Lunacon Hiatus

The Lunacon Board of directors has decided that the venerable con will take a year’s hiatus. Individuals who have already purchased memberships for the 2015 Lunacon will be contacted and offered the option of receiving a refund or transferring their membership to Lunacon 2016 the weekend of March 18-20. Although the current plan is to return to their traditional hotel, the venue may be changed. Lunacon was founded in 1957.

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World Fantasy Awards

Two World Fantasy Awards were presented at the annual banquet at the World Fantasy Con held in Arlington, VA on November 9. In introducing the awards, Gordon van Gelder addressed the controversy regarding the award’s physical appearance and noted that the administrators are listening to arguments from all sides and held a poll at the event, but have not yet made any decisions about the trophy. This year’s judges are Andy Duncan, Kij Johnson, Oliver Johnson, John Klima, and Liz Williams.

  • Novel: A Stranger in Olondria, by Sofia Samatar
  • Novella: “Wakulla Springs,” by Andy Duncan & Ellen Klages
  • Short Story: “The Prayer of Ninety Cats,” by Caitlín R. Kiernan
  • Anthology: Dangerous Women, edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois
  • Collection: The Ape’s Wife and Other Stories, by Caitlín R. Kiernan
  • Artist: Charles Vess
  • Special Award—Professional: (tie) Irene Gallo, for art direction of Tor.com; William K. Schafer, for Subterranean Press
  • Special Award—Non-professional: Kate Baker, Neil Clarke, and Sean Wallace, for Clarkesworld
  • Lifetime Achievement Awards: Ellen Datlow; Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

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Sasquan Hugo Emcees

Sasquan, the 2015 Worldcon, has announced that Tananarive Due and Guest of Honor David Gerrold would co-emcee next year’s Hugo Award Ceremony. In addition, Sasquan has announced that Warren Frey, Steven Schapansky, and Chris Burgess will co-host a live pre- and post-Ceremony internet broadcast discussing the history of the Hugos, the current ballot, and will interview nominees and winners.

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SMOFCon Scholarships from CANSMOF

CANSMOF has announced that Jean-Louis Trudel (Québec City, Canada) and Jared Dashoff (Washington, DC) are the recipients of this year’s SMOFCon scholarships. Both recipients will receive aid to attend this year’s SMOFCon in Manhattan Beach, CA and are required to write a report about the event for CANSMOF.

CUFF Resignation

Travers Milo, who won the Canadian Unity Fan Fund (CUFF) in an unopposed race, was unable to attend VCon as part of his CUFF duties, has now resigned as fund administrator, citing previous volunteer and personal commitments. Former CUFF winner Debra Yeung has agreed to pick up the administrator duties until a new successor can be selected.

DeepSouthCon 2016 Moves

DeepSouthCon has announced that it will be held the weekend of May 13-15, 2016 at the Doubletree Hotel in Roswell, GA, previously the site of the 2013 DeepSouthCon. Originally, the convention was scheduled to be held in Atlanta. DeepSouthCon will announce the slate of guests once they have all been finalized.

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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