The Fearless Fantasy Fans in Kingston used to meet every month, but due to a lack of interest and enthusiasm the group is dormant now. If anyone wants to ressurect the group, or start something new for fans of fantastic literature in Kingston, please leave a comment here.
The August meeting will be held on Tuesday August 11, 7 pm at The Sleepless Goat. We will talk about The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman and Un Lun Dun by China Mieville.
This meeting takes place just after Anticipation, the World Science Fiction Convention in Montreal. We hope to also talk a bit about the convention. It is possible that we might even find one or two new Fearless Fantasy Fans, who knows.
See you next Tuesday!
We are still trying out Thursdays as the meeting day, but we stay with the week of the second Tuesday of the month. Confusing? Anyway, this month the meeting will be on Thursday 16. Time and place as usual: 7pm at The Sleepless Goat.
The topic this time is the Earthsea books by Ursula K LeGuin. Specifically, we will focus on comparing the early (original trilogy) with the late, to see how the author changed her style and her ideas about this world in the time between writing them. We decided to talk mainly about the first book (The Wizard of Earthsea, 1968) and the fourth (Tehanu, 1990), so those two are the reading assignment.
Hope to see you then!
The reading assignment for June is “Shoggoths in Bloom” by Elizabeth Bear. It’s a novelette (a longer kind of short story), and it can be found online here. Also look at the comments collected here, which might be a starting point for the discussion (mild spoiler warning, perhaps read the story first).
The June meeting will be held on Thursday June 11, 7pm, at The Sleepless Goat.
For July, we will read the first and the fourth of the Earthsea books by Ursula K Le Guin: A Wizard of Earthsea and Tehanu, to compare them. There is almost thirty years between the publication dates of these, and we will discuss what made Le Guin want to go back and reimagine this world, and also how her style and voice have changed over the years. If you are really serious, you can read the rest of the series as well!
For August, we decided to read The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman’s latest young adult title and also nominated for the Hugo Award. This book we will contrast with Un Lun Dun, a YA title by China Mieville. Two British fantasy authors: similarities, differences, influences.
The next meeting will be on May 12. Come and make plans for how the Fearless Fantasy Fans can take over the world! We will also decide on time and place for a picnic or dinner together. And possibly chat about things we have read and liked lately.
Time: 7 PM. Place: The Sleepless Goat, downtown on Princess.
The next Fearless Fantasy meeting will take place on April 14, 7 PM at The Sleepless Goat. This time we have planned to discuss the Nebula Awards nominations. Note that if you follow that link you will find more links: some of the stories are available online. Anyone can find time to read at least one short story, or to find out a little about the nominated authors, so that we have something to discuss.
We also have some loose plans for a second meeting in April, perhaps a movie night or something fun to do together.
And before April even starts, a possibility for the interested is to go to the Ad Astra science fiction convention in Toronto.
The nominations for the Nebula Awards are out! If things go the usual way, we will soon see lists of links to all the short works online. Why not discuss the nominated works for our April meeting? Update: SF Signal has links to those of the nominated works that are available online.
These awards are presented by the Science Fiction Writers of America. SFWA also has created the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy, and Andre Norton is our topic for the March meeting (see previous post).
Here is the official Andre Norton web site, with, among other things, a guide to the Witchworld books — useful for those like me who find it difficult to understand how the books are related to eachother. (This is one of the examples of how Fantastic Fiction is not so reliable when it comes to older works.)
The next meeting is on March 10, 7pm at The Sleepless Goat.
The theme for this meeting will be Andre Norton. Read something by her, or something about her, and come talk about her writing: good, bad, interesting, influential?
If you have been to at least one of our meetings you know that the group got a donation of books and videos to take care of and give good homes. There is still some left. Write to fearlessfantasy [at] gmail.com if you want to know more.
Due to some odd miscommunications at the library, no rooms are actually available at the advertised date for our information and discussion night about Neil Gaiman and the Worldcon. We are working on finding a new location, most likely at Queen’s. I will post the new loction here as soon as I know what we have, and the library publicity people will help us get the information out.
The new location is at the Grad Club, located on the corner of Barrie and Union (see map). Time: still 7pm.
If you are interested, there was an article about Neil Gaiman and Coraline in Toronto Star last Friday after his visit to attend the premiere of the movie. (Via Neil Gaiman’s Journal.)
As you might know, we are arranging a meeting at the library on February 11, open for everyone, where we will talk about Neil Gaiman and about the World Science Fiction Convention in Montreal this summer. It will be more of meeting and discussion than lecture, but we will bring tons of information and stuff. More information here. (If you have seen the notice in the Queen’s Gazette calendar I will have to point out that this will be a discussion about Neil Gaiman, not with him. To actually meet him you will have to try for example the Worldcon.)
Neil Gaiman recently was awarded the Newbery medal, a prestigious award in children’s literature, for his The Graveyard Book. If you are interested to know more, go here for streaming radio and an excerpt of the book.
Hope to see you on February 11, especially if you are new to FFF or to fandom!