It seems as though just yesterday we were saying, "That decision should be made later!" There are just eleven months until the 56th World Science Fiction Convention, and the foundation and first floor of our convention planning are reasonably secure. The remaining stories (pun intended) and the decorations are being crafted based on the designs which were built during the two years since Baltimore won the right to host the Worldcon.
We thank our many members who completed and returned the Bucconeer Survey/Questionnaire included in Progress Report One. The information gleaned from your responses is helping us to make better decisions about where the finite resources of the Worldcon should be allocated.
We received 146 completed questionnaires. The highest valued activities were: the Dealers' Room, Programming, the Pocket Program, the Con Suite, Site Selection, the Art Show, the Masquerade, the daily newsletter, the Hugo Awards Ceremonies, progress reports (within which we include our Broadside newsletters), the Trouble Desk, and bulletin boards.
Some other responses encouraged us to rethink our priorities. While others led us to ask for more information for our publications. We appreciate, for example, the ability to include information on the Golden Duck Award in Broadside Two. This information, from our members, provides assistance in our planning. We have already contacted some of the people who offered special assistance and will be contacting others during the coming months. Copies of the questionnaire results may be obtained by sending a stamped (55 cents), self-addressed No. 10 envelope to the Bucconeer Post Office box. [Ah, but through the wonders of the Web, we can include the questionnaire results with this online version of PR Two. Ed.]
Will the 56th World Science Fiction Convention, Bucconeer, be the first Worldcon you have attended? Or the 8th, the 20th or the 56th?
No matter which Worldcon was your first, you should visit with the Society for the Preservation of the History of Science Fiction Fandom (The Timebinders). They will be holding their eighth Fan Historicon gathering in conjunction with Bucconeer.
The Timebinders will act as a catalyst for fanzine preservation by (1) encouraging attendees to bring significant fanzines with them to Bucconeer and (2) providing the means to reproduce (and therein preserve) these fanzines by optical scanning or other technology. In addition, an exhibit of significant fanzines may be displayed. This seems particularly appropriate since Milt Rothman is one of Bucconeer's Guests of Honor.
Further, The Timebinders work to ensure the physical preservation of endangered fannish (science fiction fandom) materials and maximize access to endangered fannish materials. Laurie Mann has agreed to coordinate activities at Bucconeer for The Timebinders. She can be reached via the Bucconeer Post Office box or at email@example.com.