Instead of a traditional Halloween Party, this year the RISFC decided to participate in the Providence Ghost Tour. We met for Dinner at a local Chelo's restaurant, then made the trip to the East Side of Providence, where our Host Nikki led us on a tour of haunted spots in the city. If you've never been on a Providence Ghost Tour, check it out!
Aron Eisenberg, who played the Ferengi Nog on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, died on September 21, 2019, at age 50. The filmmakers of the documentary Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, What We Left Behind, released a tribute to Eisenberg:
Today marks the 32nd Anniversary of the Rhode Island Science Fiction Club. On this day in 1987, a merry bunch of SF fans gathered in a friend's home to watch the premiere of Star Trek:The Next Generation. Cable TV was just getting popular, flat screens were nowhere to be found, so we huddled around the TV set and were awed by the adventures of Captain Picard and his new Enterprise crew.
So Congratulations to the RISFC, and ST:TNG, as we celebrate 32 years of Sci-Fi fun!
Members of the Rhode Island Science Fiction Club elected a new slate of Board members on September 14, 2019. These officers will serve the 2019-2021 term:
Chairman: Marc Morisseau
Vice Chairman: Dale Miller
Treasurer: Debra Morisseau
Communications Chairman: James Hinsey
Events Planning Chairman: Kat Amitrano
Congratulations! The R.I. Science Fiction Club is a not-for-profit Social organization, celebrating its 32nd anniversary on Sept. 28, 2019.
Many comic stores are celebrating by handing out free Batman promo comics.
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Terrance Dicks, one of the most influential writers in Doctor Who’s entire history, has died at the age of 84.
Dicks’ contribution to Doctor Who is legendary—after starting in television writing scripts for the haunting supernatural series The Avengers, he first joined the Doctor Who production team as an assistant script editor in 1968 with the Second Doctor serial “The Seeds of Death”, a series of scripts Dicks would ultimately play a major part in re-writing that lead not only to him becoming Script Editor on the show, but the writer behind “The War Games”, the 10-part epic that ended Patrick Troughton’s time as the Doctor.
From there, Dicks helped steer the era of the Third Doctor alongside equally legendary producer Barry Letts, completely re-imagining the series as the titular Time Lord found himself momentarily exiled on Earth. Although Dicks and Letts would join Pertwee in leaving in 1974, he had an important part to play in helping shape Who’s future even further with the casting of Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor. After he had departed as Script Editor, Dicks continued to write for Doctor Who, scripting stories like Baker’s debut, “Robot”, “The Brain of Morbius”, “Horror of Fang Rock”, and “State of Decay”. His final script for the series was actually one of the show’s most ambitious up to that point: “The Five Doctors”, the legendary 20th anniversary special. In all, over 150 episodes of the series were edited or written by Dicks, leaving an indelible mark on the program’s history.
But while Dicks’ commitment to Doctor Who as a TV series is unquestionable, he will remain forever beloved and remembered by a generation of fans--including ones like Chris Chibnall and Steven Moffat, who would go on to produce the series themselves—as the writer of many of Target’s classic Doctor Who novelizations. In an era where TV repeats were rare and home releases non-existent, the Target Doctor Who novelizations were many fans only way of either re-experiencing an story or encountering it for the first time, and they would do so most prominently through Dicks’ lens: he wrote more than 60 of the 156 classic Target books.
Dicks is survived by his wife and three children.
At the SDCC panel for ‘The Orville’, series creator Seth McFarlane announced that the comedy would return in late 2020, but to a new home. The series is shifting to Hulu for its third season, from FOX where it has aired for two. Fox renewed ‘The Orville’ in May, but as Deadline reports the show has “evolved and production timelines have pushed delivery.” Keep in mind, McFarlane is still responsible for delivering ‘Family Guy’. With his heavy workload, plus the extensive special effects work necessitated by ‘The Orville’, it became clear that the show wouldn’t be ready, even by midseason. So, instead, the third season will go directly to Hulu later in the year. Seasons 1 and 2 are already available to stream on the service.
Rhode Island native David Hedison, died July 18, 2019, at his home in Los Angeles. He was 92.
The actor was best known for his roles as a scientist in the original horror film "The Fly",
CIA Agent Felix Leiter in two Bond films, and Captain Lee Crane in the 1960's TV series 'Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.'
Albert David Hedison Jr. was born in Providence, R.I., on May 20, 1927, and began his career under the name Al Hedison. He was married to Bridget Hedison from 1968 until her death in 2016. They had two daughters, actress and director Alexandra Hedison (who is married to actress Jodie Foster) and Serena Hedison.
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