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Press Releases: High Hugo Turnout, Mobile App, Bad News About Rowena
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Three press releases today, ladies and gentlemen.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Chicago, Illinois, USA - Chicon 7, the 70th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), is pleased to announce that it will be providing its members with an online application for handheld devices that provides key convention information. The app was developed in partnership with Viafo (www.viafo.com) and is available for Android phones and tablets through Google Play, and will shortly be available for iPhone and iPad through the iTunes App Store.

The Chicon 7 app is an enhanced version of the software that was previously used for Renovation, the 2011 Worldcon. The app includes a full program schedule with item descriptions, times, and locations; a linked program participant list; social media integration; and hotel maps. A key improvement from Renovation is that the app now comes with an integrated version of the program database, enabling it to be used offline. Members can resynchronize the app at any time to provide the latest version of the program.

Full information and download details can be found on the Chicon 7 website at www.chicon7.org/mobile.php.

ABOUT VIAFO

Founded by a team of mobile industry veterans, Viafo is a cloud software provider whose mission is to dramatically reduce the cost and complexity of integrating apps with Web Services (Social Networking like Facebook & Twitter, Location Based Services). This allows developers to focus on building better and more reliable apps, providing users with a better experience.

Viafo is based in Seattle, WA, with offices in Palo Alto and London.

ENDS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Chicago, Illinois, USA - Chicon 7, the 70th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), today issued more information on the final Hugo Awards Ballot, along with additional information on the Hugo Awards Ceremony taking place on Sunday, September 2, 2012.

A total of 1922 valid final ballots were received, representing a 37.7% turnout. The figure of 1922 is the second highest ballot count in history after Renovation, the 2011 Worldcon. Chicon 7 previously announced an all-time record of 1101 nominating ballots, highlighting the ever-increasing interest and support for the Hugo Awards.

The 2012 Hugo Award winners will be announced on Sunday evening, September 2, at a formal ceremony in the Hyatt Regency Grand Ballroom. At Chicon 7's invitation, the host for the night will be Chicon 7's Toastmaster, Hugo and Campbell Award-winning author and blogger John Scalzi. Members can look forward to Scalzi's inimitable combination of insight, humor and sheer coolness throughout an exciting and entertaining event.

The Hugo Award ceremony will start at 8 p.m. and will be broadcast live around the world via Ustream at www.ustream.tv/channel/worldcon1. In addition, the official Hugo Awards site (www.TheHugoAwards.org) will provide live text coverage via CoverItLive. The CoverItLive broadcast will be hosted by former Worldcon Co-Chairman Kevin Standlee and Campbell Award Nominee Mur Lafferty.

It is a Worldcon tradition that while the Hugo trophy itself always takes the form of a silver rocket, the base on which it stands is unique to each year. The 2012 Hugo Award base has been designed by Deb Kosiba, who previously designed the trophy bases for the 2005 and 2006 awards. Ms. Kosiba will be revealing and discussing the base design at the Chicon 7 Opening Ceremony on Thursday, August 30, and members are encouraged to attend for a first look at this coveted item.

The Hugo Awards are the premier award in the science fiction genre, honoring science fiction and fantasy literature and media as well as the genre's fans. The awards were first presented at the 1953 World Science Fiction Convention ("Worldcon") in Philadelphia (Philcon II), and Worldcons have continued to present the awards annually for nearly 60 years.

ENDS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Chicago, Illinois, USA - Chicon 7, the 70th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), is sorry to announce that Artist Guest of Honor Rowena Morrill will be unable to attend the convention.

Rowena has recently been hospitalized following health problems, but is now recovering well. She has expressed her regret that she is unable to make a personal appearance at Worldcon.

Rowena's original art, prints and books will still be on display and for sale in the Chicon 7 Art Show and Dealer's Room, and Rowena's many fans are encouraged to stop by to appreciate her work.

ENDS

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