Bring Worldcon to Orlando in 2015!

Every year the World Science Fiction Society (WSFS) holds a World Science Fiction Convention (or WorldCon). 2015 will be the year of the 73rd annual WorldCon. This convention has been going on since 1939, except for a brief hiatus during World War II, but that put a lot of things on hiatus as I recall. Every year since 1955 the membership of WorldCon have selected the winners of the Hugo Awards, which if you’re into Science Fiction you’ll recognize as the awards for the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements during the year.

Every year at WorldCon the membership selects where the WorldCon will be in two years. As this is 2013 they will be choosing where the location will be in 2015 and we are backing the bid to bring WorldCon back to Orlando, Florida on Labor Day Weekend (September 2-6).

The choice is obvious when you consider the proposed venue is Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. With over 1,920 hotel rooms and more than 225,000 square feet of flexible function and exhibit space, it is one of the largest single-level facilities on the U.S. East Coast. With a facility this big it will allow Worldcon to be housed in one hotel and eliminate splitting up programming around multiple hotels and venues. Few locations can offer such a deal.

And speaking of deals, the contracted room rate is $139/night, single-quad. And since this is a Disney location, you know your going to be treated first class. They offer free ground transportation and luggage service from the Orlando airport to all of their resorts. Plus, there’s free parking at Coronado Springs Resort, whether you stay there or not. If you do stay there, mini-fridges in all the rooms means you can load up on the con-snacks. But my favorite service is the free wi-fi that’s available throughout the function space and sleeping rooms.

If Orlando wins the bid to host Worldcon in 2015 they will be working their programming around the theme, “Science Fiction is Bigger Than You Think!”, which will showcase how the breadth and scope of today’s science fiction has spread beyond its humble beginnings. Admittance to the exhibit hall will be FREE, thus increasing traffic for the Dealers, Artists, Artist Alley, fan groups and the wonderful Worldcon history exhibits.

For more information go check out their website, OrlandoIn2015, like their Facebook page and spread the word about getting Worldcon to Orlando in 2015.

 

Ep-18 Xiaolin Skinheads

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This week we are joined by the Lady Fox as we discuss the second episode of series two, “Tooth and Claw”.

There’s strange things afoot at Torchwood House and Her Majesty Queen Victoria is less than pleased. The Doctor and Rose visit Scotland and meet up with some Kung-Fu monks and a lupine wavelength haemovariform! Ahh-WOOOOO Lupine wavelength haemovariform of Scotland… Doesn’t have the same ring to it as Werewolf of London but it’s the thought that counts.

Whether you’re locked in a cellar or hiding in a mistletoe paneled library, unlike the Queen you might just be amused when the Xiaolin Skinheads attack!

What is Intervention?

Once again Jennie and I will be attending Intervention in Rockville, MD. You’ve heard us talk about it like mad every year.

What does Intervention do? Educational panels and workshops taught by the pros. Supporting local and indie artists who use the internet to DIY reach out to their audience. Gaming, Fan Suggested Geekery, Dance Parties, Movies, Arcade Gaming, and unique performances.

Check out this video then make plans to meet us all at Intervention August 23rd-25th.

Intervention: The Premier Showcase of Online Creativity

Ep-17 Nurses, Nuns and Cats

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Your long wait is over and we’re back to regular updates.

Jennie made me say that or she was going to poke my jiggery again. Either way, we recorded this discussion about Doctor Who season 2, episode 1: “New Earth” with our old pal Greg Harbin waaaaay back in October. So this is truly a time travel episode back to the long ago days of 2012. Obama was president, gas was cheaper and catwomen knew their place.

The Doctor and Rose go on a date to the distant future and run into trouble with cats. Anytime you deal with cats there’s going to be trouble. That’s just how it is with cats, especially cats who dress like nuns and practice the time honored tradition of nursing. To make things even more interesting we get a visit from our old friend Cassandra and a hospital full of quasi-zombie clones from space.

In this madcap adventure you’ll need to take the Doctor’s advice and never trust Nurses, Nuns or Cats.

Habemus Medicus

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On Sunday, 4th of August 2013 the BBC made a special announcement broadcast live around the world at 19:00 Universal Time.  In this 30 minute program several celebrities with connections to the Doctor Who franchise were interviewed, including the Fifth Doctor (Peter Davison) and fan favorite Bernard Cribbens (Wilfred Mott). Finally, they revealed the pick for Matt Smith’s replacement.

Today we discuss the announcement and our thoughts on the Twelfth Doctor.

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