Welcome to the home page of LoneStarCon 3, the 2013 World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon). On this site you'll find everything you need to know about the convention, including our guests, program, events, exhibits and of course how to register and where to stay while you're in town.
2013 Hugo Awards and Voter Packet
The final ballot for the 2013 Hugo Awards and John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer is now under way. The voting deadline is Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 11:59pm CDT. A printable ballot form can be found on the main Hugo Awards page and an online version will be available by the end of May, 2013. Full details of this year's finalists can be found on the nominees page.
The 2013 Hugo Voter Packet has now been released. This electronic package of nominated works is graciously made available to voters by nominees and their publishers. It is available to Supporting, Attending, Military and Young Adult members of LoneStarCon 3 to help inform them about the works under consideration before voting. The packet will remain available until voting closes.
Site Selection Races Under Way
We are pleased to announce the opening of the voting process to select the host sites for the 2015 Worldcon and the 2014 North American Science Fiction Convention ("NASFiC"). Three bids have been formally filed for the 2015 Worldcon, which will be the 73rd occasion of this convention, and two for the NASFiC.
All Adult, Military, and Young Adult Attending and Supporting members of LoneStarCon 3 are eligible to take part in the site selection process. Ballots may be submitted by postal mail or in-person at the convention. Postal ballots must be received by August 18, 2013. Voting at the convention will continue until 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 31, 2013. All ballots must be accompanied by an Advance Membership (Voting) fee, set at $40 for the Worldcon election and $35 for the NASFiC election. In each case, the fee will automatically be converted to a Supporting Membership in the winning convention.Full information on the site selection process can be found on the site selection page on this website. Ballot forms can be downloaded in PDF format for printing, and will also be included in Progress Report 4 which will mail in mid-May to members receiving printed publications.
Not Long to Go - the LoneStarCon 3 Pulp-O-Mizer Competition!
The closing ddate is fast approaching for the LoneStarCon 3 Pulp-O-Mizer Competition. The aim of the competition is to design a pulp magazine-style cover promoting LoneStarCon 3, using the Pulp-O-Mizer web application, and we are still keen to receive more entries.
The Pulp-O-Mizer Competition is open to all LoneStarCon 3 members and staff, excepting staff working at the Divisional level or in the Chair's Office. All entries must be submitted by Friday, May 31, 2013 and the winning design will be featured in the LoneStarCon 3 Souvenir Book, a full-color publication distributed to all convention members. Shortlisted entries will also be featured in an exhibition display at the convention.
Full terms and information on how to enter can be found on the competition page. This includes instructions on how to unlock a unique LoneStarCon 3 cover option which all competition members need to use in their entries.
Dealers' Room Rates Reduced
We are delighted to announce that our Dealers' Room rates have been reduced. Table prices for 8 ft x 30 in tables are now $175 for a single table (unchanged), and $200 per table (previously $250) for two or more tables (maximum five allowed per dealer). Prices for 10 ft x 10 ft booths have been reduced from $750 to $500 for the run of the convention. Dealers with existing bookings will have their balance reduced so that they also benefit from the lower prices. Tables and booths can be reserved for a deposit of $100 each, with the balance to be paid by Wednesday, July 31, 2013.
We are also pleased to confirm that dealers can now make their bookings online for additional convenience. Please see our main Dealers' Room page for full details.
Updated List of Program Participants
We have now released an expanded and updated list of confirmed program participants.
With 90 additional names announced, we now have over 170 confirmed participants in total. The latest additions include authors and editors from all areas of the science fiction field. Newly-confirmed authors include Catherine Asaro, David Brin, Steven Brust, Charlaine Harris, Tanya Huff, David D. Levine, George R.R. Martin, Elizabeth Moon, Melinda M. Snodgrass, Harry Turtledove, and Howard Waldrop. Editors include John Joseph Adams ("Lightspeed"), Lou Anders (Pyr), Patrick and Teresa Nielsen Hayden (Tor), and Jacob Weisman (Tachyon).
Please use our standard hashtag #LoneStarCon on Twitter, Flickr and other media to share your convention experience. Use #hugoawards for comments on the Hugo Awards.
Get in Touch
You can contact us by mail at LoneStarCon 3, PO Box 27277, Austin, TX 78755-2277, USA or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We also have a range of specific contact addresses for particular departments - see our contacts page for the full list.