We are happy to announce our list of panelists, presenters, and other participants (in addition to our announced guests). Please look for a list of the programming shortly.
As some of you may be flying into the con, we thought we should make you aware of the new size limits implemented by American, Delta, and United. According to the article below, the width of your carry-on baggage cannot be more than 14 inches (yes, just over one foot).
You can find out more details in this USA Today article by George Hobica, published on June 10, 2014.
Please check with your airline of choice before you get to your gate to make sure you don’t run into this potential issue.
Great news! We’ve extended the special Westercon hotel room rate at the Marriott City Creek till June 20th. Book your room now and avoid a rate increase!
If you want to book over the phone, call 800-228-9290 and ask for the Westercon Group. Use the reference codes WESWESA for single/double occupancy and WESWESB for triple/quad occupancy.
Booking a room at the hotel helps us reduce the cost of the event. We appreciate your support!
You can see more about the hotel amenities on the Hotel page.
There are downloads (different formats of the same document) available for the “Classics of Science Fiction” panel for those who wish to prepare to participate ahead of time. You can access them under the At the Con > Programming menu in your choice of DOC or PDF formats.
You can also read it here:
Classics of Science Fiction
Diamonds of 1938
by John Hertz
We’ll discuss three classics at Westercon 67, one discussion each. Come to as many as you like. You’ll be welcome to join in.
For our starting definition, “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 one, bring it.
This year the Worldcon, in addition to 2014 Hugo Awards, will award 1939 Retrospective Hugos (i.e. for work of 1938; the 1939 Worldcon awarded no Hugos; see Section 3.13 of the Constitution).
The Retro-Hugo ballot has been announced. We’ll take up three of the nominees.
Each is interesting in a different way. Each may be more interesting now than when first published.
Have you read them? Have you re-read them?
John W. Campbell, Jr.
“Who Goes There?”
Terse – tense – it touches questions of identity pointed more explicitly by others decades later. It is of course a detective story, two decades before Campbell taunted Asimov into writing The Caves of Steel. See how he manages the hints, the personalities, the masterly sequence of Kinner – Dutton – Connant – Blair.
Out of the Silent Planet
We never do hear about the space drive. Weston, who clothes himself in the trappings of science, is a harsh caricature. Yet it is he who gets the party to Malacandra; who gets them, almost impossibly, back again. Theodore Sturgeon said “Science fiction is knowledge fiction.” Chapter 9 says “The love of knowledge is a kind of madness.”
Samuel Johnson said “The essence of poetry is invention”; Patrol has that. It struck fires still burning today. Its vitality, and its focus through all the coruscations, are remarkable. So is its thorough handling of its imaginary science. Characterization? Look at Kinnison’s leaving footprints all over Blakeslee.
If you haven’t reserved your room at the Downtown Marriott, we encourage you to do so now! Reserving a room helps to keep our costs down so more can go toward the actual fun at the con than just paying the hotel. You can find links to make the reservations over on the Hotel page.
See you there!
General information and rules for the Westercon 67 Masquerade have been posted.
Information on the Westercon 67 Writing Workshop has been posted. Hurry and sign up as there are limited spots available!
We are pleased to announce we have no more space in the art show (we’re also sad we don’t have more space to show more artists, too). The list of confirmed artists has been updated.
The general hours for panels, presentations, and events have been posted. As we get specific information, it will be added there.
Quite a few updates today:
- Artist and illustrator William Stout has been added as our Artist Guest of Honor. We are very excited to have him join us!
- Best selling author David Farland is joining us as a special guest. We are very excited to have him attending as well!
- The list of Attending Members has been updated. If you have registered but do not see your name on the list, please contact registration.
- We have added a small section about the Portland in 2016 bid for Westercon 69. Please review the materials there and on their website so you can make an informed vote.
Just over a month left! We are looking forward to seeing all of you there!