Worldcon and NASFiC Options

LoneStarCon 3 has announced that three bids have filed the appropriate paperwork to host the 2015 Worldcon. Helsinki in 2015, Orlando in 2015, and Spokane in 2015 are running for the Worldcon. Detroit and Phoenix are both running to host NASFiC in 2014 when the Worldcon is being held in London. All Adult, Military, and Young Adult Attending and Supporting members of LoneStarCon 3 are eligible to take part in the site selection process.

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LoneStarCon 3
Helsinki in 2015
Orlando in 2015
Spokane in 2015
Detroit in 2014
Phoenix in 2014

Worldcon and NASFiC Candidates

LoneStarCon 3, the 71st World Science Fiction Convention, has announced the official bidders for the 2015 Worldcon and the 2014 NASFiC. All bidders have successfully turned in their paperwork. Members of LoneStarCon 3 will select the winners, who will be announced at the Sunday business meeting at the Worldcon. A NASFIC may be held in 2014 since the Worldcon will take place in London that year.

2015 Worldcon:

2014 NASFIC:

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Detroit Announced NASFiC Bid

Tammy Coxen has announced a bid to host the 2014 NASFiC in Detroit, Michigan from July 17-20. The bid opposes the previously announced bid to host a NASFiC in Phoenix, Arizona from July 31-August 3. The Detroit NASFiC would take place at the Detroit Renaissance Center Marriott, which has 1,200 rooms and 100,000 sq. ft. of function space. When the Worldcon is held outside North America, as will happen with Loncon 3 in 2014, a North American Science Fiction Convention (NASFiC) is held in North America. The site will be selected by voters at the 2013 Worldcon, LoneStarCon 3.

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Sidewise Awards

The Sidewise Awards for Alternate History were presented at ReConStruction in Raleigh, NC on August 6. The Sidewise awards recognize excellence in alternate history.

Long Form: 1942, by Robert Conroy
Short Form: “The Fixation,” by Alastair Reynolds

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Chesley Awards

The Chesley Awards were presented by the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists (ASFA) at ReConStruction on August 6. The Chesleys recognize excellence in speculative fiction art.

  • Cover Illustration, Hardcover: Matthew Stewart, Valley of Shadow
  • Cover Illustration, Paperback: Scott Altmann, The Mysterious Mr. Spines: Flight
  • Cover Illustration, Magazine: John Picacio, Asimov’s, September 2009
  • Interior Illustration: Gary Lippincott, “On Turtles, On Hares” from Come to the Fairies’ Ball
  • Unpublished Color Work: Raoul Vitale, Unrequited
  • Unpublished Monochrome Work: Justin Gerard, Steampunk Wizard of Oz
  • Three-Dimensional Work: Vincent Villafranca, The Switching Hour
  • Product Illustration: Matthew Stewart, Battle Under the Mountain
  • Gaming-Related Illustration: Lucas Graciano, Silverwing
  • Art Director: Irene Gallo of Tor Books
  • Contribution to ASFA: Ingrid Nielson, for 20+ years helping with the Chesleys
  • Lifetime Artistic Achievement: Greg Hildebrandt

(edited to add art director award)

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Chesley Nominations

The Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists (ASFA) has announced this year’s Chesley Award nominations. The Chesleys have been presented annually for the past twenty-five years to recognize excellence in SF & F artwork. Named for pioneer artist Chesley Bonestell, this year’s awards will be presented at ReConStruction, the 10th NASFIC, in Raleigh, NC on the weekend of August 5-8.

Best Cover Illustration: Hardback Books

  • Dragon’s Ring, by Bob Eggleton
  • A Magic of Nightfall, by Todd Lockwood
  • Drood, by John Picacio
  • Magic Mirror, by Omar Rayyan
  • Visions of Never, by Robh Ruppel
  • Green, by Dan Dos Santos
  • Valley of Shadows, by Matt Stewart
  • Prospero Lost, by Sam Weber

Best Cover Illustration: Paperback Books

  • The Mysterious Mr. Spine’s Flight, by Scott Altmann
  • Blutnacht die Orc, by Volkan Baga
  • Boneshaker, by Jon Foster
  • Stalking the Dragon, by David Palumbo
  • World’s End, by John Picacio
  • Hunting Ground, by Dan Dos Santos
  • Young Flandry, by Dave Seeley

Best Cover Illustration: Magazines

  • Cemetery Dance 62, by Les Edwards
  • Analog, 10/09, by Bob Eggleton
  • F&SF, by Dave Hardy
  • Clarkesworld 38, by Kazuhiko Nakamura
  • Heavy Metal, 11/09, by
  • Asimov’s, by Jon Picacio
  • Interzone, 2/09, by Adam Tredowski

Best Interior Illustration

  • The Child Thief, by Brom
  • Come to the Faeries’ Ball, by Gary Lippincott
  • Conan the Cimmerian, Volume 3, by Gregory Manchess
  • Knowing Darkness/Salem’s Lot, by John Picacio
  • The Little Sisters of Eluria, by Michael Whelan
  • Bugs in the Arroyo, by Mark Zug

Best Color Work: Unpublished

  • Allure, by Eric Fortune
  • GWenevere, by Rebecca Guay
  • Death of Diana, by Patrick Jones
  • Unrequited, by Raoul Vitale
  • Lumen 5, by Michael Whelan
  • Helium, by Mark Zug

Best Monochrome Work: Unpublished

  • Pod Shift, by Jim Burns
  • Hollowed, by Eric Fortune
  • Steampunk Wizard of Oz, by Justin Gerard
  • Faces of You, by Shelia Rayyan
  • Lost Love, by L.A. Williams

Best Three-Dimensional Art

  • Grandma Hoodoo & Zombie John, by Tom Kuebler
  • Anglo-Parisian Barnstormer, by Kris Kuksi
  • Satyr’s Head, by David Meng
  • Titania, by Charles Vess
  • The Switching Hour, by Vincent Villafranca

Best Gaming-Related Illustration

  • Boarguts the Impaler, by Daren Bader
  • Joraga Bard, by Volkan Baga
  • Silverwing, by Lucas Graciano
  • Lorthos the Tidemaker, by Kekai Kotaki
  • Kalitas, Bloodchief of Ghet, by Todd Lockwood
  • Serendib Efreet, by Matthew Stewart

Best Product Illustration

  • A Confabulation of Dragons, by Scott Gustafson
  • Guild Wars 2, Concept Art, by Kekai Kotaki
  • Above the Timberline card, by Gregory Manchess
  • Cthulhu Temple, by Ian Miller
  • Avatar Na’vi design, by Jordu Schell
  • Battle Under the Mountain, by Matthew Stewart

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Worldcon 2009, NASFiC 2010, Worldcon 2011

Anticipation reported 3370 warm bodies and 4355 members as of Saturday night, the most recent numbers available.

Raleigh, North Carolina won the right to host the 2010 NASFiC, to be called Reconstruction. The event will be held from August 5-8 at the Raleigh Convention Center. Guests of Honor include Eric Flint (Author), Brad W. Foster (Artist), Juanita Coulson (Fan), and Toni Weisskopf (Editor). Raleigh was unopposed and won with 241 votes.

Reno, Nevada won the right to host the 2011 Worldcon, to be called Renovation. The event will be held from August 17-21. Guests of Honor include Ellen Asher, Charles N. Brown, Tim Powers, and Boris Vallejo. Reno was unopposed and won with 650 votes.

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NASFiC Stealth Bid

Pasadena has announced its intention to run a write-in bid to hold the 2010 NASFiC in conjunction with Westercon 64. If they win against Raleigh, which is running an announced bid, the NASFiC will take place the weekend of July 1-4, 2010 at the same time, and with the same facilities as Westercon 64. To vote for Pasadena, write in “Pasadena again in 2010” on the NASFiC voting ballot. Westercon 64 Chairman Christian B. McGuire notes “We will not campaign! We will not party!We will not take supporting memberships of any sort!”

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