Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society

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Name: Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society (was "Science Fiction League" until 1939)
Dates: 1934-present
Founder(s): Hugo Gernsback, Forrest J Ackerman
Country based in: United States
Focus: Science fiction and fantasy
External Links: LASFS Home Page, Archived version

Wikipedia:Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society

LASFS Coat of Arms
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The Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society or LASFS is the oldest continuously operating science fiction club in the world. It was originally founded as the Los Angeles branch of the Science Fiction League by Hugo Gernsback, who was editor of the magazine Wonder Stories, which ran from 1929 to 1955. In 1939, they spun off into their current organization.

The club owns its own meeting space, a rarity, located at the corner of Tyrone & Aetna streets, near the Van Nuys Orange Line station. [1]

In early zines like Voice of the Imagi-Nation, the club was sometimes personified as "Ellay Esseffell" (for LASFL) or Ellay S. Effess (for LASFS).


The LASFS has established or is supporting the following awards:

Evans-Freehafer Award

Created in 1959, the annual award was named after two of the club's most influential and popular members, E. Everett Evans and Paul Freehafer. It is presented for service to the LASFS, recognizing hard work and dedication to the club.

The first recipient was LASFS member Al Lewis.[2]

Forry Award

Named after the society's cofounder Forrest J Ackerman, the award was established in 1966 and is awarded each year. The first recipient was Ray Bradbury, while Ackerman received the trophy in 2002.[3]

Rotsler Award

The Rotsler Award was created by the Southern California Institute for Fan Interests, Inc. (SCIFI, Inc.) in 1997 in memory of Bill Rotsler. The trophy is an award for lifetime work of outstanding fan artists. It is awarded yearly by a specially appointed panel and, by arrangement with the LASFS, it is presented at the Loscon.

The first awardee was Steve Stiles in 1998.[4]

Fanquet Award

The Fanquet was a now defunct tradition that lasted from 1949 until 1975.

Whenever a LASFS member made their first sale to a professional publisher in the SF community, they were honoured with a banquet, called the "Fanquet". The guest of honour was expected to give a speech and sometimes, another guest would response by giving a speech to praise the honoree.

The first Fanquet was held in honour of E. Everett Evans.[5]


The Los Angeles Regional Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention (Loscon) is a convention founded by the LASFS in 1975:

In December, 1975 the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society prepared LA 2000, a special convention to celebrate the club's 2,000th meeting. This was more a relaxicon than a standard convention (since it did not have guests of honor).

LA 2000 was so enjoyable that the event was repeated in 1976, but in October, to honor the club's anniversary and, for the first time, it was called LOSCON.[6]

Starting with LOSCON 9 in 1982, Loscon was held over the Thanksgiving weekend at various locations in Los Angeles, Pasadena, and Burbank.

Loscon 47 was scheduled for November 2021:

Loscon 47 Statement on Covid-19

We are looking forward to an in-person event in November 2021. In our efforts to maintain a safe and healthy environment for our 2021 event attendees, we will be following public health recommendations and policies on private indoor events with more than 100 people.

Loscon requires attendees to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination and attendees who can not be vaccinated to have a documented negative Covid test within 3 days (72 hours) of their check-in at the convention.

Public health guidelines and Marriott policies will require masks to be worn in all public spaces during the convention.

Failure to abide by public health guidelines and Marriott policies will be grounds for removal from the event. [7]