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Fannish History: the first SF convention
New Scientist online poll on the the best SF books and films of the past
The New York Review of Science Fiction
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)
Baen Free Library
The Baldwin Online Children's Project
Wizards and Warriors (TV show), continuation (plot summaries) by Lee Gold
Free Speculative Fiction Online
The Online Books Page: Science Fiction, Fantasy
The Angel, the Devel, and the Dead, a new dark fantasy novel by Nicholas Boyd CrutchleyBooks — online, buy
For more details, see the write-up on Non-LASFSians Websites .
Antellus Books(Science Fantasy Adventure & Nonfiction books & ebooks -- printed, pdf download, and e-reader)
Barnes & Noble
Golden Apple (comics)
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
The Anne Proud Memorial Library (Darkstar, UC San Diego)
The Key to The Rainbow Affair by David McDaniel
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 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.
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.
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
" 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
Barry Weissman's "The Cure" (the story that Harlan Ellison said was too disgusting to appear in a Dangerous Visions
And there are two collections of artwork by Jack Harness , available for fannish reuse, stored at
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
Conjecture : a September convention in the San Diego area focusing on literature
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.
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).
Xanadu: An adult Las Vegas convention, held in late March or April. :
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.
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
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.
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.
Many other fannish APAs (Amateur Press Associations) exist. See Wikipedia's List of APAs.
Enigma: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Gaming at UCLA
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
Also see the Caltech Anime Society.
For further information, see Yahoo list of SF Clubs
Fan Photo Album (LASFS pages)
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.
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
Morojo (Myrtle R. Douglas: The Woman who Invented Cosplay)
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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