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                      THE STARSHIP LOCAL
 
A NEWSLETTER OF THE SCIENCE FICTION ASSOCIATION OF BERGEN COUNTY

..........136 MANHATTAN AVENUE * WALDWICK, NEW JERSEY  07463
...........................PHONE:  (201) 447 - 3652

 

......................MARCH MEETING PREVIEW:
.........................Saturday, March 11, 2017
 
...........6:15 PM:  Writers' Space Salon: Networking / Discussions
.............6:30 PM:  Ice Nine: Coolest Genre News & Happenings

..............8:00 PM:  FANTASY AUTHOR STEPHEN S POWER


Fans of dragons, swashbuckling action and fantasy adventures on the high seas are sure to enjoy the March 11, 2017 General Meeting of the Science Fiction Association of Bergen County.  Author Stephen S Power will speak and answer questions at our normal venue, the Bergen Highlands United Methodist Church, 318 West Saddle River Road, Upper Saddle River, Bergen County, New Jersey  07430  (201)  327 - 3960. 


PRE MEETING EVENTS

The Writers' Space Salon will feature a mixture of discussions, networking, and possibly even some light critiquing. If you are writing in this genre, it's a good place to meet fellow practitioners, swap information, ask advice and make friends.  This commences at 6:15 PM.

The 6:30 PM Ice Nine discussion covers movies, comic books, television, books, and other aspects of the fantasy, science fiction and horror genres. Learn the coolest news! Share your knowledge and opinions! This is always a lot of fun. 


AUTHOR STEPHEN S POWER

Stephen S Power is the author of the fantasy novel, THE DRAGON ROUND, published by Simon & Schuster. This is the first in a series. Mr Power's short fiction has appeared in LIGHTSPEED, DAILY SCIENCE FICTION, AMAZING STORIES, and other venues. He is a non-genre editor at Thomas Dunne Books / St Martin's Press and has previously worked at John Wiley & Sons and Avon Books.  

Author Website:  http://stephenspower.com/


ABOUT THE ASSOCIATION:

Meetings of the Association are held on second Saturday of the month and feature talks, slide shows and other presentations by experts in science fiction, fantasy, horror and related fields.  The Association sponsors six online Google discussion groups and a number of in-person activities devoted to various aspects of science fiction and similar matters, including events focused on books, movies, television, animation, horror and similar areas of interest.  We also produce a monthly newsletter listing talks, conventions, discussion groups and other activities pertaining to science fiction and kindred genres.  We invite you to contact us through our website:

.........................https://sites.google.com/site/sfassnofbergencounty/

 
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THE STARSHIP LOCAL.....Volume 15, Number  3......Copyright 2017
.........................................Philip J De Parto

THE STARSHIP LOCAL is the monthly meeting notice of the Science Fiction Association of Bergen County.  Its purpose is to communicate basic information about the activities of the organization to devotees of fantasy, horror and science fiction.  All Material by Philip J De Parto unless otherwise acknowledged.

We also publish a more extensive newsletter, THE STARSHIP EXPRESS, for the members of our organization.  If you are not a member and would like to receive the EXPRESS, mail a check for $ 16.00 made payable to Philip J De Parto, 136 Manhattan Avenue, Waldwick, New Jersey  07463.


Directions to Meeting Site:

Bergen Highlands United Methodist Church
318 West Saddle River 
Upper Saddle River 
Bergen County, New Jersey  07458
(201)  327 - 3960

The Methodist Church is across the street from our former meeting site.  Additional parking can be found on the sides and back of the Church.

Important Note:  The Methodist Church is on WEST Saddle River Road.  One block further over is EAST Saddle River Road.  Unlike streets in New York, East does not turn into West.  The roads are on opposite banks of the Saddle River which is nothing more than a stream at this point.

  

FROM ROUTE 17 NORTHBOUND:

Exit ROUTE 17 NORTH at the sign which reads SADDLE RIVER / WOODCLIFF LAKE.  (This is the exit after Sheridan Avenue, Ho Ho Kus.)  This exit puts you onto EAST ALLENDALE AVENUE heading East.  Stay on road for about 1/2 mile and turn left at the first traffic light onto WEST SADDLE RIVER ROAD.  Drive north for 1-3/4 miles.  Shortly after passing a brick Catholic Church, the Church of the Presentation, on your left hand side you cross into Upper Saddle River.  The Methodist Church is on your right hand side.  If you come to a traffic light you have slightly overshot and hit LAKE STREET.

Note:  You will see a sign marked WEST SADDLE RIVER ROAD on Route 17 northbound well to the south of where you have been told to leave 17.  If you take this exit, you will eventually get where you want to be, but it will take you a lot longer to get there.


 FROM ROUTE 17 SOUTHBOUND:

Exit ROUTE 17 SOUTH at SADDLE RIVER / WOODCLIFF LAKE exit.  This puts you onto EAST ALLENDALE ROAD heading East.  You drive under the highway.  Then follow the directions from Route 17 Northbound.

Note:  This way takes you a little bit longer than the exit for UPPER SADDLE RIVER, but it spares you making hairpin turns on steep hills at night in bad weather on an unfamiliar road.

 

FROM THE GARDEN STATE PARKWAY NORTHBOUND:

Take Exit 172, GRAND AVENUE, MONTVALE.  (This is the last exit in New Jersey and is just past the Montvale Service Area).  Turn left at the exit ramp and head west on GRAND AVENUE.  There are a lot of small towns in this area, and the road that you're on will keep changing its name.  At different points it is called GRAND AVENUE, MONTVALE ROAD, RAMSEY ROAD and LAKE STREET.  At the second traffic light you will be at the intersection of LAKE STREET and EAST SADDLE RIVER ROAD.  It has a landmark that anyone in the area will know about:  a 7-11 type store called Elmers which has an attached Lukoil gas station.  Keep driving west.  Do not turn. Turn left at the next traffic light onto WEST SADDLE RIVER ROAD.  The Methodist Church is 1/10 of a mile down the road on your left.

 

FROM ROCKLAND COUNTY VIA ROUTE 59:

Follow ROUTE 59 until you come to Norris Pontiac in Monsey and turn south at the  traffic light unto ROUTE 306.   This road is also called EAST SADDLE RIVER ROAD.  Head south towards New Jersey.  (Note:  Although the maps show this road as Route 306, and that's what everyone calls it, after you make the turn, the sign reads ROUTE 73.  Don't ask me to explain it.)  Stay on ROUTE 306 for 2.3 miles Note that there is a long stretch between the first and second traffic lights.

Turn right at the second traffic light which is the intersection of EAST SADDLE RIVER ROAD and LAKE STREET.  Elmers, a 7-11 type store with an attached Lukoil gas station, is at this corner.  Proceed west and turn left at the next traffic light onto WEST SADDLE RIVER ROAD.  The Methodist Church is 1/10 of a mile down the road on your left.



MARCH DATES AT A GLANCE

03/03/17.........Friday
..........Armchair Odyssey TV Mini-Binge
..........ASH VS THE EVIL DEAD, Season 1, Episodes 1 - 3
..........De Parto / Webber Residence, 7:00 PM
..........Waldwick, New Jersey

03/06/17..........Monday
..........Monsters of Horror Book Group
..........GRAVE MATTERS by Lauren M Roy
..........Barnes & Noble Cafe, 8:00 PM
..........Hackensack, New Jersey

03/07/17..........Tuesday
..........Final Frontier Television Discussion Group
..........Remembering those Who Have Left Us
..........Panera Bread, 8:00 PM
..........Ramsey, New Jersey

03/08/17..........Wednesday
..........Infinite Images Movie NIght
..........2004 Acclaimed Anime Film by Katsuhiro Otomo
..........Public Library, 6:45 PM
..........Waldwick, New Jersey

03/11/17..........Saturday
..........Special Activity
..........HELIOSphere Literary Science Fiction Convention
..........DoubleTree Hotel
..........Tarrytown, New York

03/11/17...........Saturday
..........General Meeting / Pre Meeting Activities
...............6:15 PM.....Writers' Space Salon:  Networking / Discussions / Critique
...............6:30 PM.....Ice Nine Discussion:  Coolest News & Happenings
...............8:00 PM.....Talk & Q & A with Fantasy Author Stephen S Power
..........Bergen Highlands United Methodist Church
..........Upper Saddle River, New Jersey

03/16/17..........Thursday
..........Young Fantasy Reads Book Group
..........MOTHERSHIP by Martin Leicht and Isla Neal
..........Barnes & Noble Cafe, 7:30 PM
..........Paramus, New Jersey

03/21/17..........Tuesday
..........Topic Discussion Group
..........Mummy Dearest
..........Versilles Diner, 8:00 PM
..........Fairfield, New Jersey
...............Optional Pre Event Diner:  Park West Diner, Little Falls, New Jersey, 6:30 PM

03/24/17..........Friday
..........Fantasy Gamers / RuneQuest (Not Official Club Event)
..........The Hook Island Campaign
..........De Parto / Webber Residence, 7:00 PM
..........Waldwick, New Jersey

03/26/17..........Sunday
..........Writers of the Weird
..........Critique Session
..........De Parto / Webber Residence, 4:00 PM
..........Waldwick, New Jersey

03/31/17..........Friday
..........Month End Book Group
..........ARMADA by Ernest Cline
..........Paramus Park Mall Food Court, 7:30 PM
..........Paramus, New Jersey

APRIL DATES AT A GLANCE

04/03/17..........Monday
..........Monsters of Horror Book Group
..........INTO THE FIRE by Peter Liney
..........Barnes & Noble Cafe, 8:00 PM
..........Hackensack, New Jersey

04/04/17..........Tuesday
..........Final Frontier Television Discussion
..........Social Commentary in Genre Television Series
..........Panera Bread, 8:00 PM
..........Ramsey, New Jersey

04/07/17..........Friday
..........Armchair Odyssey Television Mini-Binge
..........ORPHAN BLACK, Season 4, Episodes 1 - 4
..........De Parto / Webber Residence, 7:00 PM
..........Waldwick, New Jersey

04/08/17..........Saturday
..........Special Activity
..........Lunacon Literary Science Fiction Convention
..........Westchester Marriott Hotel
..........Tarrytown, New York

04/08/17...........Saturday
..........General Meeting / Pre Meeting Activities
...............6:15 PM:  Writers' Space Salon:  Networking / Discussion of Voice / Critique
...............6:30 PM:  Ice Nine Discussion:  Coolest News and Happenings
...............8:00 PM:  Astrophysicist Jason Kendall:  ExoPlanets
..........Bergen Highlands United Methodist Church
..........Upper Saddle River, New Jersey

04/12/17..........Wednesday
..........Infinite Images Movie Night
..........1955 Film Features Giant, Hairy Spider
..........Public Library, 6:45 PM
..........Waldwick, New Jersey

04/18/17..........Tuesday
..........Topic Discussion Group
..........Dance, Disco & Balls
..........Versailles Diner, 8:00 PM
..........Fairfield, New Jersey
...............6:30 PM:  Optional Pre-Meeting Diner at Versailles Diner

04/20/17..........Thursday
..........Young Fantasy Reads Book Group
..........THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL:  SQUIRREL MEETS WORLD by Dean Hale & Shannon Hale
..........Barnes & Noble Cafe, 7:30 PM
..........Paramus, New Jersey

04/21/17..........Friday
..........RuneQuest Fantasy RP Game (Unofficial Event)
..........The Hook Island Campaign
..........De Parto / Webber Residence, 7:00 PM
..........Waldwick, New Jersey

04/23/17..........Sunday
..........Writers of the Weird
..........Critique Session # 1
..........De Parto / Webber Residence, 4:00 PM
..........Waldwick, New Jersey

04/28/17..........Friday
..........Month End Book Group
..........HER FEARFUL SYMMETRY by Audrey Niffenegger
..........Paramus Park Mall Food Court, 7:30 PM
..........Paramus, New Jersey

04/30/17..........Sunday
..........Writers of the Weird
..........Critique Session # 2
..........De Parto / Webber Residence, 4:00 PM
..........Waldwick, New Jersey
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