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    ......................THE STARSHIP LOCAL A NEWSLETTER OF THE SCIENCE FICTION ASSOCIATION OF BERGEN COUNTY ..........136 MANHATTAN AVENUE * WALDWICK, NEW JERSEY
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      ......................THE STARSHIP LOCAL
      A NEWSLETTER OF THE SCIENCE FICTION ASSOCIATION OF BERGEN COUNTY

      ..........136 MANHATTAN AVENUE * WALDWICK, NEW JERSEY 07463
      ....................PHONE: (201) 447 - 3652

      .....................APRIL MEETING PREVIEW:
      .......................Saturday, April 14, 2012

      .......6:15 PM: THE COUNTY OF MONTY CRISTO (Animation Associates)
      ...................6:30 PM: Currently Cool (Ice Nine)

      ..........8:00 PM: Felix Gilman Fantasy Steampunk Author


      ..........The Science Fiction Association of Bergen County will hold
      its General Meeting on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at the Saddle River
      Cultural Center, 307 West Saddle River Road, Upper Saddle River,
      Bergen County, New Jersey 07458. Steampunk fantasy writer Felix
      Gilman will be our guest. We hope that you will join us.


      PRE MEETING EVENTS:

      ..........You are invited to come early and attend our pre meeting
      events. Our Animation Associates will present episodes of the anime
      series, THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO at 6:15 PM in the Cultural
      Center's basement. Another option is Barry Weinberger's Ice Nine
      Discussion of recent books, comics, movies and television programs
      at 6:30 PM, always a lot of fun.

      FELIX GILMAN, STEAMPUNK FANTASY AUTHOR

      ..........Felix Gilman has written three novels which combine elements
      of steampunk, alternate history and fantasy: THUNDERER, CITY
      OF GEARS and THE HALF-MADE WORLD.

      ..........THE HALF-MADE WORLD is his most recent work and is set
      in a fantasy, alternate world American Wild Wild West.

      ..........Mr Gilman's website is http://felixgilman.com/.

      ..........Here is one of six bio articles posted on his site:

      Felix Gilman died by self-inflicted gunshot wound in 1924, in his
      cabin in the wooded mountains above Dunwich, Massachusetts. His rat-
      gnawed body was discovered by his erstwhile colleague, the prominent
      American folklorist Dr. John Morhaim.

      The outer walls of that crude and rustic cabin, Morhaim reported, were
      scarred as if by terrible claws, battered as if by monstrous wings.
      The inner walls were marked with blood, in what appeared to be letters
      in an alien language--'If so,' Morhaim wrote, 'It is possibly a
      blessing that no man could read those dreadful words.'

      Why did Gilman, that cultivated and mild-mannered scholar, abandon his
      life in London to dwell in the benighted New England wilderness?
      Perhaps the answer can be found in the two years he spent in the
      Bethlem Royal Hospital, the famous Bromley sanitarium -- a period of
      time during which he produced over thirty-two volumes of largely
      incoherent ramblings, which he insisted were dictated to him by an
      alien intelligence named Yith. Perhaps it is better not to inquire.

      Gilman's deranged fugue-state writings are now in the possession of
      Dr. John Morhaim's descendent Howard, of the Morhaim Literary Agency
      in Brooklyn, New York. Thunderer is the first volume to be published.

      Gilman's skull is on display at the Harvard Medical School, viewable
      by appointment. The fatal bullet wound strongly resembles a third eye.
      Don't poke it.


      ABOUT THE ASSOCIATION:

      ..........The S F A B C meets on the second Saturday of the month and
      features talks, slide shows, and other presentations by experts in the
      science fiction, fantasy, horror and related fields. The Association
      sponsors six Google discussion groups and a number of special interest
      groups devoted to various aspects of science fiction and similar
      matters, including activities devoted to books, movies, television,
      animation, horror and other events. We also produce a monthly
      newsletter listing talks, conventions, discussions groups and other
      activities of interest to people who enjoy science fiction and related
      areas. We invite you to contact us through our website:

      .........................htttp://www.sfabc.org


      ***************************************************************************

      THE STARSHIP LOCAL......Volume 10, Number 4...Copyright 2012
      .........................................Philip J De Parto

      THE STARSHIP LOCAL is the monthly meeting notice of the Science
      Fiction Association of Bergen County. It is designed to communicate
      basic information about the activities of the organization to devotees
      of fantasy, horror and science fiction. All material by Philip J De
      Parto unless otherwise acknowledged.

      We also publish a more extensive monthly newsletter, THE STARSHIP
      EXPRESS, for members of the organization. If you are not a member and
      would like to receive the EXPRESS, mail a check for $ 8.00 for the
      electronic version or $ 12.00 for the print version. Checks should be
      made payable to Philip J De Parto, 136 Manhattan Avenue, Waldwick, New
      Jersey 07463.

      .......................................-- 1 --


      Directions to meeting site:

      .............Saddle River Valley Cultural Center
      .................305 West Saddle River Road
      .......................Upper Saddle River
      .............Bergen County, New Jersey 07458


      The Cultural Center looks like a classic little white church, steeple
      and all. The parking lot is not too large, but it's okay to use the
      much bigger lot of the Methodist Church across the street.

      Important note: The Cultural Center is on WEST Saddle River Road.
      One block further over is EAST Saddle River Road. Unlike streets in
      New York, East does not turn into West. The roads are on opposite
      banks of the Saddle River, which is nothing more than a stream at this
      point.


      FROM ROUTE 17 NORTHBOUND:

      ..........Exit ROUTE 17 NORTH at the sign which reads SADDLE RIVER /
      WOODCLIFF LAKE. (This is the exit after Sheridan Avenue, Ho Ho Kus.)
      This puts you onto EAST ALLENDALE ROAD heading East. Stay on road for
      about 1/2 mile and turn left at the first traffic light onto WEST
      SADDLE RIVER ROAD. Drive North for 1-3/4 miles. Shortly after
      passing a brick Catholic Church, the Church of the Presentation, on
      your left hand side, you cross into Upper Saddle River. The Cultural
      Center is on your left hand side. If you come to a traffic light you
      have slightly overshot and hit LAKE STREET.

      Note: You will see a sign marked WEST SADDLE RIVER ROAD on Route 17
      northbound well to the south of where you have been told to leave 17.
      If you take this exit, you will eventually get where you want to be,
      but it will take you a lot longer to get there.


      FROM ROUTE 17 SOUTHBOUND:

      ..........Exit ROUTE 17 SOUTH at the SADDLE RIVER / WOODCLIFF LAKE
      exit. This puts you onto EAST ALLENDALE ROAD heading East. You drive
      under the highway. Then follow the directions from Route 17
      Northbound.

      Note: This way takes you a little longer than the exit for UPPER
      SADDLE RIVER, but it spares you from making hairpin turns on steep
      hills at night in bad weather on an unfamiliar road.


      FROM THE GARDEN STATE PARKWAY NORTHBOUND:

      ..........Take Exit 172, GRAND AVENUE, MONTVALE. (This is the last
      exit in New Jersey and just is just past the Montvale Service Area.)
      Turn left at the exit ramp and head west on GRAND AVENUE. There are a
      lot of small towns in this area, and the road that you're on will keep
      changing its name. At different points it is called GRAND AVENUE,
      MONTVALE ROAD, RAMSEY ROAD and LAKE STREET. At the second traffic
      light you will be at the intersection of LAKE STREET and EAST SADDLE
      RIVER ROAD. It has a landmark anyone in the area will know, a 7-11
      type store called Elmers. Keep driving west. Do not turn. Turn left
      at the next traffic light onto WEST SADDLE RIVER ROAD. The Cultural
      Center is 1/10 of a mile down the road on your right.


      FROM ROCKLAND COUNTY VIA ROUTE 59:

      ..........Follow ROUTE 59 into Monsey and turn south at the traffic
      light for ROUTE 306 / EAST SADDLE RIVER ROAD. Head south towards New
      Jersey. (Note: Although the maps show this road as Route 306, and
      that's what everyone calls it, after you make the turn, the sign reads
      ROUTE 73. Don't ask me to explain it.) Note that there is a long
      stretch between the first and second traffic lights.

      ..........Turn right at the second traffic light which is the
      intersection of EAST SADDLE RIVER ROAD and LAKE STREET. Elmers, a
      7-11 type store, is at this corner. Proceed west and turn left at the
      next traffic light onto WEST SADDLE RIVER ROAD. The Cultural Center
      is 1/10 of a mile down the road on your right.

      .......................................-- 2 --


      ASSOCIATION ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE:

      04/03/12..........Tuesday
      ..........Final Frontier
      ..........Television Discussion Group
      ..........Cartoons at Night
      ..........Panera Bread, 8:00 PM
      ..........Ramsey, New Jersey
      ..........Optional Dinner Beforehand
      ..........Panera Bread, 6:30 PM

      04/05/12..........Thursday
      ..........Infinite Images
      ..........Video Viewing
      ..........DR HORRIBLE'S SING-ALONG BLOG
      ..........Webber/De Parto Home, 7:30 PM
      ..........Waldwick, New Jersey

      04/11/12..........Wednesday
      ..........Monsters of Horror
      ..........Book Discussion Group
      ..........LEFT HAND MAGIC
      ..........by Nancy Collins
      ..........Mystery Site, 8:00 PM
      ..........Contact SFABCPhil

      04/14/12..........Saturday
      ..........Animation Associates, 6:15 PM
      ..........Video: THE COUNT OF MONTY CRISTO (episodes)
      ..........Saddle River Valley Cultural Center
      ..........Upper Saddle River, New Jersey

      04/14/12..........Saturday
      ..........Ice Nine, 6:30 PM
      ..........Currently Cool Books, TV, more
      ..........Saddle River Valley Cultural Center
      ..........Upper Saddle River, New Jersey

      04/14/12..........Saturday
      ..........General Meeting, 8:00 PM
      ..........Felix Gilma, Fantasy Author
      ..........Saddle River Valley Cultural Center
      .........Upper Saddle River, New Jersey

      04/17/12..........Tuesday
      ..........Topic Discussion Group
      ..........Great Opening Lines & Scenes
      ..........The Fine Grind Coffee Bar, 8:00 PM
      ..........Little Falls, New Jersey
      ..........Optional Dinner
      ..........Jose Tejas Mexican Restaurant, 6:30 PM
      ..........Fairfield, New Jersey

      04/19/12..........Thursday
      ..........YA Fantasy Reads
      ..........THE SISTERS GRIMM
      ..........by Michael Buckley
      ..........Barnes & Noble, 7:30 PM
      ..........Paramus, New Jersey

      04/21/12..........Saturday
      ..........Special Activity
      ..........Videos & Take Out Dinner
      ..........Webber / De Parto Residence
      ..........Waldwick, New Jersey
      ...............3:00 PM.....TiMER (Movie)
      ...............5:00 PM.....Take Out / DR HORRIBLE Extras
      ...............6:30 PM.....TiMER Commentary Track

      04/29/12..........Sunday
      ..........Writers of the Weird
      ..........Author Critique Group
      ..........Webber/De Parto, 4:00 PM
      ..........Waldwick New Jersey

      04/30/12..........Monday
      ..........Month End Book Discussion
      ..........THE BROKEN KINGDOMS
      ..........by N K Jemisin
      ..........Mall Food Court, 7:30 PM
      ..........Paramus Park Mall
      ..........Paramus, New Jersey
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