Thursday, November 7, 2019

Mythopoeic Society News about our Yahoo Groups

For several years now the Mythopoeic Society has stated on its News page that our official means of disseminating news to the far-flung members of the Mythopoeic Society was through our MythAnn (Mythopoeic Announcements) list via Yahoo Groups. But Yahoo Groups is soon going the way of the dodo.

We have formed a new general discussion group to replace the MythSoc Yahoo Group and will shortly provide instructions for joining or continuing discussions with your fellow Mythies via the new platform, so please don't worry about the discussion group going away - keep your eyes on this space!

We have archived the 147 current messages from the MythAnn announcements list on our website but do not believe it is worth the effort and expense to re-create the announcements list as a separate entity. Instead, we will include "official news" announcements in the general MythSoc discussion group; we will also include those announcements here, on our blog.

So if you don't want to subscribe to the general discussion group but only want to receive our "official news" posts, please subscribe to this blog; there are two options in the left-side panel: an RSS feed via a reader or by email.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Belated News: Mythopoeic Award Winners ...and Albuquerque for Mythcon 51.

The Mythopoeic Society website shared the winners of the 2019 Mythopoeic Awards immediately after they were announced at Mythcon 50 but somehow they didn't get mentioned here, on our news blog... oops!

We are THRILLED to announce that the winner of the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature is Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik and the winner of the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature is Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead.

We are equally thrilled to announce that the winner of the Mythopoeic Scholarship Award for Inklings Studies is Verlyn Flieger, There Would Always Be a Fairy Tale: More Essays on Tolkien. The winner of the Mythopoeic Scholarship Award for Myth and Fantasy Studies is Dimitra Fimi, Celtic Myth in Contemporary Children’s Fantasy: Idealization, Identity, Ideology.

We congratulate all our winners, including Sarah O'Dell, winner of the 2019 Alexei Kondratiev Award, for her paper, “An Unexpected Poet: The Creative Works of Dr. Robert E. Havard” - you can read the full list of 2019 nominees if you scroll down on the 2019 Mythopoeic Award winners page.

We also invite you to stay tuned as more details are finalized regarding Mythcon 51, which will be held next summer in Albuquerque, New Mexico will forward to the new page as soon as we've got solid news.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Mythcon 50 - Advance Schedule and Check-in Procedures

What an exciting time! (she said, tongue firmly in-cheek)

Mythcon 50 is coming up THIS WEEKEND and you can peruse the Advance Schedule; as you can see, we're looking forward to a busy and program-packed conference!

We also encourage strongly that you read the Check-in Procedures because we've had many changes surprise us within the last week or two.

Advance registration is now closed but at-the-door and day membership rates are posted on the website.

We also remind you to REFRESH your browser windows and phones! Many of the Mythcon-related pages on the website have been updated, some significantly, and you'll miss them if your computer or phone is delivering an earlier iteration of the site.

See you soon!

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Mythcon 50 Advance Registration Closes July 25th

If you've been thinking about coming to Mythcon 50 --and we hope you are-- we encourage you to buy your membership now because online registration will close July 25th and "at the door" prices will be higher:

Currently: Members of the Mythopoeic Society pay  $80
Non-members pay  $95
Students* pay         $65

At Mythcon 50: Members of the Mythopoeic Society will pay  $90
Non-members will pay  $110
Students* will pay           $70

We anticipate day rates will be:
Friday:     $30   ($25 Mythsoc members and students)
Saturday: $50   ($45 Mythsoc members and students)
Sunday:   $50   ($45 Mythsoc members and students)
Monday:  $25   ($20 Mythsoc members and students)

Registration will start Friday at noon in the South Campus Plaza South Tower Lobby; programming will commence in the Aztec Student Union at 2:00 p.m. Friday, August 2nd; the schedule will be published on the website as soon as possible.

* Full-time students (12 or more credit hours per semester/quarter at an accredited college or university); please be prepared to present current, active student ID at check-in to confirm this rate. For children attending with parent(s) or legal guardian(s), 12 and under are free, 12 to 18 pay the student rate.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Mythcon 50: Significant Update!

One day after publishing Progress Report #2 we learned that SDSU has taken the Cuicacalli dorms offline for summer conferences and Mythcon 50 would be housed entirely in South Campus Plaza, at the Cuicacalli rates.

And then this week we learned that most of the rooms in South Campus Plaza, South Tower --where we will be staying-- are triples. That means one lower bed and two upper bunks (there is a desk and cupboard under one of the upper bunks) - so now we're also asking for people who can handle sleeping in an upper bunk to let us know (see PR#2 for details and email address). To clarify: we are not putting three people into any rooms, so at worst a triple will be used as a double and one of the people will need to sleep in the upper bunk.

We also want to remind people staying on campus that we need a deposit check for $100 made out to the Mythopoeic Society - this will cover the loss of both tap card and room key, should you not turn them in to the front desk at check-out! We will hold your check and return it to you after confirmation from SDSU.

PLEASE remember that our deadline for purchasing Room & Board packages, commuter dinner packages, stand alone banquet tickets (the banquet is included in the Room & Board package and the commuter dinner package) and parking permits sold through our website is JULY 15 - we can't guarantee that we will be able to honor requests or changes after that date.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Mythcon 50 - Progress Report #2

The second Progress Report for Mythcon 50 is now live on the website; it includes essential updates and reminders, especially the July 15 deadline for purchasing Room & Board packages for those staying on campus, the Commuter Dinner Package for those staying elsewhere but who would like to join us for Friday & Saturday night dinner and the Sunday evening banquet, and stand-alone banquet tickets for those not resident on campus who don't want the Friday & Saturday cafeteria dinners.

ALSO please remember there is no free parking on the SDSU campus and the least expensive parking permit options are through our website - that deadline is also July 15.

There is also a downloadable PDF version of PR#2 which includes the current membership of Mythcon 50.

DO come join us in beautiful San Diego, August 2-5, 2019!

Friday, June 14, 2019

Mythcon 50 Author Guest of Honor News

John Crowley, scheduled to be Author Guest of Honor at Mythcon 50, has had to cancel his appearance for personal reasons. We hope that John may be able to join us at a future Mythopoeic Conference.

But we are pleased to announce that Tim Powers has agreed to be our GOH Emeritus.  Tim Powers is a science-fiction and fantasy author and arguably heir to the legacy of Charles Williams. Tim has been Author GOH at Mythcon twice; first in Berkeley for Mythcon 26 and most recently at Mythcon 41 in Dallas, Texas. Tim has received numerous awards and nominations for his works, including the World Fantasy Award twice, for his novels Last Call (1992) and Declare (2000). He has been nominated for the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award five times, winning the award in 1990 for The Stress of Her Regard.

We encourage you to join us for our 50th Mythopoeic Conference in San Diego, California, August 2-5, 2019.