Darkstar is the Science Fiction and Gaming Club at the University of California, San Diego. The club was formed in 1978 to gather together all those interested in Science Fiction and Fantasy, and somehow has survived intact to the present day.
Affiliation with UCSD is not necessary to participate in Darkstar: we have a vast and diverse array of members including UCSD students, staff, alumni, as well as members of wider San Diego fandom otherwise unaffiliated with the university.
We maintain a large lending library, with reguarly scheduled office hours. Other activities have included monthly boardgaming sessions, watching movies (on or off-campus), stargazing, attending SF/F and gaming conventions, and more. Organized by our alumni, every Thursday evening at 7:30 PM, members of fandom from across San Diego meet a different local restaurant for good food and camaraderie.
Bored? Our Club Constitution is available for your reading pleasure.
To receive email announcements of our events, as well as the occasional SF- or gaming-related discussion, join our e-mail list: scifi @darkstar.
Our new home is in the Old Student Center, Room H-220 (also known as "H-204" on older maps), above the (as-yet unopened) Mexican restaurant occupying the former Grove Cafe space.
Visitor parking is available in the adjacent parking lot P113, just off the corner of Gilman Dr. and Eucalyptus Grove Lane, and will run you $2/60 min (free on weekends, but competition is tough). Need directions? Consult the UCSD Map or Google Maps.
Coming via public transit? Routes 30, 101, 150, and 201/202 (Super Loop) stop at or near lot P113.
|Office/Library Hours for Spring 2015:|
|Mondays: 11:00am - 2:00pm|
8 PM - 11:00 PM (Games & Readings)
|(and various unexpected times announced through Darkstar's Facebook group|
Darkstar's extensive library contains more than 5,000 fiction and non-fiction books within the science fiction and fantasy genres. Additionally, our collection of such magazines as Fantasy & Science Fiction and Astounding reaches back to the early 1940s.
Borrowing privileges are extended to Darkstar members (student & community members alike) and to students/staff of UCSD. If you're not a club member, it's easy to become one: just show up at the library during our open hours.
Our library is named after Anne Proud, a long-time Los Angeles-area science fiction reader whose extensive collection formed the nucleus of our library. We are grateful to her and her estate for their generosity.
We hold semi-regular work parties where we sort, catalog, and shelve new and returning books. We can always use extra help -- no experience is necessary!