please participate in a survey of members of Renovation

I am a Communication Studies professor and fan is doing research on Worldcon.
This will be the third survey of Worlcon attendees that is part of a larger
ongoing project on the history, structure and organization of Worldon. When the
con is over please fill in a short online survey (10-15 minutes). It asks for
some demographic info and about your experiences at this con as well as some
questions about any previous volunteering or con organizing you have done. If
you filled in the survey in a previous year please also fill in this one. You
will be prompted to skip some questions but your info about this year's con is
much appreciated. The survey is at


 If you want further info, contact June Madeley at Please circulate
this link widely to anyone who has attended Renovation.

Thank you for your assistance with this research.



At-Con Newsletter Online?

Is the At-Con Newsletter going to be posted online? It may be there already, but I've looked pretty thoroughly and can't find it, so I figured it's time to ask.

UPDATE: Links to PDF copies of the newsletter now appear on the front page of the convention website. I have not read any of the issues yet due to a slow internet connection, but am glad they are being made available.

Ray May Fire

For those of you who drove up US-395 to get to Reno and wondered what the huge column of grey smoke was, it's the "Ray May" fire. The plume of smoke from the fire is visible from my room at the Peppermill.
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Atlantis penny-pinching

I thought the "energy surcharge" rip-off had died years ago, much of it in a blaze of class-actions against hotels who didn't inform customers before their stay. The con rate at the Atlantis is inflated as it is, but they are adding an extra $3/night that we were never informed of.

Visit Bodie

If you drive between California and Reno along US-395, I recommend stopping in California at Bodie (at SR-270). It's a really nice ghost town (old mining town).,_California#Ghost_town_and_park

They sell water at the museum and there are a couple of water fountains, but I recommend that you bring a bottle of water for each person. And bring hats, sunscreen, snacks, and most definitely a camera.

Edit: A better URL:

One More Edit: Bodie is at 8,400 feet (Denver is at 5,280 feet). Be careful with altitude sickness. I had to sit a couple of times.