Monthly Archives: December 2014

So, Du möchtest also über den Ort der Worldcon abstimmen? Hurrah!

(Aka, our German teammates are awesome, and have given us a version of my “Worldcon voting info” post in Deutsch!)

Worldcon ist historisch gesehen eher schlecht wenn es um die Wahl des Ortes geht. Letztes Jahr hatte die LoneStarCon 6130 Teilnehmer… davon haben lediglich 1348 Teilnehmer die Chance wahrgenommen über den Ort abzustimmen. Dies entspricht noch nicht einmal 22% der Teilnehmer.

Die niedrige Teilnahme liegt sicherlich nicht nur daran, aber das Worldcon Wahlsystem ist sicherlich nicht einfach zu Verstehen.

Worldcon ist eine große Sache und viele Dinge sind zu berücksichtigen und leider hat ist das System wie der Ort bestimmt wird nicht immer ganz oben wenn es darum geh Dinge zu erklären. Außerdem, waren laut dem Sasquan Artikel den ich letzten Monat gelesen habe, die letzten fünf Worldcon Entscheidungen ohne Mitbewerber. Vielleicht ist es deswegen verständlich, wieso die Entscheidung in den letzten Jahren nicht so sehr im Fokus war. Ich glaube ich war in mindestens zwei Worldcons involviert, bevor ich gehört habe, daß wir überhaupt abstimmen können.

Aber wir können abstimmen und es hat einen hohen Einfluss darauf, wo die Worldcon als nächstes sein wird. Außerdem ist es die günstigste Variante um an einer Worldcon teilzunehmen.

Nachdem wir Worldcon 2015 mit nur 35 Stimmen verloren haben glaube ich, dass DU Worldcon nach Helsinki bringen kannst. Du und all die anderen die für uns stimmen. Continue reading

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Convention Terminology

A friend of mine recently said something along the lines of, “hey, I go to conventions, and I still don’t understand more than half the lingo!”  I care a lot about making conventions inclusive and accessible, so this seems like a great opportunity to share some intel.  Here are some terms we came up with that might need explaining…

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A dictionary by any other name …

the 5-2-1 rule – This is a somewhat infamous guideline for attending conventions.  The idea is that you get at least 5 hours of sleep, 2 meals, and 1 shower every day during the convention.  You can’t make up for a lack in one category by doing extra in another; 3 meals will in no way forgive a lack of shower or having fewer than 5 hours of sleep at con.  Please follow this guideline if you go to a convention.  You, and everyone else around you, will have a better time than if you don’t observe the 5-2-1 rule.

code of conduct – A code of conduct is a set of expectations for behavior at the convention, usually written and adopted as policy of the convention by its staff or leadership.  It should be communicated to all attendees well in advance of the convention and it should be applicable to all members (including staff, leadership, guests, etc.).  Ideally, a code of conduct includes specificity on how unacceptable behavior is defined, clear information on what to do if unacceptable behavior is witnessed or experienced, and what might happen upon the convention receiving a report of said behavior.  In addition, many people have co-signed John Scalzi’s policy on codes of conduct, which is very related reading.

conchair – The conchair is the most common term for the person at the top of the leadership for a convention.  If there are multiple conchairs, they are called co-chairs.  An assistant conchair is considered the next level down on the org chart, and is sometimes called a “vice chair.” Continue reading

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eBooks for Helsinki in 2017! Spread the Word!

Have you heard of Storybundle, and the Weird Fiction ebooks that are a fundraiser for Helsinki in 2017?  Between now and December 24th, you can get amazing indie fiction at a name-your-price rate, and the proceeds help support the bid!  Jeff VanderMeer is also a crazy-awesome person, and will WRITE A SECRET LIFE for three lucky people who purchase the ebooks at the bonus level!  This is a great fundraiser for international fiction, a great opportunity to get awesome indie fiction for a price you can afford, and all-around awesome opportunity to LEARN ABOUT THE LIFE JEFF VANDERMEER PRESUMES TO GIVE YOU!!!

Helsinki in 2017 logo

Who can say no to such a cute polar bear?

Why is this important?

Over at Helsinki bid headquarters, we’re trying to make sure as many Finns as possible can get to conventions around the world over the next nine months.  In particular, as you might imagine, getting lots of Finns to Sasquan is important.  It’s also expensive; the plane tickets are around $1300 according to today’s sale flight sites.  Spokane is not a cheap airport to fly to, apparently!  Your average Finnish fan is an academic writing papers about science fiction; that plane ticket is kinda prohibitively expensive for many, if not most.  (I can sympathize; my round-trip tickets to Helsinki have only cost $750-$850, and that’s not nothing.)

This fundraiser helps us get Finns where we need them.  Where they can convince people that voting is important, that this vote will put more WORLD in WORLDcon, and that we will have a truly AMAZING Worldcon if Helsinki in 2017 wins.  You can help us.  Please do.

And read some awesome fiction while doing it.

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