Sunday, March 28, 2010

Volunteer Opportunities at Norwescon 33

Posted on behalf of Michael Citrack - NWSFS Chair and Norwescon Team Tech Member:


Team Tech is a long established tradition at Norwescon, we deliver, setup, tear-down and return all the AV (Audio Visual) equipment used during the convention.  We are engineering so to speak.  We use video projectors, TVs, microphones, stage lights, all sorts of cables, flip charts and of course that most wonderful invention “Gaffer’s tape”, (and you thought it was going to be “Duct” tape.)

Team Tech can be quite entertaining and the camaraderie can be quite strong among us.

If you are interested in joining TEAM TECH, please stop by the Prop Room (which is cleverly disguised as a coat room facing Grand 1 Ballroom (Art Show)).

Come on and join Team Tech.  On the job training is available as needed.

Be all you can be...volunteer.

Thanks, and we know you'll have a great time.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Project London

A new independently filmed and produced film "Project London" has released a new trailer. The genre film news site Quiet Earth has posted an article providing a background on the film and the status of it. What's significant about this film is that it is based out of Bothel, Washington, while the film is set with Seattle as one of the main locales. 

Project London: Multiply Teaser from Phil McCoy on Vimeo.

Project London: Unleashed! from Phil McCoy on Vimeo.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

SW & KFTLC zines giveaway

The following is posted on behalf of a local fen who is trying to give away some magazines:

"I have two boxes of fanzines from mid-80's to late-90's/early 2000's to give to a good home. They are Star Wars and Kung Fu: The Legend Continues zines such as Imperium, A Tremor in the Force, I Don't Care What You Smell, many more, plus a small bag with a few adult zines in same fandoms. I'm looking for someone who will take both boxes (all the zines at once) and can pick them up from a third floor location near Beaverton OR. Please email me at: lynizfree AT yahoo DOT com"

The Museum of Flight: "Robots vs. Humans in Spaceflight" etc

Posted on behalf of Michael Citrak - NWSFS Chair:

The Museum of Flight

"Robots vs. Humans in Spaceflight: Technology, Evolution, and Interplanetary Travel"
Lecture by Dr. Roger Launius
Thursday, April 15, 7 p.m. Allen Theater
Chair of the Division of Space History, National Air and Space Museum and former Chief Historian at NASA, Roger Launius will make a presentation based on a recent book that explores the history and possible futures for human/robotic spaceflight, "Imagining Space: Achievements, Possibilities, Predictions, 1950-2050." Admission is $10 for general public and $5 for Museum members.

"Perspectives on the Past, Present and Future of Human Spaceflight"
Lecture by Dr. Roger Launius
Saturday, April 17, 2 p.m. Allen Theater
Launius will explore the history of spaceflight during the past 50 years and offer comments on the core challenges for future exploration. Those challenges include political will; cheap, reliable access to space; smart robotics; protecting this planet and this species; and exploration of the moon and Mars.

The Museum of Flight | 9404 East Marginal Way South | Seattle | WA | 98108 |

Michael Citrak
Northwest Science Fiction Society - Chair
chair AT nwsfs DOT org

Next Steamcon Organizational Meeting: Sunday, April 11, 2010

The next Steamcon Organizational Meeting will be:
  • Sunday, April 11, 2010, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
  • University Heights Center Room 211
  • 5031 University Way NE, Seattle, WA
Parking is free.

This will be the last meeting we hold at UHC because they are changing their hours of operation. A new venue is being researched.

Meanwhile the May meeting is being moved up one week so as not to conflict with the Steampunk Film Festival and Steampunk University to be held at
MOHAI. More details on those events when they are finalized.
  • Sunday, May 2, 2010, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Seattle Airport Hilton
  • Crystal C
  • 17620 International Blvd,
  • Seattle, Washington, 98188-4001
There will be a tour of the facility as well.

Parking is being comped.


Thursday, March 18, 2010

Wayward - live music for the Vernal Equinox

Posted on behalf of Wayward Coffeehouse

It’s definitely feeling like Spring is just around the corner and to welcome the Vernal Equinox we have a great lineup of live music for the weekend!

On Friday, March 19 we will be featuring live music from
James Coates + Brian MurrayMason James for an energetic blend of folk, rock, and pop. performing country/roots/rock originals. And for Saturday’s Vernal Equinox we are hosting
PLANNING AHEAD: Next weekend our live music offerings include the melodic originals of Satellite by Night on Friday and the return of our local didgeridoo performer Pamela Mortensen on Saturday. Mark your calendars to catch these talented musicians at Wayward!

FRIDAY, March 19

LIVE MUSIC: James Coates + Brian Murray 8 - 10 pm, no cover

SATURDAY, March 20

LIVE MUSIC: Mason James 8 - 10 pm, no cover

Wayward Coffeehouse, it's better than a plan
Mon-Fri: 630 am - 11 pm / Sat-Sun: 7 am - 11 pm
8570 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle WA 98103

Friday, March 12, 2010

PCS news for 03-12-2010

Posted on behalf of the Pacific Science Center:

Hubble 3D Premiere A Star-Studded Affair
Instead of Hollywood stars, this movie debut featured stars in the sky. This amazing film, shot with an IMAX 3D camera in space, shows how a crew of astronauts repaired the Hubble Space telescope. The images from Hubble 3D are incredible. Learn more about the movie premiere in this article from and read more about the mission in this interview with astronaut Mike Massimino. Then get set for the opening of Hubble 3D at Pacific Science Center's Boeing IMAX Theater March 19. Tickets are on sale now.

Seeing 'Alice?' 3D Is A Must
Thousands have been flocking to theaters across the country to watch the newest interpretation of the classic Alice in Wonderland story. But if you're going to see it, you really must see it in 3D, as this LA Times reviewer points out. And if you're going to see it in 3D, you really owe it to yourself to see it on the biggest screen in Seattle. Alice in Wonderland An IMAX 3D Experience is now playing at Pacific Science Center's Boeing IMAX Theater. Buy Tickets.

Go For A Run, Celebrate Science
If you plan to be among the thousands taking part in the St. Paddy's Day Dash this Sunday in Seattle, be on the lookout for some participants sporting Martian antennae and lime green t-shirts! OK, so they're not real antennae, they're costumes some Pacific Science Center staffers will be wearing as they run and walk the course. Letting everyone know about our current exhibit, Facing Mars. Don't be surprised if they hand out some goodies along the way. Hope to see you there!


Thursday, March 11, 2010

So what's your reaction?

Just a quick note to readers of the NWSFS News Blogs that I just activated the "Reactions" option for three of the blogs, so readers can now show their reactions to posts.

I activated the Reactions option for the Main Page, Cascadia Conventions & Events, and Science and Science Fiction News pages.  This option was not activated for those pages in stasis.

It appears that at this moment the Reactions option is not working for the Main Page, but I am working on resolving that issue.  Take a look at the other two pages and try out the Reactions option at the bottom of each post.  Feel free to leave a comment if you want.

Cheers ~ Jim Cox/NWSFS News

Repost: New issue of Westwind

Reposted on behalf of Shawn Marier - NWSFS Vice-Chair:

One of the benefits of membership in the Northwest Science Fiction Society is receipt of the Westwind on the publishing date.

Starting with issue #277 we are moving to an electronic publishing model.

This morning email went out to all our members informing them on how to download the March 2010 issue of Westwind (# 277).

If you are a NWSFS member and did not receive this email, please send mail to

If you would prefer a printed copy of Westwind, there will be a $5 per year surcharge for us to mail it to you.

Shawn Marier
NWSFS Vice Chair so we can figure out why you did not receive it.

Repost: Christopher Barzak A Reading And Then A Writer Workshop

Reposted on behalf of Michael Citrak - NWSFS Chair


Leslie Howle asked me to pass this on....and sorry for the short notice....

Just a quick note to let folks know that Christopher Barzak, whose novel "The Love We Share Without Knowing" was short-listed for the Tiptree Award last year, will be in Seattle this Friday, March 12th, at 7 pm to read at University Book Store.  He's never read in Seattle before and is a hot young writer who graduated from Clarion East and studied with Jonathan Lethum. He is also teaching a writing workshop at Richard Hugo House Sunday the 14th, but you must register by the 10th of March to get in.  More info at

In addition she says:
Chriopher Barzak will teach a writer's workshop at Richard Hugo House on Sunday.  We are one person  short of making the minimum requirement for the writers workshop and need one more person to sign up before 5 pm on Wednesday.  See:

Michael Citrak
Northwest Science Fiction Society - Chair

Wayward - celebrate St. Patrick's Day early with Irish Music at Wayward!

Local news posted on behalf of Wayward Coffee House:

Come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day a little early with live Irish music on Saturday, March 13,Pint & Dale. There is no cover for this evening of hand-clapping, sing-along Irish music.

PLANNING AHEAD: Next weekend we will be featuring live music from James Coates + Brian Murray on Friday, March 19, and hosting Mason James on Saturday, March 20.

FRIDAY, March 12 LIVE MUSIC: The Unpaid Bills + Jim Portillo 8 - 10 pm, no cover

SATURDAY, March 13 Early St. Patrick’s Day Event LIVE MUSIC: Pint & Dale 8 - 10 pm, no cover
Irish music.
from returning performers

Wayward Coffeehouse, it's better than a plan
Mon-Fri: 630 am - 11 pm / Sat-Sun: 7 am - 11 pm
8570 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle WA 98103

Monday, March 8, 2010

Hubble 3D to Premiere at Pacific Science Center’s Boeing IMAX Theater on the largest screen in Seattle March 19

Posted on behalf of the Pacific Science Center:

SEATTLE – Pacific Science Center’s Boeing IMAX Theater launches its newest space film Hubble 3D March 19. This giant-screen film is the latest in the Smithsonian’s space-related IMAX film series and is the seventh film created by IMAX’s award-winning space team.

Hubble 3D chronicles NASA’s historic Hubble Space Telescope, the first major optical telescope to be placed in space. Development for the space observatory began in 1970, but technical glitches and other space-program setbacks delayed its launch until 1990. Since then, NASA performed five service missions that improved the telescope and enabled it to make in excess of 800,000 observations and capture more than 500,000 images of more than 25,000 celestial objects from within the solar system and beyond.

The film contains several minutes of IMAX 3-D footage captured by NASA’s STS-125 Atlantis astronauts, including their intricate space walks during the final service repairs to the telescope. This footage will give audiences the sensation of being in space while performing some of the most difficult tasks ever undertaken in NASA’s 50-year history.

Pacific Science Center’s Boeing IMAX Theater’s six-story screen and 3-D technology will showcase the breathtaking images of the universe captured by the Hubble telescope in a truly immersive format. Viewers will feel like they are among the stars as they observe the splendor of nebulae and other galaxies and witness the life cycle of celestial bodies. They will also gain an understanding of the efforts needed to ensure the success of the Hubble mission.

Hubble 3D was directed by veteran IMAX filmmaker Toni Myers (Space Station 3D) and was narrated by Academy Award Nominee Leonardo DiCaprio (Shutter Island). It was produced by IMAX and Warner Bros. Pictures in cooperation with NASA.

Pacific Science Center’s Boeing IMAX Theater is located at 200 Second Ave. North, under the arches, near the Space Needle, in Seattle. For information on tickets and showtimes, please call 206/443-2001 or visit the website at

IMAX® is a registered trademark of IMAX Corporation.

Pacific Science Center ( is an independent, not-for-profit educational institution that inspires lifelong interest in science, math and technology by engaging diverse communities through interactive and innovative exhibits and programs in every county of Washington state and beyond.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Sneak Preview: Repo Men

Re-posted on behalf of Shawn Marier - NWSFS Vice Char

NWSFS has passes to see the new movie Repo Men on March 16th in downtown Seattle.

Repo Men is based on one of this year's P.K. Dick Nominees (Repossession Mambo by Eric Garcia). 

The movie is at the Meridian 16 (1501 7th Ave Seattle) and starts at 7pm.  Based on previous sneak previews I HIGHLY suggest you get there no later than 5:30pm if you wish to get in, as lines tend to start 2 hours before show time.  

I have a limited number of tickets and will be handing the tickets out at the theater to those who RSVP, or I can snail mail it to you.  Each pass is good for 2 people, so if you are going to go by yourself let me know, so I can match you up with someone else so we can get as many of us in it as possible.

Please RSVP to

Shawn Marier
NWSFS Vice Chair
Norwescon 33 Personnel Director

P.K. Dick Social

Re-posted on behalf of Shawn Marier - NWSFS Vice Char

Saturday - 03/20/2010 – NWSFS’s P.K. Dick Social

Join us at William and Sally’s house in Federal Way, with the sneak preview of the P.K. Dick Finalists and a spirited discussion of their work! The judges of the 2009 Philip K. Dick Award and the Philadelphia SF Society are pleased to announce seven nominated works that comprise the final ballot for the award:
  • BITTER ANGELS by C. L. Anderson (Ballantine Books/Spectra)
  • THE PRISONER by Carlos J. Cortes (Ballantine Books/Spectra)
  • THE REPOSSESSION MAMBO by Eric Garcia (Harper)
  • THE DEVIL’S ALPHABET by Daryl Gregory (Del Rey)
  • CYBERABAD DAYS by Ian McDonald (Pyr)
  • CENTURIES AGO AND VERY FAST by Rebecca Ore (Aqueduct Press)
  • PROPHETS by S. Andrew Swann (DAW Books)
First prize and any special citations will be announced on Friday, April 2, 2010 at Norwescon 33 at the Doubletree Seattle Airport Hotel, SeaTac, Washington.

The social will begin around 5:00 P.M. and continue until around 10pm. As usual, this is a potluck; William will be roasting a turkey for one of the main dishes.  Side dishes that complement and/or add are always welcomed. 


From North or South I-5, take exit 142-B
Go West on S 348th St
S 348th St will become SW Campus Dr
SW Campus Dr will become SW 336th St
SW 336th St will become SW 336th Way
Turn Right onto SW 337th St
Turn Left into 29th Ct SW
The house is on the right, about half way down the block.

March MFR: Casper's Southern Cuisine

Re-posted on behalf of Shawn Marier - NWSFS Vice Chair

March NWSFS’s My Favorite Restaurant

Please join NWSFS on Wednesday, March 10th at 7:00 PM for one of Jeanine Swanson’s favorite Restaurants: Casper’s Southern Cuisine.  This month MFR should be OFR (Our favorite restaurant) since it’s one of Charlie Knoedler’s favorites too!

Casper’s Southern Cuisine 

15226 Aurora Avenue North
Shoreline, WA



Casper’s recently moved from Bothell Way in Lake Forest Park to their new location on Aurora Avenue North in Shoreline.  Their web site hasn’t quite caught up.  The correct address is listed, but the map link takes you to the old location.  Also the telephone numbers are inaccurate.   I’m sure it’s because they’re concentrating on the food. 

Please RSVP to or the hotline at 425-68-NWSFS. We'd prefer to get your RSVP by early evening of March 8th, but any attempt to RSVP will help us plan for you.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

March Steamcon Organizational Meeting

Date & Time: Sunday, March 7th, 2010, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: University Heights Center Room 211 , 5031 University Way NE, Seattle, WA
Parking is free!

The Steamcon Google Group will be replacing this list from now on.  Please join the group below to keep up on the latest Steamcon II news.

OR if you prefer there are these other communities:

Diana Vick - Vice Chair of Steamcon

New website -*