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The OUSFG Newsletter
Video Meetings are in Oriel 24:2 (Ian Snell's room) at 8pm on Wednesdays of
Library Meetings are in Christ Church Annexe V:9 (St Aldates;
Duncan Martin's rather larger room) at 8:30pm every Sunday.
Discussion meetings are also in Duncan's room, at 8:15pm on Wednesdays of
odd weeks (but then they would be odd given some of the topics for discussion).
There was a Start of Term Party, but you've missed that.
Michaelmas Term 1997
- Sunday 12th October
Afternoon 15.00 Fresher's Party.
St John's Garden Quad Reception Room already
booked, but drinks obligation tricky.
(Old members: set-up begins at 14.00, and please bring your own drinkies,
subject to us sorting out this terrible purchase obligation).
Evening 20.00 Very chaotic library meeting
- Wednesday 15th October
History of OUSFG. Usually saved until the Freshers know
a little about who's who already, and possibly a bit too
likely to terrify those who expected a quiet night in our
library or an abstruse discussion or one of our speakers.
- Sunday 19th October
Library meeting, Duncan Martin's Room, Christ Church
- Wednesday 22nd October
Video meeting: Roswell and The Springfield Files.
Stylish Kyle followed by that Simpsons tape
- Sunday 26th October
Library meeting, same time and place
- Wednesday 29th October
Dick for Freshers Tanaqui explains it all,
On one level, a source for the invisibles comic and a
bunch of rather feeble entendres; on another a catalogue
of weirdness enhanced with Humanities references to the
influence of Thomas and Henry Vaughan on Dick himself.
- Sunday 2nd November
Yes, visit our lovely library in congenial surroundings.
Demand biscuits, tease the librarian, or free-associate.
- Wednesday 5th November
Video meeting: Dark Star and Bad Taste
- Sunday 9th November
Enjoy Duncan's tea and the big heap of SF-related books.
Maybe bring back one you signed out earlier in term.
- Wednesday 12th November
Alex and Peter do Conspiracy Theories. Likely to cover
Illuminatus stuff and anything that's in the media or
society gossip-mills at the time. Definitely going to be
strange, if they tell you anything at all. When they put
on their shades, get ready to avoid the mindwipe light.
- Sunday 16th November
Ask Duncan for more tea, and have him send you to the pub
because he's got to do some work or some such excuse.
- Monday 17th November
Speaker: Michael Marshall Smith
- Wednesday 19th November
Video Meeting: Delicatessen and City of Lost Children
- Sunday 23rd November
Understand one of the bantering interchanges/ freefall
topic-torturing of Alex Williams and Peter Sidwell. Take
out the entire Dune sequence as an antidote.
- Wednesday 26th November
William Burroughs Memorial Workshop. Under the expert
guidance of Colin Wilkinson and Ralph Lovegrove, learn
how easy it is to learn Dadaist literary techniques and
cut-up/fold-in textual assembly of varied sources. Can
you match the gravel-voiced guru of the Interzone?
Bring pritt sticks and old books.
- Saturday 29th November
Party: Christmas Party with the roleplayers.
- Sunday 30th November
Hang out with books or pints and bask in the camaraderie
you have built up over this term.
- Monday 1st December
Speaker: Kim Newman
- Wednesday 3rd December
Traditionally Silly Games Night. Foolish videos such as
Brass Eye might be shown. Chris Morris is... Alabaster
Codify, amongst many others, targeting media celebrities.
Anyone thinking that this smorgasbord of fripperies is somewhat lacking in the
meaty sci-fi you expect can request the following from your Video Ubermensch:
Confirmed this term: Michael Marshall Smith (17th November)
and Kim Newman (1st December).
Confirmed return, next term: Diana
Wynne Jones (probably 11th February).
- Episodes of Babylon 5 up to the end of Season Four shown of
the remotest reaches of Headington (NTSC format, right off the satellite
feed, and complete with well-dodgy ads. for "adult" services)
- The complete Star Wars Special Edition trilogy,
with Jabba the Hut
and rearing Tattooine fauna looking rather incongrous in the old footage
(a bit much for a Wednesday night, but possible over a weekend)
- Third Rock from the Sun, since the Third Rock in Third Week
video meeting has been dropped.
- Trials and Tribble-ations - the Tribble reprise
for Star Trek: DS9
- Any other oddity you think Tanaqui might have captured in iron oxide
Discussion Meetings held over for another term
Martin Beer on Arthur C. Clarke,
Adrian Cox and his unique Orson Scott Card puppetry, Neal Tringham's selection
of utterly atrocious, appalling, hysterically funny SF excerpts.
Here are some random newsletters from the ancient and revered days
when OUSFG had cyberpresidents.
'Txixt then and now, while an OUSFG president has been
just the thing if you want to know exactly what is meant by a metonym,
they are unlikely to be good companions on the infobahn.
And rather more recently...
Today, we can announce a great step forward:
a literate cybercommittee!
This is just what one would want from the forward-looking SF group
that brought you Sfinx and
the Bloomsbury Good Reading Guide to Science
Fiction and Fantasy. Mark my words: in a couple of years' time,
everyone will be hopping on the cybermetonym bandwagon.
Last updated 4th November 1997. http://www-pnp.physics.ox.ac.uk/SF/misc/newsletter-97mt1.htmlTim Adye, <T.J.Adye@rl.ac.uk>