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. We used to (and will once again) hold regular monthly boardgaming sessions, watch movies, show movies on campus, go stargazing, attend 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.
We have a Facebook group, which you are welcome to join!
Bored? Our Club Constitution is available for your reading pleasure.
|Office/Library Hours for Winter 2012:|
|Mondays: 3 - 5 PM|
|Tuesdays: 11 AM - 1 PM; 3 - 5:30 PM|
|Wednesdays: None (yet)|
|Thursdays: 3 - 5 PM|
|Fridays: late afternoon - later (Games & Readings)|
|Saturdays: None (yet)|
|Sundays: 1 - 3 PM|
|(and various unexpected times announced through twitter)|
|If you don't think you can make it to the library during these hours, but would like to check out or return a book, please contact the Secretary, Chad Morse, (858) 699-7396, to schedule a time to visit the library.|
Our office phone is
disconnected), but we're only likely to answer it during the
office hours listed above. We do respond to all messages left
on our answering machine, though it might take several weeks for
us to get back to you.
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!
Darkstar University of California, San Diego Mail Code 0077 C-46 La Jolla, CA 92093-0077
The buildings comprising the Ché Café complex were built in 1922 on US Army land which is now UCSD's Thornton Hospital. In 1959, the Army ceded control over Camp Matthews to the newly-established UCSD; and in 1966 the three buildings were moved across campus to create the university's first student center.
Since 1966, the complex has housed a short-order grill, the campus newspaper, and several student organizations. Currently, Darkstar shares our office space with the College of Saint Artemas, the local branch of the Society for Creative Anachronism, and shares the complex with the eponymous Ché Café Collective, who host frequent alternative music shows and the occasional all-you-can-eat vegan meal.