New Hotel: The Grand!

Sasquan is please to announce the availability of hotel #5, the
Spokane Grand Hotel, part of the Davenport Collection now branded as
Marriott as of November 2014. Part of the room block went for
accessibility requests and to resolve outstanding extension requests
remaining from hotels #1-4. The remainder of the room block is open to
the public.

The Grand Hotel is finishing construction and will be ready for use
before Sasquan occurs. It will be attached to the Spokane Convention
Center to the southwest, or across the street from the INB Theater
which will host the Masquerade and Hugo Awards events. All rooms are
either single kings or double kings, with our room block about evenly
split between the two bed types, and all rooms have walk-in or roll-in
showers. The room rate will be the same as at the Davenport & Tower
Hotel. Shuttle and parking rates are the same as well.

In the meantime our Facilities Team is working on adding hotel #6 to
the list of contracted sites. We will post details as soon as we have
a signed contract.

If you have any questions about the new hotel, or have issues with our
housing bureau software, please contact our Housing Bureau so we can respond in a timely manner.

Black Friday Sale!

Sasquan is offering a discount on attending membership rates from Friday, November 28 through Monday, December 1. The discounted rate will be $170 attending ($130 for conversion from supporting). The family membership rate will also be reduced $20 to $450 for two adults and two young adults and/or children. This will be available from (approximately) 12:00 AM Pacific time Friday morning through (approximately) 11:59 PM Pacific time Monday night. If you’re planning to come, don’t wait to buy a membership! If you’re not sure you can attend, buy it anyway; you can always transfer it to someone else later. Memberships can be purchased on our online registration system, or you can print the registration form and send us a check in the mail. You may direct questions to our registration team.

We are looking at membership numbers above the trend for recent Worldcons, so lots of folks are going to come and have a great time. We’re bringing the community of science fiction authors, artists, fans, and creative folks from across the Northwest and around the world to the beautiful city of Spokane, Washington. Come join us!

 

“Brother Guy” Consolmagno to give Carl Sagan lecture at Sasquan

MEDIA RELEASE #2014-5
Sasquan, the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention
19-23 August 2015 at Spokane WA USA

http://www.sasquan.org

“Brother Guy” Consolmagno to give Carl Sagan lecture at Sasquan

Spokane, 6 November 2014

Guy Consolmagno, an astronomer at the Vatican Observatory, will give a speech for the Carl Sagan Medal he received for 2014 as part of Sasquan’s First Night. The Sagan award is given annually by the American Astronomical Society for excellence in science writing. Brother Guy, an active fan and a member of the MIT Science Fiction Society, will give this speech at 8 PM on Wednesday night.

Full details of how to become a member of Sasquan are available at
https://sasquan.swoc.us/sasquan/reg.php

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ABOUT THE WORLD SCIENCE FICTION CONVENTION

Founded in 1939, the World Science Fiction Convention is one of the
largest international gatherings of authors, artists, editors,
publishers, and fans of science fiction and fantasy. The annual Hugo
Awards, the leading award for excellence in the fields of science
fiction and fantasy, are voted on by the Worldcon membership and
presented during the convention.

Sasquan is organized under the banner of the SWOC: http://swoc.org/
“World Science Fiction Society”, “WSFS”, “World Science Fiction
Convention”, “Worldcon”, “NASFiC”, “Hugo Award”, the Hugo Award Logo,
and the distinctive design of the Hugo Award Trophy Rocket are service
marks of the World Science Fiction Society, an unincorporated literary
society.

Davenport Hotel becoming Marriott Autograph Collection

July 10, 2014 — Spokane,WA

Worthy’s Davenport Hotel Collection Franchises with Marriott’s Autograph Collection

It was announced July 10 that the four iconic hotels from the Davenport Hotel Collection will be the first in Washington State to franchise with the Autograph Collection. The Autograph Collection is Marriott International’s newest brand that features independent hotels and resorts from around the world representing upper-upscale and luxury properties with distinctive personalities. All four hotels are set to join the Autograph portfolio by the end of 2014.

Walt and Karen Worthy, developers and owners of the Davenport Hotel Collection and developers of the new 716 room convention hotel, the Grand Hotel Spokane, reviewed several proposals from various national hotel franchises and decided that the Autograph Collection was the very best brand for their unique hotels. Lynnelle Caudill, Managing Director for the Collection stated, “Marriott was looking to have a stronger presence in this market and we were looking for a partner who could help us attract new business to Spokane; and the Autopgraph Collection made perfect sense. The Autograph Collection gives us a tremendous opportunity to leverage Marriott’s industry leading global reservations system, and strong customer outreach through their ecommerce and sales and marketing platforms.”

Corporate Director of Sales & Marketing, Matt Jensen, shared “We wanted to make sure we were aligned with other properties recognized for their uniqueness. Take the historic Davenport Hotel, for example, which celebrates 100 years of service this year. We needed a partnership that would allow us to continue to own and operate our hotels under their current names, while gaining new benefits for our guests, like the valued rewards (points) program and reservation systems for which Marriott is known.”

Matt further explained the benefits of the partnership, which include, having Marriott’s national sales team represent the Collection in their sales efforts, helping to build awareness of Spokane as a destination for meetings and conventions.

“We are thrilled to learn of the partnership between The Davenport Hotel Collection and Marriott International,” said Kevin Twohig, CEO of the Spokane Public Facilities District. “With a national brand like Marriott attached to the new 716-room Grand Hotel Spokane, we know that our region’s marketability has increased substantially, making Spokane more appealing to larger convention, trade show and conference groups.”

“A nationally branded hotel has always been part of our vision for the Convention Center District,” said Larry Soehren, District Project Committee Chair. “This announcement, along with the Spokane Convention Center’s addition of 90,000 square feet of meeting room and exhibit space, creates excitement in our region and increases our ability to compete with larger cities in the convention and event bidding process.”

“We congratulate Walt and Karen Worthy and the entire team at the Davenport Hotel Collection,” said Cheryl Kilday, Visit Spokane President & CEO. “We think the branding with Autograph Collection by Marriott will provide an additional reason for all travelers, including those in the conventions and meetings industry, to set their sights on Spokane,” she continued.All four hotels are set to join the Autograph portfolio by the end of 2014.

The four properties are:
The Davenport Hotel
Davenport Tower
Hotel Lusso
Grand Hotel Spokane

The Davenport Hotel is a 284-room hotel known as Washington’s grandest hotel. Whether it’s the soaring architecture, award-winning amenities, rich history, or simply its proximity to nearby Spokane attractions, The Davenport Hotel has welcomed film stars, explorers, writers, politicians and other luminaries for more than 100 years. www.thedavenporthotel.com

The Davenport Tower is a 328 room contemporary hotel that has become a favorite luxury destination of business travelers, convention clientele and leisure guests. The Davenport Tower embodies Spokane’s downtown nightlife and is located in the center of the shopping and theater districts. www.davenporthoteltower.com

The 48-room Hotel Lusso brings boutique comfort to downtown Spokane. “Lusso” is the Italian word for luxury. It has the warmth and comfort you might expect from a cozy bed and breakfast with the sophistication of a larger hotel. Set in a beautiful 19th-century historic building, The Hotel Lusso caters to the discriminating guest who longs for the perfect getaway while still being in the center of all the attractions Spokane has to offer. www.hotellusso.com

The Grand Hotel Spokane will be Spokane’s newest hotel and one of Washington’s largest. Scheduled to open summer of 2015, the hotel will be connected to Spokane’s new Convention Center and the INB Performing Arts Center. The 716-room hotel will showcase an 18,000 square ft. ballroom and 62,500 sq. ft. of state of the art meeting space and amenities. www.grandhotelspokane.com

Sasquan Hotel Availability Update

  • There are rooms open at the DoubleTree. You can right now book August 20-23. You can then contact the to request adding dates before and after your booked reservation. This is the process which the hotel and housing bureau are requesting.
  • Demand for Tuesday, Wednesday (before), and Sunday (after) are running ahead of our initial contracts. The rooms are still actually unreserved and we are working with the housing bureau to make these rooms available to people who are making reservations. They are being added to our blocks in response to member requests.
  • The DoubleTree is not sold out, but it will be soon. Both Red Lions are close to the convention center and they are nice hotels. No one needs to worry about staying somewhere a long walk from the convention site.
  • The Davenport Hotel, our party hotel, is a beautiful and luxurious facility 990 yards (11 minutes at 3 mpg walk) from the convention site. For people who can’t or prefer not to want to walk, we are researching a shuttle service to run between hotels and the convention center; there hotels also have shuttles for hotel guests.
  • We have been in contact with several other hotels in the immediate area. Should there be demand, we have convenient options for overflow sites.
  • We are managing this process dynamically and incrementally, which means we are not going to add hundreds of rooms all at once. We are going to add hotel rooms over time to meet the actual demand.
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    Please see the hotel reservation status for currrent information.

    Remembering Bobbie, one year later

    Our friend and mentor Bobbie DuFault passed away one year ago, peacefully in her sleep, on September 14, 2013.

    Bobbie was a leader in Northwest fandom, being involved with Rustycon, Norwescon, and other activities. There had been efforts to bring a second Worldcon to the region previously, and Bobbie picked up the banner in 2002, starting a bid for the 2005 NASFiC, which was intended to be a launchpad for a future Worldcon. She chaired Cascadia Con, which was a great success, showing off the talents of the region’s authors, artists, and other creative people to a wider audience. In 2012, she chaired Westercon 65, again to bring together and connect the local fan and creative community to a wider audience. She also served as Program Division Head for Chicon 7, working with the global community of authors and other program participants to put together the Worldcon program. Bobbie and her crew of loyal friends and family played essential roles in representing the Spokane in 2015 Worldcon Bid during Renovation, Chicon, and LoneStarCon.

    In SWOC and among Worldcon conrunners, we knew Bobbie as a convention organizer, but she touched many other circles in and outside fandom. She was a writer, an artist, an educator, a gamer. As a leader she trusted people, pushed them to accomplish more, and came to command the loyalty of many different circles of people. She was an organizer of Reading for the Future and was the author of Science Fiction and Fantasy in the Classroom, a reference for teachers.

    A group of Bobbie’s friends and family gathered at her home in Gold Bar on Saturday for a memorial service in her honor. Many drinks and hugs and stories were shared. Our thoughts are especially with her husband Jerry, her son Pete, her daughter Tiffany, and others closest to her.

    For some of us, our work on Sasquan is a way of honoring Bobbie. We invite all who knew her to join with us to help make the 2015 Worldcon a wonderful experience for everyone, to show off the kind of creativity and comradeship that Bobbie was known for. We remember Bobbie, and she would have wanted us to make more great memories at her convention.

    Housing Bureau opens for Sasquan members on September 16

    Spokane, 12 Sept 2014

    As of 8am Pacific Time on Tuesday, September 16, Sasquan members may start making hotel reservations using the housing bureau link which will appear at http://sasquan.org/hotels. This early opening date is intended to help Sasquan members plan early for a better convention.

    Fans who wish to host a party should first make a reservation, then send the confirmation number to the with a request for party space. Please include the date of the party and the hotel information with the request: this will make it easier for Sasquan’s party coordinators to do their job.Fans who wish to get a suite should first make a reservation, then send the confirmation number to with their request. Party and non-party suites are available.Fans who wish a party suite should send information to both teams.If a fan wishes to get an ADA room, first make a reservation, then send the confirmation number to with the request for an ADA room.If there is a problem, please contact the which will reach Sasquan’s Facilities Team and Visit Spokane’s help desk. If the problem is that some desired dates are not available, please book for as much of the desired time as is available and then send the confirmation number and dates desired to the housing bureau. Sasquan has already negotiated some additional shoulder nights for the convention, and is working on getting more.

    Full details of how to become a member of Sasquan are available at the Sasquan Registration page.

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    The Moon and the Sun — The Film

    Paramount has acquired rights for distribution of the period fantasy adventure “The Moon and the Sun” slotting it for an April 10, 2015 release. Members of the ensemble cast are Pierce Brosnan as King Louis XIV, Kaya Scodelario as Marie-Josèphe, Benjamin Walker as Yves De La Croix, William Hurt and Fan Bingbing.

    Based on the book by Sasquan GOH Vonda McIntyre. The story combines two major genres: science fiction and historical romance, set in 17th century France, “The Moon and the Sun” follows King Louis XIV’s (Pierce Brosnan) “quest for immortality.” The royal king wanted to capture and steal a mermaid’s life force, a move that is further complicated by his illegitimate daughter’s discovery and befriending of the creature.

    The novel has won the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1997, beating out A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin. It was inspired by the short story “The Natural History and Extinction of the People of the Sea”, also by McIntyre, which was illustrated by fellow author Ursula K. Le Guin.

    Many Generations, All Fandom

    David Gerrold posted this to Facebook on August 26; we liked his comment so much we are reposting it here (with his permission):

     

    Yesterday’s opinion piece from the daily dot comparing Nine Worlds Convention and Worldcon with the conclusion that SF fandom is aging out — with obligatory put downs about sexism and the generation gap — has generated, and is likely to generate a great deal more, very interesting and serious discussions on FB.

    First, everything I’ve read suggests that Loncon3 was a great success, with 10,000 people attending and most of them having a good time.

    That’s a pretty good measure of a great convention. So congratulations to the committee for a good job, despite a bit of earlier turbulence.

    But let me return to the assertions of the article.

    First — fandom really got going post-WWII. It became not only a community, but a family, for what was at that time a very-marginalized fringe genre. And for the first twenty years post-WWII, it was a very insular community. You had to already be a fan to know about fandom.

    Today — we are finally at the point where we have an older generation of fans who actually grew up in this community and who have lived in it all their lives. They didn’t arrive on the geezer bus from the local nursing home. They were here mostly from their own adolescence. Most of them have paid their dues in a variety of ways. Elder fandom is now a permanent part of our landscape. Elder fans are our family. And just like in any other family, they are just as entitled to be crotchety, fossilized, curmudgeonly, cranksters, muttering about how, “in my day, we didn’t have interwebz. If we wanted to feud with someone, we had to crank up the mimeo machine and paste stamps on envelopes and schlep it all down to the post office to call someone a ducknoggle.”

    And … btw, elder fandom is also a great source of experience, lessons learned, history, traditions, wisdom, insights, and gossip. Especially gossip. You want to learn the stuff that doesn’t make it into the history books — and no, I’m not talking about who sawed Courtney’s boat — you have to talk to someone over fifty or sixty to find out the hoary details of the bare-breasted women in the masquerade at the third Star Trek convention….

    Fandom isn’t aging out. It’s maturing. It’s evolving into a complete community. Yes, the average age of a convention attendee is rising. And yes, the current crop of twelve-year-olds is more likely to be involved with movies, TV shows, and video games than trips to the library, and yes, publishing and marketing have changed so it’s getting harder for a writer to not have a day job. (My day job is throwing the ball for the terrier, but it doesn’t pay well.)

    And yes, elders will look somewhat askance at the younger generations of fans — part of it is simply not understanding the avalanche of new writers, new interests, new media, new ideas, new everything. I remember my own strange unease seeing the first rise of graphic novels (way back when), before I finally recognized the energy they were bringing to the genre. I remember older male fans in the mid-sixties becoming somewhat askance at the influx of Star Trek fans to SF conventions — especially because so many of them had … you know, vaginas.

    But in fandom, the generation gap is there only if you want it to be there — only if you bring it yourself. If you have an issue with youngsters or with oldsters, you’ll be carrying your own personal generation gap — as the author of that daily dot article did.

    Mostly, if you look around at the crowds, at the audiences in the room, if you look at all the various gatherings, the masquerades, the gaming rooms, the media rooms — if you look and see who’s just sitting around and chatting with who, you’ll more often see groups that are age-blind. You don’t see that in a lot of other places — but you do see it in fandom, where people of all different ages interact without age being a judgment on ability or insight.

    A convention is a place to play — where we all get to be children of all ages.

    That’s what the daily dot article missed. And more.

    The whole world is changing. Back in the fifties and sixties, we thought the future would look like something out of Buck Rogers, with flying cars and jet packs. We never stopped to consider that jet packs and flying cars are not only not cost effective, they’re simply not practical. They’re a waste of fuel and resources, they’re too expensive, and they represent noise and pollution and danger to the rest of the community. They didn’t represent significant value to us.

    But what we got instead — ?!!

    Look around yourself. In fact, look at how you’re reading this ramble.

    We’re living in the future we really wanted. We have personal computers, laptops, tablets, smart phones, digital cameras, wall-size 3D TV, GPS navigation built into hybrid cars (soon to be self-driving), instantaneous global communication, a near cashless society, robots on Mars, solar power panels, an International Space Station, routine organ transplants (with lab grown organs in the pipeline), medical advances that were unthinkable just a generation ago, 3D printers, fresh fruits and vegetables all year round, and so much more, I’ll leave it up to the rest of you to list. We have the future we designed for our own convenience.

    Best of all, we have the Internet, which gives us immediate access to friends, family, news, videos, information, education, resources of all kinds.

    This changes us. It changes who we are and how we perceive the world. It’s one of the reasons TLGB rights have been recognized as civil rights. It’s one of the reasons why the civil rights of women and African-Americans and immigrants and the poor have become part of the national conversation. It accelerates our ability to hear about issues, learn about them, and make appropriate choices.

    Yes, we are stumbling, fumbling, and bumbling our way into the future. But on the long-term scale, the violence in our cities is in decline, the ravages of disease are in decline, even the scale of war has been on a steady decline since WWII. All of this is directly or indirectly related to the various technologies we’ve created to make our lives more efficient.

    Now, what does that mean for fandom? It means that all the various cultural phenomena that have changed the world we live in are also at work on science fiction and fantasy and horror. It means that our genres are also evolving. It means that the fandoms of the genres are changing and adapting as well.

    If SF was always about pushing the boundaries of what we know about science — as well as what we know about ourselves as human beings — then what’s happening now is just the next part of the process. We’re stretching, growing, learning, becoming.

    Take one moment out of time — a single convention — and you’re going to get a distorted view. But look at the continuing changes that occur over time and you get a better sense of the entire process of growth and evolution of the genre.

    Where once the Worldcon was THE convention of the year, we now have San Diego Comic-Con and multiple other comic-cons all over the country, we have Dragon-Con, we have multiple anime cons, furry cons, gay cons, media cons, horror cons, Star Trek cons, and so many local and regional cons that fans are often distraught trying to choose which ones to attend. And along the way, non-genre fandoms have started having their own conventions as well. The convention has become the replacement for the state fair in an urban society.

    Any assertion that the Worldcon “should be” or “must be” or “is supposed to be” is usually someone’s ego claiming authority to judge. Nope. The Worldcon is going to be what it is — a cross-section of fandom at the moment the Worldcon occurs. It will represent what the committee thinks a good convention should be, and those who choose to attend will represent a cross section of those who think the Worldcon is worth attending.

    To those who complain about Worldcon or any other convention — join the committee. Volunteer. Or create your own committee and bid and learn the hard way just how difficult and complex the job is — and how amazing the results are when it all comes together.

    Meanwhile — at least here’s my take on it — there’s only one real judgment to have on fandom or conventions. Am I having a good time?

    Over here, the answer is still yes. (Of course, I’m not the average attendee, but that’s a different discussion.)

    –David Gerrold

    Marijuana

    Marijuana is legal in the State of Washington; however, it is still prohibited by federal law. And, public consumption of marijuana products is still illegal under the new Washington State law. Therefore, marijuana use is not permitted in any convention space including open parties and parties on the party floor. For more information regarding the new regulations and law, please refer to the Washington State Liquor Control Board page on the matter. This page is updated regularly.