August 16-20, 2018
San Jose McEnery Convention Center
150 W San Carlos St, San Jose, CA 95113

Worldcon (the World Science Fiction Convention) is the annual gathering of science fiction and fantasy fans, writers, artists, musicians and other creators, first held in New York City in 1939. Worldcon is held in a different city and organized by a different volunteer organization each year. Worldcon 76 will be held in San Jose, California, in August 2018. It's being organized by a committee sponsored by San Francisco Science Fiction Conventions, Inc., a California public benefit corporation.

Charity Donations: What about Jewelry?

We continue to spotlight donations from dealers, members, and staff

Now, if you've been watching our donation spotlights, you've seen toys, art, books, artifacts, decorations, clothes, and several other cool categories. But you may be saying to yourself, "What about jewelry?"

Well, of course we're going to have jewelry. In fact, how about jewelry from a Hugo nominated crafter?

Spring Schoenhuth of Springtime Creations has provided us with two items for you to bid on.  The first is a set is "I Love Rockets"; a sterling silver tiny fat rocket earrings and pendant with 20 inch linked-heart chain. Perfect for you to wear while attending the 2018 Hugo Awards ceremony! 

And second, we have a silver pendant especially for you Time Lords, the 7th Doctor's TARDIS key in sterling sliver.  A modern overall design ready for a night out watching the Worldcon Masquerade.  

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Charity Donations: Wow! Look at these!

We continue to spotlight donations from dealers, members, and staff

We're winding down to the last few days before Worldcon 76, and with that our opportunity to spotlight all the generous donations that are being made daily. While we've been able to show you many, there are still more that you'll only be able to see in the Charity Auction Exhibit starting one week from today with the opening of the convention.  To summarize, the Silent Auction is a write-in bidding auction that will take place in the exhibit each day, closing Saturday the 18th at 11am. Then items that have received more than 5 bids will advance to the Voice Auction (traditional bidding) starting at 1pm in the Flex Space. 

So, we're never going to catch up and be able to show you everything ahead of time, but we'll keep highlighting a few items before then.  And today, we'll do a bunch!

Starting with two donations from Sheryl R. Hayes, the first being a Crochet Princess Leia doll...

  

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Charity Donations: Hugo Losers Party Sign

We continue to spotlight donations from dealers, members, and staff

You're probably aware that Worldcon is the home, creator, and presenter of the Hugo Awards, most easily explained as Science Fiction and Fantasy's version of Hollywood's Oscar. There's lots of pomp and circumstance as nominees assemble on Sunday night for a gala presentation of the awards. What's slightly less known is that there are quite a few more losers than winners of the award, all similarly talented to the winners just not as lucky "this time." 

Well, when the award show is over, the losers attend a legendary party that many believe is more fun than the party thrown for the handful of winners.

And so, we're really proud to be able to provide some lucky bidder with an artifact from Worldcon 75's Hugo Loser Party: The Welcome Sign.

Etched on thick hard plastic, any fan should be thrilled at the prospect of being able to hang this sign somewhere in their home, and perhaps enforce the laws inscribed thereon. Will you be able to be that Winner of the Losers?  Only if you bid high!

Again, I hope you'll come out and support the Worldcon76 in San Jose Charity Auction, the beneficiary of which is the Alzheimer's Association. If you're a fan of fantastic art, unique collectables and just really cool stuff, there's sure to be quite a few items that you'll need to add to your collection.

Learn more about the Charity Auction and the Alzheimer's Association here.

 

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Charity Donation: San Jose Light Tower!

We continue to spotlight donations from dealers, members, and staff

We're running out of time to spotlight all the donations that we're received, but hope that the ones we have shared with you will indicate the wide variety and crazy cool nature of what will be auctioned off during Worldcon 76!

If you've been following the convention's development for the last two years (longer if you count prior to winning the bid) you'll recall that one of our mascots and inspirations has been the historic San Jose Electric Light Tower. Worldcon 76 Chair Kevin Roche has used his crafting and electronics skills to build not only a 1/10th scale model of the tower with modern electronics, but created several table sized tower replicas out of clear plastic and computer-controlled LEDs. 

And one of them is going to be in the auction!

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Announcing the Worldcon 76 Local Guide!

The Publications & Communications team have prepared a web/smartphone app to help newcomers and visitors to San Jose with detailed information about the stores and restaurants that are nearby the Convention Center, downtown hotels, and the SJC airport.

Visit the Local Guide page under Travel & Lodging to view the web app or download and install the mobile app (iOS users must install the app from Safari).

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