By Petrea Mitchell| August 19, 2011 | 1 Comment
Thursday morning saw the first official Stroll With the Stars of this convention attended by over 100 people, which just goes to show that no fandom is too tiny for a get-together at Worldcon, not even morning people.
This was also the morning of the Preliminary Business Meeting, which mainly exists to set the agenda for the next day’s main meeting, but also handles minor business that doesn’t require the main meeting to be involved. The headline item here was a motion to tell the Mark Protection Committee (which handles trademark issues relating to the World Science Fiction Society) that it doesn’t have the authority to add extra rules about who can and can’t serve on it. For the 1% of you whose eyes haven’t glazed over already, I promise that when the video is posted, you will see choked-up speeches, convoluted parliamentary maneuvers, and one person tearing up the WSFS constitution to dramatize the effect he felt defeating the motion would have. It is something that mattered very deeply to those close to the issue, but I will spare you the saga here and simply report that it passed.
For the rest of you: Okay, time to talk Worldcon bids!
The Fannish Inquisition heard presentations from most of the current bids. A few random notes:
2014 – In response to a question from the audience: the proposed site does have a variety of hotel types, but sadly, none of them is old enough to be haunted yet.
In parallel to the London Worldcon bid, there is a campaign to bring the 2014 Eurocon, the pan-European convention, to Dublin the following weekend.
Should London win, Phoenix will be bidding for the NASFiC.
2015 – Spokane counted 104 restaurants within a 10-minute walk of the convention center. Orlando countered by asserting everyone at their Worldcon would stay in the same hotel.
Both bids are for Wednesday-to-Sunday conventions. Spokane would be in mid-August, Orlando on Labor Day weekend.
2016 – Kansas City will definitely be bidding, but the official launch will be at next year’s Worldcon.
2018 – New Orleans is still gathering committee members and not ready to set a timeline for an official launch yet.
2020 – New Zealand will be making their official announcement in 2014 if they decide to go ahead with the bid.
During dinner at the local Irish bar tonight, loud toasts were being made to “Xerps in 2020″ in an effort to cajole the Xerps in 2010 people into running another hoax bid.
Among the other items of minor business considered at the meeting today was a motion to invoke the “extremely limited distribution in first year of release” rule to give the English translation of Summer Wars one more year of Hugo eligibility. I’m pleased to report that while the business meeting procedures can be opaque, it was not too terrifying in the end. Also that the motion passed, so even though its nomination chances may not necessarily be good, I won’t have to listen to people saying it could’ve been a contender but was screwed by a bad release schedule. (Which is the point of that rule.)