Harry Monthly Newsletter -- 2023-03
Harry Monthly Newsletter -- 2023-03
Our discussion group usually meets from 6:30pm to 7:45pm on the 3rd Monday of each month.
Most months, we meet at the Stark County District Library's North Branch (near Malone College): 189 - 25th Street NW, Canton OH 44709; (330) 456-4356.
[The library sometimes closes on the 3rd Monday of a month; for example, January, February, and June. Then, we may get together at a house, or on-line.]
REPORT FROM THE LAST MEETING
MAIN-DISCUSSION SUBJECT / PREMISE / WHAT WE SAID ABOUT IT
- At the meeting, we tabled our scheduled main-discussion subject, Hugo-winner _A Desolation Called Peace_, until next month!
- Future meetings’ main-discussion subjects will be a month later than first scheduled.
- Local Science Fiction author Marie Vibbert visited. She shared a lot of news, and added quite a bit to our usual rollicking discussions!
- Several meeting attendees (including Marie) enjoyed Cleveland Concoction last weekend.
- Marie told us an amusing story about how she learned that she was a Nebula finalist for her novelette, “We Built This City.” https://clarkesworldmagazine.com/vibbert_06_22/
- Speaking of awards, 2023 Hugo nominations are open through 11:59 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time, on April 30. The 2023 awards are generally for works first published in 2022.
- Hmm. Marie’s latest novel, _The Gods Awoke_, was published in 2022. Just saying!
NEWS ... NEWS ... NEWS ...
As previously mentioned:
- Linda’s combo retirement/birthday party will be Sunday, June 25th. Details to be announced. Congrats, Linda!
- Confluence will be July 21-23, 2023, at Sheraton Pittsburgh Airport Hotel.
Big news from Marie:
- Marie wants to bring WorldCon back to Cleveland (last time was 1966). Spread the word!
- A big advantage held by Cleveland is that our facilities are fantastic.
-- A high-tech, ADA-compliant convention center https://www.clevelandconventions.com/
-- Within walking distance of 5000 hotel rooms, including an attached hotel.
-- Less than a day’s travel away, for a majority of the U.S. population.
- Marie is assembling a Con Committee. Wants to bid in February 2024, for a 2028 con.
-- Cleveland doesn’t have a base of fans experienced in running large cons.
-- Fortunately, there are fans who run nearby small to medium-sized cons.
-- We also have some fannish/nerdy organizations whose members might want to help.
-- Marie hopes to have big-time con-runners mentor and coach newer people.
-- So far, she has had large-con runners tour our convention center. They liked it!
-- Future plans include Cleveland people attending big cons, networking and gaining experience by volunteering in various areas, etc. They should also attend SMOFcon.
- Marie has put together on-line resources for people to get info, to volunteer, etc:
-- clevention.org [Also, send email to clevention@...]
So, to anyone reading this, please amplify the signal. Please consider volunteering. And if you know people who might be interested, please pass this information on to them. Thanks!
NEXT MEETING: Monday, April 17, 2023, at 6:30pm.
DISCUSSION: Arkady Martine’s _A Desolation Called Peace_ (Teixcalaan Book 2) [2022 Best Novel Hugo winner.]
PREMISE: A human from a multi-stellar-system empire, and a human from an independent space station, join forces to negotiate with an alien species.
SCHEDULED FUTURE SUBJECTS
Monday, May 15, 2023, at 6:30pm. John Scalzi’s _The Kaiju Preservation Society_  During the COVID pandemic, someone in a dead-end job is offered work with large animals. Very large animals ...
Monday, June 19, 2023, at 6:30pm, at ?????????. Alan E. Nourse’s _Star Surgeon_  In this classic, Earth’s recognized “specialty” among star-faring species is medicine. However, one ambitious young alien wants to become a doctor ...
Monday, July 17, 2023, at 6:30pm. Mary Robinette Kowal’s _The Spare Man_ . This homage to Dashiell Hammett’s whodunit _The Thin Man_  is updated to take place on a near-future interplanetary cruise ship.
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