Meeting of May 4, 1984, at Gillilands'; Alexis Gilliland presiding.
The meeting was called to order at 9:15. In lieu of the secretary being absent, the minutes were waived. The treasurer, although also absent, left word that the treasury stood at $5,062.97.
ENTERTAINMENT: Brings you chocolate cheese and the annual elections! (An Italian Flic?)
Chairwoman Jane Wagner reported registration had reached around 500. There will be a committee meeting at the New Carrollton Sheraton on Saturday, May 19th at 1:00 P.M.; all department heads and staff, please attend. The hotel is being very cooperative. Doll Gilliland announced that the ICC would be secret this year so everyone should bring homemade cookies.
DISCLAVE '85: Zip!
OLD BUSINESS: Ditto!
The meeting adjourned at 9:35.
Terry L. McCune
Sterling, VA 22170
The meeting was called to order by Trustee Steve Smith at 9:36. As Trustee Wayne Dionne was absent, Trustee Alan Huff (and Steve) were assisted in the counting of the ballots by Barry Newton and Walter Miles. The trustees did not present a slate. The following people were elected to office:
PRESIDENT: Alexis Gilliland (Unopposed!)
VICE PRESIDENT: Joe Mayhew (over Jane Wagner and Jack Heneghan)
SECRETARY: Beverly Brandt (Unopposed!)
TREASURER: Bob Oliver (Unopposed!)
TRUSTEES: Barry Newton
(Over: Doll Gilliland, Jack Heneghan, Judy Newton, Eva Whitley)
Alan Huff and Steve Smith, believing in error to be constitutionally ineligible for a third term, declined nominations.
The meeting adjourned at 10:36.
Meeting of May 18, 1984, at Olivers'; Alexis Gilliland presiding.
The meeting was called to order at 9:17. It was agreed to waive the reading of the minutes. The treasury stood at $4,630.04.
PUBLICATIONS: The May WSFA Journal was available.
Chairwoman Jane Wagner noted that there would be a 1:00 meeting tomorrow (May 19th) at the Sheraton New Carrollton Hotel in Room 1009. If you're on the committee, please attend. She also reported that Peggy Rae Pavlat had checked into a hospital that afternoon with some type of an infection. She won't die of it, but she'll be unable to perform all of her programming duties at the convention.
Alexis Gilliland, speaking for Doll, announced that the Air and Space Museum is having a celebration for the 15th Anniversary of Apollo 11 on Friday, July 20th until 11:00 P.M. There will be an "Apollo Legacy symposium" from 10:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Also, a panel of astronauts will be at the Langley Theater and there will be a Lunar Landing Party that will go from 7:00 until 11:00 P.M. Check it out.
Joe Mayhew again moved that WSFA donate its ray gun and rocketship bank to the ConStellation bail-out. After much discussion, the motion passed with only one "Nay" and one abstention.
The meeting self-destructed at 9:45.
Out of the deluge of films based on the novels of Stephen King, one now stands alone as the most faithful: FIRESTARTER, even more close to its source than the underrated DEAD ZONE.
Scriptwriter Stanley Mann and director Mark L. Lester have obviously read the novel and have captured its fiery flavor.
This summer will make box office history, and FIRESTARTER works wonderfully as the introduction. Drew Barrymore's the pyrokinetic character Charlie McGee created by King. Even better than her performance in E.T., she never becomes too cute, nor does she ever overact.
The casting is near perfect. David Keith, for once out of a naval uniform, plays Andrew McGee, Charlie's father, possessing the psi-ability to make others obey him or to hallucinate. He and his wife Vicky had been subjects in an experiment with a mind-expanding drug from which Charlie was the genetic result.
The Shop, the CIA-like government agency that had produced the drug, now wants Charlie with whom to experiment and develop her powers for possible military purposes.
Martin Sheen, in his second King film, plays Capt. Hollister, obsessed with the recovery of Charlie and her father. Hollister's No. 1 hit-man, John Rainbird, is played with relished menace by George C. Scott.
The film follows the book as faithfully as possible in an hour and fifty minutes. Art Carney was a good choice for Irv Manders, but Louise Fletcher - portraying his wife - is terrible. She isn't on the screen very long - only a bit longer than Heather Locklear as a matter of fact - but she says her lines stiltingly.
The blazing climax is wonderful, although at times the film takes upon itself a bit of cinematic license. We see her power wave (as fireballs) when she really gets "hot". Although these are impressive, on occasion they come across humourous, though with obvious intention (at one point an agent is blasted 30 feet up into a tree).
The following are this year's Hugo nominations.
Millennium by John Varley
Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern by Anne McCaffrey
Robots of Dawn by Isaac Asimov
Startide Rising by David Brin
Tea with the Black Dragon by R. A. MacAvoy
"Cascade Point" by Timothy Zahn (Analog, 12/83)
"Hardfought" by Greg Bear (IASFM, 2/83)
"Hurricane Claude" by Hilbert Schenck (F&SF, 4/83)
"In the Face of My Enemy" by Joseph H. Delaney (Analog, 4/83)
"Seeking" by David Palmer (Analog, 2/83)
"Black Air" by Kim Stanley Robinson (F&SF, 3/83)
"Blood Music" by Greg Bear (Analog, 6/83)
"The Monkey Treatment" by George R. R. Martin, (F&SF, 7/83)
"The Sidon In the Mirror" by Connie Willis (IASFM, 4/83)
"Slow Birds" by Ian Watson (F&SF, 6/83)
"The Geometry of Narrative" by Hilbert Schenck (Analog, 8/83)
"The Peacemaker" by Gardner Dozois (IASFM, 8/83)
"Servant of the People" by Frederik Pohl (Analog. 2/83)
"Speech Sounds" by Octavia E. Butler (IASFM, Mid-Dec., 1983)
"Wong's Lost and Found Emporium" by William F. Wu (Amazing, 5/83)
Dream Makers, Volume 2 by Charles Platt
The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy, Volume 3 by Donald Tuck
The Fantastic Art of Rowena by Rowena Morrill
The High Kings by Joy Chant
Staying Alive: A Writer's Guide by Norman Spinrad
BEST PROFESSIONAL EDITOR
Fantasy Newsletter/Fantasy Review
BEST PRO ARTIST
Val Lakey Lindahn
BEST FAN ARTIST
Alexis Gilliland (Congratulations!)
BEST FAN WRITER
Teresa Nielsen Hayden
Holier Than Thou
The Philk Fee-nom-ee-non
BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION
Return of the Jedi
The Right Stuff
Something Wicked This Way Comes
JOHN CAMPBELL AWARD
Joseph H. Delaney
Sheri S. Tepper
The WSFA Journal is the temerarious monthly newsletter of the Washington Science Fiction Association. Editor-in-Chief: Beverly L. Brandt, 3326 Lauriston Place, Fairfax, VA 22031. Telephone No.: (703) 573-8230
6/3 Elaine Normandy
6/9 Tim R. Sullivan
6/13 Jack Heneghan
6/16 Terry L. McCune
6/16 Thomas Schaad
6/16 Cat Slusser
6/17 Samuel Schwartz
6/27 Shirley Avery
If you've read your H.G. Wells, you will have heard of "Wings Over the World". This month's lead art is Charles Gilliland's version of same in a fantasy motif.
Charles' art is also on Pages 1 and 4 along with Warren Rodgers' on Pages 3 and 4. C'mon people, let's see some art from new folks and give these two a rest. OK?
Anderson, Poul & Gordon R. Dickson: Hoka - $2.75 (P)
Anthony, Piers: Bio of a Space Tyrant, Volume 2: Mercenary - $2.95 (P)
Asimov, Isaac w/Martin H. Greenberg & Charles G. Waugh (Eds.): Isaac Asimov's Wonderful Worlds of SF #2: The Science Fictional Olympics - $2.95 (P)
Bellairs, John: The Dark Secret of Weatherend - $11.95 (H)
Brust, Steven: Yendi - $2.75 (P)
Busby, F.M.: The Alien Debt - $2.75 (P)
Carr, Terry (Ed.): Universe 14 - $11.95 (H)
Carter, Lin: Down To a Sunless Sea - $2.50 (P)
Chandler, A. Bertram: The Last Amazon - $2.50 (P)
Cohen, Barney: Blood On the Moon - $2.95 (P)
Davies, W.X. & the Strategic Operations Group: Countdown WWIII: Operation Black Sea - $2.95 (P)
Disch, Thomas M.: The Businessman: A Tale of Terror - $13.95 (H)
Drumm, D.B.: Traveler #1: First You Fight - $2.25 (P)
Flint, Kenneth C.: The Riders of the Sidhe - $2.95 (P)
Foster, Alan Dean: The Last Starfighter (Movie Tie-in) - $2.95 (P)
Gentle, Mary: Golden Witchbreed - $16.95 (H)
Gibson, William: Neuromancer - $2.95 (P)
Grant, Charles L.: Night Songs - $3.95 (P)
Irwin, Walter & G.B. Love: The Best of Trek #7- $2.75 (P)
Klein, T.E.D.: The Ceremonies - $17.95 (H)
Lake, David J.: The Ring of Truth - $2.95 (P)
Lindholm, Megan: The Limbreth Gate - $2.75 (P)
Lupoff, Richard A.: Circumpolar - $14.95 (H)
McIntyre, Vonda N.: Star Trek III: The Search for Spock - $2.95 (P)
McNelly, Willis E.: The Dune Encyclopedia - $9.95 (T)
Niven, Larry (Ed.): More Magic - $5.95 (T)
Sheckley, Robert: Is THAT What People Do?: The Selected Short Stories of R.S. - $19.95 (H)
Silverberg, Robert: The Conglomeroid Cocktail Party - $16.95 (H)
Sleator, William: Interstellar Pig - $11.95 (H)
Spinrad, Norman; Riding the Torch - $5.95 (T)
Sturgeon, Theodore: Alien Cargo - $14.95 (H)
Tilley, Patrick: Cloud Warrior - $14.95 (H)
Trainor, Joseph; Twilight #20: Family Crypt - $2.25 (P)
Vardeman, Robert: Cenotaph Road #5: Fire and Fog - $2.75 (P)
Varley, John: Demon - $6.95 (T)
Wollheim, Donald A. (Ed.): The 1984 Annual World's Best SF - $2.95 (P)
Dave Bischoff is going to England for four weeks at the end of July, though he'll be back in time for WorldCon. He has an extra ticket available for $375. Does anyone know of anyone interested? You needn't tour with Dave. Please get in touch with him ASAP.
Lee Smoire has information on L.A. plane fares. If you're planning on attending the L.A. WorldCon and haven't yet made your ticket reservations, see Lee ASAP.