Detcon1 Masquerade Results

Provided by John Hertz:

Masquerade Results
Detcon, the 11th NASFiC
Renaissance Center Marriott Hotel, Detroit, Michigan
July 19, 2014

Masquerade Director: Sandy Manning
Master of Ceremonies: Tom Smith

Judges: Lisa Deutsch Harrigan, John Hertz, Chris O’Halloran
Workmanship Judge: Cathryn Schaff-Stump

Best in Show
also a Workmanship Award
“A Glamorous Evening of Galactic Domination” (Original, Novice)
Jennifer Skwarski

Master Class

Best in Class
also a Workmanship Award
“Conflict in the Court of Jewels” (Original)
Sally Fink, Pierre & Sandy Pettinger

An Officer and a Gentlewoman
“Kara ‘Starbuck’ Thrace” (Re-creation)
Suzette Marriott

Most Deceptively Charming
“Gaius Baltar”(Re-creation)
Suzette Marriott, Scott Thom

Journeyman Class

Best Motown Entry
“Angels Take Motown”(Re-creation)
Sharon & Hall Bass, Janine & John Wardale

Novice Class

Best in Class
“And All She Saw Was Snow”(Re-creation)
Liz Decolvenaere, Isaac Shaff

Most Stealthy
Llz Decolvenaere, Jen Greco

Young Fan Class

Best Re-Creation, Animé
“No Face”
Lisa & Alida Shears

Best Re-Creation, Film
“Russell and Mr.Frederickson on the Hunt”
Grant & Doug Johnson

Annals of Michifandom at Detcon1

Here are several photos taken by Joel Zakem at Detcon1’s “Annals of Michifandom” panel chaired by Dick Smith and Rich Lynch.

Update 07/21/2014: Thanks to Steven H Silver for identifying the unknown participant in the fourth photo.

Roger Sims and Fred Prophet, co-chairs of 1959 Worldcon, Detention.

Roger Sims and Fred Prophet, co-chairs of 1959 Worldcon, Detention.

Dick Smith, Rich Lynch, Gregg T. Trend.

Dick Smith, Rich Lynch, Gregg T. Trend.

Smiths Lynch Sims Prophet McLaughlin

Dick Smith, Rich Lynch, Roger Sims, Fred Prophet, Dean McLaughlin.

Smith, Lynch, unknown. Cy Chauvin, Trend.

Smith, Lynch, Carol Lynn, Cy Chauvin, Trend.

Detcon1 Miscellany

Detcon1 Closing Ceremonies. Photo by Rich Lynch.

Detcon1 Closing Ceremonies. Photo by Rich Lynch.

Detcon1, the 2014 NASFiC in Detroit, drew 1450 people on site.

They had 1638 attending members, including 347 walk-up memberships.

You can get the Masquerade and Art Show winners from the convention daily newzine, available here.

Detcon1 Day Two

John Scalzi, Jim Hines, Steve Silver, Roger Sims, and Nicki Lynch at Detcon1. Photo by Rich Lynch.

John Scalzi, Jim Hines, Steven H Silver, Roger Sims, and Nicki Lynch at Detcon1. Photo by Rich Lynch.

Friday’s Detcon1 program item “Fanzines and Professional Writing” found Jim C. Hines, John Scalzi, Nicki Lynch, Roger Sims, and moderator Steven H Silver seeking the 21st century’s answer to a question raised at Detention, the 1959 Worldcon in Detroit (which Sims co-chaired):

At Detention a discussion by the editors of amateur magazines was sparked by Ed Wood asking, “Why weren’t fanzines as good as they once were and why were their writers no longer becoming top quality pros very often?” The panel lasted from about 11 p.m. Sunday until 4:30 a.m. What is the state of fanzines today? How have digital formats affected fanzines? What role do they have now in the career of a professional writer, especially compared to 50 years ago?

Rich Lynch and his camera captured the moment.

Opening Hours of Detcon1

Detcon1, the 2014 North American Science Fiction Convention, kicked off today in Detroit.

The first round of programming included “Welcome to the SF Community: Enjoying the NASFiC.” Rich Lynch was there to record to moment for posterity. 

John Hertz, Joel Zakem, Pablo Vasquez, and Nicki Lynch at Detcon1. Photo by Rich Lynch.

John Hertz, Joel Zakem, Pablo Vasquez, and Nicki Lynch at Detcon1. Photo by Rich Lynch.

Classics of S-F at Detcon

By John Hertz: It’s a busy month for those of us who like Westercons and NASFiCs.

Westercon LXVII (Salt Lake City) starts any minute now. (A reminder of the S-F Classics for that con is here.)

There’s a North America S-F Con this year because the Worldcon (Loncon III) is overseas. The NASFiC is Detcon (Detroit) 17-20 Jul. It pretty much has to be then to accommodate people who also wish to and can attend the Worldcon a month later.

Detcon Programming has confirmed we’ll do two Classics of S-F discussions. I was asked “How about tying to our Young Adult theme?”

Are you now or have you ever been a Young Adult? Do you think you might be one some day?

That can be tricky in our community. We’re not all so sure about being adult. We’re happy anyone takes an interest in S-F, or in any human being.

A good story shows us people we want to hear about. In S-F some of those people may be aliens. We might want to hear about them because they’re like us or because they’re unlike us – or both. John Campbell said S-F is Minds as good as you, only different.

Here are the Detcon choices.

One is a favorite of mine which I suddenly realized is a Young Adult novel. The other may well be too.

I’m still with “A classic is a work that survives its own time. After the currents which might have sustained it have changed, it remains, and is seen to be worthwhile for itself.” If you have a better definition, bring it.

Arthur C. Clarke
The City and the Stars (1956)

Soon after we meet Alvin we find he is in fact the only Young Adult in the City of Diaspar, over a billion years in the future. By advanced technology everyone there has lived many times – except him. At his age people’s memories begin to come back. He is beyond his teacher, beyond Khedron the Jester, perhaps beyond the Central Computer but it does not tell all. What if he keeps looking?

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
“The Little Prince” (1943)

Not everyone, says the narrator, has had a friend. This remarkable novella, which may be science fiction, has friends all over the world. The prince may be a Young Adult; he confides “I was too young to know how to love her,” and is puzzled by grown-ups. We get to know him through his asking questions. That’s only one reason to recall Socrates, if you happen to have met him.

Detcon1 Adds Video Games Special Guest

JonDavisTitanfall_72dpi-800x601Titanfall programmer Jon Davis will be attending Detcon1, the 2014 NASFiC, as Video Games Special Guest.

Davis works for Respawn Entertainment where he is a member of the team that created Titanfall . He has 18 years’ experience as a video game programmer, starting with PilotWings 64, for the Nintendo 64, he has worked with several well-known franchises including EverQuest 2, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 1 and Modern Warfare 2.

Detcon1 Chair Tammy Coxen said, “Video games have become an increasingly important part of the science fiction and fantasy universe, and blend technology and storytelling in interesting ways. We are excited to have Mr. Davis as a guest at Detcon1.”

At the convention, Davis will share stories from his career, participate in “play the developer” sessions, and offer advice for those interested in entering the video games industry.

Detcon1 will be held July 17-20 in Detroit, Michigan. Davis has spent the last 18 years as a programmer in the video game industry.

The full press release follows the jump.

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Detcon NASFiC Rates Go Up 4/1

No foolin’! Detcon1, the 2014 North American Science Fiction Convention, will hike some of its pre-registration rates on April 1.

On April 1 full adult attending memberships rise to $70. To encourage attendance by families and younger fans, young adult and child membership prices will remain at $50 and $25 respectively. Supporting memberships remain unchanged at $35. Online registration and a printable form is available here.

Pre-supporter discounts remain in effect for pre-registrations but will not be given for memberships purchased at-the-door. People who pre-supported at the Passenger level qualify for a $20 discount, while those who pre-supported at the Driver level qualify for a $40 discount. A list of pre-supporting members can be found here.

Detcon 1 Names Nnedi Okorafor YA Author Special Guest

Nnedi_Okorafor-247x300Nnedi Okorafor has accepted Detcon 1’s invitation to be the 2014 NASFiC’s Young Adult (YA) Author Special Guest.

Okorafor’s novel Who Fears Death (2010) won the World Fantasy Award and the Carl Brandon Society’s Kindred Award.

Her first YA novel, 2005’s Zahrah the Windseeker, won the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa and the Black Excellence Award for Outstanding Literature. Her second YA novel, 2007?s The Shadow Speaker, won the Carl Brandon Parallax Award. Other works include Long Juju Man, winner of the Macmillan’s Writers Prize for Africa, Iridessa and the Secret of the Never Mine, Akata Witch and a sequel, Breaking Kola, due in 2015.

Detcon1 also plans to spotlight YA literature at the convention by presenting two awards for YA and Middle Grade Speculative Fiction in a joint ceremony with the 2014 Golden Duck Awards. Nominations must be received by February 28 – see the website for information.

The full press release follows the jump.

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