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PO Box 5703
Portland, OR 97228-5703
Orycon 19 is shaping up to be one of our most well-attended ever! So, that makes it that much more important to get your memberships in early. Our membership cap is 1600 attendees, and we are presently running about ten percent ahead of last year's registration numbers. If you, or someone you know, is planning to attend and has not yet purchased a membership, please consider doing so as soon as possible.
Our guest lineup may be the reason why we are seeing such big preregistration numbers. Steven Barnes, our Author Guest of Honor, has just released his newest novel, BLOOD BROTHERS, which should be out in paperback by Orycon 19. Steven is an intensely charismatic individual, active in the martial arts as well as the writing arts, and anyone who has ever attended his Tai Chi sessions at Orycon has come away a changed person.
Teresa and Patrick Nielsen Hayden, our Editor Guests of Honor, have numerous projects connected to their work as editors at Tor Books. Teresa's Hugo-nominated essay collection MAKING BOOK went back to press for a second edition from NESFA Press. Stories from the debut volume of Patrick's original anthology series, STARLIGHT 1, were nominated for the Nebula, the Sturgeon, and the Hugo Awards, and Patrick was nominated for the Best Editor Hugo. Both MAKING BOOK and STARLIGHT 1 are still in print, and STARLIGHT 2 will appear in late 1998.
Frank Lurz, our Artist Guest of Honor, has shown at past Orycon's, and his work is so spectacular that we wanted to really showcase his paintings. His alien landscapes and photo-realistic depictions of astronomical phenomena are beautifully rendered, and truly give you a window into another reality. Frank is also a fencing master of the Italian school, and has volunteered to give our attendees a display of his martial art. No word yet from Steven Barnes on competitive exhibitions...
Our Special Music Guests of Honor, Golden Bough, are brought to Orycon 19 by Friends of Filk. World famous recording artists, the Golden Bough concert promises to be a highlight of our convention.
Finally, Orycon 19 is expanding its Internet presence to include biographies of our guests, registration information (including a nifty graph tracking memberships against last years and a database to check if your membership has been received), Dealer's Room listings, hotel information (with updates on the name change!), and a committee list with e-mail addresses. Stop by our web page at http://www.orycon.org/orycon19 and let us know how we can better serve your needs.
Looking forward to seeing you at Orycon 19!
Through July 15, 1997 $25Children 5 and under no charge, children 6 to 12 half-price. All children must be accompanied by an adult attending member at the convention.
Through October 15, 1997 $30
At the door $45
Please note that the rate change dates are different this year!
The mailing label on this Progress Report contains:
If any information is incorrect, or has changed, please let us know. The best way is by mail (either electronic or regular), but if you must call, please spell out the changes.
If the name on the label starts with ``T/'' or ``G/'', this means that this membership came with a dealer's table or was purchased as a guest of someone else, and no other name has yet been given to us. We suggest you let us know the name of the person using this badge before the con, so that we can have a correct badge ready (instead on you waiting at Registration).
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, let us know before the convention, and you'll save time waiting in lines at the convention.
Remember, OryCon has an absolute membership limit of 1600 people. Based on last year, we will probably sell out late Friday night.
In order to register for OryCon 19, you must do so under your real name. If you wish to use a badge name, your ``real world'' name will also appear on the badge, in very small type.
For registration queries: (503) 283-0802 or email@example.com
For all other questions, please use the main phone number and e-mail address, or check our web page.
OryCon Program Participants
as of 6/23/97
Kim Antieau Richard Hescox Mary Rosenblum Eleanor Arnason Terry Hiller Chuq Von Rospach Blythe Ayne Marilyn Holt Kristine Kathryn Rusch Steve Barnes Heather Hudson Richard Paul Russo Dan Berggren Kathy Ice Pippin Sardo Betty Bigelow Kij Johnson Michael Scanlon Elizabeth Lawhead Bourne Phyllis Radford Karr Kate Schaefer Chris Bunch Jerry Kaufman Laurie Sefton Gail Butler Jean Lamb Robert Sheckley John De Camp Richard A. Lovett Jon Singer David Clark Frank Lurz Dave Smeds Debbie Cross Sonia Orin Lyris Dean Wesley Smith Howard Davidson Lauryn Cone MacGregor Kevin Standlee Barbara Denz Loren MacGregor Julie Stevens Elisabeth Devos Adrienne Martine-Barnes Patrick J. Swenson Dan Duval Donna McMahon Susan Taubeneck Elton T. Elliott Vicki Mitchell Bruce Taylor Margaret Forsythe Mari-El Mor Suzanne Tompkins Steve Forty Mike Moscoe Roy Torley Joan Gaustad Rebecca Neason Tammy Tripp ElizaBeth Gilligan Brian Noller Ray Vukcevich Molly Gloss Marybeth O'Halloran Elisabeth Waters Greg Gorden Steven Oliver Kathy D. Wentworth Eileen Gunn Jerry Oltion Leslie What Jon Gustafson Margaret Organ-Kean Deborah Wheeler Robert Hale Fred Patten Tom Whitmore Tara Harper John Pelan Art Widner Norman E. Hartman Steve Perry Theo Williams Patrick Nielsen Hayden Paul Riddell Ben Yalow Teresa Nielsen Hayden Bruce Holland Rogers J. Steven York
The 1997 OryCon 19 convention is currently projecting 1600 attendees. A Program Book is given to every member. Advertising space is available in this 8 1/2" x 11" booklet at the following rates:
We will publish one more progress report in September before the convention -- this will go to an estimated 600 pre-paid members -- and one regress report which will go to the full membership. Advertising space is available in this 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" booklet at the following rates:$135 full page 7 1/4" x 10" or 8 1/2" x 11" (full bleed) $75 half page 7 1/4" x 5" or 3 1/2" x 10" $40 quarter page 3 1/2" x 5" or 2 1/4" x 7 1/2" $30 eighth page 3 1/2" x 2 1/2" or 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"
We also print a Pocket Program that is given to the full membership along with the program book. If you are interested in placing an ad in the Pocket Program, or if you wish special ads in the program book like inside covers, fold outs, colors, or glossy paper; please contact me for quotes.$30 full page $15 half page
PO Box 5703
Portland, OR 97228-5703
Via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Again OryCon will have professional child care available. OryCon is
currently evaluating the hourly rates for childcare, and considering an
increase to cover total costs. Look for more rate and time information in
the next Progress Report.
We have a good line-up this year. Some of our dealers have been here every year and others will be with us for the first time. The hours will be the same as the last two years and the layout is almost the same.
Friday: Noon to 7
Saturday: 10 to 6
Sunday: 11 to 4
Angelwear Creations Hippogriff Armoury and Lavender Magpie Anna the Lost Knave of Hearts Masqueraderie The Black Oak Lady Jayne's Books Book Vault Ludicrous Games Czar's Shields and Standards Magical Caravan Dragon Tales Books The Magickal Aardvark, Ltd. Dragonfly Design Magika West Dragonspawn Mon Droit Studio Edie Reichard Polymorph Digital Photography Escape Books Otherworld Unlimitid Everett Comics and Cards Quicksilver Fantasies Express Yourself Rhonda Gheen Sculptures EYE-DEAS Shipman's Star Props Fantasy Creations Springtime Creations Firewolf Uncomyn Gifts Friends of Filk Wrigley-Cross Books The Fur Connection
Well, some folks have been after us to change hotels--so, in a way, we did; the Red Lion Columbia River (and most others) is now a Doubletree. As of June 9th, it's the Doubletree Hotel Portland-Columbia River. So far the change of ownership (the corporate merger was approved during OryCon 18) is having little effect on OryCon 19 (we already had a signed contract). We'll provide updates in the next progress report and on our webpage. Two rooms have new names--the Red Lion Ballroom is now the Doubletree Ballroom (not too big a surprise) and the Clackamas room is now the Wilson room. So far no change in the coffee shop menu but we'll let keep you posted.
As always we urge you to make your hotel reservations early -- as the block has filled up each year (including the 50 rooms we now have reserved at the Doubletree Hotel Portland-Jantzen Beach). The best method is to call the local number (503-283-2111) or mail in the reservation form but the toll-free 800-733-5466 will also work. Our rate is $83 for 1 to 4 people (each additional person adds $15). The convention rate is guaranteed for all rooms available even after the block has ended (October 16th). There's just no guarantee that there will be any rooms left at either hotel at that point -- so make those reservations soon. If and only if, you specifically request a river view room, you will be charged $10 extra.
PARTIES: If you plan to hold a party, you must reserve in the Party Wing which is the Interstate Wing. The hotel will again be requiring a $100 damage/cleaning deposit for open parties. Since this started, all deposits have been completely refunded and the hotel has been very happy with us. Please note that this policy is being applied to all groups not just OryCon. Your open parties will need to be registered in the office so we can coordinate with the hotel and help you get any extra trash bags and/or cleaning supplies from the hotel.
SUITES: It's easy--there aren't any that are not in use as function space. We keep asking the hotel to add on rooms but it hasn't happened yet.
Please feel free to contact me with your questions, special requirements, and if any problems arise. You can use our PO Box, the general e-mail address, or reach me directly at email@example.com or 503-283-0802.
NAME __________________________________________________________ ADDRESS _______________________________________________________ CITY/STATE ____________________________________________________ ZIP/POSTAL CODE ____________ COUNTRY ________________________ ARRIVAL DATE _______________ DEPARTURE DATE _________________ ARRIVAL TIME _______________ (Arrivals after 6 pm must be guaranteed.) CREDIT CARD INFORMATION [Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, Diners Club] CARD # _____________________________________ EXP. DATE _______ SIGNATURE _____________________________________________________ OryCon 19 room rate is $83 (plus 9% tax) for up to four people ($15 per additional person after those four). PLEASE MARK YOUR CHOICES:
BEDS: [ ] ONE [ ] TWO [ ] ROLLAWAY ($15) [ ] NON-SMOKING [ ] SMOKING [ ] QUIET WING [ ] PARTY WING (INTERSTATE ONLY) Check in time is 3 pm. Rooms must be guaranteed to be held past 6 pm on arrival date. All unreserved rooms will be released on October 16, 1997. After that, rooms are subject to availability but remain at the $83 rate.
Margie Butler, Paul Espinoza, and Florie Brown are the talented artists who, with occasional help from their friends, make up the folk group known as Golden Bough. With their roots in Celtic music, they perform traditional and original music with style and flair. Florie’s incredible violin weaves deftly between the voices and multiple instruments of Margie and Paul. Moving quickly from harp to pennywhistle to bodran, or from guitar to mandolin to accordion, this trio produces an impressive texture of sounds which gives the impression of a much larger band. Based in the California Bay Area, they regularly tour Europe and have recorded many of their dozen-odd albums in Germany while on tour. Golden Bough is one group you will NOT want to miss, so buy your memberships before they are sold out, and plan on attending the Golden Bough concert on Saturday night!
Lost & Found
If you lost a special item at ORYCON 18, please contact ORYCON 19 at
ether of the address (internet or mail) on page 2. Below and on the web
page you will find a list of all items found and if you can provide a
detailed description of the item, it will find its way back to you.
Wire rimmed glasses in case
2 keys on plain ring (found in Nehalem)
small brown suede pouch
blue & gold beaded bracelet
light colored hooded denim jacket
blue CollegeAmerica tote bag with items inside
Heart & rose pendant (with picture inside)
heart cameo pendant necklace
black calf high snow boots
hand-crafted blue ribbon pin
red hooded jacket (child's)
purple child's snow jacket
book by Lelia Foreman
folding hunting knife
heart id pendant
black rose pin
small skull pendant
OryCon will again offer a place to connect to the Internet. As we did last year, we will have several computers available for connecting to the Internet. OryCon attendees may drop by to tour the Web, or learn about the features of the Internet and online communication. You may also check your email via TelNet, or catch up (briefly) with your favorite MUD. The exact configuration of the hardware is still being worked out but will include Macintosh and Windows platform machines.
Ann Hoffert and Tracy Bailey
video (vid'-e-o) n, adj. 1) being, relating to, or used in the transmission or reception of the television image. 2) a program, movie, or the like, recorded on videocassette. 3) a dark place to sleep during science fiction conventions.
SAY WHAT?! A DARK PLACE TO SLEEP DURING SCIENCE FICTION CONVENTIONS??? Ha! No more snores will be heard emanating from the video room, little buckaroos! No more hibernating! No more passive video programming! IT'S TIME TO SHAKE THINGS UP! IT'S TIME FOR VIDEO TO ERUPT! IT'S TIME FOR FLYING COWS AND TRUCKS! Cows and trucks? Uh, maybe not. Interactive video events! Games! Trivia! Prizes! Oh, the FUN! Ahhhh, we're dizzy with the power! Intrigued? Well, you'll just have to wait for Progress Report #2!
``I don't know, I'm making this up as I go.''
-- Indiana Jones, ``Raiders of the Lost Ark''.
We have the same crew from last year coming back to create the delicious delights for all of the hungry and thirsty masses. Ethan Herget and a few others are going over the recipes, so if you have a speciality that you would like to see, send a note to the address on the back. Even better, volunteer to help out in making and serving some of the different foods. There is work to do before the con in purchasing and preparation of foods to be stored until needed. Look for more info in the next Progress Report.
Hi there! This year will be a better year for gaming, with balanced areas for collectable card gamers, and their role playing/board gaming counterparts. Plans at this time include a Magic(TM), Highlander(TM), and even a Jyhad(TM) tournament for you card gamers. For role-playing people there will be the open playing area (for role-players only) and we have been promised the board room near the gaming rooms again, so it will be used for closed gaming. If you want to sign up for closed gaming hurry up because it is going fast. My e-mail address is Cryhavoc@orionsys.com. Leave a message and I'll get back to you. If you have any problems at the con please contact me, my badge name will be Wombats `R' Us and I'm very hard to miss.
Everything has been mailed and artists are already getting in on the action. Look for some new awards to be given out during this years event. We are going to have a great time in the same area that we have been in for the last few Orycons. I am still actively looking for volunteers for staff and hopefully someone will offer their help.
Can you imagine a world without science fiction Cons? Orycon is a nonprofit organization, all work done before the convention or at the convention is done by volunteers! Get your feet wet, work in the Art Show, Tech crew, Talent Show, and etc. Meet new people, make Orycon your con, and be eligible for the volunteer only raffle.
John C. Bunnell
Once again Orycon will offer a traditional Clarion-style writers' workshop where participants are matched with professional guests in small groups, so that careful attention can be given to critiquing each manuscript. As with last year's workshop, we also intend to provide participants with valuable resource packets containing valuable marketing and manuscript preparation tips.
The workshop emphasizes short stories, which should not exceed 7500 words (30 manuscript pages). Given sufficient interest from guests and convention members, we can also consider novel submissions consisting of two to three chapters and an outline (maximum of 60 manuscript pages combined). Submissions should follow professional manuscript format-double-spacing, non-proportional type, 1" margins.
You must be a registered member of Orycon 19 to participate in the workshop, and manuscripts must be submitted prior to the convention so that we can match and distribute the stories. Our deadline for receiving submissions for this year's Orycon is September 15, 1997.
Participants may submit only one (1) manuscript. To submit, send one (1) copy of the manuscript, together with a fee of $7.50 to cover copying and mailing costs (make checks payable to Orycon 19) to:
John C. BunnellPlease also either complete and attach the form below, or supply the information requested on a separate sheet of paper.
Orycon 19 Writers' Workshop
6663 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy. #326
Portland, OR 97225-1403
Name ____________________________________________________________ Address _________________________________________________________ City/State/ZIP __________________________________________________ Phone # _________________________________________________________ Badge # (if known) ______________________________________________ The answers to the following questions will help us place your submission in an appropriate critiquing panel. About how many convention writers' workshops have you attended? 0 1-2 3-5 6+ About how many short stories have you had professionally published? 0 1-2 3-5 6+ Are you a member of an ongoing critique group? Y N
As usual, Orycon intends to host a full schedule of musical programming, including mini-concerts and song circles. Last year's shift to two evening circles appears to have been popular and (mostly) successful, and we hope to continue that practice this year. Daytime filk and music panels should also continue to be a part of the con. And we are enormously fortunate to have Golden Bough as our musical guests, who deserve their very own progres-report section.
Those with comments, suggestions, and requests for filk program items should contact your friendly neighborhood filk coordinator (me). This especially includes performers interested in concert slots (the farther ahead I know you're coming, the better I can figure out how to schedule things). I can be contacted at:
John C. Bunnell
6663 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy. #326
Portland, OR 97225-1403
Why? Because OryCon 20, in 1998, is going to have a special surprise for every member of the ``twenty-year club.''
OryCon 19 Policies
Any weapons purchased in the Dealer's Room must be securely wrapped.
In case this was not clear, no guns, blasters, swords, knives, spitwads, flame throwers, nuclear or non-nuclear devices, squirt guns, slingshots, peashooters, rubber bands, or unpleasant-looking devices are allowed. Keep them in your room. Period.
Children 6 to 12 are admitted at half the adult price, and may operate independently as long as they cause no problems. However if they are not capable of independence, then they must be under adult supervision or in the day care.