The Sci Fi Club held its meeting on March 12, and we watched the movie, Godzilla. Godzilla is a 1954 Japanese kaiju film directed by Ishiro Honda, with special effects by Eiji Tsuburaya. Produced and distributed by Toho Studios, it is the first film in the Godzilla franchise and the Showa period. In the film, scientists and politicians deal with the sudden appearance of a giant monster known as Godzilla, whose attacks trigger fears of nuclear holocaust during post-war Japan.
Godzilla has since become an international pop culture icon.
The Book, The Mote in God’s Eye, was discussed. The Mote in God’s Eye is a science fiction novel by American writers Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, first published in 1974. The story is set in the distant future of Pournelle’s CoDominium universe and charts the first contact between humanity and an alien species. The title of the novel is a wordplay on the Biblical “The Mote and the Beam” parable and is the nickname of a star. The Mote in God’s Eye was nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Awards in 1975.
The books to be discussed are Colonization, a trilogy of alternate history books by American writer Harry Turtledove. It is a series continuation of the situation set up in the Worldwar tetralogy, projecting the situation between humanity and the Race (the bipedal lizard-like invaders and settlers from Worldwar) nearly 20 years forward into the mid-1960s.
The Race has settled and plans to colonize nearly half the surface of the Earth. Humanity and the Race still jockey for advantages over each other.
The next movie is Jurassic Park; Jurassic Park is a 1993 American science fiction adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Gerald R. Molen. It is the first installment in the Jurassic Park franchise and is based on the 1990 novel of the same name by Michael Crichton and a screenplay written by Crichton and David Koepp. The film is set on the fictional island of Isla Nublar, located off Central America’s Pacific Coast near Costa Rica. There, wealthy businessman John Hammond and a team of genetic scientists have created a wildlife park of de-extinct dinosaurs. When industrial sabotage leads to a catastrophic shutdown of the park’s power facilities and security precautions, a small group of visitors and Hammond’s grandchildren struggle to survive and escape the perilous island.
The next meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on April 9, at Allan Levy’s house. For more information or reserve your spot, contact Allan Levy at [email protected] or 301-503-1387.