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Outgrowing the Cafeteria: LASFS

By Michelle Turner | August 10, 2018

Over the years, the meetings of the now-independent Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society got bigger. As some of the younger fans went on to their dream jobs, some related to…

Book cover of The Uplift War by David Brin

Caltech Writers: Part II

By Michelle Turner | June 12, 2018

There have been a number of science fiction and fantasy writers with ties to Caltech, but from the 1960s on, three have stood out, in terms of quantity, quality, and…

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Clifton’s Cafeteria: For the Hungry and the Creative

By Michelle Turner | June 1, 2018

Starting in the 1930s, there was a haven for writers, artists, fans and anyone else who had too little money for the lives they wanted to live. It was a…

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Science Fiction after Frankenstein

By Michelle Turner | April 26, 2018

So, where was the science fiction of the nineteenth century, if Frankenstein was so influential? It existed, but it followed “Sturgeon’s Law” in that most of it wasn’t very good.…

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Early Fandom in Science Fiction

By Michelle Turner | April 13, 2018

What is a “fan” of something or someone? The standard dictionary definition is that the term is short for “fanatic,” someone obsessed with that someone or something. I must suggest…

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Caltech Writers: Part I

By Michelle Turner | March 28, 2018

One of the greatest overlaps between science and science fiction over the past century has been Caltech. Several great SF writers have spent part or all of their academic years…

Bust of actor Glenn Strange as Frankenstein

It’s Alive!!

By Michelle Turner | March 14, 2018

Two centuries ago, this year, a single book created a whole new genre, that of what we now call science fiction. The book was Frankenstein, written by Mary Shelley, but…

A Final Walk

By Jeanette Bovard | September 15, 2015

By the late 1930s, there were only a handful of Civil War veterans left in Pasadena. Unlike in earlier days, there were no big groups of them attending events, such…

Give Us a Flag: African American Civil War Soldiers

By Jeanette Bovard | September 8, 2015

…And I further declare and make known, that such persons of suitable condition, will be received into the armed service of the United States to garrison forts, positions, stations, and…

Under a Heavy Fire: Lieutenant Thomas Ellsworth

By Jeanette Bovard | September 1, 2015

“Under a heavy fire carried his wounded commanding officer from the field.”– from the Medal of Honor citation of Thomas F. Ellsworth, 55th Massachusetts Infantry In mid-1863, Corporal Thomas Ellsworth…