Friday Nights are alright for science fiction

January 2018 meeting: Relaxacon @ St Augustine's
Jan 19 @ 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM

First meeting for 2018!

Happy holidays to those of you away whooping it up somewhere on your holiday break. For those of us still in town, we will be catching up this Friday for a Relaxacon – a chance to talk about books, movies, TV shows we have been enjoying (whether new or newly discovered) over the holidays. There will also be some board / card games, and perhaps a photo or two.

Hot and cold drink and snacks available from the Cafe at minimal prices.

Our drinks are non-alcoholic, but some of our ilk like to catch up at the Woodlands hotel next door for pre-dinner refreshments. (Not me this time alas.)

Our doors open 8pm, with scheduled activities starting at 8:30pm.

Ciao tutti, Alison.

This Friday: Discussing Alternate History



Mark is excited to talk about one of his favourite genres: Alternate History. I’ve never seen Red Dawn, but apparently it’s one example of this genre. And who doesn’t have fond memories of Patrick Swayze? Or Michael J. Fox’s mother? I mean, Calvin Klein, or was that Marty McFly? Yeah.

Okay, so that’s the event this Friday. Come, talk, eat snacks and maybe bring your favorite example of the alternate history genre! Doors open at 8PM and everyone gets kicked out by 11PM.

This Friday: Jocko’s Video Night

Jocko's Video Night: Dragons World

This Friday’s event will be a viewing of the docu-fiction, Dragon’s World: A Fantasy Made Real. The cast includes Patrick Stewart and Ian Holm! It has many names in different countries, so if you want to know more, click here.

As always, tea, biccies and other refreshments will be available for sale at club prices.

This Friday: Board Games Night!


It’s the Friday after trivia, it must be Games Night! Which is great, because board games are fun!

However, this Friday is in a kind of limbo as we’ve lost our incumbent Games Master to Supanova. If any member is interested in being a temporary Games Master, please let us know! The only thing a temporary Games Master really needs to do is show up at 8PM and bring along as many board games as possible! Any further activity (like bringing Tabletop episodes, etc) is a bonus! (And really, even the board games are negotiable…)

Edit: A Games Master has stepped up! Thank you, Jocko!


Ed’s Acrostics making a debut appearance on the MSFC website!


Readers of Ethel will already be familiar with the acrostic puzzle found in each issue. Well, now we’ll also be posting some puzzles here! We think the best way will be to post image files that should be easy to print, but please comment if you think there is a better way to present these puzzles! Click the images to see them full-size. Solutions will be supplied if requested.

Get to the puzzle!

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This Friday’s Event: Board Games Night

Last month’s Board Games night was such a success, everyone had to be summarily kicked out at 11PM! Seeing as everyone is so pleased with this event, this is now a monthly event, the week after Trivia Night.

Last month, we had Space Munchkin, Zombie Fluxx and what looked to be a well-made, and hand-made, board game from a Russian Sci-Fi club. Hopefully, they’ll bring it on Friday so more people can give it a try!

Doors open at 8PM and we’ll probably start playing as soon as we can set up! As always, Eva will be serving up beverages and snacks at club prices.

Are You Interested in Science Fiction?

The Melbourne Science Fiction Club is the oldest science fiction club in the southern hemisphere and meets every Friday night in Melbourne, Australia.

We run a variety of activities including film screenings, collectors fairs, trivia nights and of course, our monthly all-you-can-eat food night. In addition to our weekly meetings, our members also receive our award winning magazine Ethel the Aardvark and are able to borrow from our library of over 8,000 science fiction and fantasy books.

Our members have a wide variety of interests including various Literature, TV shows and Movies, and includes many Costumers, Modellers, Artists, Writers, Gamers and Collectors. What we have in common is a keen interest in the universe around us, and a willingness to share thoughts and ideas with a diverse range of people.

Our aim is to provide an information service and regular meeting place for all followers of SF. We also have established points of contact with similar science fiction clubs and organisations interstate, and internationally.

New members of all ages are always welcome.
Come along and meet us on Friday night!

Interested in SF?

Have a look at the details of the MSFC Library:
thousands of interesting books

Want to get involved?

Why not volunteer to help out at the MSFC?

Want to know

what’s happening this Friday?
Just glance at Ethel’s Calendar