Volume 4 Number 11


Meeting of March 6, 1981.

IN ATTENDANCE (at Gillilands'): T. Schaad (Pres.), A. Gilliland (V. Pres.), M. Petrino-Schaad (Sec.), B. Oliver (Treas.), R. Cohen (Trustee), B. Berg (Trustee), D. Gilliland, C. Gilliland, R. Oliver, J. Mayhew, S. Smith, B. Quick, G. Oleson, W. Miles, K. Weston, L. Melnick, R. Leonard, J. Wagner, J. Sapienza, F. Buhman, S. Brown, J. Pomeranz, L. McNeill, R. Brunk, M. Bartman, L. Peoples, B. Mayhew, B. Newton, J. Newton, W. Dionne, J. Dionne, M. Newcastle, J. Turner, J. Heneghan, B. Baum, D. Bischoff, B. Brandt, B. MacIntosh, C. Valada, D. Humphrey, J. Schalles, A. Carol, M. Harris, A. Barber, B. Marlow, B. Mayhew, N. Handwork, J. Ellis, P. Cox, A. Huff, V. Smith, J. Fetter, P. Jones, J. Chalker, E. Whitley, K. Bloom, D. Hastie, S. Koon, M. Morman, L. Smoire, K. Hondros, S. Sucharitkul & others.

The meeting was called to order at 9:18 P.M. The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved. The treasury stood at $2,791.47.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Dues are due and those people who have not paid in over a year will be dropped from membership in WSFA starting in June when the newly elected officers start their terms and the new constitution goes into effect. To make sure that you are NOT on the "doghouse" list, check with Bob Oliver!!!!

MEMBERSHIP: Three new members were accepted:

Ginnie Flemming
College Park, Md. 20742
(301) 927-9564

John Pomeranz
4518 N. 40th Street
Arlington, Va. 22207
(703) 538-6024

Douglas Humphrey
Laurel, Md. 20811
(301) 953-7483

ENTERTAINMENT: A group of 20 went to view "Altered States". Next Friday is "The Day the Earth Stood Still" at the National Air & Space Museum. Friday nights at 11:00 P.M. is "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" on 88.7 FM on your radio. Tune It In!!! Finally, as always, Lee Smoire has a poker game going on after the meeting is over.

PUBLICATIONS: The March Journal was handed out.

DATCLONE: Jack Chalker gave a report and said we lost some money because extra food was bought, however, this should last for several WSFA meetings. The hotel thanked us for our patronage. Eva Whitley wanted to thank all who helped especially Mark Owings, Miriam and Lisa Peoples.

DISCLAVE 1981: The glass blowers cannot blow glass in the huckster room by order of the hotel. So far 44 tables have been sold and 159 people have registered.

DISCLAVE 1982: No suggestions for GOH except Elizabeth A. Lynn. Alan Huff reports that all six area hotels are booked already!!!




1) Lee Smoire reports that there are two movies now playing at the Charles Theater: "A Boy & His Dog" and "The Man Who Fell to Earth". Admission Price: $4.00 at night and $2.00 for the matinee.

She is also selling Denver memberships and and has some books to sell.

2) Bill Berg was awarded Life Membership by a unanimous vote.

3) The Hunt Valley Inn finally has its postal permit straightened out and so reservations for BaltiCon should soon be confirmed,

4) The Dionnes will visit Sharon Harris who's in the hospital at present. Please sign her "Get Well" card.

5) Steve Miller told Dolly that Shawn Lee's story has been nominated for the Balrog award (?). If you want to vote for the FoolCon award, write to:

Johnson County Community College
Overland Park, Kansas
Student Activities Office

6) Kim Weston says both Mark Hamill & Anthony Daniels are featured in the radio version of "Star Wars".

7) Joe Mayhew has ballots for the World Fantasy Awards.

8) L-5 wants to help NASA after its Reagan rape.

9) Alan Huff has tickets for "Ruddigore", a Gilbert & Sullivan vampire story that will be playing at the Trinity Church, located at 36th and O Streets in Georgetown on April 30th through May 3rd. The tickets are $7.50 for Friday and Saturday nights and $6.50 for the Thursday night and Sunday matinee shows. He says that if he can sell 20 tickets, there will be a $1.00 refund. So, c'mon folks; buy!

10) Yorktown High School is doing a production of "Pippin"; it will be shown on March 26th through 28th.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:00 P.M.


Meeting of March 20, 1981.

IN ATTENDANCE (at Olivers'):
A. Gilliland (V. Pres.), B. Brandt (Act. Sec.), B. Oliver (Treas.), R. Cohen (Trustee), B. Berg (Trustee), C. Gilliland, R. Oliver, M. Morman, J. Sapienza, J. Mayhew, K. Hondros, M. Harris, K. Bloom, P. Jones, L. McNeill, J. Fetter, S. Bensusan, M. Wooster, L. Peoples, S. Smith, D. Hastie, J. Heneghan, W. Miles, J. Wagner, T. Sweeting, B. MacIntosh, D. Hensley, J. Ellis, N. Handwork, P. Cox, N. Ewell, J. Pomeranz, G. Flemming, J. Newton, B. Newton, A. Carol, R. Leonard, J. Rubins, C. Ellis, S. Butler, B. Bacon, the return of the 2-year gafiated J. Lechner, and others.

The meeting was called to order at 9:14 P.M. The previous meeting's minutes were not read as the Secretary was absent. The treasury stood at $2,717.05.

MEMBERSHIP: The following member joined at the last meeting:

Don Hensley
Goldsboro. N.C, 27530

ENTERTAINMENT: No report was given as Doll Gilliland was absent.


DISCLAVE 1981: Alexis Gilliland reported that 50 tables have been sold and about 190 people have pre-registered.




1) Rosa Oliver presented the "Bring Robin Home and Keep Her in Beer & Skittles Fund". Jane (Robin) Woodward is coming home for Disclave although Woody can't make it.

Also, the Jan. & Feb. "Round-Robin" letters reached them on March 9th (It figures!) and Jane sends their thanks.

2) Jane Wagner announced that Dr. John Logsdon will be speaking on: "Politics of the U.S. Space Program - Where It's At and Where It's Going" on April 1st at 8:00 P.M. in the Marvin Center Ballroom at George Washington University.

3) Tom Sweeting asked that everybody buy a ticket to see "George M", a play on the life of George M. Cohen. This show is being performed at Surrattsville High School on April 2nd through 4th at 8:00 P.M. Tickets are $3.00 for adults and $2.50 for students (no matter what kind: high school, college).

4) John Sapienza informs us that there will be a gaming con on March 28th and 29th at Fort Belvoir. Admission is $3.00 and the times are 10:00 A.M. through 8:00 P.M. on Saturday and 11:00 A.M. through 6:00 P.M. on Sunday.

5) Martin Wooster relates that the Fireside Theatre group - the one that broke up in 1975 - will be playing at Maryland University on Monday, March 30th at 8:00 P.M. Admission is $6.00 for students and $7.00 for non-students. Tickets are available at all Ticketron outlets.

6) Michael Harris says that Sharon feels pretty good and will be able to move around by mid-April. (Ed. Note: Will she be able to attend BaltiCon?)

7) Alexis Gilliland reports that he's brewed up a batch of stout and that it tastes like the draft Guinness he had in England. The "Gillibrew" will be available at the next WSFA meeting.

8) Judy Fetter says she's out of a job, looking for work and has 4 years of computer programming background experience. Any job offers?

9) Rosa Oliver also wanted to let everybody know that the Round-Robin Letter No.7 to Jane and Woody is now in progress and asks that everyone write a little something as they look forward to it.

The meeting adjourned at 9:23 P.M.

80's Movie Trend Starts Off In HORROR

-Geoffrey Gould

Cinematic violence of late, despite its graphic gore quality, is packing them in at the box offices. Analysis Films' MANIAC has grossed well over a million and a half, almost totally for its one gimmick; its own close-up violence.

Joe Spinell is the title role, as well as co-scripting and co-producing. The script is pretty insubstantial and a horror film it is not. Its alleged suspense is frequently predictable, but Tom Savini's blood effects are quite well done. Their only problem is that they linger on too long, thus making it actually humourous.

Executive Producer Judd Hamilton is married to the film's major redeeming factor, the talented British actress Caroline Munroe, who is marvelous at overcoming the occasionally stilted dialogue written for her character, Anne.

Avco Embassy has two semi-gore films in release, SCANNERS and FEAR NO EVIL. While FEAR NO EVIL is ludicrous to say the least, David Cronenberg's SCANNERS is an excellent science fiction feature.

SCANNER's special make-up effects are done by Dick Smith (ALTERED STATES) and are fantastic. There are a few shock scares, such as exploding heads, and a mind duel between good guy and bad guy Scanners played by Stephen Lack and Michael Ironside, which tends to lean towards resembling the Sam Peckinpah sketch from Monty Python.

SCANNERS also stars Jennifer O'Neill and Patrick McGoohan (THE PRISONER), and is highly recommended.

    (Ed. Note: MANIAC is now playing at 16 local theaters.)


Puzzle Answers


 1) Witch who gave her name. JAELITHE
 2) Year of a group wedding. UNICORN
 3) A blank shield mercenary. BRIANT
 4) Dinzil's Riders. SARN
 5) Land of marsh dwellers. TOR
 6) City of the dead. GORM
 7) Seafarer's battle cry. SUL
 8) Homeland of the Werefolk. ARVON
 9) Third of the Trey of Swords. SHADOW
10) Sea rovers. SULCARMEN
11) Child switched at birth. KETHAN
12) Town destroyed by Targi in the past. HAHARC
13) Repository of knowledge. LORMT
14) Mountain dwellers. FALCONERS
15) Name of power. EUTHAYAN


A) Moon Witch. AYLINN
B)  HOUNDS  of Alizon.
C) Shapechangers. WERERIDERS
D) Fulk's mistress. BETTRIS
E) Lady of Fire. NINUTRA
F) Alien menace. KOLDOR
G) One of the Four Clans of Arvon. SILVERMANTLE
H) His sign is a crossed wand and sword. HILARION
I) Land across the sea from Estcarp (two words). HIGH HALLACK
J)  KORIS  the Misshapen.

1980 Disclave Graffiti

Thor Saves - But only Krishna Pays Dividends.

LOST: One Ring. If found. return to Sauron. (OR ELSE!!!)

Longest Song Title: "Several Species of Small, Furry Animals Gathered Together In a Cave and Grooving With a Pict"

Death is a bittersweet mistress - With a chewy caramel center.

Give yourself over to absolute pleasure - Come Up To My Room!!!

Famous Lines From "The Wizard of Frank Oz":
    1) This doesn't look like Sesame Street, Toto.
    2) I'll get you and your little frog too!

The Empire would rather strike than switch!

Why do you resign, No. 6? My bike has a flat!

NEWS FLASH! The Emperor is actually Sauron. Details at 11:00!!!

Vlad Harkonnen goes to Barbara Ellen.

Are those who live in The Village, Village People?

Han Solo: Cody Starbuck wants his ship back!

At least Cylons can't be cross-eyed!

I wouldn't be a human if I was the last man on Earth!!!

Yesterday, all my Tribbles seemed so far away ...

Cylons are tall Jawa cyclops.

"The Ampere Strikes Back" - a re-'volt'-ing movie.

WSFA Birthdays

Linda Melnick    3/14
Bob MacIntosh    4/14
Geoffrey Gould   4/24
John Novak       4/29
Susan Applegate  5/10
Beverly Brandt   5/10
Lisa Peoples     5/10
Jim Jenkins      5/26
Vicky Smith      5/31



- Beverly Brandt

The Worlds Beyond '81 Convention is being thrown by the Virginia Association of Star Trek in collaboration with various WSFA members and is the first of its name. ST will be represented, of course, but this con intends to cater to everyone's - or just about everyone's - taste as it is also a multimedia and SF convention. It will include such favorite SF films as: Dark Star, Futureworld, Rocketship X-M, as well as video tapes of The Outer Limits, Wild Wild West, and England's Dr. Who and the, as-yet unreleased in the States: Blake's Seven! There will also be a pioneer laserdisc video display, a masquerade with plaques for the winners, a film contest as well as the usual art show and huckster room. Guests attending, so far, are: Alan Dean Foster, ST's Susan Sackett, famous animator Mike Jittlov, Hal Clement, Roberta Rogow, Jeff Maynard, Bill Hickey and WSFAns Steve Stiles, Somtow Sucharitkul, Dave Bischoff, and the infamous Mr. Moose as his alter ego, Robert Lovell!!! (Yes, fans, he's finally hit the Big Time; a GUEST!!!!!)

The hotel is the Westpark Tyson's Corner at 8401 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22101. The rates are as follows: Single or Double - $34.00; Triple or Quad - $36.00; Suites - $55.00; Cots are available at $5.00 each. Limit 5 people to a room. All rooms have 2 double beds.

Registration is $15.00 until BaltiCon weekend (April 19); $17.50 until Disclave weekend (May 25) and $20.00 until October 3rd. It will be $25.00 at the door although with a cutoff of 1,000 memberships there is a good chance that the con will be sold out so buy now before they're gone!!! Send your money to either V.A.S.T., P.O. Box 4042, Falls Church, VA 22044 OR directly to me, Beverly Brandt, 3326 Lauriston Place, Fairfax, VA 22031. PLEASE, however, FIRST pick up a flyer either from me, Phil Cox or John Ellis at a WSFA meeting or write directly to me, include an SASE, and I'll mail one to you. (The flyer is necessary if you want art show, masquerade, or amateur film contest information flyers.

Disclave's GOH, Isaac Asimov, has agreed (tentatively) to attend also, so if you don't get to talk to him at Disclave, you have another opportunity to do so.



BALTICON: at Marriott Hunt-Valley Inn, Baltimore, Md. Guest of Honor - John Varley (BSFS, Box 686, Baltimore, MD 21203) April 17-19

KUBLA'S NINTH KHANPHONY: at Holiday Inn, Nashville, Tenn. Guest of Honor - Charles L. Grant, Master of Ceremonies - Andrew J. Offutt, 1981 Frank R. Paul Winner - Jack Gaughan, Special Guests (WSFAn) Forrest J. Ackerman and Stephen King. Registration - $8 in advance, $11 at the door. Write to Ken Moore, 647 Devon Drive, Nashville TN 37204 May 8-10

ELECTRA-CON I: at Ramada Inn, Kearney, Neb. Guests of Honor - Ed Bryant (Pro), Suzanne Carnival (Fan), Dan Patterson (Artist). Registration - $7.50 in advance, $10 at the door. Write to Electra-Con I, P.O. Box 1052, Kearney, NE 68847 Send S.A.S.E. May 15-17

DISCLAVE: at Sheraton National Hotel, Arlington, Va. Guest of Honor - Isaac Asimov. Registration - $7 in advance, $10 at the door. Write to Beverly Brandt, 3326 Lauriston Place, Fairfax, VA 22031 May 22-25

CONQUEST: Guests - Poul Anderson, James Gunn, C.J. Cherryh, W.A. Tucker, Lee Kilough, D. Thompson, J. Kessel. Write to ConQuest, 4228 Greenwood Place, Kansas City, MO 64111 May 22-24

GRIMCON: SF & Fantasy war and role-play game con. Write to GrimCon, Box 4153, Berkeley, CA May 22-25

AMBERCON: Guest of Honor Edward Bryant, Fan Guest of Honor Bill Warren. Write to AmberCon, Box 947, Wichita, KS 67201 May 29-31


The WSFA Journal is the newsletter of the Washington Science Fiction Association. Editor-in-Chief: Marianne G. Petrino-Schaad, [censored], Arlington, Va, 22204. (703) 979-9478. Assistant Editors: Beverly Brandt and Joseph Mayhew.