DASFA Challenge: SciFi/Fantasy Settings near Denver

DASFA - I challenge DASFA to name at least 100 books, stories, TV shows, and movies that have been set in DASFA Country (DC). How do we define DC? Where are you now?

You can respond on the Yahoo group, the DASFA Facebook,, or We will eventually post the results on a map at For now, I have an example at my old (dead) site (Please let me know if you have trouble with this)

You get points for your answers, much like the old TV series "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" I will compile (make up) the points just like Drew Carey.

There are only three rules (listed below):

July 2011 DASFA Director-y

This month, Dr. Steve Lee will talk on some of his latest Mars research … always interesting and entertaining!

This month we will also finalize plans (meeting time, any other details) for the August picnic.

I didn’t make it to the July alternate (heat wipes me out) but the DASFA Facebook page is up and running … if you haven’t joined and arranged to Like/Follow us there, please do so!

June 2011 Director-y

June 2011 DASFA Director-y

This month, we are lucky to have Connie Willis as our speaker. Fresh from her latest Nebula ward win (best novel for Blackout / All Clear), she may be talking about classics that are being neglected … or something else. Whatever it is, it’s bound to be both entertaining and enlightening, so don’t miss the meeting!

Technoir - Cyberpunk / Noir Roleplaying Game - Kickstarter

This is interesting - I found it via Evil Hat's blog. I don't know how many roleplayers check this site, but it's worth a look.

Technoir is a rules light game set up with the sort of cyberpunk and hard boiled roleplaying, using a rules-light system using tags. There's a Kickstarter that's already made it's nut, but there's also a Website for the game, where you can download the beta version of it.

Joel Rosenberg Died June 3rd

From his wife's Livejournal:

On Wednesday afternoon, June 1, 2011, Joel had a respiratory depression that caused a heart attack, anoxic brain damage and major organ failure. Despite the very best efforts of the paramedics and the team at Hennepin County Medical Center, Joel was pronounced brain dead at around 5:37pm Thursday June 2nd, In accordance with his wishes, he shared the gift of life through organ and tissue donation.

The Virtual Dasfa Club

Greetings from Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The virtual Dasfa club is going virtually well.
I hope to see you all at MileHiCon this fall, and yes "you all" is the correct plural of you in Tennessee.
Erik Von Halle

May 2011 DASFA Director-y

This month, Rhonda will run the meeting as I will be out of town and unable to attend.

This month, DASFA will host the dynamic writing duo of Steve Rasnic Tem and Melanie Tem. The inimitable Ed Bryant will show up to perform toastmaster introductory duties (which may or may not involve newspaper clippings).

Fuzzy Madness!

With the upcoming release of John Scalzi's fanfic of "Little Fuzzy", Sf is doing reviews of all of the previously existing Fuzzy books.

Check it out at

Foreclosure and Cross-Country Moving - Book Sale

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This is a difficult post for me to write, since I am once again asking for help.

But... I'll try to make it short and only bittersweet.

As many of you know, I am losing my home to foreclosure. (Some of the almost-unbelievable hellish details of these past 4 years can be seen here.)

April Director-y

This month, we welcome Todd Neff. A former Boulder Daily Camera staff writer (2003-2007) who focused on science and the environment, his book From Jars to the Stars: How Ball Came to Build a Comet-Hunting Machine was published last year. The novel tells the story of how Ball Aerospace—an organization evolved from the Ball Brothers Company of Muncie, Indiana and a group of students in a University of Colorado basement—managed to blast a sizable crater in the comet 9P/Tempel 1 on July 4, 2005.