• Boskone 56 Gaming at the Boston Westin Waterfront Hotel

    The Westin Boston Waterfront

    Hello and welcome to The New England Science Fiction Association's 56th annual Science Fiction/Fantasy convention. Besides all the other great programming (info available at www.boskone.org), we have a fantastic Game Room that runs from 2-6 pm on Feb. 15th for free, then from 6 pm to midnight at the regular rates; Saturday Feb. 16th from 10 am-midnight; and Sunday, Feb. 17th from 10 am-3 pm. Some highlights include: FREE GIVEAWAYS in the Game Room throughout the convention, starting at 6 pm. on Friday. Free Door Prizes Friday-Sunday! Guru of the Game Room Tournament: With slots for 20 players, this should be a fantastic competition. Prizes for all contestants! See the Boskone 56 blog for more details, or email us at [masked] for more information. Many game demos this weekend. All tournament games will be demoed and/or available for practice games on Friday from 2 pm-midnight and Saturday from 10 am-noon. All tournament contestants are expected to have a working knowledge of the games rules, and have read the Tournament rules before signing up for the tournament. A special shout out to The Wild East Game Company, who will be demoing their award winning Indie games Friday and Saturday. Be sure to stop by, as this year you can buy their games right in the Game Room! Got questions? Have ideas? Feel free to contact me via this meetup. See you there, and get your game on!

  • The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal - March Book Discussion

    New England Science Fiction Association

    On a cold spring night in 1952, a huge meteorite fell to earth and obliterated much of the east coast of the United States, including Washington D.C. The ensuing climate cataclysm will soon render the earth inhospitable for humanity, as the last such meteorite did for the dinosaurs. This looming threat calls for a radically accelerated effort to colonize space, and requires a much larger share of humanity to take part in the process. Elma York's experience as a WASP pilot and mathematician earns her a place in the International Aerospace Coalition's attempts to put man on the moon, as a calculator. But with so many skilled and experienced women pilots and scientists involved with the program, it doesn't take long before Elma begins to wonder why they can't go into space, too. Elma's drive to become the first Lady Astronaut is so strong that even the most dearly held conventions of society may not stand a chance against her. Join us to discuss this novel of an alternative history by Boskone 56's Guest of Honor.

  • The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter by Theodora Goss - April Book Discu

    New England Science Fiction Association

    Mary Jekyll, alone and penniless following her parents' death, is curious about the secrets of her father's mysterious past. One clue in particular hints that Edward Hyde, her father's former friend and a murderer, may be nearby, and there is a reward for information leading to his capturea reward that would solve all of her immediate financial woes. But her hunt leads her to Hyde's daughter, Diana, a feral child left to be raised by nuns. With the assistance of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, Mary continues her search for the elusive Hyde, and soon befriends more women, all of whom have been created through terrifying experimentation: Beatrice Rappaccini, Catherine Moreau, and Justine Frankenstein. When their investigations lead them to the discovery of a secret society of immoral and power-crazed scientists, the horrors of their past return. Now it is up to the monsters to finally triumph over the monstrous. Join us to discuss this different take on Victorian horror novels.

  • Boneshaker by Cherie Priest - May Book Discussion

    New England Science Fiction Association

    Inventor Leviticus Blue creates a machine that accidentally decimates Seattle's banking district and uncovers a vein of Blight Gas that turns everyone who breathes it into the living dead. Sixteen years later Briar, Blue's widow, lives in the poor neighborhood outside the wall that's been built around the uninhabitable city. Life is tough with a ruined reputation, but she and her teenage son Ezekiel are surviving--until Zeke impetuously decides that he must reclaim his father's name from the clutches of history. Join us to discuss this steampunk, zombie novel set in an alternate history version of Seattle.

  • Servant of the Underworld by Aliette de Bodard - June Book Discussion

    New England Science Fiction Association

    Year One-Knife, Tenochtitlan the capital of the Aztecs. Human sacrifice and the magic of the living blood are the only things keeping the sun in the sky and the earth fertile. A Priestess disappears from an empty room drenched in blood. It should be a usual investigation for Acatl, High Priest of the Dead--except that his estranged brother is involved, and the the more he digs, the deeper he is drawn into the political and magical intrigues of noblemen, soldiers, and priests-and of the gods themselves... Join us to discuss this mystery fantasy set in an Aztec empire where magic meets blood sacrifice and the gods are real.