Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society 41st Annual Convention Raffles Illustration Icon Frazetta Classic

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Frank Frazetta Limited Edition Print of L. Ron Hubbard's Mission Earth "Countess Krak" Character was Raffled Off on Thanksgiving Weekend

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Loscon is always a good time, many different types of people, many of the contest judges are local so we socialize, and there are lots of parties!

Science fiction/fantasy fans and authors applied to win a limited edition print of a Frank Frazetta classic, "The Countess", from L. Ron Hubbard's "Mission Earth" series at this year's festivities at the 41st annual Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society convention. It was held on the 28th through the 30th of November, Thanksgiving weekend, at the LAX Marriott. Hundreds of Frazetta fans were on hand as the name was drawn and announced at the annual Writers of the Future party held Saturday night at the convention.

A writing panel hosted by the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future contest included judges Todd McCaffrey (Pern), Tim Powers (On Stranger Tides), Dr. Jerry Pournelle (Lucifer's Hammer) and several past winners of the contest, including 2010 Grand Prize winner Laurie Tom, Brennan Harvey and Terry Madden. The theme for the panel was to encourage aspiring writers and illustrators to not give up and to enter the contest as often as they can.

In Los Con's formative years, members included some of science fiction’s biggest names: 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. Through the years famous and now current bestselling writers in the field continue to attend, such as Steven Barnes, Gregory Benford, John DeChancie, David Gerrold, Todd McCaffrey, Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle and Tim Powers. They have all become regulars at the Convention.

Writers of the Future contest judge Tim Powers sums it up as follows; "Loscon is always a good time, many different types of people, many of the contest judges are local so we socialize, and there are lots of parties!"

For more information on the Writers and Illustrators of the Future contests and how to enter, go to http://www.writersofthefuture.com.

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