Fred Duarte, Jr. has won the first Copperhead Award, presented by the Alamo Literary Arts Maintenance Organization (ALAMO) to an individual who has made an extraordinary impact on Texas Fandom. Duarte, who died on October 3, chaired or co-chaired two World Fantasy Cons, four Armadillocons, a Westercon, and Smofcon 13. He was vice-chair of LoneStarCon 2 and a Division Head for LoneStarCon 3. The Copperhead is meant to be an occasional award.
Fort Worth, TX won the right to host SMOFCon the weekend of December 4-6 at the Sheraton Fort Worth Hotel and Spa. The Fort Worth team beat a bid from Colorado Springs. Tim Miller will chair the Fort Worth SMOFCon.
LoneStarCon 3, the 2013 Worldcon, has announced a discount membership rate for currently active military personnel or retired military with I.D. This rate is set at $110 and is not subject to future increases, either prior to the convention or at the door. LoneStarCon 3 will take place in San Antonio, TX from August 29 through September 2.
Texas won the right to host the 71st World Science Fiction Convention in 2013. LoneStarCon 3 will be held in San Antonio, Texas from Aug. 29-Sept. 2. It will be sponsored by ALAMO. LoneStarCon 3 was elected with 694 votes out of 760 votes. Guests of Honor will be Ellen Datlow, James Gunn, Norman Spinrad, Darrel K. Sweet, and Willie Siros. Paul Cornell will serve as toastmaster.
A power reactant storage and distribution from the space shuttle Columbia has been found at the bottom of a Texas lake. The four-foot diameter PRSD is a tank that provided power and water for shuttle missions. It was found after drought caused the waters of Lake Nacogdoches to recede enough to uncover the unit. Columbia disintegrated during re-entry over Texas on February 1, 2003.
Renovation has announced the availability of the Site Selection Ballot for the 2013 Worldcon. The only bid to file paperwork for 2013 is the Texas in 2013, which plans to host a Worldcon from August 29 to September 2, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas. All Adult and Young Adult Attending and Supporting members of Renovation are eligible to take part in the site selection process. Mailed ballots must arrive by July 31. Hand-delivered ballots, or votes at Renovation, must be received by 6 pm on August 19. All ballots must include a $60 voting fee which will convert to a Supporting Membership for the Texas Worldcon
Author Jack Ketchum (a.k.a. Dallas Mayr) has been named Grand Master by the World Horror Convention, scheduled to take place this year from April 28-May 1 in Austin, Texas. Ketchum has won numerous Stoker Awards for his novels and stories, which include Peaceable Kingdom and Closing Time.
ALAMO, the Alamo Literary Arts Maintenance Organization, is offering a scholarship for $300 to help a Texas-based fan attend this year’s SMOFcon, to be held December 3-5, 2010 in San Jose, CA. The winner is expected to report to ALAMO following the con, letting them know what information they learned. Scholarship applications must be received by September 30.
Texas science fiction fans have announced a Worldcon bid for 2013, which will officially launch at Anticipation, this year’s Worldcon. The bid is sponsored by ALAMO, the parent organization for LonStarCon II. Currently, a city has not been selected as ALAMO is in discussion with several different venues. The bid is being chaired by Bill Parker. Memberships are not being accepted prior to Anticipation.