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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 consider reopening and restarting our regular Wednesday evening get-togethers, game & media days, and reading & writing groups when the authorities allow moderate-sized gatherings. NESFA Business and Boskone Meetings will continue online at least until somewhat larger gatherings are allowed. 


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.

A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine – August Book Discussion
A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine – August Book Discussion

The next NESFA Reading Group discussion will meet via Zoom on Friday, August 7th at 7pm to discuss A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine, the winner of the 2020 Hugo award for best novel, presented last week at ConZealand, the 78th World Science Fiction Convention.

2020–2021 Short Story Contest
2020–2021 Short Story Contest

The NESFA Science Fiction & Fantasy Short Story Contest for 2020-2021 is now open and will be open until September 30, 2020  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 was scheduled to take place in Wellington, New Zealand. The convention will still run from July 29 through August 2, 2020, but it will be an entirely virtual con. 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

08/15
Saturday
reCONvene 2020. • 11:00am to 5:00pm
first NESFA virtual convention
08/18
Tuesday
The Book Shop Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book Club. • 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Book: Cloud Roads by Martha Wells This will be held online.
08/22
Saturday
Game Day (virtual). • 12:00 Noon to 6:00
The games will be played on boardgamearena.com. An account will be needed.
09/04
Friday
NESFA Reading Group. • 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Book: The Dark Side of the Sun by Terry Pratchett

This meeting will held online.

09/07
Monday
NESFA Picnic (canceled). • 3:00pm to 7:30pm
Because of COVID-19, this year's NESFA Picnic has been canceled.
09/13
Sunday
Boskone and NESFA Business Meetings. • 12:00 Noon to whenever
noon and 2 pm, respectively

This meeting will be held online.

09/15
Tuesday
The Book Shop Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book Club. • 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Book: Vast by Linda Nagata

This meeting will be held online.

10/02
Friday
NESFA Reading Group. • 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Book: Ancestral Night by Elizabeth Bear

This meeting will be held online.

10/11
Sunday
Boskone and NESFA Business Meetings. • 12:00 Noon to whenever
noon and 2 pm, respectively

This meeting will be held online.

10/20
Tuesday
The Book Shop Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book Club. • 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Book: The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

This meeting may be held online.

11/06
Friday
NESFA Reading Group. • 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Book: Scented Gardens for the Blind by Janet Frame

This meeting will be held online.

11/08
Sunday
Boskone and NESFA Business Meetings. • 12:00 Noon to whenever
noon and 2 pm, respectively

This meeting will be held online.