Mexicanx Initiative Update

John Picacio has announced several recipients of Worldcon 76 Memberships of his Mexicanx Initiative, sponsored by numerous science fiction artists, authors, and fans. So far, memberships have been provided to Mario Acevedo, Marcela Davison Avilés, David Bowles, Libia Brenda Castro, J.C. Cervantes, Sara Felix, Bernardo “Bef” Fernández, Héctor Gonzalez, F.G. Haghenbeck, Angela Lujan, Gabriela Damian Miravete, Gerardo Horacio Porcayo, Smok, Tanya Leal Soto, Robbie Trevino, Gary Villarreal, and Gabriela Frias Villegas. Picacio has said that additional recipients will be announced next week.
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DUFF Race Live

Paul Weimer and Clare McDonald-Sims, the DUFF administrators, have announced that this year’s Down Under Fan Fund (DUFF) race is now open for voting. The winner (may) travel to Worldcon 76 in San Jose, CA from August 19-20. For the third year in a row, The race only has one nominee, however voting remains important as a means of raising the necessary funds to keep DUFF a continuing concern. Votes will be accepted until March 31, 2017.

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Four Sponsored Memberships for Worldcon 76

Worldcon 76 Artist Guest of Honor John Picacio and John Scalzi have teamed up to offer a total of four attending memberships to Worldcon 76 in San Jose. Each will sponsor two memberships for Mexicanx members, with two going to professional sf/f artists and two going to fans. Individuals interested in applying for the sponsorships should leave an answer to the question “Why do you want to attend this Worldcon?” on Picacio’s facebook page or send it to him via e-mail before this weekend.
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Westercon 73 Bid Announced

Seattle is bidding to host Westercon 73 in 2020. The event will be held over July 4th weekend. Currently, no other bids have announced their intent for that year, which will be selected at Westercon 71, to be held in Denver from July 4-8, 2018. The bid is being run by SWOC.

Worldcon 76 Issues Call for Papers

Worldcon 76, to be held in San Jose from August 16-20, 2018, has issued a call for papers for its Academic track. The Academic Track Committee welcomes proposals for scholarly presentations, especially those that study content tied to our “Make the Future” convention theme. The submission deadline is February 5.

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Del Arroz Banned from Worldcon 76

Worldcon 76 has announced that they will be reducing author Jonathan Del Arroz’s membership to a Supporting membership and not allowing him to attend this year’s convention. The reduction permits Del Arroz to vote in site selection and the Hugo Award process. The Worldcon has stated that they are responding to Del Arroz’s own comments which they believe indicates that he intended to break the announced code of conduct.
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San Diego Wins Comic-Con Trademark Case

A jury gave a positive verdict to Comic-Con International in its three year old trademark lawsuit against the Salt Lake Comic Con. The lawsuit stems from 2014 when the Salt Lake convention drove a high end car labeled “Salt Lake Comic Con” around San Diego during the San Diego convention. Although Comic-Con International sued for $12 million in damages, they were only awarded $20,000.
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Worldcon 76 Funding for Chinese Fans

Storycon has set up the Shimmer Program to help fund the visit of Chinese fans to attend Worldcon 76 in San Jose. A Similar fund was successful for Worldcon 75 in Helsinki. Two active Chinese fans will be granted RMB10,000 to attend the convention.
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World Fantasy Judges Announced

The judges for the 2018 World Fantasy Awards, for work published in 2017, have been announced. Works should be sent to them prior to June 1, the earlier the better. The judges are David Anthony Durham, Christopher Golden, Juliet E. McKenna, Charles Vess, and Kaaron Warren. All the judges prefer hardcopy, although Durham will accept pdfs and Golden, McKenna, and Warren will accept .mobi formatted books. Copies should also be sent to Administrator Peter Dennis Pautz. The awards will be presented at this year’s World Fantasy Con in Baltimore, MD the weekend of November 1-4.

SMOFCon to Santa Rosa

SMOFCon 36 was awarded to Santa Rosa, California in an uncontested election at this year’s SMOFCon in Boston. Bruce Farr will chair the convention from November 30-December 2, 2018 at the Flamingo Conference Resort and Spa in Santa Rosa, CA. Patty Wells will be in charge of program for the convention.
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