Registration is open for the SFWA Nebula Conference Online. This virtual event takes place May 29th – 31st, 2020, substituting for the in-person conference cancelled in response to limits on public gatherings in the face of COVID-19.
What is the SFWA Nebula Conference Online?
[F]ocusing on content relevant to professionals in the genre, attendees will be able to choose from career management, professional development, and expert knowledge panels and workshops. The event will also include solo presentations, conference mentorships, forums, chats, and virtual room parties (including a dance party hosted by John Scalzi). We will also be hosting the Nebula Awards ceremony on Saturday night, May 31st, 2020 to celebrate all that this community continues to offer.
It is not necessary to be a member of SFWA to attend. “We encourage anyone with a connection to the field to join us,” says their announcement. Nonmembers can register for a Supporting Membership at a cost of $158.61. (SFWA members should go here to start their registration process.) Membership includes —
- Access to the streaming conference, including panels and solo presentations
- Access to archived content for one year
- Socializing opportunities via virtual room parties, forums, and chat
- Annual Subscription to SFWA Bulletin
- Support for the COVID-19 relief effort for the SFWA community
Information about some of the planned items is already available on the SFWA Events page. For one example —
GRANDMASTER LOIS MCMASTER BUJOLD
MAY 29, 2020 11:00 AM TO 12:00 PM
Track: Grand Master
Join SFWA’s newest Grand Master Lois McMaster Bujold for a conversation about her prolific career.
I doubt I’ll buy in to this, but I’m horribly curious: where did $158.61 come from? Have they been increasing some round number by inflation, or did somebody roll some dice, or … ?