- Screener Info Session for the Brooklyn SciFi Film Festival
The Sci Fi Book Club is teaming up with the Brooklyn SciFi Film Festival to act as initial screeners for the approximately 150 submissions to the festival! Book Club participants will watch some of these short and feature-length films and confirm that they are, indeed, science fiction genre films. Then, we will rate them on a scale of 1 to 10 across a common list of attributes. All screenings and ratings are completed online and at your own pace over the next two weeks. If you're interested in participating, we will be hosting a Zoom chat THIS MONDAY, August 10th @ 6pm EST with leadership from the festival to get more details on the process and get set up with access. The meeting will be about 30 minutes, please be on time. Please note that it is mandatory to attend this Zoom meeting to participate in the screener program. If you are interested but have other obligations at 6pm on Monday, please message Jon Nutting and we'll see what we can do. This is a unique opportunity and we hope you'll get involved! The BSFFF Website: https://brooklynscififilmfest.com/ Submission Page: https://filmfreeway.com/BrooklynSciFiFilmFestival Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bkscififilmfest/
- Netflix Party w/ TSFBC: 'Total Recall'
Hi everybody! We're hosting another stay at home, social-distancing movie night on Wednesday, August 12th using Netflix Party. It was a close poll this time around! This Wednesday, we'll be watching the 1990 classic 'Total Recall'. Join us on this crazy ride to Mars with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, and Michael Ironside. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0100802/ (By the way, next movie night will be the close second, 'iBoy') I'll be hosting the Party and will post the live link at the top of the Description @ 7:00pm so you can join us. We'll start the movie promptly at 8:00pm. Just RSVP and click the link to join. Netflix Party is an easy-to-install Chrome plugin that syncs up Netflix for everyone who joins the Party and allows us all to text chat during the movie. Some details about Netflix Party: - You'll want to install this free plugin before Wednesday. - Be logged into Netflix before you click the live link when I post it up. - Netflix Party does not work on a TV. It will work on most mobile devices and on laptop and desktop computers. - A workaround if you want to watch it on your TV: Wait for us to start the movie and then visually cue them up. Then mute your computer. - There is a 50 person max on a Party room. - Install the Chrome plugin here: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/netflix-party/oocalimimngaihdkbihfgmpkcpnmlaoa Finally, the movie will start promptly at 8:00pm and we will pause it for a 10-minute intermission half-way through. Hope to have you join us on August 12th!
- "Ancillary Justice" by Ann Leckie
Hi all, Zoom Link: https://sva.zoom.us/j/99164705324?pwd=MzlpSTNoTkRWeHdybm9pMUhxWVZodz09 Password: Justice Book of the Month: "Ancillary Justice" by Ann Leckie Last month's selection "Sea of Rust" did not disappoint. It's an engaging story that is one part spaghetti western and one part Terminator; all told by a robot's perspective. Lots of fun and it brings up some deep philosophical questions. It's difficult to walk the line between an action-packed story and a deep emotional dive about loss and what it is to be human. "Sea of Rust" was hard to put down. So, on the heels of the full-on robot apocalypse, we thought it would be interesting to look into what life would look like if an ultimate intelligence made its way off-planet and ranged out among the stars. Nebula and Clarke-winning novel "Ancillary Justice" uses this concept as a foundation to tell a story about personhood and the concept of self. It is challenging at times but this space opera is absolutely worth the journey. This first book of Leckie's "Imperial Radch" trilogy works as a standalone story but offers a vast universe to investigate if you like where "Justice" takes you. io9 has a great review of the book here (spoiler warning, you might just want to read the beginning): https://io9.gizmodo.com/ancillary-justice-is-the-mind-blowing-space-opera-youv-1430076479 Tor also has a shining less-spoiler-y review here: https://www.tor.com/2013/09/06/book-review-ann-leckie-ancillary-justice/ To join a Book Club meeting, all you will need is YOURSELF. If you haven’t had a chance to finish the book, we still would love for you to join us in the discussion.