Westercon 68 Will be at Westercon 67

Westercon 68 / Conjecture 13 / Conchord 27 (“Westercon 68″ for short) will have a distinct presence at Westercon 67, July 3-6, 2014, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

We will be operating a sales table in the fan table area all three days.

We will also be hosting a party in the Con Suite Friday July 4 from 9:00pm to midnight.  The con suite is in the Presidential Suite (1507) of the convention hotel, the Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Center.

If you are going to be at Westercon 67, please stop by.

Conchord 27 Interfilk Guests

Conchord 27, which will be held in conjunction with Westercon 68 and Conjecture 13, announces that our Intefilk guests will be Morva Bowman and Alan Pollard

Morva is a retired professional organizer, Alan is an almost retired electrical engineer. They have been attending their local SFF convention in Winnipeg for 20+ years, but only really got into filk music about 8-10 years ago. As with so many things filk related, blame Decadent Dave Clement! However, once hooked, they were committed, and now it seems to be their joint retirement project. They started making music together in choir back in high school, but now devote their energies to parodies and original songs on books and movies and cats and…well…whatever. It’s filk!

Interfilk is a fan fund. Most fan funds raise money to transport a fan to a convention that they would not normally be likely to attend. In our case we raise money from filk fans to transport members of the filk community who have something special to share. More information on Interfilk can be found at www.interfilk.org

Conchord 27

Westercon 68 is pleased to announce that Conchord 27 will be held in conjunction with Westercon 68 and Conjecture 13.

We are also pleased to announce that Vixy & Tony will the Conchord guests of honor.

Conjecture 13 Announces its Guest of Honor

Conjecture 13, which is combined with Westercon 68, has selected Steven Brust as its Guest of Honor.

Steven will join Westercon 68 Guests of Honor Spider Robinson, author, John Picacio, artist, Seanan McGuire, fan, and our special guest, William F. Nolan.

Westercon 68 Will Also be Conjecture 13

On April 13, the directors of The San Diego Speculative Fiction Society, Inc. (SanSFiS) decided to combine Conjecture 13 with Westercon 68.

With the addition of Conjecture, Westercon 68 will include many of Conjecture’s traditions, such as Iron Hack, an improvisational story telling event, usually held late in the evening, and our showcase concert featuring local San Diego musicians.

Opting out of paper publications

In PR 1, we asked that people wishing to opt out of paper publications send an email to opt-out@westercon68.org.

However, due in part to the person in charge of our mailing list dealing with a newborn and another young child making him a bit busy, we haven’t gotten this email address set up yet.

Until we do, please send requests to chair@westercon68.org and I will personally make sure that your preferences are noted before PR 2 is distributed.

Thank You
Ron Oakes
Chair, Westercon 68

Rate Increase

Westercon 68 announces that it will have new rates starting February 1, 2014.

The new rates will be:

  • $15.00 for Supporting memberships
  • $55.00 for Attending memberships
  • $40.00 to upgrade a supporting membership to attending membership.

These new rates are guaranteed through July 6, 2014.

Westercon 68 Announces Online Registration

Westercon 68 now has online registration available.  This is currently only available for new attending or supporting memberships.  Mail-in registration is available using the form here.

The membership form is available at http://westercon68.org/registration/online-registration/

A list of current members of Westercon 68 may be found here.

Congratulations to Seanan McGuire and John Picacio on their 2013 Hugo Awards

Westercon 68 would like to extend our congratulations to our Fan Guest of Honor Seanan McGuire for winning the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Fancast for her work on The SF Squeecast.  This is The SF Squeecast‘s and Seanan’s second consecutive win in this category.  Seanan shares this Hugo Award with Elizabeth Bear, Paul Cornell,  Lynne M. Thomas, Catherynne M. Valente (Presenters) and David McHone-Chase (Technical Producer).

We would also like to extend our congratulations to our Artist Guest of Honor John Picacio for winning the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Professional Artist.  This is John’s second consecutive win in this category.

The complete list of 2013 Hugo Awards can be found on The Hugo Awards website at http://www.thehugoawards.org/2013/09/2013-hugo-award-winners/.


Announcing Westercon 68

On July 6, 2013 during the Westercon 66 business meeting, San Diego was awarded Westercon 68, having received 92 out of 108 votes with preference and a total of 113 ballots cast.

Our guests of honor are: