74th World Science Fiction Convention

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MidAmeriCon II, the 74th World Science Fiction Convention
Worldcon 74 MidAmericonII logo.jpg
Status Upcoming
Genre Science fiction
Venue Bartle Hall Convention Center
Location(s) Kansas City, Missouri
Country United States
Inaugurated August 17–21, 2016
Organized by Mid American Science Fiction and Fantasy Conventions, Inc.
Filing status 501(c)(3) non-profit
Website
midamericon2.org

The 74th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), also known as MidAmeriCon II, will be held August 17–21, 2016, at the Bartle Hall Convention Center in downtown, Kansas City, Missouri. Its location was selected on August 17, 2014 by the members of the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention in London.

The convention is being organized by Mid American Science Fiction and Fantasy Conventions, Inc., and will be chaired by Diane Lacey, Ruth Lichtwardt, and Jeff Orth.[1] The name is a tribute to MidAmeriCon, the 34th World Science Fiction Convention, held in Kansas City in 1976.

Guests of honor[edit]

The announced Guests of Honor for MidAmericon II are artist Kinuko Y. Craft, authors Tamora Pierce and Michael Swanwick, plus editors Patrick Nielsen Hayden and Teresa Nielsen Hayden. Pat Cadigan will serve as Toastmaster.[1]

Site selection[edit]

By the February 2014 deadline, only two committees had announced bids to host the 74th World Science Fiction Convention: "KC in 2016" for August 17-21, 2016, at the Bartle Hall Convention Center in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, and "Beijing in 2016" for August 14–19, 2016, at the China National Convention Center. Kansas City bid co-chairs Diane Lacey, Ruth Lichtwardt, and Jeff Orth represented the non-profit Mid American Science Fiction and Fantasy Conventions, Inc.[2] Of the 758 votes cast by Loncon 3 members, Kansas City won the contest with 651 votes over Beijing with 70 votes.[3] "None of the above" received 4 votes while other sites, including Minneapolis, Boston, Norway, Helsinki, and Sitka, Alaska, received 1 or 2 votes each. If Beijing had been selected, this would have been the first Worldcon in China and first in mainland Asia.[4]

Awards[edit]

The Hugo Awards, named after Hugo Gernsback, are presented every year for the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements of the previous year. Results are based on the ballots submitted by members of the World Science Fiction Society. Other awards, including the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, are also presented each year at Worldcon.[5] This convention also has the opportunity to present Retro Hugos for the 75th anniversary of the 3rd World Science Fiction Convention because, having not yet been invented, no Hugo Awards were presented in 1941.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Silver, Steven H (August 17, 2014). "Worldcon to KC". SF Site. Retrieved August 17, 2014. 
  2. ^ Glyer, Mike (September 26, 2012). "Future Worldcon Bidders". File 770. Retrieved September 6, 2013. 
  3. ^ Glyer, Mike (August 17, 2014). "Kansas City Wins 2016 Worldcon Race". File 770. Retrieved August 18, 2014. 
  4. ^ "2016 Site Selection". London: 72nd World Science Fiction Convention. February 16, 2014. Retrieved February 19, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Hugo Award FAQ". The Hugo Awards. World Science Fiction Society. Retrieved August 17, 2014. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
73rd World Science Fiction Convention
(Sasquan in Spokane, Washington, USA) (2015)
List of Worldcons
74th World Science Fiction Convention
(MidAmeriCon II in Kansas City, Missouri, USA) (2016)
Succeeded by
75th World Science Fiction Convention
(Site to be decided in 2015) (2017)