Meeting # 4025, Oct 02, 2014 PDF Print E-mail

Marty Cantor presiding

Karl Lembke, Scribe

Patron Saint Steve Bilan

(Portions read at the meeting are highlighted like this.)

President Marty Cantor called meeting #4025 to order at 8:00

There will be no boardgaming tomorrow night because the tables will be in Granada Hills.

This will be a short meeting because of tonight’s program!

Comments from the President

Menace from the previous meeting were read. Marcia Minsky bid $1 name them “I wasn’t here so I really don’t know”. They were so accepted.

Treasurer’s Report

We have money.


You can’t spend it.

Patron Saint Steve Bilan

One of the brothers of Greg Bilan, who paid for his sainthood after achieving his own.

Patron Saint Steve Bilan was given three cheers and Nice Klingon!

Committee Reports

Board Member presentation:

Proposed changes to the by-laws were read by Gavin Claypool.

There were questions and comments, voting takes place next week

Programming (CLJII)

The Autumn Holiday Party takes place Sunday, October 26, from 2 PM until it ends.

10/2/14: Forry Award vote, and reading of text of changes to by-laws.

10/9/14 By-laws change

10/16/14: Big auction

10/23/14: Peter H Brothers celebrates the anniversary of The Devil Bat and Bela Lugosi’s birthday.

10/30/14: The Golds as a guide to the web page.

11/6/14: Board Nominations.

11/13/14: Board Elections

There will be a book sale on October 4, Saturday, 9-4.

David Okamura rose to report on some science.

We knew it was coming.  We knew it was inevitable. We have the first confirmed case of ebola in the US, shortly after the first confirmed case in the UK. Fowlups did occur; the patient was sent home with antibiotics to spread the infection to more people.

Nastier is the ED68 virus

One of the firms bidding for transport to the ISS is suing, saying it should have gotten some of the loot.

TSPC will be showing Dracula with some vampire shorts.

We had a small auction, with cows.

Announcements, Regular or Time Bound

Bill Green announced 10/8, there will be a total eclipse of the moon, 2:18 - 5:30 AM.

Scratch’s official 70th birthday is tomorrow.

No Old Business

No New Business


Milt Stevens read The Glass Bead Game, by Herman Hesse. It took since college to make it to the top of the stack. It’s for the hard core SF fan who’s feeling jaded and looking for something different. It’s about masters of a game who have developed a game that seeks to represent all knowledge.

Jerry Pournelle reviewed a book by Eric Kaplan, exec producer and writer of Big Bang Theory. He is a Berkeley philosophy graduate.  Does Santa Claus Exist?  It turns out to be a very profound work, and a good introduction to metaphysics and epistemology.  He takes the question seriously and analyzes what the question means. It’s probably the most painless introduction to a pretty deep subject he’s ever seen.


Matthew Tepper reported on some good news about Greg Bear. Astrid reports Greg has improved considerably, gone home. She’s posting a step by step on his improvement. Particularly notes a couple of comments: Gregory Benford says Killer Bee Slap, and another Killer Bee High Five.

Joe Zeff mentioned last Wednesday he had to go to the VA for an unspecified procedure. Everyone dealing with him requested full name, social security number, and procedure, just to make sure they were dealing with the right person.  One nurse asked if he knew what the procedure was, because lots of people know the name of the procedure but not what it means in english. “This mask is oxygen.  It’s good for a lot of things, including breathing.”

Larry Niven announced he was driving back from yoga and got a phone call from Robert Gleason.  Hes in Time Magazine. Lev Grossman wrote a write-up with a particular emphasis on Ringworld. It was as if he wrote it himself in a burst of egotism.  He wishes he’d been told in time to buy current issues. This is the late, late, late news.

Fuzzy is using a walker, can’t handle stairs, but is getting stronger.

In a message from the agent, there’s been a movie sale for The Legacy of Heorot. They’ll have to list three authors.

CLJII notes his publisher runs a blog, welcome to the Emperorverse. As a marketing ploy, she’s posted links to all twelve chapters of Flash Gordon conquers the universe.

Michelle Pincus announced a past LASFS president has a story in the current F&SF.  David Gerrold.  It’s in the LASFS Library.

Doug Crepeau has been cured of his cancer, PSA is now down to 0.06.

We went through the procedure of nominating and voting for this year’s recipient of the Forrest J Ackerman Award.

The Forrest J Ackerman award laureate for 2014 is Tim Powers!

Adjournment: It was moved and seconded, and we adjourned at 9:15 PM

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