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Monday, May 25th, 2009
6:20 pm
BayCon Online

ceemage writes: "Numbers have been fairly light for The Virtual Fan Lounge so far this weekend, but we're operating on the principle that "if you build it, they will come (eventually).

"Monday's main event is a panel session:
"The Hugos: Do They Matter?
"So, what does "Hugo Winner" actually mean? Is a Hugo more important than a Ditmar? And who votes on these things, anyway? Join us and find out.
"Chris Garcia (M), Randy Smith, Kevin Standlee, Milt Stevens"

Times as follows:
Mon 13:00 PDT (Pacifc Daylight Time)
Mon 16:00 EDT (Eastern Daylight Time)
Mon 20:00 UTC (Co-ordinated Universal Time)
Mon 21:00 BST (British Summer Time)
Tue 04:00 WAST (Western Australian Standard Time)
Tue 06:00 EADT (Eastern Australian Daylight Time)
Tue 08:00 NZDT (New Zealand Daylight Time)

8:29 am
Panel from Baycon
For those of you not at Ploktacon (or those of you back from Ploktacon but needing one last convention fix to round off the weekend), we'll be covering a panel from Baycon at 9 p.m. tonight in The Virtual Fan Lounge. More details in tuckerverse.
Wednesday, May 20th, 2009
2:00 pm
GUFF trip report - GUFF GUY
Pat McMurray's 2004 trip report is now published! For details please see the following page:


There will be AT THE VERY LEAST black and white copies for sale at Ploktacon - £4. If you would like one comment below! For access to the pdf a contribution of £2 would be appreciated. If you will see me at the weekend and want access online but would prefer to pay me cash comment below and I will send you the link and the password (or the pdf directly, if you prefer).
Tuesday, May 19th, 2009
5:00 pm
As current UK GUFF administrator I've two copies of a completed trip report ready to send to SCIFI and FANAC. I emailed contact addresses that I found on the websites (info@scifiinc.org and jsiclari@optonline.net) a couple of weeks ago and have had no responses. I wonder if Trufen can help with a couple of queries:

1. What is the postal address for FANAC submissions?
2. Is, "Post Office Box 8442, Van Nuys, CA 91409" the correct address for SCIFI?

It's a bit tight on time, hence my throwing it out here.

Thanks for any help you can give in advance.

I've some leads now, thanks.
Sunday, April 19th, 2009
6:39 pm
TAFF 2009 Westbound Race Result
Thank you to all who have supported, nominated, voted, or stood in this TAFF race. This has been a fine race, with 175 votes cast.

Steve Green (stevegreen) won on the first round with an absolute majority of the first-place preference votes cast and is declared the winner. Steve will travel to Anticipation, the Worldcon in Montréal, in August, and is planning the rest of his itinerary.

Congratulations Steve, and commiserations Tom.

Total of first place votes
CandidateEuropean votesNorth American votesTotal
Steve Green8961150
Tom Womack6915
No Preference4610
Hold Over Funds000

NB 5 Rest of World voters have been rolled up into the North America column to conceal their votes. This does not affect the result.
Sunday, April 12th, 2009
4:09 pm
{Insert Name Here} for TAFF!
With under a week to go to the voting deadline, TAFF candidates Tom Womack and Steve Green go into last-minute campaigning mode with a impromptu interview at Eastercon (11 minute video here).

Current Mood: fannish
Thursday, April 9th, 2009
4:02 pm
Anyone in Sheffield?
Is anyone from Sheffield area going to Eastercon and not left yet? If so, could you text me on +353868595554 please? Pretty please? I'll buy you a pint!
Thursday, April 2nd, 2009
11:35 pm
Novacon 39

For those interested, Novacon 39's website is up and running.
Wednesday, March 25th, 2009
7:58 am
Guff delegates.
Sue Ann and Trevor, our Guff delegates, have no firm plans for after Easter (details: here). If you would be able to host them for a few days and help them see a bit more of the UK can you comment on their journal or let me know.
Monday, March 16th, 2009
12:10 am
Corflu Cobalt

19-21 March 2010 at the Winchester Hotel, Winchester.

UK membership is £40, payable to Pat Charnock, 45 Kimberley Gardens, London, N4 1LD.
US membership is $55, payable to Robert Lichtman, 11037 Broadway Terrace, Oakland, CA 94611-1948.

Rates increase on 1 June 2009.

Membership includes the Sunday brunch / banquet. Room rates will be £80 for a double / twin (including breakfast); no word yet on singles.

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009
10:53 am
UK conventions and diversity BTR?
Regarding making Eastercon (or UK cons in general) more welcoming and diverse spaces than they currently are, someone commenting on my blog asked:
I’m not a regular con-goer myself - I’ve been to one Fantasycon, two Eastercons, and the Glasgow Worldcon. Plus Wiscon in the States [...] so I’d be very curious to hear ideas from regular con-goers. I’m sure various concoms must have tried things like this before? What were the results?

Most of the people reading this have been attending Eastercons for substantially longer than me. Can anyone comment over there with a useful answer to her question?
Tuesday, February 24th, 2009
4:46 pm
BSFA tomorrow
Anyone in the London area interested in SF and film, and in spending an entertaining evening, should try to get to this tomorrow.
Friday, February 20th, 2009
5:27 am
Microcon 29

Jasper Fforde has dropped out of the Microcon 29 programme following a back injury. I've been rescheduled into his slot, which should confuse anyone turning up with a bunch of Thursday Next books needing a signature.

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009
12:38 pm
LX memberships for sale
Due to a change of plans, I have two LX memberships that aren't going to be used. If anyone's interested in buying them off me, make me an offer!

Crossposted to obvious other groups - apologies if you see this several times
Tuesday, January 13th, 2009
4:15 pm
FAAn Award Ballot Available
The 2009 FAAn Awards Ballot is now on the page for Corflu Zed hosted by efanzines:


Voting deadlines are:

* By postal mail: Postmarked Thursday, 26 February 2009
* By email: Midnight, Thursday, 5 March 2009 ( corflu.zed.faan@gmail.com )

The winners of the 2009 Fanzine Activity Achievement (FAAn) Awards will be announced during the banquet at Corflu Zed in Seattle, WA, on March 15, 2009. ( http://www.corflu.org )

Please note that there will be no on-site voting during Corflu this year. You are not required to submit the ballot, just your choices if you vote by e-mail. See the instructions on the ballot for further details.
10:46 pm
Doctor Who Call for papers

The Unsilent Library: Adventures in new Doctor Who

Published by the Science Fiction Foundation
edited by Simon Bradshaw, Antony Keen, and Graham Sleight

The Science Fiction Foundation, which has published a number of books on sf (including The Parliament of Dreams: Conferring on Babylon 5 and Terry Pratchett: Guilty of Literature) is now seeking contributions for a new book, proposed for publication in 2010, on Doctor Who. This book will focus on the series' revival since 2005. Contributions are invited on all aspects of the new series, including its scripting, production, and reception, as well as links to the "classic" series. A variety of critical approaches/viewpoints will be encouraged.

Potential authors are asked to submit brief proposals (max. 250 words) for chapters by 1st March 2009. Final chapters (max. 6,000 words) will be due by 1st August 2009. Please send proposals to sjbradshaw@mac.com.

Contributions should follow the style guide at http://www.sf-foundation.org/publications/styleguide.html

Please pass on to anyone else who might be interested.

(You can blame me for the title.)
Friday, January 2nd, 2009
1:45 pm
I am going to be shutting down Eastercon.org quite soon for a make over. Please give me a shout if you want to help.
Tuesday, December 9th, 2008
11:15 am
Travelling to Melbourne for Aussiecon in 2010
This is a public service announcement

Jonathan Cowie advises that the New Zealand Natcon is the weekend before the 2010 Worldcon, and a round the world trip from the UK via New Zealand to Melbourne only costs £100 or so more than the return to Melbourned.

Information not checked, but sounds good for people whose travel dates are under their own control...
Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008
3:15 pm
LX Rates Rise Friday

Dave Langford writes...
"The time is out of joint, O curséd spite.... Here's a rare public service announcement. Before going to press with the December Ansible, I checked the 2009 Eastercon website and (some days earlier) asked the committee if any price rise was on the way. Ansible went out yesterday and today they helpfully tell me that -- although as I write their website still says nothing about this -- adult membership is rising to £55 and supporting to £30 on 5 December. Better get a move on if you want to go and haven't yet joined."

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008
3:00 pm
GUFF 2008
 Barber and Clark Ding Krasnostein No preference Hold over Total
Australasia 64 3 14 1 -82
Europe 24 2 7 2 - 35
Rest of world - 1 - - - 1
Total 88 6 21 3 - 118=118

With more than 50% of the first preference votes, the GUFF administrators are happy to announce that barring force majeure Sue Ann Barber and Trevor Clark will attend Eastercon LX.

The administrators thank all the candidates, their nominators, and more than 100 members of the various fannish communities, for participating, and in the process raising around AUD1400.

It is possible that some of the regional attributions may be incorrect, and one or two votes may have been mislaid. Revised numbers may be published at a later date. Nonetheless, the administrators are confident that the decision of the voting populace is clear. In keeping with the traditions of the race, a list of voters names will be published in a paper fanzine... although obviously not how their votes were directed.
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