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Chicon 7: The 70th World Science Fiction Conventio

Press Release: Get Your Quarters, It's Arcade Time!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Chicago, Illinois, USA - Chicon 7, the 70th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), is bringing together a unique pairing of historic and contemporary electronic games with free access for all convention members.

Historic games will be provided through Star Worlds Arcade (www.starworldsarcade.com) of DeKalb, Illinois. Star Worlds is widely recognized as one of the last arcades with coin-operated games in the US, and takes particular pride in maintaining and refurbishing historic arcade games from the 1980s. Star Worlds will be bringing no fewer than 15 of these machines to the Chicon 7 concourse for exclusive use by Chicon 7 members throughout the convention. Games on offer are expected to include such classics as Space Invaders, Missile Command and Robotron.

Showing the huge developments in arcade games of the last 30 years, the concourse will also host six BattleTech Cockpit Simulator Pods. These cockpits, created by Virtual World Entertainment, are fully enclosed military style simulators that feature seven displays (one primary and six secondary) and a full set of 90 controls (footpedals, throttle, joystick and numerous buttons). When seated in the pod, the player pilots one of a selection of BattleMechs onto one of 25 landscapes to compete for battlefield superiority with those seated in surrounding cockpits. The BattleTech pods were invented in Chicago, so Chicon 7 is doubly pleased to offer its members the chance to try them out.

For more information, go to www.chicon7.org/arcade-classics.php and www.chicon7.org/battletech.php on the Chicon 7 website.


Dispatches from the Front
The latest and greatest news:

There will be a Euchre tournament on Saturday, 9PM, in the Plaza Ballroom.

Chicon 7's Progress Report 5 has been released! Check it out at http://chicon7.org/pr5.php.

Updates Continue
There will be a daily update going forward, as new items come out. Some of the latest:

The Code of Conduct has now been published at http://chicon.org/code-of-conduct.php.

Day admissions are now on sale through the website. To keep the lines down, pre-registering for a day is advised.

And the latest updates on the Chicon website, at http://www.chicon.org:

- Film Festival info
- Anime and Cartoon schedule
- Geek Prom and Regency Dance
- update to the Standing Exhibits page (not highlighted on the home page).

Is there interest in a ghost tour for Chicon 7 members?
Over the past few years, I have taken on the challenge of organizing a ghost tour as an off-site excursion for the convenience of Worldcon members. When I've had the support of the concom's website, I've attracted around 30 people to join me by this time for the adventure. So far the response has been much lower and was wondering if it is worth continuing the effort. I am not doing this profit and it is a personal financial risk for me if people do not share my enthusiasm for some of the locale's more macabre history. If anyone else is interested, please show your support by purchasing your tix now. Tix will still be sold at a higher price "at the door" if space is still available on the bus, but if presale tix remain as low as they have been, I may end up cancelling the arrangements. For more information and to reserve a space on this tour, please go to:


You will have to join Meetup.com and Bay Area Ghost Hunters to RSVP, but joining is free and you can drop out of BAGH afterward.

As a recap, the tour will take place on Thursday, August 30, at 8 p.m. and the bus will be meeting us in front of the Hyatt Regency. Ursula Bielski's Chicago Hauntings is conducting the tour.

Hyatt Room About to be Released
Sepia, RB Office
I have a reservation for a room at the Hyatt that I won't be using. (The wife cannot make it so I'm sharing a room). I will be releasing it back to the Hyatt on Monday unless someone is interested in a transfer. If you are, please let me know and we can coordinate by email. Ron Oakes

Adult Membership for Sale (SOLD)
I have one full attending adult membership that I would like to sell for $150, the Hugo packet has been downloaded and voted, so that's a discount price from what I paid. Leave a comment here or email me at this username at gmail if you're interested!
Edit: This has been sold!

More than the Weekend Alone
Going to be in Chicago before or after Chicon? Check out the events on the Chicago Conventions Meetup Group page: http://www.meetup.com/Chicago-Conventions

(Joining the group is free and you can leave at any time.)

Sheraton Room Block Extended
Still haven't made your hotel reservation? The Sheraton Chicago has extended their block cutoff to August 15, 2012. As of August 9, they still had 45 rooms left in the block. Hurry, we don't know how long this will last.

We know how much trouble it is to choose what to do on Labor Day weekend. Worldcon, Dragon*Con, a thousand other events...well, now you can start to get two for one!

Chicon and Dragon*Con are pleased to announce a digital link-up. For the first time, Worldcon and Dragoncon will run joint programming through a two-way video link between the two conventions. Worldcon and Dragon*con attendees will also be able to sample the unique flavor of each other's events.

Visit http://chicon.org/dragoncon.php for more information.

Press Release: ASFA Support
Thursday, August 9, 2012

Chicago, Illinois, USA - Chicon 7, the 70th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), will showcase science fiction and fantasy art with the support of ASFA, The Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists. Chicon 7's art activities will include the Art Show, an Artist Showcase publication, a special exhibit from Guest of Honor Jane Frank, and the presentation of the Chesley Awards.

The Art Show will be presented in the Regency Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Hotel and will feature the work of over 100 artists including leading names in the field such as Artist Guest of Honor Rowena Morrill, Kelly Freas, Elizabeth Berrien, Richard Powers, and Don Maitz. Original works and prints will be available in all price ranges from a few dollars to many thousands.

The Artist Showcase is a limited edition, 56-page, full color commemorative publication featuring biographies and selected artworks from the exhibiting artists. The Showcase will be available to Chicon 7 members from the Art Show and from the Sales to Members area, at a price of $10 per copy. A free, online, gallery of the exhibiting artists can also be found on the Chicon 7 website at www.chicon.org/artist-gallery.php.

The Chicon 7 special art exhibit is the Frank Room, a recreation of the Haggard Room from Jane and Howard Frank's house. This room celebrates Jane and Howard's love of the works of H. Rider Haggard and features specially commissioned art illustrating many of Haggard's stories, in a room decorated with Victorian era furnishings. Artists represented in the Haggard room include Michael Whelan, Don Maitz, Bob Eggleton, Donato Giancola, Ian Miller, Jeff Jones, Richard Bober, and Steve Hickman. See www.chicon.org/frankroom.php for additional information.

The 2012 Chesley Awards ceremony will be held on Friday, August 31, starting at at 7:30 p.m. in the Comiskey Room at the Hyatt Regency. The Chesley Awards recognize individual artistic works and achievements in 11 categories, including cover illustration in hardcover, paperback, and magazine formats, interior illustration, unpublished color and monochrome work, three-dimensional art, product and gaming-related illustration, art direction, and overall artistic achievement.


ASFA (www.asfa-art.org) is a non-profit organization of science fiction and fantasy artists that promotes art in the genre. ASFA has a long association with Worldcon going back to 1985, and traditionally presents the Chesley Awards during the event. Chicon 7 is delighted to have ASFA's support for its art exhibits, publications and programming.