4 Feb 2014
The San Francisco
Bay Area Science Fiction Association
"We do these things not because they are hard, but because we are weird"
Hugo Nomination Discussions Jan 26, Feb 2, and Feb 9
It's Hugo Award® Nomination season! Nominations for the 2015 Hugo Awards are now open, and as BASFA's usual practice, we'll be devoting much of our meetings on January 26, February 2, and February 9 for discussing what we were reading and watching in 2014 and what we think worth of nominating for SF/F's highest honor. Anyone can participate, regardless of whether you are eligible to nominate this year or not. (You can nominate if you were a member of the 2014 Worldcon or are a member of either the 2015 or 2016 Worldcons by the end of January 2015.) We will start with the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (not actually a Hugo Award but selected on the same ballot and using similar procedures), then the "bottom third" of the ballot on January 26. The following two weeks will each consider one third of the ballot. When we've finished, we'll tabulate our recommendations and post them to the Hugo Recommendations LiveJournal group.
Because of the amount of time these discussions usually take, we ask that members not bring items for auction for these three meetings and that they restrain themselves from contributing too many reviews during this period to provide additional time to talk about what we read or saw in 2014 than we think deserve a place on the 2015 Hugo Awards final ballot.
BASFA now has a page on meetup.com. If you found us through that page, welcome! We hope you'll join us for one of our regular weekly meetings.
The Bay Area Science Fiction Association is the local weekly science fiction social club that meets every Monday evening at 8:00 PM for discussion of any thing of interest to science fiction fans. Meetings are held at Coco's at 1206 Oakmead Parkway (at Lawrence Expressway), Sunnyvale, CA in the meeting room at the rear of the restaurant. Meetings usually start at 8:00 PM, but people arrive starting around 7:00 PM to socialize and dine before the meeting.
The usual meeting order, after approval of previous minutes (which is sometimes an adventure) and officer reports, consists of announcements from members of things they think other members might want to hear, followed by members' reviews of books, movies, events, and other things of potential interest. The evening usually ends with auctions of things donated to the club, followed by the adoption of the club's "Rumor of the Week." Meetings normally end shortly after 9:00 PM, depending on how enthusiastic the members are about discussing things.
Structure & Officers
BASFA has an elected president, vice president, treasurer, and secretary, all of whom serve until a new election is called for any office or until that officer misses 13 consecutive meetings (absenses may be excused). By tradition, complaints about an officer's work are taken as calls for a new election, with the complainant assumed as the first nominee for the office.
As of February 2014, the club officers are:
President: Trey Haddad
Vice President: Chris Garcia
Secretary: Barbara Johnson-Haddad
Treasurer: David Gallaher
For the latest BASFA news, be sure to check The BASFA LiveJournal community, which is updated more frequently than this website.
BASFA Awards Recommendations
2014 Hugo & Campbell Awards
1939 Retro Hugo Award
2014 Detcon 1 Young Adult Fiction Award
BASFA held its annual series of Hugo Award® Nomination Discussion Nights at the February 3, February 10, March 3, and March 10 meetings. This year we had twice as many categories to consider, on account of Loncon 3, the 2014 Worldcon, decided to present the 1939 Retrospective Hugo Awards for works originally published in 1938, and Detcon 1, the 2014 NASFiC, has announced that they will be presenting the Detcon1 Award for YA and Middle Grade Speculative Fiction, which will be administered in similar fashion to the Hugo and Campbell Awards, except that nominations are open to everyone, not just members of the NASFiC.
We started with the Detcon 1 YA Fiction Award and the John W. Campbell Award and worked our way through the 2014 Hugo Awards in the opposite order that they are listed in the WSFS Constitution at the February meetings, then took up the Retro-Hugos at the March meetings. Members were encouraged to discuss works they've seen/read/heard in the past year that they would recommend people nominate for these awards. The results of the club's discussions are posted on the Hugo Awards Recommendations Community on LiveJournal.
Any member of BASFA could Hugo Award recommendations, even if s/he was not eligible to actually nominate for the 2014/1939 Hugo Awards; however, any member of the 2013, 2014, or 2015 Worldcons as of the end of January 2014 is eligible to cast a 2014 Hugo Award nominating ballot.
Original artwork for BASFA by
2004, 2006, 2007, and 2009 Hugo winner - Best Fan Artist.
BASFA Turns 1,000!
BASFA was formed at a "meeting zero" in the Quiet Bar at what is now the San Jose Doubletree Hotel after a SiliCon committee meeting in 1991, where people who realized that the only time they were ever seeing their friends was at committee meetings. Michael Wallis proposed that people also start meeting socially and organized the initial meetings of the club.Michael's account of the club's formation:
Dave and Marli Medinnus, Lamont and Mitzi Jones, myself, and several other concom staff were sitting in the Quiet Bar at the (then) Red Lion Hotel after about the 4th or 5th weekend in a row of having concom meetings for one convention or another... and Dave was complaining that we only ever saw each other at committee meetings. I suggested starting a social club where we could actually have fun....
Dave called the next day (a Monday in July) and said "Coco's at Lawrence and Oakmead, 8:00 pm, Wednesday." There were 28 people at the first meeting. The "Numismatic Responsibility Act" was proposed and adopted. Dave was elected President. I think Lamont was Treasurer. We've met (mostly) weekly since then. We've met at various other locations over the years. Activities at meetings have come and gone (we used to be a hotbead of Hearts playing back in the day), but the club goes on. And Death will not release it.
Appropriately, BASFA celebrated its 1,000th meeting by holding it on the final night of SiliCon 2009 at the San Jose Doubletree.
A lifetime membership in BASFA costs just $5.00. To join,
come to any meeting, fill out the membership form, and pay
the Treasurer your $5.00 membership fee.
If you need to send us paper mail, write to BASFA, c/o SFSFC, PO Box 61363, Sunnyvale CA 94088-1363. BASFA thanks SFSFC for their assistance.
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