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Membership in the Science Fiction Society of Northern New Jersey is always free of charge, and there are no dues, duties, or
obligations to our members.  All events are completely free and open to the general public thanks to our relationships with generous
host locations.  Just show up and have a good time.
September Events
(event details listed in alphabetical order, full details on group page)
History That Never Was?
Alternate histories....or are they? This month we take a look at history from alternate perspectives.
The history that may or may not be real. Did the South win the war? How did WWII end? Maybe
history isn't what we know and the Statue of Liberty is buried in the sand.
  • Drawing A Crowd - History That Never Was?, Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 7pm,
    Hawthorne Library,  Hawthorne, NJ
  • Face the Fiction - TBA
  • Films to Come - Movie/TV discussion, Friday, September 21, 2018, 7:30 pm, Panera
    Paramus, 770 Rt. 17 North, Paramus, NJ
  • Heroes & Rogues - Dragon Age: Dark Before the Dawn, Saturday, September 22, 2018.
    Please contact Todd @ heroes@sfsnnj.com for location, directions, info
  • Modern Masters -  The Mechanical (The Alchemy Wars #1) by Ian Tregellis, Thursday,
    September 27, 2018, 8pm,  Panera Bread, 770 Rt.17 North, Paramus, NJ
  • Suspense Central - Dread Nation: Rise Up by Justina Ireland, Thursday, September 20, 2018,
    8pm, Uncle Giuseppe's Marketplace, 10 Triangle Plaza (Rt. 17 North), Ramsey, NJ
  • TSF! - Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012), Tuesday, September 4, 2018, 7pm, Hillsdale
    Library, Hillsdale, NJ


Always free!  Always fun!
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SFSNNJ Themes for 2018

January - Don't Judge A Book By It's Movie!

February - It's the Journey, Not the Destination

March - Race Against the Clock

April - Labor Relations

May - Crime Spree

June - What Makes A Monster?

July - What Even Is This?!

August -  Don't Make Me Laugh

September - The History That Never Was

October - Halloween

November - It Takes A Woman

December -
For a month-at-a-glance
calendar of all SFSNNJ events,
click on the meetup icon below
SFSNNJ Upcoming Themes & Events
SFSNNJ Face the Fiction Events &
Guests 2018

January 27, 2018 - New Year Dinner w/
Guest Dr. Mark R. Vogel
6p - Lutheran Church of the Redeemer
Ramsey, NJ

February 24, 2018 - Dinner Get Together
6:30p - Villa Rosa Restaurant
Hawthorne, NJ

March - No Meeting

April 7, 2018- "Frank Sinatra: From Hoboken
to Hollywood" with Gordon James
2p - Mahwah Library
Mahwah, NJ

May - No meeting

June - Springsteen Unplugged Tribute
2p - Mahwah Library
Mahwah, NJ

July -

August -

September -

October - Jack the Ripper Lecture w/ Dr.
Mark R. Vogel
7p - Mahwah Library
Mahwah ,NJ

November -

December -
Holiday Dinner/Guest Speaker
Cornell Christianson
6:30pm
Full details soon...
October Face the Fiction
Special Activity: Jack the Ripper: A Mystery of Mysteries w/ Dr. Mark R. Vogel
Monday, October 29, 2018
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Mahwah Library
100 Ridge Road, Mahwah NJ 07430


This month's Special Activity is an event with January 2018 SFSNNJ guest Dr. Mark R. Vogel. Dr. Vogel
will be giving his Jack the Ripper presentation at Mahwah Library. This is not an SFSNNJ event - it is a
Mahwah Library event for those who would like to attend.


"Jack the Ripper: A Mystery of Mysteries" with Dr. Mark R. Vogel
Event date: October 29, 2018 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Presenter: Mark Vogel
Age Group: Adults
Location: Large Meeting Room
Type of event: History & Genealogy
Jack the Ripper is one of the most infamous serial murder cases in the world. Set in the horrendous slums of eastern
London in 1888, five women, possibly more, all impoverished prostitutes, were viciously slayed. Strangled, slashed,
and often disemboweled, the heinous crimes rocked London to its core. The unknown assailant, like a phantom in the
night, committed his grisly tasks and vanished without ever being caught. The identity of Jack the Ripper is by far the
most beguiling aspect of the murders. But within this mystery are countless other mysteries. Was he a doctor? Why
did he keep some of the victim's organs? Are the famous Ripper letters authentic or a hoax? How was he able to
commit the murders without being caught? Did he have an accomplice? Why did he stop killing?
The entire story will be discussed via a PowerPoint presentation, with then and now photos, by Dr. Mark R. Vogel, a
clinical psychologist who has studied the case, reviewed original police files, and visited the murder sites himself. This
program is free. No registration is necessary. Seats are on a "first come" basis. Sorry because of the graphic nature of
this topic there will be no children allowed.
Coming in December - Our Annual Holiday Dinner/Guest Speaker event is pleased to announce
guest speaker Cornell Christianson!

Cornell Christianson:

Our special guest speaker will be sci-fi playwright Cornell Christianson who grew up in Fair Lawn, NJ. and has
two Emmy Awards. He has written a 1950s sci-fi musical-comedy "It Came From Beyond" which is currently
playing Off Broadway at St. Luke's Theatre on 46th St at 8th Ave. The musical is a homage to 1950s sci-fi
movies and includes film clips from "Invaders From Mars" (1953), "Kronos" (1957), "Devil Girl From Mars" (1954 )
and "Destination Moon" (1950). He will discuss 1950s sci-fi films and lead us in a fun quiz that tests your
knowledge of those films.

Sure to be a fun night.  Full details about time, location will be coming very soon. We're very excited!