Barre and Robert Le Bow to the New City Dinner food and conversation.

Brian Gonigal led a lively discussion of "The Life and Times of Benjamin Sisko" at the May 10, 1996 meeting of the Final Frontier at Barnes & Noble in Livingston, New Jersey. Also present were S F A B Cers Philip De Parto, Jean Heslin, Patricia Mahool, Debra Matofsky, Robert Pinkus, Steve Rubin, and Pamela Webber, as well as non SFABCers Derek Epstein, Lee Eskin, Jarret Nelson, and Fernando Ruiz, as well as newcomers Michael Chen and Helen Hu.

William Molendyk ran a well-attended Dungeons & Dragons Game at the GameMaster in Fair Lawn on Saturday, May 11, 1996, with club members Daniel Adler, Philip De Parto, Anthony Di Prima, Charles Garofalo, Don Mc Farland, Sharon Roberg and Scott Schmitt aided by B J Pehush and John Santa Maria. It was mostly a session of negotiating an alliance with several cults and trying to avoid drowning in a booby-trapped room.

Missing write-ups will appear in next month's Express.


J U N E     1 9 9 6

06/01/96 -- 06/02/96    Creation Convention.  Pennsylvania Plaza Hotel.
                             Manhattan, New York.
06/05/96    Wednesday   John Ordover's Writers' Workshop Begins, 6:30 PM.
                             SFM&M!  New York, New York.
06/05/96    Wednesday   Children of Enchantment by A K Bush & Lathe of Heaven
                             by U K Le Guin.  B&N, 8:00 PM.  Princeton, NJ.
06/06/96    Thursday    Gordon Gross Publication Party, 6:00 PM.  Science
                             Fiction, Mysteries & More!.  New York City
06/06/96    Thursday    The Laughing Corpse by Laurell Hamilton.            
                             Vampire Book Group, 8:00 PM.                               
                             Barnes & Noble, Nanuet, N.Y.
06/08/96    Saturday    Writers' Conference.  Mercer County Community College.
                             Trenton, New Jersey.
06/08/96    Saturday    Prydonians of Prynceton Meeting.  Plainsboro Township
                             Library, 11:00 AM.  Plainsboro, New Jersey.
06/08/96    Saturday    Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Game, 1:00 PM.      
                             GameMaster.  Fair Lawn, New Jersey.
06/08/96    Saturday    Editor Betsy Mitchell @ S F A B C Meeting.                             
                             Borders Books, 8:00 PM.  Wayne, New Jersey.
06/10/96    Monday      Sector X:  King Arthur & the Holy Grail.  Barnes &
                             Noble, 8:00 PM.  West Patterson, New Jersey.
06/11/96    Tuesday     Independent Horror Films Discussion.  Vampire Group,
                             7:30 PM.  Sales Annex Table.  B&N.  Paramus, NJ.
06/12/96    Wednesday   1984 (w/Richard Burton).  Video Classics Group,     
                             7:30 PM.  Borders Books.  Paramus, New Jersey. 
06/12/96    Wednesday   Linda Zimmermann Talk, 7:30 PM.  Encore Books.  
                             Scarsdale, New York.
06/14/96    Friday      Sisters in Fantasy edited by Susan Shwartz.  
                             Book Group, 5:30 PM.  SFM&M!.  New York City.
06/14/96    Friday      Linda Zimmermann Talk, 7:30 PM.  Public Library.    
                             New City, New York.
06/14/96    Friday      The Final Frontier Meeting, 7:30 PM.            
                             Barnes & Noble,  Livingston, New Jersey.
06/14/96    Friday      Philadelphia Science Fiction Society Meeting.
                             International House. 8:00 PM.  Philadelphia, PA.
06/14/96 -- 06/16/96    Chiller Theatre Horror Convention.  Meadowlands Hilton.
                             Seacaucus, New Jersey.
06/15/96 -- 06/17/96    American Booksellers Association Exhibition.
                             Chicago, Illinois.
06/15/96    Saturday    Garden State Horror Writers Meeting.  Public Library,
                             10:00 AM.  Manalapan, New Jersey.
06/15/96    Saturday    New York Science Fiction Society (The Lunarians)
                             Meeting.  TRS, Inc.  Manhattan, New York.
06/15/96    Saturday    New Jersey Science Fiction Society Meeting.  Masonic
                             Temple, 7:30 PM.  Belleville, New Jersey.
06/18/96    Tuesday     Topic Discussion:  "Science Fiction Doctors."
                              Borders Books, 8:00 PM.  Paramus, New Jersey.
06/20/96    Thursday    Bradley Denton and George Foy Readings.  Dixon Place,
                             7:30 PM.  Manhattan, New York.
06/22/96    Saturday    Star Trek:  Invasion Party, 4:00 PM.  Science Fiction,
                             Mysteries & More!  New York, New York.
06/23/96    Sunday      Writers' Critique Group, 4:00 PM.  Borders Books &
                             Music.  Wayne, New Jersey.
06/24/96    Monday      Rules of Prey by John Sanford, 7:30 PM.  Borders Books
                             & Music.  East Brunswick, New Jersey.
06/25/96    Tuesday     Works of Andre Norton.  Author Discussion Group,    
                             8:00 PM.  Borders Books.  Wayne, New Jersey.
06/27/96    Thursday    Gerard Hourner Reading, 6:00 PM.  Science Fiction,
                             Mysteries & More!  Manhattan, New York.
06/28/96    Friday      Special Activities Group.  7:30 PM Dinner.  9:30 PM 
                             Bowling.  Hackensack, New Jersey.

J U L Y     1 9 9 6

07/13/96    Saturday    Al Sarrantonio @ S. F. A. B. C. Meeting,      
                             8:00 PM.  Barnes & Noble.  Nanuet, New York.

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