Spectrum Live Remains in KC

Despite an earlier announcement that Spectrum Fantastic Art Live would move to San Francisco in 2017, Arnie Fenner has now stated that the art and illustration would remain in Kansas City, taking place on April 21-23.
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Star Wars at MidAmeriCon II

MidAmeriCon II has announced that Friday, August 19 will be Star Wars Day at the convention. At MidAmeriCon in 1976, fans were introduced to the film that would be erleased the following year with exhibits, slide shows, and talks by Charles Lippincott, Gary Kurtz, and Mark Hamill. This year, Lippincott and Kurtz will return with exhibits andbe joined by Alan Dean Foster, who ghost wrote the novel Star Wars as well as Splinter in the Mind’s Eye and the novelization for The Force Awakens. There will be Star Wars programming and an R2D2 maker’s exhibit as well.
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Felix Designs Hugo Base

Sara Felix, the current president of the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists (ASFA), has been announced as the designer of this year’s Hugo Award bases, which will be revealed at MidAmeriCon II’s opening ceremonies on August 17 in Kansas City.
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Sturgeon Award Finalists

The nominees for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award have been announced. The Sturgeon is presented for a short story. Both awards will be presented during the Campbell Conference, to be held August 17-21, 2016 in conjunction with MidAmeriCon II, this year’s Worldcon, in Kansas City.

  • “And You Shall Know Her By The Trail Of Dead,” by Brooke Bolander
  • “The Four Thousand, the Eight Hundred,” by Greg Egan
  • “The New Mother,” by Eugene Fischer
  • “Folding Beijing,” by Hao Jingfang, translated by Ken Liu
  • “Emergence,” by Gwyneth Jones
  • “Damages,” by David D. Levine
  • “The Game of Smash and Recovery,” by Kelly Link
  • “Botanica Veneris: Thirteen Papercuts by Ida Countess Rathangan,” by Ian McDonald
  • “Our Lady of the Open Road,” by Sarah Pinsker
  • “The Three Resurrections of Jessica Churchill,” by Kelly Robson
  • “Gypsy,” by Carter Scholz
  • “Avery Cates: The Walled City,” by Jeff Somers

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MidAmeriCon II Management Restructure

MidAmeriCon II, this year’s Worldcon, has announced that their upper management team has been restructured. Ruth Lichtwardt will remain as the convention’s sole chair with Diane Lacey acting has her vice chair. The third member of Team LOL, as their management team was called, Jeff Orth, is currently handling a variety of tasks until they determine where his skills will best benefit the convention.
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DUFF Seeks Candidates

The Down Under Fan Fund (DUFF) is looking for candidates for this year’s race to travel from Australia/New Zealand to the United States to attend MidAmeriCon II in Kansas City from August 17-21, 2016. Candidates should contact either Julian Warner or Lucy Huntzinger and have two North American nominators and thre Australia/New Zealand nominators. Each candidate should also have a 100 word statement and be able to put up a $25 bond. The deadline for declaring candidacies is March 1. Send paper mail to Lucy Huntzinger at downunderfanfund@gmail.com or Julian Warner at Julian.warner@people.net.au.
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MidAmeriCon II Call for Papers

MidAmeriCon II, the 2016 Worldcon in Kansas City, has issued a call for Academic Papers. This year’s Campbell Conference, normally held in Lawrence, Kansas, will take place as part of MidAmeriCon II’s progrmaming. The CFP is looking for papers on the theme “Tomorrow Is Now,” about MidAmeriCon II’s Guests of Honor, as well as other topics. Submissions are due by January 14, 2016. In addition, the Campbell and Sturgeon Awards will be presented at MidAmeriCon II.

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MidAmeriCon II Hugo Base Contest

MidAmeriCon II has announced a contest to design the base of this year’s Hugo Award. Design proposals will be accepted until January 18, 2016, and the winner will be selected by late February. 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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Spectrum Fantastic Art Live Moves Towns, Dates

After originating in Kansas City, MO, Spectrum Fantastic Art Live has announced that they will move to San Francisco, CA for their 2016 show. Furthermore, rather than hold the show in May, the event will now be held in October. At its new location, SFAL will partner with the Academy of Art University.
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Speculations KC Kickstarter

Bryan Thomas Schmidt has announced a Kickstarter campaign to raise $10,000 to cover to cost to publisher Speculations K.C. in conjunction with the 2016 Worldcon, MidAmeriCon II, to be held in Kansas City. The book will contain stories by authors with Kansas City connections.

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