Westercon XXV Costume Competition (1972) PDF Print E-mail

Westercon XXV (6/30-7/04/72 at the Edgewater Hotel, Long Beach) Science Fiction Convention Costume Competition.

8mm film from the collection of Rita Ratcliffe. Edited by Bill Mills.

Some of the fans shown include: Astrid Anderson, Dorothy Simon, Lisa Deutsch (wearing 'costume', entered in the "Most Naked Lady" category, titled "Golden Haired Sif welcoming her husband Thor home after a Hard Day at the Battlefield"), Bill Mills, Bob Short, Linda Brevelle (presentation titled "The Preacher and the Vampire"), Barry Gold (assisting getting contestants on and off the stage), Steve Goldin (entered in the "Most Naked Laddy" category). Many remain unnamed. If you are in this video or can identify these people please drop a note at: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it . Sincere thanks to Lisa Deutsch Harrigan for identifying the con and the date. (I will correct the video a.s.a.p.)

Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 February 2010 )
Forrest J Goes Marching On - A Musical Tribute PDF Print E-mail

Posted to YouTube on November 25, 2009 . in honor of Forry Ackerman's birthday, but it kinda ended up being a memorial tribute after all. "Forrest J Goes Marching On! A Musical Video Tribute for Forrest J Ackerman by Bill Mills". Song: The Battle Hymn Of Fanation (aka Forrest J Goes Marching On!) Filk Lyrics by Petrov Pederson, Ted Johnstone (aka David McDaniel), Rick Sneary. All vocals and instruments by Bill Mills. HAPPY 92th BIRTHDAY UNCLE FORRY!

Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 February 2010 )
The Value of Science Fiction PDF Print E-mail

Nine legendary authors present their ideas on why SF is important to readers and what it teaches them. These excerpts are from a series of interviews and lectures done from 1968-1978 by Prof. James Gunn at the University of Kansas.  

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 26 January 2010 )
Terry Pratchett on Science Fiction Conventions and Fanfiction PDF Print E-mail

Terry Pratchett talks about how science fiction conventions in his early life inspired him to put pen to paper and pursue his dream of becoming an author. Brilliant clip from BBC show Mark Lawson Talks To: Terry Pratchett.  


Last Updated ( Tuesday, 26 January 2010 )
Ethan Gilsdorf a Boston-based author comes to Los Angeles this week, Thurs Nov
5, Skylight Books, to speak about my new book "FANTASY FREAKS AND
GAMING GEEKS: An Epic Quest for Reality Among Role Players, Online Gamers, and
Other Dwellers of Imaginary Realms."

The book is a travel-memoir and cultural investigation that looks at the appeal
of fantasy and gaming. The book contains a chapter on the Society for Creative
Anachronism, and profiles a local SCA member Sir Gareth. There are also
chapters on Tolkien fandom, Lord of the Rings, D&D and other RPGs, online games
like World of Warcraft, Harry Potter, DragonCon,
and more.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 04 November 2009 )
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