Topic Discussion Group

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TOPIC DISCUSSION GROUP

 

 

The Topic Discussion Group currently meets at 8:00 PM on the third Tuesday of each month of the month at the Versailles Diner, 516 Route 46 East, Fairfield, New Jersey  07004  (973)  227 - 0508.

 

This has long been one of our most popular events because it cuts across so many media.  When discussing Robots, for instance, the discussion might include Robbie the Robot from FORBIDDEN PLANET, ASTRO BOY from anime, Asimov's Robot Stories, and any number of other examples from books, cartoons, comics, movies, television and the like.

 

Some members of the group dine together before the event.

 

2014

 

October 21, 2014.................................Stonehenge, Great Walls, Pyramids & Other Monuments

September 16, 2014............................Wee Folk:  Faeries, Pixies, Leprechauns & More

August 19, 2014..................................Ethics, Morality & Sacrifice

July 15, 2014.......................................Winter, Snow & Ice

June 17, 2014......................................Parasites & Symbionts

May 20, 2014.......................................For the Birds

April 15, 2014.......................................Portal Fantasy

March 18, 2014....................................Friendly Ghosts

February 18, 2014................................New Jersey as a Science Fiction Setting

January 21, 2014.................................Canceled Due to Snow

 

2013

 

November 19, 2013.............................Spacesuits

October 15, 2013.................................Jews in Space! (Jewish SF & Themes)

September 17, 2013.............................Children is SF, Fantasy & Horror

August 20, 2013...................................Imaginary Books

July 16, 2013........................................Friendly Machines

June 18, 2013.......................................Mans vs Machine

May 21, 2013........................................Libraries & Bookstores

April 16, 2013.......................................Clowns, Dolls, Dummies & Manikins

March 19, 2013....................................Caves, Castles, Huts & Other Odd Dwellings

February 19, 2013...............................The Afterlife

January 15, 2013.................................The Afterlife

 

2012

 

November 20, 2012...............................Songs

October 16, 2012...................................Death Be Not Proud

September 18, 2012..............................Psychic Powers

August 21, 2012....................................Archeology & Anthropology

July 17, 2012.........................................Dreams & Nightmares

June 19, 2012........................................Training to Be a Hero

May 15, 2012........................................British Science Fiction

April 17, 2012........................................Opening Lines & Scenes

March 20, 2012......................................Rings, Crowns & Other Jewelry

February 20, 2012.................................News & Advertising

January 17, 2012...................................Man's Best Friend:  Fantastic Canines

 

2011

 

November 15, 2011................................Insects, Spiders & Other Creepy Crawies

October 18, 2011...................................Fantastic Equines:  Pegasus, Centaurs, Unicorns & More

September 20, 2011..............................Arrg.....Pirates

August 16, 2011.....................................Favorite Comic Strips

 

-- Moves to The Fine Grind Coffee Bar in Little Falls --

 

July 19, 20122.......................................Second String Monsters

June 21, 2011.......................................Space Opera / Space Adventures

May 17, 2011........................................Politics & Political Systems

April 19, 2011........................................Invisibility

March 15, 2011.....................................Mutants

February 15, 2011.................................Odd Planets

January 18, 2011...................................Food & Drink, Banquets & Feasts

 

2010

 

November 16, 2010...............................Chaos:  Science & Fiction

October 19, 2010..................................Atlantis & Other Drowned Wonders

September 21, 2010.............................Zombies

August 17, 2010...................................BABYLON 5 Revisited

July 20, 2010.......................................Plot Holes & Other Blunders

June 15, 2010......................................Flying Saucers and Things That Look Like Them

May 18, 2010.......................................Mixing Genres

April 20, 2010......................................Originals vs Expansions (ss to novel, novel to series)

March 16, 2010....................................Plot Holes & Writing Blunders

February 16, 2010................................Canceled Due to Snow (originally Mixing Genres)

January 19, 2010.................................Virtual Reality

 

2009

 

November 17, 2009..............................Communications and Miscommunications

October 20, 2009.................................Memorable Planets

September 15, 2009............................Possessions & Exorcisms 

August 18, 2009..................................Urban Fantasy & Paranormal Romance

July 21, 2009.......................................Christian Mythology

June 16, 2009......................................Why Don't Vampires Rule the World?

May 19, 2009......................................Elves & Dwarves

April 21, 2009......................................Teams & Teamwork

March 17, 2009...................................Memory & Identity

February 17, 2009...............................Academies & Apprenticeships

January 20, 2009.................................Heroes & Heroism, Part Two

 

2008

 

November 18, 2008...............................Heroes & Heroism, Part One

October 21, 2008.................................Witches

September 16, 2008.............................Metals, Minerals & Miners

August 19, 2008..................................Fudging Einstein:  Working around Relativity Limitations

July 15, 2008...................................... Asteroids, Comets, and Meteors

June 17, 2008......................................Spaceships
May 20, 2008.......................................Fantasy Professions & Economics

April 15, 2008......................................Canceled

March 18, 2008....................................Assassins

February 19, 2008................................Alternate Americas

 

--  Moves to Barnes & Noble in West Paterson  --

 

January 15, 2008.................................Shakespeare

 

2007 

 

November 20, 2007..............................YA and Children's SF

October 16, 2007.................................Series Interruptus

September 18, 2007.............................New York in Science Fiction

August 21, 2007..................................Families

July 17, 2007......................................Regional Science Fiction

June 19, 2007.....................................Animals as Heroes

May 15, 2007.....................................Altered Humanity

April 17, 2007.....................................Canceled

March 20, 2007...................................Old Age

February 20, 2007...............................A Great and Terrible Line

January 16, 2007................................Canceled

 

2006 

 

November 21, 2006.............................The Walking Dead

October 17, 2006................................Angels and Devils

September 19, 2006............................20th Century Icons

August 15, 2006.................................Martial Arts

July 18, 2006.....................................Robots

June 20, 2006....................................Resurrections

 

--  Moves from Fourth Tuesday to Third Tuesday  --

 

May 23, 2006.....................................Camelot

April 25, 2006.....................................Logical Magic

March 28, 2006..................................Ordinary People, Fantastic Circumstances

February 28, 2006..............................Computers

January 24, 2006................................Plot Twists and Curve Balls

 

 2005

 

November 22, 2005............................Reimaginations

October 25, 2005...............................Plot Twists and Curve Balls

September 27, 2005..........................Endings:  Good, Bad, & Ugly

August 23, 2005...............................Awesome Artifacts

July 26, 2005....................................Anthology Shows

June 28, 2005...................................Alien Observers

May 24, 2005...................................Future Media

April 26, 2005...................................Unjustly Overlooked Favorites

March 22, 2005................................Weird Aliens

February 22, 2005............................Movies We'd Like To See Made

January 25, 2005.............................Sequels and Series

 

2004

 

November 23, 2004............................Drugs

October 26, 2004...............................Political Science Fiction

September 28, 2004..........................Remakes and Homages

August 24, 2004...............................Dinosaurs

July 27, 2004....................................Puns & Word Play

June 22, 2004...................................Magic Shops & Fantasy Bars

May 25, 2004...................................Theatre & Performance Art

April 27, 2004...................................Conspiracies

March 23, 2004................................Crime & Punishment

February 24, 2004............................Canceled

January 27, 2004.............................Canceled

 

2003

 

November 25, 2003............................The Elderly

October 28, 2003...............................Circuses and Carny Shows

September 23, 2003..........................Hollow Worlds

August 26, 2003................................Future Careers

July 22, 2003....................................Engineering Science Fiction

June 24, 2003...................................Dragons

May 27, 2003...................................Egyptian Fantasy

April 22, 2003...................................American Myth Making

March 25, 2003................................Rites of Passage

February 22, 2003............................Ghosts

January 28, 2003.............................Military Science Fiction

 

2002

 

November 26, 2002............................Bygone Solar Systems

October 22, 2002...............................False Gods & Devils

September 24, 2002..........................Strange Seas

August 27, 2002...............................Strange Sports

July 23, 2002....................................Cities

June 25, 2002...................................Weird South

May 28, 2002...................................Knights & Knighthood

April 23, 2002...................................House Fantastic

March 26, 2002................................Contemporaneous Fantasy

February 26, 2002............................Evil Women

January 27, 2002.............................Contemporary Fantasy

 

2001

 

November 22, 2001............................Super Women

October 25, 2001..............................Halloween

September 27, 2001..........................Business & Commerce

August 23, 2001...............................Dinosaurs

July 26, 2001...................................Aliens in our Midst

June 28, 2001...................................Fathers & Fatherhood

May 24, 2001...................................The End of the World

April 26, 2001...................................Canadian Science Fiction

March 22, 2001................................Gonzo Science Fiction

February 22, 2001............................International Science Fiction

January 25, 2001.............................The Outer Planets

 

2000

 

November 22, 2000............................The Norse Influence

October 25, 2000...............................Mediteranean Mythology

September 27, 2000..........................Dreams

August 23, 2000...............................Gargoyles

July 26, 2000....................................The Inner Planets

June 28, 2000...................................Time Travel & Other Paradoxes

May 24, 2000...................................Collaborations

April 26, 2000...................................Trips ofthe Moon

March 22, 2000................................Immortality

February 22, 2000............................Werewolves

January 25, 2000.............................Canceled

 

1999

 

November 23, 1999............................Science Fiction and Music

October 26, 1999...............................Underground Civilizations

September 28, 1999..........................New Age & Science Fiction

August 24, 1999...............................Nanotechnology

July 27, 1999....................................Fractured Fairie Tales

June 22, 1999...................................Science Fiction Terrors

May 25, 1999...................................Robots

April 27, 1999...................................Language

March 23, 1999................................Love and Romance

February 23, 1999............................Shape Changers

January 26, 1999.............................Movie Adaptations

 

1998

 

November 24, 1998............................Alternate Histories

October 27, 1998...............................Science Fiction Detectives

September 22, 1998..........................Camelot in Science Fiction

August 25, 1998...............................Fantasy & Religion

July 28, 1998....................................First Contact

 

-- Change of Venue.  Swap with Author Discussion Group --

 

June 16, 1998...................................Science Fiction & Religion

May 19, 1998...................................Commercial Exploitation of Space

April 21, 1998...................................Humor in Science Fiction

March 17, 1998................................A Virtual Life:  Virtual Reality

February 17, 1998............................Tinkering with the Genome

January 20, 1998.............................Post Apocalyptic Science Fiction

 

1997

 

November 18, 1997............................Fantasy Vampires

October 21, 1997...............................Horror and Hell

September 16, 1997..........................Mars

August 19, 1997...............................Criminals as Heroes

July 15, 1997....................................Modern Treatments of Fairie Tales

June 17, 1997...................................Babylon 5

May 20, 1997...................................Cyberpunk

April 15, 1997...................................Getting Along with Aliens

March 18, 1997................................Artificial Humans

February 18, 1997............................Science Fiction & Religion

January 21, 1997.............................Science Fiction Vampires

  

1996

 

November 19, 1996............................Future Disease and Plague

October 15, 1996...............................Alien Invasions

September 17, 1996..........................Science Fiction Cats

August 20, 1996...............................Parallel Worlds

July 16, 1996....................................First Contact

June 18, 1996...................................Science Fiction Doctors

May 21, 1996...................................Science Fiction Infantry

April 16, 1996...................................Time Travel

March 19, 1996................................Science Fiction Cops

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