Notes from the Underground

May 2008

Table of Contents

Meeting Announcements

The May meeting will be held at Dee Beetem’s house (Map of 4737 Kingfisher). The Video Party will be held at Steve Dial's house (Map of 6235 Cheena Dr).
The Video Party will be on May 30 this year.

May Birthdays

Club News

Prez Mez May 2008 - Dee Beetem


What’s new?

First on the list is the Summer Party. We discussed this at the last meeting and people had varying suggestions. Margaret, Erika and I have checked out all of the locations that were presented to us and the best one seems to be Christa Adair Park. The others would require us to hire a police officer, which sounds too costly for a small summer party. Erika has sent in a reservation request for the afternoon of July 26. Once we have a confirmation we can discuss plans and find out who’s willing to do what.

Summer excursions:

This year there was only one Summer Chills play: Agatha Christie’s The Unexpected Guest (Friday, July 11 - Sunday, August 3) Shall we make this a Several theater party? What dates would people prefer?

Also, the Museum of Fine Arts has a Pompeii exhibit through June 22, 2008that sounds interesting. Would anyone else like to go?

Finally, don’t forget to mark your calendar: This month Steve Dial is hosting the Several video party on the FIFTH Friday instead of the FOURTH. Steve suggested this change in date because many of us will be out of town at MediaWest. Thanks, Steve!

Fannish Summer Party - Erika Frensley

I’ve submitted a reservation request for July 26 from noon – 4pm for the clubhouse at Christa Adair park ( 15107 Cullen Boulevard). I requested the clubhouse (in the community building), but if necessary the pavilions looked very good (lots of shade, sit down places, and not too far from bathrooms.

Don’t forget the Yahoo Group for Several Unlimited!

If you find something interesting to do or talk about, you don’t have to wait for the newsletter or a meeting. Post it on the Several Unlimited Yahoo Group at

If you’re not a member of the group, it’s free to join, and you get to select how you want the messages delivered to you!

A-Kon 19, May 30-June 1, 2008

The Southwest's Largest Anime Convention
Adam's Mark Convention Center and Hotel, 400 North Olive Street, Dallas, TX 75201

Dealers Room, Guests, Seminars & Workshops, Video Rooms, Gaming, Premier Film Showings, Art Show & Auction, Autographs, Banquet, Costume Contest, Goodie Bags&Freebies, and Concert

SoonerCon 2008, June 6-8, 2008

Science Fiction, Fantasy, Gaming Con
The Biltmore Hotel in Oklahoma City, 401 South Meridian (1-40 and Meridian), Oklahoma City , OK 73108

Events include: Film Festival, Art Show, Gaming, Cosplay and Masquerade. Charity. Panel and Workshops. Video Rooms.

ApolloCon 2008, June 27-29, 2008

Houston's Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Conference

DoubleTree Hotel Houston Intercontinental Airport, 5747 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Houston, TX 77032

Additional guests: David Lee Anderson, Jayme Blaschke, Steven Brust, Rosemary Clement-Moore, Bill Crider, Scott Cupp, Gail Dayton, Bradley Denton, Linda Donahue, Marianne Dyson, Rhonda Eudaly, Melanie Miller Fletcher, Larry Friesen, Bennie Grezlik, Beverly Hale, K. Hutson Price, Kandy Jarvis, Rocky Kelley, Alexis Glynn Latner, Julia S. Mandala, A. Lee Martinez, Maureen McHugh, C. J. Mills, John Moore, Cat Osborne, Lawrence Person, John Picacio, Derly Ramirez, II & Kathy Thornton, Jessica Reisman, Chris Roberson, Selina Rosen, Caroline Spector, Rie Sheridan, Shanna Swendson, Mikal Trimm, Victory, Martha Wells, Mel. White

A single event for fans of speculative and imaginative fiction of all kinds, including literary, media, and interactive.

Denvention 3, August 6-10, 2008
66th World Science Fiction Convention, Denver CO

Five days of programming on hundreds of topics from books to media, from art to costuming, from movies to television to anime, from science fiction to science fact, as well as an art show, masquerades, the Hugo Awards ceremony, dealer's rooms, and much more!

News and Reviews

Hobbit is a Go!

The big news is that the Hobbit is a go! Guillermo del Toro will direct two films based on the Hobbit, with Peter Jackson as executive producer and co-writer. Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf, and Andy Serkis will once again portray Gollum.

Flming will begin in 2009, with tentative release dates set in 2010 for the first film and 2011 for the sequel.

Torchwood, Robin Hood on iTunes

Starting this week on iTunes, customers can purchase single episodes and complete seasons of BBC America's hit SF series Torchwood, the drama series Robin Hood and other shows, BBC announced.

New Blake’s 7

A new remake of the classic British SF TV series Blake's 7 could soon return to U.K. television screens, Sky One revealed to the BBC; the satellite channel has given the green light to the development of two 60-minute scripts for a "potential event series" based on the show, about a gang of rebels fighting an evil federation that rules the galaxy.

Website of the Month

Engineer’s Guide to Cats

Two engineers describe the care and feeding of cats, as only engineers can. I really like the discussion of body length and width ratio and aerodynamics of leaping cats.


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