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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.


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Re: Worldcon 76 - 8/16 to 8/20, 2018 in San Jose
« Reply #17 on: July 26, 2018, 03:31:27 PM »
Bumping this now that Worldcon is less than a month away.

The voting period for the Hugo awards ends July 31st. Here's what the ballot looks like.

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Ballot for the 2018 Hugo Award

Best Novel - A science fiction or fantasy story of 40,000 words or more that appeared for the first time in 2017.

The Collapsing Empire,  John Scalzi (Tor US; Tor UK)
New York 2140,  Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
Provenance,  Ann Leckie (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
Raven Stratagem,  Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris US; Solaris UK)
Six Wakes,  Mur Lafferty (Orbit US)
The Stone Sky,  N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)

Best Novella - A science fiction or fantasy story between 17,500 and 40,000 words that appeared for the first time in 2017.

All Systems,  Red Martha Wells (Tor.com Publishing)
"And Then There Were (N-One)",  Sarah Pinsker (Uncanny, March/April 2017)
Binti: Home,  Nnedi Okorafor (Tor.com Publishing)
The Black Tides of Heaven,  JY Yang (Tor.com Publishing)
Down Among the Sticks and Bones,  Seanan McGuire (Tor.com Publishing)
River of Teeth,  Sarah Gailey (Tor.com Publishing)

Best Novelette - A science fiction or fantasy story between 7,500 and 17,500 words that appeared for the first time in 2017.

"Children of Thorns",  Aliette de Bodard (Uncanny, July-August 2017)
"Extracurricular Activities",  Yoon Ha Lee (Tor.com, February 15, 2017)
"The Secret Life of Bots",  Suzanne Palmer (Clarkesworld, January 2017)
"A Series of Steaks",  Vina Jie-Min Prasad (Clarkesworld, January 2017)
"Small Changes Over Long Periods",  K.M. Szpara (Uncanny, May/June 2017)
"Wind Will Rove",  Sarah Pinsker (Asimov's, September/October 2017)

Best Short Story - A science fiction or fantasy story of less than 7,500 words that appeared for the first time in 2017.

"Carnival Nine",  Caroline M. Yoachim (Beneath Ceaseless Skies May 2017)
"Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand",  Fran Wilde (Uncanny, September 2017)
"Fandom for Robots",  Vina Jie-Min Prasad (Uncanny, September/October 2017)
"The Martian Obelisk",  Linda Nagata (Tor.com, July 19, 2017)
"Sun, Moon, and Dust",  Ursula Vernon (Uncanny, May/June, 2017)
"Welcome to your Authentic Indian Experience™" , Rebecca Roanhorse (Apex, August 2017)

Best Series - A multi-installment science fiction or fantasy story, unified by elements such as plot, characters, setting, and presentation, appearing in at least three (3) installments consisting in total of at least 240,000 words by the close of 2017, at least one (1) installment of which was published in 2017.

The Books of the Raksura,  Martha Wells (Night Shade)
The Divine Cities,  Robert Jackson Bennett (Broadway)
InCryptid,  Seanan McGuire (DAW)
The Memoirs of Lady Trent,  Marie Brennan (Tor US / Titan UK)
The Stormlight Archive,  Brandon Sanderson (Tor US / Gollancz UK)
World of the Five Gods,  Lois McMaster Bujold (Harper Voyager / Spectrum Literary Agency)

Best Related Work - Any work related to the field of science fiction, fantasy, or fandom appearing for the first time during 2017 or which has been substantially modified during 2017, and which is either non-fiction or, if fictional, is noteworthy primarily for aspects other than the fictional text, and which is not eligible in any other category.

Crash Override: How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate Zoe Quinn (PublicAffairs)
Iain M. Banks (Modern Masters of Science Fiction) Paul Kincaid (University of Illinois Press)
A Lit Fuse: The Provocative Life of Harlan Ellison Nat Segaloff (NESFA Press)
Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia E. Butler edited by Alexandra Pierce and Mimi Mondal (Twelfth Planet Press)
No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters Ursula K. Le Guin (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Sleeping with Monsters: Readings and Reactions in Science Fiction and Fantasy Liz Bourke (Aqueduct Press)

Best Graphic Story - Any science fiction or fantasy story told in graphic form appearing for the first time in 2017.

b***h Planet, Volume 2: President b***h written by Kelly Sure DeConnick, illustrated by Valentine De Landro and Taki Soma, colored by Kelly Fitzpatrick, lettered by Clayton Cowles (Image Comics)
Black Bolt, Volume 1: Hard Time written by Saladin Ahmed, illustrated by Christian Ward, lettered by Clayton Cowles (Marvel)
Monstress, Volume 2: The Blood written by Marjorie M. Jiu, illustrated by San Takeda (Image Comics)
My Favorite Thing is Monsters written and illustrated by Emil Ferris (Fantagraphics)
Paper Girls, Volume 3 written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Cliff Chiang, colored by Matthew Wilson, lettered by Jared Fletcher (Image Comics)
Saga, Volume 7 written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Fiona Staples (Image Comics)

Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form) - Any theatrical feature or other production in any medium of dramatized science fiction, fantasy, or related subjects that has been publicly presented for the first time in its present dramatic form during 2017 and which has a complete running time of more than 90 minutes

Blade Runner 2049 written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, directed by Denis Villeneuve (Alcon Entertainment / Bud Yorkin Productions / Torridon Films / Columbia Pictures)
Get Out written and directed by Jordan Peele (Blumhouse Productions / Monkeypaw Productions / QC Entertainment)
The Shape of Water written by Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor, directed by Guillermo del Toro (TSG Entertainment / Double Dare You / Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Star Wars: The Last Jedi written and directed by Rian Johnson (Lucasfilm, Ltd.)
Thor: Ragnarok written by Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle, and Christopher Yost; directed by Taika Waititi (Marvel Studios)
Wonder Woman screenplay by Allan Heinberg, story by Zack Snyder & Allan Heinberg and Jason Fuchs, directed by Patty Jenkins (DC Films / Warner Brothers)

Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form) - Any television program or other production, with a complete running time of 90 minutes or less, in any medium of dramatized science fiction, fantasy, or related subjects that has been publicly presented for the first time in its present dramatic form during 2017.

Black Mirror: "USS Callister" written by William Bridges and Charlie Brooker, directed by Toby Haynes (House of Tomorrow)
"The Deep" [song] by Clipping (Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, Jonathan Snipes) ()
Doctor Who: "Twice Upon a Time" written by Steven Moffat, directed by Rachel Talalay (BBC Cymru Wales)
The Good Place: "The Trolley Problem" written by Josh Siegal and Dylan Morgan, directed by Dean Holland (Fremulon / 3 Arts Entertainment / Universal Television)
The Good Place: "Michael's Gambit" written and directed by Michael Schur (Fremulon / 3 Arts Entertainment / Universal Television)
Star Trek Discovery: "Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad" written by Aron Eli Coleite & Jesse Alexander, directed by David M. Barrett (CBS Television Studios)

Best Professional Editor (Long Form) - The editor of at least four (4) novel-length works primarily devoted to science fiction and/or fantasy, published in 2017 that do not qualify as works under Best Editor, Short Form.

Sheila E. Gilbert
Joe Monti
Diana M. Pho
Devi Pillai
Miriam Weinberg
Navah Wolfe

Best Professional Editor (Short Form) - The editor of at least four (4) anthologies, collections, or magazine issues (or their equivalent in other media) primarily devoted to science fiction and/or fantasy, at least one of which was published in 2017.

John Joseph Adams
Neil Clarke
Lee Harris
Jonathan Strahan
Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas
Sheila Williams

Best Professional Artist - An illustrator whose work has appeared in a professional publication in the field of science fiction or fantasy during 2017. A professional publication is one that meets at least one (1) of the following criteria:
   1. It provided at least a quarter of the income of any one person; or
   2. Was owned or published by any entity which provided at least a quarter of the income of any of its staff and/or owner.

Galen Dara
Kathleen Jennings
Bastien Lecouffe Deharme
Victo Ngai
John Picacio
Sana Takeda

Best Semiprozine - Any generally available non-professional periodical publication devoted to science fiction or fantasy which by the close of 2017 has published at least four (4) or more issues (or the equivalent in other media), and least one (1) of which appeared in 2017, which does not qualify as a fancast, and which in 2017 has met at least one (1) of the following criteria:
   1. Paid its contributors and/or staff in other than copies of the publication.
   2. Was generally available only for paid purchase.

Beneath Ceaseless Skies editor-in-chief and publisher Scott H. Andrews
The Book Smugglers edited by Ana Grilo and Thea James
Escape Pod edited by Mur Lafferty, S.B. Divya, and Norm Sherman, with assistant editor Benjamin C. Kinney
Fireside Magazine edited by Brian White and Julia Rios; managing editor Elsa Sjunneson-Henry; special feature editor Mikki Kendall; publisher & art director Pablo Defendini
Strange Horizons edited by Kate Dollarhyde, Gautam Bhatia, A.J. Odasso, Lila Garrott, Heather McDougal, Ciro Faienza, Tahlia Day, Vanessa Rose Phin, and the Strange Horizons staff
Uncanny Magazine edited by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, Michi Trota, and Julia Rios; podcast produced by Erika Ensign & Steven Schapansky

Best Fanzine - Any generally available non-professional publication devoted to science fiction, fantasy, or related subjects which by the close of 2017 has published at least four (4) or more issues (or the equivalent in other media), at least one (1) of which appeared in 2017, and which does not qualify as a semiprozine or a fancast, and which in 2017 met neither of the following criteria:
   1. Paid its contributors and/or staff in other than copies of the publication.
   2. Was generally available only for paid purchase.

File 770 edited by Mike Glyer
Galactic Journey edited by Gideon Marcus
Journey Planet edited by Team Journey Planet
nerds of a feather, flock together edited by The G, Vance Kotrla, and Joe Sherry
Rocket Stack Rank edited by Greg Hullender and Eric Wong
SF Bluestocking edited by Bridget McKinney

Best Fancast - Any generally available non-professional audio or video periodical devoted to science fiction, fantasy, or related subjects that by the close of 2017 has released four (4) or more episodes, at least one (1) of which appeared in 2017, and that does not qualify as a dramatic presentation.

The Coode Street Podcast presented by Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe
Ditch Diggers presented by Mur Lafferty and Matt Wallace
Fangirl Happy Hour presented by Ana Grilo and Renay Williams
Galactic Suburbia presented by Alisa Krasnostein, Alexandra Pierce and Tansy Rayner Roberts; produced by Andrew Finch
Sword and Laser presented by Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt
Verity! presented by Deborah Stanish, Erika Ensign, Katrina Griffiths, L.M. Myles, Lynne M. Thomas, and Tansy Rayner Roberts

Best Fan Writer - Any person whose writing has appeared in semiprozines or fanzines or in generally available electronic media during 2017.

Camestros Felapton
Sarah Gailey
Mike Glyer
Foz Meadows
Charles Payseur
Bogi Takács

Best Fan Artist - An artist or cartoonist whose work has appeared through publication in fanzines, semiprozines, or through any other public non-professional display (including at conventions) in 2017.

Geneva Benton
Grace P. Fong
Maya Hahto
Likhain (M. Sereno)
Spring Schoenhuth
Steve Stiles

Award for Best Young Adult Book (not a Hugo) - The Award for Best Young Adult Book is given for a book published for young adult readers in the field of science fiction or fantasy appearing for the first time in 2017.

Akata Warrior,  Nnedi Okorafor (Viking)
The Art of Starving,  Sam J. Miller (Harper Teen)
The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage , Philip Pullman (Knopf)
In Other Lands,  Sarah Rees Brennan (Big Mouth House)
A Skinful of Shadows,  Frances Hardinge (Macmillian UK / Harry N. Abrams US)
Summer in Orcus written by T. Kingfisher (Ursula Vernon), Illustrated by Lauren Henderson (Sofawolf Press)

The John W. Campbell Award (not a Hugo) - (Award for the best new science fiction writer, sponsored by Dell Magazines) A new writer is one whose first work of science fiction or fantasy appeared in 2016 or 2017 in a professional publication. For Campbell Award purposes, a professional publication is one for which more than a nominal amount was paid, any publication that had an average press run of at least 10,000 copies, or any other that the Award sponsors may designate

Katherine Arden
Sarah Kuhn
Jeannette Ng
Vina Jie-Min Prasad
Rebeca Roanhorse
Rivers Solomon

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Some small thoughts. The graphic story nominees match the Eisners pretty well. I absolutely love the The Good Place has two nominations and that there was a song nominated in that category as well. There is also a ballot for the 1943 "retrospective" Hugos which is pretty cool. I will post that list later.