Zettel Cancels Detcon1 Appearance

Sarah Zettel, who was scheduled to be one of three emcees at next weekend’s Detcon1, this year’s NASFIC, has had to cancel her appearance. Zettel’s co-emcees, Jim C. Hines and Tom Smith, will handle the duties during the convention.

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Amazing Offer

Publisher Steve Davidson is offering a subscription to Amazing Stories to any member of Detcon1 or Loncon 3, this year’s NASFIC and Worldcon. Members of each convention will be given the opportunity to indicate whether or not they wish to take advantage of the offer. Amazing Stories subscribers will receive a number of benefits, including a subscriber discount on items sold in its soon to open store, advance notification and access to new fiction, special on-site services, and first dibs on limited edition offerings.

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Detcon1 Young Readers Nominees

Detcon1, this year’s NASFIC, has announced the nominees for their Young Readers Awards. Nominees were selection through a process open to anyone to determine the finalists in two categories, although only members of Detcon1 may vote for the winners. The awards will be presented at Detcon1 in a ceremony in conjunction with the Golden Duck Awards.

Young Adult

  • Allegiant, by Veronica Roth
  • The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, by Holly Black
  • The Dream Thieves, by Maggie Stiefvater
  • The Summer Prince, by Alaya Dawn Johnson

Middle Grade

  • Handbook for Dragon Slayers, by Merrie Haskell
  • House of Hades, by Rick Riordan
  • Zombie Baseball Beatdown, by Paolo Bacigalupi

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Detcon1 Extends YA Nomination Deadline

Detcon1 has announced an extension for nominating works for the Detcon1 Young Adult Speculative Fiction Awards until March 7. Nominations will be accepted from anyone, although only members of Detcon1 will be eligible to vote on the final ballot.

Detcon1 Accounced YA Author GoH

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.

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Detcon 1

Detroit has announced that next year’s NASFIC (North American Science Fiction Convention) will take place the weekend of July 17-20 at the Detroit Renaissance Center Marriott. Tammy Coxen will chair along with ConChairs Emeritus Roger Sims and Fred Prophet, who chaired Detention, the Seventeenth Worldcon in 1959. Guests of Honor include Steven Barnes, John Picacio, Bernadette Bosky, Arthur Hlavaty, and Kevin Maroney, Bil and BRenda Sutton, and Helen Greiner.

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NASFIC 2014 and Worldcon 2015

Detroit was selected to host the 2014 NASFIC and Spokane was selected to host the 2015 Worldcon. Although the general results are known, specifics, including voting numbers, names, Guests of Honor, etc. will be announced at the WSFS Business Meeting on Sunday.

Worldcon and NASFiC Options

LoneStarCon 3 has announced that three bids have filed the appropriate paperwork to host the 2015 Worldcon. Helsinki in 2015, Orlando in 2015, and Spokane in 2015 are running for the Worldcon. Detroit and Phoenix are both running to host NASFiC in 2014 when the Worldcon is being held in London. All Adult, Military, and Young Adult Attending and Supporting members of LoneStarCon 3 are eligible to take part in the site selection process.

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LoneStarCon 3
Helsinki in 2015
Orlando in 2015
Spokane in 2015
Detroit in 2014
Phoenix in 2014

Worldcon and NASFiC Candidates

LoneStarCon 3, the 71st World Science Fiction Convention, has announced the official bidders for the 2015 Worldcon and the 2014 NASFiC. All bidders have successfully turned in their paperwork. Members of LoneStarCon 3 will select the winners, who will be announced at the Sunday business meeting at the Worldcon. A NASFIC may be held in 2014 since the Worldcon will take place in London that year.

2015 Worldcon:

2014 NASFIC:

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Detroit Announced NASFiC Bid

Tammy Coxen has announced a bid to host the 2014 NASFiC in Detroit, Michigan from July 17-20. The bid opposes the previously announced bid to host a NASFiC in Phoenix, Arizona from July 31-August 3. The Detroit NASFiC would take place at the Detroit Renaissance Center Marriott, which has 1,200 rooms and 100,000 sq. ft. of function space. When the Worldcon is held outside North America, as will happen with Loncon 3 in 2014, a North American Science Fiction Convention (NASFiC) is held in North America. The site will be selected by voters at the 2013 Worldcon, LoneStarCon 3.

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