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  1. Neither of the 2023 options really appeals to me, TBH. I wonder where the NASFiC will be if Chengdu wins.
  2. It's a reasonable question, especially as we're almost at the point where hotel reservations would open up for an August convention. I suspect the big issue for many people will be the various holidays celebrated in December. They may choose to spend vacation days and money on those events, rather than on a convention trip. It's also a little too early for schools to be closing for holiday/winter breaks, so parents with kids will not always be able to bring them along. University students, however, may have the option of attending. Airfares are often less in winter months, but that may not be true so close to the holiday season. Personally, I'd rather see a belated in-person event than a "timely" virtual event. But I'm in the position of not having either family or work obligations AND being within easy driving distance from DC (even in bad winter conditions).
  3. Agreed. I find myself wondering what mechanism they will use to include nominees in the Hugo Packet.
  4. This sounds quite lovely. If my budget survives a Glasgow Worldcon the previous year, I would definitely consider attending.
  5. Interesting that they couldn't be bothered notifying the paid-up members about this.
  6. GRRM will be happy that it's a Labor Day weekend event. (September 1-5, 2022) Guests of Honor: Author -- Charles de Lint Artist -- Floyd Norman Fan -- Edie Stern & Joe Siclari First Fandom -- Erle Korshak Toastmasters: Annalee Newitz & Charlie Jane Anders Website: https://chicon.org/ Hotel: Hyatt Regency Chicago Room rate is US $160/night for single, double, triple, or quad, plus 17.38% tax, for a total of US $187.78/night. Internet is free.
  7. There is an Israeli bid in the works, tentatively aiming at 2027. It has not taken any formal actions as of yet, but I'd expect to see some of that -- bid parties, pre-supporting memberships, etc. -- by '22 or '23. If you think that the current fuss is ugly, the notion of a con in Israel will be utterly feco-ventilatory in comparison.
  8. China is also paying for many authors to attend conventions there. It's not just fans who are getting the funding.
  9. One also wonders how welcome fans who are Jewish -- either by faith or ancestry -- would feel there.
  10. Site selection voting for the 2022 Worldcon is now open. There are two locations bidding for the convention: Chicago IL, USA Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Details on the voting process can be found here: https://chicagoworldconbid.org/support-us/how-worldcon-voting-works/
  11. And here's the latest, announced on 5/14: IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT This is the statement we have been hoping we would not have to make, but it is with a heavy heart that we, in consultation with Hotel management and the local Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, announce that we have made the decision to cancel the Columbus 2020 NASFiC. Due to the uncertain health situation and the unreliable travel restrictions, it was decided by all that hosting the NASFiC at this time would be unwise. We still plan to publish a souvenir book for all attending and supporting members. Due to the fact that we are still negotiating penalties with the hotel, ongoing expenses, and our intention to publish a souvenir book, it is not feasible to offer refunds at this time. If you don’t hear from the hotel within two weeks regarding your reservation, please call them. We may have a virtual event on the weekend of August 20 -23. We’ll update everyone on that later once we have some plans.
  12. Two recent posts on Facebook by the con: FIRST POST From Dale Mazzola: We would like to announce that at this point in time, April 25th 2020, We are STILL planning for the NASFIC in Columbus OH, to occur on the weekend of August 20th thru the 23rd. With states lifting stay in place rules/orders/recommendations the hotel thinks that everything will be just fine. What we (your NASFIC team) desperately need from you (our Members) is to know if you are still planning to attend. If you are NOT planning to attend, then please cancel your hotel reservation. It’s the only real way we have to know how to proceed. Registration prices will stay at $100 until we welcome you to the Sheraton, then the at-the-door price will be $125.00. If you have any questions, feel free to email me at [email protected] SECOND POST The important part of the NASFIC announcement is: What we (your NASFIC team) desperately need from our Members is to know if you (our Members) are still planning to attend. If you are NOT planning to attend, then please cancel your hotel reservation. It’s the only real way we have to know how to proceed. When I spoke with the hotel last week they made a big deal of our awesome room block and no cancellations. I will be talking with them again at the end of this week, and if you really won’t attend, please cancel your room. If you will attend, we really appreciate your support!
  13. I already have a supporting membership, which I bought early, since I didn't expect to attend. I will decide about upgrading to an attending membership -- which will probably cost about US $135, though they haven't announced the upgrade price yet -- after they provide more information about participants and event times. My gut feeling is that doing this virtually does provide a chance for many non-NZ folks to participate without the expense of travel, but the timezone difference may make that opportunity moot for those that have day jobs or other scheduling issues. I have already seen one major AU editor -- Jonathan Strahan -- state that he will not be able to participate for those exact reasons.
  14. Here's the full text of the CoNZealand announcement: Another week, and another paradigm shift. The changes are still coming fast and furious as New Zealand enters into a four-week lockdown. We are all still dealing with an unprecedented set of circumstances that make it very difficult to plan for the future. The choices we are faced with are: Move the date of CoNZealand. We are constrained in the ability to move the con by the timing of other events that have booked the venues. It might be possible to move it to the end of 2020 or the beginning of 2021, but that would put undue pressure on fans to travel to two Worldcons too close together, and there is no certainty about whether there would be another wave of illness. Cancelling CoNZealand and minimally fulfilling the WSFS requirements. This would certainly be the easiest, but not necessarily the best or most fulfilling, choice. Virtualise CoNZealand. This choice provides certainty about what we are aiming to do while we still have time to make the plans. This will allow folks who can’t travel this far or those who are immunocompromised to attend. The strong belief that we can put on a great Worldcon has led us to the decision to make CoNZealand a virtual convention. Our Tech Division is confident they can deliver a virtual Worldcon and are excited about the possibilities. We are standing by our decision not to cancel, but in consideration of the health, safety, and wellbeing of our members and crew, we think that holding a large face-to-face event, even if it were possible would be irresponsible. Travel and accommodation We understand that you will have to make arrangements to change or cancel your travel and accommodation plans. Please check our Hotels page for information regarding hotel room cancellations. We will continue to update the page with new information as we get it. Memberships Attending memberships will be required for people to fully participate in the interactive virtual convention. We understand that when you purchased your membership, you were not expecting an online con. None of us were. Our terms and conditions state that memberships are non-refundable. However, with the nature of the convention changing so fundamentally, we expect to offer limited refunds. Over the last year and more we have spent a lot of money on things that will no longer be useful to us, and we now find ourselves needing to spend a lot more money on the platforms and services required to put a convention online. We will need some time to work with our venues and hotels to figure out where we stand. We ask for your patience at this time, as getting the information we all need is difficult during a period when New Zealand is locked down. We hope to announce the new online membership rates for CoNZealand by 15 April. Please note that at this time only Supporting memberships are available for purchase, until we have announced the new online membership rates. Attending memberships (of any type) can not currently be purchased. In due course, we intend to refund any Child Attending memberships upon request, as well as any Unwaged Attending memberships that have not used their voting rights. We are willing to refund any Adult or Young Adult Attending members the difference between the amount paid and the price of an online membership. We ask, however, that you consider not requesting that refund. Any money we have will go towards making this the best online convention ever. As a charitable society, any remaining funds will support fandom and future Worldcons. Issuing these refunds is challenging, and we will need some time to set up a system. We will do our best, but we cannot at this stage say when we will be able to start issuing refunds. Programme participants If you have signed up to be a programme participant, we ask you to please give us some time to think about what a virtual convention will look like. We hope to be in touch with everybody by 15 April to discuss each individual’s options for continuing as a CoNZealand programme participant. New Zealand Natcon CoNZealand, as host of the 2020 New Zealand Natcon is staying in close contact with the board of SFFANZ and the organisations will continue to work together with regard to CoNZealand’s obligations as the organisers of the 2020 New Zealand Natcon. Future updates If you haven’t already, please subscribe to our web news updates (you can find the sign up box on our website homepage). We are planning to do some Q&A sessions via Zoom (covering different time zones) so that you will have an opportunity to ask questions of the two of us directly. Information on the dates and times of these will be circulated in due course. As we have said before, please look after one another, and stay in touch. Especially when we are each isolated, it is good to be reminded that we are a community. We are together for a reason beyond Worldcon. We are fans. We are passionate. We love science fiction, fantasy, comics, art, worldbuilding, reading, writing and a million other things. Let’s concentrate on being kind to one another and helping each other through a very difficult time. Kia Kaha (Stand Strong), Kelly Buehler & Norman Cates Chairs, CoNZealand
  15. I am tentatively planning on attending, and have booked a hotel room (which I can always cancel if plans change). Look forward to seeing you there!
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