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Bay Area Science Fiction Association

"We do these things not because they are hard, but because we are weird"

Vote in BASFA Poll on New Permanent Meeting Site

BASFA's long-standing (and original) meeting location, the Coco's on Oakmead Parkway in Sunnyvale, closed without notice on December 17, 2015. The club has been evaluating new permanent meeting locations for the past few months, and will vote on where to permanently relocate its regular meetings at the meeting on May 2. The Relocation Committee, in consultation with the membership at recent meetings, has opened a Relocation Poll. Vote in this poll using an "instant runoff voting" preferential ballot (1 by your most preferred site, 2 by your next-most favorite, etc.) The poll is open until Saturday, April 30, 2016. Results of the poll will be presented to the May 2 meeting. The selected site will be used for four weeks (starting May 16) to discover and iron out any issues. If all works out, we'll adopt the selecte location as our new permanent home.

The locations that the club has evaluated are:

Black Bear Diner, 174 W Calaveras Blvd, Milpitas
Faz, 181 E Tasman Dr, San Jose
Lyon's, 4233 Moorpark Ave, San Jose
Mimi's Cafe, 1200 El Paseo de Saratoga, San Jose (We would neet to change our meeting dates to Tuesdays to select this site)
Old Spaghetti Factory, 51 N San Pedro St, San Jose
Omega Family Restaurant, 90 S Park Victoria Dr, Milpitas
Round Table Pizza, 1220 Oakmead Pkwy, Sunnyvale


The temporary meeting schedule for the next few weeks is:

May 2 Black Bear Diner, 174 W Calaveras Blvd, Milpitas SITE SELECTION MEETING
May 9 Lyon's, 4233 Moorpark Ave, San Jose
May 16 -
June 13
To be voted upon at May 2 Meeting

BASFA 2016 and 1941 Hugo Award® Recommendations

BASFA met over several weeks in January and February to discuss the members recommendations for the 2016 Hugo Award and the 1941 Retro-Hugo Award. The club's accumulated recommendations, including the names of each person making recommendations, can be seen on the Hugo Recommendations LiveJournal starting with 2016 Best Fan Artist.

Welcome Meetup.com

BASFA now has a page on meetup.com. If you found us through that page, welcome! We hope you'll join us for one of our regular weekly meetings.


The Bay Area Science Fiction Association is the local weekly science fiction social club that meets every Monday evening at 8:00 PM for discussion of any thing of interest to science fiction fans. Meetings usually start at 8:00 PM, but people arrive starting around 7:00 PM to socialize and dine before the meeting.

The usual meeting order, after approval of previous minutes (which is sometimes an adventure) and officer reports, consists of announcements from members of things they think other members might want to hear, followed by members' reviews of books, movies, events, and other things of potential interest. The evening usually ends with auctions of things donated to the club, followed by the adoption of the club's "Rumor of the Week." Meetings normally end shortly after 9:00 PM, depending on how enthusiastic the members are about discussing things.

Structure & Officers

BASFA has an elected president, vice president, treasurer, and secretary, all of whom serve until a new election is called for any office or until that officer misses 13 consecutive meetings (absenses may be excused). By tradition, complaints about an officer's work are taken as calls for a new election, with the complainant assumed as the first nominee for the office.

As of January 2016, the club officers are:

President: Trey Haddad
Vice President: Ken Patterson
Secretary: Barbara Johnson-Haddad
Treasurer: David Gallaher

BASFA LiveJournal

For the latest BASFA news, be sure to check The BASFA LiveJournal community, which is updated more frequently than this website.

Original artwork for BASFA by Frank Wu, 2004, 2006, 2007, and 2009 Hugo winner - Best Fan Artist.

BASFA Turns 1,000!

BASFA was formed at a "meeting zero" in the Quiet Bar at what is now the San Jose Doubletree Hotel after a SiliCon committee meeting in 1991, where people who realized that the only time they were ever seeing their friends was at committee meetings. Michael Wallis proposed that people also start meeting socially and organized the initial meetings of the club.Michael's account of the club's formation:

Dave and Marli Medinnus, Lamont and Mitzi Jones, myself, and several other concom staff were sitting in the Quiet Bar at the (then) Red Lion Hotel after about the 4th or 5th weekend in a row of having concom meetings for one convention or another... and Dave was complaining that we only ever saw each other at committee meetings. I suggested starting a social club where we could actually have fun....

Dave called the next day (a Monday in July) and said "Coco's at Lawrence and Oakmead, 8:00 pm, Wednesday." There were 28 people at the first meeting. The "Numismatic Responsibility Act" was proposed and adopted. Dave was elected President. I think Lamont was Treasurer. We've met (mostly) weekly since then. We've met at various other locations over the years. Activities at meetings have come and gone (we used to be a hotbead of Hearts playing back in the day), but the club goes on. And Death will not release it.

Appropriately, BASFA celebrated its 1,000th meeting by holding it on the final night of SiliCon 2009 at the San Jose Doubletree.

Joining BASFA

A lifetime membership in BASFA costs just $5.00. To join, come to any meeting, fill out the membership form, and pay the Treasurer your $5.00 membership fee. Join soon!

Paper Mail

If you need to send us paper mail, write to BASFA, c/o SFSFC, PO Box 61363, Sunnyvale CA 94088-1363. BASFA thanks SFSFC for their assistance.
Last updated: 13:36:52 on 28 Apr 16
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