We have uploaded PDFs of the daily programming grid and made them available here. There should be only minor changes from this point, and any changes between now and the start of Westercon 67 will be made on the grid available at the convention.
You can view the official list of parties in the various consuites by going over here.
Help Westercon67 name our ‘Consuite’ or party suite for the convention and win a signed copy of Jim Butcher’s Skin Game in Hardcover, published by ROC/Penguin Books.
From now, until Saturday night, June 28th, you can have a chance to win this signed copy of ‘Skin Game’ by Jim Butcher, by replying to this post with a suggested name for our party suite, that includes a reference or topic related to Science Fiction and/or Fantasy.
This contest ends at 10:00 pm Mountain Standard Time on June 28th, 2014. One winner will be picked from the suggestions, and announced on Monday, June 30th, 2014 online and in social media, as well as mentioned during the convention from July 3rd – 6th, 2014 at the Marriott at City Creek.
Official Rules of this Contest:
The ‘Naming the Consuite’ contest is a giveaway by Westercon67, and is no way affiliated with:
a: Author Jim Butcher, ROC, or Penguin Books
b: Facebook or Affiliation
c: The Marriott at City Creek
d: The Utah Speculative Fiction Council
Entries are posted as replies on the Facebook Page of Westercon67. The geekiest and funnest reply entered by 10:00pm on June 28th, 2014 wins.
There is only one winner for this contest.
Multiple suggestions can be entered on a single post to count as entries in this contest.
The winner of this contest will be announced online on June 30th, 2014.
By participating, you fully release Facebook and the above mentioned companies from any liability concerning this contest.
These rules can be changed, or modified to satisfy the Facebook Promotional Guidelines and Terms of Service at any time.
The contests and giveaways from the Westercon67 Facebook Page, or website, are in no way affiliated, sponsored, endorsed, or administered by Facebook.
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According to the Utah Transit Authority (UTA), there will be no bus, Trax, or FrontRunner service on Independence Day, July 4, 2014 (the Friday during Westercon 67). Please see their holiday schedule here.
Please plan your rides accordingly.
Were you a supporting member of Westercon 66?
Or were you an attending member who could not actually get to the convention?
If so, you should have received an email asking if you wanted a printed copy* of the Westercon 66 program/memory book.
The deadline for replying to email@example.com is July 3rd, 2014.
Coincidentally, that’s the day that Westercon 67 opens in Salt Lake City, Utah!
*Printed copies are only available to registered members of Westercon 66; we will be releasing a softcopy of the book after the reprint deadline.
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.