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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Gaiman and Willis to Host Nebula Awards

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association (SFWA) has announced that Neil Gaiman and Connie Willis will be Toastmasters at the 2021 SFWA Nebula Awards, to be presented in an online ceremony on May 21, 2022.

President Jeffe Kennedy says, “I’m delighted that Connie and Neil have so graciously taken time from their busy schedules to lend their voices and dynamic presences to the Nebula Awards ceremony. I’ve caught a ...Read More

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Norwescon 44 Report

Norwescon 44 was held April 14-17, 2022 in SeaTac WA at the DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport. This was the first time the convention has been held in person since 2019; the 2020 event was postponed, and in 2021 it was virtual. This year’s theme was ‘‘The Stars of Home.’’ Guests of honor were writer Cat Rambo, artist Rob Carlos, and special guests Connor Alexander and Lydia K. Valentine. Fairwood ...Read More

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2022 Writers & Illustrators of the Future

The 38th Writers of the Future Awards and 33rd Illustrators of the Future Awards gala event took place on Friday, April 8, 2022 at the Taglyan Complex in Los Angeles CA. The Writers of the Future Golden Pen Award went to Desmond Astaire for story ‘‘Gallows’’, and the Illustra­tors of the Future Golden Brush Award went to Zaine Lodhi for the illustration of ‘‘Agatha’s Monster’’. Each Golden Award winner received ...Read More

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2022 International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts Report

The 42nd International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts (ICFA 43) returned as an in-person event this year, held in sometimes sunny, sometimes overcast, but always muggy Or­lando FL on March 16-20, 2022, at the Orlando Airport Marriott Hotel. The theme was “Fantastic Communities”. Nisi Shawl was the guest of honor, and Farah Mendlesohn was guest scholar. Academics, writers, publishers, editors, artists, students, independent scholars, and more gathered for ...Read More

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IAFA Announces 2022 Guests of Honor

The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (IAFA) has announced that Tananarive Due will be Guest of Honor and and Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay will be the Guest Scholar for the 2022 online conference, scheduled October 7-9. “The Global Fantastic” is the theme.  Submissions for paper proposals open June 1. IAFA invites proposals “responding to, but not limited to” themes and topics including Afrofuturism, Indigenous futurisms, theories of the fantastic ...Read More

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Nebula Conference Scholarships

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association have announced more than 200 scholarship opportunities to help “members of underserved communities to attend” the 2022 Nebula Conference Online, being held virtually May 20–22, 2022. The deadline for applications is May 1, 11:59pm Pacific Time. Opportunities include:

  • Scholarship for Black and/or Indigenous Creators: This scholarship is open to Black and/or Indigenous creators in the United States and abroad. (quantity: 80)
  • Scholarship for
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TorCon 2022 Virtual Convention

In partnership with Den of Geek, Tor Books, Forge Books, Tordotcom Publishing, Tor Teen, and Nightfire have announced TorCon, a virtual convention to be held June 9, 2022.

TorCon will feature panels and presentations with ten authors, including Olivie Blake, Nghi Vo, Catriona Ward, Rita Woods, and Neon Yang.

TorCon is free, but registration is required to watch each panel. For registration links and more information, see their event page. ...Read More

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2022 HWA Specialty Awards

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) announced Jo Fletcher, Nancy Holder, and Koji Suzuki as recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award, given annually by the Board of Trustees to “individuals whose work has substantially influenced the horror and dark fantasy genres.”

Valancourt Books won the Specialty Press Award, given “to a publisher whose work has substantially influenced the horror and dark fantasy genres.”

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De Lint Steps Down as GoH from Chicon

Chicon 8, the 80th World Science Fiction Convention has announced with regret that Charles de Lint will be stepping down as guest of honor of this year’s convention.

We were utterly thrilled in 2020 when Mr. de Lint agreed to be our Author Guest of Honor and have been looking forward to having him at the convention. However, we completely understand that his current situation will not allow him to ...Read More

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Chengdu Membership Q&A

Chengdu Worldcon 2023, the 81st World Science Fiction Convention, to be held August 23-29, 2023 in Chengdu, China, has posted a list of 12 questions and answers about fees and membership.

The organizers note, “If you bought a 2023 Advance Supporting Membership from DC3, you don’t have to do anything to upgrade…. You automatically have WSFS MEMBERSHIP, and you have been given a full ATTENDING MEMBERSHIP for free, both in-person ...Read More

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Chengdu Worldcon News

The 81st World Science Fiction Convention, to be held August 23-29, 2023 in Chengdu, China, has an official name: Chengdu Worldcon, as announced on Twitter.

The convention has also released membership rates: full attending memberships with voting rights are $120, while attending memberships without voting rights are $70. Supporting memberships (which grant voting rights but not attendance) are $50. Virtual memberships with voting rights are $60, while basic virtual memberships ...Read More

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SLF Convention Grant Recipients

The Speculative Literature Foundation (SLF) has named WisCon (May 27-30, 2022) and the Outer Dark Symposium on the Greater Weird as recipients of Convention Support Grants for fantasy, SF, and literary conventions with significant speculative literature content. Grants of $500 to $1,000 will be awarded throughout the year, for a total of $10,000.

For more information, see the SLF website.

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WFC Artist Guest of Honor

The 2022 World Fantasy Convention (WFC) has announced that Iris Compiet will be the artist guest of honor.

She joins the other previously announced guests: Ginjer Buchanan, Andrei Codrescu, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Victor LaValle, Jo Walton,  and toastmaster Ursula Vernon.

WFC 2022 will be held November 3-6, 2022 in New Orleans LA at the Hyatt Regency. The theme is “Old Souls and New Rhythms.”

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DisCon III Report and 2021 WSFS Business Meeting

DisCon III, the 79th World Science Fiction Convention, took place December 15-19, 2021 at the Omni Shoreham in Washington DC. Guests of honor were John Harris and Nancy Kress, with special guests Andrea Hairston, Malka Older (who attended virtually), and Sheree Renée Thomas, plus fan guest of honor Ben Yalow. CoNZealand (Worldcon 78 in 2020) was the first entirely virtual Worldcon, and DisCon III was the first hybrid Worldcon, with ...Read More

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2022 World Fantasy Awards Judges Announced

The judges for the 2022 World Fantasy Awards have been empaneled.

The judges will read and consider eligible materials from 2021 between now and June 1, 2022. To be considered for awards, all materials must be received by all five judges and Peter Dennis Pautz by June 1, 2022. “If… something is received on May 31 the judges may well have only one day to read it before their deliberations

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2022 Hugo Awards Nomination Period Open

Nominations are now open for the 2022 Hugo Awards, the Astounding Award for Best New Writer, and the Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book.

The 2022 Hugo Awards will be presented at the 80th World Science Fiction Convention, Chicon 8, to be held September 1-5, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Chicago Illinois. Members with an attending or supporting membership for Chicon 8 or DisCon III are eligible ...Read More

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World Fantasy 2022 Guests of Honor

The 2022 World Fantasy Convention (WFC) announced its guests of honor in a press release on January 12, 2021.

Guests of honor are: Ginjer Buchanan, Andrei Codrescu, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Victor LaValle, Jo Walton, and Toastmaster Ursula Vernon. An artist guest of honor is pending.

World Fantasy 2022 chair Tom Hanlon said, “We are working hard to ensure that our guests and our program are representative of a variety of ...Read More

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Fantastika Report

Since a Certain Bug from outer space or wherever stopped last year’s national Swedish con, the year 2020 was added to the 2021 Swecon. The event took place in Dieselverk­stan, Stockholm, November 19-21 with guests of honor Peadar Ó Guilín (Ireland), Adrian Tchaikovsky (UK), Eva Holmquist (local writer), and Maria Nilsson (local scholar). But we were lucky! Despite having Europe’s lowest virus curves – with cases dropping – our ever-so-wise ...Read More

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Discon III Sponsorship Apology

Discon III chair Mary Robinette Kowal has posted an apology regarding the controversial sponsorship of the Hugo Awards red carpet event by Raytheon Intelligence and Space, a division of weapons manufacturer Raytheon Technologies.

The statement reads:

I am Mary Robinette Kowal, and I was the chair for DisCon III. I take full responsibility for accepting Raytheon Intelligence and Space as a sponsor, and I apologize for doing so.

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DisCon III COVID-19 Tracking Update

DisCon III has sent out an updated tracking email for positive COVID-19 attendees, as well as tips for fellow attendees, including suggestions to test five to seven days after the convention, and to wear a mask indoors in public for two weeks, or until testing negative.

There are now five people who have reported positive test results. The first was reported on Friday, and was a “false positive.” The next ...Read More

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Orlando Announces 2023 NASFiC Bid

Orlando has announced its bid for the 2023 North American Science Fiction Convention (NASFiC), a convention held in years when Worldcon takes place outside North America. (Chengdu, China won the bid for the 2023 Worldcon.)

The organizers say, “We’re focusing on the same area the 1992 Orlando Worldcon, MagiCon, used. There are multiple hotels there that can hold a larger-than-average NASFIC, and the Orange County Convention Center.”

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Worldcon 2023 Site Selection: Chengdu

Chengdu, China’s bid to host the 2023 Worldcon was successful, with 2,006 votes received in favor out of 2,915 valid votes. The opposing bid for Winnipeg, Canada received 807 votes. Other votes included seven for the withdrawn Memphis TN bid, 75 “no preference,” and various write-in choices. There was a discussion during the WSFS Business Meeting and a non-binding resolution passed regarding ballot requirements, which will be covered in our ...Read More

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Fan Awards at Worldcon 79

Several awards for services to SF fandom were presented during the Discon III opening ceremonies, held December 15, 2021 in Washington DC.

First Fandom Hall of Fame Award

  • William F. Nolan

First Fandom Posthumous Hall of Fame Award

  • Richard & Pat Lupoff

Sam Moskowitz Archive Award

  • Kevin L. Cook

David A. Kyle Big Heart Award

  • Linda Deneroff

Though William F. Nolan died in July 2021, he was notified of his

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2021 World Fantasy Convention Report

The 47th World Fantasy Convention was held as a hybrid event November 4-7, 2021, with the Hôtel Bonaventure in Montréal, Canada hosting the in-person portion. Guests of honor were Nisi Shawl, John Picacio, and André-François Ruaud, with special guests Owl Goingback, Yves Meynard, Brandon O’Brien, and Julie E. Czerneda; Christine Taylor-Butler was toastmaster. Life Achievement Awards winners were Megan Lindholm and Howard Waldrop.

In-person attendance was fraught with the challenges ...Read More

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New African Programme Stream

DisCon III has announced the first World Science Fiction Convention program stream devoted to speculative fiction by Africans. Organized by Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki and Nick Wood, the virtual track will allow 22 African panelists to speak on topics including “gender roles, climate change, publishing, and traditional beliefs and science… all from African perspectives.” The full list of events can be found here.

As previously announced, the Nommo Awards ceremony will ...Read More

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