Can*Con 2022

Can*Con 2022 was held October 14-16 at the Sheraton Hotel in Ottawa, Canada. There were 276 registered memberships; 194 members were in attendance, and 54 attended virtually. Guests of Honour were E.D.E. Bell, Nathan Caro Fréchette, and Suyi Davies Okungbowa, plus virtual guests C.L. Clark and Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki.

In-person programming featured 84 panelists at over 60 sessions, discussing science, writing, literature, and more, such as ‘‘Disease and Medicine: How ...Read More

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ICon: Tel Aviv 2022

This year’s ICon was the first major convention held in Israel with no COVID restrictions in force since the pandemic began, so it’s not surprising that it was themed “Awakening” – and it did indeed feel like things are back to what they used to be.

Browsing the program on the ICon website was a familiar experience, meaning that you had to open the browser window across the whole monitor ...Read More

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Summer Workshops

Taos Toolbox

The Taos Toolbox master class in writing science fiction and fantasy, delayed for two years by COVID-19, took place June 12-25, 2022. Because its normal site at Angel Fire NM was under threat by a massive forest fire, the workshop was moved to the Sonesta ES in Albuquerque. Taos Toolbox hopes to return to Angel Fire next year.

Launch Pad

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Pemmi-Con Announces First Nations Travel Fund

Pemmi-Con, the 15th North American Science Fiction Convention, has announced the First Nations Travel Fund.

The announcement says:

Pemmi-Con has committed to reserve 10% of their Adult Attending memberships, or CAD $4,000, whichever is greater, to assist indigenous science fiction and fantasy fans to travel to Winnipeg to attend Pemmi-Con.  This fund will be under the direction of indigenous groups who will contact Pemmi-Con to request funds for individuals whom ...Read More

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For reasons of epidemiological microbiol­ogy there were no 2022 Swecon bids, but the minicon Ökon was happening anyway on August 13-14, 2022 and was upgraded to be the 2022 Swecon. Due to (partial) double booking, Ökon 3 had to move to the same site as last year’s Swecon, an old diesel workshop (Dieselverkstan) turned into an event venue just east of Stockholm. Friday had an informal warm-up in the Tolkien ...Read More

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Complete 2022 Hugo Voting

Chicon 8, the 80th World Science Fiction Convention, received 2,235 valid ballots (2,230 electronic, five paper), down from 2,362 at DisCon III, Worldcon 79. There were 1,368 valid nominating ballots (1,366 electronic, two paper), up from 1,249.

The procedure for counting nominations remains the ‘‘E Pluribus Hugo’’, or EPH, sys­tem. The rather complicated point system gives a single point to each voter’s ballot, dividing that point among the nominees. The ...Read More

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Photo Story: SerlingFest

The sixth annual SerlingFest was held August 12-14, 2022 in Bing­hamton NY, hosted by the Rod Serling Memorial Foundation to celebrate the life and work of the Twi­light Zone creator. Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo announced that the Foundation will received a grant of $50,000 to create and install a statue of Serling in Binghamton’s Recreation Park, to be unveiled in summer 2023. Guests included Serling’s daughter Anne, author Marc Scott Zicree, ...Read More

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Chicon 8 Report and 2022 WSFS Business Meeting

Chicon 8, the 80th World Science Fiction Convention, took place September 1-15, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago in Chicago IL. Guests of honor were Steven Barnes, Tananarive Due, and Erle Korshak (posthumous), with special guests Eve L. Ewing, Gene Ha, and Eric Wilkerson, plus fan guests of honor Edie Stern & Joe Siclari. There were 3,574 in-person warm bodies and 1,150 virtual members (whose memberships overlap with in-person attendees), ...Read More

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World Fantasy 2023 Guests of Honor

The 2023 World Fantasy Convention has announced Kij Johnson as author guest of honor, Vincent Villafranca and Elizabeth Legget as artist guests of honor, and Jonathan Strahan as editor guest of honor.

The convention will be held October 26-29, 2023 in Kansas City KS at the Sheraton Crown Center.

For more information, see the convention website.

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StokerCon 2023 Guests of Honor

StokerCon 2023 has announced new Guests of Honor joining the previously announced guests. Owl Goingback, Jewelle Gomez, and Alma Katsu will all be joining Stokercon as Guests of Honor, June 15-18, 2023 at the Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square in Pittsburgh PA.

For more information, see the official website.

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NASFiC 2023 Site Selection

Winnipeg in 2023 has won the bid to host the next North American Science Fiction Convention (NASFiC). Pemmi-con 2023, the 15th NASFiC, will be held July 20-23, 2023 at the Delta Hotels Winnipeg and the RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Winnipeg ran unopposed after the Orlando FL bid withdrew in August.

Confirmed guests of honor include Julie Czerneda, Waubgeshig Rice, and Nisi Shawl, John Mansfield, Philip John Currie, ...Read More

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Worldcon 2024 Site Selection: Glasgow

Glasgow 2024 won the bid to host the 2024 Worldcon. The 82 World Science Fiction Convention will be held August 8-12, 2024 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Guests of honor announced so far include Chris Baker, Claire Brialey & Mark Plummer, Ken MacLeod, Nnedi Okorafor, and Terri Windling.

For more, see the Glasgow 2024 website.

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Imaginales Festival Controversy

Imaginales, a major annual fantasy festival held in Epinal, France, has been embroiled in controversy recently. Founder and artistic director Stéphanie Nicot, who has worked on Ima­ginales since its founding 20 years ago, was removed from her position. Nicot’s firing set off a wave of resignations and withdrawals from the festival.

Authors Aliette de Bodard, Ellen Kushner, and Robin Hobb have all posted in support of Ni­cot, and withdrawn their ...Read More

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Ekpeki Will Attend Worldcon

Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki, a multiple Hugo Award finalist this year, has been granted a visa to attend Chicon 8.

As we reported earlier, the Nigerian editor and author was previously denied a visa. He posted this update on Facebook:

Visa got approved. Turns out there was a #VisaForEkpeki . And I’ll going to Chicon 8 – Chicago Worldcon 2022 #Chicon8. It’ll be my 1st international trip. First time flying in
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Ekpeki Denied Visa for Worldcon

Nigerian editor and author Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki, a multiple Hugo Award finalist this year, has been denied a visa by the US and will not be able to attend Chicon 8. He explained the situation in a post on Facebook:

Why I won’t be attending Chicon 8 – Chicago Worldcon 2022. I can’t. Got denied visa to the Worldcon by U.S. Mission Nigeria today. & it’s not the denial that’s ...Read More

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Chicon 8: Tamora’s Legends

Chicon 8 has partnered with author Tamora Pierce to bring children and teenagers to Worldcon in a program called Tamora’s Legends:

Ms. Pierce is sponsoring VIP ACCESS for 20 kids and teens ages 10-17 to Chicon 8: The 80th World Science Fiction Convention for the weekend of September 3rd-4th 2022! Half the sponsored VIPs will be chosen from a local Chicago community organization, and half via online application and lottery. ...Read More

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Baycon 2022

BayCon 2022 was held July 1-4 in person at the San Mateo Marriott San Francisco Airport. Steven Barnes, Galen Dara, and Jean Batt were guests of honor; Tananarive Due was a featured guest and Bonnie Gordon was toast­master. Over 700 memberships were sold, including 17 VIP memberships, with ~400-500 warm bodies. Programming offered 160 genre panels, 213 items total including gaming, maker’s workshops, and more. Panels covered topics such as ...Read More

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Science Fiction Writers’ Week

Writing app ProWritingAid is running a free online event, Science Fiction Writers’ Week, August 29 – September 2, 2022. The event will include:

  • Over 30 free training workshops for writers
  • Interviews with best-selling authors like Andy Weir (The Martian)
  • Workshops to improve writing, editing and marketing
  • Software demos for popular writing programs
  • Networking events to share work and meet other authors

Speakers include authors Samit Basu, Emmi Itäranta, ...Read More

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2022 Locus Awards Online Report

The Locus Awards took place online on June 22-25, 2022, in its third year as a virtual-only event. Connie Willis emceed the awards ceremony, with editor-in-chief of Locus Liza Trombi co-hosting. There were over 150 registrations, and full members received a Locus Awards t-shirt or gift book, and the awards pro­gram. There was also a sliding scale, attendance-only membership rate.

A mini-convention, the online events had eight reading sessions, scheduled ...Read More

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ICFA 44 Guests of Honor

Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki has been announced as guest of honor for the 44th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts (ICFA), with Isiah Lavender III announced as guest scholar.

ICFA 44, hosted by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (IAFA), will take place March 15-18, 2023 at the Marriott Orlando Airport Lakeside in Orlando FL.

For more information, see the convention website.

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StokerCon 2023 Announcements

StokerCon 2023 announced on their blog that Wrath James White will join Daniel Kraus and Cynthia Pelayo as Guest of Honor. The event will be held June 15-18, 2023 at the Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square in Pittsburgh PA, and will will include the Bram Stoker Awards banquet. Early registration is $150 until October 1, 2022, when the rate raises to $200.

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New GoHs for WFC

Iris Compiet has been announced as the artist guest of honor for the 2022 World Fantasy Convention, with Brandon O’Brien joining as an author special guest, and Nisi Shawl as the featured guest. All three will join the previously announced guests Ginjer Buchanan, Andrei Codrescu, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Victor LaValle, Jo Walton, and Toastmaster Ursula Vernon.

The convention will be held November 3-6, 2022 in New Orleans LA at the ...Read More

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2022 SFWA Nebula Conference Report

The 2022 SFWA Nebula Conference was an online event, held May 20-22. Of 563 registered members, 556 attended, down from 2021’s online event with 812 attending members, but still high compared to in-person numbers. 2020’s online event had 808 members and 2019’s in-person event in Los Angeles saw a record-breaking 475 registered members.

SFWA Executive Director Kate Baker said one of the changes for programming this year was incorpo­rating suggestions ...Read More

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Chicon News

Chicon 8, the 80th World Science Fiction Convention has announced with regret that that Floyd Norman is unable to participate in Chicon 8 as Artist Guest of Honor.

We do hope that all our members take some time and delve into the career of this amazing artist, animator, and filmmaker, whose work with Disney and other animation companies has provided an introduction to the Science Fiction and Fantasy genre for ...Read More

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2022 Imadjinn Awards Winners

Winners for the 2022 Imadjinn Awards have been announced, including several categories of genre interest.

Best Science Fiction Novel

  • WINNER: Revolution, James Fox (Dawnrunner)
  • Why Not Wichita, Peter Catania (self-published)
  • Smuggler’s Run, William Joseph Roberts & Christopher Woods (Theogony)
  • Sea Serpent, John S. Worth (Three Ravens)

Best Fantasy Novel

  • WINNER: The Watchers in Exile, Barbara V. Evers (New Mythology)
  • Sword of Cho Nisi Book 1
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FantasyCon 2022 Returns

We previously announced that FantasyCon 2022 was cancelled. The British Fantasy Society (BFS) has now announced that FantasyCon will be held after all, as a two-day event rather than three.

FantasyCon 2022 will take place at the Radisson Red Hotel in Heathrow from September 17-18, 2022.

More information about the event can be found here.

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FantasyCon 2022 Cancelled

The British Fantasy Society (BFS) has announced the cancellation of this year’s FantasyCon, their annual conference, originally scheduled for September 16-18, 2022 in London:

On Thursday, Lee [Harris] informed the BFS Executive Committee that the con as he had planned it was not financially viable and therefore he would be cancelling the convention and refunding all ticket-holders.

Harris explained:

We’re currently around £24,000 away from break-even point, and while memberships
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WisCon 45 Report

WisCon 45 was held May 27-30, 2022, in person at the Concourse Hotel in Madi­son WI, as well as online. Sheree Renée Thomas and Rebecca Roanhorse were guests of honor; Roanhorse participated virtually. Zen Cho and Yoon Ha Lee, also originally scheduled as guests of honor, were unable to participate but were honored nonetheless. There were 763 memberships, with 216 virtual memberships and an estimated 407 in-person attendees. Programming offered ...Read More

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Chicon 8 Guests of Honor

Chicon 8, the 80th World Science Fiction Convention, has announced Steven Barnes and Tananarive Due as guests of honor. They join previously announced guests of honor Floyd Norman, Joe Siclari & Edie Stern, and Erle Korshak (posthumously), plus special guests Eve L. Ewing, Gene Ha, and Eric Wilkerson. Toastmasters are Charlie Jane Anders and Annalee Newitz. As previously announced, Charles de Lint stepped down as guest of honor.

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StokerCon Report

StokerCon, sponsored by the Horror Writers Association (HWA), was held May 12-15, 2022, on the virtual Hopin platform as well as in-person at the Curtis Hotel in Denver CO. Guests of honor were Linda D. Addison, Ernest Dickerson, Gemma Files, Brian Keene, John Edward Lawson, Jennifer McMahon, and Sheree Renée Thomas, with Kevin Wetmore as Stoker Awards emcee. Jo Fletcher, Nancy Holder, and Koji Suzuki received Lifetime Achievement Awards. Co-chair ...Read More

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Mercedes Lackey Removed From Nebula Conference

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) announced the removal of this year’s SFWA Grand Master, Mercedes Lackey, from the virtual conference on May 22, 2022. The official statement said:

We learned yesterday that while participating in the “Romancing Sci-Fi & Fantasy” panel, Mercedes Lackey used a racial slur. First, we apologize to our attendees and the other panelists who were subjected to that slur. We’ve disabled access ...Read More

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Williamson Lectureship

The 45th Williamson Lectureship, held April 7-9, 2022 in Portales NM, was a smaller event after two years of COVID, but those who attended were happy to see each other. “I’m so glad we’re in-person this year,” Connie Willis said at Friday’s luncheon. “It’s so nice to see people’s faces, whether masked or not. I am so pleased we’re here today, and not on Zoom.”

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