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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.
October Events
(event details listed in alphabetical order, full details on group page)
Halloween
Time for Halloween! The crisp fall air, cider, pumpkin spice and dark creeping in earlier and earlier.
Time for ghost stories, monsters and trick or treating fun.
  • Drawing A Crowd - Halloween, Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 7pm, Hawthorne Library,  
    Hawthorne, NJ
  • Face the Fiction - Special Activity: Jack the Ripper: A Mystery of Mysteries w/ Dr. Mark R.
    Vogel, Monday, October 29, 2018, 7:00pm, Mahwah Library, Mahwah, NJ
  • Films to Come - Movie/TV discussion, Friday, October 19, 2018, 7:30 pm, Panera Paramus,
    770 Rt. 17 North, Paramus, NJ
  • Heroes & Rogues - Dragon Age: Dark Before the Dawn, Saturday, October 27, 2018. Please
    contact Todd @ heroes@sfsnnj.com for location, directions, info
  • Modern Masters -  Dead of Night by Jonathan Maberry, Thursday, October 25, 2018, 8pm,  
    Panera Bread, 770 Rt.17 North, Paramus, NJ
  • Suspense Central - Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler, Thursday, October 18, 2018, 8pm, Uncle
    Giuseppe's Marketplace, 10 Triangle Plaza (Rt. 17 North), Ramsey, NJ
  • TSF! - The Woman in Black (1989 PBS TV movie), Tuesday, October 2, 2018, 7pm, Hillsdale
    Library, Hillsdale, NJ
  • Special Activity - Frankenstein (1931) with special guest Sara Karloff, Wednesday, October
    24, 2018, 2pm, Montclair Library, Montcalir, 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!

Saturday, December 8, 2018
6:30pm
Community Room at Brookdale
60 Bergen Avenue · Teaneck, NJ

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!
Special Activity: Frankenstein (1931) with special guest Sara Karloff - Wednesday, October 24, 2018 @ 2pm
Montclair Public library - 50 South Fullerton Ave · Montclair, NJ


Sara Karloff, daughter of Boris Karloff, will be visiting the Montclair Public Library to talk about her father, who starred in the films
Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, and Son of Frankenstein.

MPL will be showing Frankenstein as its Wednesday afternoon movie matinee. Before the feature, she will introduce the film with a
special presentation. She will also be hosting a question and answer period after the screening.

Boris Karloff is recognized as one of the true icons of horror cinema, and the actor most closely identified with the general public’s
perception of the “monster” from the classic Mary Shelley book, Frankenstein, which turns 200 this year.

Registration is recommended but not required. Click on link to register:
http://www.montclairlibrary.org/news-events/karloff/
**This is not an SFSNNJ event. It is a Montclair Library event we thought might be of interest**