Worldcon 76 Charity and Activities


This is the first of a couple of posts to introduce you to the charity activities during Worldcon 76 in San Jose.  We'll also be spotlighting auction items and generous donors over the coming weeks.  

It’s no secret that Science Fiction and Fantasy fans are well known for their caring and charity, and one of the best places that manifests itself is at Worldcon in the Charity Auction. This year our charity choice is inspired by gHost of honor Bob Wilkins, and was selected with the help of the surviving Wilkins family.

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Hugo Voter Packet News

The Worldcon 76 Hugo Team are working on testing the Hugo Voter Packet and expect to have it online shortly, within the next few days. 
The Hugo Voter Packet is a collection of finalist works for the 2018 Hugo Awards and 1943 Retrospective Hugo Awards, made available to members of Worldcon 76 to better allow voters to make their decisions when voting on the Hugo Awards. Finalists' works that appear in the Hugo Award Packet appear through the courtesy of the finalists, publishers, and rights-holders. Not all finalists will be in the Packet.

When the packet is available Worldcon 76 will send announcements to all members who have registered their e-mail addresses with the convention. We will also make public announcements on this web site, Facebook page, and Twitter.
Only supporting and attending members of Worldcon 76 will have access to the Hugo Voter Packet.
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2018 Hugo Awards Final Ballot Voting is Now Open


The final ballot for the 2018 Hugo Awards, 1943 Retrospective Hugo Awards, WSFS Award for Best Young Adult Book, and John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer opened on May 3, 2018. The Final Hugo Award Ballot includes the finalists selected by the members of the 2017, 2018, and 2019 Worldcons through the nominating process earlier in 2018. Members can vote from the Worldcon 76 website at

In order to vote for the Hugo Awards, you must have your electronic PIN. Members previously received their PINs in the nomination phase. Worldcon 76 will send e-mail to all members who have registered their e-mail with the convention within a week of the opening of voting. You can also write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to recover your voting information if you do not know it.

Alternatively, you can download a PDF of the paper version of the Hugo Final Ballot and send it by postal mail. Paper ballots will also be included in Worldcon 76 Progress Report 3, scheduled for mailing in late May 2018.

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Position: Registration Staff


Reporting to: Kathryn Duval, Registrar

Apply via: Volunteer Information Form

Tasks and Responsibilities:

For most Worldcon attendees, the registration desk is the beginning of their Worldcon.  Their registration experience can set the tone for the rest of their convention. This is a role where friendly volunteers who can handle both the routine and the unexpected can meet and truly have a positive impact on a large number of people.  

As a member of the Registration Desk Staff you will help people register, look up memberships, process payments from new members, look up or print badges, hand out badges and registration materials, and enter member information into our registration system.  Some shifts will be very busy, especially early in the convention. Later shifts will be more relaxed and provide an opportunity to socialize with other volunteers.

Both experienced and first-time registration volunteers are welcome!

Time commitment:

Registration will open on Wednesday, August 15, and be open daily through Monday, August 20.  Hours have not yet been established. Shifts will be 3 hours long.

Experience, attributes, skills, and/or abilities:

You should be kind and enjoy helping people; friendly, with a ready smile; and able to keep a cool head in a fast-paced environment and with people who may become frustrated.  Punctuality, reliability, and the ability to handle money are also very important.  

Physical requirements:

There may be some physical requirements in handling materials and getting badges from the printer, but this position is primarily sedentary, and we can work around most physical restrictions.

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Saturday, March 31, 2018

San Jose, California, USA - the finalists for the 1943 Retrospective Hugo Awards were announced on Saturday, March 31, 2018, at 12 Noon PDT. The announcement was made live to social media, including the Twitter and Facebook accounts of Worldcon 76, and via the Worldcon 76 website.

204 valid nominating ballots (192 electronic and 12 paper) were received and counted from the members of the 2017, 2018, and 2019 World Science Fiction Conventions.

The final ballot to select the winners will open in April 2018, and will be open to all full Attending and Supporting members of Worldcon 76. The winners of the 1943 Retrospective Hugo Awards will be announced at a highlighted formal ceremony at the convention, on the evening of Thursday, August 16.

The Hugo Awards, presented first in 1953 and annually since 1955, are science fiction’s most prestigious award, and one of the World Science Fiction Convention’s unique and distinguished institutions.

Since 1993, Worldcon committees have had the option of awarding Retrospective Hugo Awards for past Worldcon years prior to 1953 where they had not been presented 25, 50, or 100 years prior to the contemporary convention, with the exception of the hiatus during World War II when no Worldcon was convened. A recent change in this policy has now allowed for Retro Hugos to be awarded for the years 1942-1945.

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