By James Bacon: With support from Baen, Tor, Penguin as well as fans from as far afield as Arizona, California and Boston, the Science Fiction Outreach Project had a massive boost from Midwest fans and now has over 5,700 books to give away!
Financial support has been amazing from within fandom and so we are all set up here at the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), for a busy weekend.
Helen Montgomery and Terrence Miltner led the charge with Sondra, Leane, Dave, Geri and myself helping and we even had time to check out the show (and I held a real Captain America shield.)
All books have a bookmark, listing websites of all the amazing supporters and we are hoping for a busy weekend.
What’s happening at the Worldcon down under? Dave McCarty’s Facebook page delivers photographic proof that DUFF winner John Hertz (and his propeller beanie) are attending Aussiecon 4, in an album to which this might possibly be the link. (But I’m not betting the house.)
There presently is only one 2012 Worldcon bid, for Chicago. During Smofcon the bid committee revealed it has chosen Dave McCarty to chair the Worldcon if they win. He is beginning to set up the committee structure.
Bidders for future Smofcons made presentations. The two bids for Smofcon 2011 are Maui (James Daugherty and Bobbi Armbruster) and Amsterdam (Vince Docherty, presented by Steve Cooper). There also is a bid to hold Smofcon in Pennsylvania in 2012, either in Pittsburgh or Philadelphia (Laurie Mann and Joni Dashoff).
The website indicates there eventually will be available for download copies of the souvenir pulp magazines the bid is creating and giving to $20 presupporting members. Fred Pohl wrote the story for the premiere issue.
Ron Patrick’s jet-powered VW Beetle is street legal. Well, the cops haven’t found a California law they can charge him under, anyway.
He has a website explaining all about the design, with intriguing comments like: “The heat blanket keeps the plastic bumper from melting when the jet is operating.” Uh, yeah, that would be important now that you mention it.
And his motorcycle? It’s powered by two jet engines.
There is a Darwin Award story about somebody killing himself while driving a jet-powered rig like his, but someone ruined my fun by pointing out Snopes’ report that it’s 100% baloney.