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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2017 Worldcon in Helsinki

Helsinki in 2017 won the bid to host the 2017 Worldcon. Worldcon 75 will be held August 9-13, 2017 in Helsinki, Finland. Guests of honor are John-Henri Holmberg, Nalo Hopkinson, Johanna Sinisalo, Claire Wendling, and Walter Jon Williams. The price for an attending membership is currently €95.00.

For more, see the official Worldcon 75 website.




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Alfies Awards

Following the Hugo Awards ceremony on August 22, 2015, George R.R. Martin held his own ceremony after midnight at his Hugo Losers Party at the Glover Mansion in Spokane WA, featuring an award created especially for the occasion: the Alfies, named in honor of Alfred Bester (whose The Demolished Man was the first ever novel Hugo Award winner), with trophies created using ’50s hood ornaments. Martin explained, “This year all ...Read More

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Hugo Voter Packet Available

The 2015 Hugo Voter Packet is available for download by members of Sasquan. The packet “is free to all current Supporting, Attending and Young Adult members of Sasquan, and those who become members before 31 July 2015. Its purpose is to allow those who are voting on the Hugo Awards to be able to make an informed choice among the nominated works.”

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Klages Hangs Up Gavel

Ellen Klages announced on April 30, 2015 that “After twenty years of having the honor and pleasure of being the emcee for the Tiptree Auction at Wiscon, I am retiring.” In her post on the WisCon 39 official website, she reveals her health and age to be the cause: “I am no longer a spry young thing. Young at heart, always, but the body is different now, and less able ...Read More

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Correction to World Fantasy Judges

In our January 2015 issue we announced the 2015 World Fantasy Award judges, but mistakenly listed the names and addresses for the 2012 award judges, and provided details on the 2012 convention. We regret the error. Our previous post on this site was accurate.

The correct information is as follows:

The judges for the 2015 World Fantasy Awards have been empaneled. All forms of fantasy qualify; only living authors and ...Read More

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2015 World Fantasy Website Opens

The 2015 World Fantasy Convention website is officially open, with information on the hotel, registration, and the convention itself. Steven Erikson and Chelsea Quinn Yarbro will be guests of honor, with Glen Cook and David Drake as special guests, and a tribute to the late Graham Joyce. The 2015 WFC will be held November 5-8 in Saratoga Springs NY. ...Read More

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2015 Hugo Base Competition

Sasquan, the 73rd Worldcon, August 19-23, 2015 in Spokane WA, opened the competition to design the base of the 2015 Hugo Award on December 18, 2014.

Designs should “have a theme that highlights either Spokane or the Northwest in general.” Proposals should be submitted to the Sasquan committee by February 1, 2015.

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Lunacon 2015 Canceled

Lunacon 2015 has been canceled, according to the Lunacon Facebook page. Lunacon, the official convention for the New York Science Fiction Society (the Lunarians, Inc.), is slated to return March 18-20, 2016. Those who bought memberships for 2015 will be contacted and offered a refund or membership in Lunacon 2016. ...Read More

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Eurocon 2016 in Barcelona

The next Eurocon (BCon) will be held November 4-6, 2016, in Barcelona, Spain at the Centre for Contemporary Culture. Guests of honour are writers Aliette de Bodard and Richard Morgan, fan organizer Jun Miyazaki, and artist Enrique Corominas. The con committee is led by Pep Burillo, Alejo Cuervo, and Ian Watson. Event organizers are Cristina Macía, Ana Díaz Eiriz, Oskar Arias (von Arien), Lupe Lorenzana, Raquel Lozano Álvarez, Ismael Ávalos ...Read More

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2016 Worldcon in Kansas City

Mid American Science Fiction and Fantasy Conventions, Inc. won the bid to host the 2016 Worldcon. MidAmeriCon II will be held August 17 – 21, 2016 in Kansas City, MO at the Kansas City Convention Center and Bartle Hall. Chaired by Ruth Lichtwardt, Jeff Orth, and Diane Lacey, the 2016 guests of honor are Tamora Pierce, Michael Swanwick, Kinuko Y. Craft, and Patrick & Teresa Nielsen Hayden, with Pat Cadigan ...Read More

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Retro Hugo Hosts

The Loncon 3 convention committee has announced that Mary Robinette Kowal and Robert Shearman will co-host the 1939 Retro Hugo awards ceremony. The even will be held at the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention in London England on Thursday, August 14, 2014. ...Read More

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Last Day to Nominate for Hugo Awards

This is the final day to nominate for the 2014 Hugo Awards and 1939 Retro Hugo Awards. The deadline for nominations is March 31, 2014 at 11:59 PDT.

The Hugo Awards are hosted by Loncon 3, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention, to be held August 14-18, 2014 at ExCel, London Docklands. Members of Loncon 3 and Sasquan who joined by January 31, 2014, and all members of the 2013 ...Read More

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Hugo MC Withdraws

Loncon 3 announced on March 1, 2014 that British TV star, comedian, and comics writer Jonathan Ross would be the Master of Ceremonies for the 2014 Hugo Awards ceremony, to be held at Loncon 3, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention,  August 14-18, 2014 at ExCel, London Docklands.

The choice drew criticism from some SF fans and professionals online, who called attention to some of Ross’s controversial statements and actions ...Read More

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Beijing and Kansas City Worldcon Bids

Two bids have been formally filed to host the 74th World Science Fiction Convention, to be held in 2016: Beijing, China and Kansas City MO.

Chinese fan organization the Future Affairs Administration proposes to hold the Worldcon at the China National Convention Center in Beijing from August 14-19, 2016. Their bid website is at www.guokr.com/zone/worldcon.

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Okorafor Named Detcon1 YA Special Guest

Nnedi Okorafor will be the young-adult author special guest at Detcon1, the 2014 North American Science Fiction Convention (NASFiC), held July 17-20, 2014 in Detroit Michigan. Okorafor will also present two awards for YA and middle grade speculative fiction at the 2014 Golden Duck Awards, as part of a special focus on YA literature at Detcon1.

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World Fantasy 2015 Guests of Honor

The 41st World Fantasy Convention will take place at the Saratoga Spring City Center and the Saratoga Hilton in Saratoga Springs NY from November 5-8 , 2015.  Chelsea Quinn Yarbro and Steven Erikson will be the Guests of Honor, with Graham Joyce as Toastmaster, and Special Guests David Drake and Glen Cook.

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GOH Alan Lee Will Not Attend WFC 2013

The 2013 WFC convention committee announced that artist guest of honor, Alan Lee, would not be in attendance at this year’s World Fantasy Convention in Brighton, England.  Lee’s absence is due to his work on the second Hobbit movie, The Desolation of Smaug.  The convention committee included the following statement from Lee:

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Jay Lake Film Premiere

The world premiere of Lakeside, a documentary about author Jay Lake’s battle with cancer, will be a feature at LoneStarCon 3, the 71st World Science Fiction convention, August 29 – September 2, 2013 in San Antonio TX. Lake and the director of the film, Donnie Reynolds, will introduce the film on Friday, August 30, at 9:00 a.m.

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Dragon*Con Announces Separation from Kramer

In a press release today, Greg Euston, Director of Public Relations for Dragon*Con, announced that they have officially merged the old Dragon Con / Ace, Inc. into a new company, Dragon Con, Inc. in a cash-out merger. Ownership of the  new company includes five of the six founding owners of Dragon Con / Ace; Edward Kramer, one of the founding members, was offered cash for his shares of the old ...Read More

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LoneStarCon 3 Alerts Dealers to Scam

The LoneStarCon 3 committee sent an alert about scam phone calls some dealers who attended Chicon have been receiving:

Some people who were dealers at Chicon have been receiving cold calls from a company claiming to be booking housing for the Worldcon. Other claims include that the hotel is almost full, and that discounted dealers reservations are available at the Hyatt near the convention. Lonestarcon 3 has no connection with ...Read More

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