I've really enjoyed coming to the meetups and talking science fiction with other fans. I had the idea that it would be cool to create a space on facebook with a similar function that we could use between meetups. A facebook group where we could connect with other fans and share things about our favorite books, movies, shows and ideas. A place to post links to interesting futurist articles or gush about George Takei touring our local Art Museum. (Apparently, he's an architecture buff who didn't mind standing out in the rain to watch the brise soleil open and close). And it's a virtual space where all our fan friends who don't live in Milwaukee or aren't able to come to the meetups can join us.
The group is called "Midwest Multiverse Sci Fi & Fantasy
Fans". If you facebook, please click on the link and join the group and please invite all your sci-fi & fantasy loving facebook friends to do likewise.
If you're not that familiar with facebook or facebook groups, here's what the deal is, in brief. Facebook is a free virtual community where you can create a profile for yourself, sharing as much or as little info as you like. Once you have a profile, you can post tidbits of personal news, photos, links, comments or simply click "like" on the posts of other people you "friend" (network with). You can also join a group like Midwest Multiverse where you can participate with a group of people without friending them. Whenever you log on to Facebook you'll see a home page with the "news" of all your friends. On the left is a column of other options and your group link will appear there. A number in blue
appears next to its name when there are new posts and comments. I recommend that you use the notification setting "only important updates and summaries instead of individual e-mails" on your account. That way the activity of the group remains unobtrusive, only there when you want to check it.
Disclaimer: I've discussed this with our Fictioneers organizers and while they are supportive of this endeavor, I should note that this is going to be a completely separate group from Fictioneers and that our organizers don't necessarily endorse Facebook. That being said, I personally think this could be a great way for many of us to get to know each other better and to get more psyched to see each other at the meetups.