LoneStarCon 3 Partners with SF Signal

LoneStarCon 3, the 2013 Worldcon, will partner with SF Signal, mirroring the blog on both the LSC 3 website and Facebook page. LoneStarCon 3, in turn, will contribute guest columns and articles to SF Signal.   

“SF Signal was founded in 2003 by two Texas science fiction fans with a desire to share their love of the genre with the world. That’s been our mission goal ever since,” said John DeNardo. “It must have b een well-received; what started as two fans sharing stuff online grew into web-based fanzine with expanded content (including news, reviews, interviews, a twice-weekly podcast and more), dozens of regular contributors, a continual stream of sf/f/h author guest contributors, and an average readership of 5,000 people every single day. SF Signal was also the recipient of the 2012 Hugo Award for Best Fanzine.”

The full press release follows the jump.

LoneStarCon 3 partners with Hugo-winning SF Signal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 15, 2012

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – LoneStarCon 3, the 71st World Science Fiction Convention, has partnered with SF Signal, winner of the 2012 Hugo Award for Best Fanzine.

As part of the partnership, LoneStarCon 3 will mirror the SF Signal website on both the convention’s website and Facebook page. LoneStarCon 3 will contribute guest columns and articles to SF Signal.

“SF Signal was founded in 2003 by two Texas science fiction fans with a desire to share their love of the genre with the world. That’s been our mission goal ever since,” said John DeNardo. “It must have b een well-received; what started as two fans sharing stuff online grew into web-based fanzine with expanded content (including news, reviews, interviews, a twice-weekly podcast and more), dozens of regular contributors, a continual stream of sf/f/h author guest contributors, and an average readership of 5,000 people every single day. SF Signal was also the recipient of the 2012 Hugo Award for Best Fanzine.

“We’re happy to partner to with LoneStarCon to help spread the word about this year’s WorldCon venue,” he said. “WorldCon is a science fiction and fantasy fan’s playground where they get to mingle with like-minded folks and interact with the people who create the fiction they love to read. And for people who like venture outside to explore the local flavor, San Antonio has lots to offer.”

LoneStarCon 3 will be held Aug. 29-Sept. 2, 2013, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas . The Mariott Rivercenter and Mariott Riverwalk will serve as the host hotels. This marks the first time since 1997 that the Alamo City has hosted a Worldcon, when LoneStarCon 2 drew thousands to the downtown convention center.

The guests of honor list for LoneStarCon 3 includes Ellen Datlow, James Gunn, Norman Spinrad and Willie Siros, with Paul Cornell serving as toastmaster and featuring special guests Leslie Fish and Joe R. Lansdale. Artist guest of honor Darrel K. Sweet tragically passed away Dec. 5, 2011.

MEMBERSHIPS

Attending membership rates for LoneStarCon 3 are $180 for adults, $110 for young adult (17-21 years old), $75 for children (16 and under) and $480 for family memberships. The listed membership rates are good through December 31, 2012.

LoneStarCon 3 is also offering a military discount rate of $110, which is not subject to future increases.

ABOUT THE WORLD SCIENCE FICTION CONVENTION

Founded in 1939, the World Science Fiction Convention is one of the largest international gatherings of authors, artists, editors, publishers and fans of science fiction and fantasy entertainment. The annual Hugo Awards, the leading award for excellence in the field of science fiction and fantasy, are voted on by Worldcon membership and presented during the convention.

LoneStarCon 3 is sponsored by ALAMO, Inc., (Alamo Literary Arts Maintenance Organiza tion), a 501(c)3 organization. For more information about LoneStarCon 3, memberships or hotel information, visit www.LoneStarCon3.org.

3 thoughts on “LoneStarCon 3 Partners with SF Signal

  1. Doesn’t that amount to a conflict of interest — giving SF Signal an advantage in the Hugos nearly impossible to overcome?

  2. It’s a problem that could easily be avoided. The Hugo rules define conflict of interest and provide a specific remedy:

    No member of the current Worldcon Committee or any publications closely connected with a member of the Committee shall be eligible for an Award. However, should the Committee delegate all authority under this Article to a Subcommittee whose decisions are irrevocable by the Worldcon Committee, then this exclusion shall apply to members of the Subcommittee only.

    All LSC3 needs to do is create a Subcommittee without anyone from SF Signal on it. This rule has been used repeatedly — many times the editor of a Hugo-nominated fanzine has been in charge of Worldcon publications or the Worldcon daily newzine. That’s how the conflict was cured.

  3. I have no objection to the crew who does SF Signal working for as a sub-committee for LoneStarCon, but to use the SF Signal name is clearly a violation of the spirit of existing conflict of interest rules by associating SF Signal *specifically* as a spokesite for LoneStarCon … and to a lesser extent, vice versa. However, if SF Signal is willing to withdraw from the Hugo this year (and any other year it makes such an arrangement) I withdraw my complaint.

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