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

 

Artist Showcase - Kelly Freas

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Recognized as the most prolific and popular Science Fiction artist worldwide in the last half of the 20th century, Frank Kelly Freas illustrated stories by some of Science Fiction's greatest writers: Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, Arthur C. Clarke, A. E. Van Vogt, Poul Anderson, and Frederik Pohl, to name a few. Nominated an unprecedented twenty two times, Freas was the first to receive eleven Hugo Awards for achievement in the field as Best Professional Artist.

His work for Weird Tales, Planet Stories and other pulp magazines remain recognizable images even today. Freas' long association with John W. Campbell and Astounding/Analog began with a poignant and powerful cover in 1953 entitled "Robot". He was still painting covers for Analog as recently as 2003. 50 years is an incredible tenure in any occupation, let alone with one client.

It is easy to provide a litany of talents that Freas brings to his art, but besides his consummate abilities to design and render, his obvious love for the genre and his attention to detail - besides all that - are his sense of humor and his skill at depicting individuals in his art. Both of these made his work stand out from the new wave of science fiction artists who were populating the new digest sized magazines and the paperback racks of the 1950s.

In the course of his remarkable career his endeavors covered many areas, including an extensive body of work for MAD magazine. He continued to work for MAD from 1955 to 2005 doing book and magazine covers. An official NASA mission artist -- his space posters hang in the Smithsonian. He was even commissioned by the Skylab I astronauts to design their crew patch for the first United States manned space station.

You can find his art on record and CD albums (for instance his cover for Queen's first two million seller: News of the World), or on the cover of DC Comics' 1992 Star Trek Annual. He painted beautiful women on the noses of World War II bombers, as well as portraits of five hundred saints for the Franciscans. He was also commissioned to create biomedical art. Author and illustrator of the books The Astounding Fifties, Frank Kelly Freas: The Art of Science Fiction, A Separate Star, and As He Sees It as well as a number of magazine articles.

Kelly Freas passed away on January 2, 2005. Kelly Freas' art work continues to be available to his public via Northern Star Art with the permission of the Freas Estate.

Note: Kelly Freas' work will be exhibited at Loncon 3 by Northern Star Art.

 

To see and purchase Kelly's art, contact Mark Corrinet, Northern Star Art, and visit Northern Star Art at at:



Artwork: The Green Hills of Earth

 



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