February 2012 DASFA Director-y

For the February meeting, we will have a panel of three authors, moderated by Mario Acevedo. The subject is “Salty Language is In Effect: The Outré in Genre Fiction.” On the panel will be Jesse Bullington (The Enterprise of Death), Jason Heller (Taft 2012) and Stephen Graham Jones (Zombie Bake-Off and MileHiCon 44 Toastmaster). Don’t miss it!

DASFA reading list December 2011

Just what do DASFA members read? DASFA member Angela found out at the Christmas party in December 2011. She asked each of us to give the name of a book or series, and it could either be an all-time favorite or whatever we're reading now. This is her list, sorted by date published. If a story was cited, the link is to a collection containing it.

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Connie Willis: Grand Master!

According to John Scalzi, "Connie Willis has been given the 2011 Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America", which he should know because he's currently the president!

There's some rarified company that Connie Willis is joining, which I could list but wikipedia happily lists them all there. Much congratulations to Connie Willis!

Rocky Horror: Cover of Science Fiction Double Feature and a Star Trek Time Warp

Posted by Paul on the DASFA Yahoo Group. Awesome cover of Science Fiction Double Feature from Rocky Horror by Moby, Stephin Merritt, Amanda Palmer & Neil Gaiman.

He also posted this video, Doing the Time Warp, Star Trek style. It includes scenes from TOS, TNG, DS9, VOY, ENT, and a couple of the movies. (What, no animated series?) Like all fan videos, it has scenes from the Star Trek TOS episode "Plato's Stepchildren". I wouldn't recognize it otherwise.

Upcoming Ed Bryant Auction at MileHiCon

Ed Bryant, Jr., a Colorado writer and all around great man, has found himself in a bit of a financial predicament brought about by, among other things, medical costs. The "Friends of Ed" organization has decided to showcase a two-pronged auction event to help raise funds for Ed's immediate needs.

A live auction will take place on October 23, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency in the Denver Tech Center during MileHiCon 43. Additionally, an online auction through Ebay will take place in the week prior to MileHiCon 43, ending on both Saturday and Sunday, October 22 and 23, 2011.

WildWriters Live!

TheWildwriters.com is now up! This site is a group effort by area writers in several fields, including science fiction and fantasy. There are also children's books, from picture books throughtweens, YA, and nonfiction. Ebooks are available through Smashwords; print copies of many titles are also available.

There's also the Whiny Writer video. So far she's just trying to come up with a perfect opening line...

(Sent in by Jane Bigelow)

Big Multi-Author Signing at Colorado Gold Conference!

Event Date: 
Friday, September 9, 2011 - 19:30 - 20:30

Big author event coming up Friday, September 9, 2011 at the Renaissance Hotel, I-70 and Quebec, Denver. 3801 Quebec Street, west side of Quebec – phone hotel at 303-399-7500 if you get lost.

The Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers will be holding their wonderful weekend-long annual Colorado Gold Conference. If you want to attend the whole weekend, there may still be a few spaces left; info is at www.rmfw.org. However, there’s one free event that the public is welcome to attend.

DASFA Meeting Programming and DASFAx Articles 2009-2011

Monthly meetings and a monthly fanzine-style newsletter have always been central to the identity of DASFA. The table below lists the programs for all of the DASFA meetings from March 2009 to the present. We bring in guest speakers for most of the meetings, with the exceptions of the summer picnic and the Christmas party.

The list also includes feature articles included in the newsletter ("DASFAx") each month. Besides the articles, DASFAx contains artwork, club news, and a schedule of local literary events. It is currently emailed to members in PDF format.

Director-y for September 2011

This month, John Stith is our guest. He has written a number of novels in the hard-science vein, including Redshift Rendezvous (Nebula Award nominee), Manhattan Transfer (Hugo Award Honorable Mention), Reunion on Neverend, and Reckoning Infinity (on Science Fiction Chronicle's Best Science Fiction Novels list for its publication year, on the Nebula Award preliminary ballot), Scapescope, Memory Blank, Death Tolls, and Deep Quarry.

Acoustic Testing of Spacecraft, Todd Neff, and “From Jars to the Stars”

Last week I saw a story in the Denver Post about acoustic testing of the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle at Lockheed Martin’s Waterton Canyon facility.  The purpose of acoustic testing is to see if a spacecraft can survive the vibrations that occur during takeoff by blasting it with 150 decibels of sound for an extended period of time.