Unfortunate news about the Seattle in 2011 Worldcon bid

Reposted for Bobbie

It is with grave regret and a deep disappointment that I must announce that the Seattle bid has to pull out of the race to host the Worldcon in 2011. This is due to an unforeseen event and our inability to reach a formal first option agreement with our preferred facilities. We had initial options on facilities, but when it came time to reduce them to formal writing, we found that our preferred facilities had groups willing to make the financial commitment ahead of us. Seattle is such a popular destination for conventions that all of the reasonable dates (early August through early September) already have groups that have firmer commitments than we do. 

After examining the options and alternatives, consulting with our respected advisors and exploring any number of other possibilities we have determined that there are just no viable alternatives, which make sense for the fannish community available to us. We do not want to host the Worldcon in a venue and situation that would prove to be less than World class. In this economy, it is refreshing to know that Seattle remains a popular destination for conventions and tourists even if it is one of the saddest things I can think of at the moment.

I want to personally thank all of the fannish community, our supporters, my advisors, friends and family for giving so completely of yourselves over the last several years. I can personally not think of anyone I would not have wanted to produce this event with other than you – You all gave so much and went so far to make this happen. Thank you for everything!

We will be reviewing future opportunities with our potential facilities with an eye toward bidding for a subsequent year. 

Bobbie DuFault

Seattle 2011 Bid Chairman


a good surprise
I had no idea you guys were going to represent at Arisia.  The web site only listed Boskone.  I was so in the dark that I even missed the bid party <insert boo-boo face>, but it was really good to see a Seattle presence.  Not expecting anything official I had already printed off some bid support sheets and put them in the con flyer section of Filthy Pierre’s bins.  They all disappeared.  I hope to generous World Con attendees, but maybe they got yanked as counterfeit.  *shrug*  Time will tell.

Fannish Inquisition
kevin_standlee has uploaded video of the Fannish Inquisition at the recent Smofcon (a yearly convention for conrunners). In chronological order:

Return to Philcon

Thursday I will be in Philadelphia on my way to PHILCON 2008,  Crowne Plaza Hotel, Cherry Hill NJ.


I was last in Philadelphia for Millenium PhilCon, the 2001 World Science Fiction Convention. Greg Bear was GoH. He wanted strong using SF in the classroom programming. I headed Developing the Young Reader and Educator’s Saturday. The staff included.


Developing the Young Reader was possible because local fen plus people from Baltimore, Buffalo, Denver, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Texas and other places worked. together.


Seattle-in-2011 Worldcon bid will have a table and a party. I hope to see old friends.




Seattle fanhistory
AmaZed and CorfluZed (PDF) is the first progress report of Corflu Zed, which will be held in Seattle next March. Corflu is a fanzine con, and so this progress report includes an article reprinted from the Seattle fanzine Cry of the Nameless, whose staff were also involved in putting on the 1961 Worldcon in Seattle.

Proselytizing in DC
I see
Hey folks,  I printed some of your b&w flyers and dropped them on the info table at Gaylaxicon this weekend and talked up your bid parties to anyone who hadn't attended Denvention... but FYI: Reno was actually there and ran a party in the con suite Sunday night.

I saw on the Seattle 2011 website that there is going to be a table and a party at the con, and I was wondering who was coming up. I'll be at the hotel from Thursday to Sunday.

Future Convention parties and other appearances
Where will you be in the future?

In my neck of the woods we have Loscon on Thanksgiving weekend coming up.

Endeavour Award nominees
The Endeavour Award is for "a distinguished science fiction or fantasy book written by a Pacific Northwest author or authors and published in the previous year." This year's nominees have been announced:

  • The Book of Joby by Mark J. Ferrari
  • Bright of the Sky: Book One of the Entire and the Rose by Kay Kenyon
  • Not Flesh Nor Feathers by Cherie Priest
  • Powers by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • The Silver Ship and the Sea by Brenda Cooper

The winners will be announced at Orycon 30 in November.

And now a plug: I got to read all five of these, plus many other fine books, for free as an Endeavour Award volunteer! And you could be one for next year's award!

In order to pick the nominees from all the books submitted for the award, each book has to be read and scored by 7 different people. With more and more books submitted each year, there is a need for more and more people to help read them. If you are a Portland-area resident with a taste for a wide range of sf, why not contact the Endeavour committee and volunteer to read a few books?

Photos from World Con
Industrial Strength Gears
Here are my WorldCon pictures, mostly from the Saturday Seattle in 2011 bid party.
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