69th World Science Fiction Convention

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Renovation, the 69th World Science Fiction Convention
Worldcon 69 Renovation logo.png
official logo by Brad Foster
Status Active
Genre Science fiction
Venue Reno-Sparks Convention Center
Location(s) Reno, Nevada
Country USA
Inaugurated August 17–21, 2011
Organized by Reno Convention Fandom, Inc.
Filing status 501(c)(3) non-profit
Website
renovationsf.org

The 69th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), also known as Renovation, was held in Reno, Nevada, August 17–21, 2011, at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center (RSCC).[1][2] The Atlantis Casino Resort served as the headquarters/party hotel, with additional rooms supplied by the Peppermill Hotel Casino and Courtyard by Marriott.[3] The convention committee was chaired by Patty Wells.

Programming[edit]

The Guests of Honor were Tim Powers, Ellen Asher, Boris Vallejo, and the late Charles N. Brown, whose contribution was still honored.[4] Special Guests included Tricky Pixie and Bill Willingham. Other notabile guests included author George R. R. Martin, radio legend Dr. Demento, and artist Julie Bell.[2][5] Special events include the Renovation Independent/Fan Film Festival 2011, Music Night on Wednesday, and an Art Night festival celebrating the visual arts in SF on Thursday.[6][7] The Chesley Awards were presented on August 18 as part of Art Night, the Masquerade was held on Friday the 19th, and the 2011 Hugo Awards were presented on Saturday August 20, with the Masquerade and Hugo Awards both held at the Peppermill and most other events happening at the RSCC.[8]

A pair of autographed shooting scripts for the HBO television series Game of Thrones were stolen in transit from Belfast to Reno.[9] The theft of the scripts, donated by author George R. R. Martin whose books are the basis for the series and intended for sale at Renovation's charity auction, made international headlines.[10] Shipped via registered mail, only the cover letter in a "battered" envelope arrived in Reno. The scripts were signed by executive producers Dan Weiss and David Benioff plus director Alan Taylor.[9]

Site selection[edit]

Reno's bid to host the Worldcon was formally unopposed and won with 650 out of the 763 cast ballots at Anticipation in Montreal in 2009.[1][4]

Awards presented[edit]

Hugo Awards[edit]

The Hugo Awards, named after Hugo Gernsback, are given every year for the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements of the previous year.[11] Results are based on the 2100 valid ballots submitted by current members of the World Science Fiction Society.[5][12] The 2011 Hugo Award statue base was designed by Marina Gelineau.[11][12]

Other awards[edit]

Future site selection[edit]

In an uncontested election, the members of Renovation selected San Antonio, Texas, as the host city for the 71st World Science Fiction Convention, "LoneStarCon 3", to be held in 2013. With 760 valid ballots cast, Texas received 694 votes, 25 ballots expressed no preference, 14 votes were cast for none of the above, and write-in candidates included Xerpes with 6 votes, Minneapolis with 5, Denton with 5, Boston with 3, plus a number of single-vote entries.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Minutes of the 2009 WSFS Business Meeting". World Science Fiction Society. Retrieved August 20, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Bynum, Brad (August 18, 2011). "Conventional wisdom: A prestigious science fiction convention comes to Reno". Reno News & Review. Retrieved August 20, 2011. 
  3. ^ Strock, Ian Randall (August 10, 2009). "2011 WorldCon in Reno, Nevada; 2010 NASFiC in Raleigh, North Carolina". SF Scope. 
  4. ^ a b Silver, Steven H. (August 11, 2009). "Worldcon 2009, NASFiC 2010, Worldcon 2011". SF Site. 
  5. ^ a b Hartman, Forrest (August 13, 2011). "Renovation". Reno Gazette-Journal. Retrieved August 22, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Reno Worldcon Announces Film Festival". File 770. May 4, 2010. 
  7. ^ Gray, Anne. "Getting involved in Art @ Renovation" (PDF). Drink Tank (265) (Chris Garcia and James Bacon). Retrieved January 25, 2011. 
  8. ^ Kime, Faun (August 18, 2011). "Worldcon's Sci-Fi Convention Comes to Reno". KOLO-TV. Retrieved August 21, 2011. 
  9. ^ a b Porter, Rick (August 16, 2011). "'Game of Thrones' scripts intended for charity auction are stolen". Zap2it. Retrieved August 21, 2011. 
  10. ^ Huge, Hanna (August 16, 2011). "Game of Thrones: Autor sucht gestohlene Drehbücher" (in German). Serienjunikes.de. Retrieved August 21, 2011. 
  11. ^ a b Anders, Charlie Jane (August 20, 2011). "2011 Hugo Awards: A good night for time travel, artificial intelligence, and Asimov’s Magazine". io9. Retrieved August 21, 2011. 
  12. ^ a b "Renovation Announces Record Hugo Awards Voter Turnout" (Press release). Renovation. August 8, 2011. Retrieved August 20, 2011. 
  13. ^ "LoneStar Con 3 Announces Guests". File 770. August 20, 2011. Retrieved August 20, 2011. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
68th World Science Fiction Convention
(Aussiecon Four in Melbourne, Australia) (2010)
List of Worldcons
69th World Science Fiction Convention
(Renovation in Reno, Nevada) (2011)
Succeeded by
70th World Science Fiction Convention
(Chicon 7 in Chicago, Illinois) (2012)