M. Lee Rogers and Ron Zukowski may hold an event to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the last Atlanta Worldcon, ConFederation, in 2011.
Rogers says, “if there is enough interest from enough people, a 25th Anniversary ConFed meeting would be a proper memorial for such an important event in the history of Southern science fiction fandom.”
It might take the form of a one-day meeting, a weekend convention, or a hospitality event at next year’s Worldcon, Renovation. Fans have til the end of this year to make their wishes known — send e-mail to mleerog (at) bellsouth (dot) net. Then Rogers and Zukowski will decide what to do.
I say: Any excuse to throw a party. (Although I shiver to hear “Worldcon” and “memorial” in the same breath!)
I can’t recall another example of fans creating an event to celebrate the anniversary of a past Worldcon. Ordinarily, when a veteran fan group gets feeling wistful about their last Worldcon they simply bid for another one. That’s not an option for Atlanta fans as long as Dragon*Con is held there every Labor Day Weekend. I can see why they would have to think of another idea.
Of course, Rogers and Zukowski are still testing the waters to see if fans respond with enough enthusiasm for the project to make it worthwhile.
They’ve already had this success – I’ve realized that more than one Southern Worldcon will reach a special anniversary in 2011 – next year will be the 50th anniversary of NoLaCon, where fans held the famous party in Room 770. Call me biased, but I’m going to celebrate!