Welcome to the home on the Internet for NASFA, the North Alabama Science Fiction Association. Founded in 1980, NASFA is a general-interest Science Fiction and Fantasy club headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama.
This month's program will be “Science Fiction in AL and connections to AL Science”, presented by Gary Zank:
The Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 spacecraft have entered the interstellar medium, an historic and remarkable event for humankind. The Sun and solar system are embedded in a warm interstellar cloud that strongly influences the basic physics of the solar wind-interstellar medium interaction. The University of Alabama Department of Space Science and the Center for Space Plasma Research (CSPAR) is at the forefront of research in this field. A little surprisingly, ideas about the interaction of interstellar clouds with the Earth have arisen in several science fiction novels/novellas, at least one of which has a strong AL connection. A little of the science and its connections to science fiction and AL will be discussed.
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NASFA (USUALLY) meets on the third Saturday* of each month at the Madison campus of the Willowbrook Baptist Church, located at 446 Jeff Road, 0.8 miles North of the University Drive / Jeff Road intersection. Meeting time is from 6:00pm to 7:30pm. The business portion of the meeting (“Old Business?” “New Business?”) is at 6:00pm. The program is at 6:30pm. The meeting program changes each month and can be anything from “Your Brain is a Quantum Computer” to a discussion with a local author or scientist. There is usually an after-the-meeting meeting at the church.
Meetings are open to the public. You do not have to be a dues-paying member to attend the Saturday meetings. All you need is an interest in Science Fiction, Fantasy, or related genres. (A sense of humor, while not required, is recommended.)
*Unless there is a large nearby convention being held that weekend -- in which case we often move the meeting to either the second or the fourth weekend.
Any science fiction or fantasy fan is eligible for membership. To become a subscribing NASFA member you must pay yearly dues of $25.00. As a subscribing member you will receive a monthly copy of our club 'zine, 'The NASFA Shuttle'. Each additional family member of a subscribing member, over the age of 12 years, may pay yearly dues of $6.00 as part of a family membership. Only one copy of the Shuttle will be mailed or e-mailed to each family.
NASFA was founded in Huntsville circa 1980 as a result of local fans meeting at a one-time convention named MidSouthCon, held in Huntsville that year. (Note: This convention is not directly related to the annual convention of the same name in Memphis Tennessee.) Club members quickly came up with the idea of starting their own sf convention. The first of these was a mini (1-day) con named ZerCon, in November 1981. While planning and executing ZerCon, the club came up with the name "Con*Stellation" (or "Con†Stellation") for a planned ongoing series of longer (3-day) conventions.