2011 President’s Welcome

Founded a little over one-hundred years ago, the University of New South Wales’ Science Fiction and Fantasy club was short lived, when the founders, a motley collection of scientists, occult figures and specialists in the weird realised that science fiction was not, at that time wide spread enough to really form a club around and that the university did not yet exist. Undeterred, these brave pioneers built a time machine and got ready to travel into the future to see what the club would be like then. Reasoning, perhaps optimistically, that there would be a place for science fiction and fantasy in any place of higher learning that was worth a damn, they set off into the great unknown that is time and space…

Sadly their attempt failed, and while we may never know for sure what happened to these brave men and women who dared to dream, we do know that we cannot let their sacrifice be in vain. For it was only recently that their notes and plans we’re rediscovered, leading to the creation of SpockSoc, the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Club.

In this emporium of delights and wonders, we attempt to capture the magic that drove our distant forbears to meddle with things that man would have done better to have left untouched. We watch shows that may not yet be available on these antipodean shores, or indeed available anywhere in space and time.  We watch them in the presence of some truly remarkable (and occasianly terrifying, it must be admitted) people, who enjoy science fiction and fantasy as much as you yourself surely do.

To take part in this, all you have to do is sign up, at the cost of five dollars for a whole year, you must agree that this is quite a bargain.

Then, every Friday you come along to a lecture theatre put aside for our needs, where you can watch TV shows and movies, enjoy pizza taken out, at five dollars a half and a drink for free! You can chat and meet new people who share your likes (and possibly dislikes) and generally have a fun time.


Movies and TV shows that we plan to show are laid out in our schedule, but we welcome any suggestions that you might have, and we’d love to see you at our stall signing up (the members there are the ones who don’t bite, so don’t be afraid!)

Thank you for reading and I look forward to meeting you at any one of our sessions,

Jamie Heron
President of SpockSoc, the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Club

Upcoming Marathons

I’m hoping to have our first marathon screening for the year on Saturday March 20th (that’s the Saturday following week 3) but it’s still reliant on room availability. We’ll be showing Babylon 5 regardless of when we end up having it, because I’ve been promising people for a while (probably starting from the first episode and going straight on from there, but it’s up for negotiation). Marathons usually run from about 9 or 10 in the morning and keep going until we’ve had enough, run out of episodes, or security throw us out at 11pm. If you’re interested, keep your calendar free. Expect more details next week.

I’m also hoping to have a Lord of the Rings (special editions for all three!) marathon sometime shortly after the Mid-Session Break, though having it during the break is also a possibility. If you’re interested, send me an e-mail to let me know roughly when you’d like it – during the break, a couple of weeks after, even later, etc. The easiest way to do that is to just push “reply” on this e-mail – replies will automatically be addressed to me.

Stargate Convention

Yesterday The Hub Productions hosted a Stargate convention at the Sir John Clancy auditorium. I advertised it at the O-Week stall all through the week, though I think most people were turned away by the price tag. SpockSoc member Bethany and I were there, and we also bumped into former president Dallas towards the end of the day. We had heaps of fun. I made a write-up with lots of pretty pictures:


About a thousand funny things happened that I didn’t put there because I didn’t remember them at the time I wrote it, but I figure it’s long enough already – if I keep adding things I remember, I’ll be editing it forever. I just wish I could have recorded the whole thing so I could play it back.

In any case, go read. Let me know what you think. =)

Week 12: First Eps

Last week of session. I know everyone’s got exams coming up, but come to SpockSoc for one last break before exams start.

First off, thanks to those who turned up for the AGM – we just managed to scrape through with fifteen members. And congrats to Caroline, who’s joining the Exec as the new secretary and ARC delegate. The Exec for 2010 are as follows:

President  – Joel
Vice President & Webmaster – James
Secretary & Arc Delegate – Caroline
Treasurer & Publicist – Erin
Immediate Past President – Kate
Chief of Staff – Matt

Secondly, we’re going to end out the session by starting a whole bunch of series – this week we’re having a pilot episodes screening. Basically, we’re going to screen the first episodes of a whole bunch of Sci-Fi and Fantasy series that have started in America within the last few months, to see what series people like, in order to have full screenings next year.

We won’t have time to get through all of these at the screening, but the list of pilot episodes include Better Off Ted, Defying Gravity, Eastwick, Eleventh Hour, The Vampire Diaries, Virtuality, Warehouse 13, and the big one you’ve all been waiting for – Strgte Universe.

Starting at 5pm as ever in Goldstein G06.