FAQ

This list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) includes questions our committee is asked.  If you have a question, please ask us by email or in person at one of the conventions that we’ll be attending.

  1. What is a Worldcon?
  2. Do I have to speak French?
  3. Why buy now?
  4. Tell me more about the events at a Worldcon?
  5. So, how much?
  6. What’s the difference between a Supporting and an Attending membership?
  7. How can I help?
  8. What’s WSFS?
  9. How do I join WSFS?
  10. Do I have to attend the Worldcon?
  11. What are the Hugos?
  12. Who decides who gets a Hugo?
  13. What’s behind the name “Anticipation”?
  14. Why did you choose to hold the Worldcon on August 6 - 10?
  15. Do you plan to do reimburse program participants, volunteers, or guests of program participants?
  16. What about Customs for Dealers and Art Show?
  17. Have you joined the Pass-Along Fund (PAF) agreement?
  18. Why isn’t my name listed in the progress report?
  19. What is a membership ID and how do I know if I have one?
  20. How do I transfer my membership to someone else?
  21. But what about…?

 

What is a Worldcon?

A “Worldcon” is an annual convention of the World Science Fiction Society (WSFS).  The convention is held near the end of the summer in a different location each year.  The members of the WSFS choose the location of future Worldcons by ballot.

Two main events are the Masquerade and the Hugo Awards, but Worldcons also have panel talks and presentations, movies, exhibits, art shows, and dealers selling merchandise and publications.  While some events are open to the public, most require a membership in the convention.  Offering memberships is the convention’s primary way of paying for convention space and other costs.

Worldcons have been held every year since 1939 (with a few years off for World War II).  Visit the WSFS website for Worldcon history as well as links to previous and future Worldcons.

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Do I have to speak French?

Mais Non!  While Montréal is the largest French-speaking city in North America, most Montréalers speak both English and French.

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Why buy now?

Over time our membership rates go up.  The earlier you buy your Worldcon membership, the cheaper it will be.  Remember that Worldcon is a *5* day convention featuring people and exhibits from all around the world.

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Tell me more about the events at a Worldcon

There are five full days of events at a Worldcon.  The biggest events are:

  • The Hugo Awards.
  • The Masquerade.
  • Guests of Honour speeches and presentations.
  • The Art Show.
  • The Dealer’s Room.
  • The Exhibits.
  • Press & Promotions.

And then there’s the the host city, Montréal in August.  Take a look at our links for some ideas about what you can do while in Montréal.

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So, how much?

If you pre-supported Anticipation (before the Site Selection vote in Yokohama) use the price in the Pre-support column.

If you were not a pre-supporter, use the price in the Standard Rate column.

If you wish to attend the Worldcon, you should pay the Attending price.  Otherwise, pay the Supporting price.  You can always upgrade to the Attending price later.

Standard Rate
240 CAD/AUD 210 USD 135£ 150€ 20 000¥
Upgrade rates for supporting members of Anticipation
185 CAD/AUD 160 USD 105£ 115€ 15 000¥
Upgrade rates from a weekend membership
60 CAD/AUD 55 USD 35£ 40€ 5 000¥
Rates are based in Canadian dollar value. Prices in other currencies are provided for informational purposes only and may vary depending on the currency exchange markets. Rates valid until July 15th, 2009. Cash, cheques in CAD or USD, Visa and Master Card are accepted. All credit card charges will be processed in Canadian dollars.
Weekend membership
175 CAD/AUD 155 USD 100£ 110€ 15 000¥
Upgrade rates for supporting members of Anticipation
120 CAD/AUD 105 USD 70£ 75€ 10 000¥
A weekend membership is good for Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday. Rates are based in Canadian dollar value. Prices in other currencies are provided for informational purposes only and may vary depending on the currency exchange markets. Rates valid until July 15th, 2009. Cash, cheques in CAD or USD, Visa and Master Card are accepted. All credit card charges will be processed in Canadian dollars.
Supporting Memberships
55 CAD/AUD 50 USD 30£ 35€ 5 000¥
Rates are based in Canadian dollar value. Prices in other currencies are provided for informational purposes only and may vary depending on the currency exchange markets. Rates valid until July 15th, 2009. Cash, cheques in CAD or USD, Visa and Master Card are accepted. All credit card charges will be processed in Canadian dollars.
Child Memberships
75 CAD/AUD 65 USD 40£ 50€ 8 500¥
Rates are based in Canadian dollar value. Prices in other currencies are provided for informational purposes only and may vary depending on the currency exchange markets. Child membership rates are valid until April 30th, 2009 and grant full benefits for children aged 6–12 (born on or after August 6th, 1996 and on or before August 5th, 2003) at the time of the convention. Children aged 5 and under (born after August 5th, 2003) get in for free. Childcare fees not included with the membership. Cash, cheques in CAD or USD, Visa and Master Card are accepted. All credit card charges will be processed in Canadian dollars.
Special Family Rate
For two adults and two children aged 6–12 (born on or after August 6th, 1996 and on or before August 5th, 2003) at the time of the convention.
550 CAD/AUD 460 USD 310£ 330€ 42 000¥
Rates for an additional child in a family are:
50 CAD/AUD 40 USD 25£ 30€ 4 000¥
Rates are based in Canadian dollar value. Prices in other currencies are provided for informational purposes only and may vary depending on the currency exchange markets. Rates valid until July 15th, 2009. Childcare fees not included with the membership. Cash, cheques in CAD or USD, Visa and Master Card are accepted. All credit card charges will be processed in Canadian dollars. Pre-supporting rebates and voter rebates apply, please contact us for more information.

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What’s the difference between a Supporting and an Attending membership?

A Supporting membership give you the right to receive Worldcon publications, to nominate and to vote for the Hugo Awards, and the opportunity to vote for the 2011 Worldcon Site Selection.

An Attending membership additionally gives you the right to attend the convention.  To attend, a Supporting member must upgrade to an Attending membership.

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How can I help?

Have you worked for conventions before?  We will need lots of help organizing and planning for the Worldcon and even more help at the actual event.  We’re interested in volunteers with a wide variety of skills.

Can you translate English to French?  We need translators to help with the website and other promotional material.

If you’ve already bought a membership, you may email us.  If we are going to a convention near you, you may hook up with us there.

Please see our Volunteer page for more information.

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What’s the WSFS?

The World Science Fiction Society (WSFS) is the organization that licenses Worldcons.  WSFS requires that every Worldcon perform the following:

  • Administer the Hugo Awards.
  • Select the site for a future Worldcon two years hence.
  • Hold a Business Meeting for WSFS.
  • Present regular financial reports to WSFS.

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How do I join WSFS?

The membership of WSFS is defined as the membership of the upcoming Worldcon, so joining Anticipation with either Attending or Supporting membership makes you a member of the WSFS.  Membership allows you to nominate and vote for the Hugo Awards, vote for the site of the Worldcon two years hence, and receive Worldcon publications.

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Do I have to attend the Worldcon?

No, although we would like to see you there.

If you want to vote in the Hugo Awards and vote for the next location of a Worldcon, you can purchase either a Supporting or Attending membership.  A supporting membership gives you the right to vote, but not attend.  A Supporting membership is cheaper than an Attending membership, which gives you the right to attend and vote.

Voting for the Hugo Awards is done before the convention.  Votes for the Site Selection can either be cast by mail before the event, or at the Worldcon.

Attending WSFS members are welcome to attend the Business Meeting, the governing body of WSFS, which is held each year at the Worldcon.  The location and time of this meeting is announced in the Worldcon schedule, available during the convention.

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What are the Hugos?

The Hugo Awards (or Hugos for short) are annual awards for achievement in science fiction and fantasy and are awarded yearly at Worldcon.  All members of the Worldcon are encouraged to nominate and vote for the Hugos.

For more information about the Hugos refer to the Hugo Awards FAQ.

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Who decides who gets a Hugo?

We do.  More precisely, the members of each Worldcon (the WSFS) decide by vote.

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What’s behind the name “Anticipation”?

The name was chosen for a bevy of reasons.  In short it is a name that works in both English and French (the officially recognized languages of Montréal).  Anticipation is also a commonly used French term for Science Fiction literature.

We like the name and believe it shows a strong tie to our host city, and part of our subject matter.

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Why did you choose to hold the Worldcon on August 6–10?

Worldcon is traditionally held on (or around) Labour Day, but the date we chose has several benefits:

  • Labour day weekend is no longer an inexpensive date to get facilities, book flights and hotel rooms.  The date we chose is a lull time in the festival season in Montréal, allowing us to more easily find space to book.
  • Several groups important to fandom (including academics and parents with school-age children) have a difficult time travelling on Labour day, as it is the start of the school year for most of North America.
  • August is traditionally the month most people take their summer vacations in Canada, the United States, and Europe.

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Do you plan to do reimburse volunteers, program participants, or guests of program participants?

Everyone at a Worldcon, with the exception of the Guests of Honour, must pay to become a member before they can attend.  Membership reimbursements for program participants and volunteers are contingent on whether or not the con has a surplus once all the bills are paid.  So we must wait until after the convention to have an answer.

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What about Customs for dealers and the Art Show?

We plan to ease the crossing of the US/Canada border for both dealers and artists as much as possible.  Concrete plans will have to wait until closer to the date of the Worldcon, but we can tell you this: it’s been done before by Con*Cept and Toronto Trek (now Polaris) so we know we can do it too.  In the meantime, we refer you to the Canadian Customs website’s visitor information page.

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Have you joined the Pass-Along Fund (PAF) agreement?

Yes.  A participating Worldcon receives funds from the previous three Worldcons, and “passes along” any surplus to the next three, smoothing out the financing.

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Why isn’t my name listed in the Progress Report?

Canadian privacy laws require that we have your permission before we publish your name.  If you checked off the box on the registration form asking us to withhold your name, or never filled in a registration form - then we don’t have your permission.

If you are a member and want your name published in the next PR, send an email to registration@anticipationsf.ca with a subject line of Please publish my name.

The email should include:

  • the full name under which you registered,
  • your full mailing address.

This will help us find you in our records.  After we receive and process your request, your name will be published in the next PR.

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What is a membership ID and how do I know if I have one?

Your Membership ID is proof that we have a record of you purchasing either a supporting membership or an attending membership.

As a member, you can find your Membership ID on the mailing label of each of the Progress Reports that you receive.

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How do I transfer my membership to someone else?

The person selling the membership needs to write a letter (or send an email) to Registration, giving all of their contact info, and stating that they are transferring the membership. They should give contact information (name, address, city, state/province, zip/postal code, country, phone, and email) and all the information they can about the buyer.

The seller also need to state whether they’re retaining any of the membership rights (right to vote for the Hugos, to vote in site selection for the 2011 Worldcon) or whether all rights are being transferred with the membership.

If sending by post, the seller needs to sign the letter, and send it to:
P.O.Box 105 Station NDG Montréal, QC H4A 3P4 Canada

The seller should also send a copy of the letter to the buyer, giving the buyer proof of the transfer.

If emailing, the seller should provide all the above information, and cc the buyer in the email addressed to Registration

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But what about…?

Got a question?  Send it to info@anticipationsf.ca and we’ll add it to the FAQ.