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  • Aug 24, 2013 - added a new page with maps and navigation information for the convention site.
  • Aug 23, 2013 - expanded the travel and parking pages.
  • Aug 22, 2013 - you can now access program and other convention information from our mobile applications.
  • Aug 21, 2013 - Press Release #32: LoneStarCon 3 Thanks Publishers for Supporting Public Libraries in San Antonio.
  • Aug 20, 2013 - our interactive program guide is now online, with details of all 945 program items!
  • Aug 20, 2013 - the Pocket Program can now be downloaded in PDF format from the publications page.
  • Aug 20, 2013 - Press Release #31: LoneStarCon 3 Partners with Ustream to Broadcast 2013 Hugo Award Ceremony.
  • Aug 19, 2013 - our Restaurant Guide can now be downloaded from the publications page.
  • Aug 13, 2013 - the overall convention schedule is now available including service hours and program highlights.
  • Aug 12, 2013 - Progress Report 5 is now available.
  • Aug 12, 2013 - there will be a ghost walking tour of San Antonio on the evening of Thursday, August 29.
  • Aug 12, 2013 - our animation program will be showing a wide range of anime and cartoons.
  • Aug 8, 2013 - published initial agenda and materials for the WSFS Business Meeting.
  • Aug 7, 2013 - Press Release #29: LoneStarCon 3 to Feature Author Jay Lake with Film Premiere and Special Exhibit.
  • Aug 1, 2013 - every day is special with our Theme Days in the Exhibit Hall.
  • Aug 1, 2013 - John Hertz will be leading book discussion groups on The Glass Bead Game, Vintage Season, and The Dying Earth. Read them, and then join in!
Hugo Awards - Base Design

The World Science Fiction Convention has given out the Hugo Awards for achievement in Science Fiction and Fantasy since the early 1950s. The Hugo trophy comprises a metal rocket on a base.

The Hugo Award rocket was inspired by the finned rockets of Willy Ley and was designed by Jack McKnight and Ben Jason. (In one famous case in 1956, Dave Kyle got away with using hood-mascots from an Oldsmobile model.) The rocket design has become standardized in recent years and the rockets are currently produced by British fan Peter Weston. (For more about the way the rockets are made, read this article on the official Hugo Awards website.)

The design for the base on which the rocket is mounted is, however, the responsibility of each Worldcon committee, and changes each year. This is an honor that Worldcon committees take very seriously and typically the design is created either by direct commission of an artist or designer or by open competition.

A photographic archive of many of the previous bases can be found here.

The 2013 Hugo Award Base

LoneStarCon 3 is delighted to announce that the 2013 Hugo Award base will be designed by Texas-based artist Vincent Villafranca. Vincent is a Chesley Award-winning sculptor who produces futuristic and fantastic bronzes using the traditional lost-wax casting process. As you can see from the image below, work to produce the 2013 bases is already well under way! However, in keeping with tradition, the design will not be revealed until the convention itself.

Casting the 2013 Hugo Award Base

The 1997 Hugo Award Base

The Worldcon has been to Texas just once before, for LoneStarCon 2 in 1997. (If you are wondering, LoneStarCon 1 was a NASFiC, held in 1985, rather than a Worldcon). The 1997 Hugo Award base, shown below, was designed by Clayburn Moore and very visible inspired by the shape of the State of Texas itself (Photo: Sheila Perry).