The Sci-Fi Club: To Boldly Go…

The Sci-Fi Club: To Boldly Go...

Alexander Mercurius , Student Writer

Science fiction is the most important literature in the history of the world, because it’s the history of ideas, the history of our civilization birthing itself. …Science fiction is central to everything we’ve ever done, and people who make fun of science fiction writers don’t know what they’re talking about.  Ray Bradbury

Every Thursday, after school, right in the library, you can come to express your love of science fiction with your peers. Run by Librarian, Mr. Kevin McGee, the Sci-Fi Club offers a safe space for you to talk about all your favorite characters and aspects of sci-fi. The club is always looking for new members so feel free to stop by the library after school on Thursday to check it out.

 In the sci-fi club, members are able to hang out and talk about their favorite topics, shows, movies, games, and more.  All the students in the club are allowed to voice their opinions and ideas on various sci-fi topics, which encourages them to create their own sci-fi fantasies and stories. It’s a space for all sci-fi lovers.

The advisor of the sci-fi club for four years, Mr. McGee is fun and enthusiastic and, along with the students, has a real passion for sci-fi. Some of his favorite authors include: NK Jemisin, Daniel Jose Older, Octavia Butler, Leigh Bardugo, and Nnedi Okorafor.  Mr. McGee said, “I’ve always enjoyed science fiction and fantasy stories. I’ve been more intentional about my interests in genre fiction in the last decade or so.” He also added: “I’ve gotten into a lot of scholarship about the importance of these stories, and I’ve been very encouraged by the increase in representation of previously marginalized identities in recent years in publishing, and the film and television industries.” Mr. McGee has a vast knowledge and a great love for sci-fi.

The importance of the sci-fi club is to provide a place where students can express themselves and feel affirmed. According to Amir Johnson, one of the longest standing members of the club, “SFC is a good space to have for people who don’t feel like they have groups in which they can express themselves and the things they love when it comes to media and science fiction. The club is a good way for building relationships and community, which can then be spread out to others around the school, letting them know that there’s always a place to share your creations and favorites of others.” 

 Creating a place where students can have fun and enjoy different sci-fi concepts is what the club is all about. There has been a lack of members recently, as the original group for the club has graduated, so Mr. McGee and the rest of the club have started to work on a website to promote it.(as soon as the website address is up and running we will add it to this story)

Don’t forget, every Thursday after school, meetings are held in the library.

Come anytime. Consider joining. You may just find that you love it.