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So little time... - Sue Mason
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JETS results

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.
So little time... - Sue Mason
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JETS reminder

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:
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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.
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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

Positive comment

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)
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World Science Fiction Convention...

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!"
So little time... - Sue Mason
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Japanese Expeditionary Travel Scholarship (JETS)

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.

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

2005 Hugo Ceremony Introduction

We've now made a video of the 2005 Hugo Ceremony opening speech available from our website at (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.