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.
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.
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.
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.”