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
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 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 Reno and Courtyard by Marriott.[3] The convention committee was chaired by Patty Wells.


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]

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. The results are based on the ballots submitted by members of the World Science Fiction Society. Other awards, including the Astounding Award for Best New Writer (since 1973; named "John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer" until 2019), are also presented at each year's Worldcon.[11]

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]

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.[14]


  1. ^ a b "Minutes of the 2009 WSFS Business Meeting". World Science Fiction Society. Archived from the original on May 7, 2011. 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. Archived from the original on 2010-10-11.
  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. Archived from the original on September 9, 2011. 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. ^ "Hugo Award FAQ". The Hugo Awards. World Science Fiction Society. Retrieved 2018-11-11.
  12. ^ a b "Renovation Announces Record Hugo Awards Voter Turnout" (Press release). Renovation. August 8, 2011. Retrieved August 20, 2011.
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ "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, United States (2011)
Succeeded by
70th World Science Fiction Convention
Chicon 7 in Chicago, United States (2012)