You will find hotel information in this PR as well as updated reports on all the activities happening at OryCon this year. Because we have just finished a very successful Westercon this year, we are taking the opportunity to try a few innovative ideas. We're sure that you will appreciate them.
If you need to contact us:
P. O. Box 5703
Portland, OR 97228-5703
Phone (503) 659-4534
We're certain that you'll be as excited about our Guests of Honor as we are! We hope you all get a chance to meet them.
We have many new things happening this year: a Variety Show instead of the usual Masquerade, Children's programing -- just 2 rooms, but hey, it's a start! -- and some new approaches to programming, as well as some of our old favorites!
Convention hours this year will be 7 AM to 4 AM. We need those three hours to get things cleaned up for the next day and you need to go to your room or your home and get some sleep!
We are looking forward to seeing you there!! -- David and Melanie Schaber
Joel's first sale, an op-ed piece favoring nuclear power, was published in The New York Times. His stories have appeared in Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, Perpetual Light, Amazing Science Fiction Stories, and TSR's The Dragon. Joel's hobbies include backgammon, poker, bridge, and several other sorts of gaming, as well as cooking. His broiled butterfly leg of lamb has to be tasted to be believed. He now lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with one wife, two computers, and three cats. -- From David Schaber adapted from a bio in the back of one of Joel's books.
Kris has edited The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction (for which she was awarded the Hugo Award for Best Editor in 1994) since 1991. Before that, she was the editor of Pulphouse: The Hardback Magazine. She has written numerous novels including The White Mists of Power, Heart Readers, Facade, Traitors, and Sins of the Blood. Her novella "Gallery of His Dreams" was a Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy Award nominee. Somehow, she's also found time to write dozens of shorter pieces, and was awarded the Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 1990. Kris likes good movies (being a fan of the "real" Musketeers films--the ones with Michael York) and plays the music loud when Dean is off playing golf.
Together, Kris and Dean have written several books under the name of "Sandy Schofield" (on having too many names on a book cover.) These include a couple Star Trek: Deep Space Nine books, a bestselling Star Trek: Voyager book and an Aliens book.
Kris and Dean are the focus for an incredible group of writers in Oregon. Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Jerry Oltion, David Bischoff, J. Steve York and Ray Vukcevich are just a few of the 'Pulphouse crew' of writers in Eugene. Their Tuesday writer's workshops, drawing people from as far away as Portland, are paving the way for even more, as well as the newer writers, that have included both in the pages of Pulphouse and F&SF. -- John Lorentz, GOH Liaison for Kris and Dean.
Dameon is one of the artists tapped by Wizards of the Coast to illustrate for their popular game, Magic: The Gathering. Willich's cards include Reverse Damage, Glacial Wall, Erg Raiders, El Hajij, Mana Short and Lifeforce.
Tom Smith has recorded two albums with Dodeka Records, Ltd., Who Let Him in Here? and Domino Death. While he is most often remembered for his humor, he can also touch your heart as with his tribute to the late Jim Henson, "A Boy and his Frog". We hope you will take the time to catch his concert performance and join us at the evening song circles in welcoming Tom Smith as our Special Guest at OryCon 17. -- Cecilia Eng
We send out progress and regress reports to convention members and from time to time, special mailings to the people who have attended one of our conventions. Unfortunately, if we don't have your correct name and address, the mailing doesn't get to you. If you move during the year, or want to make any other change, please drop us a postcard. We don't want to lose track of you.
If you need to transfer your membership, please let us know in advance so that we can have the correct badge ready at the convention. A signed note from the original member is all we need. Requirements for transfer at the door will be stiffer.
Memberships in OryCon 17 are available at the following rates:
Children ages 6-12 are half price. Children 5 and under are free. Children MUST be accompanied by an adult with a membership. -- David LohkampThrough October 15, 1995 $25 After October 15 and at the door $35
Artists from Oregon and across the U.S. and Canada will go far in making the OryCon 17 Art Show a fascinating fusion of media and imagination. Amateur and professional artists will be submitting two and three dimensional pieces that should please and stimulate one and all.
Our Artist Guests of Honor, Dameon Willich and Heather Hudson, will be displaying their creations in the Art Show. Other artists that have reserved space at this time are:
If you would like to volunteer at the Art Show, your help would be greatly appreciated. You may contact Jamie Marks at (503) 232-3177, or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the Con, or inquire at the Art Show control desk during the Con.Donna Bolima Sherry Hanson Jennifer Platt Adrian Bourne Mary Hanson-Roberts Joyce Reynolds- Elizabeth Lawhead Bourne Ward Jackie Boutin Eleanor Johnson Mark Roland Gail J. Butler Kelly A. Johnson Jennie Roller Russel D. Campbell Monika Livingston Lee Seed Alan. M Clark Charles Martel Jane T. Sibley James Currie Adrienne Zinah Martinez Patricia Davis Shauna McKain-Storey J. A. Fudd Mari-El Mor Jeff Sturgeon Barbara Foster Betsey Mott Tami Vaughn Greg Green Cheryl Nordgulen Lubov Yegudin Robert D. Griffiths Margaret Organ-Kean Elizabeth Hail Otherworld Unlimited
Special note: No unauthorized selling of merchandise will be permitted at OryCon 17. Give us a call if you have any questions about this.ANGELWEAR CREATIONS MAGICKAL ARDVARK, LTD. B. BARRETT BOOKS MON DROIT STUDIO BLUE MOON BOOKS OTHERWORLD UNLTD CHARAE CRYSTALS PreKARIOUS ENTERPRISES DRAGONFLY DESIGN QUICKSILVER FANTASIES EDIE REICHARD RHONDA GHEEN SCULPTURES ESCAPE BOOKS SHIPMAN'S STAR PROPS EYE-DEAS SPRINGTIME CREATIONS EXPRESS YOURSELF UNCOMYN GIFTS FRIENDS OF FILK UNICORN GAMES PLUS WALD-GAVORA HIPPOGRIFF ARMORY WRIGLEY-CROSS BOOKS LADY JANE'S SUE PETRY AUCTION TABLE COMICS & BOOK
These are the current (as of this writing) program participants:
Greg Abraham Timothy J. Campbell Greg Gordon Heather Alexander Ctein Jon Gustafson Clifton Amsbury Howard Davidson Hugh S. Gregory Blythe Ayne Gary Davis George Guthridge Steven Barnes Joy Day Jay Hartlove Betty Bigelow Elton T. Elliot Norman E. Hartman Tom Billings James W. Fiscus Denise Lopes Heald Lisa Bothell Margaret Forsythe Richard Hescox Adrian Bourne Steve Forty Nina Kiriki Hoffman Mark Bourne Louise Foster Marilyn Holt Elizabeth Lawhead- Joan Gaustad Heather Hudson Bourne Marsha Goldoff Jerry Kaufman Gail Butler Leonora Rain-Lee David Levine Debbie Cross Good Sonia Orin Lyris
Jean Lamb Kristine Kathryn Rusch Tom Maddox D. F. Sanders Charles Martel Pippin Sardo Adrienne Martine-Barnes Michael Scanlon Cyn Mason Dean Wesley Smith Margaret McBride Tom Smith Luke McGuff Mike Tanaka Donna McMahon Janet Tanaka Vicki Mitchell Susan Taubeneck Mari-El Mor Bruce Taylor Mike Moscoe Amy Thomson Rebecca Neason Suzanne Tompkins Margaret Organ-Kean Roy Torley Jim Pearce Edd Vick John Pelan Chuq Von Rospach Danelle Stephanie Perry Ray Vuckcevich Steve Perry Elisabeth Waters Anthony Pryor-Brown Leslie What Sherri "Clio" Pryor-Brown Art Widner Irene Radford Theo J. Williams Dan Raphael Dameon Willich Allan Roberts Ben Yalow Joel Rosenberg Donna Bolima-Yamada Mary Rosenblum Christina F. York Leonardo D. Rufo J. Steven York Deborah Wheeler
Did you ever wonder what happens to the items we don't get time to auction? This year we plan to sell them on Sunday at a Dutch auction at the Petrey table in the Dealers' Room. All items will be started at the highest expected sale price. The price will be lowered every 15 minutes until the item sells. It's a test of nerves and calculated risk. Will someone else pick up the item you want first, or can you wait for the price to drop one more time?
We still need items to sell. If you have something that you think someone else will want, please consider a donation. We are a tax-exempt organization. Ideally we would like the donation before the convention so that they may be properly catalogued. You may send them to the Susan Petrey Fund c/o Wrigley-Cross Books, 1809 NE 39th Ave., Portland, OR 97212 [please note change of address]. We will accept donations at the Petrey table in the Dealers' Room as well. Of course, cash donations will also be gladly accepted.
If you have any question, please feel free to call us at (503) 775-4943. -- Debbie Cross and Paul Wrigley, Susan Petry Scholarship Fund Administrators
If you fear that you've heard it all, let me put your mind at ease, I've challenged Jeff Stout and now Anglicon's leader of Fanthorpian festivities, to a contest. We shall each come to the reading armed with Badger excerpts that have never before been read at either OryCon or Anglicon or been included in the book Down the Badger Hole. The audience will get the chance to vote on who found the best new material. Time will be allowed for the old favorites as well. After all, it wouldn't be a Fanthorpe reading without a little pink and grey and white prose.
It all happens Friday evening at 9 PM in the Klamath room. Be there or be a shape made up of four lines of equal length all connected at 90 degree angles in such a way that the first and third lines are parallel and the second and fourth lines are parallel thus creating an enclosed area giving an overall impression of squareness. -- Debbie Cross (Our Fanthorpe Expert Extrordinaire --ed.)
with Ann Hoffert, Tracy Bailey, Janet Borkowski, Vicki Harrison and Emcee: Steve "O'Brian" HoffertWe're Ba-a-ack! From those wonderful folks who gave you the CascadeCon '94 Variety Show, we're doing it again, bigger and better than ever!
For those of you who missed that spectacular event, here's how it goes: We are giving you the opportunity to showcase your talent in about two minutes or less in a variety of ways.
Costumes from amateur to professional, from new creations to old favorites, are welcome, so show us what you've got. Do you have the soul of a performer that no one has recognized? Show the OryCon audience (the best and nicest in the world) your best (or favorite) presentation, dance, filksong or whatever performance you can come up with. Remember that old high school variety show you didn't participate in because you thought you'd look silly? Well, go ahead and do the OryCon 17 Variety Show where silly is what we like (but not, of course, nasty, rude or naked). We haven't forgotten the children, either. Kids -- get your parents to help you show your precocious skills and personality on our stage.
And the best part? Absolutely, 100% guaranteed, No Judging! You are all equally precious to us.
Oh, and Dealers, here's an excellent opportunity to strut your stuff. What would a show be without commercials? And hey, no one will be able to channel surf or leave the room for a beer while you're on.
Now, details, details. Here is the proposed time line for all of this fabulous fun:
For further details (you mean we left something out?) and pre-registration, please call our fearless leader at 1-503-649-2744 or write:
19720 SW Redoak Lane
Aloha, Oregon 97007
The Fan Room is the center of fanzine activity at OryCon. That said, be aware that in practice the Fan Room has about as much to do with fanzines as science fiction fandom has to do with science fiction. If you know nothing about fanzines, don't worry -- you're welcome anyway! Come in and browse, ask questions, chat. You might make some new friends.
The Fan Room will also be the location for several silly and laid-back programming items during the convention. More details as they emerge.
The Fan Room is a place for:
PLEASE HELP! Volunteers are always welcome. If you'd like to be a Fan Room Host and spend a couple of hours helping make the Fan Room a great place for fun fans to hang out, or if you'd like to bring or send any fanzines for sale or display in the Fan Room, please contact me, David Levine, via the P.O. Box, or send Internet mail to: email@example.com
If you like to help people and want to learn more about the inside workings of OryCon, the office is the place to be. To become part of the office staff, either drop a note to the general OryCon addresses to my attention or feel free to e-mail me directly at R.Sachter@genie.com. Thank you. --Ruth Sachter
Child care will be $3.00 per hour and must be paid for in advance. You will be able to purchase scrip at the OryCon Office. Our nannies will take only scrip. They will not accept cash nor sell scrip.
The hours will be 3 PM - 11 PM, Saturday 10 AM - 5 PM and 6 PM - 11 PM, and Sun 11 AM - 5 PM It will be located in rooms 172 and 174 in the Multnomah wing. -- Mary Olsen, Child care
Children under six must be under the direct supervision of the parent or a designated adult at all times. All children must be registered with the convention and must wear a wristband which identifies the child and the responsible adult. Children 12 and under are not allowed into convention space after midnight.
Realizing that you do need some time to yourselves, OryCon provides professional child care at a reasonable rate during most convention hours. Unsupervised children will be taken to child care and the parents billed for the time spent. If children are found un- or undersupervised more than once, the adult responsible for the child will have his or her membership withdrawn and be asked to leave the event.
We know that some, but not all, children from ages six to twelve are capable of limited independence. We are offering children's programming for youngsters in this category. However, children in this age group will be taken to child care if they are not showing the maturity to be left unsupervised. Again, if the child needs to be taken to child care more than once, the adult responsible for the child will have his or her membership withdrawn and be asked to leave the event.
YOU have what it takes to be an ORYCON 17 VOLUNTEER!!!
Help make the Con a happening place. Meet lots of neat people who you probably wouldn't have met otherwise. Earn the respect and gratitude of the ConCom! Win fabulous prizes!
VOLUNTEERS are needed before, during, and after the convention. If you can help with setup on the evening of Thursday, November 9th, we'd love to have you there! Ever wonder how the Art Show panels get set up, and the art hung on them? That's right, VOLUNTEERS! If you can spare some time during the convention to help make this a wonderful convention for everyone, please do! If, after all the fun of the convention, you feel like expressing your appreciation by helping take down the Art Show and Dealers Room, we'll think that you're really incredible!
OryCon runs on Blood, Sweat, and VOLUNTEERS!
Now for the details:
Volunteers will be run out of the OryCon 17 Office. If you already know how you want to help, contact me and I'll put you in touch with the appropriate division head. If you want to wait until after you see the programming schedule, this is cool, too. If you want to help, but want a better idea of what is involved, get in touch with me, I'll give you more in-depth info.
4416 SE Milwaukie Ave, Apt 3
Portland, OR 97202
But seriously folks, we'll be offering a fun, supportive, creative environment to hammer out the finer points of your most recent work. Whether it's a novel, short story or even poetry, send it to us! You'll find yourself in an intimate gathering of pros and other workshop attendees ( yes, she did say attendees, what's a better description? Up and coming, rising stars . . . what???)
At any rate, you have been invited. And here's what we need:
Submission deadline: Postmarked by October 26, 1995.
Mail all submissions to:
Angela MarieIf you have any questions, feel free to phone me at (503) 557-5578 (between 6 PM and 10 PM), or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
22085 S. Salamo Road
West Linn, OR 97068
Tom Smith, (see short piece by Cecilia Eng on Tom) has agreed to be the Friends of Filk GOH for OryCon 17. Heather Alexander is our other featured performer. Due to programming space and time limitations, concerts will be held during the day, instead of the usual evening times. But have no fear, the music is just as good played during the day as it is at night.
Get in touch with me if you have any suggestions for showcasing our other fine performers. --Anita Page.
Any weapons purchased in the Dealer's Room must be securely wrapped.
The committee realizes that most people who would like to carry and wear weapons are sensible and careful individuals. However because of the present liability laws the risk of weapons causing accident or distress, and to preserve relationships with convention hotels, we have had to adopt this policy. The safety of convention members has to be our overriding consideration.
Rooms are $73 a night with 9% tax. Make sure that you tell the hotel whether you want to be in the party wing, adjacent to the party wing or in a quiet wing.
Do remember that the hotel is charging a $35 nonrefundable fee plus a $100 refundable damage deposit if you are having a party at the con. This fee should not be charged if you request a room in the party wing but are not throwing a party.
Other things to remember about the hotel:
By Car: The Red Lion Columbia River is located nest to the Columbia River. Heading either North or South on I-5, take the Jantzen Beach/Hayden Island exit. The Columbia River is the Red Lion with the red roof, WEST of the freeway and across the road from the shopping center. Click here for a map (13K) that shows how to get to the hotel by car.
By Rail or Bus: The two terminals are adjacent. You can take a cab up to the hotel or catch Tri-met bus #5 at 6th and Everett. Taxis are always available, too.
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