August meeting

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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!



Meeting July 16

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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!


Summer reading for the FFF

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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.


March meeting

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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.


The meeting on February 11 changed location *updated*

Posted in meetings at 7:03 am by åka

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.

Show map.

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.)


Neil Gaiman, the Worldcon, and everything

Posted in meetings at 4:40 pm by åka

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!


Neil Gaiman and the Worldcon

Posted in fandom, fantastic literature, meetings at 1:19 pm by åka

Neil Gaiman is an interesting author, and we thought it would be fun to have a Neil Gaiman theme meeting now that he is coming to the Worldcon in Montreal and everything. What we will do is an open information and discussion night at the library. Here is the official invitation text:

This summer, Montreal will be hosting the 2009 World Science Fiction Convention (also known as Worldcon), the most important annual meeting on the science fiction and fantasy calendar. The prestigious annual Hugo Awards will be handed out at the convention.

Neil Gaiman, one of the masters of contemporary fantasy and the author of the ground breaking graphic novel Sandman, is a Guest of Honour this year. His writing has won him numerous awards and a new movie
based on his novella Coraline is scheduled to be released on February 6th.

Want to learn more about Neil Gaiman and the Worldcon? Then join us for an evening of information and discussion on February 11th at 7pm at the Central Branch of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library. This event is hosted by Fearless Fantasy Fans and KFPL.

(If you happen to read this on January 13, remember that there is also a meeting tonight, at 7pm at the Sleepless Goat.)


Short December meeting report

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Yesterday we had our monthly meeting at The Sleepless Goat. We talked about Charles de Lint, but there is probably much more to say about his books. I think we agreed that he writes about people and situations that often feel relevant and believable. It’s often about how to come out of difficult situations and still be sane and human. There is a lot of compassion in his stories, people who care about eachother. The fantastic elements are also interesting, drawn from different mythologies. I will probably read more by Charles de Lint, I don’t know about you.

We also discussed Little Brother by Cory Doctorow, a book that I have been recommending to everyone. We will probably talk about it again when others have finished it, so that we can discuss the ending.

Of course we talked about lots of other things. We heard about a crazy dentist incident, and some winter related mishaps. Real life can be interesting!

Next meeting will be on the second Tuesday of January (thats Jan 13) at 7pm. The meeting place is still The Sleepless Goat. This time we’ll talk about Elizabeth Bear. Note that you can find a lot of samples of her writing online, listed here. There is also the story Shoggoths in Bloom, which for some reason doesn’t seem to be on that list.

Also, remember the Ad Astra science fiction convention in Toronto in March. The membership fees are going up at the end of this month.


December meeting

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Our next meeting will be on December 9, second Tuesday of the month as usual. Place: The Sleepless Goat (downtown, on Princess). Time: 7pm.

This time we will talk about Charles de Lint. Read anything you like by him, find out what you want about him, and come talk about his writing.

The discussion about Iain M Banks this Tuesday was interesting. Of course, it’s always more fun with more people!


November meeting today!

Posted in fantastic literature, meetings tagged , at 2:44 pm by åka

I guess if you don’t know about it already, you will miss it despite my posting this. Anyway, in case you are interested in taking a look at it after the meeting, here are some Iain [M] Banks related links.

And here he is, talking about his latest Culture novel, Matter. The guy you see in the background is Ken MacLeod (another scottish science fiction author).

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