We have uploaded PDFs of the daily programming grid and made them available here. There should be only minor changes from this point, and any changes between now and the start of Westercon 67 will be made on the grid available at the convention.
You can view the official list of parties in the various consuites by going over here.
There are downloads (different formats of the same document) available for the “Classics of Science Fiction” panel for those who wish to prepare to participate ahead of time. You can access them under the At the Con > Programming menu in your choice of DOC or PDF formats.
You can also read it here:
Classics of Science Fiction
Diamonds of 1938
by John Hertz
We’ll discuss three classics at Westercon 67, one discussion each. Come to as many as you like. You’ll be welcome to join in.
For our starting definition, “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 one, bring it.
This year the Worldcon, in addition to 2014 Hugo Awards, will award 1939 Retrospective Hugos (i.e. for work of 1938; the 1939 Worldcon awarded no Hugos; see Section 3.13 of the Constitution).
The Retro-Hugo ballot has been announced. We’ll take up three of the nominees.
Each is interesting in a different way. Each may be more interesting now than when first published.
Have you read them? Have you re-read them?
John W. Campbell, Jr.
“Who Goes There?”
Terse – tense – it touches questions of identity pointed more explicitly by others decades later. It is of course a detective story, two decades before Campbell taunted Asimov into writing The Caves of Steel. See how he manages the hints, the personalities, the masterly sequence of Kinner – Dutton – Connant – Blair.
Out of the Silent Planet
We never do hear about the space drive. Weston, who clothes himself in the trappings of science, is a harsh caricature. Yet it is he who gets the party to Malacandra; who gets them, almost impossibly, back again. Theodore Sturgeon said “Science fiction is knowledge fiction.” Chapter 9 says “The love of knowledge is a kind of madness.”
Samuel Johnson said “The essence of poetry is invention”; Patrol has that. It struck fires still burning today. Its vitality, and its focus through all the coruscations, are remarkable. So is its thorough handling of its imaginary science. Characterization? Look at Kinnison’s leaving footprints all over Blakeslee.
General information and rules for the Westercon 67 Masquerade have been posted.
Information on the Westercon 67 Writing Workshop has been posted. Hurry and sign up as there are limited spots available!
We are pleased to announce we have no more space in the art show (we’re also sad we don’t have more space to show more artists, too). The list of confirmed artists has been updated.
The general hours for panels, presentations, and events have been posted. As we get specific information, it will be added there.
The information regarding site selection and bidding for Westercon 69 is now available here.
We’ve added a few new artists to the art show, and we’ve linked to their websites (those that have them) so you can see previews of their art.
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