69th World Science Fiction Convention

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Renovation, the 69th World Science Fiction Convention
official logo by Brad Foster
GenreScience fiction
Dates17–21 August 2011
VenueReno-Sparks Convention Center
Location(s)Reno, Nevada
CountryUnited States
Organized byReno Convention Fandom, Inc.
Filing status501(c)(3) non-profit

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

The convention committee was chaired by Patty Wells.


Guests of Honor[edit]


Special Guests[edit]

Other notable participants[edit]


Programming and events[edit]

The Masquerade and the Hugo Awards ceremony were held at the Peppermill. Most other events took place at the RSCC.[6]

Special events included:[7][8]

  • the Renovation Independent/Fan Film Festival 2011
  • Music Night on Wednesday
  • an Art Night festival celebrating the visual arts in SF on Thursday

The Masquerade was held on Friday the 19th.


The World Science Fiction Society administers and presents the Hugo Awards,[9] the oldest and most noteworthy award for science fiction. Selection of the recipients is by vote of the Worldcon members. Categories include novels and short fiction, artwork, dramatic presentations, and various professional and fandom activities.[9][10]

Other awards may be presented at Worldcon at the discretion of the individual convention committee. This has often included the national SF awards of the host country, such as the Japanese Seiun Awards as part of Nippon 2007,[11] and the Prix Aurora Awards as part of Anticipation in 2009. The Astounding Award for Best New Writer and the Sidewise Award, though not sponsored by the Worldcon, are usually presented, as well as the Chesley Awards, the Prometheus Award, and others.[11]

2011 Hugo Awards[edit]

The results were 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.[13][12]

The awards were presented on Saturday, 20 August.

Chesley Awards[edit]

The Chesley Awards were presented on 18 August as part of Art Night.

Other awards[edit]

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 Montréal, Québec in 2009.[1][4]

Future site selection[edit]

In an uncontested election, the members of the convention 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.[14]


A pair of autographed shooting scripts for the HBO television series Game of Thrones were stolen in transit from Belfast to Reno.[15] 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 the convention's charity auction, made international headlines.[16] 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.[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Minutes of the 2009 WSFS Business Meeting". World Science Fiction Society. Archived from the original on 2011-05-07. Retrieved 2010-08-20.
  2. ^ a b Bynum, Brad (2011-08-18). "Conventional wisdom: A prestigious science fiction convention comes to Reno". Reno News & Review. Retrieved 2011-08-20.
  3. ^ Strock, Ian Randall (2009-08-10). "2011 WorldCon in Reno, Nevada; 2010 NASFiC in Raleigh, North Carolina". SF Scope. Archived from the original on 2010-10-11.
  4. ^ a b Silver, Steven H. (2009-08-11). "Worldcon 2009, NASFiC 2010, Worldcon 2011". SF Site. Archived from the original on 2017-09-27. Retrieved 2010-08-21.
  5. ^ a b Hartman, Forrest (2011-08-13). "Renovation". Reno Gazette-Journal. Retrieved 2011-08-22.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Kime, Faun (2011-08-18). "Worldcon's Sci-Fi Convention Comes to Reno". KOLO-TV. Archived from the original on 2018-12-26. Retrieved 2011-08-21.
  7. ^ "Reno Worldcon Announces Film Festival". File 770. 2010-05-04.
  8. ^ Gray, Anne. "Getting involved in Art @ Renovation" (PDF). Drink Tank. No. 265. Chris Garcia and James Bacon. Retrieved 2011-01-25.
  9. ^ a b "Article 3: Hugo Awards". WSFS Constitution. World Science Fiction Society. 2008. Archived from the original on May 20, 2011. Retrieved April 5, 2009.
  10. ^ Franklin, Jon (October 30, 1977). "Star roars: this year's champs in science fiction". The Baltimore Sun. Baltimore, MD. p. D5. Archived from the original on March 8, 2013. Retrieved March 3, 2011.
  11. ^ a b "Awards". Nippon2007: 65th World Science Fiction Convention. Retrieved March 15, 2009.
  12. ^ a b "Renovation Announces Record Hugo Awards Voter Turnout" (Press release). Renovation. 2011-08-08. Retrieved 2011-08-20.
  13. ^ Anders, Charlie Jane (2011-08-20). "2011 Hugo Awards: A good night for time travel, artificial intelligence, and Asimov's Magazine". io9. Retrieved 2011-08-21.
  14. ^ "LoneStar Con 3 Announces Guests". File 770. 2011-08-20. Retrieved 2011-08-20.
  15. ^ a b Porter, Rick (2011-08-16). "'Game of Thrones' scripts intended for charity auction are stolen". Zap2it. Archived from the original on 2011-09-09. Retrieved 2011-08-21.
  16. ^ Huge, Hanna (2011-08-16). "Game of Thrones: Autor sucht gestohlene Drehbücher" (in German). Serienjunikes.de. Retrieved 2011-08-21.

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, United States (2011)
Succeeded by