Prometheus Novel Nominees

This year’s nominees for the Prometheus Award have been announced. The awards are presented by the Libertarian Futurist Society and winners will be announced in August at Renovation, which will be held in Reno, Nevada. The nominees for the Hall of Fame were previously announced.

  • For the Win, by Cory Doctorow
  • Darkship Thieves, by Sarah Hoyt
  • The Last Trumpet Project, by Kevin MacArdry
  • Live Free or Die, by John Ringo
  • Ceres, by L. Neil Smith

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2013 Site Selection Ballot

Renovation has announced the availability of the Site Selection Ballot for the 2013 Worldcon. The only bid to file paperwork for 2013 is the Texas in 2013, which plans to host a Worldcon from August 29 to September 2, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas. All Adult and Young Adult Attending and Supporting members of Renovation are eligible to take part in the site selection process. Mailed ballots must arrive by July 31. Hand-delivered ballots, or votes at Renovation, must be received by 6 pm on August 19. All ballots must include a $60 voting fee which will convert to a Supporting Membership for the Texas Worldcon

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Prometheus Hall of Fame Nominees

The Libertarian Futurist Society has announced the nominees for this year’s Prometheus Hall of Fame Awards, given to novels or stories which reflect the ideals of Libertarians. The award, along with the Prometheus Best Novel Award, will be presented at Renovation, this year’s Worldcon, in Reno, Nevada.

  • “The Machine Stops,” by E. M. Forster (1909)
  • “As Easy as A.B.C.,” by Rudyard Kipling (1912)
  • Animal Farm, by George Orwell (1945)
  • “‘Repent, Harlequin!’ Said the Ticktockman,” by Harlan Ellison (1965)
  • Falling Free, by Lois McMaster Bujold (1988)

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DUFF Call for Nominations

DUFF administrators John Hertz and Emma Hawkes have called for candidates to stand for the 2010 GUFF race to bring a fan from Australasia to North America for the 2011 Worldcon, Renovation. Candidates need to have five nominators (3 Australians or New Zealanders, 2 North Americans), a short written platform, post a $25 bond, and a pledge to make the trip if they win.

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Renovation Rate Increase

Renovation, this year’s Worldcon to be held in Reno, Nevada from August 17-21, has announced a rate increase effective March 1. The new rates will be:

  • Full Adult Attending membership rates will increase from $180 to $195
  • Converting a Supporting membership to an Attending membership will be $145
  • Friend of the Reno Bid Conversion from Supporting to Attending will be $105
  • The Family Rate (2 adults plus 2 or more dependent children) will increase to $480.

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Atlantis Sells Out

Renovation, this year’s Worldcon, has announced that their room block at the Atlantis Hotel has sold out all 400 rooms on the first day of booking. Renovation notes that there are plenty of rooms available in the Peppermill and Marriott Courtyard.

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TAFF Race Underway

TAFF Administrators Steve Green and Brian & Anne Gray have announced this year’s slate of four candidates vying for the westbound trip from Europe to North America. The winner will attend Renovation, the 2011 Worldcon in Reno, Nevada. Anyone active in fandom may vote through March 12, 2011.

  • Graham Charnock, nominated by Harry Bell, Sandra Bond, Rich Coad, Mike Meara, and Robert Lichtman;
  • John Coxon, nominated by James Bacon, Claire Brialey, Chris Garcia, Dave Langford, and Steve
  • Liam Proven, nominated by Bridget Bradshaw, Lillian Edwards, Nic Farey, Lloyd Penney, and James Shields; and
  • Paul Treadway, nominated by Vincent Docherty, Fran Dowd, Mike Glyer, Tim Illingworth, and Maureen Kincaid Speller.

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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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Renovation Hugo Base Design Competition

Renovation has announced its competition for the 2011 Hugo Award base design. Artists are asked to submit their designs no later than January 1, 2011. The winner will receive a full attending membership to the convention, $250 cash, and a chance to describe the base at the beginning fo the Hugo ceremonies.

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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.