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.

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, such as getting together twice a month to discuss science fiction and fantasy, have programs with educational opportunities and hold meetings to keep everyone up to date on upcoming events. 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 meets the second and fourth Fridays of each month at the Valley Junction Activity Center at 217 5th 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 all the way up to senior citizens; doctors, landlords, business owners, computer geeks, and business owners; readers, writers, media fans, gamers, and people with very busy 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.