Letter from the Chair

Wow - it's been quite a year. With the passing of the gavel at Westercon 68, we've kicked into high gear to create the best Westercon ever! If you were at Rustycon, Radcon, Norwescon, Baycon, Westercon 68, Sasquan, OryCon or Loscon, chances are that you saw us at a fan table or a party. You might even have seen me, hawking chocolate as fast as I could go. :) It's been a busy year!

And with all the busy, comes the fen. We're up to 449 members already, and we've already filled almost half of our room block at the Doubletree Portland. If you haven't made your hotel reservation, sooner is better than later! Also, Westercon memberships make lovely holiday presents, and the current prereg price of $50 is good through January 15th.

In case you haven't noticed, we've added a few more guests of honor. It's going to be a very good con!

Author: John Scalzi, author of Old Man's War and winner of the 2013 Hugo for Best Novel, Redshirts. 
Artist: Theresa Mather, painter extraordinaire of dragons, cats and dirigibles.
Science: Bobak Ferdowsi, also known as Mohawk Guy from the Mars Rover Curiosity landing.
Filk: Alexander James Adams, Celtic Bard for the ages.
Fan: David D. Levine, Hugo award winner and long-time volunteer in the Portland con-running community.
And, Special Guest, thanks to a grant from Renovation, the Reno Worldcon: Charles Stross, winner of seven Hugos for Best Novel.

To keep up with our goings-on, follow us!

Facebook Official Page: https://www.facebook.com/Westercon69/
Facebook Group Discussion Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Westercon69/
Twitter: @westercon69

Hope to see you in July!

Posted December 13, 2015 in Upcoming Conventions from Westercon 69

Job Opening: Ad Swaps

Are you detail-oriented and email-obsessed? Would you like to help? We have a job opening for an Ad Swap person, effective immediately.

You would need to contact designated conventions, negotiate the swap and ad size, get their ad specs and send them ours, send our ad and make sure they send theirs. The process starts about 3-4 months before their publication deadline. Please contact us for more information.

Posted July 26, 2015 in Upcoming Conventions from Westercon 69

Westercon Business Updated

The minutes of the 2015 Westercon Business Meeting and the 2015-2016 version of the Westercon Bylaws are now available on the Westercon Bylaws & Business page. No bylaws amendments were ratified at Westercon 68 in San Diego; however, one new amendment, reducing the quorum from 15 to 10 members, got first passage and is passed on to Westercon 69 in Portland for ratification. If ratified, the new quorum rule will first affect the Westercon 70 Business Meeting in Tempe.

Watch the video of the Westercon 68 Business Meeting, including the announcement of Tempe AZ winning the 2017 Site Selection and the newly seated Westercon 70’s first official presentation, below:

Posted July 21, 2015 in News, Site Selection, Upcoming Conventions | Comments Off on Westercon Business Updated


Ask me Another, Westercon style, quiz show will be Saturday at 1 pm in the Towne room.  Our VIP (Very Important Puzzler) Steven Brust has provided the prize for our overall winner.  Steven will Tuckerize the winner, putting them (in name at least) into future piece of his writing.

THose interested in being players should email westercon68programming@gmail.com.Participants will be chosen at random from applicants.   (Those who responded to previous calls for participants, will get priority, but there are slots left.)

Posted July 2, 2015 in Upcoming Conventions from Westercon 68

Site Map, Programming Available

We have published a map of the parts of the Town and Country Resort and Conference Center that Westercon 68 / Conjecture 13 / Conchord 27 will be using.  This map is located under “Location,” and linked here.

We also have our programing available in two formats:

Links to all of these may also be found under Programming.

Posted June 29, 2015 in Upcoming Conventions from Westercon 68

Tempe Only Bid for 2017 Westercon

There is one bid on the ballot for the 2017 West Coast Science Fantasy Conference, Tempe in 2017. The committee, led by Chairman Gary Swatty and Treasurer Kevin McAloran, is bidding to hold Westercon 70 at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel in Tempe, Arizona. The proposed dates are Saturday, July 1 through Tuesday, July 4, 2017. All members of Westercon 68 in San Diego are eligible to vote on the site of the 2017 Westercon. The ballot will be available at the convention and was distributed to all members in their Progress Report 3.

Posted June 28, 2015 in News, Site Selection | Comments Off on Tempe Only Bid for 2017 Westercon

PR 2 and PR 3 Available for Download

After a bit of delay due to technical issues, PR 2 and PR 3 both may be downloaded from our website.  They, along with a number of other downloads, are available on our available publications page.

Direct links:

  • PR 2
  • PR 3 (includes Site Selection Ballot)

Posted June 23, 2015 in Upcoming Conventions from Westercon 68

Volunteers Needed

Westercon is a volunteer effort. And we will need your help during the convention to pull this off.

Some of the specific areas where we will need help include:

  • Helping with food prep and monitoring in the con suite
  • Monitoring the quiet room
  • Helping our program operations team keep our program running smoothly and on time.
  • Help with setup and cleanup on Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday.

Volunteers who work 15 hours over the course of the weekend will have their membership fees refunded (provided that there are reimbursement funds).  Work done before 11:00am on Thursday and after 3:30pm on Sunday will count double. If you have a significant financial hardship and need to work ahead for your membership, email chair@westercon68.org and we’ll work something out.

If you would like to help out you can do one of the following:

  • Send an email to chair@westercon68.org. If you are specifically interested in helping in the con suite send the email to consuite@westercon68.org. If you are specifically interested in helping with program operations send the email to program-ops@westercon68.org.  If you want to help with monitoring the quiet room, send the email to disabled@westercon68.org.
  • Stop by convention operations in Terrace Salon 3.
  • Especially on Wednesday and Thursday, stop by the Golden Ballroom area and pitch in.

We will have volunteer hour tracking sheets available.

Posted June 18, 2015 in Upcoming Conventions from Westercon 68

Hotel Block Released

Westercon’s hotel block has now been released and the room rates have gone up to $149s/d per night. We are trying to work with the hotel to allow reservations at the original convention rate ($119/129/139) but this is not currently in place. We will keep you posted.

Posted June 18, 2015 in Upcoming Conventions from Westercon 68

Match Game SF Needs You

(Originally posted at http://kevin-standlee.livejournal.com/1466962.html)

We are still apparently scheduled to do three shows of Match Game SF at this year’s Westercon in San Diego. However, a fair number of our regular panelists won’t be there this year. I’ve asked Programming to fill in the gaps, but I’ll also work with people who contact me directly.

In addition, we still need new questions. With so many games (and four questions per game), there’s a good chance we’ll be doing quite a few re-treads, which probably means it’s just as well that many of the panelists will be new ones.

Yes, you too could be a panelist (or contestant) on fandom’s wacky re-creation of the classic 1970s game show.

There will be prizes for everyone, even if it’s only a Lovely Parting Gift.

If you want to contribute a question, you can write to my LJ handle @livejournal.com and it should get to me, or also you can write to k a standlee and add an @gmail.com to the end and it will also reach me. Remember that Match Game questions aren’t trivia questions with a single correct answer, but a fill-in-the-blank question with lots of possible replies, and that the object of the game is for the contestant to try and determine how the panelists filled the blank.

Posted June 18, 2015 in Upcoming Conventions from Westercon 68