Washington Science Fiction Association


August 9th, 2015 at 7:10 pm

The WSFA Small Press Award Committee Announces Finalists for the 2015 Award for stories published in 2014.

The Washington Science Fiction Association is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2015 WSFA Small Press Award for Short Fiction:

“All of Our Past Places” by Kat Howard, published in Unlikely Story #9: The Journal of Unlikely Cartography, June 2014.

“Careful Magic” by Karen Healey published in Kaleidoscope, Twelfth Planet Press, August 2014.

“Cookie Cutter Superhero” by Tansy Rayner Roberts, published in Kaleidoscope, Twelfth Planet Press, August 2014.

“Jackalope Wives” by Ursula Vernon, published in Apex Magazine, Issue 56, January 2014.

“The Lesser Evil” by Day Al-Mohamed, in Sword & Laser, edited by Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt, April 29, 2014.

“The Magician and Laplace’s Demon” by Tom Crosshill, published in Clarkesworld Magazine, December 2014.

“N is for Nanomachine” by C.S. MacCath in A is for Apocalypse, edited by Rhonda Parrish, Niteblade, August 2014.

“Qasida” by Rosaleen Love in Secret Lives of Books, edited by Alisa Krasnostein , Twelfth Planet Press, June 2014.

“Vanilla” by Dirk Flinthart in Kaleidoscope, Twelfth Planet Press, August 2014.

The award honors the efforts of small press publishers in providing a critical venue for short fiction in the area of speculative fiction. The award showcases the best original short fiction published by small presses in the previous year (2014). An unusual feature of the selection process is that all voting is done with the identity of the author (and publisher) hidden so that the final choice is based solely on the quality of the story.

The winner is chosen by the members of the Washington Science Fiction Association (www.wsfa.org) and will be presented at their annual convention, Capclave (www.capclave.org), held this year on October 9-12th in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

July 19th, 2015 at 3:05 pm

July 2015 has a 5th Friday — so WSFA will have a social event

Fifth Friday social will be July 31 at 9pm at Sam Lubell’s home.
11801 Rockville Pike (the Forum)
Apt 1508
Rockville, MD 20852

There will be no WSFA meeting, just a social gathering.

Note: the building is only accessible from the Rockville Pike (355) going North.
Parking passes (at the front desk) are only needed if staying past 11pm.

June 18th, 2015 at 12:50 pm

WSFA invited to The Bungalow for 4th of July Party

Once again invited the members of WSFA to the Fabulous Bungalow for their annual 4th of July 2015 Party.

The Kathi Overton and John Pomeranz Fourth of July party will be Noon till late on Satuday the fourth. 5927 3rd street north, Arlington VA. Call 703-5CAT-WAR for directions.

Note: There is a 3rd Street South so beware.

May 14th, 2015 at 6:23 pm

Committee to Discuss Science Fiction Announces Schedule

Upcoming discussion topics for the Committee to Talk about SF. Discussions take place after the Main Business Meeting at the 1st and 3rd Friday meetings of each month.

The Committee to Talk about SF will discuss the April/May issue of Asimov’s at the Third Friday meeting tomorrow (May 15th, 2015). This is the special Philadelphia issue with stories by four Philadelphia authors.

The June 2015 First Friday meeting will discuss the May/June issue of F&SF.

The June 2015 Third Friday will discuss the Hugo short stories, novellas, and novelettes

The July 2015 First Friday will discuss the Hugo novels

The July 2015 Third Friday will discuss the WSFA Small Press nominees (only WSFA Member can read or vote on these stories).

The August 2015 First Friday will discuss the July/August issue of F&SF.

April 28th, 2015 at 11:13 am

WSFA May Meetings Are SWITCHED

Due to an unforeseen emergency, the May 2015 WSFA Meetings have been swapped.

MAY 1st meeting will be in MD at the Madigan’s home.
May 15th meeting will be in VA at the Scheiner’s home.

March 19th, 2015 at 2:38 pm

Planetarium Show featuring Science Fiction – March 20 – 22, 2015 in Arlington, VA

Members and friends of WSFA, come to the Arlington, VA planetarium this coming Sunday, March 22 at 1:30pm! The Friends of the Planetarium (a local non-profit group) and Fast Forward:Contemporary Science Fiction are sponsoring a special panel on “Putting the Science in Science Fiction”. Authors Catherine Asaro, Tom Doyle, Edward M. Lerner and Alan Smale are scheduled to participate. You can reserve seats now (there is a modest fee to defray facility costs) at www.friendsoftheplanetarium.org.

Other science fiction related events are also happening during the weekend as well! Don’t miss it! — with Catherine Asaro, Edward M Lerner, Alan Smale and Tom Doyle.

For further details about the weekend events check out the weekend schedule.

March 6th, 2015 at 12:01 am

WSFA Journal March-April 2015

March First Friday

9:16 meeting called to order by Bob.
We have money. Everyone who has not needs to pay dues so they can run for office and vote.
Trustees: Slate is wide open.
Capclave Present – Continuing to work on Capclave. We have a fan table at ReGeneration Who.
Capclave Future is looking for hotels
WSFA Press – contract is now signed. We are doing a special limited trade hardcover of “Slow Bullets” by Alastair Reynolds. Will be $40, with special $30 rate at Capclave. Signed limited edition of 1000.
The WSFA website is ticking along. Unless people give them content, there will be no content to put up. Capclave twitter has 129 followers.
Policy committee is still working on procedures.

Click the link for the full text of the March/April 2015 WSFA Journal, including the Minutes of the March 6th, 20th 2015 / April 3rd, 17th 2015 meetings.

In addition to the normal fare, this issue of the journal contain some special articles on Chilean SF.

WSFA Journal March-April 2015

Note: Publication date is set to the date of the Journal, rather than the date posted, for indexing purposes

November 7th, 2014 at 12:01 pm

WSFA Journal November-December 2014

Beware of the dog. Allright folks, said Bob, 9:15 Third Friday for WSFA.
Bill objected. Secretary not here. Sam L taking notes. Did not have a meeting on First Friday due to World Fantasy. No old business that Bob remembered. Bill said Cathy promised to do a journal. She is tabling at Philcon.
No treasurer report. He is calculating revenue.
Capclave Past. Bill said has hotel bill, all other receipts are in so should have a report by First Friday. I’ll be at SMOFcon so won’t be at World Fantasy, I mean WSFA. Cathy doing recruitment for Capclave.
Sam L. for Capclave Present looking for programming person as the Zipsers had to decline.
Far Future not here.
Trustees. Brian has forms for people to join.
Talk of World Fantasy and DC 17. Elizabeth: none of us will have to volunteer. We’ll be assigned.

Click the link for the full text of the November/December 2014 WSFA Journal, including the Minutes of the November 21st 2014 / December 5th, 19th 2014 meetings. There was no meeting held 1st Friday of November due to most officers being away (and running) World Fantasy.

WSFA Journal November-December 2014

Note: Publication date is set to the date of the Journal, rather than the date posted, for indexing purposes

October 28th, 2014 at 3:41 pm

November 7th, 2014, WSFA Meeting in VA is CANCELED

The 1st Friday meeting of the Washington Science Fiction Association (WSFA) normally held in Virginia is canceled — so do NOT show up on November 7th.

Most of the members in the club are attending and/or working on the World Fantasy Convention which will be held in Crystal City, Virginia that same weekend. So, the club voted to cancel the meeting.

We hope you will join us for our regular 3rd Friday meeting on November 21st in Greenbelt, Maryland. Be sure to check our Events Calendar for our schedule of meetings and special events of interest to fans of science fiction and fantasy.

October 15th, 2014 at 2:26 pm

Winner of the 2014 WSFA Small Press Award was Announced at Capclave

Kathi D Overton's photo of WSFA Small Press Award Winner

The 2014 winner of the WSFA Small Press Award is Alex Shvartsman for his story, “Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma”, published in Orson Scott Card’s InterGalactic Medicine Show, edited by Edmund R. Schubert (Hatrack Publishing, April 2013).

The winner was announced during a short awards ceremony at this year’s Capclave.

The award committee will begin accepting submission for it’s 2015 contest (for stories published for the first time in 2014) on January 1st, 2015. Check the WSFA Small Press Award website for details.