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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 & Library begin to reopen
The NESFA Clubhouse & Library begin to reopen

NESFA is pleased to announce our gradual reopening. Starting in June 2021, the NESFA Library reopened.  Club members are welcome once again to browse the collection and check out books, movies, and other circulating items. Starting in August 2021, Game and Video days will resume. For now, NESFA and Boskone Business Meetings will remain via Zoom.

  • People who can be vaccinated must be vaccinated to use the clubhouse. Due to the current CDC guidelines and Somerville rules, masks are once again required for everyone over the age of two while in the clubhouse.  People are required to sign-in/sign-out using the register by the front door so we may track the use of the clubhouse.
  • While food is once again allowed in the clubhouse, eating is only allowed when no one else not from the same household is present. Drinking is only allowed using a straw under a mask if anyone else not from the same household is present.  All trash should go in the blue trash can with the lid.
  • Keyholders should send a message to nesfa-active before going to the clubhouse to warn more risk-averse people that others will be present and to make sure there are no more than 12 people in the clubhouse at any one time.
  • Keyholders may use the library at any time providing they don’t conflict with other clubhouse work activities. Non-keyholders may come in during open library hours. Open library hours will be posted to the NESFA calendar (at the lower right of this webpage). Up to 12 people at a time will be admitted to use the library depending on other work going on in the clubhouse, so you may wish to call ahead before arriving.
  • Game and Video days will be by RSVP only to the person running the event. As with use of the Library, up to 12 people at a time will be allowed at Game and Video days depending on other necessary work going on in the clubhouse.
  • If you have any questions, please call the clubhouse at 617-625-2311, leave a message if necessary, and someone will get back to you. Remember we are an all volunteer organization and it may take several days for someone to get back to you.

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.
Persephone Station by Stina Leicht – October Book Discussion
Persephone Station by Stina Leicht – October Book Discussion

The next NESFA Reading Group discussion will meet via Zoom on Friday, September 3rd at 7pm to discuss Persephone Station by Stina Leicht Sign up via Meetup here

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 was given to Anthony R. Lewis, one of the founders of NESFA, an occasional SF writer, and both a Fan (yes, with a capital “F”) and promoter of Science Fiction for more than half a century.

The 2022 Skylark Award opened for Nominations after our Annual meeting in May, and they will close at 23:59 on Wednesday, October 20, 2021. The 2022 Skylark recipient will be announced at the Boskone 59 awards ceremony on Saturday, February 19, 2022.

Regular members may place nominations in the Skylark Award mail box in the clubhouse, or email them to skylark@nesfa.org. 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

10/23
Saturday
Open library hours. • 1:00pm to 8:00pm
At the clubhouse.
10/25
Monday
NESFA Writes (virtual). • 8:00pm to 10:30pm
A Maker Space for Making Fiction (or nonfiction) -8pm - 8:15pm - Group Chat -8:15 - 9pm - Breakout for Writing -9pm - 9:15pm - Group Chat -9:15 - 10pm - Breakout for Writing -10pm - 10:30pm(ish) - Group Chat
10/27
Wednesday
Open library hours. • 1:00pm to 8:00pm
At the clubhouse.
10/30
Saturday
Open library hours. • 1:00pm to 8:00pm
At the clubhouse.
11/01
Monday
NESFA Writes (virtual). • 8:00pm to 10:30pm
A Maker Space for Making Fiction (or nonfiction) -8pm - 8:15pm - Group Chat -8:15 - 9pm - Breakout for Writing -9pm - 9:15pm - Group Chat -9:15 - 10pm - Breakout for Writing -10pm - 10:30pm(ish) - Group Chat
11/03
Wednesday
Open library hours. • 1:00pm to 8:00pm
At the clubhouse.
11/05
Friday
NESFA Reading Group. • 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Book: The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper by A. J. Fitzwater

This meeting may be held online or may be a hybrid, if we head back to the Clubhouse.

11/06
Saturday
Open library hours. • 1:00pm to 8:00pm
At the clubhouse.
11/07
Sunday
end of daylight saving time. • 2:00am to 3:00am
2 am EDT, end of daylight saving time; change clocks backward to 1 am EST.
11/08
Monday
NESFA Writes (virtual). • 8:00pm to 10:30pm
A Maker Space for Making Fiction (or nonfiction) -8pm - 8:15pm - Group Chat -8:15 - 9pm - Breakout for Writing -9pm - 9:15pm - Group Chat -9:15 - 10pm - Breakout for Writing -10pm - 10:30pm(ish) - Group Chat
11/10
Wednesday
Open library hours. • 1:00pm to 8:00pm
At the clubhouse.
11/13
Saturday
Open library hours. • 1:00pm to 8:00pm
At the clubhouse.
11/14
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 3PM

These meetings may be held online.