Two bids have filed the necessary paperwork to appear on the ballot for the 2016 Worldcon, which will be selected at Loncon 3. Beijing and Kansas City are bidding for the right to host the annual World Science Fiction Convention. 2016 will be the 40th anniversary of the only prior Kansas City Worldcon, MidAmericon. Beijing is bidding for China’s first Worldcon. Any Attending or Supporting member of Loncon may vote in site selection.
At Boskone 51, the weekend of February 14-16, this year’s recipients of the Skylark award was announced. The Skylark Award is presented for significant contributions through work in the field of science fiction and by exemplifying the personal qualities which made the late “Doc” Smith well-loved by those who knew him. This year’s award was won by Robert J. Sawyer.
SFWA has announced that Frank Robinson will be a special guest at this year’s Nebula Awards Weekend, to be held from May 16-18 in San Jose. Robinson is the author of the novels The Glass Inferno and The Dark Between the Stars as well as the Hugo Award-winning Science Fiction of the Twentieth Century: An Illustrated History.
Detcon1, this year’s North American Science Fiction Convention (NASFIC), has announced Nnedi Okorafor as their Young Adult Author Guest of Honor. Okorafor debut novel, the YA book Zahrah the Windseeker won the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa. Detcon1 will be putting a special focus on YA literature at the convention. In addition to having Ms. Okorafor as a guest, Detcon1 will also present two awards for YA and Middle Grade Speculative Fiction in a joint ceremony with the 2014 Golden Duck Awards.
The judges for the 2014 World Fantasy Awards, for work published in 2013, have been announced. Works should be sent to them prior to June 1, the earlier the better. The judges are Andy Duncan, Kij Johnson, Oliver Johnson, John Klima, and Liz Williams. The Awards will be presented at this year’s World Fantasy Con in Crystal City, VA the weekend of November 6-9.
Sofia Samatar’s novel A Stranger in Olondria has been announced as the winner of the William L. Crawford Award. The Crawford Award is presented annually for a new fantasy author whose first book appeared during the previous year. It is presented at the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, which will be held this year from March 19-23 in Orlando, Florida.
Over the weekend, fans became aware of a bid to host the 2016 Worldcon in Beijing, although it wasn’t clear at first if it was a real bid. Steve Cooper, one of Loncon 3′s co-chairs, has since stated that the Beijing group has been in touch with Loncon 3 and plans on filing bid paper work prior to the February 15 deadline. Beijing will be bidding against an already announced bid for Kansas City.
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Loncon 3, this year’s Worldcon, has announced a photography contest, open to amateur and professional photographers. Photographers can enter their works in three different categories: Alien Earth, Future Cities Today, or a Junior category open to anyone under 16. The junior category has a £2 entry fee and the other categories have a £10 entry fee. Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners, with winners who are not members of Loncon 3 receiving a day pass to the convention as well. Submission deadline is April 30, 2014.
Chi-Fi, a Chicago science fiction convention that had scheduled its first occurrence for March 2014, announced that the event would be cancelled. Chi-Fi blamed the cancellation on the hotel, claiming the hotel demonstrated disrespect for the convention and its participants and “disapproval of [their] anti-harassment policy.” The hotel has responded claiming that Chi-Fi was making “false claims” and was let out of their contract “when it became clear that mutual needs could not be met.”
ETA: Steve Davidson’s Amazing Stories article on the cancellation.
Detcon1, this year’s NASFiC, has announced the creation of an Award for YA and Middle Grade Speculative Fiction. Presented in conjunction with the Gold Duck Awards, given each year by SuperConDuckTivity, the Detcon1 Award is accepting nominations from the general public through February 28. The final ballot will be provided to members of Detcon1, who will select the winner, who will be announced at Detcon1 in July.