Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Conoravirus Closure Update

Michael B. Everling writes: 

Dear Karl Hessian,

We regret that it was necessary to postpone the March meeting to April, at very late notice, due to the closure of our venue. This is uncertain, but we trust that by April we may resume as usual.

We trust that our speaker for April, Bob Weber, will then have a thing or two to say about this virus situation. We will reschedule the program on Liberland (originally scheduled for April) sometime later this year.

This was the first postponement in 26 years of our club's operation.

Thank you for your patience. Please know that your support of the club is very much appreciated and valued.

Please note the new times for the club meetings. The restaurant closes at 9 p.m. We appreciate your understanding and assistance.


Thursday, January 16, 2020

Butler Shaffer, R.I.P.

Michael B. Everling reports:
Butler Shaffer passed away Monday December 30 at the age of 84. Butler was a valued friend and colleague in The Cause. He was a past speaker at the Karl Hess Club and the 2010 recipient of The Samuel Edward Konkin III Memorial Chauntecleer, the KHC’s highest award for service.
Our sincere condolences to Jane, Bretigne and all the family and to his many friends, students and colleagues. R.I.P. Butler.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Losgone Party Report

J. Kent Hastings reports:

Our Saturday night Loscon 46 memorial party honored deceased science-fiction, fantasy and horror pros and fans with some connection to L.A. fandom or libertarianism (LASFS or the KHC). I called it "LosGone."

Some of the remembered departed have been gone for years, but too many left us recently. Karl Hess Club alums J. Neil Schulman and Brad Linaweaver died this very year. Samuel Edward Konkin III, Chuck Hammill (and his father), Ray Bradbury, Virginia Heinlein, Ray Harryhausen, Kevin McCarthy, Richard Hatch, Jerry Pournelle, Harlan Ellison and others were remembered in our flyer or in the Mondo Cult zines on display.

My 17" laptop video and audio was anemic for playing old interview videos or episodes created by the fallen, but the hotel room TV was much bigger, louder and thankfully connected to YouTube.

The most requested media playback was audio of Ronald Reagan before he was POTUS reading Brad's account of an encounter with a socialist coed with commentary including "How right he is..."

We also watched an interview with Richard Hatch, Brad Linaweaver and others associated with Silicon Assassin.

The first hour or so of the SEK3 memorial video from 2004 was played. J. Neil Schulman was ringmaster for the likes of Brad, me, Jeff Riggenbach, Victor and Vanessa Koman, Sam's brother Alan, and others giving tribute to SEK3. A nice time capsule of that time.

Also played a good Reason interview with Neil about his movie projects including Lady Magdalene's and Alongside Night. One person likely not a libertarian said he was leaving when I played a clip of Ron Paul and Neil. My response was "But you're going to miss the Alex Jones video!"

Neil's Twilight Zone episode "Profile In Silver" about a time-traveler stopping the JFK assassination attracted more people from the hallway.

The party was well received by the convention operators, who lent us a doorstop to let passers-by on the party floor know we were actually open. The room was pretty crowded even before that though. Refreshments were served including a variety of Sam Adams beer (of "bheer" in fandomese). I also brought a case of Chico bottled brews from Sierra Nevada including cans of "Old Chico." Also freshly picked tangerines from my family's tree in Tustin.

I didn't get to print out the tributes from the Mondo Cult website before the event as I had hoped, but filmmaker Ed Plumb saved the day by bringing a box of physical Mondo Cult magazines featuring the departed as writers or subjects of articles. They were perused and taken away by attendees.

We closed our party after others had finished around 12:30 am.


Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Losgone Memorial Party for Brad Linaweaver, J. Neil Schulman

If you're coming to Loscon 46, the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Convention, come visit the Losgone Memorial Party on Saturday, 8 p.m. Hosted by J. Kent Hastings, the event will honor our recently departed KHC attendees, Brad Linaweaver and J. Neil Schulman. Both men were science fiction professionals and frequent Loscon guests. Libertarian author Jerry Pournelle will also be honored.

The day before that event, be sure to attend the Tabloid Witch Film Festival, also at Loscon. The Tabloid Witch will be screening new horror shorts and features on Friday, 8 p.m., hosted by KHC attendee Thomas M. Sipos. Guest filmmakers will be in attendance for audience Q&A.

What else is up at Loscon? Check out all the guests and the program schedule.


Thursday, October 17, 2019

Libertarian Sci-Fi Fans, Come to Loscon 46

Come this November, I will once again be returning to Loscon, Los Angeles's premiere science fiction & fantasy convention, to host a screening of select horror films on the night of Friday, November 29th. Films will be chosen from among the winners of the 2019 Tabloid Witch Awards, which I manage.

Loscon has long been a favorite venue for KHC members, many whom have since passed on. Samuel E. Konkin used to publish a daily newsletter at Loscon for libertarian sci-fi fans. J. Neil Schulman screened Alongside Night at Loscon. Both were frequent participants.

As was Brad Linaweaver. I had a long conversation with Brad at one Loscon. I told him that no matter what else he wrote, he'd always be remembered for Moon of Ice. He agreed that was probably true.

Ben Pleasants attended a Tabloid Witch screening at Loscon, at my invite. We later discussed ways to promote his recently self-published books.

Those men are no longer with us. But John DeChancie and J. Kent Hastings are, and they too are frequent Loscon attendees. John will be on some panels at this upcoming Loscon.

I invite all KHC attendees to come to Loscon this Thanksgiving Day weekend, at the LAX Marriott Hotel. And drop by the Tabloid Witch Film Festival in the Los Angeles 1 Room on Friday night, 8 p.m., for some good horror short films, plus a feature.


Sunday, September 01, 2019

Brad Linaweaver, R.I.P.

Prometheus Award-winning author Brad Linaweaver died August 29 after a long battle with cancer. He would have been 67 on Sunday.

I met Brad long ago through other Libertarian fans and knew about his good sense of humor – he attended the satirical Hogu Ranquets organized at Worldcons by Elst Weinstein and John Novak. His goal was a pro writing career and he made his mark with some noteworthy sff. ... read the rest at File 770.


Friday, August 30, 2019

Geoffrey Church's New Novel: Europa

Michael B. Everling writes:

Congratulations to Geoffrey Church on the publication of his novel Europa.

Set in the future, scientists set out to explore a vast ocean discovered beneath Europa's surface (Europa being one of Jupiter's moons).