Smofcon 2015 Website Updated

Smofcon 33 will be held December 4-6 at the Sheraton Ft. Worth Hotel and Spa in Fort Worth, Texas.

The annual convention for sf conrunners is chaired this year by Tim Miller. His committee includes Robert Jinks (Vice Chairman), Steven Staton (IT), Sam Gayle (Hospitality), Pablo Vazquez (Social Media).

The con’s theme is “From Global To Local: Thriving in the Fannish Biosphere.”

The current membership rate is $50.

Two thumbs up to the committee for illustrating their website with a shot of the Fort Worth Water Gardens as seen in Logan’s Run (1976). These days we overage conrunners must always be ready to make a run for it!

Logan’s Walk

Logans Run styleLogan’s Run will be brought to life as a live-action street game in the alleys of San Francisco this Saturday evening, February 8.

When your lifeclock turns black, will you accede to the mandatory euthanization ritual of Carrousel, or will you run? Search the corners and nooks of the City for the secret of Sanctuary. Discover strange sights and hidden peoples, some trustworthy – some not – all while evading ruthless squads of Sandmen searching for Runners at every turn.

The Multiverse Council is staging a game in the style of Journey To The End of The Night. There will be 1-2 miles of walking involved, with brief periods of running and chasing, but they promise that players of all levels of athletic ability will enjoy themselves.

It’s a pay-to-play event, $20 for the basic Runner, and $50 for a Sandman. They say “Some special experiences will only be available to Sandmen & Sandwomen.” With or without “special experiences” the price structure makes sense to me because fans who want to work security should be forced to pay more. A lot more!

On the other hand, if you prefer to cosplay in colorful attire, a Runner is what you want to be. The organizers recommendations for clothing are —

Recommended: something fetching, shiny, and solid-colored in orange, watermelon red, red, mint, green, or emerald. Bonus points for curled or feathered hair and silver or gold accents.

Sandmen: wear black and gray.

[Thanks to John King Tarpinian for the story.]

Michael York Fighting Rare Disease

Michael York in Logan’s Run

Actor Michael York, 71, has announced he is battling a rare blood disease. He was originally diagnosed with bone cancer, before they discovered he actually had amyloidosis, a blood disease that breaks down tissues, leaving swollen growths and lesions on the body.

He underwent a stem-cell transplant at the Mayo Clinic in the US to fight the disease.

York added that he was positive about fighting back from his health issues, saying: “I know this can be deadly, but I never gave up. I am thrilled at this reprieve and want to do as much as I can to make it better.”

York’s notable movie appearances include the Austin Powers movies, Logan’s Run, The Three Musketeers, Cabaret and Romeo and Juliet. More recently, he had a role in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

[Thanks to John King Tarpinian for the story.]