AMAZING NEWS: 10-8-23 Ten Days Before Worldcon Starts(?) Edition

Mini Editorial: File 770 has been featured a near daily Chengdu Worldcon Update (which you should read – and not just the update, but all of File 770 on a daily basis, but I digress):  the overall sense I get from these reports and the little bits of news trickling out from here and there is this:  attendance, especially by “foreigners” is not what they’d hoped it would be; the venue will probably not be completely finished when the event starts (to what degree we may never know); there seems to be one set of rules, regulations and informations for Chinese fans and another for everyone else; attendance at the highlight events (Opening Ceremonies, Hugo Awards) is being auctioned and is limited (with that huge venue they need to limit?) and there are separate tracks for obtaining access that are not clear to me; There is great confusion over hotel names and locations; Guests of Honor, or at least the kind of guests who were once labeled as Guest of Honor (until pretty recently, Worldcons, with many regional conventions following suit, would promote three or four recognizable individuals as Guests of Honor – “GoH”s.  Those titles seem to be waning;  more importantly, the WSFS Business Meeting agenda has not yet been distributed (as required by the rules).  I’m not as concerned about that as I otherwise might normally be as major changes require ratification at a subsequent Worldcon.  In general, the Chinese side of things seems to now have a track record of not following any of the WSFS requirements.
Once the event begins, I will publish an editorial on the reasons why I objected so strenuously to this Worldcon, and why those objections have nothing to do with racism and everything to do with genocide).

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Friend Joe Siclari of FANAC announces the latest FANAC Fan History Zoom – Sunday, October 15, 2023 Time: 4 pm EDT, 1 pm PDT, 9 pm BST (UK) and 7 am (Oct. 16, Melbourne, AU) – Evolution of Fan Art with legendary fan artists Grant Canfield, Tim Kirk, Jim Shull and Dan Steffan.  To attend email fanac@fanac.org (Full-sized poster for the event at the end of these posts)

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Our Featured image this week is an edited screen capture of the “Long List of Worldcons”, showing changes in the Guest of Honor tradition.

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