Kjell Lindgren Videos

One of the most exciting bonuses that Sasquan members got was the chance to view remarks made by our Special Guest, NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren while aboard the International Space Station. A special thanks to Jill Eastlake for all of her work making arrangements with NASA and to Larry Schroeder, Syd Weinstein and the rest of the tech team for making this happen on the big screens in Spokane.

Note: The links lead to MOV format videos that should be automatically downloaded by your browser. You will need QuickTime or a similar program to view them.

Here is the video that was presented during Opening Ceremonies:

Kjell’s Welcome

This is a special tape for the Hugo Ceremony with Kjell’s introduction and then reading off all of the possibilities for winner, since the actual winner was not revealed prior to the Ceremony.

Reading the Nominees and Winners

Here is a little bonus joke for the Best Novel winner:

Best Novel Rocket

And lastly, here is his salute to Worldcon for the Closing Ceremonies:

Closing Video

Sasquan Announces Hugo Award Winners

Sasquan announced the Hugo Awards winners Saturday, Aug. 22, at 8 p.m. at a ceremony hosted by authors Tananarive Due and David Gerrold.

The winners are:

Best Novel: The Three Body Problem, Cixin Liu, Ken Liu translator (Tor Books)

Best Novella: No Award

Best Novelette: “The Day the World Turned Upside Down”, Thomas Olde Heuvelt, Lia Belt translator (Lightspeed, 04-2014)

Best Short Story: No Award

Best Related Work: No Award

Best Graphic Story: Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal, written by G. Willow Wilson, illustrated by Adrian Alphona and Jake Wyatt, (Marvel Comics)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form: Guardians of the Galaxy, written by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman, directed by James Gunn (Marvel Studios, Moving Picture Company)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form: Orphan Black: “By Means Which Have Never Yet Been Tried”, written by Graeme Manson, directed by John Fawcett (Temple Street Productions, Space/BBC America)

Best Editor, Short Form: No Award

Best Editor, Long Form: No Award

Best Professional Artist: Julie Dillon

Best Semiprozine: Lightspeed Magazine, edited by John Joseph Adams, Stefan Rudnicki, Rich Horton, Wendy N. Wagner, and Christie Yant

Best Fanzine: Journey Planet, edited by James Bacon, Christopher J Garcia, Colin Harris, Alissa McKersie, and Helen J. Montgomery

Best Fancast: Galactic Suburbia Podcast, Alisa Krasnostein, Alexandra Pierce, Tansy Rayner Roberts (Presenters) and Andrew Finch (Producer)

Best Fan Writer: Laura J. Mixon

Best Fan Artist: Elizabeth Leggett

The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer: Wesley Chu

A complete breakdown of the voting information may be found at http://www.sasquan.org.

Kjell Lindgren Welcome

Did you miss our opening ceremonies? Or do you just want to watch it again? Here’s the video of Sasquan Guest of Honor Dr. Kjell Lindgren’s welcome to members of Sasquan at the opening ceremonies. (Cool to see our convention badge floating in zero gravity. And there’s a tribble on the space station! Yes, just one…)


Sasquan Trailer Park


Movie Trailer Park Previews invade Sasquan!

Keith and Alan here from the Trailer Park (WorldCon-speak for Movie News & Previews), again ready to bring the latest movie news and previews from Hollywood straight to your eye/earballs. Our schedule for this special WorldCon year:

Thursday – Family Movie Previews – 11-12noon – CC Room 207

Thursday – Previews Show #first – 4-5:30pm – CC Ballroom 100B

Friday – Keith Johnson Kaffee Klatche (Let’s talk about movies!) – 4-4:45pm – CC Room 202B-KK4 (Early sign-up encouraged.)

Saturday – Previews Show #last – 4-5:30pm – CC Bay 111A

Movies, TV, home entertainment, theme parks, we talk about the whole gamut. See you there!


The Trailer Park Lands Today

Grab a responsible child, and check out our first Trailer Park Movie Previews specially baked for the entire family. We’ll be showing things we won’t even be showing the adults (Shhh!)!

Family Movie Previews – 11-12noon – CC Room 207

Then catch a good nap so you can be alert and aware for the first dose of full frontal Trailer Park Mayhem. The biggest screen and sound we’ve ever had!! So much genre stuff to show and talk about; movies, TV, theme parks, the whole gamut.

Previews Show #first – 4-5:30pm – CC Ballroom 100B


Let’s Try this Kaffee Klatche Trailer Park Thing

This being our first Worldcon as presenters, we thought it might be fun to gather a small group of like-interested fen and just talk about movies for awhile. What you like, what you hate, what you’re looking forward to, what you wonder why they bothered. So let’s do a Kaffee Klatche and talk about the movies! Note you have to sign up ahead of time.

Keith Johnson Kaffee Klatche (Let’s talk about movies!) – 4-4:45pm – CC Room 202B-KK4


Last Trailer Park for 362 days ahead

You’ve got one final chance to experience the full frontal media assault that is Keith & Alan’s Trailer Park News and Movie Previews. Get your media hunger satiated while we serve as afternoon mind-cleansing opening act for the Hugos. We’ll show some of the most popular trailers from Thursday as well as items we didn’t get a chance to talk about. And it’s all absolutely free!

Previews Show #last – 4-5:30pm – CC Bay 111A

Gaming Schedule

The Sasquan Gaming Program schedule is now available at http://sasquan.org/gaming-portal/. This schedule includes several games making their regional premiere, as well as demos, Dungeons & Dragons Adventures League, and a Star Fleet Battles Miniatures Sanctioned Tournament. A full campaign of Dungeons & Dragons Princes of the Apocalypse will be running for the duration of Sasquan.

Sasquan Processions

Here’s your chance to enjoy the amazing summer weather of the Pacific Northwest in Spokane’s beautiful Riverfront Park. Come spend a half hour in the fresh air, and let’s show Spokane what science fiction and fantasy are all about! Each Procession will have a theme, as described below. You are encouraged (though not required) to dress for the theme.

All Processions will start from and end at the statue near the breezeway between the convention center and the INB. The First Night and Last Night Processions are for all ages. The rest are for adults and free range kids. Younger kids with parents or guardians are welcome.



  • Afternoon (4:00 p.m.) – The First Night Procession. Immediately after the Opening Ceremonies, join the con staff and your friends as we discover the park: food, games, culture, people, and beautiful scenic views.
    Before the Procession, the Children’s Program will have a special workshop where kids can make capes, crowns, and other costumes to wear on their trip through the park. Let’s see them get creative!


  • Morning (10:10 a.m.) – The Doctor Who Procession. 13 Doctors. 50 Companions. Millions of Daleks. 8 Masters. And 2 robot dogs. That’s a complex universe! Following the Doctor Who fan film (CC 205, 9:30 – 9:59 a.m.), come for a walk as your favorite Doctor, Companion, Ally, or Adversary from over 50 years of Time Lords!
  • Afternoon (2:00 p.m.) – The Mad Scientist Procession. Mad, am I? Or just misunderstood? From Victor Frankenstein to Agatha Heterodyne, from Steampunk to Japanese monster movies, science fiction loves its mad scientists – and their creations! Come for a walk as your favorite mad scientist or science experiment gone wrong.


  • Morning (10:00 a.m.) – The Saturday Morning Cartoons/Anime Procession. Yes, this is Friday morning; but in the 21st century, every day is Saturday morning. With Netflix, Hulu, Cartoon Network, and Tivo, you can watch cartoons 24 hours a day and never run out! Come for a walk as your favorite cartoon or anime character, from superheroes to ninjas to funny animals.
  • Afternoon (2:00 p.m.) – The Quest Procession.
    Kings and queens. Knights and rogues. Prophecies and portents. Giants and goblins and castles and caves. And of course, dragons! Many of our favorite fantasies revolve around a quest, full of danger and mystery and romance. And treasure! Come for a walk as your favorite hero, monster, or mysterious traveler from your favorite quest.


  • Morning (10:00 a.m.) – The Costume Procession. Just in case you didn’t see enough great costumes at the Masquerade on Friday, we’re going to give you another chance to show off your costuming artistry – this time to all of Spokane! Come for a walk in the costume of your choice. This is a great chance to get photos of you in your costume in the natural settings of Riverfront Park!
  • Afternoon (2:00 p.m.) – The Firefly Procession. Time for some thrilling heroics. The Unification War lasted 5 years. That means you dedicated Firefly fans have kept the dream alive for twice as long as the Independent Faction did, and you show no signs of giving up. So put on your Browncoat, your Jayne hat, or your best fancy dress and come for a shiny walk in the park!


  • Morning (11:15 a.m.) – The Star Trek Procession. Infinite Diversity in Infinite Spinoffs! Star Trek covers it all: five TV series, an animated series, over a dozen movies, fan films, audio theater, books, comic books, games, action figures… and don’t forget tribbles! Come for a walk as your favorite Trek character or creature, and show us why your Trek is the best (Join us afterwards for the Leonard Nimoy Memorial at noon in Integra Ballroom 100B.)
  • Afternoon (4:00 p.m.) – The Last Night Procession. Immediately after the Closing Ceremonies, drag your weary body out into the afternoon light and discover that yes, the real world is still there, waiting to pounce on you and bury you in mundane matters… until the next convention! Come walk with your friends and say your final farewells before returning home



Executive Committee Statement on Lou Antonelli and David Gerrold

The Executive Committee of Sasquan, the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention, would like to address the matter of actions taken by Mr. Lou Antonelli with regards to one of our Guests of Honor, Mr. David Gerrold. On August 1st, Mr. Antonelli participated in a podcast in which he stated that he had written a letter to the Spokane Police Department, in which he stated to them that Mr. Gerrold was “insane and a public danger and needs to be watched when the convention is going on”.

Normally, online communications between members is not something in Sasquan’s purview to referee. However, Mr. Antonelli’s letter, which requested police action against Mr. Gerrold during the time of the convention, is within our purview. As such, we found that there was a strong possibility this act was a violation of our posted harassment policy[1], particularly if the letter had, in fact, been sent.

The Executive Committee then turned the matter over to our Operations Head, Ms. Robbie Bourget, who initiated formal proceedings in accordance with that policy. During these proceedings, it came to light that Mr. Antonelli had issued a formal apology to Mr. Gerrold and admitted culpability: he actually sent the letter, not merely claimed to have sent it.

We thoroughly reviewed all available data, including email from both involved parties, social media postings, discussions with key committee members, and so forth. The inescapable conclusion was that Mr. Antonelli had violated our Code of Conduct in this matter. The recommendation was to refund Mr. Antonelli’s membership and prohibit his entry to any convention location or function.

However, after the recommendation was made, Mr. Gerrold, as the aggrieved party, specifically requested that the Executive Committee set aside this recommendation on the grounds that Mr. Antonelli did apologize, is sending a retraction to the Spokane Police Department and because, as a Hugo Nominee, he deserves to attend the ceremony.

The Executive Committee has chosen to accept Mr. Gerrold’s request, and considers the matter closed as of this time. Ms. Bourget has spoken and corresponded with the Spokane Police Department, and they also consider the matter closed. We would like to thank Ms. Bourget for the calm professionalism she lent to the proceedings, and Mr. Antonelli and Mr. Gerrold for coming to a settlement that benefits not just them, but the Worldcon and its members.

[1] http://sasquan.org/code-of-conduct/