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Founded in 1967, we are one of the oldest science fiction clubs in New England. Our largest activities are Boskone, our annual convention, and NESFA Press.

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The NESFA Clubhouse is closed for now.
The NESFA Clubhouse is closed for now.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NESFA has closed down access to the clubhouse for now. We’ll reopen and restart our regular Wednesday evening get-togethers, game & media days, reading & writing groups, when the authorities allow it, probably when the schools and shops reopen.


If you have a book borrowed from our Library, please email library[at]nesfa.org to be informed when we are open again to return your books.

Welcome to the NESFA website!
Welcome to the NESFA website!
Our website is comprehensive, covering a wide variety of activities, information, and services that NESFA provides to the speculative community and to our members. If you are looking for information that you don’t see listed here, please contact us at info[at]nesfa.org. For questions or problems with the website, contact us at web[at]nesfa.org. You can also send news item suggestions to newsworthy[at]nesfa.org, and for events and activities to calendar[at]nesfa.org.
New ebooks by Zenna Henderson
New ebooks by Zenna Henderson

Ingathering: The Complete People Stories of Zenna Henderson, one of our best-selling hardcover books is now available in ebook format. And we now have its eagerly awaited companion book Believing: The Other Stories of Zenna Henderson in both hardcover and ebook format.

Erin Underwood wins the 2020 DUFF
Erin Underwood wins the 2020 DUFF

The Down Under Fan Fund announced that Erin Underwood has won the Down Under Fan Fund race and will become the new North American Administrator to the fund. She won an outright majority on the first ballot.

A quote from the news release: With CoNZealand being a virtual Worldcon this year and Covid-19, Erin will not be traveling to New Zealand this year, but hopes to travel to Australasia in the DUFF tradition in 2021, health and world events permitting.

Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut – June Book Discussion
Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut – June Book Discussion

The next NESFA Reading Group discussion will meet via a video conferencing method to be worked out among the group on Friday, June 5th at 7pm to discuss Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

2020–2021 Short Story Contest Status: Pending decision
2020–2021 Short Story Contest Status: Pending decision

The NESFA Science Fiction & Fantasy Short Story Contest for 2020-2021 is not yet open, but we expect it to be soon.  The winners will be announced at Boskone 58, February 12–14, 2021, at the Westin Waterfront Hotel in Boston, MA. Past winners are posted here.

2020 Worldcon in New Zealand
2020 Worldcon in New Zealand

This year’s Worldcon takes place in Wellington, New Zealand, from July 29 through August 2, 2020. Its guests include Mercedes Lackey (Author GoH), Larry Dixon (Author GoH), Greg Broadmore (Artist GoH), Rose Mitchell (Fan GoH), and George R.R. Martin as Toastmaster. Learn more about CoNZealand 2020.

Hugo Awards
Hugo Awards

NESFA congratulates Lois McMaster Bujold for winning the 2017 Best Series Hugo for The Vorkosigan Saga. NESFA Press editions of her first seven books are available.

NESFA Press

Believing

Believing
by Zenna Henderson

A Lit Fuse

A Lit Fuse
by Nat Segaloff

Threshold

Threshold
by Roger Zelazny

Barrayar

Barrayar
by Lois McMaster Bujold

Making Conversation

Making Conversation
by Teresa Nielsen Hayden

Call Me Joe

Call Me Joe
by Poul Anderson

Upcoming Events

06/05
Friday
NESFA Reading Group (online). • 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Book: Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut At present, the plans are to hold this meeting online.
06/08
Monday
NESFA Writes (Meeting Virtually). • 6:30pm to 9:30pm
A Maker Space for Making Fiction. Meeting Virtually https://discord.gg/JZn2aXK
06/14
Sunday
Boskone and NESFA Business Meetings (virtual). • 12:00 Noon to whenever
noon and 2 pm, respectively This meeting will be held online.
06/15
Monday
NESFA Writes (Meeting Virtually). • 6:30pm to 9:30pm
A Maker Space for Making Fiction. Meeting Virtually https://discord.gg/JZn2aXK
06/22
Monday
NESFA Writes (Meeting Virtually). • 6:30pm to 9:30pm
A Maker Space for Making Fiction. Meeting Virtually https://discord.gg/JZn2aXK
06/29
Monday
NESFA Writes (Meeting Virtually). • 6:30pm to 9:30pm
A Maker Space for Making Fiction. Meeting Virtually https://discord.gg/JZn2aXK
07/03
Friday
NESFA Reading Group. • 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Book: Hammers on Bone by Cassandra Khaw

This meeting may be held online. At the clubhouse.

07/06
Monday
NESFA Writes (Location TBD). • 7:00pm to 10:00pm
A Maker Space for Making Fiction Location TBD
07/12
Sunday
Boskone and NESFA Business Meetings (virtual). • 12:00 Noon to whenever
noon and 2 pm, respectively This meeting will be held online.
07/13
Monday
NESFA Writes (Location TBD). • 7:00pm to 10:00pm
A Maker Space for Making Fiction Location TBD
09/07
Monday
NESFA Picnic. • 3:00pm to 7:30pm
at The Shelter (a covered area with 6 grills and 8 tables) at Larz Anderson Park in Brookline.

Note that neither dogs nor hibachis are allowed in this area.

All fans are welcome. NESFA will provide the basics: hamburgers, hot dogs, buns, condiments, and fire; bring something to share.

There is a link for directions to the park on the same webpage.