Renovation Memorial Day Sale

Renovation, the 2011 World Science Fiction Convention, is having an online 24 hour sale on Adult Attending Memberships on Memorial Day, May 30! Adult Attending rates will be reduced to $180, a discount of $15, plus a discount on family memberships. Renovation will also be offering the discount throughout the weekend at BayCon, ConQuest, WisCon, Marcon and Balticon.

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Hugo Nominees

The 2011 Hugo nominees were announced on April 24. This year’s winners will be announced at this year’s Worldcon, Renovation in Reno, Nevada the weekend of August 17-21

Best Novel

  • Cryoburn, by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Feed, by Mira Grant
  • The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, by N.K. Jemisin
  • The Dervish House, by Ian McDonald
  • Blackout/All Clear, by Connie Willis

Best Novella

  • The Lifecycle of Software Objects, by Ted Chiang
  • “The Maiden Flight of McCauley’s Bellerophon,” by Elizabeth Hand
  • “The Sultan of the Clouds,” by Geoffrey A. Landis
  • “Troika,” by Alastair Reynolds
  • “The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers beneath the Queen’s Window,” by Rachel Swirsky

Best Novelette

  • “The Jaguar House, in Shadow,” by Aliette de Bodard
  • “Plus or Minus,” by James Patrick Kelly
  • “Eight Miles,” by Sean McMullen
  • “The Emperor of Mars,” by Allen M. Steele
  • “That Leviathan, Whom Thou Hast Made,” by Eric James Stone

Best Short Story
Only four short stories received more than 5% of the nominating votes, which is why there is no fifth nomination in this category, per section 3.8.5 of the WSFS Constitution.

  • “Ponies,” by Kij Johnson
  • “For Want of a Nail,” by Mary Robinette Kowal
  • “Amaryllis,” by Carrie Vaughn
  • “The Things,” by Peter Watts

Best Related Work

  • Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century: Volume 1 (1907-1948): Learning Curve, by William H. Patterson, Jr.
  • The Business of Science Fiction: Two Insiders Discuss Writing and Publishing, by Mike Resnick & Barry N. Malzberg
  • Writing Excuses, Season 4, by Brandon Sanderson, Jordan Sanderson, Howard Tayler, and Dan Wells
  • Chicks Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the Women Who Love It, edited by Lynne M. Thomas & Tara O’Shea
  • Bearings: Reviews 1997-2001, by Gary K. Wolfe

Best Graphic Story

  • The Unwritten, Vol. 2: Inside Man, by Mike Carey; art by Peter Gross
  • Girl Genius, Volume 10: Agatha Heterodyne and the Guardian Muse, by Phil & Kaja Foglio; art by Phil Foglio
  • Grandville Mon Amour, by Bryan Talbot
  • Schlock Mercenary: Massively Parallel, by Howard Tayler
  • Fables: Witches, by Bill Willingham; art by Mark Buckingham

Best Dramatic Presentation: Long

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
  • How to Train Your Dragon
  • Inception
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
  • Toy Story 3

Best Dramatic Presentation: Short

  • Doctor Who: “A Christmas Carol”
  • Doctor Who: “The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang”
  • Doctor Who: “Vincent and the Doctor”
  • Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury
  • The Lost Thing

Best Professional Editor: Long Form

  • Lou Anders
  • Ginjer Buchanan
  • Moshe Feder
  • Liz Gorinsky
  • Nick Mamatas
  • Beth Meacham
  • Juliet Ulman

Best Professional Editor: Short Form

  • John Joseph Adams
  • Stanley Schmidt
  • Jonathan Strahan
  • Gordon Van Gelder
  • Sheila Williams

Best Professional Artist

  • Daniel Dos Santos
  • Bob Eggleton
  • Stephan Martiniere
  • John Picacio
  • Shaun Tan

Best Semiprozine

  • Clarkesworld
  • Interzone
  • Lightspeed
  • Locus
  • Weird Tales

Best Fanzine

  • Banana Wings
  • Challenger
  • The Drink Tank
  • File 770
  • StarShipSofa

Best Fan Writer

  • James Bacon
  • Claire Brialey
  • Christopher J Garcia
  • James Nicoll
  • Steven H Silver

Best Fan Artist

  • Brad W. Foster
  • Randall Munroe
  • Maurine Starkey
  • Steve Stiles
  • Taral Wayne

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (Not a Hugo Award)
All nominees are in their second year of eligibility

  • Saladin Ahmed
  • Lauren Beukes
  • Larry Correia
  • Lev Grossman
  • Dan Wells

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Renovation Offers Reno College Rate

Renovation, the 69th World Science Fiction Convention, to be held from August 17-21, 2011, has announced it will offer a discount of $30 off the full attending rate or $10 off the day rate to adult students and faculty at three colleges located in Reno. The schools include University of Nevada, Reno, Truckee Meadows Community College, and Western Nevada College. Students must be enrolled as of August 17. The offer only applies to students and faculty who are more than 21. Students under 21 can take advantage of Renovation’s Young Adult membership rates.

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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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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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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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Hugo Winners

The Hugo Awards were presented at Aussiecon 4 on September 5.

  • Best Novel: (tie): The City & The City, by China Miéville; The Windup Girl, by Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Best Novella: “Palimpsest,” by Charles Stross
  • Best Novelette: “The Island,” by Peter Watts
  • Best Short Story: “Bridesicle,” by Will McIntosh
  • Best Related Work: This is Me, Jack Vance! (Or, More Properly, This is “I”), by Jack Vance
  • Best Graphic Story: Girl Genius, Volume 9: Agatha Heterodyne and the Heirs of the Storm, written by Kaja and Phil Foglio; art by Phil Foglio; colours by Cheyenne Wright
  • Best Dramatic Presentation – Long Form: Moon, screenplay by Nathan Parker; story by Duncan Jones;
    directed by Duncan Jones

  • Best Dramatic Presentation – Short Form: Doctor Who: “The Waters of Mars,” written by Russell T Davies & Phil Ford; directed by Graeme Harper
  • Best Editor, Long Form: Patrick Nielsen Hayden
  • Best Editor, Short Form: Ellen Datlow
  • Best Professional Artist: Shaun Tan
  • Best Semiprozine: Clarkesworld, edited by Neil Clarke, Sean Wallace, & Cheryl Morgan
  • Best Fan Writer: Frederik Pohl
  • Best Fanzine: StarShipSofa, edited by Tony C. Smith
  • Best Fan Artist: Brad W. Foster
  • The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer: Seanan McGuire

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New Zealand Bids Worldcon

Following a spate of $20 bills thrown in his direction, Norm Cates has announced a New Zealand bid for the 2020 Worldcon. Despite being organized only a week before Aussiecon 4, New Zealand in 2020 is planning on having a bid table, party, and t-shirts at this year’s Worldcon.

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