Progress Report 1

Welcome to Progress Report 1 for MidAmeriCon II, the 74th World Science Fiction Convention, to be held in Kansas City on August 17–21, 2016!
As chairs, we want to thank you all for the great support you have given us.

The last time Worldcon came to Kansas City was in 1976, and this progress report is in part an homage to that Worldcon. The Guests of Honor were Robert A. Heinlein and George Barr, and the Toastmaster was Bob Tucker. The first MidAmeriCon was a convention of firsts, many of which continue to this day: the first Hugo Losers Party, organized by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, the first Worldcon blood drive, and the first Hugo Awards Ceremony held in an arena rather than at a banquet, to name just three. With a total membership of 4200, with 3014 attending, it was also the first Worldcon for a great many fans. We hope that many of them will come back again 40 years later – that Kansas City is not the Kansas City of today, and we’d like them to come and fall in love with it all over again.

This time around our wonderful Guests of Honor are Kinuko Y. Craft, Patrick and Teresa Nielsen Hayden, Tamora Pierce, and Michael Swanwick, and our Toastmaster will be Pat Cadigan. All of these individuals have made great contributions to the world of science fiction and fantasy and collectively they represent the very best of our genre. We look forward to honoring them and their achievements next year in Kansas City.

In the months since Kansas City was selected at Loncon 3 as the host city for the 74th Worldcon, we have been busy recruiting staff and planning for an outstanding Worldcon in 2016. Our vastly experienced and energetic committee is working hard to bring together a convention with something for everybody. Kansas City itself is a great city with a wide range of superb restaurants (not just BBQ) and sites to see, such as the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the National WWI Museum, Union Station, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, and the Jazz Museum, to name just a few. You might want to plan to come early or stay after the convention because we are determined to provide an exciting roster of programming, events, and entertainment for you morning, noon, and night during MidAmeriCon II.

See you all in Kansas City in 2016!

Diane Lacey, Jeff Orth, Ruth Lichtwardt
Team LOL Tri-chairs – MidAmeriCon II

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