Panelist From Space

Sasquan, this year’s Worldcon, has announced the participation of astronaut Kjell Lindgren as a special guest. Dr. Lindgren will be serving on ISS missions 44 and 45 this summer and taking part in Sasquan while on board the International Space Station. While other astronauts have participating in Worldcons (and been Guests of Honor), this is the first time an astronaut has participated remotely from orbit.

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Hugo Nominations Open

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.

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Sasquan Hugo Base Contest

Sasquan has announced a contest to design the base of this year’s Hugo Award. Sasquan is looking for designs which highlight either Spokane or the Northwest in general. Design proposals will be accepted until Sunday, February 1, 2015, and the winner will be selected by Wednesday, February 18, 2015. 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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TAFF Race Heads West

Nina Horvath of Austria and Wolf von Witting of Finland, Sweden, Russia, and Italy have declared they are running for TAFF, to travel to Spokane for Sasquan in 2015. The voting deadline is April 7.

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Hugo Base Design Contest

Sasquan is holding a contest for the design of the base for the 2015 Hugo Awards. Design should reflect Spokane or the Northwest in general. Design proposals will be accepted until Sunday, February 1, 2015, with the winner selected by Wednesday, February 18, 2015. Not only will the winner’s design be used for the Hugo, but the winner 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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Sasquan Hugo Emcees

Sasquan, the 2015 Worldcon, has announced that Tananarive Due and Guest of Honor David Gerrold would co-emcee next year’s Hugo Award Ceremony. In addition, Sasquan has announced that Warren Frey, Steven Schapansky, and Chris Burgess will co-host a live pre- and post-Ceremony internet broadcast discussing the history of the Hugos, the current ballot, and will interview nominees and winners.

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Obituary: Bobbie Dufault

Seattle fan Bobbie Dufault (b.1958) died in her sleep on September 14. Dufault was preparing to co-chair Sasquan, the 2015 Worldcon. Previously, she had chaired the 2005 NASFIC, CascadiaCon, and the 2012 Westercon, Conclusion. In 2012, she served as Programming Head for Chicon 7, the Worldcon. She was active in many aspects of Pacific Northwest fandom and worked on many bids to bring cons to the area. Dufault was married to fan Jerry Gieseke.

Sasquan: 73rd Worldcon

Spokane has announced that the 2015 Wordlcon will take place the weekend of August 19-23, 2015 at the Spokane Convention Center. Guests of Honor include David Gerrold, Leslie Turek, Tom Smith, Vonda McIntyre, and Brad W. Foster.

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