LASFS Minutes ("Menace")
Meeting # 4099, 3/03/2016 PDF Print E-mail

Gavin Claypool presiding

Karl Lembke, Scribe


Brought to you by Patron Saints: Marjii Ellers, Bill Ellern


President Gavin Claypool called the meeting to order at: 8:00 pm


Minutes of the last meeting were read.

$3 paid by Marcia Minsky to name the minutes “as long as there isn’t a test on Friday”


Treasury said we have $151 more in the treasury than last week.


Since the Registrar was out of the room, Kirsten introduced Paul, an omnivore


Patron saint Marjii Ellers

From the hagiography:

Costumer, active at Costume College

responsible for the wallpaper in the back bathroom and the tile in the front bathroom, as well as the lunar mural in the computer room

One of her most striking costumes was "The Queen of Air and Darkness"

When she was fan guest of honor at one convention, she brought a 10-pound block of chocolate to the con suite every day to thank the convention for selecting her

She generally brightened any room she was in


Patron Saint Bill Ellern:

From the Hagiography: He would over-contribute on auctions to raise money for the club. He worked very hard on the Board of Directors, he worked a lot at Loscons, and he was behind a lot of great things at the club.

He was an aerospace design engineer, and the adult supervision for LASFS.

When we moved to this location, Bill was one of the crew who observed the closing of the old building along with Mike Thorson, Michelle Pincus, and Matthew Tepper.  Bill being senior, he got the job of locking the doors for the last time.


Reviews:


Gavin reviewed Boldly Go.  It has a very nice patter song for Dr. McCoy. Not sure they understand what parody or musical really means.


Also, as a quick review, Nick Smith attended Boldly Go, and found it really quite funny. Good performances and material, with lots of in-jokes for the fans. LASFS member Nicky Baric is one of the spotlight techs for the show. There are still two shows, Friday night at 7:30 pm and Saturday afternoon at 2:30 pm.


Board announcement:

The period for bidding on Loscon 44 has expired as of Monday at midnight.


Program: tonight, no program.

Next week, commentary on previous week’s program.

Two weeks from tonight, a great big auction. A really spectacularly great big auction.

After that, Dr Pournelle speaks

After that, the Loscon shenanigans.

FWEMS for March, the April FWEMS moves to March 27. Detectives is the theme, Sherlock Holmes, Mr Moto, Charlie Chan, and others.

We have a new raffle, prize is two books by Lynn Hunter. They are inscribed. Total retail is $17. Tickets are 50¢ each, or 5 for $2.


We have a Loscon meeting 11 AM on Sunday.


In the absence of David Okamura, Gavin announced USC is doing a study on something that might prevent atherosclerosis: They are looking for guinea pigs.  No compensation, but lots of neat medical tests and some drugs.


News Items:

Matthew Tepper announced cyberpunk author Pat Cadigan’s cancer had been diagnosed as terminal. With aggressive treatment, she’s pleased to announce the cancer is 97% gone.

Karl: If you must have a terminal cancer, make it terminal for the cancer.

Doug Crepeau is having cancer on his scalp cured later this month.


Frank Waller: they’re going to be receiving the tank of the shuttle and it will be taken by sea to Marina Del Rey.


Jerry Pournelle had two points: When he and Niven wrote Mote in God’s Eye, it had 60,000 words you don’t see. Heinlein pointed out they added nothing to the story and had to go. Every now and then someone gets interested in those words and asks to read them. Someone’s starting an anthology and buying the story of the Battle of New Chicago.

Second, he and Niven have in Analog (possibly June) a sequel to Lucifer’s Hammer, and it will be a ghost story.  The surfer from Lucifer’s Hammer appears.

One last thing: The discovery of gravity waves -- another confirmation of General Relativity. It doesn’t contradict ether either.


Christian had an auction. The DVD of Spirited Away was the top selling item.


The Aetna warning was given at 8:45.


We had announcements:


Doug Crepeau notes they’ve released the trailer for the new ghostbusters movie. The trailer can be found online.


George McUrso announced his birthday party Saturday. Starts at 13:00 ends at 22:00. Gift opening or cake is 18:00


CLJII’s publisher has an idea. Giving away free stuff will lure people to buy more stuff. There’ll be an anthology of super type heroes including an Emperor story and a Fireball story. Also a separate book will be origin stories of the four costumed superheroes.


Kirsten had a time bound announcement.  Arclight dome is playing 2001 on 70 mm Wednesday the 16th.


Gavin announced Saturday, from noon till midnight, rides on the gold line will be free because they’re opening the extension, Sierra Madre Villa

to Azusa Pacific University.


Gerald Aho announced Saturday classes on writing at Mystery and Imagination, will feature the writer of Hellraiser as a guest writer this week.


Adjourned at 8:50 pm
 
Meeting # 4098, 2/25/2016 PDF Print E-mail

Gavin Claypool presiding


Nick Smith, Scribe


Patron Saint: Maureen Garrett


President Gavin Claypool called the meeting to order at: 8:00 pm


Minutes of the last meeting were read.

$1 from  Lynn Maners to name the minutes “The trouble with Trible” [the real first name of his wife]


Patron saint Maureen Garrett

From the hagiography:

First president of the Star Wars Fan Club

Got a job working for Craig Miller in the Official Star Wars Fan Club and later took it over. 

One of the artists featured in the Fantasy Showcase Tarot deck.  (Nine of Wands)

Donated the bathroom wallpaper at the old clubhouse

From the scribe: Met the L.A. Filkharmonics because her hotel room reservations kept getting confused with those of Meg Garrett. Introduced filk to the folks at LucasFilms, which led to cool fannish interactions later.


Guests:

Mary Bernard, brought by her husband Gary. Interested in most of SF. Admin assistant/web coder.


Small auction of books and soda flavor. The March flavor will be Hansen's diet soda.

Time-Bound Announcements:

Memorial for George Clayton Johnson will be tomorrow night at the Egyptian.

Other Announcements:

The Star Trek Musical Boldly Go begins its short run at Caltech [Ramo Auditorium] tomorrow night, with other shows Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon. The second and final weekend includes shows Thursday and Friday nights at 7:30 pm and Saturday matinee at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $18.

A glut of anime releases, this week and next.

The long lost Studio Ghibli film Only Yesterday opens at the Nuart tomorrow night for a one week run. This was produced by Miyazaki, but never released in the U.S. until now. The Nuart is at 11272 Santa Monica Blvd.

The vampire fantasy anime Kizumonogatari will have a two-day release at the Downtown Independent Theater, starting tomorrow, with only five showings. The Downtown Independent is at 251 S. Main Street in downtown Los Angeles.

Then next week, the Laemmle NoHo and Pasadena will both be showing Boy and Beast, which has been getting rave reviews.


Special Orders of Business:

Legendary British cinematographer and director of photography Douglas Slocombe died at the age of 103, due to complications from a fall. His career stretched over 50 years and 80+ films, which included The Man in the White Suit, Rollerball, The Fearless Vampire Killers and the first three Indiana Jones movies. One of his early documentary jobs involved filming Joseph Goebbels giving a speech in 1939, and his camera let out a loud noise at an inopportune point. As hundreds of uniformed Nazis turned to glare at him, he recalled later that “It was not a comfortable moment.” In any case, the cool visuals in Raiders of the Lost Ark were due to him eyeballing the light adjustments and settings, without a meter. He was that good.


Also, we lost anime screenwriter Chiaki Morosawa, who was responsible for several of the Mobile Suit Gundam movies and TV series. She was one of the biggest female names in the anime field, breaking the rule that giant robot stories were just created by men.


Treasurer’s Report: We still can’t spend it


Upcoming Programs:

No official program for tonight or the following two weeks.

February 28th—FWEMS from 2-10 pm, salute to Colleen Gray

March 17th will the Big Fat Auction

March 24th will be Jerry Pournelle talking about his favorite book

March 31st will be the LosCon pitches and voting

Results of the raffle:


A Moment of Science, with David Okamura

Updates from last week: the talk about the continents soaking up the ice melt, and apparently they've already absorbed all they can, and the seas are rising, which would raise the sea level by 3-4 feet over the next century.

Space X has twice postponed the next Falcon X launch.

Scientists have been examining the skulls of dodos, and apparently they had brain sizes appropriate for their size, and probably had good senses of smell. The problem was that they had no natural predators on Madagascar. They were not stupid, but simply failed to react quickly to the new predator, man. Dead as a dodo may become obsolete someday, if attempts to recreate the bird ever come to fruition.

Stem cells of mice can be turned into sperm cells that can fertilize mouse eggs. Very inefficient at present, but if this can be scale up to work on humans, this could be used to restore infertility.

We've heard about interbreeding of modern humans and Neanderthals, and this has been shown through decoding the DNA. This alters our view of evolution, but there was also a third branch of the human family. Only small bones, no complete skeleton yet. Some material from this third branch continues in modern humans, especially in Melanesia. We had thought that there was one massive wave out of Africa about 60K years ago, but there is now evidence that there was earlier migration, as much as 120,000 years ago. Maybe more early interaction than was previously thought.

Modern Tibetans have a gene which permits them to operate well at high altitudes, and that gene comes from the third branch. Neanderthal DNA is related to mood disorders and certain other problems. This is not advantageous now, but think of  strong blood clotting, which was advantageous in pre-medical times, but leads to long-term problems now.

Milt Stevens: If the first homo sapiens was female, then which branch did she mate with?

Jerry: As he understood it, Neanderthals did not domesticate animals, which gave homo sapiens an advantage.

Lynn: as an anthropologist, we used to think of mankind as linear development, but it's more of a complex bush whose design constantly changes.

Bill [not Ellern]: Dogs seem to be descended from a Chinese form of wolf.

Jerry: At least three separate outbreaks of domestication. Villages with dogs thrive much better than ones without, due to better hunting and better safety.

Matthew: “Day is Done” by L. Sprague deCamp, about the last Neanderthal, looking back at changes.

Marc Schirmeister points out that it was Lester del Rey. Did man create language in order to communicate with animals?

Also, were Neanderthals allergic to dogs?

Nick pointed out that he had watched a dog apparently trying to domesticate a snake, and that domestication doesn't need high intelligence.

Milt: Maybe Neanderthals ate dogs instead of domesticating them.

Jerry: Cow domestication somewhere around 25,000 years ago.

Lynn: Lactose tolerance is an example of ongoing evolutionary pressure, as those able to digest milk had a caloric advantage.


Aetna warning at 8:50 pm

Old Business: no

New Business: no


Reviews:

Lynn: Europe series by Dave Hutchinson. An alternate future in which the EU has broken down, and tiny sovereignties are making a comeback. There is a rail line from Madrid to Siberia, the last big project before Europe fails, and the line declares itself a sovereign state. Weird things are locatable only by a special map, so it's sort of like a platform 9 ¾ situation.


CLJ II: Read two fine books by H. Rider Haggard—She and Ayesha, the Return of She. Everything was grand, glorious and excessive in She, but the sequel was whatever comes after purple prose. Stretched his credulity, but is now truly puzzled about the Hammer version of She, with Ursula Andress.  The Hammer people ignored the note in the book about how the name was pronounced, which is “Asha”.

Milt reviewed Agent Carter and Colony. Agent Carter is really good, but the scheduling is odd, since they've been running two episodes a week. Colony is not as good, maybe anti-US, maybe anti-Israeli.

Gavin mentioned that the Eddie the Eagle movie, with Hugh Jackman as the supporting actor, is coming out tomorrow. Gavin saw a preview, and it takes liberties, but is a lot of fun.

Milt was watching episodes of Princess Tutu anime and was very confused. Nick commented that it makes more sense if you watch a bunch of episodes in a row. It has a lot of stuff about ballet technique and a parody of classic ballet stories, among other things.

Bernard Antonelli has been watching Walking Dead, and enjoying it. Excellent depiction of the unraveling of society.

Nick reviewed the anime series Pumpkin Scissors, an alternate world postwar story with science fiction elements.

CLJ II reviewed the TV series Lucifer. Yes, the Lucifer, who comes to Los Angeles and opens a night club. The lead actor is “smarmily charming.” Is he becoming more mortal, now that he's spending time on earth? Watch and see.

Eric Hoffman has been watching The Count of Monte Cristo and its sequels. Louis Hayward played in the original and one sequel, with lots of disguises. Hard to find, but fun. Also mentioned The Lady in the Iron Mask.

Milt remembers Captain Sirocco, also with Louis Hayward, sort of “spaghetti Zorro.”

Matthew remembers reading all the Nero Wolfe books, and now is looking at Hugo winners he hadn't read.

CLJ II has been watching Adam 12, noon on Cozy TV. Martin Milner passed away recently, but it's a time capsule of Los Angeles architecture.

Eric found a collection of 25 episodes of Studio One, a drama which occasionally included science fiction. Their adaptation of 1984 starred Eddie Albert.

Bill Green mentioned stumbling across an Adam 12 shoot.

News items:

Barsk by Lawrence M. Schone, a former LASFS regular, has been nominated for the Nebula for best novel. He had founded the Klingon Language Institute.

Mary Anne Canfield finds discussions like this very interesting, as long as there isn't a test on Friday.

Jerry had lunch with Chris Stott from an organization on space commerce. He comes from the Isle of Man, which is very banking-dense. Richard Pournelle is in negotiation to get some of the satellite data down to a Manx downlink, because the Isle of Man has exploitable bandwidth. All because of “A Step Farther Out” column.


Adjourned at 9:50 pm


CLJII:  The word Neanderthal is pronounced in the German

The raffle winner was Nick Smith


Matthew Tepper: Point of Nero Wolfe is that lately he’s been reading Miles Vorkosigan books as part of hugo reading project


Bill Green: Dodo was actually of Mauritius, not Madagascar.


Menace are about as good as we can get them

Last Updated ( Sunday, 01 January 2017 )
 
Meeting # 4097, 2/18/2016 PDF Print E-mail

Gavin Claypool presiding as Helmuth of Boskone


Nick Smith, Scribe


Patron Saint: Craig Miller


President Gavin Claypool called the meeting to order at: 8:00 pm


Minutes of the last meeting


Named: $5 to June Moffatt as “What is so rare as a day in February.”


Patron saint Craig Miller

From the hagiography:

Makes a living from genre-related activities (writer, producer, et cetera)

Has worked for Lucas Films and Henson.

Chaired many cons and also served as hotel liaison

Helped put on the first two Star Trek conventions in LA

co-chaired the '84 Worldcon, and head of programming for ’96 Worldcon

Won first prize for his table-setting at the L.A. County Fair.

Nick said that Craig was one of the best convention bosses he'd ever had.

CLJ II: Craig exemplifies the best of LASFS membership, helping out in all ways including helping connection with the professional media. Wishes Craig was still more involved, and hopes that others will follow his example.

David: Craig has good taste in shirts.

Matthew: Craig was the liaison with the Palms Recreation Center when LASFS used that as a clubhouse in the late 60s/early 70s.

Jerry: He was liaison in disguise, since the city misread his signature as “Cecy” Miller.

Christian would like to expound on David's comment, that Craig has an incredible collection of Hawaiian shirts. Some of the credit should go to his wife.

Kristen: Craig has entertained her with many stories about Star Wars of which she is now becoming a fan.

Josh: All Josh's animation fans speak highly of Craig, and he has learned a lot about licensing and business from Craig.

Matthew: During Craig's time on Pocket Dragons, the way people differentiated between that and a similar series was that Craig's was the one that did NOT make people vomit.

Christian: Craig had the sense to decline ComicCon's offer to have him do lots of work, but he has worked on many aspects of fandom, and he has been recognized by the club.

Craig: Usually not here on his saint night, but he would like to point out that nobody ever mentions that he was Chairman of the Board for ten years, and on the board for many years.

Gavin: Milt and Craig went on Hour 25 to promote L.A. 2000, which is what got Gavin to come to LASFS.

Three rousing cheers, and another closet full of Hawaiian shirts.


Guests:

Daniel Carr, told about the club by Darnell Coleman. Interested in general SF.

Terry McIntyre, with the fedora. Told about the club by Jonathan Jake, another recent visitor.

Time-Bound Announcements:

none

Other Announcements:

Special Orders of Business:


Short story writer, poet and essayist Bud Webster died on Saturday the 13th. His writing about science fiction history vastly outweighed his fiction output, but he was also the estates liaison for SFWA, and his job was to put publishers in touch with the literary estates of authors. Also, he wore a propeller fez, rather than a mere beanie, so he was automatically cool.

[Jerry met Bud in 1976, when he was just a fan. Wrote enough to get a SFWA membership, and became very valuable to SFWA.]


Singer and actress Vanity died on Monday the 15th. Originally discovered by Prince just because of her looks, once it was noticed that she could both sing and act, she appeared in movies like The Last Dragon, Action Jackson and Neon City, as well as various genre TV shows, including Highlander, Tales from the Crypt and Friday the 13th.


Career character actor George Gaynes died on Monday the 15th, at the age of 98, after a long career on stage and screen. Best known for his continuing role in the Police Academy movies, he had roles fans might have seen on Alfred Hitchcock, Mission Impossible, Sliders, and Six Million Dollar Man, along with a variety of horror movies and the SF movie Altered States. He was even in the Roger Corman version of The Fantastic Four. Before that, his early 1950s Broadway work included the Cole Porter fantasy musical Out of This World.


Treasurer’s Report: None


Upcoming Programs:

Tonight is the smallish big auction

Feb. 25: the Tim Powers event is postponed, but the raffle still happening

Feb. 28: FWEMS featuring Colleen Gray movies

March 17: Big auction

March 24: Jerry Pournelle on his favorite book

March 31: LosCon pitches to the club

Nick announced the Star Trek musical at Caltech, and is trying to arrange a group outing.

A Moment of Science, with David Okamura

Space X is still testing barges for landing, this time because the booster has to land in a more risky fashion.

Channel Island foxes had been on the endangered list, but are bouncing back from disease and predation. Captive breeding programs and moving the non-native Golden Eagles have helped.

Zika virus apparently has a preference for fetal brain tissue. Autopsies have shown a heavy concentration in an otherwise uninfected fetus. This clue may lead to research goals, because this is normally the most-protected area of the fetus.

If the ice is melting, why aren't the seas rising more? The continents are soaking up the water, but there is a saturation point.

The 28th is the Academy Awards, overshadowed by controversy, but the Oscar has never looked better. A new foundry did a 3D scan of a 1920s Oscar, and the new casting is based on that, restoring details that had been lost. The base is from a scan of a more recent Oscar. The process involved a 3D printer working in wax, and then a casting made in a lost wax process.

3D printing for the consumer market is still pricey, but maybe not much longer. Mattel displayed a new product at the Toy Fair, a “Thingmaker,” an update of their 60's gadget. The new one is a small 3D printer, with an app, to allow kids to make toy parts and assemble the results. Mattel working with Autodesk. Pre-orders for $300, a huge price drop.

Aetna warning at 8:54 pm


Announcements:

Tom Safer will be showing Age of Ultron this coming Saturday at 10 am

LosCon 43 report from Michelle—sold seven memberships at Gallifrey

Gavin—Dennis Etchison is starting his writing class on Feb. 20th at Bookstore of Mystery and Imagination.

CLJ II—on Sunday the 21st, Tom Khamis will be showing a program of spaghetti westerns, starting at 2 pm, running until about 10.

Also CLJ II--17th book of the Emperor's Secret Files is on Amazon at a 99 cent price right now.



Old Business: none


New Business: none


Reviews:

Christian McGuire was at Gallifrey One for 90 minutes on Friday. He bought a bunch of books, and found that there was a Girl Scout cookie booth. Liked the badge. Seemed to be a lot of people. Spent 6 hours there on Saturday. Even more packed then. Sir John Hurt was there.'

Cathy Beckstead was there, and up all night. Very good convention [Elayne says only three fire alarms].

George Mulligan: The convention seemed well-run, with no major snags. Nice panel on Star Trek Continues, which had cast members and a screening.

Marcia Minsky: Volunteered for con ops, and helped with prepping for the charity auction. One member brought two tins of jelly babies, from England. Had specified that one tin should go to the children's auction. The one in the children's auction had gotten up to $110, so they moved the adult one to the children's auction as well. [Christian says charity auction raised about $11K]. [Scribal note: before Jelly Babies were a running gag in Dr. Who, George Harrison had to ask fans to stop throwing them at the Beatles. He liked them as candy, but not as projectiles during a show.]

Gavin was ordered out of the hotel by Tadao Tomamatsu, but in Tadao's defense, there was a fire alarm at the time.

Milt Stevens discovered a new writer, Alistair Reynolds. Poseidon's Wake is being talked up as a Hugo nominee, and Milt began reading it, finding that this was not the start of a series. Went back to the start, which is Blue Remembered Earth, and reviewed the series. Humanity has been genetically engineering people, shrinking elephants and doing other things.

Christian just finished reading Heinlein's Have Space Suit, Will Travel, after realizing that he hadn't. He found it quite enjoyable, dated but a good read.

Nick reviewed the Crown Books at Topanga and Erwin, near the Warner Center Marriott. Lots of fannish stuff, good prices, nice place. Hare Hobbs had just been there, and held up the book he had purchased.

George reviewed the last episode of Gravity Falls, about a place in Oregon with a weirdness magnet. Recommends the entire series.

Josh watched the Deadpool movie. Very funny, raunchy, but good.

Better Call Saul is good, but not SF.

Cathy also reviewed Deadpool. The demographic for the audience was skewed very heavily male.

Jerry Pournelle mentioned what happened to the Topanga mall. He and Larry researched malls for Oath of Fealty. Surprised that some malls are dying.


Miscellaneous


Adjourn to auction at: 9:05
 
Meeting # 4096, 2/11/2016 PDF Print E-mail

Gavin Claypool presiding as Professor Yanna, as portrayed by Derek Jacobi


Nick Smith, Scribe


Patron Saints: Mike Glyer, Albert Sheean, Frank Waller


President Gavin Claypool called the meeting to order at: 8:00 pm


Special Orders of Business:

It was a bad week for people behind the scenes of things we enjoy.


Ray Colcord, a composer of music for TV and movies, whose genre credits range from shows like Dinosaurs and The Charmings to one of the songs in the film Earth Girls Are Easy. Weirdly, he to non-fans he was best known for something he did early in his career. While working for Columbia Records in 1972, he signed an obscure little band called Aerosmith.


Screenwriter Daniel Gerson, who co-wrote Monsters Inc., Big Hero 6 and other animated films. He also did voice cameos in at least three of his movies.


Actress Kristine Miller passed away, and her family just announced it. She was an actress in various adventure films and TV shows in the 40s and 50s, including a regular role on Stories of the Century, the first western to ever win an Emmy. She was also cast in various SF productions, including four different roles on Science Fiction Theater. She left acting to join her husband’s business, which was building and running TV stations in northern California and Idaho.


Two fantasy game illustrators passed away as well, Wayne England and Christopher Rush. Rush was the first American artist to illustrate a Pokemon card, and created the artwork for roughly a hundred cards for Magic the Gathering. England was the illustrator for many fantasy games and magazines in Europe and the U.S., including one based on Robert Jordan’s fantasy series.


Minutes of the last meeting


Named: to Eric for $1--”I have no idea what the hell he was talking about.”


Patron saints Mike Glyer, Albert Sheean, Frank Waller

From the hagiography:

Mike Glyer

Winner of multiple Hugo awards for his fanzine File 770.

As secretary, inserted humorous comments into the minutes, in the tradition of Jack Harness.

Worldcon chair

Works for the Internal Revenue Service.


Albert Sheean

Matthew Tepper: He was one of the purchaser and deliverer of donuts for a while.  He and his daughter Krystal Mae are wonderful additions to the club.


Mark Poliner: He’s always good for a good story in the library and he enjoys good beer.


Michelle: He’s an amateur paleontologist.

Frank Waller

At one time was a Star Trek costumer who appeared as Harry Mudd.

Has donated edibles, stuffies, and wisecracks to the club

Livens up club auctions with wacky bids.

When he was a Charles's Chips rep, he would often entertains us with the bizarre seasonal potato chip flavors that are offered.

Is a classic car guy.


Guests: Eric Hoffman announced Darly Brewster, an animator, who worked on Prince of Egypt, El Dorado, Osmosis Jones and others. She has a Lost in Space robot in her living room.


Time-Bound Announcements:

TSPC: Feb. 20th, Avengers, Age of Ultron, at 10 am.


Treasurer’s Report: the non-Elayne says that we have money and can't spend it.


Upcoming Programs:

Open house at the club on Sunday beginning at noon

Feb. 18: Big Auction

Feb. 25: Tim Powers [and presenting him with the plaque he didn't get at LosCon two years ago]. His birthday was on Feb. 29th, 1952.


A Moment of Science, with David Okamura

Astronaut Edgar Mitchell, of Apollo XIV, on the 45th anniversary of his mission.

Harvard had done experiments with gelatin, to study brain development of the folds. Created a mold for the white matter, with a surface covering to mimic the gray matter. Expansion in an acidic solution ends up causing the gray matter to develop the folds and crevices. The gene that regulates the control of the actual development in the brain may be related to schizophrenia, which would explain the young adult schizophrenia onset.

Zika virus expanding explosively in the Central American tropics, and chances seemed low that it would spread here, but it turns out that the virus can be spread by body fluids as well as mosquitoes. The birth defects are the really frightening parts. This may encourage genetic modification of mosquitoes to out-compete.

New species are discovered and must be named. A new species of black tarantula found near Folsom prison was named after Johnny Cash.

Gravitational wave study announced at Caltech, and our own club member Kyle Baric worked on this project.

Gavin mentioned that a professor named Joseph Webber had worked on such a project. He is married to a professor at U.C. Irvine named Virginia Trimble, who had been Miss Twilight Zone when she was an undergrad at UCLA.

Old Business:


New Business


Reviews:

Milt Stevens read Prentice Alvin by Orson Scott Card. Enjoyed the first novel in the series as alternate history. Red Prophet and Prentice Alvin are more fantasy novels. Pretty good fantasy, hybrid of magic and science. Hugo nominated, but did not win.

Eric Hoffman read Carter and Dunlap, which caused him to rewatch Cast a Deadly Spell, a blend of private eyes and H.P. Lovecraft horror. Private eye named Harry Philips Lovecraft.

Josh reviewed The Craft of Science Fiction which has articles by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle and Harlan Ellison.



Miscellaneous

Hare Hobbs mentioned that Wings is being restored again, in which Pancho Barnes was one of the pilots. 3rd Friday in April at the Egyptian.

Gavin mentioned that there would be an interview with John Williams on KUSC this evening at 9 pm.

Aetna Warning at 8:46 pm

Josh asked about renting the club for a writer's group, and was advised to talk to Elayne next week.

Adjourn at: A motion that John deChancie is hungry was made at 8:46 pm.

Move to adjourn at 8:49
 
Meeting # 4095, 2/4/2016 PDF Print E-mail

Gavin Claypool presiding


Nick Smith, Scribe


Patron Saints: Gary Louie and Mike Luwish


President Gavin Claypool called the meeting to order as the patriarch of Kzin at: 8:05 pm


Special Orders of Business:

Paul Kantner, longtime musician from Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship and other musical groups, died a few days ago. The concept album that he created, “Blows Against the Empire,” was nominated for the Hugo Award in 1971, the only music album ever on the final Hugo ballot, according to the Hugo website. Oddly, Signe Toly Anderson, who was the original lead singer for Jefferson Airplane, died on the same day.


Also, Emmy-winning voice actor Joe Alaskey, whose first big break was when he took over the classic Mel Blanc role of Yosemite Sam in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and later he was the voice of Richard Nixon in Forrest Gump and in many films TV cartoons and video games, playing everyone from Wile E. Coyote to Doctor Octopus. Oddly, he was also the voice of Jackie Gleason in some of the restored Honeymooners episodes, where the original sound needed to be replaced for the DVD release.


Minutes of the last meeting


Named: “The minutes that I didn't really hear will be the silliness of the LASFS.”


Patron saints

Mike Luwish, son of Emil

Bought  his father a sainthood. All we know about Emil is that he raised a generous son.

An old zine states that Mike was remembered on his saint's day with "three cheers and some green cheese."

Three cheers and a “funny, he doesn't look Luwish”

Gary Louie

Elected to the Board of Directors the very first election for which he was eligible and remained on the board the rest of his life.

Club librarian

First person elevated to sainthood posthumously

Served on staff or committee on most Loscons from 1987 through 1998, the 1996 Worldcon, both Los Angeles Westercons, and many Gallifrey One cons

Was considered part of the "Permanent Floating Worldcon Committee

Helped with Bouchercon.

Evans-Freehafer Award winner

Collector of LEGO® toys particularly trains

Collector of books

Three cheers and a happy Chinese New Year

Guests

Jonathan Jake, who heard about LASFS through a convention. Literature fan and writer, occupation attorney.

Josh, who has been in L.A. for a couple of years, worked at Marvel and Disney in publishing.


Time-Bound Announcements:

No board meeting in February

Whimsic Alley is hosting Geeks in Love, a craft fair, on February 6 and 7 from 10 am to 6 pm. 5464 Wilshire. Fun place for British-related fandoms. The craft fair is a pre-Valentine event for fans.

Matthew announced that Robbie Bourget has been added as co-chair to his LosCon bid for LosCon 44.

CLJ II announced that Tom Khamis will have Part II of his monster movies of the 1950s here at the club on Saturday the 6th on Saturday from 2-10 pm.

Aetna warning at 8:51 pm

Treasurer’s Report: nope, but LosCon 42 handed over $6244.76 to the club.

Loscon Committee gave out 130 fliers at Anime L.A. and sold four memberships.

Upcoming Programs:

Feb. 4: Leigh Strother-Vien and Francis Hamit on self-publishing

Feb. 11: Talking among yourselves

Feb. 18: Big Auction

Feb. 25: Tim Powers on his favorite book and club raffle

Feb. 28: Film program with a tribute to Colleen Gray, of The Phantom Planet and other such films


A Moment of Science, with Bill Green

Space Merchants by Pohl and Kornbluth had the concept of “Chicken Little,” artifical chicken. Currently, artificial meat is in the works, but the current cost of an artificial hamburger is $18,000, so it's not cost-effective yet.


Old Business:


New Business:


Reviews:

Milt Stevens—Locus recommended reading list has appeared. Its significance is that it's very extensive, and typically includes everything likely to be on the Hugo ballot. Category of “publication” mixes prozines, fanzines and websites. Locus poll is weighted toward subscribers, in terms of how votes are counted.

CLJII saw Jungle Moon Man, an adventure of Johnny Weissmuller, because the movie company had sold the Jungle Jim rights before the movie was finished. Jungle movie with fantasy elements in the last reel.

Scratch is still reading the Honor Harrington series.

Matthew—he and Deborah attended an HD telecast of a the Met's broadcast of Turandot, which does have fantasy elements.

Leigh read Games Wizards Play, by Diane Duane. The characters are growing up, and really getting interesting.

Nick reviewed volume 3 of Schlock Mercenary, by Howard Tayler. The AI torpedoes are the best computerized weapons since Dark Star, and a lot of fun.

Josh—reading Kindred by Octavia Butler, really amazing. This was the first book of hers that he read, and heard about it from a Harlan Ellison article.

Larry Nivenhas been reading Schlock Mercenary for years, and finally caught up. The author is talking about eventually ending the series, very funny hard SF.

Leigh—Another online series worth checking out is “A Girl and Her Fed,” which starts out weird and gets stranger.

Eric Hoffman—Guerrilla filmmaker Graydon Clark wrote a book called On the Cheap about creating low-budget movies. He was able to get name actors who weren't busy at the time to do odd roles. Jan Michael Vincent, Raymond Burr and others.

Jerry Pournelle—When he was in graduate school, he and classmates were trying to predict grades of undergrads. It actually worked, and one of the predictors was IQ. A new book called Hive Mind by Garret Jones, which seeks to predict the GDP and life expectancy of a nation. Jerry thinks it's surprisingly accurate.


Miscellaneous:

Club president wants a volunteer to assist with a project to document saints.

Adjourn at: 8:54pm


 
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