Science fiction always plays a part in recreating our world and directing civilization's progress. While much SF takes place in a hypothetical "future," the entire body of speculative literature influences and interacts with our world—suggesting potentialities, solutions, organizational methods, alternative cultures, and paths to follow or avoid. In that spirit, the 76th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) in San José, California has chosen "Make the Future" for its overarching theme. The Academic Track Committee welcomes proposals for scholarly presentations, especially those that study content tied to our "Make the Future" convention theme, such as the following examples: Any and all utopian or futurist novels, short stories, comic books, or other media Classic SF works that changed the direction of their era Dystopian novels, comic books, and other media that portray catastrophic scenarios to prevent them from happening in reality (1984, The Handmaid's Tale, The Water Knife, Bitch Planet, etc.) SF groups as progressive communities ("slan shacks," writers' colonies, online communities, etc.) Ties between SF literature and socio-political movements Ties between maker culture and science fiction, including DIY art and music, steampunk, deiselpunk, and any other design aesthetics  Major movements in the SF genre's history
Worldcon 76 has chosen to reduce Jonathan Del Arroz's membership status from attending to supporting. He will not be allowed to attend the convention in person. Mr. Del Arroz's supporting membership preserves his rights to participate in the Hugo Awards nomination and voting process. He was informed earlier today of our decision via email. We have
An important reminder: if you wish to nominate works for the 2018 Hugo Awards, you must be a qualified member of the World Science Fiction Society by December 31, 2017. (To clarify: this is just to qualify to *nominate* for the Hugos. To  vote on the final ballot you must be a supporting or attending member of Worldcon 76. Nominations will not actu
On Saturday, December 2, Worldcon 76 in San Jose and Dublin 2019: An Irish Worldcon (the 76th and 77th World Science Fiction Conventions) issued the following joint announcement: 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 an
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 c

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