Reno to Host the 2011 ‘Renovation’ World Science Fiction Convention

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The Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority announced today that Reno will be the host of the 69th ‘Renovation’ World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon). This international event will take place August 17-21, 2011 at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, the Peppermill Hotel Casino, Courtyard by Marriott and the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, drawing more than 4,000 attendees. This event is expected to generate more than 6,000 room nights in the destination.

The event will provide Reno with exceptional international exposure, and we are looking forward to welcoming attendees to the destination.

The Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority announced today that Reno will be the host of the 69th ‘Renovation’ World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon). This international event will take place August 17-21, 2011 at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, the Peppermill Hotel Casino, Courtyard by Marriott and the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, drawing more than 4,000 attendees. This event is expected to generate more than 6,000 room nights in the destination.

Reno was selected as the 2011 host city based on votes gathered from members at the 2009 World Science Fiction Convention in Montreal, Canada. For complete voting results, see the Anticipation website: http://www.facebook.com/l/;http://www.anticipationsf.ca/English/Home

The World Science Fiction Convention is the longest-running literary convention in the world. Launched in 1939 in New York City with 200 attendees, Worldcon now attracts thousands of science fiction fans, writers, artists and editors from all over the world. The Worldcon features lively panel discussions, exhibits, a masquerade and the annual Hugo Awards Ceremony.

“We are extremely pleased to have been selected as the host city for the 2011 World Science Fiction Convention," said RSCVA President and CEO Ellen Oppenheim. "The event will provide Reno with exceptional international exposure, and we are looking forward to welcoming attendees to the destination.”

2011 Renovation has a stellar line-up of guests of honor: Tim Powers, Ellen Asher and Boris Vallejo. The late Charles N. Brown will also be honored for his lasting contribution to the science fiction field.

For more details on the convention, visit http://www.renovationsf.org.

The 69th World Science Fiction Convention RCFI PO Box 13278 Portland, OR 97213-0278

The RSCVA is the primary tourism agency supporting convention and tourism business for the Reno Tahoe region. Reno Tahoe, supports unlimited possibilities from outdoor recreation to 24-hour Nevada style gaming and entertainment. For more information about Reno-Tahoe call 800-FOR-RENO (800-367-7366) or visit http://www.VisitRenoTahoe.com.

Editor’s Note:
Information on 2011 Worldcon guests of honor:
Renovation has a stellar line-up of guests of honor: Tim Powers, Ellen Asher, Boris Vallejo and the late Charles N. Brown.

Tim Powers is a leading speculative novelist, whose books include The Drawing of the Dark (Del Rey, 1979), The Anubis Gates (Ace, 1983, winner of the Philip K. Dick Memorial Award and the Prix Apollo), Dinner at Deviant's Palace (Ace, 1985, winner of the Philip K. Dick Memorial Award), On Stranger Tides (Ace, 1987), The Stress of Her Regard (Ace, 1989, winner of the Mythopoeic Award), Last Call (Morrow, 1992, winner of the World Fantasy Award), and Declare (Morrow, 2001, winner of the World Fantasy Award). Tim has frequently taught at the Clarion science fiction writer's workshop.

Ellen Asher was the editor of the Science Fiction Book Club for thirty-four years and three months, thereby fulfilling her life's ambition of beating John W. Campbell's record as the person with the longest tenure in the same science fiction job. Ellen is a winner of the New England Science Fiction Association's Edward E. Smith Memorial Award for Imaginative Fiction (the Skylark) and in 2007 received a World Fantasy Award in the category Special Award: Professional.

A native of Peru, Boris Vallejo has created a great volume of work for the Fantasy field, having worked for virtually every major publishing house with a science fiction/fantasy line. Boris has also illustrated for album covers, video box art and motion picture advertising. His mastery of oil painting is immediately and abundantly clear to anyone who looks at his work, and his classic sense is as much an homage to the old masters as it is to anyone contemporaneously working in the Fantasy genre.

Charles N. Brown was Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of 29-time Hugo-winner Locus magazine, which he founded in 1968. Charles had been involved in the science fiction field since the late 1940s. He was the original book reviewer for Asimov's, edited several SF anthologies, and wrote for numerous magazines and newspapers. Charles died unexpectedly on July 12, 2009, while flying home from Readercon.

To acknowledge Charles' lasting impact he remains a Renovation Guest of Honor.

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