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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.

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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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Lord Named Worldcon Toastmistress

Worldcon 75 announced in their Progress Report #3 that “writer, teacher, and former diplomat, research consultant and part-time soldier” Karen Lord will be Toastmistress for the 75th World Science Fiction Convention to be held August 9-13, 2017 in Helsinki, Finland.

Guests of honor for the weekend will include John-Henri Holmberg, Nalo Hopkinson, Johanna Sinisalo, Claire Wendling, Walter Jon Williams.

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2017 GUFF Candidates

Candidates for the 2017 Get Up-and-over Fan Fund (GUFF) were announced November 21, 2016:

  • Donna Maree Hanson
  • Sam Hawke
  • Belle McQuattie
  • Alexandra Pierce & Alisa Krasnostein (shared)

The 2017 fund will send fans from Australasia to Europe to attend Worldcon 75 in Helsinki, Finland. 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 ...Read More

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Worldcon 75 Co-Chair Resigns

Crystal Huff, co-chair of the 75th Worldcon, resigned her position on November 19, 2016, citing career and family priorities. Huff worked for four years on the bid for Worldcon 75, which will be held August 9-13, 2017 in Helsinki, Finland. She will continue to work for the convention in a smaller role. Jukka Halme will remain as sole chairperson for the time being.

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2017 and 2018 Eurocons

Eurocon 2017 (U-Con) will be held June 16-18, 2017 at the Fritz Henssler Haus in Dortmund, Germany. Guests of honor will include Andreas Eschbach, Dave Hutchinson, Autun Purser, and Aleksander Žiljak. Membership registration for the event costs €40 until April 15, 2017, after which rates will go up. For more information, see the official Eurocon 2017 website.

The 40th Eurocon (Nemo 2018) will be held July 19-22, 2018 at the ...Read More

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2016 Hugo Base Designers Announced

MidAmeriCon II has announced Sara Felix (president of the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists) as the designer of the 2016 Hugo Award base, and Brent Simmons as the 1941 Retro-Hugo Award base designer. Both bases will be revealed on August 17, 2016 at the opening ceremonies of MidAmeriCon II, the 74th WorldCon, at the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City MO.

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Worldcon and NASFiC Site Bids

Two bids have been formally filed to host the 76th World Science Fiction Convention, to be held in 2018: New Orleans LA and San Jose CA.

Louisiana fan organization the Tricentennial Science Fiction Convention Fandom proposes to hold the Worldcon at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans August 23-27, 2018. For more information, see their bid website.

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Eastercon 2017 Host Convention Withdraws

The convention hosting Eastercon in 2017 in Cardiff, Wales — Pasgon — has announced the concom no longer believes the convention is viable due to an “[inability] to resolve a number of location issues.” Purchasers of Eastercon memberships have been notified through e-mail regarding the changes, and further information will be posted to the Pasgon website. They are hoping a replacement convention will be selected at this year’s Eastercon, Mancunicon. ...Read More

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Hodgman Named Nebula Awards Toastmaster

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) have announced that John Hodgman, “the longtime Resident Expert on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” will be Toastmaster at the 2016 Nebula Awards Weekend, the 50th anniversary of the Awards, to be held May 12-15, 2016, at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago IL.

In addition to the Nebula Awards, SFWA will present the Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, ...Read More

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Hugo Base Competition

MidAmericon II, the 74th Worldcon, held August 17-21, 2016 in Kansas City MO, has opened the competition to design the base for the 2016 Hugo Award.

Designs should “have a theme highlighting Kansas City and/or the themes and aesthetic feel of MidAmeriCon II.” Proposals should be submitted to the MidAmericon II committee by January 18, 2016.

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Wall Named Wiscon Chair

Aileen Wall has been named the new chair for Wiscon 40, scheduled to take place May 27-30, 2016. Wall is taking over from Jackie Lee, interim chair since Andrea Horbinski and s.e. smith resigned earlier this month. Wall has been on the Wiscon concom since 2014.

For more information, see the announcement on the Wiscon blog.

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