The Chicon 7 Masquerade was held on August 1. Presentation judges included John Hertz, Bethany S. Padron, and Jon Stopa. The Workmanship judges included Carole Parker and Gregory Rihn. Chicon 7 named their Best in Show (Presentation) Award in honor of Chicon 5 GoH Joni Stopa, who was instrumental in creating modern Masquerades. Chicon 7 also arranged for fans with severe visual impairment to have the opportunity to touch and examine the costumes during the half-time period.
- Most Compelling, Novice: Sith Inquisitor, by S. Kay Nash
- Best Choreography, Novice: Prince Zuko of the Fire, by Torrey Stenmark
- Most Humorous, Novice: Dragon Rider of Pern, by Sharon Bass, Barbara Galler-Smith, and Ita Vanedenbrock
- Best in Class, Novice: Folken Fanel, by Mark Cloud
- Best Re-Creation, Journeyman: Sakura Hime from Tsubasa, by Michelle Mussoni
- Best Original, Journeyman: Mad Madame M’s Marvelous Machine, by Margaret Gentile
- Best in Class, Master: Leather Sole Airship Pirates, by Charles, Kendra, and Paul Wayman
- Joni Stopa Award for Best in Show: Lady of the Lake, by Aurora Celeste
- Wing Work, Novice: Folken Fanel, by Mark Cloud
- Dye Work, Novice: Steampunk Kimono, by Emma Roberts
- Make-Up, Novice: Sith Inquisitor, by S. Kay Nash
- Pattern Modification & Repurposing of Materials, Novice: Dragon Riders of Pern
- Embroidery, Novice: (tie) Sally Ragdoll and Suzaku the Phoenix
- Most Daring Workmanship, Novice: Phedre as Mara
- Best Novice Workmanship: Suzaku the Phoenix
- Form, Journeyman: Gur
- Feathers, Journeyman: Sakura Hime from Tsubasa
- Attention to Detail, Journeyman: Mad Madame M’s Marvelous Machine, by Margaret Gentile
- Best Journeyman Workmanship: Mad Madame M’s Marvelous Machine, by Margaret Gentile
- Nail Work, Master: Prince Zuko of the Fire, by Torrey Stenmark
- Mechanical Work, Master: Leather Sole Airship Pirates, by Charles, Kendra, and Paul Wayman
- Baby Prop, Master: Pleased to Meet You, by Leah Reed, Janet Catherine Johnston, Carol Botteron, Donald Eastlake 3, and Jill Eastlake
- Spinning Wheel Prop, Master: Pleased to Meet You, by Leah Reed, Janet Catherine Johnston, Carol Botteron, Donald Eastlake 3, and Jill Eastlake
- Hats, Master: Welcome to the Future
- Best in Show, Workmanship, Master: Lady of the Lake, by Aurora Celeste
The London Worldcon bid easily won site selection at Chicon 7, receiving 864 of 932 votes cast in an uncontested election. The convention will take place from August 14-18, 2014 at the ExCeL London. Alice Lawson and Steve Cooper will serve as the convention’s co-chairs. The Guests of Honor will be Iain M. Banks, John Clute, Malcolm Edwards, Chris Foss, Jeanne Gomoll, Robin Hobb, and Bryan Talbot. Previous Loncons were held in 1957 and 1965.
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Northern Illinois University is currently hosting an exhibit of books, papers, and other memorabilia associated with Chicon III, the 20th World Science Fiction Convention. The exhibit was curated by Lynne M. Thomas and Guest Curator Steven H Silver and assistance from Michael D. Thomas. The physical exhibit is located the the NIU Library, although a portion of the exhibit has been made available on-line.
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Actor Michael Clarke Duncan (b.1957) died on September 3. Duncan rose to prominence with his role in the film The Green Mile. He went on to appear in numerous films and television shows, including Armageddon, Chuck, Green Lantern, The Last Mimzy, and as Kingpin in Daredevil. His distinctive voice was used in numerous animated series, including Spider-Man, Teen Titans, and Kim Possible.
The live stream of the Hugo Award Ceremony from Chicon 7 was interrupted when a bot used by service provider Ustream flagged the inclusion of properly-provided clips from Doctor Who for copyright infringement. This not only affected the general internet stream, but also the stream to Dragon*Con. Ustream was unable to reverse the automated decision in time for the remainder of the ceremony. Chicon 7 is working with Ustream to make the full ceremony available and ensure this situation does not arise for future Worldcons.
Stanley Schmidt has announced his retirement as editor of Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact, effect of September 7. Schmidt has served as editor since 1978, when he took over the reins from Ben Bova. His thirty-four year tenure meets or exceeds the tenure of Astounding/Analog editor John W. Campbell, Jr.’s tenure. During Schmidt’s time as editor, he discovered an nurtured many authors who are integral to the field, including Roger MacBride Allen, Michael A. Burstein, Michael F. Flynn, Janet Kagan, Geoffrey Landis, Elizabeth Moon, Jerry Oltion, and many, many more. Schmidt will be succeeded by Trevor Quachri, who has been serving as Managing Editor of both Analog and Asimov’s for several years.
I apologize to all those who come to this site looking for news for now having anything up in a timely manner for the past week. Unfortunately, as I was vice-chairing Chicon 7, the 70th World Science Fiction Convention, I didn’t have the time (or, frankly, the internet access) to make my usual updates. I will be trying to post news from the last week from Worldcon, Dragon*Con, PAX, and other sources over the next day or two. My apologies for any inconvenience. -Steven H Silver