Club Information

The Des Moines Science Fiction Society (DMSFS) is a 501(c)(7) organization that seeks to work cooperatively with local individuals, organizations, and media to promote a variety of causes, including: scientific research, space exploration, literacy, and the arts. Basically, we are a gathering of central Iowa science fiction, fantasy and gaming fans. Our interests include reading science fiction and fantasy (of course), watching science fiction and fantasy (of course), cutting-edge science and technology (of course), playing games (of course), the space program (of… you get the idea), computers, F&SF gaming, alternative philosophies and faiths such as neo-paganism, cyberpunk, overdressing, under-dressing, and many, many, many other cool things.

Persons seeking information on science, science-fiction, or fantasy-related topics, and organizations looking for additional resources (including volunteers) for similarly-related activities, are invited to contact any club officer or member at info@dmsfs.org.

DMSFS is the sponsor of DemiCon, Des Moines’ annual science fiction, fantasy and gaming convention. But we do other things, too. Like getting together twice a month to discuss science fiction stuff. Go to a monthly movie. Hosting DemiCon Lites to learn awesome things and supporting the community like knitting, computer security, listening to live music, costuming, walking for a cause, and the list goes on.  Also for throwing some bodacious parties (oops — excuse me; I meant, “gathering for the semiannual DMSFS constitutional conventions”).  And most essentially like enjoying the company of others that share our interests.

DMSFS currently meets the second and fourth Fridays of each month at the Valley Junction Activity Center at 217 4th Street. It is 2 doors north of the Tavern Restaurant in the Valley Junction district. There is a parking lot off of the 4th Street side of the building with plenty of room. The building is a 2 story sandstone building with burgundy awnings and trim. We meet in the lower level large room.

Membership in the DMSFS is open to anyone and everyone (really — it says so in our bylaws). There are no dues or membership fees. No goofy hazing rituals (well… maybe we’ll “smooth” you, if you’ve never been smoothed before. But only if you want to). Our current members include high school students and senior citizens; doctors, landlords, business owners, computer geeks, and mimes; readers, writers, media fans, gamers, and people with real lives. In short, folks from all walks of life.

If you live in, or even just occasionally visit, the Des Moines area, then for heaven’s sake, join us! Meetings are typically held on the second and fourth Fridays of each month. Exact details for the next meeting can be found on our calendar/event page. If you have any questions concerning DMSFS, please e-mail us at info@dmsfs.org.

Now that you know all this, you no longer have an excuse not to at least stop by once in a while to say, “Hi.” We’d appreciate the opportunity to meet you and find out who you are.