Membership and Pre-Registration Form

Hello IAFA-ers,
The 2010 membership and ICFA-31 pre-registration form has now been posted to our website at www.iafa.org. Click on the “Conference Info” tab and scroll down to the “To attend the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts” section and you’ll find the link to .doc and .pdf versions of the form. In addition, there has been a slight change to the 2010 rates for those of you subscribing to Science Fiction Studies (or for those of you who were mailed the old form before the increase of $1.00 was officially announced). The new rates for SFS are as follows:

domestic individual: $20
domestic institution: $30
foreign individual: $22
foreign institution: $32

As always, make sure you book your hotel room as soon as possible to ensure you aren’t disappointed as ICFA-31 is getting closer.

See you all in Orlando.

Take care,
Graham J. Murphy

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Chesley Awards to be announced at Renovation!

Chesley Awards to be announced at Renovation!

Renovation
The 69th World Science Fiction Convention
RCFI
PO Box 13278
Portland, OR 97213-0278

press@renovationsf.org
www.renovationsf.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Reno – Renovation is pleased to announce that the 2011 Chesley Awards (“the Chesleys”) will be presented at the convention at a highlighted ceremony.

The Chesleys are given annually by the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists (ASFA). Awards are given in a range of categories including cover and interior illustration, product illustration, art director and artistic achievement. The roll of honor for the Chesleys features many of the field’s best known figures including Michael Whelan, Donato Giancola and Bob Eggleton.

“The presentation of the Chesleys in Reno forms an important element of our wider commitment to science fiction and fantasy art” said Renovation chair Patty Wells. “In addition to honoring Guest of Honor Boris Vallejo and presenting the largest genre Art Show ever seen in Nevada, we will also be putting on an extensive art program including talks, panels and presentations”.

Mike Willmoth, ASFA President, added “The visual arts offer a unique means to express science fiction and fantasy themes, and ASFA is delighted to be working closely with Renoavtion on both the Chesley Awards and related events. I hope that all of the attendees will take the time to look around the exhibits and to meet some of the artists working in the field while they are at the convention”.

Editor’s Note: The Chesley Awards were established in 1985 as ASFA’s peer awards to recognize individual works and achievements during a given year. The Chesleys were initially called the ASFA Awards, but were later renamed to honor famed astronomical artist Chesley Bonestell after his death in 1986.

ENDS

Memberships for Renovation may be purchased at www.renovationsf.org. In addition to individual memberships, Renovation will also offer a family rate.

For more details on the convention, visit www.renovationsf.org. We encourage your input to help us create a memorable Worldcon.

The Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists (ASFA) web site can be found at www.asfa-art.org.

Direct press questions, or requests to be removed from the Renovation press release mailing list, to press@renovationsf.org. General queries to info@renovationsf.org.

“World Science Fiction Society”, “WSFS”, “World Science Fiction Convention”, “Worldcon”, “NASFiC”, “Hugo Award”, and the distinctive design of the Hugo Award Rocket are service marks of the World Science Fiction Society, an unincorporated literary society.

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Charles N. Brown, 1937-2009

A good friend to the IAFA and ICFA, Charles N. Brown has passed away. Here is the link to his obituary on Locus.

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A Loss to the Association

On Saturday, June 27, ICFA founder, Bob Collins, passed away in his home at age 80 after an incredibly swift-moving battle with cancer.

Thirty years ago, Bob, a professor at Florida Atlantic University, gambled that a mass mailing to university English departments might attract scholars who wished to give papers on fantasy literature; the response was overwhelming, and the rest, as the saying goes, is history. At the recent 30th annual Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, we were privileged to hear an interview with Bob during which he recounted some of the early history of the conference and the organization and his amazement at its success.

At his request, Bob’s ashes were scattered on the ocean by the Neptune Society. Bob’s daughter, Judy, is planning a remembrance for Bob at their house in Boca Raton, starting at 1 pm on Thursday, July 2. Anyone who will be in the area and who wishes to join us will be welcome. At 2 pm Eastern Time, we will lift a glass together to honor Bob. If others would like to join us in absentia at that time, no doubt Bob would be pleased.

William A. Senior

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New Division Head

On behalf of the Executive Board of IAFA, I would like to announce that we have decided upon a replacement for Susan George, who recently stepped down as Film and Television Division Head at the end of her term. The new Division Head will be Jeffrey Weinstock of Central Michigan University.

Jeffrey has been a member of IAFA since 1996, presenting papers on a wide variety of topics. He has edited several collections including books on South Park, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Blair Witch Project, and has an upcoming book on the films of M. Night Shyamalan, in addition to working in nineteenth and twentieth century American Literature. In service to IAFA, Jeffrey has served on the Graduate Student Paper Award committee, and is Reviews Editor for JFA. He brings to the position of division head a great deal of experience in conference planning and organizing.

The board was pleased with the response to the call for candidates for the position; three people expressed interest in the job, all of them well qualified. We thank all of the candidates and hope that all will find other ways in which to continue to contribute to the success of the conference and of the association.

Chrissie Mains
1VP, IAFA

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JFA Issues Missing in Action

Brian Attebery, the Editor of Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, and those of us who share the JFA masthead are looking to have a complete archive of the journal; however, there are some issues that have gone MIA (chiefly due to unscrupulous office movers). Can any of the membership help in donating any of the following (see below)? If so, please contact Brian at attebria@isu.edu.

Volume Issue

1 2
1 3

2 1
2 2

3 2

5 2
5 3
5 4

Take care,
Graham J. Murphy

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Brian Attebery: Pilgrim Award

The IAFA is thrilled to applaud Brian Attebery for winning the SFRA’s Pilgrim Award for lifetime contributions to SF and fantasy scholarship. Brian is a highly-respected scholar in our field thanks to such books as The Fantasy Tradition in American Literature: From Irving to Le Guin, Strategies of Fantasy, and Decoding Gender in Science Fiction. His articles appear in Extrapolation, Daughters of Earth: Twentieth Century Feminist Science Fiction, Science Fiction Studies, Nanoculture: Implications of the New Technoscience, the New York Review of Science Fiction, and the Hugo Award-winning The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction. He is also Editor of the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts. A hearty congratulations from all of us.

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Dell Award Winner

The IAFA is proud to announce the Dell winner for this year is Josh Eure of North Carolina State University for the story “We Were Real.” Congratulations to all the nominees and, of course, this year’s winner.

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Shopping in Orlando

(Not a Definitive Guide, Being the Limited Experiences of one Chrissie Mains, Cosmetics Junkie)

Just in case anyone else is interested in doing some shopping during the conference and is wondering how to get around Orlando without a car, I thought I might as well post some of my own research into public transit and Orlando malls.

The public transit system in Orlando is called Lynx (links, get it?) and their website is GoLynx.com. There’s a useful transit map, as well as schedules and route maps to help you to plan your outing.

A very useful Lynx route #42 runs from Orlando International Airport to the Premium Outlets Mall, passing through Prime Outlets Mall and the Florida Mall on its way. Since the hotel is so close to the airport, it’s easy for those staying at the hotel to catch this bus and visit not only those shopping destinations but also other places on International Drive as well as connections to other bus routes going to downtown Orlando and to Walt Disney World (it also passes by Sea World, but that’s not shopping, is it?).

To catch the #42 bus, leave the hotel’s front entrance, walk around the lovely water feature (apparently called Lake Lorri, according to Wikimapia), and north on Augusta National Drive to the first major intersection; turn left onto T. G. Lee Blvd, and continue west to the major intersection with S. Semorran Blvd. You’ll want to be on the north side of the intersection, so that when you cross S. Semorran, you end up at the bus stop across the street from T.G.I. Friday’s. For a visual aid, go to the following Wikimapia link, where I have outlined the Bus Stop:

Wikimapia TGIF and #42 Bus Stop

Here’s a link to the schedule and route map for #42, in pdf format:

#42 Schedule

Use the airport timing point, since it doesn’t take that long for the bus to get from the airport to this stop. The bus runs every 30 minutes. The fare is $2.00 each way, but you can apparently purchase a weekly pass for $16. The return #42, on its way to the airport, will turn the corner right in front of T.G.I. Friday’s, so you’ll only have to walk across the intersection to be on your way back to the hotel.

The Florida Mall is about 20 minutes from the stop. The bus will stop for about 5 minutes in a bus area right by the parking lot, so don’t worry about where to get on or off. The Florida Mall is a huge mall, with six department stores and a whole lot of other stores (including a Sephora!), with Target right across the parking lot. There are also a number of restaurants there, both food court and nice sit-down places. Here’s a link to the mall’s website:

Florida Mall

And here’s a Wikimapia view:

Wikimapia of Florida Mall

You can see the Target in the top right corner, and I’ve labelled the bus stop area to the left of the JC Penney’s.

If you just want a relatively stress-free shopping afternoon, Florida Mall is probably your best bet, as it’s not a long bus ride and there are no connections necessary.

If you stay on this bus for another 30 minutes, you’ll end up at Prime Outlets (I haven’t done that yet, but it’s on the books for this year). And if you take it to the end of the line, another 30 minutes or so, you’re at Chelsea Premium Outlets. I did do this last year, and while it’s nice enough, I’m not sure it’s worth ending up on a bus in rush hour traffic. But if you want to try it out, here are their websites:

Prime Outlets Orlando

Premium Outlets Orlando

I also plan to transfer to route #50 at Sea World, in order to get to the Cirque du Soleil show La Nouba at Downtown Disney World. This route also ends up at the Transportation and Ticketing Center for Walt Disney World, and it looks like it travels much of the route on I4 and thus doesn’t stop often; at any rate, the timetable claims it can travel between the downtown Orlando station and Downtown Disney World in about 45 minutes. If you really want to do Disney World, there are probably easier and faster ways to get there, of course.

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IAFA Election Results

The IAFA Board is pleased to announce the results of our most recent
elections:

2nd Vice-President: Sydney Duncan (unanimous)
Treasurer: William Clemente (re-elected; unanimous)

Our thanks to all those of you who participated in the election process
as candidates and/or voters. We wish all the best to our new/returning
members of the Board and look forward to seeing everyone at ICFA-30.

Graham J. Murphy

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