Archive for February, 2016

new memberships: Penguincon, World Fantasy Con

Fans of color/non-white fans: the following memberships can now be requested:

  • Penguicon, April 29 – May 1st, 2016, Southfield, MI, USA. Penguicon is a non-profit, community-run convention for open source software and hardware, science fiction, gaming, DIY, and more. Its Guests of Honor are Ann Leckie, Lingjia Tang, Jason Mars, Catherynne M. Valente, Deb Nicholson, and Ann Lemay.

    Penguicon has donated three memberships to Con or Bust, which must be claimed by April 20.

  • World Fantasy Convention 2016, 27 – 30 October 2016, Columbus, OH, USA. The World Fantasy Convention is an annual gathering (almost a reunion) of professionals, collectors, and others interested in the field of Light and Dark Fantasy art and literature. The 2016 Guests of Honor are Mercedes Lackey, Larry Dixon, L.E. Modesitt, Jr, and Randal Spangler.

    An individual has donated a transferred membership to Con or Bust.

To request these memberships, go to the Request Assistance page; and check out the Upcoming Cons page for many other cons that have donated memberships or hotel assistance. Please spread the word!

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Reminder: request assistance through Thursday, February 25

Reminder: Con or Bust will be accepting requests for assistance from fans of color/non-white fans to attend SFF cons through Thursday, February 25. (Requests must be timestamped on or before 11:59 p.m. Eastern; I may or may not be awake to turn the form off.)

Here’s how to request assistance, and here’s the list of upcoming cons for which specific assistance is available—there are a whole lot this quarter, so please check it out and spread the word!

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memberships AND hotel assistance for Contact (Brisbane)

Fans of color/non-white fans, the following assistance is available now through February 25, 2016:

  • Contact 2016, 25-28 March, 2016, Brisbane, Australia. Contact is the 2016 National Speculative Fiction Convention in Australia. Its Guests of Honour are Ben Aaronovitch, Jill Pantozzi, Keri Arthur, Kirilee Barker, and Maria Lewis.

    As announced previously, Contact has donated two memberships to Con or Bust. It has also donated up to $550 AUD toward hotel accommodations.

Go to the Request Assistance page to request this assistance, and assistance to any other upcoming SFF con, now through February 25.

Edit: a clarification: if someone needs monetary assistance beyond a Contact membership and hotel assistance, that must be requested through February 25 (because it will be coming out of Con or Bust’s general assistance funds, and therefore must be requested like other COB assistance). Unused hotel assistance from Contact, however, can be claimed after the 25th.

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free memberships to Motor City Steam Con

Fans of color/non-white fans: you can now request free memberships to the following new con:

  • Motor City Steam Con, July 22-24, 2016, Livonia, MI, USA. This year’s guests at Michigan’s steamiest con are Steampunk Eddie, Karianne Gottschalk, James Neathery, Charles E. Manson II, Kevin Steil, Diana M. Pho (Ay-leen the Peacemaker), and Bethalynne Bajema.

    Motor City Steam Con has donated five passes to Con or Bust.

Check out the full list of cons that have donated memberships or other assistance (so many!) at the Upcoming Cons page. And to request these memberships, or other assistance to attend cons, please see the Request Assistance page through February 25. Thanks, and please spread the word!

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free memberships to Contact (Brisbane), Myths and Legends Con, MidAmeriCon II

Fans of color/non-white fans: new cons have donated memberships that can be requested now through February 25.

  • Contact 2016, 25-28 March, 2016, Brisbane, Australia. Contact is the 2016 National Speculative Fiction Convention in Australia. Its Guests of Honour are Ben Aaronovitch, Jill Pantozzi, Keri Arthur, Kirilee Barker, and Maria Lewis.

    Contact has donated two memberships (and may be donating hotel assistance, the form of which is still being worked out).

  • Myths and Legends Convention, August 12-14, 2016, Denver, CO, USA. MALCon Denver celebrates our modern myths and legends, and in 2016, is focusing on Firefly, Doctor Who, Harry Potter, Supernatural, Game of Thrones, and Dresden Files. Its featured Guest of Honor is Jim Butcher.

    MALCon has donated five memberships to Con or Bust.

  • MidAmeriCon II, August 17-21, 2016, Kansas City, MO, USA. MidAmeriCon is the 2016 WorldCon; its Guests of Honor are Kinuko Y. Craft, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, Tamora Pierce, and Michael Swanwick, and its Toastmaster is Pat Cadigan.

    MidAmeriCon has donated four memberships to Con or Bust, either in full or as upgrades to supporting memberships (if the recipient already has one).

There are MANY more free memberships available, so please check out the Upcoming Cons page for the full list. And to request these memberships, or other assistance to attend cons, please see the Request Assistance page through February 25. Thanks, and please spread the word!

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Request assistance now for SFF cons (including memberships, hotel rooms for Worldcon 75)

From now through February 25, 2016, Con or Bust is accepting requests from fans of color/non-white fans to attend upcoming SFF cons.

This includes assistance to attend Worldcon 75, 9-13 August, 2017, Helsinki, Finland. Worldcon 75 is the annual World Science Fiction Convention for 2017. Its Guests of Honor are John-Henri Holmberg, Nalo Hopkinson, Johanna Sinisalo, Claire Wendling, and Walter Jon Williams.

Worldcon 75 has donated 25 attending memberships and 25 hotel room nights to Con or Bust. Please note that Worldcon 75 will be selecting which hotel(s) the rooms will be at, and it is unlikely that the rooms will in the hotel that is attached to the convention center; however, all Worldcon 75 attending members will receive a free public transit pass for the city of Helsinki with their membership.

To request memberships and hotel room nights for Worldcon 75, or other assistance to attend Worldcon 75—or any other upcoming SFF con!—please see the Request Assistance page. There are also many other cons that have donated memberships; please check out the Upcoming Cons page for the full list.

Please spread the word!

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reminder: request assistance from Feb. 15-25

Fans of color/non-white fans: Con or Bust will be taking requests for monetary assistance to attend cons, plus free memberships to cons, from February 15 through February 25, 2016. To learn how to request assistance, see the Request Assistance page. For the most up-to-date list of cons to which assistance is available, see the Upcoming Cons page. Please mark your calendars and spread the word!

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Con or Bust is (no longer) looking for a WordPress plugin developer

Edit: I believe I’ve found a different solution, thanks to a kind individual who let me know about existing tools that might be adapted for these purposes, so I’m going to put this request on hold for now.

Con or Bust is looking for a WordPress plugin developer to improve an existing plugin that allows readers to submit blog posts. I suspect the modifications will be small—or, rather, I can’t afford large modifications, so if they are, I will simply live with the inconveniences.

Details of the work that’s desired are behind the jump. If you are interested, please email me at knepveu@steelypips.org with (1) a brief description of your experience and qualifications; (2) your assessment of the difficulty and scope of the project; and (3) your requested fee. (If you’d like to volunteer, that would be delightful, but I am willing to pay competitive market rates.) Please note: I need this work completed within a month at the very latest.

I am particularly eager to hear from developers who identify as members of groups that are underrepresented in coding. Please spread the word!
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upcoming free memberships to Nine Worlds

The following new SFF con memberships will be available for fans of color/non-white fans during February 15-25, 2015:

  • Nine Worlds, 12th-14th August 2016, London, UK. Nine Worlds is about gaming, film, cosplay, fandom, literature, science, geek culture, meeting people and having a really big party.

    Nine Worlds has donated twenty (20) tickets to Con or Bust.

Request these Nine Worlds memberships, as well as monetary assistance and other free con memberships, from February 15-25—or request many other con memberships right now. Please see the Upcoming Cons page for the full list, and the Request Assistance page for more information. And please spread the word!

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