Bay Area Science Fiction Association

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Bay Area Science Fiction Association
Abbreviation BASFA
Formation 1991
Type NGO
Purpose Social
Region served
San Francisco Bay Area
Trey Haddad

Bay Area Science Fiction Association (BASFA) is a science fiction fandom social club. The organization was founded after a committee meeting for the SiliCon science fiction convention in 1991 by several Bay Area convention organizers (SMOFs) looking for a reason to meet other than at committee meetings.[1] The club has met weekly since 1991, at various locations in the southern portion of the San Francisco Bay Area.[2]


BASFA has an elected president, vice-president, treasurer, and secretary, who serve until a new election is called or until that official has missed thirteen consecutive meetings.[3] Terms of service often last several years uninterrupted.

The club's activities revolve mainly around social meetings held at a restaurant in the San Francisco Bay Area (Silicon Valley). Meetings themselves involve recreational parliamentary procedure, including official reports, announcements of upcoming events, reviews of books and movies of genre interest, and a meeting-ending "rumor of the week".[2] These, along with the designation of the previous meeting's minutes, tend to be hotly contested battles involving members buying votes. The minutes of BASFA are published in the online magazine Science Fiction/San Francisco.[4][5]

BASFA contributes yearly lists of recommendations for the Hugo Awards[6][7][8] and has hosted appearances by authors such as Tad Williams.[9][10] The association also regularly runs parties at local and international science fiction conventions.[11] BASFA has been listed in the Locus Magazine online portal since 2002.[12][13]

BASFA's main sources of income are auctions of donated material and taxation of puns. The club has a "Numismatic Responsibility Act"[14][15] that taxes members for the making of puns and for erratic marksmanship when paying said taxes.

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  1. ^ "BASFA Turns 1,000". BASFA website. Retrieved February 26, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "About BASFA". BASFA website. Retrieved February 26, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Structure & Officers". BASFA website. Retrieved February 26, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Science Fiction/San Francisco". eFanzines. Retrieved February 28, 2011. 
  5. ^ "The Answer is SF/SF 42". File 770. Retrieved February 28, 2011. 
  6. ^ "BASFA Recommends". Science Fiction Awards Watch. February 14, 2009. Retrieved February 28, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Hugo Award Nominee Recommendations". Archived from the original on November 26, 2010. Retrieved February 28, 2011. 
  8. ^ "BASFA Hugo nominations". Emerald City (67). March 2001. Retrieved February 28, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Tad at BASFA". Emerald City (72). Retrieved February 28, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Shadowcon 1.0". Emerald City (74). Retrieved February 28, 2011. 
  11. ^ John Hertz. "The Worldcon I Saw". Retrieved February 28, 2011. 
  12. ^ "E-Publications". Locus Online. April 2002. Retrieved February 28, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Links Portal". Locus Online. Retrieved February 28, 2011. 
  14. ^ "The Numismatic Responsibility Act". BASFA website. Retrieved February 26, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Home from Home". Emerald City (13). Retrieved February 28, 2011. 

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