NASFIC 2017 Selected

San Juan, Puerto Rico has won the right to host the 2017 NASFIC (North American Science Fiction Convention), beating a bid for Valley Forge, PA by 233-182 with 4 write-ins. The convention, which will be known as NorthAmeriCon ’17, the 12th NASFIC, will take place the weekend of July 6-9. The guests of honor are DaĆ­na Chaviano, Tobias Buckell, George Perez, Brother Guy Consolmagno, SJ., Javier Grillo-Marxuach, and Paul Smith.
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Worldcon and NASFIC Site Selection

MidAmeriCon II has announced that site selection is now open for the 2018 Worldcon and the 2017 NASFIC. Site selection is conducted by mail or in person with no electronic voting options available. Any member of MidAmeriCon II may vote in site selection if they pay the site selection fee, which will convert to a supporting membership for the winning bid. The fee is $40 for the 2018 Worldcon site selection and $25 for the 2017 NASFIC site selection.

2018 Worldcon

  • New Orleans in 2018, chaired by Raymond Boudreau and Mike Willmoth
  • San Jose in 2018, chaired by Kevin Roche

2017 NASFIC

  • San Juan, Puerto Rico, chaired by Pablo Vasquez
  • Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, chaired by Michael VanHelder

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NASFiC Race

With the bid filing date a week in the past, MidAmeriCon II has confirmed that a group bidding for Valley Forge has filed bid papers for a previously unannounced NASFiC bid for 2017. San Juan in 2017 has also bee running and has filed papers, so there will be a contested vote to host the 2017 NASFiC. MidAmeriCon II hopes to update the website this week to reflect all filing bidders for the 2017 NASFiC and 2018 Worldcon.

Zettel Cancels Detcon1 Appearance

Sarah Zettel, who was scheduled to be one of three emcees at next weekend’s Detcon1, this year’s NASFIC, has had to cancel her appearance. Zettel’s co-emcees, Jim C. Hines and Tom Smith, will handle the duties during the convention.

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Amazing Offer

Publisher Steve Davidson is offering a subscription to Amazing Stories to any member of Detcon1 or Loncon 3, this year’s NASFIC and Worldcon. Members of each convention will be given the opportunity to indicate whether or not they wish to take advantage of the offer. Amazing Stories subscribers will receive a number of benefits, including a subscriber discount on items sold in its soon to open store, advance notification and access to new fiction, special on-site services, and first dibs on limited edition offerings.

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Detcon1 Young Readers Nominees

Detcon1, this year’s NASFIC, has announced the nominees for their Young Readers Awards. Nominees were selection through a process open to anyone to determine the finalists in two categories, although only members of Detcon1 may vote for the winners. The awards will be presented at Detcon1 in a ceremony in conjunction with the Golden Duck Awards.

Young Adult

  • Allegiant, by Veronica Roth
  • The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, by Holly Black
  • The Dream Thieves, by Maggie Stiefvater
  • The Summer Prince, by Alaya Dawn Johnson

Middle Grade

  • Handbook for Dragon Slayers, by Merrie Haskell
  • House of Hades, by Rick Riordan
  • Zombie Baseball Beatdown, by Paolo Bacigalupi

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Detcon1 Extends YA Nomination Deadline

Detcon1 has announced an extension for nominating works for the Detcon1 Young Adult Speculative Fiction Awards until March 7. Nominations will be accepted from anyone, although only members of Detcon1 will be eligible to vote on the final ballot.

Detcon1 Accounced YA Author GoH

Detcon1, this year’s North American Science Fiction Convention (NASFIC), has announced Nnedi Okorafor as their Young Adult Author Guest of Honor. Okorafor debut novel, the YA book Zahrah the Windseeker won the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa. Detcon1 will be putting a special focus on YA literature at the convention. In addition to having Ms. Okorafor as a guest, Detcon1 will also present two awards for YA and Middle Grade Speculative Fiction in a joint ceremony with the 2014 Golden Duck Awards.

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Detcon 1

Detroit has announced that next year’s NASFIC (North American Science Fiction Convention) will take place the weekend of July 17-20 at the Detroit Renaissance Center Marriott. Tammy Coxen will chair along with ConChairs Emeritus Roger Sims and Fred Prophet, who chaired Detention, the Seventeenth Worldcon in 1959. Guests of Honor include Steven Barnes, John Picacio, Bernadette Bosky, Arthur Hlavaty, and Kevin Maroney, Bil and BRenda Sutton, and Helen Greiner.

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NASFIC 2014 and Worldcon 2015

Detroit was selected to host the 2014 NASFIC and Spokane was selected to host the 2015 Worldcon. Although the general results are known, specifics, including voting numbers, names, Guests of Honor, etc. will be announced at the WSFS Business Meeting on Sunday.