Dear Authors, Artists, Editors, Publishers, & Agents:
This letter is being sent to some of the professionals in the
science fiction field who we hope might be interested in participating in Noreascon II, the 38th World Science Fiction Convention.
Although specific program planning is still in the early stages,
we would like to take this opportunity to acquaint you with our
policies, and to explain some of the program areas we are planning.
Many of you have already volunteered advice and assistance, and for
this we are grateful.
Programming for the Worldcon will range from large Main Program
items to 20-person Discussion Groups, in subject matter from the
business of science fiction to fannish topics, and in form from
talks and panels to film, video, and taped media. Our basic theme
will be the Functions of Science Fiction: some of these are business,
commentary, education, entertainment, hobby, lifestyle, prediction,
and propaganda. As you can see, this is a theme flexible enough
to cover almost any topic you might propose.
We will also have the Authors Forum, for authors to read from
their own works. Gale Burnick, who has successfully run these
Forums in the past, will be handling it at Noreascon II.
This year, for the first time in Worldcon history, we are
planning programming for children who are above the age for
babysitting, but perhaps not quite ready for "Current Problems
in the Critical Analysis of Science Fiction." We would.be interested in hearing from anyone who enjoys working with children and
who would like to contribute to this program area.
Many people have commented that, as conventions continue to
grow, Pros have become less and less accessible to their fans.
The informal systems that used to work are less effective these
days, and it becomes the job of the convention committee to help
such contacts to happen.
We do not plan to hold a "Meet-the-Pros" party, because we
lack suitable time and large enough open space, and because we are
not satisfied with the way these affairs have worked in the past.
We are trying to find other ways to help willing Pros to be available to their fans.
One possibility is a discussion group centered around a Pro,
who would sign up for one or more hour-long segments to meet with
fans. We would accept applications from the fans and select the
participants for each group by lot. The group would meet in the
donated hotel room of one of the fans. Please tell us how you
feel about such a program item — whether you think it will work,
how you think it should be run, and whether you are interested in
Another area where Pros and fans can interact, however briefly,
is an autograph session. We gather that in the past autograph
sessions have been organized by a bookseller, who provided copies
of the various authors1s books for sale. This situation has
caused discontent among other dealers, who feel that it is unfair
for one organization to receive such an advantage. We sympathize
with these dealers, and are trying to come up with a fair way to
run the sessions, but still have the books available there for sale.
We'd be happy to hear your views and ideas.