CanSMOF has announced a call for applicants for this year’s scholarships to SMOFCon 33, to be held in Fort Worth, Texas, December 4-6, 2015. This year, CanSMOF has added a third scholarship for non-North American residents. One scholarship is available to a Canadian citizen interested in learning more about con-running, a second scholarship is being offered to any non-North American con-runner, with a third scholarship available to any fan. The deadline for applications is October 9th 2014.
Following the cancellation of DeepSouthCon 54, JordanCon has announced that it will bid to host the annual traveling regional convention in conjunction with JordanCon 8, scheduled to be held April 22-24, 2016. JordanCon previously hosted DeepSouthCon in 2013. This year’s DeepSouthCon will take place the weekend of October 24-6 in conjunction with Contraflow V.
Nebula Award winning author Eugie Foster 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. In addition to her writing, Foster worked as an editor and was active in running DragonCon prior to her death.
Atlanta police are seeking information about an individual identified as Gary from Marietta, GA who may be connected to a sexual assault at or near DragonCon. The attack on a female con attendee occurred on Sunday morning and police have released an image of the suspect and have asked anyone with information to contact Detective R.C. Sluss at 404-546-4260.
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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.