News

1939 Retro Hugo Award Winners

4 January 2015 - the Loncon 3 Artist Showcase is now available to download in PDF format.

1939 Retro Hugo Award Winners

14 August 2014 - Loncon 3 is delighted to announce the 1939 Retro Hugo Award winners.

Record Hugo Participation

7 August 2014 - Loncon 3 is proud to announce that it received 3,587 valid ballots for the 2014 Hugo Awards. More details here.

Cosmonaut at Loncon 3

6 August 2014 - Cosmonaut Anatolii Artsebarskii will be at the whole convention and speaking on Sunday 17 August, more details here and press release here.

Programme now available

24 July 2014 - The schedule is now available through our programme guides here.

Hugo Ceremony Hosts announced

17 July 2014 - The 2014 Hugo Ceremony will be hosted by leading science fiction and fantasy authors Justina Robson and Geoff Ryman. More details here

Fantastic partnership with BFI

17 July 2014 - Loncon 3 has joined forces with the British Film Institute to celebrate the UK's long heritage of science fiction and the fantastic on television. More details here

Access services

08 July 2014 - LAST CALL: all requests for accessible accomodation must be received no later than midnight Thursday 10 July. More details here

PEN/H G Wells lecture

08 July 2014 - Audrey Niffenegger will give the first PEN / H G Wells lecture at Loncon 3. More details here

Access services

06 July 2014 - We're offering a service for booking mobility scooters. More details here

Theatre programme announced

04 July 2014 - We have released full details of our exciting theatre programme. Full details here

Childcare at Loncon 3

03 July 2014 - Please book your childcare by 14 July. Details available here. To help you plan, some programme highlights are listed here

Progress Report 4 Now Available

02 July 2014 - Download your electronic copy of our last Progress Report here. Full of essential information for getting to and enjoying the convention.

Help wanted

02 July 2014 - We have a number of specific tasks for which we're seeking volunteers. In most cases no prior experience is needed and it's a great way to meet people and be a part of Loncon 3. Details here

1939 Retro Hugo Voter Packet

01 July 2014 - The 1939 Retro Hugo Voter Packet is now available

Hall passes

20 June 2014 - For a taste of Loncon 3 at a low price, we are offering a limited number of Hall passes for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

Programme participants

15 June 2014 - We are today sending emails to all our programme participants with a first draft of their schedules. It's going to be an amazing programme!

Membership rates to increase on 14 July

10 June 2014 - Loncon 3 membership rates will rise on 14 July: Adult rates increase to £135 (US$225); family rates become £300 (US$500); all other attending rates also rise. Join now to beat the increase! Full details here

Additions to 2014 Hugo Voter Packet

10 June 2014 - The voter packet has been updated to include new material in the following categories: Fan Artist, Related Work, Short Story, Novelette and Novella. Members can download the packet here.

Hugo Voting Now Open

06 June 2014 - Cast your ballot for the 2014 Hugo Awards here and for the 1939 Retro Hugo Awards here.

Worldcon Philharmonic Orchestra

03 June 2014 - The highlight of Loncon 3's music programme will be a concert by the Worldcon Philharmonic Orchestra

Masquerade and costumes at Loncon 3

03 June 2014 - If you love costumes and costuming, check out our new information about the Masquerade and Hall Costumes at Loncon 3. You can register today! More details

 

Help wanted

As the convention draws nearer our planning becomes increasingly detailed. We now have some specific tasks for which we need volunteers. No experience necessary in most cases, so just choose something that seems interesting.

If you have any questions, please contact volunteers@loncon3.org.

You can apply through our volunteer form or, if you've already completed one, by email to volunteers@loncon3.org.

Exhibits: Chaos Costuming

Do you know anything about costuming or sewing? Would you be up for spending an hour or three looking after Chaos Costuming? We're looking for some additional volunteers to help those interesting in throwing together a costume at-con with construction and sewing machines. Chaos Costuming is located in the Exhibits Hall near other costuming displays.

Programme: pre-con

We are looking for staff to assist with programme admin and proof reading between now and the convention.

Programme: at-con

We have a number of at-con positions available. Art programme in particular are looking for at-con visual assistants (basic tech knowledge would be helpful).

Exhibits Setup

Setting up art show, dealers' tables, and displays. This includes light weights (tables/blue panel displays). We'll be working with Ikea kits (benches, blue panel displays) and putting up posters/decorating. Schedule: Tuesday 12 August to the morning of Thursday 14 August. The most important day is Wednesday, and people arriving at 8:30AM is very important.

Exhibits Teardown

Dismantling art show, dealers' tables, and displays. This includes light weights (tables/blue panel displays), Ikea kits (benches, blue panel displays) and taking down posters/decorating.

Exhibits: Art Show Staff

The Art Show is looking for staff to help with the show generally and the Print Shop in particular. Are you happy working with a team, attentive to detail, interested in people, customer-centred, and have a sense of humour? Then you sound like you'd be perfect for helping out in this part of the convention.  Both active and sedentary roles are available.

Exhibits: Head of Print Shop

The Art Show need someone to head up their pre-auction sales of art work, coordinating other volunteers and minding the desk and sales themselves. Attention to detail, a focus on customers, and being happy to work with a team are all important for this role. It would be also valuable (but not a prerequisite) if you had retail experience.

Kaffeeklatsch monitor

Check-in for Kaffeeklatsches and to make coffee as needed.

Newsletter Printer Minder

Newsletter is looking for someone to manage its printers for some of the convention, on a shift basis. You'd have to be one of those people whose superpower is unjamming the paper and squeezing the last drops of toner out of the cartridge, while ignoring the increasingly hysterical screams of the editorial team as the print run is delayed. A good sense of humour and the ability to stay calm are essential, and if you can help with proof reading and rewording tricky articles then it would be a bonus. Shifts during the convention, from Thursday on.

Logistics SWAT Team - (Specialists, Workers And Techies)

These are the teams that will be assembling the various bits and pieces of infrastructure at the convention from putting together the pipe and peg boards of the art show, to putting out tables, to bringing online the more technical items of kit. From Tuesday 12 August onwards.

Events – Tech: Sound Operators

At Loncon 3 we have a large number of events and programme items happening in parallel and almost all of them need a sound operator who will ensure that everyone in the room can hear the speakers and deal with any sound problems that might crop up (for example: feedback). No experience necessary as we will teach you everything you need to know. There will be a roster of sound operators to programme items so you will need to commit to the times you agree to in advance, but we will work with you to agree on the items you will be supporting. As an incentive, we expect many programme items to be popular, but as the sound operator rostered for that event you are guaranteed a seat (behind the sound board).

Events – Tech: Camera Operators

We need tripod-mounted and shoulder camera operators for every major event and theatrical production taking place at the convention. Ideally you will have used a video camera before and have an eye for composition, but we will provide some training on technique and on the specific cameras we will have. Please note that you will be expected to remain standing for potentially lengthy periods (during an event) and that strong shoulders may be required if you are interested in being a shoulder camera operator. Tripod-mounted camera operators will be expected to be dressed in dark clothing with comfortable shoes, whereas shoulder camera operators will be expected to be dressed in black.

Events – Tech: Camera Grips

A grip is the person that is largely responsible for the safety of a shoulder camera operator as they ensure that the camera cable never becomes a trip hazard and that the camera operator doesn't fall off the stage if they get to close to the edge. No experience necessary as we will teach you everything you need to know, but you will be expected to be dressed in black with comfortable shoes and may be standing potentially lengthy periods (during an event).

Events – Tech: Tech Troubleshooters

If someone shouts "the laptop won't project?", do you rush to the rescue? If someone says "this microphone isn't working?" are you the person who notices that it's not turned on? If someone asks for 10m of XLR cable, do you know they are asking for an audio cable? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then we need you for the Flying Squad. The flying squad is a team of tech generalists that provide support to the programme areas, and staffed by people rostered for periods agreed to in advance. We will work with you to agree the times that work best.

Events – General: Front of House Managers

Events needs a few people to work as House Managers in the Auditorium and Second Stage. The role of the House Manager is to ensure that members of the audience enter and get seated smoothly, including directing people to the disabled seating areas, and that the exodus after the event also goes smoothly. You'll need to liaise with door gophers and ushers, and keep an eye out for any traffic jams as the audience enters and leaves. Events will be occurring throughout the weekend in both locations. If you are interested, we will work with you to determine where you will be assigned. Some previous exposure to line management or crowd control would be an advantage, although not a requirement.

Events – General: Ushers

Events needs several people to work as Ushers in the Auditorium and Second Stage. The role of the Usher is to distribute Event Programmes and to help attendees find seats in an orderly fashion. Ushers will report to the House Manager for the Event. Events will be occurring throughout the weekend in both locations. If you are interested, we will work with you to determine where you will be assigned. Advantages: We will guarantee you a seat for the Events that you are working on as an Usher. Disadvantages: Potential for paper cuts from the programmes. No experience necessary – just a willingness to be friendly, and for some Events (such as the Retro Hugo Ceremony, the Orchestra concert, and the 2014 Hugo Ceremony) a willingness to dress up in fancier evening clothes.

Events – General: Backstage helpers

Events will need several volunteers to work backstage during rehearsals and productions for all the various Events occurring throughout the convention. The duties would be quite variable, from acting as a runner to fetching props to guiding actors and participants to the stage. We will ask you to attend for various times, depending on the Event and its specific requirements, and will work with you based on your interest and availability. No previous experience needed. You will need to be of a calm, helpful disposition, and you will need to own comfortable black clothing (pockets are a bonus!) and sensible shoes. You will have the help of experienced backstage staff who will direct you and be there to answer questions.

Events – General: Stage ninjas/catchers

The Masquerade on Saturday evening will need eight or so people to help entrants get on and off stage by ramp or steps and to ensure that they don't fall off. No experience necessary but you'll need to be reasonably sturdy and agile, and dressed completely in black, with footwear such as trainers (sneakers) or other comfortable, non-slip shoes. You'll need to be in the ICC Auditorium for about half an hour at a time to be announced during rehearsals on Saturday, so we can show you the backstage area and walk you through your role. You'll then need to be there again from 7PM until the end of the masquerade, which should hopefully be no later than 11PM, though if a few of you must leave before then, we can discuss. The big advantage: a great view of the masquerade and close up to some fabulous costumes. The downside: be ready to catch someone in a heavy costume if they fall on you. (Worst case scenario – we promise!)

Events – Masquerade: Backstage helpers

The Masquerade on Saturday evening will need people to help backstage. You'll need to be of a calm, helpful disposition. Your role will be to support small groups of Masquerade entrants by ensuring they have everything they need, and helping them get on and off stage in the right order for their presentations. No previous experience needed. You'll have the help of experienced backstage staff who'll direct you and be there to answer questions. We'll ask you to attend for about half an hour (at a time to be announced) during rehearsals on Saturday, to familiarise yourself with the venue and how we plan to direct traffic. We'll then need you to be backstage from 6.30PM until the Masquerade is over, hopefully no later than 11PM. Wear dark, comfortable clothing with pockets and sensible shoes.

The Retro Hugo Awards Ceremony and the 2014 Hugo Awards Ceremony – Stage Ninjas

We will require 5-6 people to help out backstage during each of the ceremonies, primarily to help people safely leave from the stage after receiving an award and directing them back to their seats. No experience necessary but you will need to be reasonably sturdy and agile, and dressed completely in black, with footwear such as trainers (sneakers) or other comfortable, non-slip shoes. You'll need to be in the ICC Auditorium for about half an hour (at a time to be announced) during rehearsals on Thursday and Sunday, so we can show you the backstage area and walk you through your role. You'll then need to be there again from 7PM until the end of the awards, which should hopefully be no later than 11PM for the 2014 Hugos, 10PM for the Retros. If you are available for both ceremonies, that would be good!