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Apr 102014
 
LASFS
Award winning science fiction novelist David Gerrold.

Hugo winning science fiction novelist David Gerrold.

It seems incredible, but today marks the 4000th meeting of the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society.  Hugo winning science fiction author and long time member David Gerrold will be presiding over the meeting.

The doors open at 6PM.  The meeting begins this evening at 8PM Pacific time.

The historic LASFS clubhouse is located at 6012 Tyrone Ave., Van Nuys, CA 91401 (Google Map), on the corner of Tyrone and Aetna (a block north of Oxnard and a block east of Van Nuys Blvd.). Admission is free to LASFS members and non-members alike, though donations are suggested and cheerfully accepted at the door. Seating is limited, so admission will be on a first come first served basis.  Members pay a mere $4.00 for weekly dues. Guests may attend three meetings free before being asked if they want to join the club.

LASFS is the oldest continuously operating science fiction club in the world, helped considerably in that record by being one of the few to own a clubhouse. The organization continues to hold regular weekly meetings on Thursdays. The club maintains a private lending library of books, videos, and other genre-related materials, for use by members.

The club has hosted the World Science Fiction Convention several times, initiated the regional science-fiction convention Westercon, and hosts a yearly science fiction convention called Loscon. It maintains a web site and discussion forum, publishes (at irregular intervals) an amateur magazine called Shangri L’Affaires, and hosts the collations of a weekly amateur press association, APA-L.

The LASFS monthly newsletter, De Profundis, is named for the club motto, De Profundis ad Astra (“From the Depths to the Stars”). De Profundis is available (in PDF format) for reading at the LASFS web site, and can be obtained by writing its editor/publisher, Marty Cantor.

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Aug 312013
 
Walking in Circles, now in its second production season, is about a misanthropic group of adventures who get in waaaaaay over their heads. Do you have a mental image of Legolas, Arwen, Gandalf, Thorin Oakenshield and Gimli?  Good.  That gives you a frame of reference.  Because this lot is nothing at all like them.

Walking in Circles, now in its second production season, is about a misanthropic group of adventures who get in waaaaaay over their heads. Do you have a mental image of Legolas, Arwen, Gandalf, Thorin Oakenshield and Gimli? Good. That gives you a frame of reference. Because this lot is nothing at all like them.

Five heroes.  One quest.  No clue.

Walking in Circles Co-Creator, Writer & Producer Jim Rodehaver and Director of Photography Jared Hoy join us this week as special guests on The Event Horizon this Saturday evening  August 24 at 9PM PDT / 12 AM EDT.
This episode of our show was recorded at the historic LASFS Clubhouse before a live audience.

Join your hosts, Krypton Radio station manager Gene Turnbow and Executive Producer Susan Fox as we talk with Jim and Jared about their popular comedy / fantasy web series.  They’ve just finished their second season, which debuted last week at Gen Con to a local convention audience of only about 60 or so, but to a realtime web audience of more than 40,000 people.

If you miss our episode of The Event Horizon, it will air again on Sunday, August 25, 2013 at 4PM PDT / 7PM EDT.

The Event Horizon - It’s Sci-Fi for your Wi-Fi!

By the way, if you like what you hear, please come to Facebook and “like” us, and/or follow us on Twitter. There’s so much more in the offing, and you won’t want to miss it – and of course, bookmark this page!

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Aug 292013
 

Five heroes.  One quest.  No clue.

Walking in Circles, now in its second production season, is about a misanthropic group of adventures who get in waaaaaay over their heads. Do you have a mental image of Legolas, Arwen, Gandalf, Thorin Oakenshield and Gimli?  Good.  That gives you a frame of reference.  Because this lot is nothing at all like them.

maxresdefaultLOS ANGELES, CA - The Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society, Inc., welcomes the creators of Walking in Circles, “an Epic Tale about Dragons and Stuff”, for the recording of a special episode of Krypton Radio’s The Event Horizon at the LASFS clubhouse in Van Nuys at 7PM on August 29th, 2013, with a short meet & greet session in the clubhouse lounge beginning at 6:30.

Our guests will be Jim Rodehaver, co-creator of the series, and Director of Photography Jared Hoy.

Come see Krypton Radio’s The Event Horizon recording live! The LASFS clubhouse is located at 6012 Tyrone Ave., Van Nuys, CA 91401 (Google Map), on the corner of Tyrone and Aetna (a block north of Oxnard and a block east of Van Nuys Blvd.). Admission is free to LASFS members and non-members alike, though donations are suggested and cheerfully accepted at the door. Seating is limited, so admission will be on a first come first served basis.

The Event Horizon – it’s Sci-Fi for your Wi-Fi!

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Aug 062013
 
Robert Seutter turns his prodigious knowledge of myth, legend and storytelling into a sensational book:  Brass Jack: Little Lost Princeling.

SF Writer Robert Seutter turns his prodigious knowledge of myth, legend and storytelling into some serious sci-fi.

The first book in the "Brass Jack" series, "Brass Jack: A Fine Bit Of Insurrection", by Robert Seutter. Mr. Seutter will be also be performing and teaching at Wyrdcon September 12-15th. He will be the Master of Ceremonies at http://www.getshamrocked.com/ Sept. 21-22, and will be performing at the Solvang Fairie Festival, October 12th.

The second book in the “Brass Jack” series, “Brass Jack: A Fine Bit Of Insurrection”, by Robert Seutter. Mr. Seutter will be also be performing and teaching at Wyrdcon September 12-15th. He will be the Master of Ceremonies at http://www.getshamrocked.com/ Sept. 21-22, and will be performing at the Solvang Fairie Festival, October 12th.

LOS ANGELES, CA - The Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society, Inc., the world’s oldest science fiction club, welcomes SF novelist Rob Seutter (“The Voice of Legend”) for the recording of a special episode of Krypton Radio’s The Event Horizon at the LASFS clubhouse in Van Nuys at 7PM on August 8th, 2013, with a short meet & greet session in the clubhouse lounge beginning at 6:30.

Rob Seutter is the author of the acclaimed Brass Jack cycle from Hunt Press, the first installment of which is entitled Brass Jack: Little Lost Princeling.  The second book in the series, Brass Jack: A Fine Bit of Insurrection, is due out this month.

Come see Krypton Radio’s The Event Horizon recording live! The LASFS clubhouse is located at 6012 Tyrone Ave., Van Nuys, CA 91401 (Google Map), on the corner of Tyrone and Aetna (a block north of Oxnard and a block east of Van Nuys Blvd.).   Admission is free to LASFS members and non-members alike, though donations are suggested and cheerfully accepted at the door.  Seating is limited, so admission will be on a first come first served basis.

The Event Horizon – it’s Sci-Fi for your Wi-Fi!

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Nov 192012
 
Krypton Radio

So as you may know, Krypton Radio is a proud sponsor of the 39th annual LOSCON, the convention of the Los Angeles Science Fiction and Fantasy Society – which is the oldest sci-fi club in the world.

As it happens, many of us live in Los Angeles, so we had the occasion to be present at one of the weekly meetings of LASFS, and we announced our Kickstarter campaign – and who should be at the meeting and in the audience but famed science fiction author, futurist and technology maven Dr. Jerry Pournelle.

As I was explaining what Krypton Radio was and what we do, and how important this Kickstarter campaign is for us, Dr. Pournelle began to ask a series of pointed questions about the station and the campaign and how it was being run.

Dr. Pournelle is one of my childhood heroes – I grew up reading his work.  So to be standing in front of an audience being grilled by this man was quite a tough experience, let me tell you.

But in the end, he stopped me abruptly in the middle of answering one of his questions, and the entire room fell silent.  And then he made a motion that the Los Angeles Science Fiction & Fantasy Society become a backer of Krypton Radio, which was quickly seconded and ratified.  We now have that generous gesture of good will among our listed backers, thanks directly to Dr. Pournelle.

It is my sincere hope that we will be successful in the campaign, and even if we are not, we will move forward.  Perhaps not as quickly, or with the best equipment we could be using, but I promise that we will not disappoint those who have promised (and will promise) their support.

Please tell your friends. We’re at a critical phase in the campaign, and we need a lot of help. If you own a blog, or know somebody who does, please spread the word.

Win the campaign or not, Krypton Radio will rise.

- Gene Turnbow
 Krypton Radio

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Jun 222012
 
LASFS

Krypton Radio Newswire

The Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society is inviting all who wish to contribute and attend a tribute to one of their most cherished members, Ray Bradbury who passed away recently at the age of 91 on June 5, 2012.

In a statement issued by the LASFS:

A beloved member of the LASFS has recently passed.  To celebrate his life we will be holding a Potluck Memorial to reminisce, and talk about how this special and talented man influenced and impacted our lives.

We have lost many an influential and important member of our club over the years, but none with such an affect not only on genre fiction fans but also, on the general public.  His work brought needed attention to the world of science fiction/fantasy literature.

He joined the LASFS as a youth and was guided by such LASFS members and professional writers as Robert A. Heinlein, Henry Kuttner and Jack Williamson.  As quoted by another of our beloved members Forrest J. Ackerman, a founder of the society (Born: November 24, 1916 – Died: December 4, 2008) said in a 1988 Times story, “It’s a wonder that he survived because we were all ready to strangle him,”  “He was such an obnoxious youth — which he would be the first to admit. He was loud and boisterous and liked to do a W.C. Fields act and Hitler imitations. He would pull all sorts of pranks.”

Memories, video interviews are just some of the things we will have at the memorial.  We hope you will join us in remembering this special man and his works.”

We have a web page for people’s memories of Ray — and for tributes to his writing. It’s currently empty, but once it has some content we’ll put a link to it on the home pages. People should write the webmaster, and we will transfer whatever they write to that page. We hope someone will get copies of any written tributes from the July 7th Memorial and give them to us to put up.

The tribute is planned for Saturday July 7, and will be held at the Society’s Clubhouse at 6012 Tyrone Ave., Van Nuys, CA

You may contact the LASFS at lasfsmktg(at)yahoo.com or call 818-904-9544 for more information.

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