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Re: Worldcon 76 - 8/16 to 8/20, 2018 in San Jose
« Reply #15 on: January 09, 2018, 11:15:24 am »

Call for Papers, deadline is Feb 5th.

Academic Track at the 76th World Science Fiction Convention — August 16-20, 2018
San José McEnery Convention Center (San José, California)

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The committee is seeking three kinds of proposals:

    Paper – one 20-minute long presentation
    Panel – a group of 3 to 4 related presentations of 15- to 20-minute length each
    Roundtable – a group of speakers on a specific topic moderated by one individual for an hour plus question/answer period

Science fiction always plays a part in recreating our world and directing civilization's progress. While much SF takes place in a hypothetical "future," the entire body of speculative literature influences and interacts with our world—suggesting potentialities, solutions, organizational methods, alternative cultures, and paths to follow or avoid. In that spirit, the 76th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) in San José, California has chosen "Make the Future" for its overarching theme.

The Academic Track Committee welcomes proposals for scholarly presentations, especially those that study content tied to our "Make the Future" convention theme, such as the following examples:
- Any and all utopian or futurist novels, short stories, comic books, or other media
- Classic SF works that changed the direction of their era
- Dystopian novels, comic books, and other media that portray catastrophic scenarios to prevent them from happening in reality (1984, The Handmaid's Tale, The Water Knife, b***h Planet, etc.)
- SF groups as progressive communities ("slan shacks," writers' colonies, online communities, etc.)
- Ties between SF literature and socio-political movements
- Ties between maker culture and science fiction, including DIY art and music, steampunk, dieselpunk, and any other design aesthetics
- Major movements in the SF genre's history

Additionally, we are interested in proposals incorporating Worldcon visiting authors, timely content, or regional interest (such as California/Western authors or settings). Such topics might include:
- Guests of Honor Spider Robinson and Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, or Ghost of Honor Edgar Pangborn
- Other authors planning to attend Worldcon 76
- Silicon Valley in SF
- Science fiction in Wild West dime novels and pulps
- Mill Valley and San Francisco in Invasion of the Body Snatchers (book and/or films)
- Philip K. Dick's writing during his years living in Point Reyes Station
- Kim Stanley Robinson's "Three Californias" trilogy and related works
- Mary Shelley's Frankenstein at its 200th anniversary

As part of Worldcon programming, academic-track audiences often include a blend of scholars, writers, artists, readers, and fans. Presentations should be academically rigorous, but also accessible to a wide variety of interests and backgrounds. We welcome papers from scholars at all stages of their research careers, including advanced undergraduate students and independent scholars. Panels or roundtables that include SF creators (writers, directors, game designers, etc.) are highly encouraged as well.

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Re: Worldcon 76 - 8/16 to 8/20, 2018 in San Jose
« Reply #16 on: February 12, 2018, 06:06:17 pm »
Some interesting info in the latest progress report: You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login

First,  I’m  thrilled  and  excited  that  we  have decided to present the 1943 Retrospective Hugo Awards (for works published in 1942) at Worldcon 76. This is the first set of Retro Hugos  ever  awarded  for  a  year  from  the  Worldcon  hiatus  during  World  War  II.    The  Retros  will  be  announced  at  a  red  carpet  “1943  Worldcon”  party  and  dance  on  August  16,  one  of  several  First  Night  events taking place Thursday night (after Opening Ceremonies).

First Night will also feature a production of the musical The Mirror’s Revenge on  our  second  stage,  the  grand  premiere  of  the  2018  Silicon  Valley  Science  Fiction  Short  Film  Festival,  and  perhaps  one  or  two  other  surprises  for  our  members. We expect it to get Worldcon 76 off to a rollicking start!

Second, despite  the  somewhat  startling*  rush  for  room  reservations  when  we opened them in November, there are still definitely rooms available. While the room blocks at the attached Marriott and Hilton hotels are sold out (not a surprise, as the rooms at both were at 2014 rates), as I write this in December there are lots of rooms still available at the Fairmont and AC Hotels. Our rates at both those properties are still well below market for downtown San Jose in 2018, so I encourage you to book rooms soon.

*5400 room nights in 36 hours. Even Team San Jose was nonplussed, and they've dealt with much larger conventions with high room demand.