The DC Worldcon has a new chair

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Keith F. Lynch

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Jul 1, 2021, 7:04:18 PMJul 1
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Mary Robinette Kowal replaces Bill Lawhorn as the head of Discon III.
So I may attend after all.
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Scott Dorsey

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Jul 1, 2021, 7:19:46 PMJul 1
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Keith F. Lynch <k...@KeithLynch.net> wrote:
>Mary Robinette Kowal replaces Bill Lawhorn as the head of Discon III.
>So I may attend after all.

Yes, until there is a kerfluffle about her being con chair while also
being up for a Hugo award.

Every time a Worldcon chair resigns you have to take a drink.
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Keith F. Lynch

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Jul 2, 2021, 8:51:34 PMJul 2
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Scott Dorsey <klu...@panix.com> wrote:
> Keith F. Lynch <k...@KeithLynch.net> wrote:
>> Mary Robinette Kowal replaces Bill Lawhorn as the head of Discon III.
>> So I may attend after all.

> Yes, until there is a kerfluffle about her being con chair while
> also being up for a Hugo award.

The con's website says:

Because Kowal is a finalist in two categories, DisCon III intends to
keep a full firewall between the chair (and any other Hugo finalists
working on the convention) and the voting and administration of
the 2021 Hugo Awards. One of her conditions for considering the
role was that the longstanding practice of an Independent Hugo
subcommittee remain in place to isolate the Chair and other staff
from Hugo Awards decisions. This separation will be further
reinforced by the appointment of a vice-chair with independent
authority to manage any needs of the division.

The WSFS constitution says:

No member of the current Worldcon Committee nor any publications
closely connected with a member of the Committee shall be eligible
for an Award. However, should the Committee delegate all authority
under this Article to a Subcommittee whose decisions are irrevocable
by the Worldcon Committee, then this exclusion shall apply to
members of the Subcommittee only.
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