Category: Features

Feature stories and interviews about the community, state and fandom.

Library Champion and Privacy Advocate Cory Doctorow Guest of Honor at Capricon 32

Capricon WHEELING, Illinois – Since 1980, fans of science fiction, fantasy and other forms of speculative fiction in every media from literature to television, films, and graphic novels have gathered in the Chicago area for a celebration of the speculative fiction community. Capricon 32 celebrates that diversity by letting attendees choose their own adventure in…

Chicon 7 Extends Submission Deadline for Hugo Award Base Design Competition

CHICAGO – Chicon 7, the 70th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), has extended the submission deadline for its Hugo Award Base Design Competition to January 15, 2012. The Hugo Awards for achievement in science fiction and fantasy have been presented by Worldcons for over 50 years. An instantly recognizable rocket forms the central element of…

Wizard World Comes to Chicago

By Tom Wray and Phillip PowersWindy City Banner Wizard World, Chicago’s largest comic con, took place this last month and it was huge. There were celebrities, cosplayers and, of course, miles and miles of comics. We attended as members of the press and were in awe of the magnitude of it. First of all let’s…

2011 Hugo Winners Announced

World Science Fiction SocietyRenovation, the 2011 World Science Fiction Convention, has announced the 2011 Hugo Award winners.BEST NOVELBlackout/All Clear by Connie Willis (Ballantine Spectra)BEST NOVELLAThe Lifecycle of Software Objects by Ted Chiang (Subterranean)BEST NOVELETTE“The Emperor of Mars” by Allen M. Steele (Asimov’s, June 2010)BEST SHORT STORY“For Want of a Nail” by Mary Robinette Kowal (Asimov’s,…

Art Gallery Opening At Center On Halsted

 Writ on Water IV by Jason Messinger   Chicago by Armando Pedroso  From Center on Halstead: Join us for two exciting shows opening Friday, April 1. Armando Pedroso’s painting exhibit will take place in the 2nd floor gallery, and Jason Messinger’s painting exhibit will be in the 3rd floor gallery. Cash bar…

First-timer fun at C2E2

Story and photos by Tom Wray We’re gonna take a break from politics and travel for a little bit. Along with being liberal and gay, the publisher happens to be a bit of a geek. Okay, he was lucky to keep in the squees as he attended the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo today at…