FOGcon 2018 Report

The 2018 Friends of Genre convention (FOGcon 8) was held March 9-11 at the Walnut Creek Marriot in Walnut Creek CA. 190 memberships were sold, plus an additional 32 day passes. The theme was “Performance in SF&F”, with honored guests Andrea Hairston, Ada Palmer, and Thomas M. Disch (posthumously).

Programming included 74 participants and 55 slots, with panels on science, writing, publishing, literature, politics, and more, with titles such as ...Read More

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StokerCon 2018 Report

StokerCon, sponsored by the Horror Writers Association, was held at the Biltmore in Providence RI, March 1-4, 2018. HWA president Lisa Morton said, “It’s hard to beat hundreds of horror-lovers huddled together in a suppos­edly haunted hotel while a Nor’easter rages outside.” Guests of honor were Ramsey Campbell, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Victor LaValle, Elizabeth Massie, Sam Weller, and Craig Engler; Jeff Strand was emcee. Morton said, “This was our third ...Read More

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Shimmer Program Winners

Winners of the Shimmer Program’s Worldcon 76 Attending Funding for Chinese fans have been announced. Lin Jiayu (Mackenzie Lin) and Shi Ran (Sharon Shi) will each receive RMB 10,000 (approximately $1,600) to attend and staff Worldcon 76. This year’s winners were chosen by Worldcon Facilities DDH Mike Willmoth and winner of the Worldcon 75 Attending Funding Yang Sumin.

The Shimmer Program is funded by Storycom, “the first professional story commercialization ...Read More

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LGBTQ Initiative for Worldcon 76

Chuck Serface has launched the LGBTQ Initiative with the intention of funding 50 memberships to Worldcon 76. So far, the initiative has raised enough money to fully fund seven memberships.

Funded memberships are available to SF/F fans and professionals who identify as LGBTQ. Applicants should send an email to lgbtqworldcon@gmail.com with a personal statement under 500 words including information about themselves and why they want to attend Worldcon. Applications will ...Read More

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World Conventions News

Worldcon 76, to be held August 16-20, 2018 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose CA, has released Progress Report 2.0, with a letter from the chair, 2017 highlights from artist guest of honor John Picacio, “Fans, and Food” by Christopher J. Garcia, membership details, a hotel update, info on the 1943 Retrospective Hugos, the WSFS Constitution, tips for first-time attendees, a preview of the exhibit hall, ...Read More

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2018 Fan Fund Candidates

Voting is open for the DUFF, TAFF, and GUFF races.

The Down Under Fan Fund (DUFF) to send fans from Australasia to Worldcon 76, or to other major conventions in North America in 2018, has one candidate: Marlee Jane Ward. Voting is open until March 31, 2018. DUFF is open to “anyone who has been active in science fiction fandom” before the start of the previous year. Candidates for a ...Read More

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Arisia 2018

Arisia 2018 was held January 12-15 at the Westin Boston Waterfront in Boston MA. The convention, held annually in the Boston area since 1990, welcomed over 4,500 registered attendees and featured author guest of honor V.E. Schwab, artist guest of honor Ashe Samuels, comics industry guest of honor Shannon Watters, and fan guest of honor Mikki Kendall. The convention held over 400 hours of programming on subjects including anime, comics, ...Read More

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Mexicanx Initiative

Worldcon Artist Guest of Honor John Picacio has started the Mexicanx Initiative to sponsor attending memberships to Worldcon 76 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose CA, to be held August 16-20, 2018. As previously reported, Picacio and John Scalzi announced that they would each sponsor two attending memberships. Other sponsors (including Christopher Brown, Ctein, Ty Franck, Mary Robinette Kowal, John & Christine O’Halloran, Chris Rose, and ...Read More

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Picacio and Scalzi Sponsor Worldcon Memberships

John Scalzi and Artist Guest of Honor John Picacio are sponsoring four attending memberships to Worldcon 76 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose CA, to be held August 16-20, 2018. Two memberships are available to “Mexicanx professional sf/f artists or writers” and two to “Mexicanx sf/f fans,” all four to be chosen by Picacio. Interested applicants can leave a reply on Picacio’s Twitter or Facebook, or ...Read More

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Worldcon and NASFiC Site Bids

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Conventions Of New Zealand Incorporated (SFFCONZ, Inc.) non-profit society has filed a bid to host the 2020 Worldcon at the TSB Bank Arena and Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington, New Zealand, from August 12-16, 2020.

The Utah Fandom Organization is bidding to hold NASFiC 2019 at the Davis Conference Center in Layton UT from July 4-7, 2019. NASFiC happens whenever a Worldcon is held outside ...Read More

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SMOFCon 36 Announced

The 2018 SMOFCon (SMOFCon 36) will be held November 30 – December 2, 2018 at the Flamingo Conference Resort and Spa in Santa Rosa CA with the theme “Conventions at the Speed of Light: Technology for the Modern Convention.” Bruce Farr is the convention chair. Attending memberships cost $50 until December 31, 2017, after which prices will change.

For more information, see the official website.

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Retro Hugo Awards News

In a joint statement during SMOFCon 35, both Worldcon 76 in San Jose and Dublin 2019 (Worldcon 77) announced that they will present Retrospective Hugo Awards for 1943 and 1944 respectively. The 1943 Retro Hugos for works first published in 1942 will be awarded in a ceremony to be held on August 16, 2018 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose CA. The 1944 Retro Hugos for ...Read More

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Shimmer Program For Chinese Fans

Storycom has again set up the Shimmer Program to encourage “2 active Chinese fans” to attend the 76th World Science Fiction Convention, to be held at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose CA on August 16-20, 2018. The two selected individuals will each receive RMB 10,000 to cover travel expenses with the idea that “the beneficiaries should also volunteer to work for Worldcon 76 and promise to take active ...Read More

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PulpFest 2018 Announced

PulpFest 2018 will be held July 26-29, 2018, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh – Cranberry in Pittsburgh PA. Joe R. Lansdale is the Guest of Honor.

For more information and membership rates, see the official website.

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Salt Lake City Wins WFC 2020 Bid

The 2020 World Fantasy Convention will be held at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City UT, starting October 29, 2020. A convention website with more information, including membership rates, will be available “at the conclusion of the Baltimore conference.”

The 2018 WFC will be held November 1-4, 2018 at the Baltimore Renaissance Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore MD. The theme is “Ports in a Storm.”

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Los Angeles Wins WFC 2019 Bid

The Southern California Institute for Fan Interests, Inc. (SCIFI, Inc.) won the bid for the 2019 World Fantasy Convention. It will be held October 31 – November 3, 2019 at the Marriott Los Angeles Airport Hotel in Los Angeles CA with the theme of “Fantasy Noir.” Guests of honor will include Margo Lanagan, Beth Meacham, and Chris McGrath. Robert Silverberg will be Toastmaster. Attending membership is currently $150, and supporting ...Read More

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Lunacon 2018 Canceled

The New York Science Fiction Society (the Lunarians (2), Inc.) has decided not to hold Lunacon in 2018. Lunacon was previously canceled for 2015 but was held again in 2016 and 2017. In a press release, Lunarians (2) president Stuart C. Hellinger said:

Our organization has the future of Lunacon under complete review and evaluation. Once a decision has been finalized as to how and if to proceed, we will ...Read More

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Women Injured At Dragon Con

Two convention attendees, Jamie Temple-Thompson Amador and Kelly McDaniel, were injured September 3 around 1:30 a.m. by chairs thrown from the 10th floor of the Marriott Marquis hotel into the atrium during Dragon Con, held in Atlanta GA. Both women were taken to hospitals and treated for their injuries.

The Atlanta Police Department is investigating the incident. Anyone with video or information should contact them. Tips can be anonymous and ...Read More

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Worldcon News

Several amendments to the World Science Fiction Society constitution were ratified during Worldcon 75 in Helsinki, Finland:

  • “Best Series”: makes the Best Series Hugo Award permanent
  • “Young Adult Award”: creates a new award category for Best Young Adult Book
  • “December Is Good Enough”: moves the deadline for Hugo nominations from January 31 of the current year to December 31 of the previous year
  • “Two Years Are Good Enough”: limits nomination
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Additional World Fantasy 2018 Guest of Honor

The 2018 World Fantasy Convention (WFC) has announced the addition of Guest of Honor Kaaron Warren, joining special guest Aliette de Bodard, Toastmaster Linda D. Addison, and fellow Guests of Honor Scott Edelman, Tom Kidd, and Michael J. Walsh.

WFC 2018 will be held November 1-4, 2018 at the Baltimore Renaissance Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore MD. The theme is “Ports in a Storm.”

Attending memberships are currently $175. For more, ...Read More

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Dr. Lindgren to Present Hugo

The World Science Fiction Convention (WSFC) has announced that NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren, “a member of Expedition 44/45 to the International Space Station (ISS), and a NASA Distinguished Service Medal recipient (2016),” will present an award at the 64th Hugo Award Ceremony.

In 2015, Dr. Lindgren announced Cixin Liu’s The Three Body Problem as the winner of the Hugo for Best Novel via a livestream from the ISS.

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Addison Named WFC 2018 Toastmaster

Linda D. Addison will be Toastmaster for the 2018 World Fantasy Convention (WFC), joining guests of honor Scott Edelman, Tom Kidd, and Michael J. Walsh, as well as special guest Aliette de Bodard.

WFC 2018 will be held November 1-4, 2018 at the Baltimore Renaissance Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore MD. The theme is “Ports in a Storm.”

Attending memberships are currently $175. For more, see the World Fantasy Convention 2018 ...Read More

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Another WFC GoH Announced

The 2018 World Fantasy Convention (WFC) has announced the addition of Scott Edelman as a Guest of Honor, joining GoHs Michael J. Walsh and Tom Kidd, and special guest Aliette de Bodard.

WFC 2018 will be held November 1-4, 2018 at the Baltimore Renaissance Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore MD. The theme is “Ports in a Storm.”

Attending memberships are currently $175. For more, see the World Fantasy Convention 2018 website. ...Read More

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World Fantasy 2018 Guests of Honor

The 2018 World Fantasy Convention (WFC) has announced the addition of special guest Aliette de Bodard, joining Guests of Honor Michael J. Walsh and Tom Kidd.

WFC 2018 will be held November 1-4, 2018 at the Baltimore Renaissance Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore MD. The theme is “Ports in a Storm.”

Attending memberships are currently $175. For more, see the World Fantasy Convention 2018 website. ...Read More

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Hugo Voter Packet Available

The 2017 Hugo Voter Packet is available for download by members of Worldcon 75. “Messages have gone out to voters, including personalized links and information on how to access the packet. Anyone who has not received it should contact hugohelp@worldcon.fi.”

The packet does not contain all the nominated works in their entirety, but there is some free material in most categories. The voting packet will be available for download until ...Read More

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Hanson Wins GUFF

Donna Maree Hanson (Australia) has won the 2017 Get Up-and-over Fan Fund (GUFF). The 2017 fund will send Hanson to Worldcon 75 in Helsinki, Finland. Other candidates on the ballot were Sam Hawke, Belle McQuattie, and Alexandra Pierce.

GUFF is open to anyone who has been active in science fiction fandom before the start of the previous year. Candidates for a northbound trip must be residents of Australia or New ...Read More

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Ytterbium Wins Eastercon Bid

Ytterbium won their bid to host the 2019 British National Science Fiction Convention (Eastercon), in voting held at Eastercon 2017, Innominate. The convention will be held over Easter weekend, April 19-22, 2019 at the Park Inn in Heathrow, UK.

Guests of honor will include “DC”, Frances Hardinge, Sydney Padua, and John Scalzi.

Adult weekend membership rate is currently £55. ...Read More

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Waters Wins NAFF

Fe Waters is the winner of the 2017 National Australian Fan Fund (NAFF) and will attend Continuum 13, the 56th Australian National Science Convention (NatCon), to be held at the Jasper Hotel in Melbourne, Australia, June 9-12, 2017.

The National Australian Fan Fund (NAFF) was created in 2001 to facilitate fans traveling across Australia to attend NatCon. NAFF covers the cost of airfare and accommodation, and NatCon donates a convention ...Read More

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Purcell Wins TAFF

John Purcell is the winner of the 2017 Trans Atlantic Fan Fund (TAFF) and will attend Worldcon 75, the 75th World Science Fiction Convention, in Helsinki Finland, August 9-13, 2017. In the second round, he received 68 votes out of a total of 135 votes.

The Trans Atlantic Fan Fund (TAFF) was created in 1953 to facilitate science fiction fans traveling to conventions on both sides of the Atlantic.

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2017 Scholarship From Hell Winners

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) announced the recipients of its 2017 Scholarship From Hell on April 4, 2017. The scholarship places writers in the intensive Horror University workshop, which will take place during StokerCon 2017.

First place winner Billicent James San Juan will receive airfare to and from Long Beach CA, a four-night stay on the Queen Mary, and registration for StokerCon 2017 and the Horror University workshop classes.

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2017 DUFF Nominee

Paul Weimer was announced as the only candidate for the 2017 Down Under Fan Fund (DUFF) on January 28, 2017.

The 2017 fund is intended to send fans from North America to attend Continuum 13, the 56th Australian National Science Fiction Convention, to be held at the Jasper Hotel in Melbourne on June 9-12, 2017. DUFF is open to anyone who has been active in science fiction fandom before the ...Read More

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