Bake Sale and Eating outside the Consuite at Think Galacticon

The Vegan Bake Sale is happening again this year! If you or someone you know would like to donate vegan baked goods to raise money to support the con, please bring them on Saturday and drop them off at the registration desk. General prices that items will sell for: Small cookies $1, Large Cookies $2, Bar items $2, Muffins $3, Cake slices $3, etc. If you came to the WisCon Think Galactic party this year and enjoyed our Mexican Hot Chocolate Snickerdoodles: they'll be here.

We also have a food guide that member Neil Rest created for us. We'll have this printed out at the con as well.

If you want grocery or convenience stores, instead of restaurants, as well as nearby ATM locations and interesting tidbits on the surrounding area (e.g. the building we're in is a landmark building) Neil created a nearby necessities and tidbits guide. We'll have this print out at the con as well.

Meet & Dines
For every lunch and dinner slot during TGcon we will have sign-up sheets to go to nearby restaurants with other congoers. This is a good way to meet new people. On top of those we also have two Meet & Dines created for specific groups.

Steampunk Meet & Dine
Saturday 5:45-7:45PM
Are you into Steampunk? Do you want to know more? Gather for dinner together on Saturday night. Sign up at the Registration table.

Author Meet & Dine
Sunday 11:45-1PM
Are you a writer and would like to take a chance to informally meet other authors?
Gather for lunch together on Sunday. Sign up at the Registration table.

Think Galacticon write up in Time Out Chicago! One more day to register!

Think Galaticon received a very nice write up in Time Out Chicago! Check it out:

July 1st is the last day to do advance registration for Think Galacticon!

We’ll be taking it down on Saturday, so get your registration in Friday night by 11:59PM PST! Currently it’s $50 for adults, $45 for students. The at door costs will be $55 for the entire weekend with daily rates of Friday $15, Saturday $30, and Sunday $20.

Programming Up! Preregistration ends July 1st! Plus, volunteer and save!

Hello everyone! Think Galacticon is nearly here!

I am happy to say that Think Galacticon 2011 programming is now up at .

July 1st is the LAST DAY TO PRE-REGISTER! If you don’t want to pay $55 at the door, register now!

Now that programming is up, let us know if you would like to volunteer! We need help:

1. Setting up Friday night and Saturday and Sunday mornings
2. Taking stuff down every night
3. Setting up and taking down the Consuite
4. Help the Bazaar with table management

If any of these sound like things that you would like to help out doing, and feel like there are blocks of time you can tear yourself away from our programming, please email us with when and what you would volunteer for at .

Volunteer refunds: Those who work 4 hours or more get $20 or half-off, which ever was lower. Being on panels counts as volunteering. There will be volunteer forms at the registration desk if you aren’t interested in signing up ahead of time.

We look forward to seeing you in two weeks!

Potential Programming Up!

See our potential list of panels! Let us know which ones interest you! In addition, sign up to facilitate or be a panelist!

Potential Think Galacticon Programming Interest From

Please fill this out and help us decide which programming YOU want to see. We have more on there than spaces in our program so we really need to hear from our members and potential members. Oh course you can just click on it and look at the type of stuff that has been suggested we run, but it would most help us if you hit some checky boxes.

We're wanting this by Sunday 6/12, so please look asap.

Programming and Early Registration Pricing ends May 31st! Bookswap with us at WisCon!

Hey folks!

We're less than two months from Think Galacticon 2011! Did you hear that our Notable Guest N.K. Jemisin is up for a Hugo *and* a Nebula this year? Amazing!

We are taking programming suggestions through May 31st! Write them up now and post them as comments on any of our social media sites or on our online submission form.

Early bird registration also ends May 31st. Only $45 for adults or $40 for 18+ students. These prices will go up to $50 June 1st! Don't delay and register now!

Are you going to WisCon? We are! Find us in Room 634 on Saturday night. We change our activities every few years and this year we are changing it to a Book Swap! Bring your favorite books of any genre (but especially genre) and swap books with us and other WisCon members. Enjoy our tasty vegan treats, register for the con (you get one last chance at early bird pricing!), and give us some programming suggestions.

We're sharing the room with Scribe Agency/Andrea Hairston (who has a new book out!!!). They will be serving homemade beers and do battle with us at midnight! What kind of battle? Find out at Room 634, Saturday night at midnight!

I'll send one more reminder about programming and registration before June 1st.

Have a happy summer everyone!


Heather Galaxy, Think Galacticon 2011 Timelord and Online Communications Coordinator

Welcome N(ora). K. Jemisin as our SFF notable guest! (also psst. registration is open!)

Think Galacticon welcomes current Nebula-nominee for best novel N(ora). K. Jemisin as our SFF Notable Guest!
Me, book photo

"N(ora). K. Jemisin is an author of speculative fiction short stories and novels who lives and writes in Brooklyn, NY. In addition to writing, she is a counseling psychologist (specializing in career counseling), a sometime hiker and biker, and a political/feminist/anti-racist blogger.

Her short fiction has been published in pro markets such as Clarkesworld, Postscripts, Strange Horizons, and Baen’s Universe; podcast markets and print anthologies. Several of her short stories have received Honorable Mentions in various Year’s Bests; one of her stories has been nominated for a Hugo and a Nebula.

Her first two novels, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms and The Broken Kingdoms, are out now from Orbit Books. Book 3 of the Inheritance Trilogy, The Kingdom of Gods, is due out in late 2011. Her novels are represented by Lucienne Diver of the Knight Agency.

She is the recipient of a Gulliver Travel Grant from the Speculative Literature Foundation (and a judge for the 2010 grant jury), and a graduate of the Viable Paradise writing workshop. She is currently a member of the Altered Fluid writing group. You can reach her at njem at earthlink dot net, or simply comment on any post in this blog."

- from N(ora). K. Jemisin's website

Register now! Just $40 until 3/31 for a regular membership ($35 if you are a student!)! Save $15 dollars off final membership price!

Announcing our activist notable guest: Adrienne Maree Brown!

Think Galacticon welcomes Adrienne Maree Brown as our Activist Notable Guest!

"Adrienne Maree Brown is an organizational healer, pleasure activist, facilitator, singer, and artist living in Detroit. She was the executive director of The Ruckus Society from 2006-2010, and now sits on their board. She is also a National Co-Coordinator for the 2010 US Social Forum and currently helping with the transition phase of that work.

In addition, Adrienne sits on the boards of Allied Media Projects, Third Wave Foundation, and Common Fire, as well as the advisory board of East Michigan Environmental Action Council. She facilitates the development of organizations throughout the movement (most recently the leadership team of the Broadband Technology Opportunity Program in Detroit, the Young Women’s Empowerment Project in Chicago, New Orleans Parents Organizing Network, and Detroit Summer).

A co-founder of the League of Pissed Off/Young Voters and graduate of the Somatics and Social Justice Cohort, Rockwood’s Art of Leadership training, and Robert Gass’s Art of Change yearlong training, Adrienne is obsessed with learning and developing models for action, community strength, movement building and transformation."

- from Adrienne Maree Brown's blog

Join Think Galacticon 3

If you are interested in volunteering for Think Galacticon 3 we are looking for more concom members and for volunteers for the convention.

We are still looking for the following positions:

* events coordinator
* consuite coordinator (key)
* local publicity coordinator
* another programming coordinator
* youth activities/childcare coordinator
* donations coordinator (key)
* accessibility coordinator
* sustainability coordinator

If you would like more information and are interested please email us !
Chicago (from Adler)

Open planning meeting for Chicon 7

Chicon 7
The 70th World Science Fiction Convention
P.O. Box 13
Skokie, IL 60076

As you hopefully have heard, Chicago has been selected as the site for the World Science Fiction Convention in 2012. It’s a large event and we’re excited to be doing it. Who is “we” you may ask? Good question. If you’re reading this, it could be a group that includes *you*!
The convention will have staff from all over the world, but *most* of us will come from the area around Chicago. That staff will shape the convention…making sure that it does the best job it can to represent fandom in the Midwest. We want to showcase not only all the talented people we have here, we want to also make sure that the flavor of each of our regional conventions is represented at the Worldcon. To do that, we need your help. We are hosting an open planning meeting in a few weeks and if you’re reading this, you are invited to participate. The meeting will be held on Saturday, October 23rd and Sunday the 24th. It will be held at the Hyatt Regency hotel in downtown Chicago, which is the same location the convention will be held at in 2012. On Saturday we will be focusing on introducing people to each other and the current plans for the convention. On Sunday we will be focusing on discussing how we bring the flavor of the regional conventions to the Worldcon and what other items, programming, events or displays people would like to see done. We’d like you to come to the meeting, hear what we’ve got planned so far and then see if perhaps there are areas of the event that would be interesting for you to work on. If there are, we’d love you to join us!
For people coming in from out of town, there is some space available at the hotel on Friday and Saturday nights. Contact us at to let us know you’re interested and we will set you up.
So to repeat the specific information:
What: Open planning meeting for Chicon 7.
Where: The Hyatt Regency Hotel, 151 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, 60601.
When: Saturday, October 23rd, 10am -4pm and Sunday, October 24th, 10am-4pm, with a 90 minute lunch break each day.
Why: To join the team that will plan and pull off the convention!
If you have any questions about the convention, the open meeting or any other aspect of the plans...feel free to inquire via e-mail to and we’ll do our best to answer.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Dave McCarty
Chairman, Chicon 7, the 70th World Science Fiction Convention