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Remembering Bob Weinberg

Bob Weinberg left us yesterday.  There may be many folks out there that don’t know the name, but I think you should. Each year the committee hosting the Worldcon is authorized, should they choose to do so, to present a special award during the Hugos.  For Chicon 7 when we thought about who it might […]

Lessons learned from the FANtastic Detroit Fund

The FANtastic Detroit Fund was Detcon1’s crowd-funded program to provide free memberships to needy fans who would not otherwise be able to attend. Every $55 donation added one membership to the pool, with Detcon1 matching the first 10 memberships received. We also accepted donations of existing attending and supporting memberships. Supporting memberships were upgraded to […]

Wrapping Up The Chicago In 2012 Worldcon Bid

(or, “Crackpot financing schemes and why we love them just as much as we hoped we would”) Note: This article was originally published in Progress Report #1 for Chicon 7 So, everyone reading this remembers that Chicago ran for the 2008 Worldcon and lost, right? Lost by 12 votes, right? Out of like 1600 votes […]

Amsterdam, We Are In You!

This weekend is Smofcon 29, held this year in Amsterdam.  It’s a convention focused on running conventions which is an exercise in recursion that tickles my programmer nature.  So here I am, spending a lot of time and money to talk about how to spend more time and money in the future.  Does that define […]

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