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It’s Hugo voting reminder time!

If you are a member of the 2012, 2013, or 2014 Worldcon, remember to submit your Hugo Awards nominating ballot by 11:59 pm Eastern Time (3:59 am Monday UTC). Also be aware that the US switched to Daylight Savings Time today, so the deadline is an hour earlier than you think!


Worldcon and Kumoricon videos

Or rather, two videos from Worldcon, and one music video that includes Kumoricon. To start with the short one, the music video is The Slants’ “Con Kids”, incorporating footage from their concert at this year’s Kumoricon: Opening ceremonies from Chicon 7, starting with its own musical performance and featuring toastmaster John Scalzi: And closing ceremonies:


Hugo Awards to be re-broadcast; Vobile claims innocence

The Hugo Awards ceremony is to be streamed in its entirety, ad-free, on Sunday, September 9th at 7pm Central Time (12am Monday UTC). Read all about it here. Meanwhile, the head of Vobile, the maker of the third-party software that was blamed by Ustream for the automated interruption of the original broadcast, has told GigaOm […]


Hugo Awards to be re-broadcast

After the unceremonious cutoff of the Hugo ceremony broadcast, Worldcon and Ustream are planning a “like live” broadcast of the full ceremony. Details are to be announced in the next couple days.


Ustream statement on Hugo disruption

Ustream has issued a statement apologizing for the loss of the Hugo Awards broadcast. The feed was interrupted by automatic monitoring software for alleged copyright violations when clips of the nominees for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form were played, and Ustream states that they attempted to re-establish the broadcast but were unable to. Ustream’s post […]


Worldcon Diary part 3: Hanging Around

Here’s the most science-fictional thing I’ve seen so far at this con. These ornaments were made in a particle accelerator. I’ll say that again: a particle accelerator. The process is to pump a piece of lucite full of electrons in the accelerator, then tap it just so to make them carve out the tunnels seen […]


Worldcon Diary part 2: Hugo Category News

First, a breaking news update: Two people were injured falling on one of the escalators, but the injuries were minor. (There was blood, but both people were sitting and talking calmly with the hotel staff and fans who were administering first aid.) And now back to Worldcon. Here’s this year’s Hugo trophy, unveiled at the […]


Worldcon Diary Part 1: Bid news

I’m at Worldcon, with a brand-new travelling companion: bronchitis! Meaning my blogging from it will be more abbreviated this year. So let’s start with the actual news, which concerns Worldcon bids, most of it from today’s Fannish Inquisition notes… 2014: London is still uncontested, if anyone was wondering. One of the things they plan to […]


Worldcon/Dragon*Con joint programming

It’s a dilemma for many congoers when Worldcon and Dragon*Con are on the same weekend. But this year, whichever you go to, you can sample some of the other: As Chicon puts it: We’re delighted to announce a unique digital link-up between Chicon 7 and Dragon*con. For the first time, Worldcon and Dragoncon will run […]


Worldcon roundup

Assorted news about this year’s Worldcon: The Hyatt Chicago is sold out except for premium rooms. The overflow hotel is the Sheraton Chicago, just across the river. At-the-door rates have been set: $230 for adults, $100 for young adults (17-21), $75 for children. Day memberships will run $40-$70 for adults, $20-$40 for young adults, and […]


Hugo voter’s packet up and running

After some technical difficulties, Chicon 7 has made the Hugo Voter’s Packet available here. The packet is available to anyone who joins Worldcon at any membership level including Supporting before the Hugo voting deadline. The contents, by category: Best Novel: All nominees Best Novella: All nominees Best Novelette: All nominees Best Short Story: All nominees […]


PR: Worldcon adds reception at Adler Planetarium

Chicon 7, the 70th World Science Fiction Convention (“Worldcon”), will offer its members a spectacular opening night event at the Adler Planetarium. On Thursday, August 30, Chicon 7 will be taking over the Adler Planetarium for an evening reception for convention members. This exclusive event will run from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., during which time […]


Worldcon: Peter Sagal bows out; room block filling up anyway

Chicon 7 announces that Peter Sagal cannot attend, saying: Sagal’s commitment to filming a new documentary unfortunately requires him to be overseas during the weekend of Chicon 7, making it impossible to participate in the event. Sagal has expressed his apologies to the Chicon 7 team, saying “I’m heartbroken I won’t be able to attend […]


Hugo nomination streams

And over here, at the Hugo Awards site, is the list of channels where you can see the Hugo nomination announcements on Saturday this weekend. In addition, Friday is the day that the Philip K. Dick Awards will be broadcast from Norwescon.


Hugo nominee announcement set

The Hugo and Campbell nominees will be announced on Saturday, April 7th at 3pm CDT (8pm GMT). Announcement ceremonies will be held simultaneously at the following conventions: Norwescon 35 (1pm local time) Leprecon 38 (1pm local time) Minicon 47 (3pm local time) Marcon 47 (4pm local time) Olympus 2012/Eastercon (9pm local time) There are plans […]


PR: Worldcon adds Peter Sagal

Chicago, Illinois, USA – Chicon 7, the 70th World Science Fiction Convention (“Worldcon”), is delighted to announce Peter Sagal, the host of National Public Radio’s irreverent weekly news quiz “Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me,” as a Special Guest. Sagal, who has often identified himself on the radio as a science fiction fan, will impart […]


Worldcon PR roundup: Sy Liebergot added, and other news

The announcements about Chicon 7 have been coming fast and thick: Former NASA flight controller Sy Liebergot has been added as a special guest. Liebergot was Lead EECOM Flight Controller in Mission Control for all of the Apollo manned missions and Skylab program missions. Deb Kosiba has been selected as the designer of this year’s […]


Worldcon deadlines: Hotels and Hugos

For those planning to attend Chicon 7, this year’s Worldcon, or to at least vote on the Hugo Awards, some important dates coming up: January 16th (tomorrow) at 7am Central Standard Time (1pm UTC): Hotel reservations open. Read up on Chicon’s hotel here. January 31st: Deadline to register if you want to participate in Hugo […]

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