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As mentioned in an earlier post, you can pay your Conference and Membership fees through PayPal.  We have recently posted a Membership Information Form so you can now complete the entire process of Conference Registration and Membership Enrollment/Renewal online:

This is the first year we have done this, so please be patient (the PayPal interface in particular is a little clunky right now, but we are looking at ways to streamline that to one-click shopping for next year).  If you have any technical difficulties, please email our Off-Site Chief Technical Officer, Michael A. Smith <msmith *AT*>.  If you have Registration questions or concerns, please contact our registration Coordinator, Bridgid Shannon at <iafareg *AT*>.  I also encourage you to email me <jcasey *AT*> or your Division Head if you have any other questions or concerns.


The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts is pleased to announce that Kelly Link, Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award-winner, will be joining us in March 2012 at ICFA 33 as one of two Guests of Honor. China Miéville will be the other Guest of Honor and Jeffrey J. Cohen will be our Guest Scholar.

Kelly Link is the author of Stranger Things Happen, Magic for Beginners (2006 Locus Award for Best Short Story Collection), and Pretty Monsters, as well as the award-winning stories “Pretty Monsters” (2009 Locus Award for Best Novella), “Magic for Beginners” (2005 Nebula Award for Best Novella), “The Faery Handbag” (2005 Hugo and Nebula Awards for Best Novelette), “Stone Animals” (included in the 2005 Best American Short Stories collection), “Louise’s Ghost” (2001 Nebula Award for Best Novelette), “The Specialist’s Hat” (1999 World Fantasy Award), and “Travels with the Snow Queen” (1997 Tiptree Award).

With her husband Gavin Grant, she also manages Small Beer Press, edits The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror (with Ellen Datlow), and edits Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet.

On Saturday, June 27, ICFA founder, Bob Collins, passed away in his home at age 80 after an incredibly swift-moving battle with cancer.

Thirty years ago, Bob, a professor at Florida Atlantic University, gambled that a mass mailing to university English departments might attract scholars who wished to give papers on fantasy literature; the response was overwhelming, and the rest, as the saying goes, is history. At the recent 30th annual Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, we were privileged to hear an interview with Bob during which he recounted some of the early history of the conference and the organization and his amazement at its success.

At his request, Bob’s ashes were scattered on the ocean by the Neptune Society. Bob’s daughter, Judy, is planning a remembrance for Bob at their house in Boca Raton, starting at 1 pm on Thursday, July 2. Anyone who will be in the area and who wishes to join us will be welcome. At 2 pm Eastern Time, we will lift a glass together to honor Bob. If others would like to join us in absentia at that time, no doubt Bob would be pleased.

William A. Senior