Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society Celebrates Their 39th Annual Convention with Writers of the Future Winners offering Advice to writers at Annual Panel Discussion

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Former winners of the L. Ron Hubbard writers of the future contest enjoy paying forward

Writers Of The Future

Writers Of The Future

You will find thought provoking conversation in the dozens of ongoing panels throughout the three days including space technology, science fiction and fantasy writing, art, and of course Writers of the Future.

Science fiction/fantasy fans and authors explore the subject of Steampunk versus Zombies, amongst more scientific ideas at this year's festivities at the 39th annual Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society convention. Included is a now annual panel hosted by the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future contest. There are several past winners of the contest that attend this convention including 1991 Grand Prize winner James C. Glass. Other winners attending include Grand Prize winner from 2010 Laurie Tom, winners Brennan Harvey, Ryan Harvey and Scott T. Barnes. They will all participate, along with contest judge Tim Powers and any other judge of the contest that is in attendance that day, such as Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, Gregory Benford or Todd McCaffrey.

It was 1973 when the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society (LASFS) decided to hold a convention of their own. Los Angeles has always had a large science fiction community with the likes of JPL and other local technological companies. Through the years famous writers in the field such as Steven Barnes, John DeChancie, David Gerrold, Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle and Tim Powers have become regulars at the Con. In the club's formative years, members included some of science fiction’s greats; Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard and A.E. van Vogt. The club itself was founded in 1934 making LASFS the world’s oldest and continuously-meeting science fiction and fantasy club.

“Everyone is invited,” said Michelle Pincus, the communications specialist for the convention. “We provide this convention to introduce folks to the science fiction and fantasy community here in Los Angeles. You will find thought provoking conversation in the dozens of ongoing panels throughout the three days including space technology, science fiction and fantasy writing, art, and of course Writers of the Future."

The author guest of honor this year is Vernor Vinge, author of Hugo award winning novels - A Fire Upon the Deep (1992), A Deepness in the Sky (1999), Rainbows End (2006), Fast Times at Fairmont High (2002) and The Cookie Monster (2004).

Additional guests of honor this year are: Artist - Alan White; Fans - Lloyd and Yvonne Penney; and Costume - Mela Hoyt-Heydon.

The Convention is held on Thanksgiving weekend from Friday, November 23rd – Sunday the 25th.

For more information on the convention and how to purchase tickets, go to http://www.loscon.org.

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