Sasquan (aka Worldcon) Comes to Spokane

The World Science Fiction Convention, or Worldcon, has landed in Spokane this year. The event will take place from August 19th through August 23rd at the Spokane Convention Center. Worldcon was started in 1939 in New York City and has been all over the world since then; drawing thousands of authors, gamers, artists and science fiction and fantasy enthusiasts. Information about all the festivities, which includes author readings, art and writing contests, live music, games and so much more, can be found here. If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, consider swinging by Worldcon for all the fun.

Organizers of the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention accepting a Council Salutation on Monday, August 17, 2015 (see below for text).

Organizers of the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention accepting a Council Salutation on Monday, August 17, 2015 (see below for text).

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WHEREAS, the World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) first started in 1939 in New York City; and

WHEREAS, Worldcon draws thousands of authors and science fiction enthusiasts from around the world and has previously been hosted in places such as Glasglow, Scotland; Yokohama, Japan; Melbourne, Australia and the Hague in the Netherlands; and

WHEREAS, the winners of the Hugo Awards, the oldest and most noteworthy award for science fiction, are presented at Worldcon; and
WHEREAS, past winners of the Hugo Awards include influential and successful authors such as Isaac Asimov, Frank Herbert, Ray Bradbury, Philip K. Dick, Octavia Butler and JK Rowling.

WHEREAS, the members of the 2013 Worldcon, Lonestarcon 3 selected Spokane, Washington as the site of their 2015 convention from August 19, 2015 to August 23, 2015; and

WHEREAS, the convention will feature author readings, art and writing contests, panel discussions, live music, games including role-playing, board and card games, exhibits on science and publishing, and a world-class stage masquerade with the best fan costumers;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Spokane City Council, on behalf of the citizens of Spokane, welcomes the organizers and attendees of the 2015 World Science Fiction Convention (Sasquan) to our city, and encourages the citizens of Spokane to attend and enjoy this great event.


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