A long-time member of the N3F, he has served as a Bureau Head and on the club's Directorate; he received the club's Franson Award in 2003 and the club's Kaymar Award in 2007. He contributed a short story, "Who Slays Satan," to Geep!, The Book of the National Fantasy Fan Federation (1987), edited by Rose Secrest.
Phillies was featured in a Member Spotlight, conducted by Jon D. Swartz and Heath Row, in The National Fantasy Fan for December, 2010 (Vol. 10, Nos. 3-4). He was the subject of an interview in the December, 2018 (#14) issue of Ionisphere, an N3F fanzine currently edited by John Thiel.
He was elected president of N3F in 2015 and re-elected for terms in 2016, 2017, 2018, and again in 2019.
He was the editor of A Sea of Stars Like Diamonds, an anthology of original SF stories (2016), published by the N3F. Co-editor was Jefferson Swycaffer. Both Phillies and Swycaffer contributed stories to the anthology.
In addition to The National Fantasy Fan, Phillies edits other N3F publications: N'APA, Eldritch Science, N3F Book Reviews, and Tightbeam (with Swartz). Phillies also serves as head of the Franking Service, Neffy Awards, and Games Bureaus. He and Swartz are currently working on another N3F Fandbook, this one on the charter members of the N3F in 1941.
His novel, Against Three Lands, won the 2019 Neffy Award for best novel.
He earned his doctoral degree in physics at MIT.
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Also involved: - APA:NESFA - Ionisphere - The Franson Award - Tightbeam
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Also- The Franson Award