Progress Report 2 is here!


Worldcon 76 in San Jose has made progress, and we want to share it with you!

Inside: Fans and Food, John Picacio, My First Worldcon stories, preview our Exhibits, Hotel updates, WSFS Constitution, Red Carpet invitation to the 1943 Retro Hugos...and more.

No time travelers, extraterrestrials, ethical vampires, or mythological beings have (yet) been harmed in the process.

Progress Report 2

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Freebies Wrangler

Reporting to: Jill Eastlake, Exhibits Division Head

Apply via: Volunteer Information Form

Tasks and Responsibilities:

Every year Worldcon loves to give things away and Worldcon 76 will be no exception!

The con wants to have lots of things for our members to pick up and bring home and hopefully many of them will be introduced to something new and wonderful! The Exhibits Division needs a volunteer to organize this function. In this job you will email and write to publishers, movie studios, and other entities (using any of the contacts Worldcon 76 might already have) asking for donations.

You'll organize the shipping and storage of the items donated. You will also need to work with our Marketing & Communications team to get out lots of advertising on our website and social media. Once at the con you'll set up the Freebie area (with help from other people, of course), make sure it's restocked appropriately and work with SF Outreach to make sure they have great items to display. At the end of Worldcon 76 it'll be your job to find a home for any leftovers.

Time commitment: 

Before the con, this position will likely require a commitment of 4-8 hours per week. During the con, you will be heavily involved in Move-in and Move-Out (MIMO) in order to organise the freebies. After the con, this position will last until a home has been found for all of the leftovers.

Experience, attributes, skills, and/or abilities:

You should be detail-oriented, good with spreadsheets, enjoy organization, able to communicate and reach out to people.

There may be some physical requirements during MIMO, but there will be help available if prolonged physical activity is problematic.

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Didn't get your Hugo PIN? Here's what to do!


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Word from Dave McCarty, Hugo Awards Administrator:

Hugo nominations are open! All eligible members of Worldcon 76, Worldcon 75, and Dublin 2019 have had their membership and PIN information e-mailed to them so they can start nominating online. The initial mailing had an issue with some members not seeing their first and last name filled in for their credentials. This was solely due to a formatting issue with the e-mail. We have re-sent notices to those affected members showing their full information.

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Hugo Nominations Open; John Picacio to host 2018 Hugo Awards Ceremony


Hugo Award logoWorldcon 76 is pleased to announce that the nomination period for the 2018 Hugo Awards and the 1943 Retrospective Hugo Awards is beginning!

Members of Worldcon 75 in Helsinki, and members of Worldcon 76 in San Jose and Dublin 2019: An Irish Worldcon who joined before January 1, 2018 will be receiving their credentials for the online ballot over the course of the next several days via email, and Worldcon 76 members receiving paper publications will find paper ballots included with Progress Report 2, currently being printed and mailed.

"The list of eligible nominators has nearly 14,000 names on it, so we have to send the emails in waves to avoid having them flagged as spam," noted Dave McCarty, Hugo Administrator for Worldcon 76. "PINs are being e-mailed out this weekend. We will announce once all PINs have been sent via e-mail and have directions on what you can do if you have not received your PIN."

The nominations period ends at 11:59PM PDT on Friday, March 16  (06:59 Saturday, March 17, 2018 UTC). Online nominations will be closed at that point, and paper nominating ballots must be received by the Hugo Administrator by that time.

John Picacio


The 2018 Hugo Awards will be presented at the 76th World Science Fiction Convention, being held August 16-20, 2018, at McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. Worldcon 76 has selected  Artist Guest of Honor John Picacio to host the 2018 Hugo Awards Ceremony, considered by many attendees the high point of the convention weekend. 

Mr. Picacio, a two-time Hugo winner himself, remarks, "It's a huge honor to be the host of one of science fiction and fantasy's biggest nights. This is going to be an historical evening and I can't wait to be there with everyone at Worldcon 76."

Kevin Roche, Worldcon 76 Conference Chair, noted that "I was thrilled when John accepted my invitation to host the ceremony. It was one of the first actions I was privileged to take as Chair, and I expect him to be a brilliant master of ceremonies."

Worldcon 76 is also administering the 1943 Retrospective Hugo Awards, an opportunity for fandom to recognize works published during the wartime hiatus during which no Worldcon was convened. The Retro Hugos will be announced at a red carpet "1943 Worldcon Party" scheduled as part of First Night at Worldcon 76, on Thursday, August 16, 2018.



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Membership Prices Increase February 1! Last Chance to Start Installment Plans


If you haven't purchased your attending membership for Worldcon yet, what are you waiting for?

On February 1, our attending membership prices will increase by $20. Get the lower price right now by visiting our registration page.
An attending membership gets you all rights of a supporting membership, plus admission to all general weekend events. The price of a supporting membership ($50) will not increase. Information on how to register is here:

Equally important: January 31 is the final day you may start an installment payment plan and lock in the current price by making a down payment. With this rate increase on February 1, no new installment plans may be started. Members with existing payment plans are reminded they must finish paying their balance due by June 1, 2018.

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