All Four Noreascons?

We were curious to know how many people had attended all four Noreascons, so we had a sign-in book for those hardy souls who've made it to all the Noreascons since the first one in 1971. As you might expect, some of them had comments, too. If you attended all four Noreascons, but missed signing in, you can still let us know and we'll add you to the list. (Also let us know if you signed in but we spelled your name wrong - some of those signatures were hard to decipher!) So far, we've collected 69 names.

Conquest of the Moon Retrospective Hugo

The Noreascon Four Retrospective Hugo Award for Best Related Book written in 1953 went to Werner von Braun, Fred Whipple, and Willie Ley for Conquest of the Moon. The trophy now has pride of place in a special exhibit on the influence of science fiction on the careers of von Braun and other rocketry pioneers at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

Patrick Molloy, N4's Site Selection director and exhibits liaison to NASA, notes that the special exhibit will run through May 2005, after which time the Hugo Award will be placed in the Center's permanent exhibit of von Braun's office.

Here are some pictures Naomi Fisher took of Pat and the trophy.

If You Missed Your FIRST Night TIMES

When we asked attendees to contribute to The FIRST Night TIMES during First Night celebrations at N4, so many responded that we barely got the zine out by the con's Last Night.

This one-shot fanzine has got 73 individual contributions of writing and 12 of art from fans and pros, for a total of 85 total contributions in 27 very fannish pages. All sharing their thoughts on the topic "My First Time."

If you'd like a copy:

  1. For instant gratification, download PDF here.

  2. For a paper copy, send your name and postal mailing information to, subject line "Send FIRST Night TIMES." And please tell us whether you were at N4, were a contributor, etc. We'll send out your copy RSN ...

MBTA Line Closings

We learned today that the MBTA will be performing repairs on a couple of key subway lines during Labor Day weekend (from 9pm on Friday to late Monday). (Thanks, Chris, for posting it in your blog.) Lines affected will be the Red line which runs between Boston and Cambridge, and the Blue line, which runs to the airport. The T will be providing shuttle buses to carry people across the closed-down sections, but you should probably allow a little additional time if traveling on these lines during the affected period. Also, if you're coming in from Alewife (Cambridge), another option to consider is taking the T as far as Harvard or Central and then switching to the #1 bus to Auditorium station, which is about two blocks from the Hynes/Sheraton area. You can find the official MBTA advisory here.

Sad news

The Noreascon 4 committee is saddened to hear of the passing of George Flynn, F.N., yesterday morning, August 29, 2004. George was a mainstay of Boston-area fandom for many years, serving as the Secretary of Noreascon 2 and the WSFS Division Head for Noreascon 3. Noreascon 4 Chair Deb Geisler writes, "George Flynn was a gentlefan, a kindly man, a scathing wit, and a treasure deeply prized by Boston fandom. When he spoke with us several weeks ago, telling us he would not be able to attend N4, we were grieved."