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NEWS

  • 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!
Progress Report 5

From the Chairman

Here we are, down to the final days before the launch of LoneStarCon 3! This web page contains links to all kinds of valuable information about the convention including directions to the hotel and information about registration. There's information about what to do, what to see, where to eat. Please take time to read this information, it will help you make your time in Texas more productive and fun. We look forward to seeing you in just a couple of weeks!

Randall Shepherd - Chairman

LoneStarCon 3, the 71st World Science Fiction Convention


About PR5

This Progress Report includes a series of links intended to help you make the most of the information on this website, and of your time in San Antonio. For a full index to the website, use the main menu at the left of every page, or the alphabetical At A Glance page.

The Progress Report is also available in PDF format, although you will need to be online with access to the website to make use of the embedded links. The PDF version includes additional information to make it more self-contained.

A number of other documents are also available in PDF format. You may find it helpful to download these for reading offline (for instance while flying to Texas) or for orientation.


Travel and Accommodation

First things first: you need to get to the convention! Advice for getting to San Antonio is on our Getting Here page; more details on local transport can be found on our Getting Around page. This includes local parking suggestions.

Our main hotels are the Marriott Rivercenter and Marriott Riverwalk. Our overflow hotel is the Hilton Palacio Del Rio. All of the hotels are within a block of the convention center.

For orientation of the local area we recommend this excellent map on MakkaMappa.com. Art as well as information!


While You're Here

While a Worldcon can easily occupy every waking hour, we know that members often like to see a bit of the host city. We have provided an introduction to San Antonio for orientation, and a list of major attractions, but for detailed information we recommend you use some of the excellent official websites.

  • www.VisitSanAntonio.com is the official tourism site for the city. It has three main sections:
    • Browse and Book gives quick access to reviews and reservations for attractions, shops, and restaurants.
    • Trip Ideas provides thematically organized access to the same information.
    • Explore San Antonio contains extensive material on history, tourism and leisure.
  • www.theSanAntonioRiverWalk.com is the official site of the San Antonio River Walk. It includes a history of the area, information on dining, events, and attractions, and much more.
  • www.SanAntonio.gov is the official site of the City of San Antonio. It includes a range of information for visitors, including details of museums and galleries, public parks, art and cultural events.
  • www.SAHearts.com is a city-sponsored guide to arts and cultural events in San Antonio. It includes visual arts, theatre, dance, music, culinary, and other events.

The River Walk area itself is full of shops and restaurants and will provide a great atmosphere for a stroll or a longer break from the convention. We've provided a guide to dining on the River Walk listing over 30 restaurants that you may want to try. Tex-Mex is of course the local speciality but you'll also find Old World, New World, Barbeque, Italian, Seafood, and some AAA Four Diamond fine dining choices.

If you'd like some morning exercise - to keep yourself fresh and to see some of the River Walk area - consider joining Stroll with the Stars, starting at 9 a.m. each day just outside the Marriott Riverwalk.


Worldcon Orientation

The first thing to do on arrival (after checking into your hotel, of course), is to register and collect your badge, which gives you access to the convention. The registration desk is located in the West Registration area of the convention center. Make sure you ALWAYS carry your badge - security will not let you in to convention areas without it - and be careful not to lose it. Registration hours are as follows.

  • Wednesday, August 28 - 9 a.m to 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 29 - 9 a.m to 7 p.m.
  • Friday, August 30 - 9 a.m to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 31 - 9 a.m to 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 1 - 9 a.m to 7 p.m.
  • Monday, September 2 - 9 a.m to 1 p.m.

We recommend that all members read our Code of Conduct before setting off for LoneStarCon 3. All attendees are expected to be aware of and follow this Code for the entire duration of the event. The Code includes our policies on personal interaction and harassment, public parties, weapons, and privacy, photography and electronic recording.

We are currently working on maps to help you navigate around the convention site. These will be available through the website from around August 19, as well as being in your Pocket Program.

Is this your first Worldcon? If so, we recommend you read this introductory article before continuing.


Services to Members

We provide a number of services to help members get the most from the convention... and to help you to help us.

  • If you have special needs, please check out our Accessibility Services page. Sally Woerhle, Bill Thomasson and their team are ready to help you with any issues you may have. Please note that the deadline for reserving a scooter is Tuesday, August 20, 2013.

  • If you are bringing younger children, you may want to consider using our professional childcare service, which is once again being run by Kiddiecorp this year. (This is additional to the Rangernauts fan-run children's program.) We encourage you to pre-register for this service as capacity is limited. Childcare costs $12 per hour but the first six hours are free for those with paid child memberships.

  • And if you'd like to help put on "the Greatest Show on Earth" (or at least in fandom), please sign up as a volunteer - we will need as many hands as possible on the day to share the load!

You will find our Information Desk, Volunteers Desk, and Accessibility Services Desk all located in the West Registration area, near to convention registration.

Opening hours for all of the main convention areas and activities can be found on the main schedule page.


LoneStarCon 3 on the Move

We are currently finalizing our mobile applications - yes, plural, this year you will have two to choose from! One will be a mobile site (no software download needed), while the other will be a more fully-featured application which can save your personal schedule. The apps will run on a wide variety of Android, iOS, and other devices. This year's apps will also be available for direct download rather than needing to go through Google Play and the iTunes store - this will make it much easier for us to deal with any issues that arise during the convention.

We expect that our mobile applications will be available for members to use by Friday, August 23, at the latest.


Schedule, Program, and Events

LoneStarCon 3 has an exciting and diverse range of programming, topped off with some spectacular events and exhibits. The full convention program will be published around August 19, but in the meantime, a great place to start is the schedule page which includes a list of highlights.

  • For those arriving early, we still have space for our guided tour to the Robert E. Howard House and Museum. This event is scheduled for Wednesday, August 28, with a cost to LoneStarCon 3 members of $50 to cover the coach trip to and from Cross Plains.

  • Major events are planned for each night of the convention. Opening Night (Thursday) will feature Music Night, while Friday night has Art Night including the presentation of the Chesley Awards. On Saturday you can attend the Masquerade and, of course, Sunday sees the presentation of the Hugo Awards.

  • Thursday night will also see a Ghost Walk of San Antonio, starting outside the Alamo at 8:30 p.m. Guides in period costume will be performing in true storytelling format.

  • The middle nights of the convention will have featured dance events. On Friday at 8 p.m., you can Join the Browncoats as we recreate the famous "Shindig" ball in our Firefly Shindig Contradance. On Saturday at 8 p.m. you can step into a real Tex-Mex Conjunto dancehall experience with the music of Los Paisanos de Chalito Johnson, one of the first families of the progressive San Antonio Conjunto sound. And on Sunday at 11 p.m., after the Hugo Awards, Scott Bradlee and his Postmodern Jukebox ensemble will transform the pop-chart hits of today into the anachronistic party favorites of a yesteryear that never was, in our Steampunk-themed late night club dance.

  • Our musical highlights are not limited to Music Night, although concerts from Seanan McGuire, Leslie Fish, Captains of the Chess Team, and the Diamond Star Project are certainly a great way to start the convention! As we have committed to from the time we started bidding, we will have music at the heart of the convention, with concerts and performances every day. Look out especially for Sundown: Whispers of Ragnarok, a performance by the a capella group Sassafrass. Gods and myths of the Viking era will come to life in this set of songs which narrate the history of the cosmos according to Viking legend, from the creation of the world to Ragnarok. Sassafrass will be performing at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 31.

  • The LoneStarCon 3 Independent Film Festival is brought to you by Nat Saenz, who also ran the Renovation and Chicon 7 Film Festivals. These events are growing in popularity every year and this year we have a full program of over 100 independent and fan films.

  • Look out for our Guests of Honor, Special Guests, and Toastmaster who will be appearing regularly throughout the convention. Their featured items include:

  • We will also be featuring the world premiere of the documentary "Lakeside," about author Jay Lake's battle with cancer, as well as a special exhibit based on Jay Lake's genome. The film's director, Donnie Reynolds, and Jay Lake will both be at the convention to introduce us to the film on Friday, August 30, at 9 a.m., with a repeat showing on Monday, September 2, at 1 p.m.

Rangernauts - Our Children's Program

We will once again be offering fan-run children's programming for 6-12 year olds - and their parents - as an alternative to the professional childcare service offered by Kiddiecorp. Rangernauts will run for the full weekend and feature crafts, games, toys, mini-projects, books, comics, and a bit of space for children to enjoy. We want to create a room where there is always something to do, where science and engineering meet fiction, film, books, comics, and the fantastic, and where kids will enjoy themselves and have fun!

Rangernauts is not a child-minding service: it is Worldcon programming for kids. There will be a sign-in facility for children who are LoneStarCon 3 members, with children able to be signed in for a maximum of four hours at a time (everyone needs a break!)

These activities allow kids to have their own convention time. We will have a ribbon system in place for parents, children who can come and go, and children who must be with a parent. Younger children are welcome in the continual company of their parents. We will have a seating area so parents can have a moment of peace while watching the chaos.

The Rangernauts web page includes a more detailed description of the program that is planned for each day. The Rangernauts activities are coming from the same team that delivered "Dragongirls, Cowboys and Pirates" at Renovation in 2011, and ChiKidz at Chicon 7 last year - with great reviews both times (not least from the kids!)

Tony - Rangernauts!

Exhibits

Exhibits covers a number of activities which will be hosted in and around Exhibit Hall A which is located at street level in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

Theme Days in the Exhibit Hall

"Exhibits" can sound like something you just stand in front of and look at. But don't get the wrong idea! Of course, there are plenty of static displays, but the Exhibit Hall is much more than that. There will be activities and events running every day, with opportunities to get engaged and take part.

A key part of our vision will be Theme Days. Each day will highlight a particular aspect of our exhibits and have some special surprise activities. Our daily themes will be a Taste of Texas; Space Cowboy; Biohazard; Steampunk; and British SF. Full information on the Theme Days and a preview of some of the special attractions can be found on the Theme Days page.


WSFS Site Selection

The Site Selection process is nearing its end with two bidders competing to host the 2014 NASFiC and three bidders competing for the right to host the 2015 Worldcon.

  • All postal ballots must be received by the Site Selection Administrator by Sunday, August 18, 2013. After this date, ballots must be submitted at the convention - although you can ask another attendee to hand carry your ballot if you are not attending in person yourself.
  • Site Selection at the convention will be open from 12 Noon to 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 29, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, August 30, and Saturday August 31. The winners will be announced at the Sunday morning WSFS Business Meeting.
  • Full information on all Site Selection bidders, including their filings, FAQs, and Fannish Inquisition videos from Westercon 66, can be found on the main Site Selection page. You can also click on the logos below to directly visit the bidders' websites.

2014 NASFiC Bidders

Detroit in 2014

Detroit in 2014

Phoenix in 2014

Phoenix in 2014

2015 Worldcon Bidders

Helsinki in 2015

Helsinki in 2015

Orlando in 2015

Orlando in 2015

Spokane in 2015

Spokane in 2015