Ytterbium went well, I got a chance to type on an Enigma machine! Concentric won as an uncontested bid (Tech’s time travelling event needing more development) and will hold Eastercon 71 from 10-13 April 2020 in the Birmingham NEC Hilton Metropole.
Thanks to Mark Plummer I’ve scanned in the Eastercon programme
archive, 31 programme books and 47 PRs from Whitcon to BECCON ’87, and
uploaded them to Fancyclopedia. 1880 pages, done on an HP all-in-one
printer with sheet feeder I just bought for £30. HP think they’ll make
their money on Instant Ink, the fools… http://fancyclopedia.org/eastercon
Follycon was a great success, but there was no bid for 2020 to vote on because the Manchester bid had to fold. A scratch bid, to hold the event in the Birmingham NEC Metropole (site of Innominate in 2017) as Concentric2020 had formed but felt it was too soon to present a formal bid, so they will be planning a one year bid for Ytterbium next year.
Pat ably provided a very brief FOE update, and got no questions, so what little we are doing must be right!
The survey we did a couple of years back wasn’t the first of Eastercon members, I’ve unearthed another one preserved at the Internet archive http://www.cooky.demon.co.uk/survey/* which was done by Kathy and Ian Taylor at Evolution, the 1996 Eastercon.
The Mancunicon team have decided to not bid for the 2020 Eastercon at Follycon in Harrogate, so currently there are no bids for the convention at all. Gulp!
As all we’ve done this year is move the eastercon wiki to a new hosting service, and have no particular plan to communicate, I don’t think we need a slot in the programme and take up people’s time. We might have an informal meeting in the bar.