News from the Convention Chair

From the Chair: regarding the timing of the Hugo Finalist announcement

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As Chair of Worldcon 76, I would like to express my regret for the distress the timing of our Hugo Finalists announcement has caused for Orthodox Jewish members of our Community. It was not our intention to show disrespect.
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Hotel Reservations Open For Members Tomorrow

The Number One Question we've been asked since spring is "When will room reservations open?"

We have just sent out an email to all registered members informing them that hotel reservations for members open tomorrow, Nov 22, at 1PM PST.
Reservation information will be posted publicly here on the website at a later date, to ensure members get first crack at the hotels.

(Actually, we sent out 3, because yours truly typoed both the date and time, setting it two weeks in the past. Clearly I was undercaffeinated.)

If you are a member (attending or supporting) and did not receive a copy of that email, please write This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we can fix it.

And yes, we are aware there is a 4th typo in the email, our hotel information page is https://www.worldcon76.org/travel-lodging/hotels (that typo was inserted by the editor interface, not me)

Please spread the word!

Our SJ Galactic Tower in the Chair's Backyard

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Announcing new Guests of Honor: John Picacio and Frank Hayes

Today I had the great pleasure of announcing two more Guests of Honor for Worldcon 76 in San Jose. 

At the "Future Worldcons" panel today at Worldcon 75 in Helsinki, I revealed that artist John Picacio and musician Frank Hayes have been added to our roster of honored guests. We're excited and thrilled that they will be joining us next August!

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RIP Jordin Kare

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Worldcon 76 mourns the loss of Dr. Jordin Kare, real-life rocket scientist, musician, songwriter, and friend to many of us in the Bay Area.

Jordin could always be trusted to liven up the most serious panels and the most humorous music circles. His knowledge and wit will be missed.

Our thoughts go out to his wife, Mary Kay Kare, at this difficult time.

Jordin and Mary Kay Kare were two of the people I first met in convention fandom, back when I was actively joining music circles more often.

For a while, it seemed like every time Andy and I traveled via air, we would run into Jordin and Mary Kay in the airport, or, just as likely, already at our destination, and it was always a pleasant surprise. It seems unimaginable to me that can't happen any more.

Jordin, I will miss your ready smile and astonishing mind.

Requiescat in pace

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What's Happening with Worldcon 76? Registration and Rate Changes

A quick update on Worldcon 76 as we come to the end of 2016: 

If you haven't been watching our Facebook page, you may have missed some recent announcements about registration. We are working on bringing that here to the website as well, but for now here's what you need to know.

Most of our activity on Worldcon 76 is still behind-the-scenes. We've started building up our program, events, and exhibits divisions, and they are diving right into designing our convention; we want to make it as spectacular as we can. While that has been going on, there have been a number of developments on the membership front that you might want to know about:

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