Four Sponsored Memberships for Worldcon 76

Worldcon 76 Artist Guest of Honor John Picacio and John Scalzi have teamed up to offer a total of four attending memberships to Worldcon 76 in San Jose. Each will sponsor two memberships for Mexicanx members, with two going to professional sf/f artists and two going to fans. Individuals interested in applying for the sponsorships should leave an answer to the question “Why do you want to attend this Worldcon?” on Picacio’s facebook page or send it to him via e-mail before this weekend.
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Dragon Award Ballot Change

After hearing criticism of their decision not to allow authors to withdraw their works from the ballot, the Dragon Awards have announced their decision to honor those requests. Alison Littlewood has removed her name from the ballot for her previously cited reasons. John Scalzi has elected to remain on the ballot to honor the Dragon Award’s decision and the fans who nominated him. Voters who have voted for Littlewood’s work will receive a new ballot. The deadline for voting has also been extended two days.
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Dragon Refuses Withdrawals

As reported previously Alison Littlewood and John Scalzi have announced their decision to withdraw their works from consideration for the Dragon Awards. Littlewood has now posted a response from Pat Henry, Dragon Con’s President, refusing to remove her novel from the official ballot. Presumably, Scalzi has received a similar notification.
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Dragon Withdrawals

Alison Littlewood and John Scalzi have each announced the withdrawal of their Dragon Award nominated works from the ballot. Littlewood has withdrawn her horror novel The Hidden People, stating ” it has also been brought to my notice that my book has been selected by a voting bloc who are attempting, for reasons of their own, to influence the awards outcome.” Scalzi has withdrawn his science fiction novel The Collapsing Empire because “other finalists are trying to use the book and me as a prop, to advance a manufactured ‘us vs. them’ vote-pumping narrative based on ideology or whatever.”

Ballot noting withdrawals…
Alison Littlewood’s Statement of Withdrawal…
John Scalzi’s Statement of Withdrawal…

Hines Posing for Aicardi

Jim C. Hines will raise money in support of research into Aicardi Syndrome by doing follow-up poses based on book covers. If Hines raises more than $1,000, John Scalzi will do a pose with him as well (and a second if the $2,500 goal is met). Aicardi Syndrome causes brain malformation, visual problems, seizures, developmental delays, and other medical complications. Most research puts the life expectancy for people with Aicardi between 8 and 16 years. Hines’s fund-raising effort will run through the end of 2012.

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E-Book Bundle For Charity

Eight authors, including Cory Doctorow, Mercedes Lackey, Paolo Bacigalupi, Lauren Beukes, Kelly Link, John Scalzi, Neil Gaiman, and Dave McKean, are offering up a bundle of e-books. The books are available in DRM-Free versions for a donation which will go to the authors and a variety of charities. Six books by the first five authors are available to anyone making a donation. Two additional books by Scalzi and Gaiman & McKean are available to anyone who donates more than the average donation at the time of purchase. The titles included are Doctorow’s Pirate Cinema, Lackey’s Invasion, Bacigalupi’s Pump Six, Beukes’s Zoo City, and Link’s Stranger Things Happen and Magic for Beginners. The addition books are Scalzi’s Old Man’s War and Gaiman & McKean’s Signal to Noise. The charities being helped include the SFWA Emergency Medical Fund, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Child’s Play Charity.

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Clarion 2011 Instructors Named

The instructors for the 2011 Clarion Writers Workship have been announced. Each year, Clarion, a high intensity, six-week workshop, is taught by some of the biggest names in the science fiction community.

Week One: Nina Kiriki Hoffman
Week Two: John Scalzi
Week Three: Elizabeth Bear
Week Four: David Anthony Durham
Week Five and Six: John Kessel and Kij Johnson

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