[LMB] Fw: tor.com giving away one membership to the 2012 World Science Fiction Convention

Paula Lieberman paal at gis.net
Wed Sep 28 07:05:49 BST 2011


"Tor.com to Give Away a Chicon Membership
— posted Friday 23 September 2011 @ 10:51 am PDT

Tor.com [ http://http//www.tor.com ] is giving away a membership — either 
attending or supporting — to next year’s Worldcon in Chicago (August 30 – 
September 3, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago  http://chicon.org/  ). Enter 
to win by  visiting the sweepstakes page at Tor.com 
http://www.tor.com/blogs/2011/09/wsfs-membership-sweepstakes   and leaving a 
comment. The giveaway is in part to note the completion of Jo Walton’s 
series of blog posts revisiting the Hugo Award winners and nominees year by 
year and also to show appreciation for all the hard work by the volunteers 
who make the Hugo Awards possible."

(There usually are a number of Tor people at the convention, typically the 
likes of Beth Meacham, David G. Hartwell, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Teresa 
Nielsen Hayden, Moshe Feder, Irene Gallo (the Art Editor), Claire Eddy, Tom 
Doherty (who founded Tor and has remained the head of Tor through all of its 
purchase by St Martin's and St Martin's becoming part of the European 
conglomerate that includes Macmillan),  and others, plus several dozen Tor 
authors--David Brin, Madeleine Robins, Charles Stross, Jo Walton, Glen Cook, 
Mike Resnick ... other publishers (including Ace/Roc, Baen, Pyr, DAW Books, 
Nightshade Books, Asimov's/Analog, and others), a few hundred authors 
ranging from  Robert Silverberg who's been to every Hugo Awards Ceremony 
every held and one of the most prolific fiction writers in human history and 
, Geoffry Landis (who named the rock Yogi on Mars as part of his daytime job 
as a space & planetary scientist) to people working on selling their first 
story,; also agents and artists(Phil and Kaja Foglio are long-time regulars) 
and critics are typically present, and several thousand readers.  Sometimes 
people come from film studios, when the convention is in the LA area there 
have been actors at it.  Usually there is a writers' workshop, and there can 
be as many as a dozen panel items going on a time, plus readings, a film and 
video tracks, and concerts, and other presentations--plus people sitting or 
standing around discussing everything from subtext (there was a weekend-long 
continuing not-exactly debate that went on at a Readercon between Steven 
Brust amd James D Macdonald plus kibbitzing contributors/butters-in (I was 
one of them...)as  regards  Subtext does (Brust)/does not (Macdonald) exist) 
to favorite books and films and TV series to habitability of the Venusian 
upper atmosphere (Geoff Landis has proposed floating cities in the Venusian 
atmosphere as colonies--the surface of the planet is way too hot and the 
atmosphere getting towards the ground is way too thick.  Higher up, 

--Paula Lieberman 

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