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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.
Children of Ruin by Adrian Tchaikovsky – June Book Discussion
Children of Ruin by Adrian Tchaikovsky – June Book Discussion

The next NESFA Reading Group discussion will meet via Zoom on Friday, June 4th at 7pm to discuss Children of Ruin by Adrian Tchaikovsky

The 2021 Gaughan Award
The 2021 Gaughan Award

The recipient of the 2021 Gaughan Award is Hilary Clarq.

The Gaughan Award honors the memory of Jack Gaughan, a long-time friend of fandom and one of the finest SF artists of the 20th century. Because Jack felt it was important to encourage and recognize new blood in the field, The New England Science Fiction Association, Inc., presents the Gaughan Award annually to an emerging artist (an artist who has become a professional within the past five years) chosen by a panel of judges.

The winner of the 2022 Gaughan Award will be announced in February during Boskone59, NESFA’s annual convention.

2020 Chesley Award Winners
2020 Chesley Award Winners

NESFA congratulates the winners of the 2020 Chesley Awards.

In particular, Eric Wilkerson (Boskone 57 Official Artist) won for Best Cover: Hardback BookTristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia (Rick Riordan Presents / October 2019) and John Picacio (Boskone 47 Official Artist) won for Best Interior IllustrationNinth House by Leigh Bardugo (Flatiron Books/Macmillan / September 2019).

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.

The 2021 Skylark Award
The 2021 Skylark Award

The 2021 Skylark Award is now closed for Nominations. The 2021 Skylark recipient will be announced at the Boskone 58 awards ceremony on Saturday, February 14, 2021.

Nominations closed at the end of 2020. Skylark 2022 nominations will open after the NESFA Annual meeting in May. Regular members may then place their nominations in the Skylark Award mail box in the clubhouse, or email them to skylark.noms@gmail.com. Learn more here about the E. E. Smith Memorial Award.

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

05/17
Monday
NESFA Writes (virtual). • 7:00pm to 10:00pm
A Maker Space for Making Fiction
05/18
Tuesday
The Somerville Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book Club. • 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Book: The Space Between Worlds by J. Conrad & Micaiah Johnson

This meeting will be held online.

05/24
Monday
NESFA Writes (virtual). • 7:00pm to 10:00pm
A Maker Space for Making Fiction
05/31
Monday
NESFA Writes (virtual). • 7:00pm to 10:00pm
A Maker Space for Making Fiction
06/04
Friday
NESFA Reading Group. • 7:00pm to 10:00am
Book: Children of Ruin by Adrian Tchaikovsky This meeting will be held online.
06/07
Monday
NESFA Writes (virtual). • 7:00pm to 10:00pm
A Maker Space for Making Fiction
06/13
Sunday
Boskone and NESFA Business Meetings. • 1:00pm to whenever
The Boskone meeting will start at 1PM. The NESFA business meeting will follow at about 2PM

These meetings will be held online.

06/14
Monday
NESFA Writes (virtual). • 7:00pm to 10:00pm
A Maker Space for Making Fiction
06/15
Tuesday
The Somerville Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book Club. • 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Book: Hench by Natalie Zina Walschots

This meeting will be held online.

06/21
Monday
NESFA Writes (virtual). • 7:00pm to 10:00pm
A Maker Space for Making Fiction
06/28
Monday
NESFA Writes (virtual). • 7:00pm to 10:00pm
A Maker Space for Making Fiction
07/02
Friday
NESFA Reading Group. • 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Book: Re: Colonised Planet 5, Shikasta by Doris Lessing

This meeting will be held online.

09/05
Sunday
NESFA Picnic. • 3:00pm to 7:00pm
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.