Both 4 in 6 and EPH passed their initial motion at the Sunday business meeting at Sasquan. Both will need to pass again next year at MidAmeriCon II to go into effect for Worldcon 75 in Helsinki. 4 in 6 limits the number of nominees to four, with six items making the ballot in each category. EPH weights nominating votes. Both motions were made in an attempt to limit the efficacy of slates in future years. EPH passed with a vote of 186-62 and 4 in 6 passed by a margin of 4 votes.
The Saturday WSFS Business Meeting ratified for the second time amnedments which state that the medium of publication: physical, e-book, or audio-book do not matter. Rules concerning rates and membership types were also passe, as was a ruling how Hugo Finalists could refer to them. The 5% solution, which removes the restriction that a work must hit a 5% threshold to be listed on the Hugo ballot received first passage and will need to be ratified at MidAmeriCon II. Also passed for the first time was an amendment determining categories based on where a work received the most nominations if eligible in both/all categories.
The Board Meeting of the World Science Fiction Society has voted to extend eligibility for the films I Remember the Future and Predestination for a second year based on a limited release schedule. The Board Meeting also requested that anonymized nominating data from the Hugos be released to allow members to judge the impact of the 4 in 6 and EPH proposals. Popular Ratification and the Open Source Software Proposal failed to pass the board meeting. Finally, Donald Eastlake, Stephen Boucher, and Bruce Farr were elected to serve on the Mark Protection Committee.
Preliminary reports indicate that Helsinki has won the right to host the 2017 Worldcon. Helsinki received approximately 52% of the votes on the first ballot, winning outright in a race with Washington, DC, Montreal, and Shizuoka. The official results, convention name, and Guests of Honor will be announced at the Saturday business meeting at Sasquan.
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors of America (SFWA) will be holding a charity auction on Sunday, August 23 at Sasquan in the Spokane Convention Center Hall C – Guinan’s Place. Proceeds from the auction, which will include tuckerizations and critiques from Greg Bear, David Brin, Cory Doctorow, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Nancy Kress, Larry Niven, Mike Resnick, and John Scalzi, as well as an outgoing voicemail recording by Mary Robinette Kowal and a personalized insult from Neil Gaiman, among other items, will be available. The proceeds will go the the SFWA Givers Fund, which funds the SFWA Emergency Medical Fund, Legal Fund, and other SFWA grants. Ellen Klages will serve as auctioneer.
The Board of Directors for CONDuit have announced that they have voted to end the convention, which ran annually for twenty-five years from 1990 through 2015. Although the con has ceased, the business corporation will continue to function and may, one day, sponsor another convention.
According to the Financial Report filed ahead of Sasquan, Millennium Philcon, the 59th Annual World Science Fiction Convention, has closed its books, making its final financial disbursements totalling 46,000 to Sasquan and MidAmeriCon II. This announcement leaves Anticipation as the earliest Worldcon which has not closed its books.
Unlike last year, which saw a four person race to represent Australasia at Loncon 3, this year’s GUFF race to send a European fan to Australasia has only one candidate. Finnfan Jukka Halme is running to attend Contact 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. It is important to get out and vote in a one person Fan Fund race to ensure the fund remains solvent.
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M. Lee Rogers has announced that ABC DeepSouthCon, the 2016 version of the event scheduled to be held in Roswell, GA, has been cancelled because a review of their finances has led them to believe that the event was not longer fiscally feasible. DeepSouthCon is a traveling con which is often connected to an existing con, although in 2016 it was going to be run as its own identity. It has been pointed out that ABC DeepSouthCon was scheduled to run the same weekend as Atlanta’s OutlantaCon. There are efforts being made to hold DeepSouthCon in conjunction with a different convention in 2016.
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