Westercon 66 Site to be Decided at Business Meeting

By Kevin on July 3rd, 2011
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The final results of the ballot voting for Westercon 66 (2013) Site Selection were:

Portland 41
Granzella’s 42

The Granzella’s bid never filed required paperwork and therefore was not eligible to win the election. Under the provisions of Section 3.16 of the Westercon Bylaws, the site selection now moves to this year’s Westercon Business Meeting. The Business Meeting may select a committee for any site eligible to hold a Westercon (Western North America or Hawaii), and all of the other bidding rules (paperwork, organizational structure, etc.) are suspended.

The Business Meeting may select any site by a 3/4 vote, or it may vote by simple majority to decide that it is deadlocked an unable to decide. If the Business Meeting does not choose a site, then the selection will be referred to the board of directors of the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society, Inc., owners of the Westercon service mark.

The Westercon Business Meeting will be at 11:30 AM on Sunday in the Club Regent room on the ground floor of the hotel. (There will be a room-change notice posted on the door of the originally-scheduled venue, the California Room.) We advise anyone wanting to attend the Business Meeting to get there early.

You must be present in person to vote at the Business Meeting; no proxies or other forms of remote voting are allowed.

Westercon is Go!

By Kevin on July 1st, 2011
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Westercon 64 on-site registration is open this morning. The Dealers’ Room and Art Show open to the members at Noon. Anime Programming started last night and continues through Monday. The Hospitality Suite in 1905 will be open daily from 10 AM.

The first program item of the convention is the Opening Ceremonies at Noon in the California Room. Main Programming then begins and runs throughout the day and into the night through Monday.

This evening’s major events include the Meet the Guests Reception in Regency Ballroom I at 7:30 PM and the first of two Regency Dances in Regency Ballrooom II, also at 7:30 PM.

Things are under way here at the Fairmont San José We hope you’ll join us! There are still hotel rooms available at the convention rate, so it’s not even too late to come and spend a night or three in the hotel.

Autograph Session
Schedule Published

By Kevin on June 30th, 2011
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Schedule Published

Autograph sessions are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday in the Imperial Ballroom. They start at 1 PM, not 10 AM as listed in the Pocket Program. For the full schedule, see the Autographs page.

Programming Schedule Published

By Kevin on June 29th, 2011
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The Westercon 64 Pocket Program with the complete panel-programming schedule is now available for download in PDF and EPUB formats from the Programming Page. This schedule is, of course, subject to change without notice. The EPUB format is slightly more updated that the PDF, as the PDF is the version sent to the printer, while the EPUB document reflects changes after the printing deadline.

An updated Panelist List including cancellations is also now available. As with the program itself, participants are subject to last-minute changes.

Music Programming

By Kevin on June 29th, 2011
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The Filk Music Program schedule is now available. All filk concerts and open filking will be in the California Room.

Westercon Special Events

By Kevin on June 20th, 2011
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Westercon 64 issued the following press release this morning discussing the convention’s major special events.

WESTERCON 64
2011 West Coast Science Fantasy Conference
PO Box 61363, Sunnyvale CA 94088-1363 USA
info@westercon64.org; http://www.westercon64.org/

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JUNE 20, 2011

Westercon 64 Announces Special Events

This Fourth of July weekend sees Westercon 64, the 2011 West Coast Science Fantasy Conference, coming to downtown San Jose. Westercon 64 will include several special events in its schedule in addition to traditional SF/F convention programming. Among the special events planned is a performance of a radio-style play written by artist guests of honor Phil and Kaja Foglio, a themed Saturday afternoon tea with writer guest of honor Patricia McKillip, a focus event on the guests moderated by Terry Bisson from the SF in SF reading series, and an SF/F-themed game show. The convention will also include two Regency Dances and the Westercon Masquerade costume contest.
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Classics of Science Fiction

By Kevin on June 20th, 2011
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John Hertz will be leading discussions of three classic SF works at Westercon 64. As he puts it, “A classic is a work that survives its own time. After the currents which might have sustained it have changed, it remains, and is seen to be worthwhile for itself.” If you have a better definition, bring it to the panels.

Each of the three classics is worth reading, or re-reading. Each discussion will take up one. Come to as many as you like. You’ll be welcome to join in. Check the program schedule at the convention for the specific time and location of the discussion.
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Regency Dance

By Kevin on June 18th, 2011
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At 7:30 on Friday evening of Westercon 64, John Hertz will be teaching and leading Regency Dancing in the appropriately named Regency Ballroom. More details on the Dances page.

Anime Schedule Published

By Kevin on June 17th, 2011
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Westercon 64 plans an extensive program of Anime, staring the Thursday night before the convention’s official Friday, July 1 opening, running 10 AM-2AM on Friday through Sunday, and continuing until Monday afternoon. We’ve published the planned schedule of items on the Anime Program Page.

SF in SF in San José

By Kevin on June 13th, 2011
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The ongoing SF in SF reading series has been bringing quality science fiction, fantasy, and horror authors to the Bay Area literary community since 2005. Westercon is pleased to host a special San José edition of SF in SF on Saturday, July 2 from 5:30 to 7:00 PM in the Club Regent Room on the ground floor of the Fairmont Hotel. This special San José edition of SF in SF will feature moderator Terry Bisson and Guests of Honor Patricia McKillip, Phil & Kaja Foglio, and Mike Willmoth.

For more details about this special SF in SF focusing on Westercon 64’s Guests of Honor, see the SF in SF page in our Programming section.