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So this is our blog where we post things that are probably a bit too word heavy to go into an email.


Written by on 2018/06/14 at 14:00

Responsibility is a headache. I've always been bad at sincerity, so I play it all off as a Quality Goof. That all said, becoming secretary is something I knew I could do but something that requires...being a serious human being, for five minutes at the very least.

What do I want? What do I expect from this? And what do I plan on giving back?

Answer 1) im genuinely just in it for a laff

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Committee Profiles: The Secretary

Written by on 2018/03/18 at 15:00

So I operate behind the scenes of the society with most of my tasks being admin duties. This involves: making sure rooms are booked for the socials, emails are sent out to the members, reserving car parking place when requested, taking minutes during committee meetings, updating the website. It sounds like a bit of work, but its quite manageable!

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Sneak Preview of 2015

Written by on 2015/08/14 at 11:32

Hello all members, new and old! An absolutely MASSIVE congratulations to all the Freshers who got their A-Level results today and got into Royal Holloway. I know how much hard work it must've taken to get to this position, and each and every one of you thoroughly deserve to enjoy today, and the next few years at Royal Holloway.

So as a way of saying congratulations, here is a sneak peak at some of the awesome things IFIS, the science fiction & fantasy society, has to offer next year:

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Beyond Picocon - other conventions in the area

Written by on 2014/02/26 at 12:00

For those of you who braved the trip off campus to Picocon, you might be curious in exploring other conventions too? Well there are a lot of them happening all across the country throughout the year and I could write many pages just covering the ones I'm aware of. Instead I thought I'd focus on the ones that are "local".

Possibly the most important convention coming up this year, is Worldcon 2014. If you couldn't get guess from the name, it's the world science fiction and fantasy convention and this year we're lucky enough to have it right on our doorsteps in London. It's actually called Loncon 3 - a lot of conventions change name each year but fall under a common name (eg Eastercon). The last time the UK hosted a Worldcon was back in '65 so there is a lot of eager anticipation to go to it just in case we don't get another one for another 50 years.

The weekend before is a relative newcomer to the con-scene is Nine Worlds which styles itself as a geekfest. It's located at a hotel in Heathrow so is pretty easy to get to from campus. This year is it's second outing but based on their first go last year, it should be pretty good.

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Doctor Who Missing Episodes Found!

Written by on 2013/10/09 at 18:00

As you might expect it's party time at Phil's Death Fortress in Swindon!

Yesterday the BBC confirmed A number of missing Doctor Who episodes had been found. I say confirmed because there's been rumours for months that some material had been recovered. My Doctor Who Blog has recorded some of them at Missing Episodes - History, Returns and Rumours of Returns and More on those Missing Episode Rumours.

A simplified history of the missing episodes: In the late 60s and early 70s the BBC wiped the video tapes used to broadcast the early episodes of Doctor. All that remained were film recordings used to sell the episodes abroad and in many cases these too were destroyed. When fan Ian Levine, a relatively well off record producer, tried to buy episodes from the BBC in the late 70s he was horrified to find that not all of them existed which in turn started a personal quest for him to find as many of the episodes that were missing as possible which others have taken up over the years.

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Like books? Try out our library

Written by on 2013/10/09 at 12:00

You may or may not have heard that this society has a library. It's not a library in the strictest sense, in that it isn't a room filled with book covered shelves that you could lose yourself in whilst browsing for something to read. Instead we have a number of large metal cupboards where our sizeable collection of books, comics and graphic novels are stored. This does make it some what tricky to browse the books, which is why there is a searchable catalogue on the website.

The selection on offer is pretty varied. There are all the staples of classic science fiction - Isaac Asimov, Jerry Pournelle and John Wyndham to name just a tiny few. Classic fantasy is also represented by such greats as Marion Zimmer Bradley, Terry Brooks and David Eddings. But we have a lot of modern authors too like Iain M. Banks, Terry Pratchett and J. K. Rowling. We usually spend part of our yearly budget on new books, so if there's something you think should be bought, let the committee know.

The online catalogue can actually do a lot more than let you search for things. If you're looking for something new to try it can make recommendations. It can either suggest books that are similar or authors. This is based on how people have tagged books they've liked, so it's really helpful if you could tag books you like too.

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