- Published: Tuesday, 28 June 2016 09:56
Some quick notes from Fritz, our LibertyCon Secretary:
Some quick notes from Fritz, our LibertyCon Secretary:
Quick update: LibertyCon 29 is now a "Sold Out Event"!
For the second year in a row Matt won't have anything to do at the convention, and can instead sit back and enjoy himself.
Thanks to everyone, and we'll see you in a few weeks!
PS. This means that the convention will only have on-site "Badge Pickup". There will be no on-site Registrations.
You know that we get a lot of big name pros into LibertyCon, and we just got notification of another one.
You might not have heard of James Sullos, but you've probably heard of the company that he's president of.... Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.
This is the guy that has been responsible for pretty much every ERB property that you've seen in the last two decades, including the new movie that comes out the week before LibertyCon! (Tell me that you're not looking forward to that one)
In case you didn't know, Martin writes web comics (eight of them!) for ERB as well as having written multiple graphic novels and Leia is their ONLY licensed stained glass artist. You caught that, right? The ONLY licensed artist!
So if you're a fan of Tarzan, John Carter or etc, you're probably going to enjoy this year even more!
Release the Kraken!
And by "Kraken" I mean the truly massive beast that Rich has put together as LibertyCon 29's Programming Schedule!
Seriously, go take a look at this thing... currently we have 238 separate events listed on there, covered by 154 pros and panelists. Heck, this thing has so much in it that Rich had to back up the beginning of the schedule to 1:00pm on Friday afternoon! I'm pretty sure that this is the first time programming has ever started before 3:00pm, but there just wasn't any way for him to fit it all in... oh yes, people will both praise and curse the man this year. "I love the schedule!" to "There's too much, I can't decide!" to "Why did you put XXXXXX against XXXXXX?! Don't you know that I have to see both of them?!"
Since we're still a month away from the convention the schedule is still subject to change, so check back every now and then to catch the latest!
Also the LibertyCon 29 IOS/Android app will be going live in the near future, and don't worry... I'll be sure to let everyone know when it does.
Now what are you waiting for? Head on over!
Have a bit of Con news for you guys... some of you might have heard already, but Dr. Kevin Grazier, our LC29 Science Guest of Honor, has had to withdraw as SGoH this year. He is starting a new job at West Point around the same time, and the scheduling just didn't work out.
We're sorry to hear it, but wish him well in his new position. Also we really want to get him for a future year, since I know that I at least really want to ask him how long it actually took to track down and identify all of the materials that were used for building the stealth ship on BSG!
So the "REAL" news is that we now have a new Science Guest of Honor for LibertyCon 29!
Dr. Ben Davis will be replacing Dr. Grazier on the Headliners Listing, and I'm sure that he'll do quite the admirable job!
He's a familiar face to most of you guys, but just in case you didn't know it... Nuclear Physics, Astrophysics, advanced math, programming... you name it, he can probably talk about it.
Check out his Dr. Ben Davis Bio Page on the website, or you can find him at www.facebook.com/AskDrBen
Wanted to let everyone know that we got the artwork for the T-Shirts in the other day from our Artist Guest, Todd Lockwood. Any good? I'll let you decide! Personally, I think so.
T-shirts will only be available for order until June 11th! So if you're wanting one, hop over to the LibertyCon Online Store and get one now! Remember, we don't carry them for sale at the convention so if you don't pre-order one you won't get one!
(Also, 32 memberships left per Matt... though I really think he missed one or two)
Brandy got off the phone with Matt just a little while ago, and according to our Head of Registration we are currently sitting at 702 memberships.
Which means that as of that point we only had 48 left. (And then I saw where another six or so came through after)
That being said, remember that WE WILL NOT BE SAVING ANY MEMBERSHIPS IN RESERVE THIS YEAR! Once we are sold out, that is it.
In past years we've held some back as a "Just In Case" thing, but not this year. We're just releasing all of them to you guys, so if you haven't gotten your LibertyCon 29 membership left, you have about 42 chances left and then you've missed the boat!
And you can't say that you weren't warned.
Here's the link to the Online Store, btw
So while Rich has been hard at work on the LC29 Schedule (believe me, the guy has been putting in more hours than his day job on the thing!), he wanted me to post something as both teaser and a "You might want to get something prepared for this sort of thing".
Here are our Alpha and Omega programming events in the Workshops track. The first is Friday @1:00pm, and the second on Sunday @1:00pm.
Friday 1PM: Face to Face Critiques from the Slushmaster General - MC Gray Rinehart, the BAEN Slushmaster General will critique your work - first come first serve basis - bring the first 5 pages of your story and your 1-2 page synopsis. You will receive real time feedback. Learn what really happens to your manuscript once it arrives at the publishers, and how to make yours stand out!
Sunday 1PM: Creature Features: Bringing Your Monster to Life - From Simple Shapes to Monstrous Mayhem! Special GOH Melissa Gay shows you how to design and draw your own creature in this 2-hour workshop. Pencils, paper, and Sharpies supplied-- bring your own creativity!
And as a warning, he has told me to be ready any day now to open the schedule for everyone to see! I'll be sure to post when he does, but be ready to hit the Schedule Page!
Just wanted to give you guys what will probably become the annual "Numbers Post". I know a lot of you like numbers, so here you go...
You might have looked at our list of pros for LC29, and have noticed that we have quite a few coming out this year. And by "quite a few" I really mean enough that Rich is starting to pull out the hair he has left while trying to fit everyone into the schedule.
To give you an idea, here's the breakdown:
103 Authors and Publishers of different types
21 Scientist / Scientific professionals
And a bunch of Fan Professionals and Panelists
When it's all said and done, on Sunday my database had 150 (!) people coming in to LibertyCon 29 to make our Programming the best you're going to find!
(By way of comparison, my first "Numbers" post last year had 129 people)
This list seems to keep growing every day also. As a matter of fact, I have two emails from Rich with guest photos to add to the website from last night. (Sorry Rich!)
And if you want numbers, just wait until Rich releases the Schedule... The amount of panels that man has managed to fit into 48 hours is truly mind boggling! Ok, I'll cheat, he currently has 175 listed panels/events, and he's nowhere near finished! (You can always check out last year's schedule to get an idea what a *ahem* "smaller list" is like)
And if you've ever complained that "There's too much I want to see at the same time!" just remember Regina Kirby's immortal words, "Choice is a good thing"
A couple of last numbers for you...
100 is how many memberships we currently have left as of our meeting on Sunday (err... actually 94 as of yesterday, just checked email). It's really looking like we're going to sell out pre-Con again for the second year in a row, so if you (or someone you know) is planning on waiting to sign up at the convention, DON'T!
If we do sell out pre-Con, WE WILL NOT BE HOLDING ANY MEMBERSHIPS IN RESERVE FOR AT DOOR SALES!
According to our charter we cannot sell more than 750 paid memberships, so don't miss your chance!
Another number is 20, which is how many Banquet Tickets are currently left. This is another place where we have a hard-stop number, so once these twenty tickets are gone that's it.
And the Banquet is a great time! Good food, great guests, and possibly free wine (one you want, the other you don't... trust us on this)
You can always sign up for the convention or get your Banquet ticket at our Online Store. Just do it before Pre-Reg closes (one way or another)!
I'm sure that you guys have heard that the 2016 Hugo finalists have been announced, but did you notice all of the LibertyCon past guests and regulars that are on there?
Just wanted to give a shout out to all of our friends, and congratulate them on making the cut!
Under "Best Novella" we have LC12 LGoH Lois McMaster Bujold up against Brandon Sanderson (LC25 LGoH)... two phenomenal writers, one award! Thunderdome!
Thomas A. Mays will be attending Liberty this year, so we can congratulate him in person for his nod for his short story, "The Commuter". And possibly buy him a beer! (ok, so it will be from the ConSuite, but it's the thought that counts!)
Jerry Pournelle has been LGoH at LibertyCon a couple of times (along with his partner in crime Larry Niven) and this year he gets a nod for "Best Editor (Short Form)".
The last mention is for "Best Editor (Long Form)", and here we have two nods going out to familiar faces around LibertyCon... James Minz and Toni Weisskopf! Congrats to both of them, but if I could offer a bit of paraphrased advice... "Jim, let the boss win!"
(And to be clear... I said 'boss' and not 'wookie', so no trying to get me in trouble with Toni!)
Again congratulations to all of the finalists, but especially to our friends and family!
You can see the complete list on the official Hugo Awards site
Hey everyone, Brandy here… as our main hotel is sold out, we now have a wonderful overflow hotel just 6 short blocks from the Choo Choo and less than 3 blocks from the shuttle!
The Staybridge Suites is a comfortable, upscale hotel that also comes with a hot breakfast each morning on your way to the con (before you have 2nd breakfast in the consuite).
Studios with one queen bed and one queen sleeper sofa are $119 per night (plus taxes) and the one bedroom suites with either a king or two full beds plus a sleeper sofa are $129 per night (plus taxes).
We were very lucky to get this price as many of the hotels are going for over $140 during the busy tourist season.
For reservations, please call 423-267-0900 or 1-800-238-8000 and simply refer to the room block for LibertyCon. The cut-off date for this rate is June 15, so call now!
As this is a brand new contract, if you have any issues getting the reservation, please email me.
I know you guys have been waiting for us to put up the ordering for this year's t-shirts and Banquet tickets... so wait no more!
They're both online now on the Online Ordering page, so run on over and get what you want.
Have a couple of things to remind you of though...
The first thing is to remember that we order VERY FEW extra shirts to sell at the convention. If you want a shirt, the only way you're going to get one is ordering it online (unless you're really really lucky). We have all the same styles from last year, T-Shirt/Polo/Long Sleeve/Girl Cut with all the same colors.
Though I bet you're wondering what the artwork is this year. After all, there's all the info on the styles but no artwork! Well, we don't have it yet, but we'll be sure to let you know when we do. But considering that it's being done by Todd Lockwood, do you really think that you're not going to like it?
As for the Banquet tickets, remember that they are limited. First come, first served until we sell out. (I believe we have 110 total tickets though I might be off by a few). The banquet is a good time, and honestly the food is quite good... hey, I've been to enough of these things over the years to know that's not always the case. We hope to see you guys out there this year!
Did you guys happen to catch this on the Baen Books feed from Thursday? It's an excellent writeup by one of my favorite people, Eric S Brown (Official-Unofficial LibertyCon Kaiju Ambassador), about one of my other favorite people, David Drake. And considering that horror is going to be a bit of a theme at this year's LC, it's especially relevant... plus I have to say that I've always loved David's horror writing, and I'm glad to see someone bringing it up!
You can find Eric's article here. And do check it out if you're a fan of David Drake... you might find out about some stuff that you've missed!
The Nebula Awards nomination list has come out, and for the third year in a row our very own Chuck Gannon is on the list, this time for his book "Raising Caine"!
I'm starting to think that they need to just designate a "Gannon Slot" for future Nebula lists.
But seriously, congratulations to a great writer! (and one helluva nice guy... seriously, if you haven't met him just take my word for it that Chuck is one of the greatest guys you can spend time just chatting with)
Some sad news just came into our Inbox earlier this afternoon. A few days ago we passed along the information about Robert Lightfoot's health problems, and the GoFundMe to try to raise the money to help them to have a transplant performed.
We just got an email from his wife, Linda, that Robert passed away last night due to his illness.
As you know Robert was a LibertyCon regular, and a friend, and he will be missed. Our hearts go out to Linda and the rest of their family.
I'm afraid that there is some more bad news to pass along. Many of you know Dr. Robert Lightfoot, longtime Liberty attendee and panelist. If you hadn't heard, Robert collapsed a few weeks after LC28 and has been in and out of hospitals ever since.
You can find out more at their GoFundMe site, but in a nutshell his kidneys and liver have been irreparably damaged due to pneumonia and a septic blood infection.
They are currently waiting on the testing and evaluation from the Mayo Clinic to hopefully have kidney/liver transplant surgery.
Robert is a great guy, and our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Linda and the rest of their family.
Well ChattaCon is over and we're back home, tired, and already missing everyone from the weekend!
It was a blast (like always!), and kudos to the Lee and the rest of the staff for running such a smooth convention (at least as far as we mere attendees could see).
We had a great time catching up with Larry Correia (who we get to see again at another Chattanooga convention this summer! Wonder what that one is? ) as well as getting to sit down and chat with the super talented Artist Guest, Scott Grimando. If you don't know the name, you owe it to yourself to check out his site at Grim Studios.
I wish we could have socialized more, but our Friday night was taken up with the Annual LibertyCon Room Party... which I must say with all due modesty, kicked an absolute amount of butt! We were pretty much at capacity for most of the night, and everyone was having such a good time socializing that I had to (quite literally) yell at the person standing next to me to have any sort of conversation. Like always, a huge thanks to Karin, Don, Inga and Andrew for helping out (*koff*setting it all up*koff*)... couldn't do it without you guys!
One thing that did come out of the party was how many people weren't sure if they had already pre-registered. Normally we don't start putting up the pre-reg list until spring, but then again we normally don't have more than half of our available memberships already sold by this point! That's right, we're currently at not quite 400 memberships out of 700 total already sold... I'm not saying anything, but if you haven't pre-regged yet you might not want to wait too long. I thought we went through them pretty quickly last year, and this year is looking to be even quicker!
Because of that we've gone ahead and put the current pre-reg list online at the Pre-Registration List page here on the website. I've gone ahead and put together a database that can be updated on the fly, so we should be able to keep it up to date instead of manually changing it every now and then the way that we have done it in previous years. If you're not on the list, pre-reg! If you think you should be on there, shoot Matt an email and he can get it taken care of for you.
Now it's time to rest up, relax a bit, then get ready for AnachroCon later this month!
Hey guys, we have some bad news and we have some good news.
First, the bad... Marc Gunn, our Master of Ceremonies for LibertyCon 29 has had a family conflict come up recently which unfortunately has forced him to skip LibertyCon this year. It was unfortunate, but these things happen.
Don't worry though, we're going to try our best to get him to come in for a future LC... after all we were really looking forward to hearing some of the cuts from Sci Fi Drinking Songs live! (And if you still haven't heard them, you can head over to the cdbaby page and check them out)
Luckily Marc found out about this early enough that we were able to go to our next pick for MC and sucker them... err, hit them up to take his place.
So now the good news:
We're happy to say that Gray "The Gray Man" Rinehart has accepted, and will be filling the role of Master of Ceremonies for this year's LibertyCon!
He's a filker, an author, an editor, and last but not least retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel! Yep, this guy has been around the block and we're glad that he's stopping in to see us on one of his hurried laps!
Some sad news has hit at the end of the year. We just heard that Andrew Bostaph, a longtime friend that was always great to see at the local conventions has passed away at his home. He was only 46 years old.
He will will be missed by those who knew him, and if you didn't know him you missed out. Simple as that.
There's not much information, but you can hit his Facebook page for what there is. (https://www.facebook.com/andrew.bostaph.7)