The heart of the Harvard-Radcliffe Science Fiction Association are the Special Interest Groups (SIGs). Any HRSFA member can attempt to create a SIG on just about any area of interest; just bring it up at one of our general meetings and we will work to get it running- if there's enough interest, it will become an official SIG! Below find our active SIGs in alphabetical order.
Come hang out and watch anime with us! We watch whatever people request; from classics like Sailor Moon, Neon Genesis Evangelion, and Cowboy Bebop to currently airing shows such as Demon Slayer, The Promised Neverland, and Dr.Stone, we love it all. We also organise group outings (with subsidized tickets!) to Anime Boston and other conventions!
Play Avalon with other wonderful people- need we say more? If you are a fan of Werewolf or Mafia, or generally enjoy social puzzles, we're sure you'll love playing Avalon with us. This one meets irregularly, but be sure to keep an eye on the HRSFA email and discord!
Do you like reading and discussing books? Then come on down to Book SIG, our weekly sci-fi/fantasy literature group! Book SIG meetings often start with a discussion topic as a conversation starter, leaving members free to discuss whatever they’ve been reading recently and learn some recommendations. The latter half of Book SIG is devoted to individual reading time, giving you some time out of your busy schedule to sit down with others and read that book you’ve been meaning to try.
Each month, Comics SIG schedules a variety of special events for comic book fans. If you have any interest in drawing, reading comics, or watching superhero movies, Comics SIG is the group for you! Comics SIG hosts monthly “Doodle Jams” where doodlers and creators get together with their sketchbooks, accompanied by good tunes and baked goods. Comics SIG also schedules screenings of movies and TV shows based on comic books and graphic novels.
Say goodbye to your lonely con-crunches with Cosplay Not-a-SIG! Meetings are held somewhat sporadically, and are inversely proportional to time left before a convention.Come and work on whatever cosplay strikes your fancy. In the past, this has been a chill way for cosplayers on campus to come together and finish up whatever costume work they have left, as well as share knowledge, stories, and equipment (sewing machine, anyone?) Trips to The Artist's Asylum's bi-weekly cosplay nights are also in the works.
We always have a myriad of Dungeons and Dragons campaigns meeting weekly, and we'd love for you to join. Our campaigns welcome beginners as well as veterans, and we're always looking for game masters of all experience levels. At the start of every semester, we send out an email on hrsfa-social about how to get involved in D&D that semester, as a game master or player. If you're interested, we'll make sure you're included! Furthermore, our library has a large collection of (especially old-school) D&D and World of Darkness sourcebooks. Our campaigns and the people in them are very diverse. We have some campaigns which are combat-heavy and some which are almost entirely about roleplaying. Whatever you like in role-playing, find it here!
Every Friday night, in Lowell House JCR, we eat delicious baked goods, play board games and hang out. We have a large board game collection and love to see new faces. And if you have a fun game, board or video, which you would like to play, bring it over! We'd love to play it with you.
Milk & Cookies is storytime at its finest. Come bring a poem, short story, or a couple pages from your favorite book and read them aloud to fellow club members, all while enjoying delicious snacks of--you guessed it--milk and cookies. Don’t have anything to share? No problem: you’re more than welcome to just chill and listen! Kick back, relax, and enjoy the stories.
Writing SIG is a bi-weekly meeting of those HRSFA members who aren't satisfied with reading and watching speculative fiction, but want to write it too! Come by for workshops, discussions of craft, and more!
There are more? Yes! Other SIGs often include Magic: the Gathering SIG and Star Trek SIG. Retired SIGs (that you can revive!) include Horror SIG, Origami SIG, Game Design SIG, Cartoon SIG, Rooster Teeth SIG, amongst many others!