Renovation Invites the World of Science Fiction to Meet in Reno

The 69th World Science Fiction Convention
PO Box 13278
Portland, OR 97213-0278


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Reno, Nevada, USA - Renovation, the 69th World Science Fiction Convention, has taken over from Aussiecon 4, the 68th World Science Fiction Convention, as the current Worldcon.

The official transition occurred at the Aussiecon closing ceremony held in Melbourne, Australia on Monday, September 6th. Patty Wells, Renovation chair, invited science fiction professionals and fans to come together in Reno in August 2011 to celebrate science fiction in all its forms, as well as to catch up with old friends and to make new ones.

Worldcon is one of the largest global events run purely by volunteers. Renovation expects to welcome around 4,000 attendees for the five days of the convention, including writers, artists, editors, publishers, film-makers, musicians, and fans. Particular recognition will be given to the Guests of Honor - author Tim Powers, editor Ellen Asher, artist Boris Vallejo, and publisher and fan, Charles N. Brown. The event will also make a significant contribution to the local economy, with a positive economic impact estimated at over 6 million dollars.

Over 150 volunteer staff are already working to make the event a success, with many more to be recruited over the coming months. This volunteer effort to coordinate and put on Worldcon is the biggest example of science fiction's unique economy of goodwill.

Renovation's program continues to take shape and will include over 400 hours of panels, talks, readings, workshops and autograph sessions. Each evening of the convention will feature a highlighted major event, including themed Music and Art Nights as well as the traditional Masquerade and Hugo Award Ceremonies. Alongside these events, Renovation will also host a substantial Art Show and a Dealers' Room where members can buy books, prints, jewelry, models, craft work and more.

To quote Patty Wells, "with four of the last six Worldcons held outside the US, it's great to bring Worldcon to Reno for the first time. We intend to put on a unique event with a program and exhibits that reflect our theme of New Frontiers. We have wonderful hotels and facilities, and we're an easy drive from the Bay Area. Reno is also a very affordable location to visit. We hope to welcome back many fans who may have missed the last couple of conventions, as well as reaching out to new fans who have never been to Worldcon before. We hope to see you in Reno."


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