Thursday, December 25, 2008

Short story presents

Here are a few recently unwrapped short stories found shining under the Internet:

Unwrapped any other good stories online lately? Say where.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Good times for apocalypse and dystopia

There's been a lot of apocalypse going around. It could be because the end of the world beats worrying about prom as Cecelia Goodnow suggests in "Profits of doom: Teen readers eat up post-apocalyptic tales" in the Seattle PI. Or, maybe we're channeling post-cold war angst about climate change begins Benjamin Kunkel, author of Indecision (2005) and editor of the literary journal n+1, in "Dystopia and the End of Politics" for Dissent Magazine.

Goodnow comes up with eight examples of apocalypse including: The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau, The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer, Little Brother by Cory Doctorow, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness, The Other Side of the Island by Allegra Goodman, Uglies by Scott Westerfeld and Y: The Last Man (Vol. 1-10) by Brian K. Vaughn and Pia Guerra.

In his inventory of recent apocalyptic and dystopian fictions and discussion of what they say about the current socio-political climate as well as the state of science fiction and literature, Kunkel includes movies (28 Days Later, Children of Men and I Am Legend) and novels: Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake (2003), Michel Houellebecq’s Possibility of an Island (2004), Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go (2005), David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas (2005), Cormac McCarthy’s The Road (2006), Jim Crace's The Pesthouse (2007), and Matthew Sharpe’s Jamestown (2007).

So, did they miss your favorite apocalypse? Is it one of these? Also, which do you prefer, apocalypse or dystopia? Fiction at the end-of-the-world or set in a society gone fantastically wrong?

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Review: Ho! Ho! Bah! Santa Claus Conquers

Santa Claus Kidnapped by Martians — Martians Kidnap Santa Claus, however you want to spin it, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964) is one bad-tastic film. About 35 undaunted souls turned up for the screening of a film billed as "one of the worst ever made" at the Science Fiction Museum. No one dressed up as Santa or an alien (or even Santalien, the obvious choice). Still, SFM gave away a membership and some swag including blow up alien dolls. The hardcore trivia questions helped up the audience's geek factor. Knowing that the majority of Santa v. Martians was filmed on Long Island, and that the U.S Air Force footage was also used in Dr. Strangelove (1964) may have unforeseen benefits. The holiday show was part of SFM's Exposed: Inside Film series, which usually provides insights into cult classics by bringing actors, directors, and screenwriters in to talk about their films. But not this night! Instead, five members of Jet City Improv guest starred, MST3K-ing the film (with synthesizer). This is definitely the way to see this film.

And you can!
Twisted Flicks redubs the film in its entirety 8 p.m., Fri., Dec. 26 and Sat., Dec. 27 at The Historic University Theater, 5510 University Way NE, Seattle.

At SFM, however, the improv team abandoned the audience to the original film after 15 minutes — and started it over. Let's pretend that the sound remained off. Highlights of bad-tasticness include the polar bear, Torg the robot (an anagram for Gort the robot from *The Day the Earth Stood Still ((Knew that trivia'd come in handy!)) and the stun gun. OMG, the stun gunned elves! Also, what's the word for actors jerking around to simulate spaceship movement in defiance of physics ala Star Trek? There were some primo examples of that. All in all, this was a creepy film. Shoulda had that Martian Milk at the Revolution Bar & Grill before the show. Always have the specialty drink. There's a reason for 'em.

"Thank you Santa Claus for bringing happiness to the children of Mars!" Thank you SFM for the free show. It was weird, as advertised. The hearty audience stayed to applaud the end.

The Day the Earth Stood Still remake is showing on IMAX at the Pacific Science Center.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Double Feature: Nanothrillers

Try this double feature, science plus fiction: First, read artificial intelligence guru Ray Kurzweil's non-fiction epic of futurist predictions, The Singularity is Near (2005). Get excited about the possibility of living forever and looking good via advancements in nanotechnology. Then, as an antidote to the 80s ballad, Forever Young, now gunked up in your brain, start Jeff Carlson's Plague Year (2007). Get a glimpse at what could happen if the gray goo runs amok. In this cannibalistic-apocalypse, either the nanobots will devour us from the inside, or we'll end up eating each other at high altitudes. Take your pick. In a recent issue of Kurzweil's newsletter, he points out that a surge of interest in nanotech (and use in skin care products) is creating nanophobia, which could lead to more regulation in the field. Still, Kurzweil doesn't deny the plausibility of out of control nano scenarios like Carlson's, just says we should take precautions. Bring on the "blue goo," the nano police. Meanwhile, Carlson released the follow up Plague War (2008) heading for a nano disaster trilogy. So, where do you fall? Nanofervor or nanofear? Speculation makes for nanofun.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Exposed: Inside Film– Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

EMP|SFM Presents: Tuesday, December 16 – Exposed: Inside Film– Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

Enjoy the weirdest Christmas movie ever made: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. This FREE evening of creepy aliens, kidnapped Earth children, celebrity Santa Claus and Christmas cheer also features an awesome intro by Jet City Improv.

Jet City Improv's popular re-dubbing show, Twisted Flicks, will make an appearance as Seattle's best improv comedians redub the opening credits and beginning scenes. Twisted Flicks features all new dialogue, sound effects and a musical soundtrack performed live as you watch the movie roll on the big screen. Plus, come dressed as an alien or Santa Claus (or both at once!) and be entered in a drawing for a free EMP|SFM membership.

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, first released in 1964, is lovingly considered one of the worst films ever made. The story involves several Martians who decide to steal Santa Claus for themselves.

Time: 7 p.m.
Venue: EMP|SFM, 325 5th Avenue North
Tickets: Free and open to the public; reservations are recommended. Reserved seats unclaimed 10 minutes prior to the event are subject to be released to the wait list. Films and conversations are candid; some material may not be suitable for all ages.
Information: Call 206-770-2702 or 1-877-EMP-SFM1
Web site:

Friday, December 5, 2008

RIP - Forest J Ackerman posted this article on the passing of Forest J. Ackerman (Forry)

Goodbye sweet sci-fi: Forrest J Ackerman dies of heart failure.

In my younger days I was a big fan of "Famous Monsters of Filmland" and I am saddened to read of his passing. I'll try and post more links to articles in the next day or two. ~ Jim

Update - 12-07-08:
Here are two more obituaries.

From the NY Times:

And from the LA Times

( Thanks to Michael Citrak )

Sunday, November 30, 2008

December MFR

Join us on Wednesday December 3rd at 7:00pm at Crossroads Mall for tasty treats from around the world that won't put too much of a bite on your budget!

Something to suit every taste – from the most adventurous to the more conventional. Eateries at the Public market include: Ai Sushi, Boba Express, Bulgogi Korean BBQ, Burney Brothers BBQ, Crossroads Café, Dragon's Wok, Ebru Mediterranean Grill, indi bite Indian Grill, O'Char Thai, Papaya Vietnamese, Papazzi Pizzeria, Piroshky, Piroshky, Tanpopo Japanese, Thyme for Soup, Torero's Taqueria & Cantina, Ziti Pasta Italiano

Let's meet near the tables close to the the Daily Planet news (magazine rack near 1/2 price books and cold stones).

No RSVPs are required as it is open seating, but if you send us an email it will give us an idea on how many tables we should find near one another. (You can access the original posting with the contact email address by clicking here)

Crossroads Mall Food Court
15600 NE 8TH Street,
Bellevue, WA 98008

From 405 (North or South)
Take the NE 8th Street exit (13B) heading EAST.
Drive approximately 3 miles to 156th Ave. NE. Turn LEFT ONTO 156th Ave. NE
Turn RIGHT into one of the next 4 driveways to Crossroads parking lot.

From SR 520 (Evergreen Floating Bridge)
Take the 148th Ave NE Exit Southbound. (Pass Sears on the left, Fred
Meyer on the right)
Go to NE 8th Street and turn LEFT (east).
Go to 156th Ave. NE and turn LEFT (north).
Turn RIGHT into one of the next 4 driveways to Crossroads parking lot.

From 1-90
Take the Northbound exit at 148th Ave. S.E. (Bellevue College exit)
Continue on 148th Ave. (north) to NE 8th Street and turn RIGHT.
Drive up the hill (east) to the light at 156th Ave. NE and turn LEFT.
Turn RIGHT into one of the next 4 driveways to Crossroads parking lot.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

IMAX in Cascadia

The Pacific Northwest has a wealth of IMAX Theaters to see the best picture quality films available on the planet. This past year, we've seen some major news stories about AMC Theaters announcing IMAX in the Greater Seattle Area. We've also just received word this month that a new IMAX Theater has been announced to open at the Lincoln Square Cinemas in Bellevue. I hope this is just the begining of seeing more of these theaters opening in the region.

Here's the most updated list I could create covering IMAX Theaters in Cascadia.

Scotiabank Theatre Chinook - Calgary, Alberta
Scotiabank Theatre West Edmonton - Edmonton, Alberta
Telus World of Science-Edmonton - Edmonton, Alberta

Colossus Langley - Langley, BC
SilverCity Riverport - Richmond, BC
CN IMAX Theatre - Vancouver, BC
OMNIMAX Theatre - Vancouver, BC
National Geographic IMAX Theatre - Victoria, BC

Edwards Boise Statium 21 - Boise, Idaho

Yellowstone IMAX Theatre - West Yellowstone, Mountana

Evergreen Aviation Museum IMAX Theater - McMinnville, Oregon
OMNIMAX Theater at OMSI - Portland, Oregon
Regal Cinemas Bridgeport Village Stadium 18 & IMAX - Tigard, Oregon

Lincoln Square Cinemas IMAX Theater - Bellevue, Washington (Opening 2009)
Regal Martin Village Stadium 16 & IMAX - Lacey, Washington
AMC Loews Alderwood 16 & IMAX Theater - Lynnwood, WA (Opening 2009)
Boeing & Eames IMAX Theaters - Seattle, Washington
Riverfront Park IMAX Theater - Spokane, Washington
AMC Southcenter 16 & IMAX Theater - Tukwila, Washington

Monday, November 3, 2008

November 15th Social at the Pacific Science Center

Please join NWSFS for our November Social at the Pacific Science Center on Saturday, November 15th. The Pacific Science Center is featuring “Lucy’s Legacy the hidden treasures of Ethiopia”.

We will be going to the 1pm admittance. We will meet by the main entrance at 12:30, and get in line at 12:45. If you are late look for us inside.

You will need to buy tickets in advance. If you do not purchase a ticket in advance you most likely will NOT be able to buy one the day of the event.

For tickets and more information:

ADULT (13-64) $23.25
KID (3-5) $11.50
SENIOR (65+) $20.75
YOUTH (6-12) $18.75

NWSFS members are encouraged to attend, and non-members in the SF/Fannish community are welcome, as always. We hope to see you there.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Any good "eats" suggestions from Cascadia fandom?

As the line from the NWSFS MFR page says "Fen are not ashamed (or afraid!) to eat", and while I know my favorite places are to munch and crunch, I would also like to know where other fans like to eat. and not just in the Seattle area but all over the Cascadia region (WA, OR, ID, and BC).

Come on, there has got to be some favorite fan places out there that you would like to share with the rest of fandom!

I bet there's a great burger joint in Bellingham that you want to boast about? What about Pizza in Portland, or meatloaf in Moscow? And I know that there are some excellent food venues up in Vancouver and Victoria.

If you know of a great place for fans to eat, and would like to share with the rest of fandom then leave a comment to this entry. I'll approve it, really! You are always free to comment to this blog. Cheers! ~ Jim

(Yeah I know, the "Pizza in Portland, or meatloaf in Moscow" stuff is really corny. My writing is so-so, and that's all the more reason for other fans to contribute to this blog :)

Star Wars: The Eye of Darkness

Hey gang! Both Isaac and I have been asking if anyone out there knows what happened to the fan film "Star Wars: The Eye of Darkness" that was being shot in and around Tacoma last year?

Here is the URL for the film's site:

If you have any information feel free to drop us a line at: nwsfsnews AT gmail DOT com

I'd also like to take this time to once again beg, plead, whine, and whimper for any local fan (WA, OR, ID, and BC) who has an interest in contributing to this blog to please contact me, so we can discuss what topics you would like to post about and get you set up. There's a lot of news out there and we can use all the help we can get. Cheers ~ Jim

Tuesday, October 14, 2008



DIRECTED BY: Christopher Comte
RUN DATES: Opening Night, Friday, October 17, 2008, through November 15, 2008.
CURTAIN: 8:00 p.m. all performances
VENUE: Annex Theatre, 1100 E Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98122
PRICING: $12, $7 for seniors & military, $5 for students (with ID)
PWYC PERFORMANCE: Friday, October 24 and Saturday, October 25.
PRESS CONTACT: Alex Harris (206) 919-3484,

(Seattle, WA) Annex Theatre Company begins its 22nd season of production with the world premiere of The Moon is a Dead World written by Mike Daisey and directed by Christopher Comte. The Moon is a Dead World opens on Friday, October 17, 2008, 8:00 p.m. curtain, and runs through November 15, 2008 at Annex Theatre located at 1100 East Pike Street, on Seattle’s Capitol Hill.

This first play by acclaimed monologuist Mike Daisey weaves a vision of the brutal history of the Soviet space program with an unbelievable premise: a dead cosmonaut is called back down to Earth on a radio wave when Americans in a remote Arctic base hear the beating of his dying heart. A dark and hilarious fairy tale set against the Cold War, it asks what we risk in the struggle between will and humanity, and what it means to love beyond death itself. Playwright Mike Daisey has been called “the master storyteller” and “one of the finest solo performers of his generation” by the New York Times for his groundbreaking monologues which weave together autobiography, gonzo journalism, and unscripted performance to tell hilarious and heartbreaking stories that cut to the bone, exposing secret histories and unexpected connections.

His monologues, fourteen and counting, include the controversial How Theater Failed America, the six-hour epic Great Men of Genius, the unrepeatable series All Stories Are Fiction, and the international sensation 21 Dog Years. Over the past decade he has performed his unique extemporaneous monologues at venues such as the Public Theater, American Repertory Theatre, the Spoleto Festival, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, the Cherry Lane Theatre, Yale Repertory Theater, the Noorderzon Festival, the T:BA Festival, Performance Space 122, and many more. He’s been a guest on the Late Show with David Letterman, a commentator for PRI’s Studio 360 and NPR’s Day To Day, a contributor to WIRED, Slate and Salon, a web contributor to Vanity Fair and Radar Magazine, and his work has been heard on the BBC, NPR, and the National Lampoon Comedy Hour. His first film, Layover, is being distributed by Lars von Trier’s company Zentropa, and he stars in the Lawrence Krauser feature Horrible Child. His first book, 21 Dog Years: A Cubedweller’s Tale, was published by the Free Press and he is working on a second book, Great Men of Genius, adapted from his monologues about genius and megalomania in the lives of Bertolt Brecht, P.T. Barnum, Nikola Tesla, and L. Ron Hubbard. He has been the recipient of the Bay Area Critics Circle Award, two Seattle Times Footlight Awards, and a MacDowell Fellowship. He lives in New York City with his director and collaborator, Jean-Michele Gregory.

The Moon Is A Dead World is his first play. Director Christopher Comte is a 23-year veteran of the Pacific Northwest theatre community and has held a wide range of positions within the industry including acting, directing, producing, stage managing, sound and properties design, marketing and publicity, and administrative. As a performer he has worked with The 5th Avenue, Village, and Bathhouse Theatres, Spokane Interplayers, Boomer Classics, ArtsWest, Theater Schmeater, and Annex Theatre, among many others. Directing assignments include productions for Bricolage, Theater Schmeater, Theatre Babylon, The Mystery Café, and Snoqualmie Falls Theatre. He currently serves as Membership Director for the Seattle local of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), as Site Coordinator for the Kevin Hadley Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program for Performing Artists, and as Facilities Manager for Annex Theatre. The Moon is a Dead World features the talent of Jack Hamblin, Pamala Mijatov, Zachariah Robinson, and Clayton Weller. Meaghan Darling is the Stage Manager. Annex Theatre wishes to acknowledge the generous contributions of 4 Culture, Flintridge Foundation, Microsoft Corporation, The Seattle Foundation, The Boeing Company, ActiveMac, and the Mayor's Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs for their support of this production.

ABOUT ANNEX THEATRE: The company members of Annex Theatre, a democratic collective, continue their 22nd season by dedicating themselves to "creating bold new work in an environment of improbability, resourcefulness and risk." Since Annex opened in its former home on 4th Avenue, the theater has produced hundreds of world and Northwest premieres,including new plays by Stranger Genius Award winners Chris Jeffries and Paul Mullin; dozens of local playwrights, including Jeff Resta, Kelleen Conway Blanchard, Keri Healey, Scot Augustson, John Kaufmann, Elizabeth Heffron, Heidi Heimarck, and Suzanne Maynard; and nationally recognized playwrights such as Erik Ehn, Naomi Iizuka, Glen Berger, Anne Washburn, Jeffrey Jones, and Nicky Silver. Former Annex company members ("alumni") can be found throughout the Seattle arts scene (including former Artistic Director of the Empty Space Allison Narver, Executive Director of Town Hall Weir Harman, Development Director for Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra Josef Krebs, and Education Director of Seattle Repertory Theatre Andrea Allen) and in local and national film (directors SJ Chiro, Garrett Bennett, and Mike Shapiro; actors Jillian Armenante and Paul Giamatti). In addition to new plays, Annex produces radical reinterpretations of classic scripts, ensemble-generated performances, and non-linear wild-ass spectacles, as well as our monthly late-night variety show Spin the Bottle, now entering its 12th year. Annex has just finished its first year at its new home at 11th & Pike in Capitol Hill. Annex Theatre's Artistic Director is Bret Fetzer

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Wednesday, October 15 – Exposed: Inside Film with composer Bear McCreary at EMP|SFM

Sorry about not posting this sooner. A notice on one of the email lists reminded me about this upcoming event ~ Jim

Wednesday, October 15 – Exposed: Inside Film with composer Bear McCreary at EMP|SFM

Enjoy an evening with Bear McCreary, the popular composer for the re-imagined series of Battlestar Galactica, as well as Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. McCreary will be showing clips from these series and discussing how his scores enrich the characters and plotlines of the shows. Warren Etheredge will host the evening.

Revolution Bar & Grill is pleased to offer a film-themed happy hour before the screening. Stop by the restaurant to mingle and take advantage of appetizer and drink specials from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Time: Happy Hour: 5:30 p.m. - Screening: 7 p.m.

Venue: EMP|SFM, 325 5th Avenue North

Tickets: Free to EMP|SFM and The Warren Report members; $5 general public. Reserved seats unclaimed 10 minutes prior to the event are subject to be released to the wait list.

Information: Call 206-770-2702 or 1-877-EMP-SFM1

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Zombie Walk News!

Here is some news from Seattle Zombie Walk for you to nibble on!

October 11th Sat.4pm till Midnight
Revenant Magazine Zombie Film Festival
at MOHAI in McCurdy Park

There are some great films lined up for this year. You can find more info and watch trailers at This year, there will be a spectacle of shambling costume oriented zombie activity focused close around the venue but no Zombie Walk. The area by the canal, field and surrounding brush and trees is a fabulous setting to try filming your own little scenes, stage some gory photographs, performance art etc. This is also a great place to park/show off the tricked out hearses, ambulances and grizzly vehicles I know some of you have. Please contact for help with executing your zombie shenanigans.

Oct 25th, Sat.10-11:30am
Thriller dance downtown!
(exact Location not yet established)

A Worldwide Simultaneous Dance of Michael Jackson’s THRILLER For World Record Attempt & Charity Fundraising in Seattle.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson's Thriller music video which was released on December 2, 1983 and directed by John Landis. On Oct 25th Seattle Zombies and Zombies from 80 groups in 15 countries will gather to perform the Thriller dance at the exact same moment.


The Thriller dance is fun and easy to learn. It takes an hour to become familiar with the individual steps and another hour to put them together into the routine. The Thrill the World website has free online videos that teach the dance and Seattle Thrillers is hosting weekly local rehearsals in Seattle and on the Eastside.
In addition to building community and having a great time, Seattle Thrillers is using the project as an opportunity to raise money for ROOTS (Rising out of the Shadows) which is a homeless shelter for teens and young adults in the University District of Seattle.

Oct 26th 4:00pm
4th Annual Seattle Zombie Walk
West Seattle

Yea yeah, we like it in Fremont……but it’s become a parade. I like the idea of invading small town America. Where else has that feel in Seattle than California Ave in West Seattle. Let’s case down some fresh meat for our rotting bodies…..
Here is the rough plan…….We gather at the Rite Aid just south of the Alaska junction to amass the horde. There is a big parking lot there and lots of free residential parking all around that area. Plus the 55, 54, 21 and 22 buses go straight to the California Alaska junction. The 54 will drop folks off directly at the Rite Aid on California.

We could then shamble around the junction and Jefferson square which would be great places for a Zombie Marching Band to appear or maybe the hazmat suit guys want to come out again and attempt to keep the crowd “safe”.  Then we trek up California to the Admiral Junction which is about a mile away and end up at the toward the movie theater and try Zombie kareoke, bowling, riding the ferry to Vashon or just disperse.
From that point on Admiral Junction, the buses that go downtown are 56, 57 and 55.

More info TBA. (how to's, inspiration, planning)

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Pure Speculation in Edmonton

Pure Speculation Festival
October 18th-19th, 2008
Hazeldean Community Hall
Edmonton, Alberta Canada

Pure Speculation Festival is Edmonton's one and only sci-fi and fantasy festival! Each year we bring Edmonton's geeks the very best of what they love the most. Panels, demonstrations, readings, games: we have it all!

Prices at the door are as follows:
Weekend Pass: $15.00
Saturday Pass:$10.00
Sunday Pass: $10.00
Costume Shindig only: $10.00

Robert J. Sawyer - Author Guest of Honour
Monte Cook - Gaming Guest of Honour
Herman Lau - Artist Guest of Honour
Diane Walton - Managing Editor, On Spec
Robin S. Carson - Editor, On Spec
Tracy Cooper-Posey - Writer
Barb Galler-Smith - Author
Thomas Wharton - Writer
Minister Faust - Author
Stephanie Chan - Broadsword Comics
Minister Faust - Author
Steven Sadowski - Marvel/DC
Dean Welsh - Marvel Comics
Alina Pete - Creator, Weregeek!
Brian Hades - Owner, EDGE Publishing
Jennifer Hepler - Writer, BioWare Corp
Ty Templeton - Artist/Writer
Steve Rolston - Artist, Queen & Country
Sharon Wildwind - Writer/Nurse
Susan MacGregor - Writer

First and foremost, Pure Speculation is a sci-fi and fantasy festival, run by geeks for geeks. We aren't a corporate entity taking advantage of geek chic to make a quick buck. We are as passionate about this hobby as you are, and our planning team runs the gamut of geekdom, from literature, film and art, to gaming and computers. So we know what you want to see, because hey: we want to see it too!

Our goal is to bring you the best events, guests, and shows we can, year after year. And that is really the key. We plan to be running this festival for a very long time, and we plan our yearly event with longevity in mind.

Ursula K.Le Guin reads in Olympia this Friday

I just snagged this item off of one of the local SF lists. Many thanks to Michael Citrak for posting this ~ Jim

Ursula K.Le Guin reads in Olympia this Friday

Friday October 10, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.
The Washington Center for the Performing Arts - Stage I

This is a *free* event and open to the public

Ursula K. Le Guin, renowned Pacific Northwest author, will read from "A Wizard of Earthsea", the first novel of the award-winning "Earthsea" series. Questions will be taken from the audience following the performance, which is part of "Timberland Reads Together" a partnership of Timberland Regional Library and "The Big Read", an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest.

See her web site for other locations:

Monday, September 29, 2008

NWSFS - Looking for a host for the November Social

NWSFS currently does not have a host/location for the November Social. One idea which has been thrown out is restarting the "Happy #11" social (this is a low cost gift exchange). Is there anyone who would be willing host this at their on Saturday November 15th?

If not we might make the November social an outing to some place like the Science Center.

So far there aren't any socials booked for 2009, so if November doesn't work for you contact the Vice Chair and let him know what month does.

NWSFS Contact Page

Monday, September 1, 2008

A Cylon Toaster?

OK, this is the weirdest thing I have seen in a while, a video demonstrating a Cylon Toaster!

I actually enjoyed the preceeding commercial more :-)

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Upcoming MFR: Sept. 3, @ The Northlake Tavern and Pizza House

Please join us NWSFS on September 3rd at 7:30 PM For one of Bill
Boyde's favorite Restaurants, The Northlake Tavern and Pizza House.
Bill will be your host.

The Restaurant is at 660 N.E. Northlake Way, Seattle, Washington
98105. The phone number is (206)633-5317. You can also get details on
their website at

Please RSVP to Bill directly at or leave a message
on the NWSFS hotline at 360-438-0871. We'd prefer to get your RSVP by
the morning of Sept 3rd, but any attempt to RSVP will help us plan for

Note this is a tavern and is 21 and over.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

News Nibbles: Aug. 14, 2008

Science Fiction News: Aug. 14, 2008
Below are just some of the headlines that have been posted recently. Use the link above to access all the details:

  • British Fantasy Society News: The World’s Best Fantasy!
  • io9: The Power Of Science Fiction Could Save Mel Gibson's Career [Mad Max 4: Fury Road]
  • Locus Online: Awards News: Other Awards Presented at Worldcon
  • Pantechnicon: Pancast 011.5 - Clone Wars Special
  • RevolutionSF: Sci Fi Channel Preview 2008-2009 (Feature) * Mummy : Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (Review)
  • Science Fiction Awards Watch: Worldcon Other Awards * Heinlein Award Winners
  • SciFi Scanner: John Scalzi - Sports of the Future Will Be Much More Violent Than Those at the Olympics
  • SF Signal: MIND MELD: Art in a Digital World * Thursday YouTube: Batman Does the Batusi
  • SFScope: Universal options Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time
  • StarShipSofa: StarShipSofa Aural Delights No 37 Alastair Reynolds mp3
  • SteamPunk Magazine: A SteamPunk’s Guide to the Apocalypse!
  • The Website at the End of the Universe: Is LucasFilms in spin control over negative Clone Wars reviews?

Selected Blog Updates: Aug. 14, 2008
You can access these recently and other recently updated blogs by clicking the link above.

Blogspot, Wordpress, and "other" blogs:
  • a dark catharsys (Heather S. Ingemar): piracy article
  • All Things Barr (Donna Barr): Insupportable Light Ships In December
  • Ask Nicola (Nicola Griffith): you've been warned * good times and bad and MS
  • Christopher Paul Carey: Caesar's Column
  • Fantasy Book Critic: INDIE REVIEW: “Shadow of the Antlered Bird” by David Sklar
  • Gone from the game * If you were invisible
  • Michael G. Munz: Speedily Submitting Short Stories (or something)
  • Robert J Sawyer: First look at Wake cover
  • SF Novelists: I want my Sean Stewart
  • The Crotchety Old Fan: Speaking of Old Fogies Having Too Much Influence
  • "Whatever" (John Scalzi): In Austin * Two Notes of Passing Interest
  • Win Eckert's Wold Newton Wanderings: August website update: New Farmer novels!
  • Witchy Chicks: Guest Blogger -- Vicki Lewis Thompson
MySpace Blogs:
  • A. Lee Martinez: Leechor, Evil Master of Power Suction! * Fortune and Fate
  • Alethea Kontis: Whirrled-Con 2008
  • BELL CON 2008: PRESS RELEASE Bands at Bell Con
  • bevhale: I have to cancel on ArmadilloCon and DragonCon
  • Cynthia Leitich Smith (CYNSATIONS): YA Author Interview: A. M. Jenkins on Night Road
  • Daniel Braum: The Wish Mechanics in FUHU 9
  • Dark Horse Comics: Portland Events * Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Preview
  • David Louis Edelman: What Do Authors Want from Reviewers?
  • Di Francis (MAD LIBS AGAIN): music and the day * asking for help
  • Fran Friel: Inside Chizine and the Mind of Brett Savory
  • Holly Cupala (Brimstone Soup): Top Ten Cool Things about the SCBWI Conference, Part Deux
  • Horror Library Blog-O-Rama: Inside Chizine and the Mind of Brett Savory - by Fran Friel
  • Jeff Carlson: WorldCon Wrap-up: Day Three, Part Two
  • Jeremy C. Shipp: What are your favorite graphic novels?
  • Lou (Lou Anders): | Colorado's Online News Leader | Denver transforms into SciFi Capitol
  • Louise Bohmer - Lachesis Publishing: Final VCon 33 Schedule/ Updates from Lach & LBF Authors/ New Acceptances
  • Matthew Peterson: 2008 World Science Fiction Convention (Denvention 3)
  • Morpheus Tales: Where to Buy Morpheus Tales Issue 1
  • Nomadic Delirium Press: Reduced Prices
  • Sherrilyn Kenyon: Orbs and Tour * THANK YOU FANS!!
  • Shroud Magazine: Submission Insight! * NEW HIRAM GRANGE ART: SNEAK PREVIEW!
  • Spectra Pulse: Guest Blogger: David J. Williams -- World Building: Some Brief Thoughts
  • Steve Anderson Design: Win a signed Starbuck or Number Six lithograph.
  • StoneGarden Publishing: More Essays
  • Tor Books: A few short stories available online
  • w1n5t0n: Chicago Tribune -- Really Long Interview with Cory Doctorow
  • Writer's Market UK: Talking Point: Swallowed By Amazon
  • Yasmine Galenorn (Life On The Fringe): Oh yay!!! * Okay, picture of that shade...

Science News and Blog Updates: Aug. 14, 2008
Space, technology, and a whole lot more!

Science News
Science Blogs:
Here is a sampling of the latest science blog updates:
  • Bad Astronomy: Galapagosiana * Rainbow conspiracy * Nukeidolia
  • The Daily Galaxy: Surfing the HyperNet -Will There be a Quantum Computer in Your Future?
  • Planet Pride: A New Look at Near Earth Asteroids * Profile of Janus

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

News Nibbles: Aug. 12, 2008

News Nibbles: Aug. 12, 2008

Local Blog Updates: Aug. 12, 2008

  • King County Library System - MySpace Blog: Is Breaking Dawn a dud?
Be sure to check out the complete listing of local events posted here on the NWSFS: Local News Page

Science Fiction News: Aug. 12, 2008
Below are just some of the headlines that have been posted recently. Use the link above to access all the details:
  • Apex Book Company: Book trailer for Beauty & Dynamite * New Apex Digest Online goodies
  • British Fantasy Society News: Doctor Who and Stardust Win Hugos
  • io9: Six WorldCon Breakout Stars to Watch [Buzz]
  • Locus Online: Monitor: This Week's Bestsellers
  • RevolutionSF: RevolutionSF Remembers Isaac Hayes (News)
  • Science Fiction Awards Watch: Campbell Pin Photo * Hugo Reactions Poll
  • Science Fiction Buzz: DC Comics/Warner Bros. Animated Super Heroes CD Soundtrack Signing Event
  • SciFi Scanner: Site of the Week - Geeks of Doom * John Scalzi Talks About His Hugo Win
  • SF Signal: Tuesday Trailer: Dance of the Dead * REVIEW: Stalking the Unicorn by Mike Resnick
  • SFScope: WorldCon 2010 * CBLDF reschedules cancelled Doctorow-headlined fundraiser
  • The Website at the End of the Universe: What were the best scifi TV shows killed off before their time?

Selected Blog Updates: Aug. 12, 2008
You can access these recently and other recently updated blogs by clicking the link above.

Blogspot, Wordpress, and "other" blogs:
  • ...from down in Lucky Town (Alex Bledsoe): Possibly the best review I'll ever get
  • a dark catharsys (Heather S. Ingemar): talk about the weekend from hell
  • Ask Nicola (Nicola Griffith): Ammonite covers * xena and gabrielle
  • Christopher Paul Carey: Worldcon: Denvention 3
  • Fantasy Book Critic: SPOTLIGHT: George R. R. Martin's "The Hedge Knight II: Sworn Sword"
  • J Alan Erwine's Blog: Denvention Pics * Denvention Day 5
  • Werewolf glee! * I want to see a bunny too
  • Robert J Sawyer: L.A. stories ... * Worldcon memories * SETI@home and Rollback
  • SF Novelists: Writers Resources
  • The Crotchety Old Fan: Harlan Ellison (obliquely) Comments * READING vs READING ON TEH INTERNETS
  • "Whatever" (John Scalzi): Finding Mary Robinette Kowal’s Fiction * Photo Request
  • Witchy Chicks: Time to Work on ME * At the movies - AMAL
MySpace Blogs:
  • Alethea Kontis: Best. Interview. Ever.
  • Chuck Palahniuk: Chuck Palahniuk's August Essay, "Nuts & Bolts: Plot Points"
  • Cynthia Leitich Smith (CYNSATIONS): Author Feature: Joseph Bruchac
  • David Louis Edelman: Denvention Recapitulation
  • Fantasy Book Critic: Fantasy Book Critic Update
  • Fran Friel: Special Chrispy News and Penguin, Ed Schubert
  • HARPER PERENNIAL: Simon Van Booy video from Paris
  • Harry Shannon: "Dead And Gone" meet & greet at Dark Delicacies
  • Horror Library Blog-O-Rama: Writer's Block - by Dan Naden
  • Jeff Carlson: WorldCon Wrap-up: Day One, Part Two
  • Lois McMaster Bujold: Writer Guest of Honor Speech, Denvention 3
  • Louise Bohmer - Lachesis Publishing: Another VCon Update
  • Luna Books: Interview with Luna Author Michelle Sagara
  • Marianne De Pierres: p.s. a little whisper ...
  • Maura Anderson: Fiction with Friction - Labor of Love Shorts
  • Morpheus Tales: Morpheus Tales Special Issues
  • Paul S. Kemp: GenCon Schedule for Paul S. Kemp
  • Philip José Farmer - MySpace Blog: August website update: New Farmer novels!
  • Planet Stories: One of a Kline
  • Robin Hobb: Cover Art!
  • Rue Morgue Magazine: The Demonology of Desire joins Transgressive Visions
  • Scott Nicholson: self-publishing and self-control
  • Sherrilyn Kenyon: Latest Tour Update
  • Shroud Magazine: Who is HIRAM GRANGE and why should we care?
  • Steven Brust: Hey, you got a band?
  • Tor Teen: New Album: Recent and Upcoming Manga for Ages 16+
  • Yasmine Galenorn (Life On The Fringe): Woohoo! Finished the chapter....

Science News & Blog Updates: Aug. 12, 2008
Space, technology, and a whole lot more!

Science News
Science Blogs:
Here is a sampling of the latest science blog updates:

Bad Astronomy:
  • The White House is mine! * Flat Earth? Really? * Guess who?
  • Moon hoax: why not use telescopes to look at the landers?
  • Cassini to image Enceladus’s warm vents
The Daily Galaxy:
  • Video Tour of the Andromeda Galaxy
  • Hubble’s 100,000th Pass Showcases Star Birth
  • GreenURLs -Daily Flash (8/12) * SpaceURLs -Daily Flash (8/12)
Planet Pride: NASA Blog: Cassini Engineering Is Ready for Enceladus!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

News Nibbles: Aug. 10, 2008

Local News:
Seattle Tun - Pub Meet: Sunday, 08-10-08: 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm or later, The Pub @ Third Place, Ravenna, 6504 20th Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98115

Science Fiction News: Aug. 09, 2008
Below are just some of the headlines that have been posted recently. Use the link above to access all the details:

  • io9: Getting Primeval on Your Television [Primeval] * Is The Phantom Really Sci-Fi? [The Phantom]
  • Locus Online: Awards News: Hugo and Campbell Awards Winners
  • Science Fiction Awards Watch: Hugo Results * Hugo Ceremony Coverage Hugo Liveblogging?
  • SF Signal: SF Signal 3.0! * SF Tidbits for 8/10/08 * WINNERS: 2008 Hugo Award
  • SFScope: 2008 Hugo Award Winners * Sidewise Award Winners
Science Fiction News: Aug. 08, 2008
Just as above here are some of the headlines that have been posted recently. Use the link above to access all the details:
  • Apex Book Company: FearZone interviews Fran Friel
  • io9: Primeval Is Interactive SF. You Know, For Kids [Primeval]
  • Science Fiction Awards Watch: Jay Lake Unveils Campbell Lapel Pin * Hugo Award Changes
  • Science Fiction Buzz: New Battlestar Prequel Coming
  • SciFi Scanner: Gadgets? Space Stations? How James Bond Flirts With Science Fiction
  • SF Signal: Friday YouTube: A Cavalcade of Redshirt Fatalities * SF Tidbits for 8/8/08
  • SFScope: The Deadbooks Project to be film/book/series/something on the web * NYRSF turns 20
Selected Blog Updates: Aug. 10, 2008
You can access these recently updated blogs by clicking the link above.

Blogspot, Wordpress, and "other" blogs:
  • a dark catharsys (Heather S. Ingemar) * Ask Nicola (Nicola Griffith) * Dusk Before the Dawn
  • Fantasy Book Critic * J Alan Erwine's Blog * * Michael G. Munz
  • Robert J Sawyer * The Crotchety Old Fan * "Whatever" (John Scalzi) * Witchy Chicks
MySpace Blogs:
  • Cynthia Leitich Smith (CYNSATIONS) * Dark Horse Comics * David Thorpe
  • Di Francis (MAD LIBS AGAIN) * Fantasy Book Critic * JAMES AND DADDY
  • Louise Bohmer - Lachesis Publishing * Nicola Griffith * Paul Halpern * Paul S. Kemp
  • Shroud Magazine * Spectra Pulse * Yasmine Galenorn (Life On The Fringe)
Science News & Blog Updates: Aug. 10, 2008
Science News:
  • Are We Alone - Next show available August 11, 2008 From Mars to Eternity
  • MSNBC: Amateur astronomer spots gassy ‘cosmic ghost’: There have been quite a few articles about the recently discovered "cosmic ghost", and here is another one from MSNBC. Congrats to Hanny van Arkel, the Dutch amateur astronomer who discovered the object as part of the Galaxy Zoo Project. You have to love the nickname: "Hanny's Voorwerp"!
  • Moses Lake doubles for the Moon: KOMONews.Com posted this article a while back about NASA conducting tests with prototype space suits and vehicles in Moses Lake WA. According to the article "The tests started in late May in the Moses Lake Sand Dunes, a 3,000-acre off-road vehicle park." The article is fairly detailed and has some great shots of the spaces suits and vehicles. One thing I didn't know about Moses Lake is that there is a closed B-52 base there that NASA has designated as an emergency landing site for the space shuttle. Hopefully NASA will come back for more tests, and if they do it might be worth a trip out to Moses Lake to maybe catch a glimpse of the new Lunar hardware.
Science Blogs:
Bad Astronomy:
The Daily Galaxy:

Friday, August 8, 2008

News Nibbles: Aug. 07, 2008

Local News:
Seattle Tun - Pub Meet: Sunday, 08-10-08: 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm or later, The Pub @ Third Place, Ravenna, 6504 20th Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98115

BIFF: Burrard Inlet Fan Fellowship - BIFFnews: LET THE GAMES BEGIN

Science Fiction News: Aug. 07, 2008
Below are just some of the headlines that have been posted recently. Use the link above to access all the details:

  • Apex Book Company: Blowing the trumpet for Burstein
  • Apex Science Fiction and Horror Digest - MySpace Blog: Apex Publications - A big update
  • British Fantasy Society News: British Fantasy Awards 2008 – the Shortlist
  • Fruitless Recursion: Issue 1 - Malzberg, Kaveney, Hajdu and Priest
  • io9: Tor Puts New Story Online To Read, Remix [Creative Commons Fiction]
  • Locus Online: Awards News: World Fantasy Awards Nominations * Monitor: This Week's Bestsellers
  • Pantechnicon: The Children of Hurin
  • RevolutionSF: Sci-Fi Hunks Vol. 2 (Feature)
  • Science Fiction Awards Watch: Hugo Live-Blogging * Chesleys - No Chesleys * Endeavour Award Finalists
  • SciFi Scanner: Video of The Prisoner Read-Through in London - Plus Sir Ian McKellen Blogs About It
  • SF Signal: Classic Trailer: Krull * Full Watchmen Comic Con 2008 Panel * WolfeWiki
  • SFScope: WorldCon Day Two: Is it everything we'd hoped? * 2008 World Fantasy Award Nominees
  • StarShipSofa: StarShipSofa Aural Delights No 36 Paul Di Filippo mp3
  • SteamPunk Magazine: SteamPunk Magazine Available for Order Once More!
  • The Website at the End of the Universe: Russian animation of a Ray Bradbury story

Selected Blog Updates: Aug. 07, 2008
You can access these recently updated blogs by clicking the link above.

Blogspot, Wordpress, and "other" blogs:
  • a dark catharsys (Heather S. Ingemar) * All Things Barr (Donna Barr) * Ask Nicola (Nicola Griffith)
  • Dusk Before the Dawn * Fantasy Book Critic * J Alan Erwine's Blog *
  • Minnette's Worlds - Real or Imagined * Robert J Sawyer * SF Novelists: Sorry I’m late…
  • The Crotchety Old Fan * "Whatever" (John Scalzi) * Witchy Chicks
MySpace Blogs:
  • A. Lee Martinez * Christine Jones * CYNSATIONS (Cynthia Leitich Smith) * Dark Horse Comics
  • Fantagraphics Books * HARPER PERENNIAL * Harry Shannon * Horror Library Blog-O-Rama
  • Horror! ROAD SHOW Seattle, WA * Jeremy C. Shipp
  • Life On The Fringe (Yasmine Galenorn) * MAD LIBS AGAIN (Di Francis) * Morpheus Tales
  • Paul S. Kemp * Robin Hobb * Rosemary Jones * Scott Nicholson * Tor Books * Tor Teen
  • twice upon a rhyme (Paul Levinson)
Science News & Blog Updates: Aug. 07, 2008
Space, technology, and a whole lot more!

Science News
Science Blogs:
Are We A Blog?: Uncivilized Behavior

Bad Astronomy:
  • Happy Birthday Randi! * Will no one think of the hadrons?
  • Falcon doom found: a whisper of thrust * Mythbustin’ the Moon Hoax: Part 4
  • JREF followup * Antivaxxers and the media
The Daily Galaxy:
  • More on NASA's "Life on Mars" Controversy -What's Your Bet?
  • NASA Mars Video -Images Show Water Flows & New Impact Craters
  • Genetics Show How Prehistoric Cultures Migrated & Shared Knowledge
  • Algae -A Solution to Peak Oil? Virgin Airlines Says "Yes," Others Say "No"
  • plus many more Daily Galaxy Headlines!
What's New At Pacific Science Center:
  • Astronaut Mobbed By Science Fans! * BubbleMania!
  • Membership = Free Admission To BubbleFest 2008 * Fly Me To The Moon!
  • AstroInfo: Planetary Alignment * PacSci-Doku: Ice Bound

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

News Nibbles: Aug. 05, 2008

Below is a list of NWSFS News Pages that have recently been updated:

Local News: RSS feed for the The Spotlight has been added.

Cascadia Convention & Events News: Corflu Zed - Fanzine Convention

Special Notices and Features: Stinz classic revised and re-published

Science Fiction News: Aug. 05, 2008
Below are just some of the headlines that have been posted recently. Use the link above to access all the details:

  • Apex Book Company: I Remember the Future cover art change
  • io9: Cthulhu Monster Keeps Main Character Waiting [Cthulu] * See You at WorldCon [Worldcon]
  • Pantechnicon: Halloween DVD Hell * BSG TV Movie To Shoot In August? * Trek: First Cast Shots
  • RevolutionSF: Sci-Fi TV Death Zone : Buffy the Vampire Slayer Cartoon (Review)
  • SciFi Scanner: Site of the Week - Topless Robot
  • SF Signal: REVIEW: Seeds of Change edited by John Joseph Adams
  • SFScope: Footprints seeking science fiction stories * Asimov's/Analog weekend of authors at WorldCon
Selected Blog Updates: Aug. 05, 2008
You can access the blog updates listed below by clicking the link above.

Blogspot, Wordpress, and "other" blogs:
  • Ask Nicola (Nicola Griffith) * * Robert J Sawyer
  • The Crotchety Old Fan * "Whatever" (John Scalzi) * Witchy Chicks
MySpace Blogs:
  • Brimstone Soup (Holly Cupala) * CYNSATIONS (Cynthia Leitich Smith)
  • David Louis Edelman * Djibril * Jack Whyte * Jenna Black
  • Life On The Fringe (Yasmine Galenorn) * Louise Bohmer - Lachesis Publishing
  • Matthew Peterson * Morpheus Tales * Murky Depths * Rosemary Jones *
  • Sherrilyn Kenyon * Tor Books
Science News & Blog Updates: Aug. 05, 2008
Science News
Science Blogs:
Bad Astronomy:
  • Pamela on being a graduate vampire * Blog update
  • Glob smacked * Bonzer science
The Daily Galaxy:
  • Confronting the Swirling Rumors of Discovery of "Life on Mars"
  • What Lies Beneath -The 1st Interactive Map of the Planet's Interior
  • SpaceX Shoots for the Stars and Trips Over the Mesosphere
  • 'Extreme Water' Found at Atlantic Ocean Abyss * You Create the Caption
  • Hey, Galaxy Fans, Help Save Us from The Thing! (7/12)
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