History and Archives
On Monday, September 28, 1987, Harvard science-fiction fans gathered to watch the series premiere of Star Trek: The Next Generation. The Harvard-Radcliffe Science Fiction Association (HRSFA) is generally regarded to have been founded on that day, at that meeting. Since then, the organization has prospered and grown. On Monday, September 24, 2007 (twenty years later, almost exactly to the day), papers were officially filed to establish the alumni branch, the Harvard-Radcliffe Science Fiction Alumni Networking Society (HRSFANS).
[Webmaster's note: The following description of HRSFA is an updated and revised version by Kyle Niedzwiecki '98 of an account of the speeches given by Chris Hernandez '96 and Kevin Martin '96, then co-chairs, at the opening meeting of the 1995-1996 academic year, recorded by Internal Secretary Michelle Melendez '96.]
HRSFA officers have often been asked, "What does HRSFA do?" They often reply "everything," but the word "everything" tells people nothing about anything.
Perhaps we should begin with a brief history of the organization. In 1986, a group of students who were interested in role playing games decided to get together and form a club, so they petitioned the administration, but the club was rejected. Soon after that, another group of students decided that they wanted to form a comic book group, they petitioned the administration and were rejected. The following year, a group of students got together to watch the premier of a new TV series starring Patrick Stewart (Star Trek: The Next Generation), and they came up with the idea of forming a club. The idea was presented to the administration, was accepted, and the Harvard-Radcliffe Science Fiction Association was born. Then, the people that were interested in role-playing games joined, and the people that were interested in comic books joined, and the club grew. Not everybody wanted to do everything, so Special Interest Groups (known as SIGs) were created. As interest developed, new SIG's were created; as interest waned, old SIG's would disappear.
HRSFA-wide events were created, such as the Game-a-thon (hours of all sorts of games during reading periods), the Masquerade Ball (which generally occurs in February), the Wyld Hunt (a Germanic/Celtic ritual of running scantily clad chasing a deer through the streets of Cambridge in October painted blue), and the Myld Hunt (a leisurely English fox hunt).
Basically, HRSFA will do anything up to everything, and we hope that you will hear something that interests you. HRSFA is what you put into it, there is always room for more.
The four categories of HRSFA, with apologies to Kevin Martin:
HRSFA gathers people with diverse interests, and membership has its privileges. For a small membership fee, you get a nice card, discounts off HRSFA events and local stores, and borrowing privileges from our library.
The Harvard-Radcliffe Science Fiction Association has a long and storied history. The Apocrypha HRSFAlogicae is the official record of that history. The original Apocrypha HRSFAlogicae essay, detailing HRSFA's first five years, was written by Dave Nichols '92 in 1992 and 1993. Accounts of the HRSFA-HCS Assassin game can be found at http://www.hcs.harvard.edu/hrsfa/assassins.
View a table of dates of many other past and some upcoming events here.
The minutes of meetings in past years can be found here.
Every year, right after officer elections, HRSFA meets to nominate and elect Non-Constitutionals (Non-Cons), favorites of the past year:
The photo archives can be viewed here.
Last updated 2 May 2010. ©1995-2017 HRSFA.