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.] 












- 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.

   -- Etc.


- 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@...]

   -- https://groups.google.com/g/clevention

   -- https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSejLzqjCArxmx2iX_hhs8nvzQtioA35LcpjbAv85oIen8evGg/viewform



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.








Monday, May 15, 2023, at 6:30pm. John Scalzi’s _The Kaiju Preservation Society_ [2022] 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_ [1959] 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_ [2022].  This homage to Dashiell Hammett’s whodunit _The Thin Man_ [1934] is updated to take place on a near-future interplanetary cruise ship.