CanSMOF Call for Applications

CanSMOF has announced a call for applicants for this year’s scholarships to SMOFCon 32, to be held in Manhattan Beach, California, December 5-7, 2014. One scholarship is available to a Canadian citizen interested in learning more about con-running with the other scholarship available to any fan. The deadline for applications is October 15th 2014.

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Hank Reinhardt Award

Ron Zukowski, the co-Chair of ConFederation, received the Hank Reinhardt Award at Dragoncon. The Hank Reinhardt Award was founded in 1990 as the Georgia Fandom Award and is given to a Georgia fan who has contributed to the genre. Following Reinhardt’s death, the award was renamed in his honor.

Loncon 3 Masquerade Winners

Loncon 3 hosted the annual Worldcon masquerade on the evening on August 16. The following were the winners in each division.

Young Fan Division:

  • Best Time Traveler: Alberta Gear, by Tali Semo
  • Most Beautiful and Coolest: Elsa, by Nicole Keller
  • Special Judge’s Award: Elsa, by Nicole Keller
  • Most Original and Creative: Lost and Found, by Olivia and Eleah Flockhart

Novice Division:

  • Most Creepy: The Slender Man, by Andrew Wishart
  • Best Recreation: 70s Doctor Who Monsters, by Christine Halse and Joseph Halse
  • Honourable Mention for Fabric Manipulation: Fish Pond, by Emma Roberts
  • Best Workmanship: Puff & Perry on the Other Side of Boring, by Petra Kufner and Antje Brand
  • Best Presentation: Tribal, by Rebecca Lale
  • Best In Class, Group: Puff & Perry on the Other Side of Boring, by Petra Kufner and Antje Brand
  • Best In Class, Solo: Tribal, by Rebecca Lale

Journeyman division:

  • Judge’s Favourite: Life is a Dream, by Loretta and Tim Morgan
  • Best Workmanship: A Glamorous Evening of Galactic Domination, by Jennifer Skwarski
  • Best Presentation: A Message from the Ministry of Magic, by Sabine Furlong
  • Best In Class: Coliseum, by Peter Westhead

Master Division:

  • Most Beautiful: The Odyssey Dress, by Miki Dennis
  • Workmanship and Attention to Detail: We Dance, by Laura Hunt
  • Best Workmanship: Aratalindale, by Maggie and Mike Percival
  • Best Presentation: Aratalindale, by Maggie and Mike Percival
  • Best In Show: Aratalindale, by Maggie and Mike Percival

Worldcon to KC

Kansas City defeated Beijing for the right to host the 2016 Worldcon, which will be called MidAmeriCon II. MidAmeriCon II will take place on the 40th anniversary of MidAmeriCon, which helped create the modern Worldcon. The convention will be chaired by Ruth Lichwardt, Jeff Orth, and Diane Lacey. The Guests of Honor will include Kinuko Y. Craft, Patrick and Teresa Nielson Hayden, Tamora Pierce, and Michael Swanwick, with Pat Cadigan serving as toastmaster. MidAmeriCon II will take place from August 17-21 2016.

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WSFS Ratification

WSFS, the World Science Fiction Society, is the governing body for Worldcon and its membership is made up all all members of the current Worldcon, this year, Loncon 3. The following agenda items received second passage this year after initial passage at LoneStarCon 3 and will now be part of the WSFS Constitution.

  1. Two-Thirds Is Good Enough, Part 1: replaces 2/3 with 3/4 to make objection to consideration more difficult to pass.
  2. Two-Thirds Is Good Enough, Part 2: replaces 2/3 with 3/4 to make objection to consideration more difficult to pass.
  3. A Matter of Trust: electronic documents need no longer be opt-in.
  4. WSFS Accountability Act of 2013: all financial reports submitted include information about the organization that sponsored the original event
  5. Best Fan Artist: Specifies types of non-professional display
  6. In the Zone: Removes geographic references for MPC membership
  7. We Don’t Need Another HEROW: Permanently bestows Hugo eligibility extended status to works not originally published in the US.

Six pieces of new business were introduced, with two of them, one extending the right to nominate for the Hugos to NASFiC members, the other to create a fan performers’ Hugo, failed to pass. The four pieces of new business which passed and will need to be ratified at Sasquan in 2015 are:

  1. Popular Ratification: requires full Worldcon membership to ratify changes following second passage at a Worldcon business meeting.
  2. A Story by Any Other Name: specifying that the fiction categories are open to audiobooks and e-books as well as traditionally published fiction.
  3. Hugo Finalists: reserving the title of finalist for those shortlisted for the Hugo Award.
  4. Membership Types and Rates: Specified that voting rights needed to be tied to membership rates at a specific level.

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Business passed on from LoneStarCon 3.

Comic-Con Cosplayer Victim of Fall, Not Assault

Police have announced that the 17-year-old Comic-Con International attendee who was previously announced to have been the victim of sexual assault and battery, was actually the victim of a six foot fall based on security camera footage. The 29-year-old who was arrested for providing alcohol to a minor will still face charges.

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Comic Con Sexual Assault

ETA: Video footage indicates the woman suffered a fall.

A teenager who was celebrating her seventeenth birthday at Comic-Con International was beaten and sexually assaulted and found unconscious early in the morning on July 27. Police have arrested a 29 year old man in connection with the attack and is currently out on bond. The teenager remains in the hospital suffering from cranial bleeding. Comic-Con International had come under fire from various groups prior to this year’s convention for having an inadequate harassment policy.

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World Fantasy Nomination Declined

Amanda Foubister, Stephen Jones, and Michael Marshal Smith have announced the withdrawal of Flotsam Fantastique: The Souvenir Book of World Fantasy Convention 2013 as a nominee in the Best anthology category for the World Fantasy Awards. The editors informed the World Fantasy Awards Board that the publication was not an anthology and requested that it be considered and placed in the Special Award—Non-professional category, but their request was not followed. The board similarly did not honor their request to have all three editors (and the convention) credited.

For an updated nominee list

Wiscon Bans Frenkel

Wiscon has announced that former Tor editor Jim Frenkel will not be permitted to attend the convention for a period of not less than four years. At that time, should Frenkel elect to do so, he may petition to be allowed to attend and the board will review his case. The decision comes following an investigation into charges of harassment stemming from an incident at Wiscon 37 in 2013.

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Detcon1 Young Adult Awards

The special awards for Young Adult and Middle Grade SF were presented on July 19 at Detcon1 during the half-time show of the Masquerade. All members of Detcon1 were invited to vote for the awards.

  • Young Adult: The Dream Thieves, by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Middle Grade: Handbook for Dragon Slayers, by Merrie Haskell

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