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Welcome to Worldcon!

Sasquan is the 2015 World Science Fiction Convention, also known as “Worldcon,” the annual gathering of science fiction and fantasy fans.

Worldcon celebrates the best works and creators in the speculative fiction field and culture. Hundreds of authors, editors, publishers, artists, scientists, game designers, and other creators and intellectual leaders will participate in the convention program.

Worldcons are the site of the Hugo Awards, the premier awards in the science fiction field, recognizing the greatest books and stories, related works, film, television, podcasts, and fan works.

The convention will feature panels, presentations, readings, autograph sessions, kaffeeklatsches, and discussion groups, as well as participatory activities including writing, art, and other workshops, costuming and cosplaying, filk and other music, games including role-playing, board, and card games, fanzines, children’s programming, and other activities,

There will also be an art show, dealers room, exhibits on science, publishing, and the history and culture of fandom, and a world-class stage masquerade with the best fan costumers. The convention theme will include content from stories and storytellers of the Northwest, from aboriginal legends through the technologies of present and future to the possibilities and impossibilities of what we can imagine.

Guests of Honor

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Brad Foster
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David Gerrold
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Vonda N. McIntyre
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Tom Smith
Leslie Turek

Leslie Turek

Special Guest

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Dr. Kjell Lindgren

In Spokane


The 73rd World Science Fiction Convention will be held in Spokane on August 19-23, 2015. Spokane is a regional center in eastern Washington state, 280 miles east of Seattle and the largest city on Interstate 90 and the Amtrak Empire Builder train route between Minneapolis and Seattle, also the largest city between Calgary and Salt Lake City. The convention site is in the heart of downtown Spokane, adjacent to the historic Centennial Trail and Riverfront Park, location of the 1974 World’s Fair. Spokane has hosted many major national and international gatherings, including the annual Hoopfest, the 2007 and 2010 National Figure Skating Championships, the 2009 Veterans Wheelchair Games, and the 2012 National Square Dance Convention, among others. Spokane is a beautiful city with the motto “Near Nature, Near Perfect,” highlighting the parks, gardens, natural and other outdoor attractions in the region. The convention site is within easy walking distance of over a hundred restaurants, as well as museums, theaters, shopping, historic sites, and other attractions.

Register for Sasquan

The attending membership rate is US$210 effective Feb 1, 2015.  You can register for the convention online.

Events


Wednesday – Opening Ceremonies, First Night
Thursday – Steampunk and Discworld
Friday – Masquerade
Saturday – Hugos, Super Science Saturday

Other Worldcons


Worldcons have been held (almost) annually since 1939 under the auspices of the World Science Fiction Society. The convention is held in a different location each year, recently in Melbourne (2010), Reno (2011), Chicago (2012), San Antonio (2013) and London (2014). The 2015 Worldcon will also host the site selection vote for the 2017 Worldcon, among bids from Helsinki, Japan, Montreal, and Washington DC. The 2016 Worldcon will be held in Kansas City.

Progress Reports

Progress Report #0 (Sep 2013)
Progress Report #1 (May 2014)
Progress Report #2 (Aug 2014)
Progress Report #3 (Feb 2015)

Convention News
New Special Guest: NASA Astronaut Dr. Kjell Lindgren
14 Mar 2015
Photo: NASA Sasquan is proud to announce NASA Astronaut Dr. Kjell Lindgren as a Special Guest! Dr. Lindgren will be participating simultaneously in Sasquan and as a Flight Engineer on the International Space Station…(more)
Terry Pratchett, 1948-2015
13 Mar 2015
Terry Pratchett’s death affects all of us here at Sasquan. Here’s a small memorial piece from one of our staff, former Worldcon chair Tom Whitmore: A lot is going to be said about Sir Terry Pratchett,…(more)
2015 Hugo Nominations to be Announced April 4
09 Mar 2015
Sasquan, The 73rd World Science Fiction Convention, will announce the nominees for the 2015 Hugo Awards at Norwescon, starting at noon Pacific Daylight Time on Saturday, April 4th, 2015. Many conventions will…(more)
Progress Report #3 Published
09 Mar 2015
Sasquan Progress Report 3 is published. Click here to download it. Lots of information about plans for programming and events. Memories and thoughts from our guests of honor about the Hugo Awards. Lots more about…(more)
Membership Rate Increase February 1
23 Jan 2015
The new rate table will be: Memberships Full through July 2015 210 Memberships Supporting to Attending 170 Young Adult Attending (1/2 rate) 105 Young Adult Supporting Convert to Attending 65 Child Attending 90…(more)
Hugo Nominations Open
16 Jan 2015
The Hugo Award nominations are now open to members of Sasquan. The Hugo Awards honor the fan publications, literature, visual arts, media, and fan publications across the field of science fiction and fantasy published…(more)