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.
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.
- Two-Thirds Is Good Enough, Part 1: replaces 2/3 with 3/4 to make objection to consideration more difficult to pass.
- Two-Thirds Is Good Enough, Part 2: replaces 2/3 with 3/4 to make objection to consideration more difficult to pass.
- A Matter of Trust: electronic documents need no longer be opt-in.
- WSFS Accountability Act of 2013: all financial reports submitted include information about the organization that sponsored the original event
- Best Fan Artist: Specifies types of non-professional display
- In the Zone: Removes geographic references for MPC membership
- 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:
- Popular Ratification: requires full Worldcon membership to ratify changes following second passage at a Worldcon business meeting.
- A Story by Any Other Name: specifying that the fiction categories are open to audiobooks and e-books as well as traditionally published fiction.
- Hugo Finalists: reserving the title of finalist for those shortlisted for the Hugo Award.
- Membership Types and Rates: Specified that voting rights needed to be tied to membership rates at a specific level.
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.
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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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.
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.
The Preliminary WSFS Business Meeting took place on Friday morning at LoneStarCon to determine the debate times for various agenda items at Saturday’s meeting. With several proposed amendments to the constitution, five were passed on to the main meeting and three were killed by object to consideration movements. The Five that will be debated on Saturday include:
- 126.96.36.199 Worldcon Publications: A Matter of Trust
- 4.1.2.No Representation Without Taxation
- 4.1.3: Keep Us Together
- 4.1.6: Short Title: WSFS Accountability Act of 2013
- 4.1.8: Expand Best Fan Artist to Include All Types of Fannish Art, Not Just Static and Visual
The three motions that were killed include:
- 4.1.4: Best Dramatic Presentation, Very Short Form
- 4.1.5: Short Title: Deleting Best Fanzine, Best Fan Writer, and Best Fan Artist from the WSFS Constitution
- 4.1.7: YA Hugo
The Worldcon Business Meeting ratified last year’s Constitutional changes which create a permanent Best Fancast Category as well as changes to the language of Best Semiprozine and Best Fanzine category. The Best Graphic Story category was ratified. Past three years ago, the category needed ratification to keep a sunset clause from coming into play. A similar clause exists in the Best Fancast category. Finally, an amendment introduced to begin the process of creating a Young Adult Hugo did not achieve enough votes for passage.
Six amendments to the World Science Fiction Society constitution achieved first passage at Aussiecon 4. They will face ratification next year at Renovation.
A proposal to decouple site selection voting fee from initial membership was altered to increase the amount that newly-seated Worldcons can charge to convert voting memberships to attending membership from the existing two-times the voting fee to four-times the fee.
A proposal to permit e-voting in site selection was altered to allow for e-voting only if all contenders and the administering con agree.
A proposal to allow electronic circulation of rules was modified to make e-distribution opt in and require paper copies of the rules to be available at con.
A proposal to allow Hugo nominations for members of the subsequent Worldcon (as well as seated and immediately past Worldcon) was passed as written.
An amendment regarding the Hugo run-off and use of the Hugo logo was passed.
The committee established at Anticipation to report on the Best Semi-Prozine category (and other categories) asked and received a postponement for their report.
Kevin Standlee, Ben Yalow, and Tim Illingworth were re-elected to three year terms on the Mark Protection Committee. Chicon 7 named Sandy Levy as their designated member.
Aussiecon 4 has released this year’s site selection ballot. Chicago in 2012 is running unopposed and is the only bid that appears on the ballot. Aussiecon members who vote will receive a supporting membership in the winning worldcon. This year’s voting fee is US$50/AU$55. The deadline for receipt of mail-in ballots is July 31, 2010