Fan John Jones died on February 3. Jones was instrumental in running RavenCon in Virginia. He came to science fiction through super hero shows in the 1970s and began volunteering at Vulkon in the 1990s. He served as head of Operations at Wrath of Con in 2008 and since 2009 has been the vice chair of RavenCon.
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.
ETA: Ms. Lane was found safe on February 3.
San Francisco fan Eric P. Scott died in the middle of January. Scott entered fandom around 1980 and attended every Westercon beginning with 1981, eventually helping to run the con-suite. He was an active party thrower at conventions and tried to raise the level of parties by example. He was active in BASFA and also worked on programming, green room, and art shows at various conventions.
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.
Nominations will open for the Ursa Major Awards, presented to recognize the best works published in the field of anthropomorphics in 2014, on January 15. Fans may nominate up to five works in each category until the nomination deadline of February 28. Voting will run from March 15 with the awards presented at Morphicon in Columbus, OH the weekend of April 30 – May 3, 2015.
Ace/Roc Books is looking for readers to help promote their books. Applicants selected to be Ace Roc Stars will receive packages of books (and occasionally swag) over the course of six months in return for promoting the books they like on social media. Applicants for the first group of readers runs until January 4.
Fort Worth, TX won the right to host SMOFCon the weekend of December 4-6 at the Sheraton Fort Worth Hotel and Spa. The Fort Worth team beat a bid from Colorado Springs. Tim Miller will chair the Fort Worth SMOFCon.
The Rosemont Hyatt, which was hosting Midwest Furfest, was evacuated just before 1 am on December 7 following a chlorine leak, which police are treating as an intentional spill. The leak occurred Saturday night during parties on either the ninth or tenth floor of the hotel, resulting in the evacuation and the hospitalization of nineteen con members. Attendees were permitted to return to their rooms at 3:30 in the morning.
English fan Sue Mason has been named the winner of the 2014 Rotsler Award for best fan artist. Mason has previously been won the Hugo Award twice and has been active in Plokta, She has won the Nova seven times. Some of her work may be seen in the chapbook I Want to Be a Celtic Death Goddess When I Grow Up. The Rotsler Award is sponsored by the Southern California Institute for Fan Interests. Established in 1998, the award carries an honorarium of US$300. Claire Brialey, Mike Glyer, and John Hertz served as this year’s judges.