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.
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.
The Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund (TAFF) Administrators, Nina Horvath, Curt Phillips, and Jim Mowatt, have announced that they will reverse the direction of the 2016 race to allow a European fan to attend the Worldcon in Kansas City. By running another East-West Race in 2016, it means that 2017 will be a race to send a North American fan to the Helsinki Worldcon.
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.
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.
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.