Tag Archives: Science Fiction Nerd

Getting Nerdy About Pulp Literature

For many nerds, pulp literature may seem a bit antiquated – after all, much of it was published 80 to 100 years ago. However, pulps of all kinds provided imaginative entertainment during a harsh time, provided the raw material for much of our contemporary popular culture….and is consistently being rediscovered by newer fans Make no

Review: THE PEOPLE VS. GEORGE LUCAS

(A much longer version of this post appeared on [Comic Related]) Fandom can be a funny thing – motivated by love and admiration (with, at times, a slight hint of obsession), collective fandom can be simultaneously creative and destructive. With C2E2 coming to a close, some of the resulting issues are driving some very active

Before Steampunk Had a Name: THE WILD WILD WEST

(A longer version of this post originally appeared on Comic Related) In our current media-saturated, cynically-ironic time, it’s easy to fall into the trap of liking something because it somehow “hits” the geek nerve – as viewers, we’re so jaded that some shows that are straightforward and simple seem…well, native. We also tend to put

DVDs For Those New to (Doctor) Who

(Special thanks to BBC Home Entertainment, who graciously provided complimentary review copies of several stories listed below). It’s a classic question that many Doctor Who fans have, especially with the new season starting on March 30th: where do I start with the classic series? With so many great stories on DVD, I usually encourage anyone (as

The Nerds Join the Meetup Mashup Take 2

We had such a fun time when we did this in January, we had to do it again. The Chicago Nerd Social Club is joining a mashup of Meetup.com groups at Mystic Celt.   All the groups merge together and take over the backroom of Mystic Celt playing boardgames or Magic, while meeting and hanging out

Science Fiction and Fantasy Bookclub #8

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The Council of Elrond decreed that we form a bookclub, and we obliged. For our eighth bookclub meeting we are reading Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Join us for discussion of our current book as well as voice your opinion for our next selection. From Publishers Weekly Review: Following the success of his bestselling Pride and Prejudice

Chicago Nerds Science Fiction and Fantasy Bookclub

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The Council of Elrond decreed that we form a bookclub, and we obliged. For our seventh bookclub meeting we are reading Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book.  Join us for discussion of our current book as well as voice your opinion for our next selection. The Graveyard Book’s Amazon Review: In The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman

The Nerds Join the Monthly Meetup Mashup

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The Chicago Nerd Social Club is joining a mashup of Meetup.com groups at Mystic Celt.   As the newbies joining this event we are summoning our nerds to show up in force to show off their nerd knowledge.  Answer the call and enjoy $5 burgers as well as a short sci-fi trivia contest. We are excited

Movieoke with the Nerds

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Photo by Carey Primeau The Chicago Nerd Social Club will be joining Chicago Movieoke for a night of movie scene karaoke. There are movie clips of all types in the 200 scene movie library, ready to be performed by our nerds on-stage. Costumes are provided. Come out and join us and have some fun with

The Chicago Fandom Meetup Mashup

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The Chicago Fandom Meetup Mashup is meeting for a night of fun with a cross-section of Chicago fandom including door prize give-aways.   Last month’s event had 81 attendees from many local meetup groups and groups represented this year will include: The Chicago Horror Meetup – They may just turn you into a zombie! The horror