Young Adult Award Passes

The Worldcon Business Meeting at Helsinki ratified a motion passed last year to create a Young Adult Award to be given out with and administered during the Hugo Award process, although the award will not be a Hugo. The first award will be presented next year at Worldcon 76 in San Jose, California. A motion to name the award the Lodestar received first passage and will need to be ratified at next year’s Business Meeting. The passage of the name will not be retroactive, so the first year’s award will simply be known as the YA Award.
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WSFS YA Award Naming Survey

The Worldcon’s YA Award Committee has announced six names selected as potential names for a YA Award to be given out by the World Science fiction Society. These names were selected from 460 unique names and 1,138 responses to the original survey. They are asking fans to fill out a questionnaire indicating level of appropriateness of each name. The final decision will be based on the questionnaire responses, a panel of YA authors, and consultation from a group of cultural sensitivity experts.

  • Anansi
  • Lodestar
  • Ouroboros
  • Spellcaster
  • Tesseract
  • Worldcon

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Hugo Mark Protection Committee Seeking European Usage

The Hugo Mark Protection Committee is looking for references to the Hugo Award within the European Union (including the UK), specifically its use on book covers, in fanzines, etc. The MPC is assembling collaborating information for their application for registration of the Hugo Award as a service mark within the EU. Anyone with information or citations that might be useful should contact MPC secretary Linda Deneroff at lindandee at gmail.com

MidAmeriCon II Hugo Base Contest

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.

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WSFS Business

The Board Meeting of the World Science Fiction Society has voted to extend eligibility for the films I Remember the Future and Predestination for a second year based on a limited release schedule. The Board Meeting also requested that anonymized nominating data from the Hugos be released to allow members to judge the impact of the 4 in 6 and EPH proposals. Popular Ratification and the Open Source Software Proposal failed to pass the board meeting. Finally, Donald Eastlake, Stephen Boucher, and Bruce Farr were elected to serve on the Mark Protection Committee.

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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WSFS Ratification

WSFS, the World Science Fiction Society, is the governing body for Worldcon and its membership is made up all all members of the current Worldcon, this year, Loncon 3. The following agenda items received second passage this year after initial passage at LoneStarCon 3 and will now be part of the WSFS Constitution.

  1. Two-Thirds Is Good Enough, Part 1: replaces 2/3 with 3/4 to make objection to consideration more difficult to pass.
  2. Two-Thirds Is Good Enough, Part 2: replaces 2/3 with 3/4 to make objection to consideration more difficult to pass.
  3. A Matter of Trust: electronic documents need no longer be opt-in.
  4. WSFS Accountability Act of 2013: all financial reports submitted include information about the organization that sponsored the original event
  5. Best Fan Artist: Specifies types of non-professional display
  6. In the Zone: Removes geographic references for MPC membership
  7. We Don’t Need Another HEROW: Permanently bestows Hugo eligibility extended status to works not originally published in the US.

Six pieces of new business were introduced, with two of them, one extending the right to nominate for the Hugos to NASFiC members, the other to create a fan performers’ Hugo, failed to pass. The four pieces of new business which passed and will need to be ratified at Sasquan in 2015 are:

  1. Popular Ratification: requires full Worldcon membership to ratify changes following second passage at a Worldcon business meeting.
  2. A Story by Any Other Name: specifying that the fiction categories are open to audiobooks and e-books as well as traditionally published fiction.
  3. Hugo Finalists: reserving the title of finalist for those shortlisted for the Hugo Award.
  4. Membership Types and Rates: Specified that voting rights needed to be tied to membership rates at a specific level.

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Business passed on from LoneStarCon 3.

Worldcon Race 2016

Two bids have filed the necessary paperwork to appear on the ballot for the 2016 Worldcon, which will be selected at Loncon 3. Beijing and Kansas City are bidding for the right to host the annual World Science Fiction Convention. 2016 will be the 40th anniversary of the only prior Kansas City Worldcon, MidAmericon. Beijing is bidding for China’s first Worldcon. Any Attending or Supporting member of Loncon may vote in site selection.

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Beijing in 2016 Worldcon Bid

Over the weekend, fans became aware of a bid to host the 2016 Worldcon in Beijing, although it wasn’t clear at first if it was a real bid. Steve Cooper, one of Loncon 3’s co-chairs, has since stated that the Beijing group has been in touch with Loncon 3 and plans on filing bid paper work prior to the February 15 deadline. Beijing will be bidding against an already announced bid for Kansas City.

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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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