Panelist From Space

Sasquan, this year’s Worldcon, has announced the participation of astronaut Kjell Lindgren as a special guest. Dr. Lindgren will be serving on ISS missions 44 and 45 this summer and taking part in Sasquan while on board the International Space Station. While other astronauts have participating in Worldcons (and been Guests of Honor), this is the first time an astronaut has participated remotely from orbit.

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DucKon Postponed

SuperConDuckTivity, the organization which runs DucKon and the Golden Duck Awards, has announced that DucKon 24 will be postponed until 2016. Originally scheduled to be held in June of 2015, the decision was made in order to give board and the convention a chance to transition the con to a firmer place. Memberships sold prior to the decision will either be refunded or rolled over the the new dates.

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NESFA Fellows Named

NESFA bestowed the title of Fellow of NESFA on two individuals at Boskone 52 on February 15. Jane Yolen and Bruce Coville were both recognized for their contributions to science fiction and fannish culture.

Skylark Award

At Boskone 52, the weekend of February 13-15, this year’s recipients of the Skylark award was announced. The Skylark Award is presented for significant contributions through work in the field of science fiction and by exemplifying the personal qualities which made the late “Doc” Smith well-loved by those who knew him. This year’s award was won by Moshe Feder.
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Ohayocon Member Found

Ashley Lane, the teenager who disappeared from Ohayocon on Saturday, was found on Tuesday afternoon in Columbus. Lane told police that she was aware of the search for her, but prior to attending the convention had decided to use the family trip to meet up with someone and run away.
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Ohayocon Member Missing

Ashley Lane (a.k.a. Ray Lane), disappeared while attending Ohayocon in Columbus, Ohio on January 31. Lane, who is transgendered, left her room to attend a late night rave at the con and hasn’t been seen since. Lane is 15-years-old, six feet tall with a slender build, brown eyes, and magenta-colored hair. Columbus police are asking for anyone with possible leads to contact them.

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ETA: Ms. Lane was found safe on February 3.

Hugo Nominations Open

Sasquan, this year’s Worldcon, has announced the opening of the Hugo nomination period. Anyone who was a member of Loncon 3, or is a member of Sasquan or MidAmeriCon II by January 31, may nominate in each of the Hugo categories. The nomination period runs through March 10.

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Sasquan Hugo Base Contest

Sasquan has announced a contest to design the base of this year’s Hugo Award. Sasquan is looking for designs which highlight either Spokane or the Northwest in general. Design proposals will be accepted until Sunday, February 1, 2015, and the winner will be selected by Wednesday, February 18, 2015. The winner of the base design competition will receive a full attending membership for the convention and will be invited to take part in the public unveiling of the design.

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TAFF Race Heads West

Nina Horvath of Austria and Wolf von Witting of Finland, Sweden, Russia, and Italy have declared they are running for TAFF, to travel to Spokane for Sasquan in 2015. The voting deadline is April 7.

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World Fantasy Judges

The judges for the 2015 World Fantasy Awards, for work published in 2014, have been announced. Works should be sent to them prior to June 1, the earlier the better. The judges are Gemma Files, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Bénédicte Lombardo, Bruce McAllister, and Robert Shearman. Copies should also be sent to Administrator Peter Dennis Pautz. The awards will be presented at this year’s World Fantasy Con in Saratoga Springs, NY the weekend of November 5-8.