The 62nd World Science Fiction Convention

  • Sept. 2-6, 2004
  • Boston, MA

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January 24, 2003

Progress Report #3 Has Shipped

Our third progress report has now shipped from our Worcester, Massachusetts printer to all U.S. members. It has shipped bulk, so expect that it may take a bit to reach various locations.

International members of Noreascon Four should look for their progress reports in the next few weeks. They will be shipped next week. When we shipped Progress Report 2, many of our Australian members got theirs before some of our members in Arlington, Massachusetts! (This proves that the postal system is a strange and marvelous place, filled with weird physics and holding to no known laws.)

If you missed advertising in PR3, Progress Report #4 will be sent to members this summer. See our publication and rate schedule or write us at for more information.

January 18, 2003

First Phase of the Big Dig Complete!

The Mass Pike extension to Logan Airport through the Ted Williams Tunnel was officially opened today, allowing much airport traffic to bypass downtown Boston.

(It's worth noting the the Big Dig press releases mention that I-90 (of which the Mass Pike is the easternmost part) now runs from Seattle to Logan Airport, so you folks from Seattle who had previously been avoiding flying out of Logan because the drive took you through downtown Boston can now make full use of it.)

Completion of the Big Dig is scheduled in four phases:

Phase 1: Connecting the Mass Pike to Logan Airport (done!)

Phase 2: Opening the Central Artery Tunnel northbound tube (due in Mid-March 2003)

Phase 3: Opening the Central Artery Tunnel southbound tube (due in early 2004)

Phase 4: Removal of the old roadway and conversion to parklands (due in 2005)

By the time Noreascon 4 rolls around, the roads will be complete and open -- alas, the parkland will not yet be ready, though.

January 06, 2003

Noreascon Four Will Award Retro Hugos

We're delighted to announce that we will be awarding Retrospective Hugo Awards for 1953 at the 62nd World Science Fiction Convention.

Retrospective ("Retro") Hugos may be awarded by any Worldcon held 50, 75, or 100 years after a Worldcon at which Hugo Awards were not given. The "Retro Hugos" will be awarded at Noreascon Four because no Hugos were announced at the 1954 Worldcon, SFCon, in San Francisco, CA.

Noreascon Four will provide extensive information about the literature, art, dramatic presentations, and fannish activities of 1953 during the nomination and voting processes.

If you would like to help or make suggestions, please write us at with your comments. Information regarding published works, fanzines, individuals, films, and so on, will be posted to our web site at during 2003.

For more information about the Retrospective Hugo Awards, see the World Science Fiction Society constitution (Section 3.13).

Members of Noreascon Four and Torcon 3 (the 2003 Worldcon) will be eligible to nominate for both the 2004 Hugo Awards and the Retrospective Hugo Awards for 1953. The Hugo awards are granted for work first published in 2003.