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MITSFS Meeting Minutes

Friday, 30 September 2011




MITSFS meeting called to order, 66.6 Ksec SST, Paul Weaver, President and Skinner, presiding; lemur (DWR), Onseck, recording.

Minutes read.

Motion to commend the minutes as being conversant with current events PASSES 4-0-2 plus Spehn.

BING!

BING!

Committee Reports

pseudoSeldon

We're doing a showing of Star Trek: Deep Space 9 "In the Pale Moonlight" followed by the Cold War classic Doctor Strangelove tonight at 19:00 in 2-131.

RealAuthorscomm

We liked Terroryaki! so much we decided to get the author as well!

Jennifer Chung (JKC), former keyholder and now a Real Author, will be doing a reading from her novel in 4-231 on Friday, 18 November at 19:00 after the meeting and in place of a Seldon showing. Note the change in date!

Oookcomm

The electronic checkout system is basically done. It will be released when the Skinner says it is released. Which will be before he says the semester is over.

pseudoSmilescomm

Please shelve books? *wimper*

pseudoMobcomm

We're redoing the way we order books. New books will be ordered soon, but things need to be arranged.

Onseck

We are going to be competent and contact publishers about review books and getting advanced copies.

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Old Business

There were some interesting news articles about science fiction this week. Someone made a flowchart of the results of the NPR survey of the one hundred most popular science fiction books: <http://www.sfsignal.com/archives/2011/09/flowchart-for-navigating-nprs-top-100-sff-books/>.

Reamde came out. We should get a copy. Also, Neal Stephenson was in Brookline on Tuesday, but we didn't notice it until after the fact. We should try harder at noticing authors.

BING!

New Business

In the present, it is the American Library Association's Banned Books Week. People should read them; we have some.

BING!

Future Business

The Boston Book Festival in Copley Square is Saturday, 15 October. People should go to it! It's neat and might have SF authors, though we haven't checked yet.

Vernor Vinge has a sequel to A Fire Upon the Deep coming out soon.

Motion to use the new property of certain particles to ignore relativity to violate causality and communicate to the past and and future PASSES 12-1-2 plus Spehn.

I AM THE ESCHATON. I AM NOT YOUR GOD. THOU SHALT NOT VIOLATE CAUSALITY WITHIN MY HISTORIC LIGHT-CONE. OR ELSE.

The entire text of Singularity Sky as a motion with a friendly reminder of the Eschaton's message PASSES 1-0-7 plus Spehn.

In the future there will be more books, some of them by Charles Stross, and we will read them.

Motion to read more books PASSES ($\infty$)-(-$\infty$)-0 plus Spehn.

Usual motion. Usual second. Unusual timing. Predictable time travel.

In the future, there will be a Dresden Files 3-Day Guild Game.

In the future, "Black Ships" will be running.

In the future, there will be IgNobel lectures in 26-100 tomorrow at 13:00, but you probably need to get there an hour or two early.

In the future, the Nobel Prizes will come out.

Motion to note that, in the future, someone will win an IgNobel prize for breeding mutant neutrino-producing bananas.

BING! Meeting adjourned, 68.4 Ksec SST.




Respectfully submitted,
lemur (DWR), Onseck