Monthly Archives: May 2013

T-shirts and Coffee Cups, Oh My!

Eric Shanower's wonderful Secret Agents in Oz artwork

Eric Shanower’s wonderful Secret Agents in Oz artwork

Get in gear for Westercon 66! Check out our new Buy Stuff page to pick up your t-shirt, commuter mug, beer stein, etc., before the con!

We will have *very* limited (to none) goodie supplies at the convention itself, so make sure to get your t-shirt (featuring our Awesome banner or wonderful Secret Agents in Oz art by our Artist GOH Eric Shanower) now, so you can wear it with pride at Westercon 66 (and at every other con you get to!).

SPECIAL NOTICE – Volunteer Vacancies!

It’s not too late to volunteer for WesterCon 66!

If you’re interested (and there’s no better way to make friends or to learn about how a con works!), contact

Special Costume Guests – the Trimbles!

They were there at the beginning of the Society for Creative Anachronism, and helped bring the arts to sf cons: John and Bjo Trimble are our just-added Special Costume Guests! We are really happy they’ll be with us in Sacramento.

Bjo introduced art shows to science fiction conventions, and put on some of the earliest costume shows, which evolved into today’s masquerades. She and John were key players in Star Trek fandom, helping keep the original series on the air when it was first under threat of cancellation. They have been active in fandom ever since.

Plus, they’re just nice folks! Be sure to say “welcome!”.

Check out our Sponsors page for the opportunity to support their attendance, and other worthy causes as well.

Writers Workshop deadline extended

The submission deadline for manuscripts for the Westercon 66 Speculative Fiction Writers Workshop has been extended to May 28, 2013. Visit the workshop page for more details.

Dealers Room Update

Our Dealers Room hours and vendors are now available on the Dealers Room Page!

Unwoman Performs on Friday!

unwomanCellist-singer-songwriter Unwoman will be gracing us with a teatime performance in the atrium/solarium space in the hotel. Unwoman’s songs, with their powerful lyrics and electronic beats under classic cello, will captivate you.

Unwoman is San Francisco based. With timeless songs about love gone wrong and classic covers, Unwoman has been a featured favorite at major steampunk, goth, and sci-fi-related events all over North America. In addition to solo work, Unwoman has performed with Amanda Palmer, Voltaire, Abney Park, Rasputina, and Vernian Process.

Visit her website to take a listen!

Look to the atrium/solarium for musical happenings throughout Friday!

The Phenomenauts Headline Friday Night!

Grab your rockabilly space boots and punk devotion to Science and Honor, and get ready for the rocket roll ride on Friday night!  The day’s mini-theme of music is topped off Pheomenauts Logowith a performance by the San Francisco Bay Area phenomenon, the Phenomenauts!

The Phenomenauts are loved for their theatrical shows and their fannish rock of every vibe – pop, punk, new wave, futuristic rock and roll… You will have a great time at this show at the science fiction event of the 2013 summer season, Westercon 66!

To get ready for the show, visit the band’s website to shop (comics, CDs, digital) and have a listen to their tunes.




RIP Eileen Tuurri, 1959-2013

Long an avid reader, Eileen Tuuri started in fandom with Star Wars, and with the Santa Barbara Science Fiction Alliance in the 1980’s. She was always enthusiastic, and one of the most productive people I have ever known, creating costumes, knitwear, dollhouse furniture and so much more, which the rest of the gang could only be in awe of. Professionally, Eileen worked in marketing, with employers ranging from Dolby to Habitat for Humanity. She was also very involved with online political communities. Eileen helped me transition to technical writing, joining her in a silicon valley company. She was a good friend.

Eileen Tuuri
Eileen Tuuri

Eileen recently returned to fandom, in Arizona. She had moved back there from Canada, staying with her sister Celia for some months before getting her own place. Eileen quickly got involved in a local Arizona convention, and wanted to do more.

When I needed a new progress report editor, I thought of Eileen; I knew from personal experience she was a fine writer and knew layout, and of course it would be fun to work with her. She jumped right in and got a splendid issue out in timely fashion.

Her accidental untimely demise on April 30th has come as quite a shock.

Eileen, thank you for everything you shared. You will be missed.

written by Lance Moore, Marcom & Publications