In 2015, I was a Guest of Honor at Sasquan, the World Science Fiction Convention in Spokane, Washington. This page is a record of my activities there.

GoH Exhibit

Here are scans of some pieces of my exhibit:

1 – Early Days
2 – Twilight Zine
3a -NESFA and Boskone
3b – NESFA and Boskone
4 – Noreascon I
5 – The Noreascon Procedings
6 -Noreascon II
7 – Honors
8 – Mad 3 Party
9 – The Game and First Night
11 – Miscellany


How Did They Do That Without Computers? Noreascon Chairs Talk About Evolution of Technology & Convention Planning

Wednesday 13:00 – 13:45, Bays 111A (CC)

Once upon a time, conventions were planned using telephones, note cards, and typewriters. How did they do a budget without spreadsheets? Or create publications without desktop publishing? Or communicate with their committee without cellphones or email? From the horse-and-buggy days to the Web, how has con-running been transformed? Noreascon chairs talk about how technology has helped (and hindered) convention planning.

Megan Frank (M), Deb Geisler, Tony Lewis(, Mark L. Olson, Leslie Turek

Opening Ceremonies

Wednesday 15:00 – 16:00, Integra Telecom Ballroom 100B (CC)

This is a celebration of the Great Northwest and how history, science fiction, and fantasy overlap. Meet our wonderful guests and get a taste of things to come. We are thrilled to have local a Native American storyteller to welcome us all to a great convention. Want to be surprised and delighted? Don’t miss our Opening Ceremonies!

Brad Foster , David Gerrold , Nina Horvath , Vonda N. McIntyre , Tom Smith, Leslie Turek , Sally Woehrle

MCFI Party for Leslie at First Night

Wednesday 16:00-20:00, Riverfront Park

There will be ice cream.

Improving Your Health & Preventing Diabetes

Thursday 16:00 – 16:45, 302AB (CC)

In 1999, Leslie Turek volunteered to be a “lab rat” in a nationwide study on diabetes prevention. She will talk about what it’s like to participate in a massive clinical research project, what we are learning from this study, and how these results could affect you and your health. She will also make a brief presentation at the panel’s opening from the Diabetes Prevention Program, The panelists will discuss lifestyle changes they’ve been making to help prevent developing diabetes, other chronic conditions and how to improve your health.

Laurie Mann (M) , Stu Segal, Tom Smith, Leslie Turek, Phyllis Irene Radford

Stroll with the Stars

Friday 09:00 – 09:45, Breezeway/Statue (CC)

A gentle morning stroll with some of your favorite authors, artists and editors. Meeting each morning at 9AM in the Breezeway between the INB Theater and the Convention Center (check your map), and returning in time for 10AM programming.

Stu Segal (M), Kate Baker , Neil Clarke, Scott Edelman , Brad Foster, Leslie Turek, Catherynne M. Valente

Leslie Turek Guest Interview

Friday 13:00 – 14:15, Integra Telecom Ballroom 100B (CC)

Guest of Honor Leslie Turek will be interviewed by Brother Guy Consolomagno on her years in fandom.

Autographing – Guests – Brad Foster, David Gerrold, Vonda N. McIntyre, Tom Smith, Leslie Turek

Friday 15:00 – 15:45, Hall B (CC)

If I Ran the Z/o/o/ Con

Friday 16:00 – 18:00, 302AB (CC)

Do you have what it takes to run a Worldcon? Fan GoH Leslie Turek was instrumental in compiling “If I Ran the Z/o/o. Con,” a reality role-playing game in which the players move through scenarios representing the bidding, planning, and at-con phases of a World Science Fiction Convention.  Sit in front to play, or further back to just enjoy.

Leslie Turek (M) , Alexis Layton , David Grubbs

How to Make a Decision

Saturday 13:00 – 13:45, 303A (CC)

Collecting information and researching before making a decision is important, but sometimes there’s a lengthy stage of dithering before a conclusion is made. How to avoid falling into the analysis/paralysis trap.

Deb Geisler (M) , Ginjer Buchanan , Vincent Docherty , Leslie Turek , Daniel Spector

Kaffee Klatche – Leslie Turek

Saturday 15:00 – 15:45, 202A-KK1 (CC)

Limited to 10, requires advance sign-up (online signup enabled until 6am on Fri 8/21). Coffee and snacks available for sale on the 2nd floor.Saturday in the Park with Leslie

Saturday 16:00 – 17:00, 207 (CC)

Let’s get out of the Convention Center to explore nature. What interesting things are out there in Riverfront Park? Bring sharp eyes and a camera phone if you have one and we’ll see what we can find. [This is part of Children’s Programming.]

Younger fans under 9, please bring a responsible adult.

Hugo Pre-Reception

Saturday 18:00 – 20:00, Integra Telecom Ballroom 100A (CC)

Hugo Awards Ceremony

Saturday 20:00 – 22:30, INB Performing Arts Center (CC)

The 2015 Hugo Awards promises to be one of the most memorable ceremonies in years. Come be a part of history. Your Masters of Ceremony will be Sasquan Guest of Honor David Gerrold and Tananarive Due, and they’ve both promised an entertaining ceremony.

Tananarive Due (M), David Gerrold (M)

[Please ghu, I’m not actually on stage here, but will be attending.]

Closing Ceremonies

Sunday 15:00 – 16:00, Integra Telecom Ballroom 100B (CC)

Say farewell to Spokane and hello to Kansas City by reflecting on this Worldcon and looking forward to next year. Our closing ceremony will cap off a great convention in a great city in a great year of SF and Fantasy. Parting is such sweet sorrow.

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