The Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society (LASFS) is the world’s oldest continuously active science fiction and fantasy club, and has gaveled to order a meeting of the membership every single Thursday night, without fail, since the club’s founding on Oct. 27, 1934. And this year once again, LASFS will present the 47th annual Loscon — Los Angeles’ longest running fan convention — over Thanksgiving weekend (November 26–28, 2021). This family-friendly gathering includes a variety of panels, discussions, activities, a film festival, an art show, music and shopping. Diverse participants include area authors, such as Steven Barnes, Larry Niven and David Gerrold.
Writer Guest of Honor is Dr. Gregory Benford, whose most recent release, in June of 2020, is Glorious, the latest volume of the Bowl of Heaven series co-written with Larry Niven. Artist Guest of Honor is Jeff Sturgeon, whose artwork has inspired an entire book of stories collected in the Last Cities of Earth Anthology, which will be available. Fan Guests of Honor are longtime participants Dennis and Kristine Cherry, who have run the convention Red Cross blood drive for 30 years.
Loscon is please to introduce our Special Musical Guest, Tim Griffin, founder of Griffin Education Solutions. His organization is dedicated to putting music to work for education with the goal to give every child access to fun music that will help them master the content and vocabulary they need for success in school, regardless of ability to pay. Their website is filled with free child-friendly musical content with a strong STEM and STEAM focus.
LASFS will host the functions mandated in the Westercon Constitution for Westercon 73 at Loscon 47, including the Business Meeting and Site Selection voting. Westercon 73 memberships will be honored at Loscon 47.
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 currently available at discounted rates. Covid-19 safety precautions will be in effect.
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Loscon 47: Nov 26-28, 2021 Los Angeles area’s longest running Science Fiction Fan Convention. Marriott Los Angeles Airport Hotel 5855 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045. https://loscon.org