Far Out Journal Club Premiere

  • 27 Jun 2024
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Zoom- Register to get link



The Far Out Journal Club Premieres on June 27 at 7pm Featuring Award Winning Novelist Joe Haldeman

From the outer limits of the Milky Way, the Alachua Astronomy Club has started the Far Out Journal Club. Produced by Rich Russin and hosted by past president Terry Smiljanich, the goal is to have a personal, in-depth visit with the authors, artists, musicians, and other cultural icons who bring us the vast world of cultural science and science fiction.

The general format is designed to be convenient and accessible. Each episode will be announced in advance. All sessions will be by Zoom. You must register to get the Zoom link.

When- June 27

Time-  7:00pm

Where- your place via Zoom <<<Link will be posted June 24>>>

Our first episode will feature our fellow club member and science fiction author extraordinaire, Joe Haldeman.

Named a Grand Master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Joe Haldeman has earned steady awards over his 55-year career. His novels THE FOREVER WAR and FOREVER PEACE both made clean sweeps of the Hugo and Nebula Awards, and he has won three more Hugos and three more Nebulas for other novels and shorter works.  Three times he’s won the Rhysling Award for best SF poem of the year. He won the World Fantasy Award for short story in 1993 for “Graves.” In 2012 he was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame.

His latest novels are a  trilogy, MARSBOUND, STARBOUND and EARTHBOUND, and a stand-alone WORK DONE FOR HIRE.  The graphic novels of THE FOREVER WAR and FOREVER PEACE are out from Titan. Joe was a combat soldier in Vietnam, which strongly influences some of his work.

When Joe’s not writing or teaching – he’s retired from M.I.T., where he taught every fall semester for 30 years, he paints, bicycles, plays the guitar, and spends as much time as he can out under the stars as an amateur astronomer.  He’s been married to Mary Gay Potter Haldeman for 58 years.  

For those of you who would like to explore his writing, we recommend (early to most recent):

The Forever War and Forever Peace

Marsbound, Starbound, and Earthbound

Camouflage (which features an opening scene set in a globular cluster)


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