OryCon 19 Progress Report 1


OryCon 19
How to Contact Us
Notes from the Chair
OryCon Program Participants
Advertise at OryCon 19
Child Care
Guests Of Honor
Lost & Found
Internet Cafe
Art Show
Writers' Workshop
Filk & Music Programming
Where Were You In 1979?
OryCon 19 Policies

OryCon 19

November 7-9, 1997
Doubletree Hotel Portland - Columbia River

How to Contact Us

OryCon 19
PO Box 5703
Portland, OR 97228-5703


Notes from the Chair

Robert Verde

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!


John Lorentz

Membership Rates

Through July 15, 1997 $25
Through October 15, 1997 $30
At the door $45
Children 5 and under no charge, children 6 to 12 half-price. All children must be accompanied by an adult attending member at the convention.

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 jlorentz@spiritone.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

Advertise at OryCon 19

Page Fuller

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:

Program Book:

$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 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:

Progress/Regress Reports:

$30  full page
$15  half page
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.
OryCon 19
PO Box 5703
Portland, OR 97228-5703

Via email: page@prodigy.net

Child Care

Aaron Bodor & Tash Robb

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.


Pat Steed

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            


Ruth Sachter

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 ruths@spiritone.com or 503-283-0802.


Mail to:
Doubletree Hotel Portland-Columbia River
1401 North Hayden Island Drive
Portland, Oregon 97217

or call

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OryCon 19 room rate is $83 (plus 9% tax) for up to four people 
($15 per additional person after those four).


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.

Guests Of Honor

Steven Barnes - Author Guest of Honor

Steven Barnes is a man of unique personal power and intensity, meeting him is an experience you will not soon forget. Although he is best known for his collaborations with Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, including Dream Park and The Legacy of Heorot, he is also an accomplished solo author, his credits include the novels Streetlethal and The Kundalini Equation, the Hugo-nominated short story ``The Locusts,'' and several teleplays. He is also an accomplished martial artist and author of numerous articles in martial arts magazines. His latest novel, Blood Brothers, was published in 1996 with two more forthcoming from Tor in 1997 and 1998.

Frank Lurz - Artist Guest of Honor

Back to Mars: In '89 I showed at my first Con, the experience was wonderfully alien, the people were great, and the fun well worth the work! Today I earn a living showing at cons and selling paintings through galleries, shows, publishers and auction houses. Now I'm free to break the laws of physics and once again explore the magical universe of my youth, and sometimes, late at night, when all is quiet and the sky is clear, I lay down my brushes, step outside, and search the heavens for the first wave of Martian war machines that I know are coming.

Patrick Nielsen Hayden & Teresa Nieisen Hayden - Editor Guests of Honor

I'm a senior editor and the manager of the science fiction department at Tor Books. I coordinate the entire list, including the efforts of several other editors, and I also edit a fair number of books myself. Teresa is a consulting editor for Tor and an editorial jack-of-all-trades she has also worked as an editor in the comic book industry and in other genres. Outside the office, I'm the editor of STARLIGHT, an original SF anthology series being published by Tor -- the first volume appeared last September and the next one will appear in 1998. Teresa is, of course, the author of the Hugo-nominated essay collection MAKING BOOK (1994). In a very real sense our professional activity is merely (to paraphrase Clausewitz) the continuation of fanac by other means.

Special Guests of Friends of Filk GOLDEN BOUGH

by Cecilia A. Eng

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
lobster earclip
small skull pendant
karaoke machine
laser pointer
Pagenet pager

Internet Cafe

Janet & Charles DeVore
janet_devore@pmug.org & charles@cdevsol.com

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''.


Ethan Herget

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.


Karl Krehbiel

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.

Art Show

Lacey Axmaker

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.


Sean Prescott

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.

Writers' Workshop

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. Bunnell
Orycon 19 Writers' Workshop
6663 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy. #326
Portland, OR 97225-1403
Please also either complete and attach the form below, or supply the information requested on a separate sheet of paper.


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

Filk & Music Programming

John C. Bunnell

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

E-mail: JCBunnell@sff.net

Where Were You In 1979?

Since the very first OryCon, in 1979, about forty people have been to each one. Were you one of them? The next progress report will have a list of everyone we know about. Be sure to let us know if you should be on the list, but your name is missing.

Why? Because OryCon 20, in 1998, is going to have a special surprise for every member of the ``twenty-year club.''

OryCon 19 Policies

Weapons Policy

The carrying and wearing of weapons will not be permitted, except as part of a Masquerade 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 Masquerade must be approved by the Masquerade Director prior to the event. Failure to comply is grounds for immediate expulsion from the convention.

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 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 will receive a hospital-type ID bracelet. At all times, these children must be under the supervision of an adult, or in the day care. If a young child is found unattended, that child will be delivered to the day care and the parents billed. Children 5 and under will still be admitted free to the convention.

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.

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