OryCon 18 Progress Report 2

October, 1996

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OryCon 18 Progress Report 2

November 8-10, 1996
Red Lion Columbia River
Portland, Oregon

Chair's Message

Ruth Sachter and Robert Verde

It's been an interesting summer and so far OryCon 18 continues to shape up well--it looks like it will be one of our bigger OryCons and we're working hard to make sure it will be a good one.

Congratulations to our Guest Gardner Dozois on winning the 1996 Hugo for Best Professional Editor.

Some of you have already heard--through Harlan Ellison's Sci-Fi Buzz commentary or elsewhere--of the needs of our local author Jo Clayton. She is hospitalized and receiving treatment for multiple myeloma, a form of cancer, and is in need of financial and emotional support. That is the reason for the special Oregon SF Emergency Fund auction which will occur in combination with our usual Susan C. Petrey Clarion Scholarship Fund auction. Cards and donations (payable to the Oregon SF Emergency Fund) may be sent to the Oregon SF Emergency Fund, c/o OSFCI, P.O. Box 5703, Portland, Oregon 97228.

E-mail messages should be sent c/o bourne@teleport.com. Auction donations are still needed and can be brought to OryCon but please let us know before the con if possible so that the items can be properly catalogued for the auction.

The other big news involves the hotel itself: Red Lion is being bought by Doubletree. However, this should have NO impact on OryCon 18 since the transaction will not be complete until after OryCon. And, we hope that the addition of Doubletree's "trademark" chocolate chip cookies will be the only effect on our future OryCons.

Membership Rates

Through October 31, 1996    $25
At the door                 $40

One-day rates: 
    Friday                  $20 
    Saturday                $25  
    Sunday                  $15

Children 5 and under        Free
Children 6 to 12            Half-Price

How to Contact Us

Please address all correspondence to
OryCon 18
PO Box 5703
Portland, Oregon 97228-5703
Phone: (503) 283-0802
(If the recorder answers, you have at least 30 minutes to leave a message.)
Web page: http://www.orycon.org/orycon18/
Email: ruths@spiritone.com & orycon.18@genie.com


John Lorentz

Registration will be in the usual location--in the main lobby of the hotel. Registration hours are:

Thursday        6PM to 10PM    
Friday          11AM to Midnight
Saturday        9AM to 6PM         
Sunday          10AM to 2PM
If you received this progress report by mail, you are an OryCon member. Your membership number is on the mailing label. If any information is incorrect, or has changed, please let us know. The best way is mail or e-mail, but if you must call, spell out the changes.

Memberships and dealer's tables are transferable. If we are notified before the con, we'll have the new badge ready. Otherwise, we require a signed note from the original purchaser of the membership before we can accept the transfer.

Remember: if you requested a badge name, your real name will also appear on the badge, but in real tiny type. (With some exceptions, such as different forms of the same name or in the case of author's pseudonyms.)

Our Guests of Honor

DIANE DUANE grew up on Long Island but found her way to Ireland where she gardens, cooks, and writes wonderful books. Whether you've read her fantasy works, Star Trek novels, or Young Adult books (Door into Fire, The Wounded Sky, and So You want to be a Wizard? are just a few), played the computer games, or seen the animateds, you've just barely scratched the surface.

PETER MORWOOD escaped from his British civil service job in Customs and Excise to write fantasy and science fiction full-time,and we are grateful. Look for The Horse Lord, Prince Ivan, and Greylady just for starters--there's lots more. Military history and single malts are two of his passions.

GARDNER DOZOIS is best known as the eight-time Hugo award winner for Best Professional Editor while editing Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine for the past ten years and many of the field's premier anthologies. Here's your chance to find out more about his writing and wit without a trip to Philadelphia!

PATRICIA DAVIS has been sending her art work to OryCon for years and you've been eagerly buying her astronomical and fantasy works. This year she is our Artist Guest and can't stay at home in the Bay Area with her painting, writing, gardening, and study of Cantonese.

OryCon Programming

Patty Wells and Linda Pilcher

We're very gratified with the number of interesting and talented people who've agreed to appear on the Orycon Program this year. Below is a list of program participants at this time which we've strived to make correct.

Having collected surveys from this diverse group the programming trolls are now locked inside a dank dark sub-basement spinning program surveys into gold. Well, at least so we hope.

We look forward to seeing you at OryCon and thank everyone for their ideas and assistance.

In addition to our Guests of Honor, we also have these Program Participants:

Greg Abraham              Sarah Goodman             Theresa Reed              
Cathy Adkinson            Eileen Gunn               Paul Riddell              
Heather Alexander         Jon Gustafson             Arlin Robins              
Kim Antieau               Tara Harper               Alan Rodgers              
Steve Barnes              Norm Hartman              Bruce Holland Rogers      
Donna Barr                Jane Hawkins              Mary Rosenblum            
Betty Bigelow             Nina Kiriki Hoffman       Kristine Kathryn Rusch    
Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff    Marilyn Holt              Richard Paul Russo        
Mark Bourne               Kathy Ice                 D. F. Sanders             
Elizabeth Lawhead Bourne  K. W. Jeter               Kathy Sanders             
John Bunnell              Kij Johnson               Jim Sarafin               
Roderick Bunnell          Jerry Kaufman             Pippen Sardo              
Sally A. Bunnell          Margaret Organ Kean       Laurie Sefton             
Elinor Busby              Meryle Korn               Michael Shea              
Kurt Busiek               Jean Lamb                 Robert Sheckley           
Gail Butler               Durlyn Larson             Louis Shiner              
Amy Sterling Casil        Patrick S Lasswell        Jon Singer                
David Clark               Sonia Orin Lyris          Dean Wesley Smith         
Mona Clee                 Mark Manning              Kevin Standlee            
John Cramer               Adrienne Martine-Barnes   Julie Stevens             
Pauline Cramer            Todd Johnson McCaffrey    Amy Stout                 
Debbie Cross              Luke McGuff               Steve Swartz              
Ctein                     Bridget McKenna           Patrick J. Swenson        
Howard Davidson           Donna McMahon             Mike Tanaka               
Gary Davis                Don McQuinn               Janet Tanaka              
Joy Day                   Vicki Mitchell            Susan Taubeneck           
John de Camp              Mari-El Mor               Amy Thomson               
Dan Duval                 Mike Moscoe               Suzanne Tompkins          
Claire Eddy               Rebecca Neason            Roy Torley                
Marjii Ellers             Larry Niven               Edd Vick                  
Ru Emerson                Andrew Nisbet             Chuq Von Rospach          
M.J. Engh                 Marybeth O'Halloran       Ray Vukcevich             
Jim Fiscus                Steven Oliver             Elisabeth Waters          
Margaret Forsythe         Alan Olsen                Julia West                
Steve Forty               Jerry Oltion              M. Brook West             
Louise Foster             Margaret Organ-Kean       Leslie What               
Joan Gaustad              Fred Patten               Deborah Wheeler           
Janice Gelb               John Pelan                Tom Whitmore              
Stephen Gillett           Elayne Pelz               Theo Williams             
ElizaBeth "Lace" Gilligan Steve Perry               Ben Yalow                 
Molly Gloss               Anthony Pryor-Brown       J. Steven York            
Lenora Good               Irene Radford             Chris York                

Art Show

You'll find this year's Art Show in its familiar spot--the Willamette/Deschutes rooms on the lower level--but those rooms and the whole lower level will look a bit brighter and different. Fortunately, the reconstruction/renovation after the February flood was to our benefit--new lighting, light colored walls, new carpet and, the best part, wider rooms. So, while we're not changing our policies, there will be a new look and feel to the OryCon Art Show thanks to the Red Lion and our new Art Show Director Lisa Axmaker.

The OryCon 18 Art Show will feature the artwork of Artist GOH Patricia Davis, Ambrosia, Betty Bigelow, Gail Butler, Lela Dowling, Angela Jones, Monica Livingstone, D. Nilsson, Mark Roland, Carla Tirible, Marcus Willis, and many others. As always, we welcome artwork with science fiction, fantasy, comic or fannish themes. Display fees remain at $7.00 for a 4' x 4' panel or 2' x 4' table space; print shop space is available at $2 per reservation. OryCon collects a 15% commission on all sales. Mail-in art work is welcome with a handling fee of $15 (half of which is rebated if all your work is sold). In order to appropriately handle all of the artwork, there will be a maximum percentage of mail-in work accepted. Please make your space reservations as early as you can.

The show has sold out before the convention for the last few years and has had a waiting list. So, this is your warning: get those reservation forms back to us as soon as possible. If you are not sure that we have your (correct) address, please drop a line to the P.O. Box or use one of the OryCon e-mail addresses to get it to us.

To send us your input, receive an Art Show mailing, get more information, or volunteer to help with the artshow, write to the OryCon P.O. Box, e-mail to the addresses listed or phone Lisa Axmaker at (503)598-7464 before 10 PM. And, speaking of addresses, please, please, please, if you move (and want to stay on our mailing list) send OryCon your change of address.

Filksinging and Music Programming

Anita Page

At OryCon 18 we plan to have a full schedule of music programming, concerts, and song circles for your listening (and participating) pleasure! As the filking coordinator, I've been going over various e-mail printouts regarding music circles at the convention. All the opinions have been taken under advisement, and I will try to remain flexible, as the needs of the convention dictate. Please call me at home and leave a message if you have fresh opinions.

Bring your instruments, vocal chords, songs, and ears and get ready for a weekend of music! If you have any suggestions, comments, or requests please feel free to write to filk programming Attn. Anita Page at the OryCon PO Box.

Special Guests of Friends of Filk: Telynor

Cecilia A. Eng

We hope you will join us at OryCon 18 in welcoming Anna and John Peekstock who perform as Telynor. With a truly amazing collection of instruments from hurdy-gurdy and Celtic harp to didjeridu and cittern, Telynor draws its repertoire from the traditional songs of the British Isles, France and Appalachia as well as from their own original compositions. While they have many fans in the Seattle area and have graced many a stage from British Columbia to California, they are a rare treat for us in Portland, Oregon.

Be sure to catch their performance at the Saturday night music concerts (watch for further information in your program book, pocket program and our usual electric green music concert flyers at the convention)!

The Return of the OryCon Variety Show

Ann Hoffert, Tracy Bailey, Janet Borkowski, Vicki Harrison, Barbara Hoffert

You say you don't sign up for Masquerades because you don't like being judged?

You say you don't know if that old costume hanging in your closet is good enough for the stage?

You say you don't want to be mired down in complicated rules and regulations, do's and don'ts?

You say you have no place to play your accordion or ride your unicycle?

You say you fall asleep during half-time?

Is that your problem, Bunky?

Well!! Step out into the light! Join us at the OryCon 18 Variety Show. We promise not to judge, we'll love you and your presentation unconditionally, our sign-up guidelines are user friendly and we don't have half-time.

We're doing it like last year, only better. So please don't hesitate to join in. And for those who just like to watch (you kinky people, you), you're the reason we're doing this! So step right up, come one come all to the greatest...er best...er most interesting Variety Show this side of...Tencton.

Writers' Workshop

John C. Bunnell

The deadline has passed for submitting a manuscript for critique in one of OryCon's formal writers' workshops--but even if you haven't sent in a story, there will still be ways for you to participate in Writers' Workshop programming. We are presently creating a line-up of special events that won't involve signing up before the convention. Subject to available talent and programming slots, these may include:

Check the pocket program, daily zine, and/or information desk for specific schedule and topic information. Some or all of these sessions may require you to sign up at the convention office in order to be assured a place.

Nor are we neglecting those who have sent in material to be critiqued. If this is you, you'll receive a packet of material to read before the convention, including information about your workshop section.

We're looking forward to this year's Writer's Workshop events, and we hope as many of you as possible will take advantage of them.

Internet Cafe

Janet and Charles DeVore

OryCon will be offering a place to connect to the 'Net.

Our plan at this time is to have several computers available for connecting to the Internet. OryCon attendees may drop by to get a tour of some interesting places, or learn about the features of the Internet and on-line communication. Realizing that many of you are already connected, you may wish to bring information on specific sites to share with others. The exact configuration of the hardware is still being worked out but should include Macintosh and Windows.


Doug Bissell

Contrary to previous reports, Kurt Daily will not be the DJ at the Saturday night dance, due to a time conflict. We are checking with possible replacements; however, anyone with suggestions, or possible volunteers, please contact Doug Bissell at Clypse@aol.com.

Any musical requests can be emailed to the same address. While we can't promise to meet everyone's needs, we shall do our best to play what the con-goers wish to hear.


Mary Olsen & Andrew Montgomery - Video
Monica Olsen - Cereal and Toons

Greetings from video!

Andrew and I will have 24 hour video this year and, if all goes well, two video rooms in which non-hotel residents may view it.

For those of you familiar with Clark County, Washington's public access TV... we have close contact with the producers of the delightful little production called "Outer Space Patrol". There is a possibility that we may be seeing some original material produced just for OryCon from them.

Also, our contact from NOVA has volunteered people and equipment for projection of hard-to-find laser disc versions of a variety of movies. We hope to negotiate a time and room with screen from programming for this project. Please be assured that there will not be a preponderance of anime as was seen at last year's OryCon.

We are also pleased to announce the return of Cereal and Toons as brought to you by Monica Olsen. She has asked that if anyone has any toon preference to please e-mail that request to alano@teleport.com. She would also like to remind you that the time for Cereal and Toons is limited, so please keep the requests to shorts. (She may not be able to schedule all the requests she receives due to time limitations.)

Dealers' Room

Pat Steed

We're still sold out with a waiting list. We have had one change however; Charae Crystals had to cancel their reservation, so Firewolf will be there with a variety of interesting items.

OryCon 18 Dealers:

Angelwear Creations                  Loreen O'Heneghan
Anna the Lost                        Ludicrous Games
Book Vault                           Magika West
Bryan Barrett                        Mon Droit Studio
Dragon Tales Books and Gifts         Quicksilver Fantasies
Dragonfly Design                     Recycled Regalia
Edie Reichard                        Rhonda Gheen
Everett Comics & Cards               Shadow's Treasure Chest
Express Yourself                     Shipman's Star Props
Eye-deas                             Springtime Creations
Fantasy Creations                    Stone Cold
Firewolf                             The Tooth Fairy
Friends of Filk                      The Fantasy Connection
Hypogriff Armoury/Creations by Tova  The Magickal Aardvark, Ltd
Lady Peg Leg                         Uncomyn Gifts
Lady Jayne's Books                   Wrigley-Cross Books
Pat Steed

The Trial of R. Lionel Fanthorpe

Debbie Cross

Nearly twenty-five years after the publication of the Badger books, R. Lionel Fanthorpe is being charged with a variety of crimes against the English language and the reading public. He was arraigned at a recent OryCon committee meeting and will be tried at 9:00 PM Friday night at OryCon.

The prosecution claims that, although we may now find the writing humorous, that does not bring a murdered metaphor back to life.... Prosecuting attorney Debbie Cross stated in a recent interview, "Although some people may think this is a laughing matter, we are deadly serious about exposing every mutilated analogy, bringing to light every flogged concept. We will show beyond a reasonable doubt that he assaulted the English language with a Thesaurus, padded every manuscript with excessive verbiage and defrauded the public by using 28 pseudonyms."

All OryCon members are summoned to the Klamath room to be seated on the jury for this momentous trial.


David Mohr

This year OryCon's gaming room will be in a new location, downstairs in the remodeled Yakima room. Pre Reg games are as follows:

Fan and Club Tables

Con goers interested in setting up fan or club tables need to contact William Sadorus at (206)661-2252.

Hall Costumes

David Tackett, an accomplished drunk Costumer from the Seattle area, will be judging and giving the hall costume awards, along with Laurel "Wonder Girl" Parshall. If you are wearing more than underwear & fangs, look for us--we will certainly be looking for you! We will even have prizes to bribe, er inspire you to dress out.

David Tackett

Combined Auction to Benefit Medical Emergency Fund and Petrey Scholarship

Jim Fiscus

OryCon's regular auction benefiting the Susan Petrey Scholarship Fund has been expanded this year to help meet a medical emergency. It will be held at 4:30 Saturday afternoon in the Klamath room. Portland writer Steve Perry has agreed to be auctioneer.

Portland Science Fiction and Fantasy writer Jo Clayton is in Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland, Oregon, undergoing chemotherapy for multiple myeloma, a cancer of the bone marrow (plasma cells). Multiple myeloma is not curable, but is treatable, and long-term remissions are not uncommon. Jo is responding well to her chemotherapy. In addition to chemotherapy, Clayton is receiving Aradia, a newly-approved drug that repairs much of the damage done to bones by the cancer.

Jo Clayton is the author of 34 novels and many short stories. Her best known SF work is likely "The Diadem" series (from DAW). Not counting sales of her latest book, Drum Warning, Clayton's works have sold over 1,250,000 copies. Drum Warning was published as a hardcover by Tor in June.

The Oregon Health Plan, Oregon's greatly expanded Medicaid program, will cover Jo's hospital expenses, but falls short of providing for vital medium- and long-term care. Donations to help Jo should be sent to the Oregon SF Emergency Fund to avoid endangering Jo's benefits under the Oregon Health Plan:

Oregon SF&F Emergency Fund
P.O. Box 5703
Portland, Oregon 97228
Established under Oregon Science Fiction Convention Inc's non-profit corporate umbrella, the fund will help destitute science fiction and fantasy writers from Oregon. Clayton is its first beneficiary. People wanting to donate items to the portion of the auction benefiting Jo should contact Jim Fiscus, either in care of the above address or by email at: fiscus@teleport.com.

Updates of Jo's condition are posted in Clayton's topic on GEnie: SFRT 1, Category 29, Topic 37, and in the Internet news group topics: rec.arts.sf.written and rec.arts.sf.fandom.

Going, Going, Gone!

Debbie Cross

Once again the Susan C. Petrey Auction will be held at OryCon to raise funds for scholarships to Clarion and Clarion West Writers' Workshops. This year we can boast such items as the manuscript for Steve Perry's Star Wars novel, Shadow of the Empire, with handwritten notes from the editor. Maybe you're more the type to bid on a piece of hand-crafted jewelry by Laurie Edison or Harlan Ellison's Mephisto in Onyx with signed bookplate. Whatever your tastes, we're sure to have something for you. Come preview the auction items at the table in the Dealers' Room.

Of course, we always need new and exciting things to auction. If you have something that another fan might want, we would be most grateful for the donation. We are non-profit and tax deductible. If possible, we would like to get donations beforehand so we can properly catalog and promote them. They may be sent c/o Wrigley-Cross Books, 1809 NE 39th Ave., Portland, OR 97212. We will continue to accept donations at the Susan Petrey table in the Dealers' Room. If you have questions, call Debbie or Paul at (503) 281-9449.

The auction starts Saturday at 4:30 PM in the Klamath room.


We're looking forward to another great hospitality suite--hosted by Ethan Herget and Linda Payne. Food and beverage planning is underway and we'll have lots more to tell you in the next progress report.

Here's a few updates to whet your appetites: Cereal & Toons will be return as a morning presentation in Hospitality; Saturday afternoon, thanks to Barbara Oldham and Joyce Zimmerschied, we have a tea party on the schedule--complete with appropriate goodies; to keep everything and everyone on an even keel, we'll again have a professional bartender and a nominal charge (25 cents) for beer and wine (some of Oregon's best). Soda and other non-alcoholic beverages will, of course, be freely available along with lots of good munchies--both healthy and fattening <g>.

Running Hospitality is a big job, so any offers of help will be gratefully received. There's work to do pre-con in food preparation and purchase, and plenty to do at con, keeping everything fresh, full, and clean. The hotel just refurbished the entire Interstate Wing--new carpeting, wall coverings, furniture--so we'll want to be especially considerate.

Child Care

Aaron Bodor

Child Care will be provided at OryCon by professional nannies as in recent years. It will be located in the Hayden Island Wing. Here are tentative hours and rates--please check at OryCon for any changes.

Friday         1 PM to 5 PM, 6 PM to 11 PM
Saturday       9 AM to 5 PM, 6 PM to 11 PM
Sunday         9 Am to 3 PM
Please note that Child Care closes for an hour (5-6 PM) for dinner each day. Children must be picked up by 5 PM and by closing at the end of the day. Parents will be charged a premium for picking up children late.

Our rates are not firm but will not be more than $4 an hour. Scrip will be sold in the convention office (Tualatin Room in the Interstate Wing). Our nannies have enough to do without handling paperwork or money so you will need to go to the office first to register your child or children and purchase scrip.

OryCon Volunteers

John Mead

OryCon, as with all conventions, runs on volunteers. While department heads are determined way in advance, and lots of planning occurs, the actual convention would not happen without the assistance of those wonderful people who VOLUNTEER on site.

We will need volunteers in the following areas: Registration, Art Show, Dealers Room, Hospitality, Dances, Convention Office, Fan Room, Programming setup/takedown, and a wide variety of areas too vast to mention!

As in past years, there will be a raffle, a Meet the Pros session, and new for this OryCon, a Meet the ConCom session!

If you find you have time on your hands, and feel like helping out, swing by the Volunteers table, in the main lobby near Registration; we will generally be able to find something for you to do (evil grin).

For more pre-convention information, please contact:

Sean Prescott
E-mail: seanp@efn.org

Hotel (Get your reservations in now!!!)

Robert Verde

For the seventh year in a row, we're at the Red Lion/ Columbia River hotel, North of downtown Portland. The room rate this year is $78.00 (plus tax) a night, for up to four people in the room. Remember to indicate whether you wish the party or the non-party wing, and to include a deposit or credit card number to guarantee your room if you are not planning on arriving before 6 PM. At this time, suites are not available during OryCon weekend.

All persons/groups wishing to hold a party should request a room in the Party Wing, the Interstate Wing. The Red Lion hotel is requiring a refundable deposit of $100.00 for all open parties. A party sign-up list will be in the convention Office, as well as information about posting your deposit with the hotel. The hotel is providing extra cleaning supplies to party rooms, available upon request at the Front Desk or through Housekeeping.

Because we've been filling the hotel earlier each year, the reservation information is included in this progress report. You can make your reservation by cutting out and mailing the completed form, or (even better) calling the hotel directly at (503) 283-2111. Just make sure that you tell the hotel that you're with OryCon to make sure that you get the proper rates. (The toll-free number for general reservations is 1-800-RED-LION, but if there is any doubt about your reservation status, please call the hotel directly.) Make your reservation today! And when you receive your confirmation, please check it carefully to make sure there are no errors.

The rate listed above is good no matter when you make your reservation -- but remember, OryCon has sold out their entire block for several years in a row. This year we have fifty rooms blocked in the Red Lion Jantzen Beach, a short walk across the parking lot from the convention hotel. So, in addition to a Quiet Wing, we actually have provided a Quiet Hotel!

If you have any problems with your reservation, feel free to call me at (503) 231-8952 or email me at rverde@gstworld.net. We're here to help you.

How to Get to the Hotel

BY AIR: The airport is about 6 miles from the hotel. There is a free shuttle from the airport running every 30 minutes from 7 AM to 11 PM (it serves both the Columbia River and Jantzen Beach Red Lions). A taxi costs about $12.

(The following is from the PDX website.)

Due to Expansion of Portland International Airport, construction delays will affect air travelers and PDX visitors from September 1996 to April 1998. Plan on using one of the following shuttle or parking programs and keep hassles to a minimum:

ARRIVING BY CAR: The Columbia River Red Lion is nestled next to the Columbia River, just as you cross into Oregon from Washington on Interstate 5. Traveling either northbound or southbound, take exit #308 (signs will read "Jantzen Beach Center" and "Hayden Island"). (This exit is about 7 miles from downtown Portland.) The Columbia River Red Lion is the one with the red trim, to the west of the freeway (on the shopping center side). If you're traveling south, it's the hotel to your right just as you enter Oregon; if you're heading north, bear left under the freeway, and it will be to your right.

BY BUS/RAIL: Union Station, the Portland Amtrak terminal, is right next to the Greyhound station. From either, walk a couple of blocks south (through the construction) to Everett, and catch a #5 Jantzen Beach or Vancouver Tri-Met bus. The fare is $1.05 cents, and there's a bus stop in front of the hotel. (A taxi costs about $12.) Note: It's actually more efficient to take Amtrak to Vancouver, since that station is very close to the Jantzen Beach area.

Hotel Reservation Form

OryCon 18
November 8-10, 1996

Mail to:

Red Lion Inn/Columbia River
1401 North Hayden Island Drive
Portland, Oregon 97217

or call:
(503) 283-2111

NAME: ______________________________________________________________ 

ADDRESS: ___________________________________________________________

CITY/STATE/ZIP: ____________________________________________________

Arrival date: ___________________  Departure date: _________________

Arrival Time: ___________________


Name on card: ______________________________________________________

Card number: ______________________________  Exp. Date: ____________

Beds:    One    Two    Rollaway ($15)


Room rate is $78.00 per night, plus tax of approximately 9%, for up to four people ($15 per additional person). Check-in time is 2PM. Rooms must be guaranteed with a credit card to be held past 6PM on arrival date. All unreserved rooms will be released on October 21, 1996. After that, rooms are subject to availability.

OryCon 18 Policies


In line with the Standard Practice at most major conventions, including recent World conventions, the carrying and wearing of weapons will not be permitted, except as part of a Variety Show contestant's costume, or as part of other designated events, and then only during the event, or in transit to and from the event. The use of a weapon as part of the Variety Show must be approved by the Variety Show Directors prior to the event. Failure to do so are grounds for immediate expulsion from the convention.

The Convention committee defines as weapons any object designed to cause bodily harm, or any replica of such an object and any other object the Committee determines to be dangerous. However the committee reserves the right to amend this definition of a weapon, and the right to impound weapons for the duration of the convention.

Any weapons purchased in the Dealer's Room must be securely wrapped before they are removed from the room.

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.


Yes, there will be a smoking lounge near Hospitality. We ask that you smoke there and not smoke in the rest of the convention function space and hallways. Thank you for helping clear the air for our convention membership.

Children at OryCon

Children must be accompanied by an adult in order to purchase a membership, and all children must be registered with the convention. Those five and under (and any other child whose parent requests it) will receive a hospital-type ID bracelet. This bracelet will list the parent's (or responsible adult's) name, and hotel room number (if applicable). At all times, these children must be under the supervision of an adult, or in the day care facility. If a young child is found unattended, that child will be delivered to the day care area, and the parent will be billed for the day care received. Children 5 and under will still be admitted free to the convention.

We recognize that many children in the 6 to 12 range are capable of independent activity. Therefore, as long as they are causing no problems, they do not have to be under adult supervision. However, if they are not capable of independence, then they must be under adult supervision, or in the day care facility, as above. Children 6-12 are admitted at half the adult price; ID bracelets are not required, but suggested.


Your progress report editor was Dale Ivan Smith. [Converted to HTML by David Levine.] Like PR#1, it was compiled almost entirely from email submissions using Word 6.0 for Windows on an old 486/33 and printed on an HP855 ink jet. Cover art by Patricia Davis. All other material copyright 1996 by Oregon Science Fiction Conventions (OSFCI).

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