The 62nd World Science Fiction Convention

  • Sept. 2-6, 2004
  • Boston, MA

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May 25, 2004

Mobility Aids

Handicapped Services is pleased to announce that we will have scooters and wheelchairs available to be rented for the duration of Noreascon 4. We will have both standard (up to 300 lbs.) and heavy-duty (up to 450 lbs.) models available for both scooters and wheelchairs. The scooters will rent for $240 and the wheelchairs for $105; both prices include the cost of insurance.

Scooter Online Reservation Form

Wheelchair Online Reservation Form

If you can not use our online forms, we also have an html version that you can print and mail or fax to us.

Please reserve your scooter or wheelchair by June 30. You must reserve a scooter even if you previously filled out a Scooter Interest form.

May 20, 2004

Site Selection Voting

The Columbus in 2007 bid and the Nippon 2007 bid both filed all appropriate site selection paperwork before the WSFS deadline, and both bids will appear on the ballot to select the site of the 2007 Worldcon. The Site Selection ballot is now available for download and printing (in PDF). It also appears in Progress Report 6. (There is no online balloting for site selection.) More information about the site selection process, including links to the official filings of each of the bids, can be found here.

Hugo and Retro-Hugo Ballots Available

The Hugo and Retro-Hugo ballots are now available online. To vote online, you will need your PIN number. This is the same number you may have used earlier for the nominations ballots; you can find it on your Progress Report mailing labels. Both ballots are also included in PR 6 which is in the process of being mailed to all of our members.

May 02, 2004

First Night Needs Your Help

We invite you and your fan group or organization to participate in bringing a unique experience to the fans at Noreascon Four by organizing a piece of our First Night celebration.

Progress Report 5 summarized the idea: We'll have performers, games, demonstrations, activities and spectacles throughout the convention facilities to help you experience the broad scope of Noreascon 4. Travel from Boston to Ankh Morpork; meet fans and pros; get the inside view of our exhibits and art show; frolic with SF clubs and Worldcon bids. Something for everyone and everything for someone!

Sounds great, doesn't it? And it can be. And that's where your fan group/club/convention comes in. To make First Night into something memorable, it will take a lot of effort from a lot of people. But we're not just looking for selfless volunteers to help out (though we'll take them, certainly). A vital part of the First Night concept is to celebrate and provide a venue for the many different subgroups that make up fandom. To this end, First Night activities will include the opportunity for groups to set up carnival booths or games. These will provide a great way for your group to have some fun and at the same time make your club/activity/convention known to fans and pros from around the world. The First Night committee has a couple of ideas for booths. so if your group is lacking inspiration, if not desire, we have a place for you! (But of course your original ideas are very welcome as well).

First Night also plans to have wandering and stationary performers of all kinds, so if someone in your organization is a juggler, musician, magician, face-painter, quick-sketch artist, creator of unique balloon animals (or aliens, for that matter) or possessed of some other talent, we want to hear from you!

First Night Noreascon is shaping up to be something truly special and unique, and we hope you will want to be a part of it. Booth space is limited. If you would like to participate, please contact us at

We look forward to working with you on First Night.