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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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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Worldcon Race 2016

Two bids have filed the necessary paperwork to appear on the ballot for the 2016 Worldcon, which will be selected at Loncon 3. Beijing and Kansas City are bidding for the right to host the annual World Science Fiction Convention. 2016 will be the 40th anniversary of the only prior Kansas City Worldcon, MidAmericon. Beijing is bidding for China’s first Worldcon. Any Attending or Supporting member of Loncon may vote in site selection.

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Contraception Cancelled

Contraception 23, an adults-only convention scheduled to be held in Kansas City the weekend of October 21-23, has been cancelled for this year. The con’s website notes that pre-registrations were low, but the convention is expected to resume next year with Contraception 24: Steampunk.

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Bailey Poem on Anchor

SF Author Robin Wayne Bailey has received news that a poem he wrote has been selected as one of four poems to be engraved on an historic concrete barge anchor located in Davis Grove within the Riverfront West area along Riverfront Heritage Trail in Kansas City, MO. Bailey has commented that the poem “is likely to outlast just about any of my novels or hundreds of stories.”

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Kansas City Bids Worldcon

At NASFIC, Kansas City fans indicated that they were planning to bid for the Worldcon in 2016. A KCin2016 Twitter feed has been set up in support of the bid. The bid is being run by Jeff Orth, Ruth Lichtwardt, and Diane Lacey.

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