Anyone may apply to join LASFS by filling out an application form and paying the Treasurer $10. You may even join before you attend a single meeting by sending in a check. But most people prefer to take advantage of the rules and attending three free meetings as guests. When you show up at a fourth meeting, the Treasurer will ask you to join. (No, the LASFS meetings you attend as a guest don't have to be consecutive.)
Attending an Open House on Friday evening or on Second Sunday is considered an extension of attending the previous Thursday meeting as far as dues (or your three free meetings) is concerned, So is attending any "non-paid event" on a weekend day.
(artwork by Scott Tygett)
What do a bikini-clad gold-painted woman, Robert Heinlein and B-5's Michael J Straczynski have in common? If you said "The LASFS, of course!" you should find yourself fitting in before you've even found a parking spot. We host the LosCon science fiction convention held annually at the LAX Marriott, as well as weekly meetings and other fascinating events at our Tyrone Ave. clubhouse in Van Nuys. Come visit a few times for free.
Aspiring writer? Artist? Want to know what it is they're doing to you so that you never miss an episode of your favorite show? Come pick the brains of famous science fiction writers, heckle the fracas, or just humor the eclectic tastes of the LASFS video librarian as he shares an obscure 1950's serial just before meeting time. There is so much to assimilate we're working on cobbling together an informational documentary on YouTube (soontobe) available.
Come check out the snowballing viral event before clubhouse meetings become a thing of the past and we're sucked into Second Life.
The regular weekly meetings are documented by the official jester "scribe," archived for posterity in the De Profundis archives. If you like reading, and many among our literary and media membership do, they can provide an interesting profile of the goings-on. Have you ever wondered how the Hugo Awards are given? Never heard of them? There is a little of something for everyone here, whether you like to use a fannish "handle", appear in costume or lurk in the shadows of relative fannish obscurity, or appear to be a "mundane."
The doors open about 6 pm, though the meeting starts about 8:15 pm. We ask that you let us do a brief intro of you by way of a guest card. Feel free to make up things if you think we're being too nosy. We'll ask you to stand as we enthusiastically applaud your interests.
A number of committee reports and parliamentary procedures proceed to proceed, and some of these may seem pretty silly or lengthy or both. They grow on you.
Though there may be an exciting auction of chatchkes, kitchen appliances, spare lawn gnomes and such; the meeting will often seem to end the moment it's begun. And then all the cool people are meandering out or gone... But wait, some of them are meeting down the street to an all-night diner, and you're invited!
Whether you want to trade insights on cold fusion with a fellow armchair physicist before the meeting (it's due to thin film mechanics of palladium hydrides emulating rhenium, but you didn't hear it from me) or to offer a deal-of-the-century option for your unwritten screenplay to a Lasfasian over "Aftermeeting" coffee, you'll probably find it's the eclectic, if reclusive, bookish science fictiony people that keep you coming back. You'll find mention of LASFS, which has held meetings since 1934, all over the web; a few examples:
And you've just scratched the surface of this website if you started here. Have you seen some of the photos?
|Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 February 2015 )|