Loscon LOSCON is Los Angeles' longest running Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention, held Thanksgiving weekend by the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society (LASFS).
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In December 1975 the Los Angeles Science Fantasy prepared LA 2000, a special convention to celebrate the club's 2,000th meeting. The event was so enjoyable that it was repeated in 1976. At this time it moved to October to honor the club's anniversary and called itself LOSCON for the first time. It was held twice in 1977, the second that year being the first with an official guest of honor, Dr. Jerry Pournelle. By 1978 it had finally settled into an annual November affair, the Los Angeles Regional Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention. Then starting with LOSCON 9 in 1982, the Thanksgiving weekend was chosen and became subsequently the traditional date. This years themes: Star Wars 40th Anniversary and Urban Fantasy

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This is a bit garbled at the beginning, since it is from an old VHS tape, but what better for a Throwback Thursday post ...
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LOSCON 11 (Nov 1984) Masquerade Opening - from old VHS videotape

This is a bit garbled at the beginning, since it is from an old VHS tape, but what better for a Throwback Thursday post from the Loscon 11 masquerade, where Steven Barnes was the MC/Host for the evening. This is just the opening, maybe we can find more of it, if we keep digging.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JEdyWyK-ac

LOSCON 11 (Nov 1984) Masquerade Opening - from old VHS videotape.Opening business with Charles Lee Jackson II, Cary Martin and Bill Mills leading to introduc...

Engineers Week!
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A Mighty Girl

Engineers Week!

In celebration of Engineers Week, we're sharing the incredible story of Mary Golda Ross, the first Native American aerospace engineer! During WWII, Ross worked on the P-38 Lightning, one of the fastest airplanes at the time, and later she worked on cutting edge research during the early space race as part of Lockheed's top-secret Skunk Works program. To read the inspiring story of this trailblazing engineer, visit https://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=26040

For an inspiring new picture book telling her story, we highly recommend "Classified: The Secret Career of Mary Golda Ross, Cherokee Aerospace Engineer" for ages 5 to 9 at https://www.amightygirl.com/classified-mary-golda-ross

To introduce older kids to five more remarkable women in engineering -- plus a variety of engineering projects they can try at home - we highly recommend "Gutsy Girls Go for Science: Engineers" for ages 8 to 11 at https://www.amightygirl.com/gutsy-girls-engineers

To inspire kids with the stories of more trailblazing women of the early space race, we recommend "Margaret and the Moon" for ages 5 to 9 (https://www.amightygirl.com/margaret-and-the-moon), "Counting on Katherine" for ages 5 to 9 (https://www.amightygirl.com/counting-on-katherine), and the new graphic novel "Astronauts: Women on the Final Frontier" for ages 10 and up (https://www.amightygirl.com/astronauts-women-on-the-final-frontier)

And, for toys and kits to encourage your Mighty Girl's interest in engineering and invention, visit our blog post, "Building Her Dreams: 60 Building Toys for Mighty Girls," at https://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=10430

Jeff Sturgeon is Loscon 47's Artist Guest of Honor and he has an amazing project called "Last Cities of Earth" this is a...
02/23/2021
Chatting with Sherri - Chatting With Sherri welcomes award-winning artist Jeff Sturgeon! on Stitcher

Jeff Sturgeon is Loscon 47's Artist Guest of Honor and he has an amazing project called "Last Cities of Earth" this is an interview done when the project was just getting off the ground. It fully funded and we look forward to the anthology being available to the public soon.

https://www.stitcher.com/show/chatting-with-sherri/episode/chatting-with-sherri-welcomes-award-winning-artist-jeff-sturgeon-59994077

Chatting With Sherri welcomes award-winning artist Jeff Sturgeon! He is launching a Kickstarter for a shared world project called; The Last Cities of Earth! From the worlds in the paintings that he has created, several of the images are of floating cities. The project is an anthology of original sho...

This podcast link was shared in a comment and we felt it deserved it's own post.https://www.npr.org/2021/02/16/968498810...
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How Octavia Butler's Sci-Fi Dystopia Became A Constant In A Man's Evolution : Throughline

This podcast link was shared in a comment and we felt it deserved it's own post.

https://www.npr.org/2021/02/16/968498810/how-octavia-butlers-sci-fi-dystopia-became-a-constant-in-a-mans-evolution?fbclid=IwAR3JUFFsggrdKehL8z5CRRWTohBaG713l_XAklTY4575cgFf2Qfnw5S8PzQ

Octavia Butler's alternate realities and 'speculative fiction' reveal striking, and often devastating parallels to the world we live in today. She was a deep observer of the human condition, perplexed and inspired by our propensity towards self-destruction. Butler was also fascinated by the cyclical...

It's a popular myth that the "nerdier" aspects of fandom — like cosplaying and LARPing — are male-dominated and reserved...
02/22/2021
25 Black Cosplay Queens Who Will Give You Inspiration For Comic-Con and Beyond

It's a popular myth that the "nerdier" aspects of fandom — like cosplaying and LARPing — are male-dominated and reserved for nonBlack fans. But that's never been true, and in the age of social media, it's been hugely debunked by the large presence of Black female fans who finally get a chance to show off their love for all things nerd and cosplay to the world wide web.

https://www.popsugar.com/entertainment/Black-Female-Cosplayers-Instagram-45729848

These ladies make cosplay look so good!

This 1793 edition of Benjamin Banneker's Almanack and Ephemeris features an annual calendar, statistical information, ph...
02/21/2021
Benjamin Banneker's 1793 Almanack and Ephemeris | Smithsonian Digital Volunteers

This 1793 edition of Benjamin Banneker's Almanack and Ephemeris features an annual calendar, statistical information, phases of the moon, astronomical data, and tide tables. Banneker's almanacs were unique because they featured social commentary and politically oriented literature. Some writings from this almanac include "A Plan of a Peace-Office, for the United States," "Extracts from the Debates in the Last Session of the British Parliament, Apr. 1792," "Extract from Jefferson's Notes on Virginia," and "Extract from Wilkinson's Appeal to England on Behalf of the Abused Africans."

https://transcription.si.edu/project/8045

Tables can be created by assembling dividing words with hyphens - (at least three and between the first group of text and the next), and separating each column with a pipe |

The cover of Benjamin Banneker's 1795 Almanac features a woodcut portrait of the author, scientist, mathematician, farme...
02/21/2021
Africans in America/Part 2/Benjamin Banneker's Almanac

The cover of Benjamin Banneker's 1795 Almanac features a woodcut portrait of the author, scientist, mathematician, farmer, astronomer, publisher and urban planner, at age 64. The unknown artist who created the portrait depicts Banneker in the Quaker garb he always wore, a simple dark jacket and white shirt -- although he was closely affiliated with Quakers, Banneker never became a member of the Religious Society of Friends.

The 1795 Almanac was one of six, published annually from 1792 to 1797.

In an era when books of any kind were a luxury found in few households, almanacs were common. They included scientific information, such as weather forecasts, tide tables, lunar and solar eclipses, and the times of the rising and setting of the sun and moon; they were also infused with mild poems, proverbs, and other bits of general information.

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part2/2h68.html

Share your favorite Tabletop Game? Something old or something new, they all can be fun.
02/20/2021

Share your favorite Tabletop Game?
Something old or something new, they all can be fun.

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www.math.buffalo.edu

STEM careers for Black American's in history

From Banneker to Best:
Some Stellar Careers In Astronomy and Astrophysics

http://www.math.buffalo.edu/mad/special/Black.Astronomers-Fikes.pdf

Key to Jemisin’s ability to bring worlds to life is her fascination with cities, which appear throughout her short stori...
02/19/2021
The Worldmaking of N.K. Jemisin

Key to Jemisin’s ability to bring worlds to life is her fascination with cities, which appear throughout her short stories and novels. Whether she’s depicting real places like Birmingham, Ala., and New Orleans or imagined ones like Um-Helat and Castrima of her Broken Earth trilogy, Jemisin’s cities, like the people she writes about, are layered and multiple. Deftly melding lived experience with physical infrastructure, she taps into the plasticity of city life: the capacity of urban space to fold, warp, and stretch to accommodate (or spurn) a range of perspectives and pursuits.

https://www.thenation.com/article/culture/nk-jemisin-city-we-become-review/

Through her speculative fiction, Jemisin builds worlds and probes them—exploring who they work for and how.

If you’re seeking to delve into the sci-fi and fantasy world, this list of can’t-miss, acclaimed sci-fi and fantasy nove...
02/19/2021
13 Acclaimed Sci-Fi and Fantasy Novels by Black Authors

If you’re seeking to delve into the sci-fi and fantasy world, this list of can’t-miss, acclaimed sci-fi and fantasy novels written by Black authors is a good place to start. With classics by masters like Samuel R. Delany and Octavia E. Butler as well as groundbreaking recent works from N. K. Jemisin, Nnedi Okorafor, among others, this list offers some of the best sci-fi and fantasy writing ever, full stop.

https://www.bookbub.com/blog/acclaimed-sci-fi-and-fantasy-novels-by-black-authors

These highly praised novels are among the best of both genres.

02/19/2021
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🤩Isn't it FANTASTIC?! The Perseverance Rover 🤖 has successfully landed on the surface of Mars! Check out the first image it sent back! Were you one of the almost 11 MILLION space-traveling names to safely reach the Red Planet with Space Artist Chesley Bonestell today? I was on Curiosity and Perseverance and, of course, have already signed up for the next Mars Mission! If you haven't and you'd like to, there's a link in the Shared post below! I was on the Cassini spacecraft, too. In 2019, during dinner with a NASA/JPL fellow who worked on that mission, he said, "Sorry I had to crash your name into Saturn. If it's any consolation, I crashed my name into the planet, too." I *much* more prefer these soft landings, that's for sure! 😆

https://www.facebook.com/bonestellmovie/posts/851661032062026

ABAA California Virtual Book FairMarch 4-6, 2021Open Continuously from 9am March 4th until 8pm March 6th. All times PST....
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Virtual Book Fair from the ABAA: Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America of America

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Happy Birthday to Andre Norton, the Grand Dame of Science Fiction and Fantasyhttp://www.andre-norton-books.com/Do you ha...
02/17/2021
All About Andre

Happy Birthday to Andre Norton, the Grand Dame of Science Fiction and Fantasy

http://www.andre-norton-books.com/

Do you have a favorite book or story by Andre?

The Grande Dame of Science Fiction and Fantasy. The Life and Work of.

Harper's Magazine Explores Science-Fiction Pioneer Octavia E. ButlerThe February issue of Harper's Magazine does a deep ...
02/17/2021
[Reviews] Parable of the Butler, By Ed Park | Harper's Magazine

Harper's Magazine Explores Science-Fiction Pioneer Octavia E. Butler
The February issue of Harper's Magazine does a deep dive into the Octavia Butler renaissance with Parable of the Butler, an article that looks at Butler's intimate knowledge of the racial fault lines in the US and her prescient fictional output.
The Huntington received the papers of Octavia E. Butler in 2008.
Illustration by Chloe Cushman for Harper's Magazine. Source photograph © Patti Perret

https://harpers.org/archive/2021/02/parable-of-the-butler-octavia-butler-kindred-fledgling/

A science-fiction pioneer finds posthumous fame

Let's learn a bit more about our Loscon 47 Guests of Honor, Kristine Cherry is a long time fan who founded and supports ...
02/17/2021
Nocte Libri's A Lost Heart - a live chapter reading from the Dragonfly Temple Chronicles

Let's learn a bit more about our Loscon 47 Guests of Honor, Kristine Cherry is a long time fan who founded and supports the annual Loscon blood drive with her husband Dennis. She is also an artisan, creating lovely jewelry and an author as well. Here is a video sharing a chapter from one of her Dragonfly Chronicle stories.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ytEakGXuhg&fbclid=IwAR1jnBxINtaGKrtS2auvKKmcBuxW0eH-4V0rT66Koy_8S04xtzC7dUsZV60

A Lost Heart is one of several live chapter readings from the Dragonfly Temple Chronicles - a series of eBooks being funded through Patreon. Your hostess is ...

Loscon would like to wish Mike Glyer a Happy Birthday.Mike Glyer is both the editor and publisher of the long-running sc...
02/16/2021
File 770

Loscon would like to wish Mike Glyer a Happy Birthday.

Mike Glyer is both the editor and publisher of the long-running science fiction fan newszine File 770. He has won the Hugo Award 11 times in two categories: File 770 won the Best Fanzine Hugo in 1984, 1985, 1989, 2000, 2001 2008, and 2016. Glyer won the Best Fan Writer Hugo in 1984, 1986, 1988, and 2016.

Check out File 770 here: http://file770.com/

Mike Glyer's news of science fiction fandom

Call for Outcast stories...I am sure our community knows nothing about being an "outcast", said with a great deal of sar...
02/16/2021
Publishing Opportunity for Ohio Writers! - Ohio Writers Association

Call for Outcast stories...I am sure our community knows nothing about being an "outcast", said with a great deal of sarcasm.

Looks like a great opportunity!

Your story could be in our next publication! We are opening submissions for our next anthology about outcasts, and we want to see what you can do. We want stories that explore what connects us and what happens when we lose those connections. We want to see humanity from the outside looking in. Submi...

Loscon loves Cosplay!Share a favorite cosplay memory!(It can be of you or a photo you took at a past Loscon or other eve...
02/15/2021

Loscon loves Cosplay!

Share a favorite cosplay memory!
(It can be of you or a photo you took at a past Loscon or other event)

This is ObiShawn and his t-fighter, photo courtesy of Chaz "Hazel" Boston Baden.

One for everyone!
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One for everyone!

Different strokes for different folks...
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Different strokes for different folks...

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General information

The Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society (LASFS), the world’s oldest continuously active science fiction and fantasy club (founded Oct. 27, 1934), presents the 46th Loscon — Los Angeles’ longest running fan convention — over Thanksgiving weekend (November 29 – December 1, 2019). This family-friendly gathering includes a variety of panels, discussions, activities, a film festival, an art show, and shopping. Diverse participants include area authors, such as Steven Barnes, Harry Turtledove, and Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff. First held in 1975 at the International Hotel (now the Hyatt Regency), Loscon is hosted down the street at the recently redesigned Los Angeles Airport Marriott, located on Century Boulevard near Los Angeles International Airport. Day/weekend memberships and room reservations are available at discounted rates before the convention. For updates, follow Loscon on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and search for #Loscon.

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In December 1975, the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society presented LA 2000, a special convention to celebrate the club's 2,000th meeting. The event was so enjoyable that it was repeated in 1976. At this time it moved to October to honor the club's anniversary, and called itself Loscon for the first time. It was held twice in 1977, the second that year being the first with an official Guest of Honor, Dr. Jerry Pournelle. By 1978, it had finally settled into an annual November affair, the Los Angeles Regional Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention. Then, starting with Loscon 9 in 1982, the Thanksgiving weekend was chosen and became subsequently the traditional date. Our Guests of Honor this year are: Professional Writer Guest of Honor: Howard Waldrop

Fan Guest of Honor: Edie Stern

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🤩Isn't it FANTASTIC?! The Perseverance Rover 🤖 has successfully landed on the surface of Mars! Check out the first image it sent back! Were you one of the almost 11 MILLION space-traveling names to safely reach the Red Planet with Space Artist Chesley Bonestell today? I was on Curiosity and Perseverance and, of course, have already signed up for the next Mars Mission! If you haven't and you'd like to, there's a link in the Shared post below! I was on the Cassini spacecraft, too. In 2019, during dinner with a NASA/JPL fellow who worked on that mission, he said, "Sorry I had to crash your name into Saturn. If it's any consolation, I crashed my name into the planet, too." I *much* more prefer these soft landings, that's for sure! 😆 https://www.facebook.com/bonestellmovie/posts/851661032062026
🤩I hope all you wonderful people at Loscon will enjoy this latest installment of "Journey to Mars with Space Artist Chesley Bonestell!" L👀K for the TIME and CHANNEL info included below also for where to watch the "Seven Minutes of Terror" leading up to the Perseverance Rover's exciting touch down on the Red 🔴 Planet! https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=3972060542857941
⏱𝙉𝙄𝙉𝙀 𝑫𝑨𝒀𝑺 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑪𝑶𝑼𝑵𝑻𝑰𝑵𝑮 until Perseverance🤖 and Ingenuity🚁 land on Mars Feb 18th! In his June 13, 2017 article for Mission[dot]org titled "How Space Art Will Get Us to Mars," writer Andrew James Walls respectfully noted that..."𝙉𝘼𝙎𝘼 𝙢𝙖𝙮 𝙝𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙗𝙪𝙞𝙡𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙧𝙤𝙘𝙠𝙚𝙩𝙨. 𝘽𝙪𝙩 𝙞𝙩 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙖𝙧𝙩𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙨 𝙡𝙞𝙠𝙚 𝘽𝙤𝙣𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙚𝙡𝙡 𝙬𝙝𝙤 𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙢𝙪𝙣𝙞𝙘𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙙 𝙞𝙣 𝙖 𝙫𝙞𝙨𝙪𝙖𝙡 𝙡𝙖𝙣𝙜𝙪𝙖𝙜𝙚 𝙬𝙚 𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙨𝙥𝙚𝙖𝙠 𝙬𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙨𝙥𝙖𝙘𝙚 𝙩𝙧𝙖𝙫𝙚𝙡 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙖𝙗𝙤𝙪𝙩." We should never forget all the people who contributed in their own unique ways to this latest and most ambitious mission to Mars! That includes space artists like Chesley Bonestell who inspired us to go to Mars and space artists like Don Davis and David Aguilar who continue to inspire us to reach for the stars! As David Aguilar has said: "𝙒𝙝𝙤𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧 𝙨𝙩𝙚𝙥𝙨 𝙛𝙤𝙤𝙩 𝙤𝙣𝙩𝙤 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙪𝙧𝙛𝙖𝙘𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙈𝙖𝙧𝙨 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙛𝙞𝙧𝙨𝙩 𝙩𝙞𝙢𝙚 𝙬𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙨𝙚𝙚 𝙖 𝙫𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙖, 𝙬𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙨𝙚𝙚 𝙖 𝙗𝙚𝙖𝙪𝙩𝙮, 𝙬𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙨𝙚𝙚 𝙖 𝙬𝙤𝙧𝙡𝙙 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙗𝙧𝙤𝙪𝙜𝙝𝙩 𝙩𝙤 𝙪𝙨 𝙗𝙮 𝘾𝙝𝙚𝙨𝙡𝙚𝙮 𝘽𝙤𝙣𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙚𝙡𝙡 𝙙𝙚𝙘𝙖𝙙𝙚𝙨 𝙗𝙚𝙛𝙤𝙧𝙚." https://fb.watch/3xwK2s0TNK/
🤩Greetings Loscon Friends! You won't want to miss this FREE DOWNLOAD! https://www.facebook.com/bonestellmovie/posts/823560288205434
🤩Hello Loscon Friends! I think whether you're excited about 🚀space, 🛸sci-fi, 🎨 art, 🌉architecture or 🎬Hollywood visual effects, this live Internet Q&A on Friday is a great chance to learn something new about "The Father of Space Art," Chesley Bonestell, from the producers who made the first-ever film about his amazing life! https://www.facebook.com/bonestellmovie/posts/805248713369925
Hello Losconians. Well I'm sorry to be thickheaded -- again -- but I'm trying to figure out how to join the closing ceremonies. It says in several places, "zoom link will be posted." But I can't find it posted either here on FB, or at loscon.org, or on the loscon 2020 you tube channel. Can anyone help? THANKS!
🤩WOW! Is it just me or did this last NASA/SpaceX launch feel even more exciting than the one in May? Having the Saturday scrub definitely made me a little anxious along with that 50/50 "chance of scrub" hanging over the launchpad on Sunday!😃 Don't most of us wish we could be up there with them right now? I'm just thrilled to have a miniscule digital "footprint" on ISS with Chesley🪐! It definitely isn't Neil Armstrong's footprint on the Moon but it may be as close as I'll ever get!😆 https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=3264447873684581
⏱3-2-1! I can't WAIT for this Saturday! 👨‍🚀GO SpaceX Dragon Crew-1, 🚀GO "Resilience!" https://www.facebook.com/bonestellmovie/posts/791598298068300
😲 I love deep space missions like Voyager and I love "hard science" space art! I find the two especially exciting when science fiction may have played a role in their journey together! https://www.facebook.com/bonestellmovie/posts/786875275207269
👨‍🚀Humans living in SPACE? SCIENCE 🛸 FICTION became SCIENCE 🛰 FACT 20 years ago TODAY and, in 2020, welcomed your favorite Space Artist film along the way!😀 https://fb.watch/1w8e5NOZ2K/
𝐇𝐀𝐏𝐏𝐘 𝐀𝐋𝐌𝐎𝐒𝐓 𝐇𝐀𝐋𝐋𝐎𝐖𝐄𝐄𝐍! The Team from Chesley Bonestell: A Brush With The Future, the 2019 Boston Sci-Fi Film Fest Best Documentary Winner, has put together a SPECIAL "The War of the Worlds" tribute video to celebrate the 1938 radio broadcast, the 1953 film release and also our own film's recent debut on Amazon Prime Video! Science fiction, in general, and Chesley Bonestell's space art, in particular, contributed substantially to the advancement of our explorations into space! I hope you will enjoy this Share and wish you all a safe and Happy Halloween! https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1082734888830308