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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Renovation, the 2011 Worldcon, has announced that Bill Willingham has been added as a special guest. Willingham is the creative force behind the graphic novels Fables and Jack of Fables. He has also worked on Justice Society and Angel. Willingham got his start doing illustrations for TSR’s Advanced Dungeons and Dragons line in the 1980s, including the cover for Against the Giants and interior illustrations.
Aussiecon 4 has released a Hugo Voter packet with works and samples from numerous Hugo and Campbell nominees. The packet is available for download by Aussiecon 4 members. Download information will be sent out to members beginning this week. The Hugo voting process for works published or otherwise released in 2009 is open to supporting and attending members of Aussiecon 4, the 68th World Science Fiction Convention. In order to participate, you must purchase an Aussiecon 4 membership by 31 July 2010 23:59 PDT.