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Cheryl has some interesting thoughts on Denvention. Others have posted information that is good for us to be aware of... please take a look at http://www.cheryl-morgan.com/?p=1588

I found Cheryl's evaluation to be concise and informative and I think you will too!
I found some of the comments VERY interesting:

This is snipped from Vincent Docherty's comments

When I last asked the committee, I was told D3’s warm body count was about 3700, including day/kids, but we’ll get the final figures in due course.

I was asked about Denvention’s low numbers by a few people. I found it useful to start with Mark Olson’s rule of thumb about where Worldcon members come from:
- the regulars who attend most Worldcons, regardless of location (and who usually participate in the Hugos and site selection)
- travelling fans within a day’s drive
- local fans

That model predicts that Worldcons in cities with small catchment areas and few population centres within a day’s drive (or equivalent in Europe) will tend to have a lower membership total, and vice versa. I suspect there is some truth in that model, and comparing the city and metropolitan populations of Denver with Chicago/Boston/LA seem to show some correlation. Of course there will be other factors such as how well the committee engage with local fan groups, students etc.


HUGO information from Denvention
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The 2008 Hugo Awards were given out at Denvention onSaturday, August 9, 2008. The Master of Ceremony was Wil McCarthy.

 

 

Novel: The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon(HarperCollins; Fourth Estate)

 

Novella: "All Seated on the Ground" by Connie Willis(Asimov's Dec. 2007; Subterranean Press)

 

Novelette: "The Merchant and the Alchemist'sGate" by Ted Chiang (Subterranean Press; F&SF Sept. 2007)

 

Short Story: "Tideline" by Elizabeth Bear(Asimov's June 2007)

 

Non-fiction Book: Brave New Words: The Oxford Dictionaryof Science Fiction by Jeff Prucher (Oxford University Press)

 

Dramatic Presentation, Long Form: Stardust Written byJane Goldman and Matthew Vaughn, Based on the novel by Neil Gaiman Illustratedby Charles Vess Directed by Matthew Vaughn (Paramount Pictures)

 

Dramatic Presentation, Short Form Doctor Who"Blink" Written by Steven Moffat Directed by Hettie Macdonald (BBC)

 

Professional Editor, Long Form: David Hartwell

 

Professional Editor, Short Form: Gordon Van Gelder(F&SF)

 

Professional Artist: Stephan Martiniere

 

Semiprozine: Locus, edited by Charles N. Brown, KirstenGong-Wong, & Liza Groen Trombi

 

Fanzine: File 770

 

Fan Writer: John Scalzi

 

Fan Artist: Brad Foster

 

Campbell Award: Mary Robinette Kowal

 

 

 

Photo of Statue:  <ahref="http://www.denvention3.org/images/08hugophoto.small.jpg">http://www.denvention3.org/images/08hugophoto.small.jpg</a>

 

Full Voting Breakdown: http://www.denvention3.org/hugos/Final-Report.pdf

 

 

 

 

Laurie Mann

Denvention Hugo Award Ceremony Co-Head and Webmaster


The Seattle in 2011 bid would like to invite you to join us at Denvention
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The Seattle in 2011 bid would like to invite you to join us at Denvention, the 66th Worldcon. We will have parties each of the 4 nights of the convention and of course a table in the Colorado Convention Center. During the day we will most likely be out and about volunteering or prepping for the nightly festivities but feel free to knock on the Suite door (on the 22rd floor of the Sheraton hotel) if you would like to chat.

Yesterday’s tomorrow: A Steampunk Adventure
Wednesday Aug 6 through Friday Aug 8 from 9pm to 1am

You, our intrepid explorer, boldly adventuring into the unknown, seeking golden cities, mysterious artifacts, fame and glory find a wonderful place to relax, unwind and share a bite with other explorers. Your explorations continue, as sample tasty treats from the Pacific Northwest and share stories with other explorers. While you are here, share a taste of our no-bake apple pie, or a “Van Gogh’s Breakfast” made with Absinthe. Be present at midnight and your wishes for glory, gold or at least a gift may come true if your number is drawn for a door prize.


After the Hugo’s Decadent Desserts
Saturday Aug 9 from 10pm to 1am

The Imperial Ministry of Insanity wishes to invite you to join us in celebration as we prepare to embark on our latest extraordinary adventure. We prepare our hearts for our yearlong journey to the far off realm of Anticipation. Festivities will begin at 10 pm on Saturday, August 9, on the 22rd floor of the Sheraton hotel. Desserts and libations will be served. Be present at midnight and your wishes for glory, gold or at least a gift may come true if your number is drawn for a door prize.

Another cool Steam thingey
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OMG a Steam Clock

Steam Clock in the old Gastown district of Vancouver BC
Incorporating a steam engine and electric motors, the clock displays the time on four faces and announces the quarter hours with a whistle chime that plays the Westminster Quarters.

Les Machines de l'Ile -
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This is one of the coolest artistic endevours I have seen: The Elephant The Brass Goggles write up is here: http://www.brassgoggles.co.uk/brassgoggles/?p=913

The French group Les Machines de l'Ile is found at: http://www.lesmachines-nantes.fr/english/index.html

This group creates working machines straight from the mind of Jules Verne or Leonardo di Vinci -- spectacular mechanical devices on a HUGE scale

Seattle convention center article in "The Green Meeting"
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The Green Meeting, a web site focused on environmental issues for the conference and meeting industry, has an article about the Seattle Worldcon bid coming to Seattle's conference center in 2011.

It's a short article, but good publicity for fandom is always welcome. :)

New Site - check it out
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The Seattle in 2011 Worldcon bid has their new site up check it out: http://www.seattlein2011.org/

It has a lot more information, the theme is in place and it is beautiful!!

A good Seattle review...
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This is a wonderful review: http://travel.nytimes.com/2008/01/18/travel/escapes/18urban-seattle.html?fta=y

I loved what it had to say about about Seattle and book sales:

"Next up is the nearby (and locally cherished) Elliott Bay Book Company — 25,000 square feet of creaky wood floors. Some combination of relentless rain and Elliott Bay books may explain why Seattle has one of the country’s highest per capita rates of book purchasing."


Elliot Bay Book Company

From their website:

Located in the heart of the historic Pioneer Square District, Seattle's original business neighborhood, The Elliott Bay Book Company is home to over 150,000 titles, set on cedar shelves in a series of inviting, exposed-brick walled rooms.


http://www.elliottbaybook.com/about/index.jsp

Berts funeral information
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Date: July 11 (Friday)

Time: 11am

Location: St. John Vianney Church

12600 84th Ave NE

Kirkland, WA 98034

Travel Fund
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Roberta Carlson, "Bert", as she was known to many, a personal friend and a much loved Pacific Northwest con-runner, died on her way from Seattle, Washington to Westercon in Las Vegas. An investigation by the Highway Patrol determined that the accident was "no fault".

Accompanying Bert in the car were 4 other Pacific Northwest fans. All 4 are suffering from the traumatic experience. One of the fans is still in the hospital with serious damage to both of his hands. Arrangements are being made and a location set up to collect funds to help these fans return to Seattle. More information is available on the following Web page: http://community.livejournal.com/seattle_2011/ William Boyde, one of the four, will pay for the group's air flights home and the fund will be used to reimburse these travel costs. Any funds beyond the travel costs will be donated to Roberta's family.

You can send any donations to William via paypal to wboyde@eskimo.com

Thank you again for all your warmth, concern and sentiments.

Bobbie

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