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De Profundis (the LASFS newletter)
Fire Map - Currently there are no mandatory evacuatiions.
Locus Online
Or you can read very old Menace here .
New Scientist online poll on the the best SF books and films of the past
Omni Reboot article on the LASFS website
Ursa Major Awards: Annual Anthropomorphic Literature and Arts Award for excellence in the furry (aka "funny animals") arts
News about Fred Patten
The Key to The Rainbow Affair
News about the proposed DC-area Science Fiction Museum (which would like your donation)
The Angel, the Devel, and the Dead, a new dark fantasy novel by Nicholas Boyd Crutchley
For more details, see the write-up on Non-LASFSians Websites .
Books — online, buy
Amazon Books
Antellus Books(Science Fantasy Adventure & Nonfiction books & ebooks -- printed, pdf download, and e-reader)
Barnes & Noble
Golden Apple (comics)
Iliad Bookshop 
Magic Door IV Quality Used Books‎ 155 West 2nd St., Pomona, CA 91766
Mysterious Galaxy Books - Redondo Beach(Signings  for both San Diego & Redondo Beach)
Mystery and Imagination & Bookfellows
Worldwide SF Libraries
UC Riverside's Eaton Collection: Its collection of fannish memorabilia includes the Pelz and the Patten collections. You may request copies and/or scans of items in their collection. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
The Anne Proud Memorial Library (Darkstar, UC San Diego) 

Efanzines : Marty Cantor describes this website as "One of the best links to much of traditional fandom is www.efanzines.com . Sure, if one does not scroll down very far, one would think that it is just fanzines (in pdf and html format). But scroll down to the bottom half oand you will find material of historical interest (such as photographs from earlier Worldcons, and trip reports), and scads of special publications. There are links to hundreds of fanzines at other sites and links to lots of other fannish resources, information about fan funds, and links to other sites of fan interest."
Feline Mewsings :  R-Laurraine Tutihasi's quarterly fanzine for FAPA

The Absent Willow Review is a online magazine that publishes fantasy, science fiction, & horror stories every month. It also accepts submissions; see the submissions page for details.

One-offs

Simon Terrey writes: As a motion graphics designer in London I've always wanted to visualise the Ringworld. Hope you like the links!
The Hugo Awards are the International Fantasy Awards, named after Hugo Gernsback by analogy with the Oscars, Emmys, etc. The nominees are selected by polling members of the Worldcon, and the winners are selected by a later vote of Worldcon members. They are presented each year at the Worldcon.
The Hugos cover over a dozen categories of fantasy and science fiction, including best books, stories, dramatic works, professional and fan activities. Locus list of Hugo Winners which also links to a list of all Hugo nominees.
The Nebula Awards are given each year by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), for the best science fiction/fantasy fiction published in the United States during the two previous years. The Nebulas cover in five different categories: novel, novella, novelette, short story, and script. Locus list of Nebula Awards.

Other Awards 
The James Tiptree, Jr. Award for "science fiction or fantasy that explores and expanded the roles of women and men for work by both women and men" is selected by a comittee of judges.
The John W. Campbell Award for best new writer is voted upon by members of the Worldcon.  
The John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best SF novel is given each year by a committee of SF writers.
Locus Awards are awarded by an annual poll of readers of Locus Magazine, established in the to provide recommendations and suggestions to Hugo Awards voters. Over the decades the Locus Awards have often drawn more voters than the Hugos and Nebulas combined. In recent years Locus Awards are presented at an annual banquet, and unlike any other award, explicitly honor publishers of winning works with certificates. 
The Mythopoeic Awards for fantasy literature are given each year by the Mythopoeic Society.
The Robert A. Heinlein Award is given to honor "outstanding published works in hard science fiction or technical writings that inspire the human exploration of space"
The Sturgeon Award for short fiction are given each year by a committee of short fiction experts.
World Fantasy Awards are associated with the World Fantasy Convention. 

       Poul Anderson's "On Thud and Blunder"

       Liz Carlie & Kristiine Cherry co-host The Corsair's Closet , a Doctor Who-themed podcast.

       Phil Castora's autobiography

Doug Crepeau's online comic: No Business I Know
John DeChancie's
website (complete with a mini-novel)
Tom Digby's songs and music

Filk : SF fans have been writing songs (sometimes parodies, sometimes to original music) since at least the 1940s, but they didn't start calling them "filksongs" until the early 1950s. That was when Lee Jacobs mistyped "folk" as "filk" in a fanzine article on folk music. Karen Kruse (later Karen Anderson) liked the word and used it to describe the long-standing fannish phenomenon, and the use caught on. See Karen's December, 1955 SAPSzine article on filksongs.

Dave Fox Khorlia Anthology 

Fritz Freiheit:  Blog & Wiki 

Sherry Gottlieb: Escape Velocity:  A History of a Change of Hobbit Bookstore
Robert Heinlein 's reply letter
"This I Believe" (1952)

John Hertz's "The English Regency and Me"

Fred Lerner's "Rudyard Kipling considered as a Science Fiction writer" 

Larry Niven

" Down in Flames"
" Fallen Angels, by Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, and Michael Flynn
" Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex"
" "Niven's Laws""
You can find other Niven stories here .
And it's not on the webpage but if you've got Niven's All the Myriad Ways or N-Space ,reread "What Can You Say about Chocolate Covered Manhole Covers," which was loosely based on Tom Digby

Fred Patten
"A Chronology of Furry Fandom"
Robin Leyden's & Fred Patten's "How Kimba Came to Be". Patten writes: "This article was originally published in 1981, not 1991. Since 1981 it was updated several times with new information and some corrections. The most recent version was published as a booklet with the Kimba DVD Boxed Set from The Right Stuf International."
Loscon History Patten writes: "Loscon 31 should be "Escape to L.A." Loscons 33 and 34 do not have the membership / attendance totals. Loscons 33 and 34 do not have the full themes; Exploring the Golden Ages of Science Fiction, and The Dig: Excavating the Worlds of Science Fiction. Info for Loscon 35 and 36 is not added yet." Loscon 33 membership/attendance total was 1136/1084.  Loscon 34 membership/attendance total was 1199/1132.

Jerry Pournelle's website: Chaos Manor

Rotsler's Rules for Masquerades

Kay Shapero's Website: Filks, Furries and Fanzines

Barry Weissman's "The Cure" (the story that Harlan Ellison said was too disgusting to appear in a Dangerous Visions

Alan White's "When Prostates Go Bad"  

And there are two collections of artwork by Jack Harness , available for fannish reuse, stored at

 

Loscon : An LA area convention held each year on Thanksgiving weekend. Each year has its own name and theme. Loscon History . Fred Patten writes: "Loscon 31 should be "Escape to L.A." Loscons 33 and 34 do not have the membership / attendance totals. Loscons 33 and 34 do not have the full themes; Exploring the Golden Ages of Science Fiction, and The Dig: Excavating the Worlds of Science Fiction. Info for Loscon 35 and 36 is not added yet." Loscon 33 membership/attendance total was 1136/1084.  Loscon 34 membership/attendance total was 1199/1132.

A major accomplishment of the LASFS in the late 1940s was the creation of the annual West Coast Science Fantasy Conference (Westercon). At this time the only SF conventions were in the New York/Pennsylvania/New Jersey area, plus the annual World Science Fiction Convention which had come to Los Angeles in 1946 but was usually held in a city east of the Mississippi. Two LASFS members, Walter Daugherty and Dave Fox, felt that the fans in Western cities deserved their own annual convention. In 1948 the LASFS started the Westercon in emulation of the Worldcon. Los Angeles-area fans held the first three Westercons until the convention was well-enough established that fan clubs in such cities as San Diego and San Francisco were ready to host it. The Westercon has met in cities ranging from Vancouver, BC to Honolulu, HI to Boise, ID to El Paso, TX.

The Westercon's Bylaws specify the LASFS as the archive of Westercon business and the default administrator in the case of the failure of any individual Westercon (which has never happened). See Westercon to find out when and where this year's and next year's conventions will take place.

Westercon is a registered service mark of LASFS, Inc. It is held every year on a weekend near the 4th of July, in the western part of the United States (as defined in its bylaws).

Worldcon (World Science Fiction Convention): The gathering of fans of SF books, television, movies, comix, etc. from all over the world; members vote to award the Hugo Awards: Traditionally, the Worldcon takes place on or near the Labor Day weekend, but this tradition is sometimes broken.  Past Worldcons.  

Baycon A Memorial Day weekend convention in the Silicon Valley

Condor: A late winter convention in San Diego

Anime Los Angeles: a January anime convention in the Los Angeles area

Califur: An annual furry fandom convention in the LA area.  Click here

ConChord: a filksong convention sometimes held in the San Fernando Valley

Conjecture :  a September convention in the San Diego area focusing on literature

Consonance: a March filksong convention in the Silicon Valley

Corflu:  A small informal, single-track convention focused on science fiction fanzine, and held each spring in North America (and once in Britain)

Costume-Con: a national convention for people who delight in creating costumes. The convention has its roots in science fiction and fantasy conventions and historic re-enactment type events, but all forms of costuming are welcome. Each Spring, it's in a different city, run by a different group of fans.

DunDraCon: a February roleplaying convention in Northern California

Gallifrey One: a California, February Doctor Who and British media convention

Gaylaxicon the annual international Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror convention for gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, transgendered people and their friends.

Left Coast Crime , an annual mystery convention sponsored by mystery fans, for mystery fans. It is held during the first quarter of the calendar year in Western North America, as defined by the Mountain Time Zone and all time zones westward to Hawaii.  The 2010 convention will be in Los Angeles.

Mythcon: Annual national conference of the Mythopoeic Society, held in July or August. Each conference is centered around a theme related to Inklings studies and/or fantastic and mythic literature.

Readercon is, depending on your point of view, either an annual literary conference (except it's infinitely more fun than that) or an annual science fiction convention (except we've stripped away virtually everything except talking about and buying books). 

The Society for Creative Anachronism: The kingdom of Caid (Southern California): see their Calendar for tourneys and other get-togethers.

Xanadu:  An adult Las Vegas convention, held in late March or April.   :   

alt.callahans: a newsgroup: traffic may be quite heavy. There is a Wikipedia entry on alt.callahans.

apa-lasfs: a Yahoogroups mailing list. Click to subscribe. Mention your interest in fandom so the manager will know you're not a spammer. Note: There is no legal relationship between this mailing list and the LASFS, but many of the mailing list members are LASFS members.

Compuserve SF Literature Forum  

LASFS Forum (on this website):  click here for an Introduction to our Forum 

LiveJournal LASFS Community: You'll have to sign up with Live Journal to make comments. 

rec.arts.sf.fandom: a newsgroup, also referred to as "rasff" ("razz-eff")

rec.music.filk: a newsgroup

Science Fiction L.A.  

Silicon Soapware: a monthly personalzine by LASFS member Tom Digby (now living in the Silicon Valley) archives , with subscription instructions at the bottom of each zine, plus ss_talk , a mailing list with most comment chains initially based on the zine and subscription instructions at the bottom of each zine.
tor.com, a site for news and discussion of science fiction, fantasy, and all the things that interest SF and fantasy readers. Comment on any post or story—or become a registered user and start your own conversations.

Trufen :  a moderated mailing list with a number of oldtimers on it (including people who entered fandom in the 1950s. 

The Virtual Fan Lounge was set up as a bimonthly chat on the first and third Saturdays of each month, but is no longer available from Las Vegrants.  Anyone have any information on its current whereabouts?

The Voices of Fandom showcases, vintage and newly recorded, audio and video files of fannish interest.

APA-L :  Collated every Thursday evening at the start of the LASFS meeting. Go to the APA-L room on the west side of Freehafer Hall (the back building. Newcomers may pick up a free copy on each of their first three meetings. Bring 29 copies of your zine to a LASFS meeting, and you'll get a copy of that night's APA-L. Official Collator: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

LASFAPA :  A monthly APA with limited entry. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it for further details.

Many other fannish APAs (Amateur Press Associations) exist. See Wikipedia's List of APAs.

Enigma: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Gaming at UCLA

LAFA :  monthly filksong circle in the LA area (see Calendar )

Orange County Science Fiction Club: contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it   OCSFC also has a Yahoo group .

Planet Lambda: a science fiction club for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and trans-gender people and their friends. Meetings are held monthly at different locations in the greater Los Angeles area. Now a member of the Gaylaxian Science Fiction Society
SFPA , the Science Fiction Poetry Association

S.P.E.C.T.R.E., the Caltech Science Fiction Club

Also see the Caltech Anime Society. 

For further information, see Yahoo list of SF Clubs

Fan Photo Album (LASFS pages)
Our Scrapbook (indexed by fan names)
Alan White's website (look for Boomers on the left)

LASFS Funds : Donations to LASFS are tax-deductible because it's a 501(c)(3) non-profit. This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it to donate to one of these (except Pillar Funds)

The Building Fund : This fund pays for all clubhouse-related expenses.
The Century Fund : The purpose of the Century Fund is to provide funds for the expansion of the premises of the LASFS either through the purchase of real estate, purchase of a new clubhouse, or the construction of a new clubhouse. The Century Fund may also be utilized to provide a resource of emergency recover for the LASFS.
A Pillar Fund memorializes a specific dead LASFS member  A. Pillar Fund has been set up for Allan Rothstein.
The Video Fund : Provide funds for video equipment

General Fan Funds are used to send one fan a year to a faraway convention.

TAFF—the TransAtlantic Fan Fund

Archive of LASFS Fanzines from the 1960s
Forry autobiography part VIII
Helen Smith's memories
Article about "I magination ," from All Our Yesterdays
LASFS Poker(Poker isn't played at the LASFS clubhouse any more, but it was once a favored pastime. Joe Zeff writes: "The only game currently played at the clubhouse where money changes hands is Oh Hell, and that's only played for a penny a point, except for the Hell 5 game on New Year's Eve, at a dime.")
LASFS Wikipedia article
Memories of the VALSFA
Partners in Wonder: Women And the Birth of Science Fiction, 1926-1965 by Eric Leif
Roxy Mills's Fan History
Voices of Fandom
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