Prometheus Nominations

This year’s nominees for the Prometheus Award and the Hall of Fame Award have been announced. The awards are presented by the Libertarian Futurist Society and winners will be announced in August at Chicon 7, which will be held in Chicago, Illinois.

Prometheus Awards

  • The Children of the Sky, by Vernor Vinge
  • The Freedom Maze, by Delia Sherman
  • In the Shadow of Ares, by Thomas L. James and Carl C. Carlsson
  • Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline
  • The Restoration Game, by Ken MacLeod
  • Snuff, by Terry Pratchett

Hall of Fame

  • Falling Free, by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • “‘Repent, Harlequin!’ Said the Ticktockman,” by Harlan Ellison
  • “The Machine Stops,” by E. M. Forster
  • “As Easy as A.B.C.,” by H. G. Wells Rudyard Kipling

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Chicon 7 Adds Special Guest

Chicon 7, the 70th World Science Fiction Convention, has announced the addition of Sy Liebergot as a special guest. Liebergot served as EECOM for NASA from Apollo 8 to Apollo 15 and was on duty when an explosion rocked Apollo 13. He continued to work at NASA and served as controller for the Skylab and Apollo-Soyuz Test Mission.

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7 Days of Chicon Sale

Chicon 7 has announced a 7 Days of Chicon sale to run from December 20 to 26 inclusive. During this time, full adult attending memberships will be discounted $15 to $180 and Young Adult Memberships will be discounted $10 to $90. Family memberships will also be discounted during this time. Chicon 7, the 70th World Science Fiction Convention, will be held in Chicago from August 30 – September 3, 2012.

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Chicon 7 One Day Membership Sale

Chicon 7 has announced a one-day sale on memberships for Cyber Monday, November 28. On that day, adult attending memberships purchased on line will be on sale for $15 off the current membership price. Family memberships will be on sale for $30 off the current membership price. The deal only applies to new memberships and is only good on November 28.

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Tor.com Giving Away Worldcon Membership

To celebrate the completion of Jo Walton’s series on Hugo Award winners, Tor.com has announced a drawing to give away a membership (either attending or supporting) to Chicon 7, the 70th World Science Fiction Convention, scheduled to be held in Chicago from August 30-September 3, 2012.

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Literary Outreach Program

The Science Fiction Outreach Initiative has been established to provide free books to conmembers at various conventions, beginning with Wondercon, a comic book convention in San Francisco in April. Wondercon attracts 34,000 people and the books will be given out, along with information about Renovation, Chicon 7, and Worldcons in general with the hope that it will attract new members to Worldcons. The first book drive was hosted by Loscon and the Science Fiction Outreach Initiative is sponsored by RCFI, Chicon 7, SFSFC Inc., the London in 2014 Worldcon bid, and a very generous private donor.

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WSFS Business Meeting Passes Amendments

Six amendments to the World Science Fiction Society constitution achieved first passage at Aussiecon 4. They will face ratification next year at Renovation.

A proposal to decouple site selection voting fee from initial membership was altered to increase the amount that newly-seated Worldcons can charge to convert voting memberships to attending membership from the existing two-times the voting fee to four-times the fee.

A proposal to permit e-voting in site selection was altered to allow for e-voting only if all contenders and the administering con agree.

A proposal to allow electronic circulation of rules was modified to make e-distribution opt in and require paper copies of the rules to be available at con.

A proposal to allow Hugo nominations for members of the subsequent Worldcon (as well as seated and immediately past Worldcon) was passed as written.

An amendment regarding the Hugo run-off and use of the Hugo logo was passed.

The committee established at Anticipation to report on the Best Semi-Prozine category (and other categories) asked and received a postponement for their report.

Kevin Standlee, Ben Yalow, and Tim Illingworth were re-elected to three year terms on the Mark Protection Committee. Chicon 7 named Sandy Levy as their designated member.