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January 15, 2008

My BSG club turns 1 year old

Filed under: 13th Colony,Battlestar Galactica,BSG,science fiction,Vancouver — Valorie Hoye @ 2:22 pm

One Year LaterIt was one year ago today that I screwed up my courage and started a sci-fi fan club. I’ve been a die-hard science fiction fan since I was very young. I watched Star Trek re-runs on our black & white TV every day they were on. I was enthralled by Star Wars right from that summer in 1977. I read every Asimov book I could find. In the early 90s, I was on the executive of a Star Trek club, holding the post of XO. I’m a Browncoat. But until this date one year ago, I didn’t consider myself truly hard core. But I knew there had to be other fans of Battlestar Galactica in Vancouver (this is where they make the show, for frak’s sake!) and if I was going to find them, I had to start my own club. The 13th Colony was born.

In the last year, the club has accumulated 95 members in 5 countries. We’ve had 14 events. We’ve shot and almost finished editing one “mini-movie.” Through the club and our blog, I’ve met lots of other fans, from all over the world. My little cylon mini-mates (and a couple of ringers) have travelled through Canada, the US, the UK, Europe and Mexico.

Kinda glad I was feeling brave that day one year ago. It’s been a blast. Can’t wait to see what new adventures lie ahead.


October 11, 2007

Getting Ready to Geek Out

Filed under: 13th Colony,BIFF,Firefly,science fiction,Vancouver — Valorie Hoye @ 2:11 pm

VCON 32I don’t go to science fiction conventions very often, perhaps one a year for a few years in a row, and then nothing for several years. I’ve been to fan-run ‘cons’ and huge, highly commercial ones. I definitely prefer the smaller ones. I think my favourite had to be a Norwescon in Seattle back in the early 1990s when I got to hear Robert Silverberg talk to two dozen eager fans about writing and where I first saw the artwork from James Gurney’s then upcoming book “Dinotopia.”

VCON, Vancouver’s annual sci-fi convention is just over a week away and for the second year in a row I’ll be there promoting one of my various clubs. Last year I ran a table in the Dealer’s Room on behalf of BIFF, the Burrard Inlet Fan Fellowship. Our stuff sold very well and I got to meet and chat with some very cool people, including authors Robert J. Sawyer and Kathy Tyers. But honestly, it was a lot of work and I never even managed to get to any of the panels. I plan to pace myself better this year, but so far it is looking even busier.

I’m hosting a Room Party on the Friday night on behalf of The 13th Colony, Vancouver’s Battlestar Galactica Fan Club. I’ll also be running a Fan Club table to promote that club, as well as the local Firefly/Serenity club and BIFF. I would love to check out the art show, some of the science programming and the filk concert.

It’s not like I don’t indulge my inner geek on a regular basis anyway, but this feels a bit like binge geeking.

August 3, 2007

The Inspiration of Illuminares

Filed under: 13th Colony,science fiction — Valorie Hoye @ 10:05 am

Two shipsOne of my favourite events of the summer is Illuminares, the Festival of Lanterns. Organized each year by the aptly named Public Dreams Society, the event draws 20,000 people to a Vancouver park for the evening. There are a number of creative displays, live music, stilt-walkers and fire breathers. The best part comes after dark. Everyone lights up whatever lanterns they’ve made and parades around the lake. It takes at least an hour for the procession to wind it’s way around. You see everything from dragons and stars to clowns and fish.

Of course, I went with a group of sci-fi fans, so we built spaceship lanterns. “Jediyves” did a great job creating an Imperial Destroyer. The other one in the picture is my own version of a Cylon Raider. For more pics of it, check out the 13th Colony blog.

What I love most about this event is how inspired I feel after it is over. I always want to build something bigger and better for the next year. I know that anything goes. It is such an accessible form of public art that anyone can try it. You don’t have to have special skills or talents. You don’t have to buy expensive materials. You are free to create. It is a wonderfully rare feeling and I wholeheartedly endorse any event that promotes such creativity.

Go out and light up the night.

June 1, 2007

Inauspicous Timing?

Filed under: 13th Colony,Battlestar Galactica,BSG — Valorie Hoye @ 9:29 am

The very day I launch the official blog of The 13th Colony, Vancouver’s Battlestar Galactica Fan Club, the producers of the new BSG finally make it official, there is only one season left of my favourite show.

I’m glad they put an end to the speculation.  I agree it is wise to go out on your own terms.   Knowing the end is coming means I will savour this last season even more.

But why did they have to do it today?

May 9, 2007

Caprica Location Scouting

Filed under: 13th Colony,BSG,science fiction — Valorie Hoye @ 8:36 pm

Downtown Caprica CityWe’ve got a mission! The 13th Colony, Vancouver’s Battlestar Galactica Fan Club, has given itself a new project.  After all, we will need something to tide us over during the hiatus… Caprica Location Scouting. We are lucky enough to live in the city where BSG is shot, so we’re going to take advantage of it. Our first scouting event is scheduled for a couple of weeks from now, and we’re going to set out from downtown Caprica City (otherwise known as Vancouver’s Central Library) to try and find some of the other shooting locations in the vicinity.  The roof of the old Woodwards building was the setting for a memorable scene from “Litmus” where we saw No 6 beat the frak out of Sharon just to make it so very convincing.  Alas, that building is gone now in favour of a new condo development under construction. That is Vancouver, for you.

Cylon mini-friends

We’ve started a collection of pictures on our website for members to post screen shots from episodes and speculate and identify where in our city they were shot.  We’re planning future visits out to the University of British Columbia (UBC) and Simon Fraser University (SFU) to find other locations from Season One. And of course, a hike on our North Shore mountains will be necessary to get the feel of the wooded areas on Caprica and Kobol, not to mention half the Stargate episodes and nearly the same number of X-Files ones! Half the fun of doing this will be in proving we’ve been there, so I would imagine that just as many of our members who have a coffee in one hand will have a camera in the other. And yes, I’ll be bringing along my cylon mini-friends to create even more diorama shots.

What’s really scary is how excited I am about all this.

April 25, 2007

Shamelessly Promoting Our Little BSG Club

Filed under: 13th Colony,Battlestar Galactica,BSG — Valorie Hoye @ 7:39 pm

The 13th Colony is gaining some notoriety. We’ve had our first “media” coverage. The May issue of Vancouver magazine features an article titled “Geek Like Me” and it’s all about us. Writer Laurel Wellman joined us for our first event in February, and the result is the article on Page 30 of their current issue. You can find it on local bookstores, or get more info at their website

And behind the cut is the text of an article I wrote for the April issue of BCSFAzine. Check out their site at (more…)

March 21, 2007

Battlestar Galactica Season 3 Finale Viewing Party

Filed under: 13th Colony,Battlestar Galactica,BSG — Valorie Hoye @ 4:27 pm

Daggit DangerUnaware of imminent danger, two new friends catch up on old times….

OK, so I’m a little bit excited about this weekend’s Season 3 finale of Battlestar Galactica. Enough to spend half an hour trying to create a photographic diorama of my favourite toys. The cylon on the left has been mine for awhile, the other just since yesterday, and the daggit in the background, well, he’s been part of my collection for almost thirty years.

Rumours abound.  Shocks and twists are promised.  No matter what, we can bet the last hour will be entertaining. It better be, since it will have to tide us over until next year!

The 13th Colony is hosting a finale viewing party at 80s Restaurant in North Vancouver for this Sunday. For more information, please check out the event page here.

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