Reading Groups (was Re: What I've read lately)

Abe Gross argross at
Thu Jan 30 07:20:18 EST 2003

> --- Ros <argross at> wrote:
> >
> >
> > > On Wed, 29 Jan 2003 17:42:16 +1100, Abe Gross
> > wrote:
> > >
> > > >You're incredibly lucky to belong to a book club
> > that
> > > >actually reads SF and F. (I don't know of any.)
> >
> >
> Of course the definition of SF fandom is "a group of
> people who used to all read SF"
> I'm lucky in the we have a reading group of four at
> home, myself, my wife and two daughters all read much
> teh same sorts of things, but its a pretty incestuous
> sort of a reading group (and i mean that in a purely
> reading group sort of a way). My elder daughter's
> boyfriend has failed to bring in any new literary
> blood.
>  > I'm also lucky to be able to attend meetings of the
> > Nova Mob, a fannish
> > group of people who read SF and F, and who get
> > together once a month to hear
> > a paper (people take turns), but there's nothing
> > like the kind of discussion
> > we have here on the list, and often the authors and
> > books discussed aren't
> > to my taste at all. And as half the people present
> > don't read the books on
> > which the papers are presented, discussion is pretty
> > limited. Which is
> > precisely why I *am* glad to belong to this list...

Jon wrote:

> I don't recall where you are from - is this the
> melbourne group? It certainly sounds like them. I went
> to a meeting of there's about a quarter of a century
> ago - literally it was in 1976. If it is they can't
> have changed - see the definition above.

LOL! Yes, it's in Melbourne--I'll bet it is the same group! I think the main
members are the same people who have been there for yonks. Do you want to
mention some names? Onlist, or offlist if that feels too much like gossip.

(In 1976, I'd  just met one of the main members, who also writes a fairly
well-known fanzine, for which I write reviews. I wonder if you know him.)


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