2013 LoneStarCon3/WorldCon Trip Report

I’m still flying high after LonestarCon3/Worldcon 2013. What a blast it was. Even though I arrived relatively late to the con, the people there instantly made me feel right at home.

Convention panels are fun, but for me the real pleasure in attending conventions is hanging out with like-minded book-lovers. Many people made this con a memorable lifetime experience for me — too many to name-drop without leaving someone out, but they know who they are — and they were not only the fellow attendees with whom I shared laughs with, but also the convention runners who put on a great con. Well done! My only regret is that I didn’t have more time to spend with fellow con-goers, and some fiends I missed seeing completely. Next time!

This convention had the largest-ever attendance by regular SF Signal contributors. I finally got to meet some of them for the first time in person. It was like a family gathering, only without the arguments and guilt. (Even so: I’m the crotchety old uncle.) :)

Speaking of gatherings, the SF Signal Meetup was a smashing success. Lots of fans and authors showed up for a relaxed get-together and some fun schmoozing. It ran long, but only because it was so much fun. Thanks to everyone who attended!
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LoneStarCon 3, the 71st World Science Fiction Convention, has opened up
online voting for the 2013 Hugo Award and John W. Campbell Award.

Voters will need their access PIN and have until July 31st, 2013 at 11:59 PM CDT to vote.

LoneStarCon 3 Announces Memorial Day Weekend Membership Sale

Do you have tickets to this year’s LonestarCon/WorldCon? If not, they are offering a special membership rate discount for all Adult Attending membership purchases made over the Memorial Day weekend.

Press release follows…

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LoneStarCon 3, the 71st World Science Fiction Convention, has made available the 2013 Hugo Voter Packet, an electronic package of nominated works graciously made available to voters by nominees and their publishers.

The 2013 Hugo Voter Packet is available to Supporting, Attending, Military and Young Adult members of LoneStarCon 3 to help inform them about the works under consideration before voting. The packet will remain available until voting closes on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 11:59pm CDT.

Members can login here. You will need your name (as recorded in the LoneStarCon 3 membership database) and your unique Hugo PIN to access the Hugo Voter Packet content. PIN reminders will be sent out at regular intervals during the final ballot period. Instructions on how to recover lost or forgotten PINs can be found on the download page.

If you are not yet a member you can register online for immediate access to the Hugo Voter Packet and the chance to help select this year’s Hugo and John W. Campbell Award winners. You do not need to attend the convention to participate in the Hugo Awards.

LoneStarCon 3 – Call for Papers

The academic track of the 2013 WorldCon is soliciting papers on all topics related to the science fiction and fantasy genres

From a press release:
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