Mid AmeriCon II - The 74th World Science Fiction Convention

The 74th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), also known as Mid AmeriCon II, will be held in Kansas City, Missouri, United States between 17th and 21st August 2016.

The special highlights of the convention will be the introduction of Guests of Honour – individuals who contributed to the field of science fiction in a significant way through their literary works, comics, art, criticism, publishing or fandom, and awarding The Hugo Awards - the leading award for excellence in the field of science fiction and fantasy.

As usual, the convention will feature panels, presentations, readings, autograph sessions and discussion groups, as well as participatory activities including writing, art, and other workshops, costuming and cosplaying, filk and other music, games including role-playing, tabletop, board, and card games, fanzines, children’s programming, and many other activities, such as art show, dealers room, exhibits on science, publishing, and the history and culture of fandom, and a world-class stage masquerade featuring the best fan costumers.



Mid AmeriCon II - Location:

Kansas City is the largest city in the state of Missouri, in the mid-western United States. Situated near the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri Rivers, Kansas City is also the anchor city of the Kansas City metropolitan area, which straddles the Kansas–Missouri border.

The Bartle Hall Convention Center (or simply Bartle Hall) is located in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. Named after Harold Roe Bartle, a prominent, two-term mayor of Kansas City in the 1950s and early 1960s, Bartle Hall is Kansas City’s largest complex dedicated to meetings and conventions as well as sports and entertainment. It offers 36,120 square metres of column-free exhibit area on one floor, 19,600 square metres of tenant space, a 20,000 square metres conference centre and 5,100 square metres of additional space on two levels, as well as 45 meeting rooms, a 2,400-seat theatre, and an arena that can seat over 10,700 people, along with a 4,300 square metres ballroom. Bartle Hall’s four 102 metres tall art deco-inspired pylons, that are suspending the Convention Center above and over the Interstate highway I-670, are a striking fixture in the Kansas City skyline.

Kansas City Convention Center, a.k.a. 'Bartle Hall' with the grand ballroom in the centre and four imposing 102-metres tall art deco-inspired pylons in the background


Mid AmeriCon II - Programme highlights:


Star Wars Day and Special Guests

MidAmeriCon II’s ‘Star Wars Day’ will take place 40 years after the first MidAmeriCon hosted just the third public presentation about a then little known upcoming movie - Star Wars. Nine months before the May 1977 release, which changed the world of science fiction cinema forever, advertising publicity supervisor Charles Lippincott presented the members of the 1976’s 34th World Science Fiction Convention with a slide show promoting Star Wars (or as it is known now, Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope). This was followed by a Q&A session where Charles was joined by actor Mark Hamill and producer Gary Kurtz.

On Friday, 19th August 2016, Mid AmeriCon II welcomes back Charles Lippincott (marketing director for the original 1977 film Star Wars) and Gary Kurtz (film producer of Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back) for a day full of special Star Wars-themed events, programming, and exhibits. They will be joined by author Alan Dean Foster (writer of the novel version of Star Wars) for a fantastic day full of Star Wars history, information and other surprises. There will be also a large panel featuring all of special guests who will be discussing the release of Star Wars, the writing of Star Wars and various interesting stories about the creative process.


Gaming

Gaming is a big part of Fandom and will be well represented at MidAmeriCon II, that reserved no less than 465 square metres of gaming space which will be used for all-day gaming in the Exhibit Hall starting Wednesday afternoon and continuing through all opening hours in the Bartle Hall Convention Center, right up to Sunday.

The gaming area will have a series of playtests available for sign up on the day. Several of these sessions will feature designers and developers showing off their new games, including limited sessions on the Firefly and Mistborn RPGs. Slots will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

To complement the gaming area in the Exhibit Hall, the gaming program will cover games of all types. From board game recommendations to scriptwriting in videogames to live action role-play (Larp), the focus this year will be on ‘Gaming for Everybody’.


Paul and Storm Concert

MidAmeriCon II is delighted to announce that comedic musical duo Paul and Storm will be appearing at the convention. They will be live in concert at noon on Thursday, 18th August , and later will be interacting with the convention members throughout the gathering in the MidAmeriCon II Dealers’ Room.

Paul and Storm (Paul Sabourin and Greg ‘Storm’ DiCostanzo) are known internationally and across the Internet for their original (and often nerd-ishly bent) comedy music. Their song ‘Another Irish Drinking Song’ featured in the hit animated movie Despicable Me 2.


Masquerade

The Masquerade will be held on Friday, 19th August 2016. This is a very popular show, so the demand will be high, but there will be plenty of seating, so you can bring all your friends. The Theater doors will open at 7:00 PM and the show will start at 8:00 PM sharp. The Worldcon Masquerade is a traditional judged costuming competition and stage show. As the tradition dictates, the entrants will be divided into individual divisions based on the costuming skill levels of the participants, and judged by a semi-professional panel selected by the Masquerade Director, Gregory de Danann.


The 2016 Hugo Awards Ceremony

As the pinnacle of the convention, The Hugo Awards, the prestigious awards for excellence in the field of science fiction and fantasy, recognising the best novels, stories, graphic stories, related works, dramatic presentations (i.e. film, television), artists, fanzines, fancasts and fan works for the past year, will be awarded on Saturday, 20th August 2016. Additionally, Retro Hugo Awards Swing Dance Ceremony will be held on Thursday, 18th August 2016.


Programming

MidAmeriCon II programme will consist of knowledgeable and articulate people interacting with each other and with the convention community on a variety of fascinating subjects, including but not limited to: Comics and Graphic Novels Program, Young Adult Programming, Book Clubs, Academic Track, Art Program, Campbell Conference, Children’s Programming, Magazine Readings, Special Interest Groups Form, Writers Workshops, Young Writers Workshop and the highlight of the programming - International Film Festival that will showcase the best film shorts, and features from around the world, specialising in the science fiction, fantasy, horror, comedy, documentary and comic genres.


Mid AmeriCon II - Guests of Honour:

Kinuko Y. Craft – Japanese-born American contemporary painter, illustrator and fantasy artist, known principally for her children’s picture book illustrations. Among her notable works are illustrations for 1980 edition of R. L. Stevenson’s Treasure Island. Kinuko has been nominated for the Best Artist in the World Fantasy Awards five times, winning once in 2011.

Tamora Pierce – American writer of fantasy fiction for teenagers, best known for stories involving young heroines and books that feature feminist themes. Tamora made a name for herself with her first book series, The Song of the Lioness, which followed the adventures of the main character Alanna of Trebond, disguised as the boy Alan, through the trials of training as a knight.

Michael Swanwick – American science fiction author, whose works have won some of the genre’s most prestigious awards, such as Nebula for best novel with ‘Stations of the Tide’ in 1991, World Fantasy Award for ‘Radio Waves’ in 1996, and Hugo for ‘Slow Life’ in 2003 and ‘Legions in Time’ in 2004. Michael is also a prolific contributor for The New York Review of Science Fiction.

Patrick Nielsen Hayden – American science fiction editor, fanzine publisher, anthologist, essayist, blogger and reviewer. He is a World Fantasy Award and Hugo Award winner (for the Best Editor Long Form in the latter award), and an editor and the manager of Science Fiction at Tor Books. Patrick is a keen science fiction fan, active in the sci-fi fandom since the early 1970s.

Teresa Nielsen Hayden – American science fiction editor, fanzine writer, essayist and workshop instructor, married to Patrick Nielsen Hayden. A consulting editor for Tor Books and well known for her weblog, ‘Making Light’, Teresa also worked for Federated Media Publishing, published a collection of her essays - Making Book and has been nominated for Hugo Award five times.



Other notable guests:

George R. R. Martin – the creator of the legendary series of epic fantasy novels A Song of Ice and Fire set on the fictional continents of Westeros and Essos, that spawned the equally outstanding HBO’s television series Game of Thrones surely doesn’t need an introduction.

Ann Leckie – virtually unknown until the Loncon 3 where she scooped the 2014 Hugo Award for the Best Novel with her intriguing and original work Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie can now be firmly counted among the best writers of the classic science fiction stories.

John Picacio – this artist specialising in science fiction, fantasy and horror illustration won throughout his career several prestigious industry awards, amongst others the World Fantasy Award for Best Artist and the Chesley Award for Best Paperback Cover (for James Tiptree Jr.’s ‘Her Smoke Rose Up Forever’) as well as the Hugo Award for Best Professional Artist which he received in 2012.


Also Appearing ( in alphabetical order ):


A

Gerard Ackerman, Rachael Acks, Alexander James Adams, John Joseph Adams, Tonya Adolfson, Brad Aiken, Tim Akers, Kevin J. Anderson, Paul Dale Anderson, Eleanor Arnason, Tom Ashwell


B

Paolo Bacigalupi, Margene S. Bahm, Robin Wayne Bailey, Pete Balestrieri, Sharon Bass, Elizabeth Bear, Alan F. Beck, Gregory Benford, Mitchell Bentley, John BerlyneSusan BetzJitomir, Joshua Bilmes, Sage Blackwood, Kent Bloom, Jenifer Boles, David Boop, Paul Booth, Walt Boyes, Evey Brett, David Brin, Jason Brock, Ginjer Buchanan, Mitchell Burnside Clapp, Lynette M. Burrows, Kurt Busiek


C

James Cambias, Dana Cameron, Bill Campbell, Jack Campbell, Thomas K. Carpenter, Gail Carriger, Jeffrey A. Carver, Beth Cato, Aurora Celeste, Curtis Chen, Jeannette Cheney, Blind Lemming Chiffon, Debi Chowdhury, Arthur Chu, John Chu, Wesley Chu, Richard Chwedyk, Neil Clarke, Renee Collins, Byron Connell, Christine Connell, Tina Connolly, Guy Consolmagno, Jeffrey Cook, Paul Cornell, Dave Creek, Ctein


D

Ellen Datlow, Howard Davidson, Jim Davidson, Steve Davidson, Gabrielle de Cuir, John DeLaughter, Alyx Dellamonica, Bradley Denton, Leo d’Entremont, Vincent di Fate, Seth Dickinson, William Dietz, S.B. Divya, Vincent Docherty, Tom Doherty, Christine Doyle, Brendan DuBois, Sarah Beth Durst, David Dvorkin, Allan Dyen-Shapiro


E

Tom Easton, Scott Edelman, Gary Ehrlich, Susan Eisenhour, Alex Eisenstein, Phyllis Eisenstein, Eva Elasigue, Kate Elliott, Doug Ellis, Emma England, Kurt Erichsen


F

David Farnell, Bill Fawcett, Arnie Fenner, Sheila Finch, Carl Fink, Eric Flint, Phil Foglio, Jane Frank, William Frank, Jim Freund, Esther Friesner, Sarah Frost


G

Tom Galloway, Charles Gannon, Janice Gelb, Denise A. Gendron, David Gerrold, Cindi Gille-Rowley, ElizaBeth Gilligan, Max Gladstone, Mike Glyer, Lynn Gold, Jeanne Gomoll, Liz Gorinsky, Tessa Gratton, Cat Greenberg, Camille Griep, Jessica Guggenheim, Eileen Gunn, James Gunn


H

Theresa Halbert, Gay Haldeman, Joe Haldeman, Sumana Harihareswara, Charlaine Harris, Lee Harris, Jed Hartman, Teddy Harvia, William Hayashi, Sean Hazlett, Rhiannon Held, Jason Heller, John G. Hemry, Randy Henderson, Richard Hescox, Bill Higgins, Jason Hill, Laurel Anne Hill, M.C.A. Hogarth, Rich Horton, Matthew Hughes, Walter H. Hunt


J

Alex Jablokow, Matt Jacobson, J.R. Johansson, Brooke Johnson, Kij Johnson, Les Johnson, Matthew Johnson, Heather Rose Jones, Tamara Jones, Michaele Jordan, Sharon Joss


K

Eric Kaplan, Jordin Kare, Anna Kashina, Christopher Kastensmidt, Toni L. P. Kelner, Marguerite Kenner, John Kessel, Daniel M. Kimmel, Christy King, Benjamin C. Kinney, Flourish Klink, Gary Kloster, Dan Koboldt, Mary Robinette Kowal, Catherine Krahe, Barbara Krasnoff, Naomi Kritzer, Yanni Kuznia


L

Jamie Lackey, Mur Lafferty, Geoffrey A. Landis, Ann Leckie, William Ledbetter, Fonda Lee, Mary Soon Lee, Sharon Lee, Stephen Leigh, Terra LeMay, Rose Lemberg, Edward M. Lerner, Fred Lerner, David D. Levine, Paul Levinson, Guy Lillian, Charles Lippincott, Ken Liu, Catherine Lundoff, Perrianne Lurie, Lyndsey Luther, Bradford Lyau, Nicki Lynch, Rich Lynch, Scott Lynch


M

Esther MacCallum-Stewart, Shahid Mahmud, Bruce Mai, Nora Mai, Julia Mandala, Jim Mann, Laurie Mann, PJ Manney, Darlene Marshall, George R. R. Martin, Lee Martindale, Arkady Martine, Milo Martinez, Elise Matthesen, Belinda McBride, Todd McCaffrey, Elizabeth McCarty, David McDonald, Christopher McKitterick, Jane Ann McLachlan, Foz Meadows, Christie Meierz, Michael Merriam, Jamie Metzl, Jen Midkiff, Ron Miller, Steve Miller, Terrence Miltner, James Minz, Betsy Mitchell, L. E. Modesitt, Rebecca Moesta, Mary Anne Mohanraj, Elizabeth Moon, Lyda Morehouse, Deirdre Murphy, Ilana Myer


N

Ramez Naam, Ro Nagey, Rachel Neumeier, Alec Nevala-Lee, Debra Nickelson, Nina Niskanen, G. David Nordley


O

Peadar O Guilin, Bishop O’Connell, Goldeen Ogawa, Megan O’Keefe, Jennifer Old-d’Entremont, Mark L. Olson, Melissa F. Olson, Priscilla Olson, Mark Oshiro


P

Bethany Padron, Ada Palmer, Carole Parker, Sunil Patel, Helen Pennington, David Peterson, Luke Peterson, Pierre Pettinger, Sandy Pettinger, Andrea Phillips, John Picacio, Sarah Pinsker, Jim Plaxco, John Popham, Jerry Pournelle, Lettie Prell, Joelle Presby


R

Adam Rakunas, Cat Rambo, Symantha Reagor, Robert Reed, Mike Resnick, Eric Reynolds, Kelly Robson, Kevin Roche, Sandee Rodriguez, Howard Rosenblatt, Les Roth, Matthew S. Rotundo, Diana Rowland, L. Rowyn, Lauren Roy, Stefan Rudnicki


S

Stephen Saffel, Don Sakers, Jason Sanford, Robert J. Sawyer, John Scalzi, Courtney Schafer, Bryan Thomas Schmidt, Stanley Schmidt, Ken Schneyer, Lawrence M. Schoen, Spring Schoenhuth, Karl Schroeder, V.E. Schwab, Richard Shealy, Jarvis Sheffield, Mike Shepherd Moscoe, Sharon Shinn, Martin Shoemaker, Jared Shurin, Alex Shvartsman, Joe Siclari, Renee Sieber, Steven H Silver, Karen Haber Silverberg, Robert Silverberg, Alan Smale, Kristine Smith, Rosemary Claire Smith, Melinda Snodgrass, Bud Sparhawk, Henry Spencer, Cait Spivey, Paul Starr, Allen M. Steele, Edie Stern, Milt Stevens, Alan Stewart, Elaine Stiles, Stephen Stiles, Ian Stockdale, Eric James Stone, Jonathan Strahan, H.G. Stratmann, John Strickland, Alasdair Stuart, Jeff Sturgeon, Amy H. Sturgis, Kathryn Sullivan, Bill Sutton, Brenda Sutton, Shanna Swendson, Rachel Swirsky


T

Howard Tayler, Ronald Taylor, Christine Taylor-Butler, Steve Rasnic Tem, Lynne M. Thomas, Mary Thompson, Tex Thompson, Mark W. Tiedemann, Vivian Trask, Frederick Turner, Diane Turnshek, Mary A. Turzillo


U

Frauke Uhlenbruch, Erin Underwood, Heather Urbanski


V

Monica Valentinelli, Greg Van Eekhout, Gordon Van Gelder, Mark Van Name, James Van Pelt, Carrie Vaughn


W

Jo Walton, Cynthia Ward, Joy Ward, Janine Wardale, John Wardale, Martha Wells, Michelle (Sagara) West, Mel. White, Rick Wilber, Erin Wilcox, Fran Wilde, Alison Wilgus, Nathaniel Williams, Sheila Williams, Walter Jon Williams, Gregory A. Wilson, John Wiswell, Carol Wolf, Gary Wolfe, Eleanor Wood, Nick Wood, Frank Wu


Y

Ron Yaniv, Caroline M. Yoachim, Kate Yule


Z

Julie Zetterberg, Alvaro Zinos-Amaro