Alfies Awards

Following the Hugo Awards ceremony on August 22, 2015, George R.R. Martin held his own ceremony after midnight at his Hugo Losers Party at the Glover Mansion in Spokane WA, featuring an award created especially for the occasion: the Alfies, named in honor of Alfred Bester (whose The Demolished Man was the first ever novel Hugo Award winner), with trophies created using ’50s hood ornaments. Martin explained, “This year all ...Read More

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Hugo Voter Packet Available

The 2015 Hugo Voter Packet is available for download by members of Sasquan. The packet “is free to all current Supporting, Attending and Young Adult members of Sasquan, and those who become members before 31 July 2015. Its purpose is to allow those who are voting on the Hugo Awards to be able to make an informed choice among the nominated works.”

The packet does not contain all the nominated ...Read More

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Klages Hangs Up Gavel

Ellen Klages announced on April 30, 2015 that “After twenty years of having the honor and pleasure of being the emcee for the Tiptree Auction at Wiscon, I am retiring.” In her post on the WisCon 39 official website, she reveals her health and age to be the cause: “I am no longer a spry young thing. Young at heart, always, but the body is different now, and less able ...Read More

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Correction to World Fantasy Judges

In our January 2015 issue we announced the 2015 World Fantasy Award judges, but mistakenly listed the names and addresses for the 2012 award judges, and provided details on the 2012 convention. We regret the error. Our previous post on this site was accurate.

The correct information is as follows:

The judges for the 2015 World Fantasy Awards have been empaneled. All forms of fantasy qualify; only living authors and ...Read More

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2015 Hugo Base Competition

Sasquan, the 73rd Worldcon, August 19-23, 2015 in Spokane WA, opened the competition to design the base of the 2015 Hugo Award on December 18, 2014.

Designs should “have a theme that highlights either Spokane or the Northwest in general.” Proposals should be submitted to the Sasquan committee by February 1, 2015.

The winner will receive a full attending membership and will be invited to take part in the award’s ...Read More

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Eurocon 2016 in Barcelona

The next Eurocon (BCon) will be held November 4-6, 2016, in Barcelona, Spain at the Centre for Contemporary Culture. Guests of honour are writers Aliette de Bodard and Richard Morgan, fan organizer Jun Miyazaki, and artist Enrique Corominas. The con committee is led by Pep Burillo, Alejo Cuervo, and Ian Watson. Event organizers are Cristina Macía, Ana Díaz Eiriz, Oskar Arias (von Arien), Lupe Lorenzana, Raquel Lozano Álvarez, Ismael Ávalos ...Read More

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Last Day to Nominate for Hugo Awards

This is the final day to nominate for the 2014 Hugo Awards and 1939 Retro Hugo Awards. The deadline for nominations is March 31, 2014 at 11:59 PDT.

The Hugo Awards are hosted by Loncon 3, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention, to be held August 14-18, 2014 at ExCel, London Docklands. Members of Loncon 3 and Sasquan who joined by January 31, 2014, and all members of the 2013 ...Read More

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Hugo MC Withdraws

Loncon 3 announced on March 1, 2014 that British TV star, comedian, and comics writer Jonathan Ross would be the Master of Ceremonies for the 2014 Hugo Awards ceremony, to be held at Loncon 3, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention,  August 14-18, 2014 at ExCel, London Docklands.

The choice drew criticism from some SF fans and professionals online, who called attention to some of Ross’s controversial statements and actions ...Read More

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Beijing and Kansas City Worldcon Bids

Two bids have been formally filed to host the 74th World Science Fiction Convention, to be held in 2016: Beijing, China and Kansas City MO.

Chinese fan organization the Future Affairs Administration proposes to hold the Worldcon at the China National Convention Center in Beijing from August 14-19, 2016. Their bid website is at

Mid American Science Fiction and Fantasy Conventions, Inc. (doing business as “Kansas City in ...Read More

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Okorafor Named Detcon1 YA Special Guest

Nnedi Okorafor will be the young-adult author special guest at Detcon1, the 2014 North American Science Fiction Convention (NASFiC), held July 17-20, 2014 in Detroit Michigan. Okorafor will also present two awards for YA and middle grade speculative fiction at the 2014 Golden Duck Awards, as part of a special focus on YA literature at Detcon1.

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World Fantasy 2015 Guests of Honor

The 41st World Fantasy Convention will take place at the Saratoga Spring City Center and the Saratoga Hilton in Saratoga Springs NY from November 5-8 , 2015.  Chelsea Quinn Yarbro and Steven Erikson will be the Guests of Honor, with Graham Joyce as Toastmaster, and Special Guests David Drake and Glen Cook.

The convention does not yet have a full website, but registration information can be found here. ...Read More

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GOH Alan Lee Will Not Attend WFC 2013

The 2013 WFC convention committee announced that artist guest of honor, Alan Lee, would not be in attendance at this year’s World Fantasy Convention in Brighton, England.  Lee’s absence is due to his work on the second Hobbit movie, The Desolation of Smaug.  The convention committee included the following statement from Lee:

“Now that the picture [is] here, and our schedule for delivering it, has become clearer, it is going ...Read More

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LoneStarCon 3 Alerts Dealers to Scam

The LoneStarCon 3 committee sent an alert about scam phone calls some dealers who attended Chicon have been receiving:

Some people who were dealers at Chicon have been receiving cold calls from a company claiming to be booking housing for the Worldcon. Other claims include that the hotel is almost full, and that discounted dealers reservations are available at the Hyatt near the convention. Lonestarcon 3 has no connection with ...Read More

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Locus Awards Weekend Tickets Price Increase

Memberships to the annual Locus Awards Weekend are increasing from $40 to $50 on May 1, 2013. The Locus Awards Weekend includes readings, a kickoff party hosted by Clarion West (the first of their six summer parties honoring 2013 instructors), panels with leading authors, an autograph session, the lunch banquet, and the annual Hawai’ian shirt contest judged by the fabulous Connie Willis, who will MC the ceremony and present the ...Read More

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2013 TAFF Winner

Jim Mowatt is the winner of the 2013 Trans Atlantic Fan Fund and will attend LoneStarCon 3, the 71st World Science Fiction Convention, in San Antonio TX. He received 91 votes in total, 47 from North America and 44 from Europe, out of a total 121 votes (58 from North America and 60 from Europe, with 3 votes from the rest of the world).

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LoneStarCon 3 Dealers’ Room Online Registration

LoneStarCon 3, the 71st World Science Fiction Convention, August 29 – September 2, 2013 in San Antonio TX, has opened online registration for their dealers’ room. Participating vendors interested in reserving booths or two or more tables can now register at reduced prices. LoneStarCon3 invites booksellers, publishers, magazines, artists, and merchants of all kinds to reserve space. A $100 deposit is required, with the balance due by July 31, ...Read More

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Stephen and Owen King at IFOA

Stephen King will kick off PEN Canada’s International Festival of Authors on October 24, 2013 at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre, with an onstage discussion with his son, author Owen King, moderated by mystery writer Louise Penny. Stephen King will be promoting his new novel, Doctor Sleep a sequel to The Shining, while Owen King will promote his debut novel, Double Feature.

Tickets to the event are $100 and go on sale ...Read More

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Hugo Nomination Period Open

LoneStarCon 3, the 71st World Science Fiction Convention, announced the 2013 Hugo Award nomination period is now open.

Nomination ballots will be accepted from January 1, 2013 to March 10, 2013, 11:59 p.m. EDT, for the Hugo Awards and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Members of LoneStarCon 3 and Loncon 3 (the 2014 Worldcon) who join by January 31, 2013, and all members of Chicon 7, ...Read More

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New GoHs for Stoker Awards Weekend

The Horror Writers Association has added three new Guests of Honor to the Bram Stoker Awards Weekend 2013, incorporating the annual World Horror Convention. Newly announced Guests of Honor include writer, director, and actor Amber Benson; author Bruce Boston; and artist Glenn Chadbourne. They join previously announced guests editor John Joseph Adams and authors Ramsey Campbell, Caitlín R. Kiernan, and Jonathan Maberry. Author Jeff Strand will emcee the Stoker ...Read More

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