The Science Fiction Outreach Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is leading a co-operative initiative to attract Science Fiction book readers to fannish activities, such as the World Science Fiction Convention, but also to other conventions, gatherings and clubs.
We go to comics conventions and find the book readers!
Experience from events in London, San Francisco, Chicago, Dallas, and Seattle has shown that our fans do exist. We want the book readers. We want the potential fans who like books and want to discuss them, and talk about them, and then let them know of the World Science Fiction Convention (we always go to a comics convention near where the Worldcon will be later in the year), local conventions, fanzines like File 770, Argentus and Journey Planet, and other aspects of science fiction fandom.
In 2011, we went to Wondercon in San Francisco, which attracted approximately 35,000 attendees – and we found a way to attract and talk to the ‘book’ readers. We gave away free SF and F books. Some 6,000 books, to be more precise.
In April 2012, we went to the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2). We found many, many more readers.
In May 2013, we went to the Dallas Comic-con to do what? That’s right – give away books!
We unfortunately had to miss going to Motor City Comic Con in 2014 to help promote the North American Science Fiction Convention, Detcon1. We were all set, but Real Life ™ got in the way.
In April 2015, we went to Emerald City Comicon in Seattle…and gave away a whole lot of books!
In 2016, we look forward to attending Planet Comicon in Kansas City, where we will give away books and help promote MidAmeriCon II, the 2016 World Science Fiction Convention.
As people look for a book our team will be there to chat, enthuse, and talk about Worldcons and SFnal activities; we will have bookmarks, flyers, and other things to be used to show people during 1 to 1 conversation what is going on and hopefully ignite a latent interest in our sort of hobbies and activities.
Each year we create bookmarks, and place one in each book. The bookmarks have information on Worldcon, local conventions, and groups that sponsored us either through book drives or financial donations.
Additionally, as we are all book enthusiasts, our other goal is promoting literacy and reading. We feel by giving away free books, it will encourage people to read, and perhaps open up a new genre that they will enjoy and further explore.
Would YOU like to help?
We need books. Lots and lots of books! Science Fiction, fantasy, and related genre books are what we are looking for.
We accept both second hand and new books! Donate your books and they won’t just be recycled, they will be the lure for new fans. They will help promote reading and literacy. They will go to a good new home.
Hardbacks or paperbacks – all are welcome. We ask only that they be in readable condition.
Additionally, financial support is always welcome. We are a 501(c)(3) corporation, so both your financial and book donations should be tax deductible (we aren’t attorneys or accountants, so please consult with yours to be sure).
We appreciate the support that has been shown to us from year to year from fans, organizations, and bookstores, and look forward to support again this year and in the years to come.