Meeting # 4093, 1/21/2016 PDF Print E-mail

Gavin Claypool presiding as Blackie Duquesne

Nick Smith, Scribe

Patron Saints: Jeff Siegel

President Gavin Claypool called the meeting to order at: 8:01 pm

Special Orders of Business:

We lost one of the most successful modern editors of SF and fantasy, David Hartwell. He died as the result of a head injury suffered in a fall at home. For the last twenty years he was a senior editor at TOR books, but he had been an SF editor since 1971. He was working his way through college by editing at Signet, receiving his doctorate in Comparative Medieval Literature in 1973, when he moved from Signet to Berkeley-Putnam.  He then moved to Pocket Books five years later. His work there included founding the Timescape imprint in the 1980s, as well as creating the Pocket Books line of Star Trek novels, which still releases several books a year. He then edited the short-lived Cosmos magazine, and went on to found the New York Review of Science Fiction, for which he received 22 Hugo nominations. He received another 19 Hugo nominations for his other editing work.

Marty ran into him at Norwescon, when he and Robbie were fan GOHs. Con guests would go to a special room where folks working the con could come and ask questions. David Hartwell demonstrated an encyclopedic knowledge of SF.

Craig knew David Hartwell for over 30 years. Thought of by many in the field as their mentor as an editor. Also very active as a fan, and treated fans well as a pro. Guiding light of World Fantasy Con.

Milt met him at L.A. Con I in 1972. He helped loading at the con.

Also, John Mansbridge, art director on Tron, Black Hole and many Disney productions, as well as the 1980s Twilight Zone series and 26 episodes of the 1950s Adventures of Superman, passed away at the age of 98.

Minutes of the last meeting

Named: $3 to name the minutes ''By Grabthar's hammer, by the sons of Worvan, these minutes shall be avenged!” in honor of the late Alan Rickman

Patron saint Jeff Siegel

From the hagiography:

Retired U.S.A.F. major

As of 2009, only LASFSian alumnus of the Air Force Academy.

Cryptography specialist

Became a Lutheran minister. []

Lifelong friend of Alex, son of Jerry, Pournelle

A LASFS member since age 11. 

An early promoter of anime fandom.


Alexander Rocha, the man with the Heisenberg hat. Told about LASFS by Kristen. Star Trek fan.

Ken Husey, told about club by Doug. Interested in film production.

Time-Bound Announcements:

January 23rd at the bookstore of Mystery and Imagination, 2 pm, Dennis Etchison will be doing a special reading.

Milt mentioned that Worldcon hotel reservations open on the 25th. Reserve early and often.

LosCon closeout meeting on Sunday the 24th at 11:30 am, with the LosCon 43 first meeting to follow.

Gwendolyn and Craig Miller announced a potential bid for LosCon. The concept is to refresh and rebuild LosCon, using The Force Awakens theme. They want to bring in more media content and younger fans, more science content from working scientists.

Treasurer’s Report: We have money, but not enough of it.

Upcoming Programs:

January 28: two episodes of Science Fiction Theater, with Truman Bradley. Two Superman episodes before the meeting.

February, the 4th meeting will be a presentation on self-publishing

February 11th

February 18th is an auction. The fourth meeting will feature Tim Powers, who will talk on his favorite book.

New event beginning tonight: LASFS raffle, 50 cents a ticket or 5 for $2. Charlie is donating one of his books for the first raffle, which will be in February.

A Moment of Science, with David Okamura

An update from last week: Boom!

SpaceX Falcon 9 launched successfully, but once again failed to land safely on the barge. Elon Musk's comment: “At least it was in bigger pieces this time.” Even before launch, they prepped us for this, because it was an older rocket and the seas were choppy. It nailed the landing, but then fell over. According to Musk, it may have been due to fog at Vandenberg, which could have iced up the landing leg which failed. The satellite in question was to measure the temperature of the world's oceans, and the company has gotten more contracts for deliveries to space.
Sierra Nevada was working on their own space-shuttleish thing. Their new version is a robotic cargo carrier, launched on a Delta rocket, which would make Boeing Lockheed alliance happy.

On the space station, they thought they would lose the flowers before they blossomed, due to mold, but they survived.

Planetary alignment of Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Mercury visible in the sky recently. Caltech scientists, including the one who demoted Pluto, say that evidence is pointing to a different ninth planet. It is probably a smallish gas giant with an orbit of 10-20 thousand years.

Old Business:


New Business



Milt read Blackout and All Clear by Connie Willis. Time travelers have to dodge V1 and V2 rockets, bombs, monster children, and Alan Turing on a bicycle. People keep handing the time travelers Agatha Christie novels, which has a plot payoff.

Nick reviewed the film Anomalisa, Oscar-nominated film that is either SF or fantasy, but couldn't tell which purely from internal evidence. Excellent but weird.

Charlie reviewed the film Gold, a german film from the 1930s. About a man trying to make gold from lead, while sabotaging his competitors. Only available in German with English subtitles. Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, intended to have the impact that A New Hope did, and capture the spirit. Charlie feels that the audience has become jaded, but the film is enjoyable overall. Also saw the first two episodes of Agent Carter, a period piece following the earlier Agent Carter series. Not very well placed in time, since the show's 1947 is too modern in some ways, including race relations.

Barbara hasn't seen The Martian film yet, but has read the book. She first heard a review of the book on NPR's Science Friday, which is why she read the book. The progressive problems and solutions made her describe it as more akin to a courtroom drama in its pacing and style than to something like Star Wars. The most enjoyable SF book she's read for a long time.

Gavin mentioned that The Martian is the library book of the week.

Craig Miller reviews These Are the Voyages, a series of books about the making of the original series. The author interviewed many people, and the books are 600+ pages, in large format.

Doug Crepau mentioned Rick Sternbach's Facebook page as a source of info.

Christian mentioned When Marnie Was There, the anime nominated for an Oscar. Christian recommends the source book as well, an English children's book.

Gwendolyn reviewed Shannara Chronicles. She thought it was pretty terrible and thought that the original material must have been better. Craig said, no. It comes across as a bad D&D campaign.


Doug Crepau mentioned an article today about the British astronaut demonstrating the space loo.

LosCon memberships are $35 until the end of February

Adjourn at: 8:01 pm on January 28.
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