Newsletter

Welcome to Star Chart, the Chicon 8 newsletter!

With the exception of the final Ad Astra post and possible corrections, all submissions to the Star Chart newsletter are now closed. Thank you for submitting content to the newsletter team and for helping make Chicon 8 a wonderful experience!

On the last day of Chicon 8, September 5th, 2022, the convention had 3,574 warm bodies on site. Grand total membership was 6,500, more than Chicon 7!


Ad Astra: To the Stars and Back Again

Chicon 8 may be over, but for many of our members, so many wonderful memories were made in five short days. And as the Chengdu committee reminded us during the closing ceremony, welcoming us in song to celebrate Worldcon 2023, we have a lot to look forward to as a community. During the closing ceremonies, Chicon 8 staff members were recognized for their tremendous efforts, including David Kushner for 50 hours of volunteer work and Marinda Darnell, staff member of Continue reading Ad Astra: To the Stars and Back Again

Uncharted: No, not the one with Marky Mark’s cat

Fan from 2012 Found! A team of Star Chart roving reporters, following up on rumors from hotel staff, located a long-lost fan from Chicon 7. Keith Pavane from Chelm, Ohio had been wandering the tunnels underneath the Hyatt since the 2012 convention in search of the elusive Stagg Field room. When told the whole thing was a joke, Pavane ran off to continue his quest, yelling: “It was in print, so it has to be true!” The Fabulous Riverwalk Transformation! Continue reading Uncharted: No, not the one with Marky Mark’s cat

Glasgow 2024: A Worldcon for All Our Futures

Congratulations to Glasgow 2024, officially selected as the site of the 82nd World Science Fiction Convention! You can view full tables of the Site Selection Reports for Worldcon 2024 and NASFiC 2023 below. Please enjoy these photos from Sunday’s WSFS Business Meeting, where the site selection results were presented, and some fun pics of the Glasgow 2024 Committee elsewhere. Some of the Glasgow 2024 Committee members in the “Tartan Landing Zone” Chair of Glasgow 2024, Professor Esther MacCallum-Stewart, with the Continue reading Glasgow 2024: A Worldcon for All Our Futures

Party News for Monday (Final Update)

Dead Dingo Drop-In and Farewell Party The dead dingo drop-in and farewell party is late on Monday night, starting at 2200 (10 pm) and finishing when the vampires leave the shadows (after midnight, say 0100). Befitting the theme, you will have to hunt your own sustenance as there may be NO food or alcohol provided. Masks to be worn except when eating or drinking. (Room 3375) 31st Floor Winnipeg in 2023 NASFiC BidSkyline Suite, Room 3176 – Same time as Continue reading Party News for Monday (Final Update)

Sunrise Edition: Day Five (with Con Updates)

Every journey comes to an end, and in the words of the fabulous Carol Burnett, I’m so glad we had this time together. The Worldcon community has proven itself to be a community of resilience, a community of enthusiasm, and a community to be cherished by every fan of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. I feel truly blessed to have been a part of such a community, and it has been wonderful to collaborate with our publications team and roving Continue reading Sunrise Edition: Day Five (with Con Updates)

Ad Astra: The Stars My Celebration

With the 2022 Hugo Award Ceremony concluded and the closing ceremonies nearly upon us, the newsletter team would like to thank you, the members of Chicon 8, for joining us on this adventure. Trust us, you’ll want to stick around for our final day of content. For now, let’s celebrate the time we have left with an article from Sam Lubell, contributor and last year’s editor, followed by snapshots of Worldcon 2022 shared by our members. Celebrating Speculative Fiction All Continue reading Ad Astra: The Stars My Celebration

2022 Hugo Award Ceremony: Winners and Finalists

The winners of the 2022 Hugo Awards, the Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book, and the Astounding Award for Best New Writer were announced at the Hugo Award Ceremony at Chicon 8 on Sunday, September 4, 2022 at 8:00 PM CDT (UTC-5). The ceremony was hosted by Toastmasters Charlie Jane Anders and Annalee Newitz in front of a live audience. The full ceremony was streamed live on the internet. The winners and finalists are listed below. Winners can be located at the Continue reading 2022 Hugo Award Ceremony: Winners and Finalists

Masquerade! Astounding Faces on Parade!

The Chicon 8 Masquerade was held on September 3rd, 2022 in the Grand Ballroom of the Chicago Hyatt Regency. As with previous Worldcons, the show began with a presentation of the entries, accompanied by wonderfully entertaining introductions by master of ceremonies, William Dezoma. The presentation was followed by an amazing performance by local Chicago group Raks Geek, who astounded the audience with skillful light-spinning, spooky contortion acts, and graceful wookies. The judges presented various awards to the category winners (listed Continue reading Masquerade! Astounding Faces on Parade!

Chicon Signals: Day 4 Updates and Hugo Streaming Details

Hugo Ceremony Streaming Details The Hugo Award Ceremony will be streaming on YouTube! The channel has been embedded below. You can also save this channel as a bookmark in your browser or set to “Watch Later” in your YouTube account. The winners of the 2022 Hugo Awards, the Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book, and the Astounding Award for Best New Writer will be announced at the Hugo Award Ceremony at 8:00 p.m. CDT (UTC-5) tonight. Winners will be Continue reading Chicon Signals: Day 4 Updates and Hugo Streaming Details

Beef Sandwiches, Superheroes, and Firespinners!

Replicator malfunctioning? Holodeck on the fritz? It sounds like you could use some good food and entertainment recommendations! Fortunately, your Chicon 8 newsletter team is on the case. Al’s #1 Beef and Chicon Dining Guide “I have had my first genuine Chicago Beef sandwich. Based on the Staff Recommended Star in the Chicon 8 Dining Guide, I decided to walk to the closest Al’s #1 Beef Shop on North Wells Street, which is about 0.70 miles (1.2 km) from the Continue reading Beef Sandwiches, Superheroes, and Firespinners!

WSFS: Sunday Business Meeting

Sunday’s Site Selection (Second Main) WSFS Business Meeting received the site selection results for the 2024 Worldcon and the 2023 NASFiC (separate report forthcoming) and received a presentation from the 2023 Chengdu Worldcon before taking up new constitutional amendments. As with previous reports, all references to item numbers are to the WSFS Business Meeting agenda, which is available on the Chicon website at: https://chicon.org/home/whats-happening/business-meeting/ Before taking up new proposals, the meeting received a report regarding item E.2, and then ratified the Continue reading WSFS: Sunday Business Meeting

Party News for Sunday

Social gatherings are on the horizon! The following party list is available for all members. Some parties include times that are to be determined (TBD) and may receive updates throughout the day. You can also find a full party list on the Chicon Parties page! However, if there are any updates or additional details, you will find these changes reflected in this newsletter post and our Chicon Signals evening post. You can also find information for big parties in your Continue reading Party News for Sunday

Fifth Third “Bike the Drive”

Fifth Third Bike the Drive is a fundraiser event for the Active Transportation Alliance, a non-profit advocacy organization working to improve conditions for walking, biking, and public transit throughout Chicagoland. This event is from 6:30 am – 10:30 am with a Festival from 8 am – 12:30 pm. The main location is Butler Field in Grant Park. Over 16,000 bike riders attended the 20th Annual Fifth Third Bike the Drive in 2021. Grab your bike and reconnect with friends and Continue reading Fifth Third “Bike the Drive”

Sunrise Edition: Day Four (with Con Updates)

I’m going to be completely honest: I struggle with writing. Sure, I enjoy plotting out the beats to my indigenous fantasy series or adding occasional chapters to my AU noir/crossover fan fiction (yes, you read that correctly). More often than not, however, I end up staring at my computer like Steve Coogan in Hamlet 2, gobsmacked at how incredibly and profoundly hard stories can be to create. Other writers and artists inspire me, which was one of my primary motivations Continue reading Sunrise Edition: Day Four (with Con Updates)

Ad Astra: All the Stars were Laughing

If you heard laughter from the Michigan 3 room yesterday afternoon, it was because 5 teams of 4-6 players each were raucously attempting to vie for honors in a pub trivia contest. Six categories included questions about Chicago facts, sci-fi musical trivia, “match the captain to his ship,” Hugo facts, and much more! Can you answer any of these questions on your own or with a friend? Remember, no peeking at those cell phones in pub trivia! What year did Continue reading Ad Astra: All the Stars were Laughing

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