The inter-personal communications forum of the 63rd World Science Fiction Convention
4-8 August 2005, Glasgow
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Saturday, April 14th, 2007
We now have a winner!

Congratulations to Chris O'Shea, who is off to JAPAN!

More info and vote breakdown here!

Thank you to all of the candidates for a great race, and to everyone who voted.

Thursday, October 19th, 2006
Apologies to those of you who'll probably see this a dozen times in the next half hour or so.... If you can think of somewhere that it should be mentioned and isn't, please the word along!

This is just a reminder that nominations for JETS, the Japan Expeditionary Travel Scholarship, close on Monday 13 November at midnight.

For more information, please see the LFF website: http://astralpole.org/display.php?id=12

Friday, October 13th, 2006
12:10 am- Dave Stewart
As with everyone else, we at Trout were very sad to hear of Dave Stewart's death this morning. Tonight at Trout we raised a glass in his memory. He will be missed.

DC, on behalf of Trout.
[I was asked by some of the Trouts to post this.]

Thursday, October 12th, 2006
2:42 pm
We are truly sad to report the following from David Stewart's father, Terry. As some of you may know, David had been undergoing treatment for cancer of the esophagus for most of this year.

"I am afraid that I am the harbinger of bad news.

David had a major set back at 22.30 last night and we were sent for. He passed away at 03.30 this morning with Ann and Myself, his brother Niall and sister inlaw Germaine at his bed side.

May he rest in peace after a great struggle bravely borne.

Details of the funeral arrangements later.

Ann and I appreciate the great kindness which you all showed to David and to us and we will always be grateful."


David was a great member and supporter of fandom, with unlimited enthusiasm and good heart for all aspects of the genre. Born in Belfast in 1960, he most recently lived in Dublin where he worked as a freelance journalist specialising in technology issues. He helped organise several Octocons - Irish National SF Conventions - and contributed to many more events on an informal basis. He was also secretary of the Dublin branch of Mensa.

David was of course a key member of the Interaction committee as our Promotions Division Head, lending us his professional skills and contacts as a journalist. The positive press received by Interaction in the UK owes a great deal to his work. As a Division Head he was always available, supportive and full of good ideas, and he added a great deal to the committee and senior staff His positive energy spread to all those around him, which was a wonderful gift especially when the stresses and workload were at their peak.

We, and all the staff and committee, will miss him greatly. It is another sad loss in a period when too many in our community have passed on. It is also another loss to cancer, to add to KIM, Johannes Berg, and Janet Figg amongst others, making our links and support for Macmillan Cancer Relief ever more appropriate.

Vincent & Colin

Saturday, August 12th, 2006
Last night we were dining with a couple who were over from the USA for a week or so, and who joined us at Trout (see glasgow_fen) on Thursday. We hadn't seen them since the end of Interaction. As fans do, we got talking about conventions, and they commented that Interaction was one of the best-run Worldcons they had ever been to.

Thought that was worth recording. ;o)

Sunday, August 6th, 2006
Bear with me for a moment...

Every year, the members of the World Science Fiction convention are eligible to vote to select the location of Worldcon two years hence (well, they do now, the rules just changed last year, and Interaction members are also eligible voters). This year's Worldcon is in Los Angeles, August 23-27. We're in the last two weeks of campaigning.

What does this mean to you? Nothing, if you're not going to Worldcon this year, and don't care where it is in 2008. If you do care...

There are three big-city bids for the 2008 Worldcon: Chicago, Columbus (Ohio) and Denver. Sounds like a pretty varied selection, doesn't it?

But let's say Denver is too high for you...

Let's say Chicago is too corrupt for you...

Let's say Columbus is too dull for you. Wait. We can't. It would have to become more exciting just to achieve dullness.

What's a voter to do?

Out of the west rides a bid, a Worldcon bid for 2008 that's as fresh as a Santa Rosa plum just picked from the tree. A Worldcon bid chock full of opportunities as golden as a California hillside in summer. A Worldcon bid that forsakes high-rise hotels with broken elevators and long lines.

A Worldcon bid to bring the greatest convention of all time to the greatest agricultural roadside attraction of all time.

It's Hollister in 2008, a bid for Casa De Worldcon.

What has Hollister got that the other bids haven't got? Well, we've already covered some things they have that we're thankfully free of. If you really want to know, though, check out our bidzine and our website.

If these documents don't answer your questions, please stop by at our bid party on Wednesday, August 23 at L.A.con IV. Committee members will be there with refreshments and answers to all of your questions.

"Hollister in 2008" is a committee of the Bay Area Science Fiction Association.
"We chose to do these things not because they are easy but because they are weird!"

Monday, July 24th, 2006
Nominations are now open for a one-off race to attend the 2007 Worldcon in Japan.

The Japanese Expeditionary Travel Scholarship (JETS) is a special fund created for the purpose of assisting a European science fiction fan, elected by popular vote of other European fans, to travel to and attend Nippon 2007, the 65th World Science Fiction Convention which will be held on 30 August to 3 September 2007 in Yokohama.

More information under the cutCollapse )

Variously crossposted: sorry to those who will see this several times; we don't want to miss anyone.

Saturday, May 6th, 2006
We've now made a video of the 2005 Hugo Ceremony opening speech available from our website at www.interaction.worldcon.org.uk (although please be warned it's about 48 MB to download), along with a link to Ian Sorensen's website which has stills and clips from "Lucas Back in Anger".

Once again, many thanks to everyone who nominated two of our events for the BDP-S Hugo, proving that live performance CAN still make the ballot! Please feel free to pass this information on. We would like people to have the chance to see the nominees as much as possible.

Tuesday, February 28th, 2006
Again, for those who don't know:

The Hugo Awards (named for science fiction pioneer Hugo Gernsback) are a long-running series of Science Fiction Achievement Awards selected by popular vote of the fans registered for the WorldCon.

Registered members of Interaction and L.A.con IV are eligible to nominate works that were released/performed/published during 2005 for this year's Hugo awards. Nomination ballots must be received by March 10, 2006.

If you're a bit baffled about all of this, I've got a bit more detail in my own journal. There you can read about a pair of recommendation lists, and my thoughts on a few categories.

Tuesday, January 31st, 2006
Merchandise with the WSFS Armadillo logo and other Spaceport Glasgow merchandise is still available for purchase through the Onboard Store at CafePress. If you saw the crew of the Armadillo wearing those WSFS shirts or wondered where to get the tote bag showing the (alas, since canceled due to events beyond our control) planned itinerary of the Armadillo's maiden voyage, here's where you can get your own copies.

Through February 3, CafePress is offering free shipping on orders of USD50 or more if you use coupon code VDAYSHIP. (Unfortunately, this offer is only good on purchases within the USA; shipping elsewhere will be charged at normal prices.)

In response to the question of "Who gets the profits from merchandise sales?", the answer is "Nobody, because there is no profit. The costs in the Armadillo Onboard Store have no markup; they are simply what CafePress charges us."

Friday, January 20th, 2006
I've just realised that it might help to post a link to the new Glasgow fan group which has now met successfully for 2 months!
glasgow_fen
Just to remind interested fans that Eurocon-2006, the 28th European Science Fiction Convention, will be held in Kiev, Ukraine 13-16 April 2006. Details: www.eurocon.kiev.ua

Monday, January 2nd, 2006
Hugo Award nominations are now open to members of laconiv and Interaction, see website for full details.

Saturday, December 24th, 2005
Thanks to Cheryl Morgan a whole range of merchandise is still available from www.cafepress.com/wsfsarmadillo. The items are slightly different from those sold at the con as these were sourced differently, but they still use the same basic artwork including the Jim Burns art from the Souvenir Book. Highly recommended !!

For anyone interested, we will also shortly be announcing how people can order the Jim Burns art prints and the limited edition souvenir books - we still have a few of each left.

Colin Harris, Co-Chair, Interaction
Hi everyone. Last night in circumstances unknown (I can only unfortunately presume it was the cat) my lovely red Worldcon t-shirt was destroyed while I slept :(

It was a short-sleeve red t-shirt with the dragon design in a size medium. Any help finding a replacement one I can purchase would be *much* appreciated, as there seems to be no available merchandise via the website to purchase.

Thank you and a merry festive season to all.

Thursday, November 10th, 2005
11:15 am- LA Con IV LJ
The official Livejournal for LA Con IV is laconiv.

The (as-yet) unofficial Livejournal for Nippon 2007 is nippon2007.

Looks like we may have started a trend here!

Saturday, November 5th, 2005
Do the current Hugo awards allow adequately for (some? most? all?) SF-related material published online? Do the criteria for (some? most? all?) existing awards need changing? Should there be permanent Web Site Hugos? Or some other adjustments to the rules? Or are things OK as they are (at least as regards Web-published materials)?

If you are interested in any of these questions, the business meeting at Interaction voted to set up a committee (with, ahem, me as Chair) to look at these and related questions and report back next August to L.A.con IV - and we would like more people to join in the discussions. So (unless you're a spambot or something very similar) please come to the Hugoweb Yahoo group and join up. Alternatively, send a blank email to hugoweb-subscribe at yahoogroups dot co dot uk.

Sunday, October 2nd, 2005
12:33 am- Help please
I'm on a quest for someone, she's called Sonia, has dreads wrapped in pink yarn and is american. Someone must have met her and gotten her email right? I lost it, and I really want to talk to her. So if anyone has it and could tell me what it is, I'd be very grateful!

And, as everyone and their aunt is on LJ, anyone know if she has an account? (if she does, and is reading it, we met at the Diru concert, and we gave you a lift to Edinburgh ^^)

Cheers!
current mood: curious

Tuesday, September 6th, 2005
11:56 pm- Hugo bargain
For those interested in getting hold of the new Hugo winner on the cheap, Waterstones is selling the paperback version of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell for half price (£3.99 instead of £7.99), which isn't bad given I think the version only came out this week. It has numerous newspaper and magazine quotes saying how good it is, but they didn't even manage to squeeze in one mention that it won the Hugo. Pah!

Wednesday, August 24th, 2005
See my LJ for my trip diary. My LJ entry for when we arrived in Glasgow on Tuesday.

My website has pictures from my trip. I've just recently uploaded photos from day 1 and 2 of the convention (Thu, Fri).
Photos: First day of my trip - London 'Ton, the Monday before the con - Getting to the SECC on Tuesday - Thursday (Day 1 of the convention)

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2005
A PDF of the Glasgow City Marketing Bureau poster can now be downloaded from http://www.interaction.worldcon.org.uk/promote.htm.

Sunday, August 21st, 2005

Done in installments.

Hugo Base Construction Process
Hugo Pictures
SECC Pics
Couple of Convention Photos
Hugo Base Photos
Me at the Hugos

For those interested in reading about the touristy stuff I did in Gasgow, look for any post titled “Trip Report Part #”


Saturday, August 20th, 2005
The CD that Interaction produced really is Wondrous. I spent the best part of my afternoon poking through it. I love the photo sections from the previous Brit Worldcons, and the audio track sampler, and the excellent exposure to fanzines it provides. Oh, and the pictures of Hugos from each year, save just a couple! Most excellent.

I'm looking forward to another 10 or 15 years from now, when somebody who's since become a BNF writes about how their interest in fan history was first sparked by =Wondrous Things=, and somebody else new on the fannish landscape responds with their own discovery of the treasures there.

Long before then, I'll have spent a lot more time myself mining its html indices.

Congratulations and thank you for a job well done!