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Friday, February 21st, 2014
8:08 am
Potlatch restaurant guide
The complete Potlatch restaurant guide is now up on the web. Thanks to athenais for the heroic job of converting and formatting the file. This is the COMPLETE guide - the one you'll see in the program book is abridged for space. Not that you really need to know of all the Starbucks, Subways, Togos, and all littering downtown, but there's a whole section of restaurants outside of easy walking distance, but within easy driving distance, on the online list. Some of these are also accessible by a determined walker or by light rail.
Monday, February 17th, 2014
7:10 pm
local transport
I have tried twice now to post a comment to Kate's query about getting to the hotel, and both times it was marked as spam. Probably because it had a link in it.

I don't think we did have a guide on getting to the hotel, and we ought to. I have hastily thrown one up here.
3:38 pm
Airport transportation?
Does the Potlatch website have a write-up on getting to the hotel? I am most interested in getting to the hotel from the airport, but I imagine there are others who would be interested in similar info for bus, train, freeways, et cetera. I searched, but I did not find this info; perhaps I was not looking in the right place.

Sunday, January 26th, 2014
9:49 am
Potlatch 23 Program Survey
Thank you to everyone who suggested program ideas. We have ideas! Now we need to decide on which ones, and who would like to speak on them. Please go to the Program Survey page and fill out the survey form. There are two sections, one where you vote for the topics you'd like to see, and another for the ones you could be on as a panelist or moderator.
Sunday, January 5th, 2014
11:36 pm
Potlatch 23 Book of Honor
The Potlatch 23 committee is pleased to announce the Book of Honor the members have chosen is The City and the City by China Miéville. This book was nominated by Blackfeather Tanfur. The results are at http://www.potlatch-sf.org/book-of-honor-vote/
Tuesday, December 31st, 2013
8:10 pm
Book of Honor Voting Deadline Saturday, January 4th
Potlatch 23 Book of Honor voting will close at the end of the day on Saturday, January 4th (Pacific Time). On Sunday the 5th I will tabulate the votes and announce the Book of Honor.

The Book of Honor is chosen by Potlatch members. You might ask, "How do I become a member?" It's easy, and membership is still only $50.
Thursday, December 19th, 2013
10:56 pm
Potlatch 23 Book of Honor Voting
Book of Honor Nominees

This is a reminder that it's time to vote for the Potlatch 23 Book of Honor.
Thursday, November 7th, 2013
8:38 pm
Book of Honor Nominees
Book of Honor discussion is in progress.

The nominated books are:

  • Les Cinq Cents Millions de la Bégum (sometimes translated as The Begum’s Treasure) by Jules Verne

  • The Night Sessions by Ken MacLeod

  • Surface Detail by Iain M. Banks

  • War With the Newts by Karel Čapek

  • Methuselah’s Children by Robert A. Heinlein

  • UBIK by Philip K. Dick

  • The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks

  • Star Guard by Andre Norton

  • The City and the City by China Mieville

  • Yukikaze by Chōhei Kambayashi

  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

  • The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox by Barry Hughart

To discuss a book, you can comment here in this community, or on the Book of Honor page at potlatch-sf.org.

The Book of Honor should be readily available, in print, or easily found used, or in the public domain. If you know a good way to obtain a nominated work, please post a comment with the details.

I would like to encourage you to read a nominated work, or re-read it if you haven’t read it recently. Post a comment with your impressions! Why would it make a good Potlatch Book of Honor? Or why not?
Saturday, July 20th, 2013
9:25 pm
Potlatch 23 Book of Honor Nominations are Open
Book of Honor nominations are open at the Potlatch-SF website:


The Potlatch 23 Book of Honor will be chosen by a vote of the membership. Join now to participate!
Sunday, June 30th, 2013
12:24 am
Potlatch 23 Progress Report 1
Potlatch 23, the small but perfectly formed literary speculative fiction convention, is coming to San Jose, California on February 21-23, 2014. It will take place at the remarkably attractive and handily central Sainte Claire Hotel in downtown San Jose. Our website is www.potlatch-sf.org.

Registration is now open! Potlatch 23 memberships are $40 through July 15th. Youth memberships are $25. Children (6 and under) are free. Join now to nominate the Book of Honor and participate in the discussion.

You may register online. You may also register by mail. Download our registration form, fill that bad boy out and send it to Potlatch, P.O. Box 103, Mountain View, CA 94042 along with your check. Please make checks payable to Potlatch.

We will be publishing a restaurant guide to the area, so if you have a favorite restaurant in San Jose, let us know!

Want to keep up with us on social media? We have a lovely Facebook page. We're on Twitter as @potlatch23, because we're incredibly literal like that! There are Potlatch communities on LiveJournal and DreamWidth. We haven't started a Tumblr yet, fandom is a bit shy about being photographed, and we love to comment. Leave us a message, start a thread to discuss possible Books of Honor, tweet your questions.

We hope you'll join right away and help us in the fully democratic process of choosing the annual Potlatch Book of Honor. Let your voice be heard! We're listening.

Publications: Lucy Huntzinger
Chair: Tom Becker
Auction: Dawn Plaskon, Cindy Scott
Hospitality: Sarah Goodman
Logistics: Rich McAllister, Linda McAllister
Local Guide: David Bratman
At-Con Registration: Randy Smith
Saturday, June 22nd, 2013
3:35 pm
Potlatch 23 On-line Registration
On-line registration is up and running!

You can go to the registration page and become a member of Potlatch 23. You can also order banquet tickets and Potlatch t-shirts.

We are extending the early rate of $40 through July 15th so people who want to join on-line still have a chance to do so at the early rate. This is a really good deal. Check it out.
Wednesday, March 27th, 2013
11:14 pm
10:47 pm
Potlatch 23
I am pleased to announce that Potlatch 23 will be February 21–23, 2014 at the Sainte Claire Hotel in San Jose, California.

Memberships are available at a discounted rate of $40 through April 30th.

We are hoping to make Potlatch 23 the most inclusive Potlatch ever. The Book of Honor will be chosen by a vote of the members. The program will be based on suggestions by members (similar to WisCon), with the final decision made by a vote of the members.

For more details, check potlatch-sf.org.
Thursday, January 24th, 2013
12:11 pm
Potlatch 22 last-minute updates
Potlatch 22 is now just one week away! Here's some last-minute news and reminders.

The Potlatch track program schedule has been posted at http://potlatch-sf.org/program.php

The schedule for Foolscap's Friday writing seminars has also been posted, at http://www.foolscapcon.org/programming/writers-workshop/ These seminars are free, but you must sign up by 1/25 (tomorrow!)

The Potlatch 22 Local Guide has gone to the printer and is now available as a PDF for your pre-con research at http://potlatch-sf.org/Restaurant%20Guide%202013.pdf

The transit instructions we gave you last time about how to get to the con from the airport have been updated slightly: http://potlatch-sf.org/airport.php

Finally, if you are planning to come to Potlatch and still haven't bought your membership, it's not too late. The cost only goes up at the door and we would love to know in advance if we get to see your smiling face at the con. Memberships are still only $50, but the clock is ticking. Buy your membership now! http://potlatch-sf.org/memberships.php

That's all the news for now. See you at the con!
Tuesday, January 15th, 2013
11:15 am
To/From the Airport
Redmond Town Center is 24 miles from SeaTac airport. Anything other than throwing money at a taxi requires some amount of forethought on your part. Taxi or town car services become more cost-effective when shared; feel free to use the comments thread on this post to communicate your arrival time and arrange meetups.

Note that if you’re arriving late Friday night, your trip will be affected by a weekend closure of the SR 520 floating bridge across Lake Washington, which begins at 11pm, ending 5am Sunday.

By the way, some map searches have been giving me a generic “Redmond” when I ask for “Redmond Town Center” or “Redmond Marriott Town Center”. What that defaults to is quite close to us, luckily.

A Taxi will run $70-80.

David Levine reports some good experiences with Aces For Hire town car service, 206-518-8411. Shuttle Express also has town cars/limos for 2 to 8 people that can be arranged in advance. They quoted David $45 for one person (round trip $80), or $51 for two (RT $92).

EastSide Town Car and Limousine charges a flat $fee per car from SeaTac to Redmond destinations. Call 206-853-6146 or see EastsideTowncars.com. On the web they say $55, on the phone $66. (Note that EastsideTowncar.com is someone else.)

Shuttle Express runs scheduled hourly service to its partner hotel the Redmond Inn for $22 per person. This puts you just over a mile away from the Marriott, so it might be right if you love to walk or can call on someone to pick you up. Call 425-981-7000 or see ShuttleExpress.com for more info, optional inbound reservations, mandatory outbound reservations.

Public transit costs $5.25 per person. 50 to 100 minutes depending on time of day. SoundTransit’s LINK light rail train runs between the airport and downtown; then walk about a block to transfer to bus #545 Redmond.

Transit specifics:
The airport light rail station is a bit of a schlep. It connects to the 4th floor of the main parking garage, which seems to be at the terminal’s Skybridge level. Look for Skybridge 6? (See their map.) Buy a $2.75 ticket before boarding. This is the terminus, so all trains are northbound.

International District, Pioneer Square, and Westlake stops all offer nearby transfers to the #545 bus, up at street level. (ID: 4th and Jackson. Pioneer Square: 4th & James. Westlake: 4th & Pike.) Pay $2.50 cash fare on boarding. Eez nize buss. Get off at 166th Avenue in Redmond, the first stop after the Redmond Transit Center. Walk south on 166th, west on 76th, then south on 164th to the hotel (about 1/3 mi. in all).
Sunday, December 9th, 2012
7:31 pm
I dunno
I really, really, really want to be there, but airfare starts at $300 . . . (Amtrak is the same, but takes two days)
Wednesday, November 21st, 2012
10:27 am
Clarion West Scholarship Auction
We're delighted to announce that Potlatch 22's Clarion West Scholarship Auction will be held on Saturday, February 2nd.

For information on donating items or services to be auctioned, please visit the Potlatch 22 Auction page: http://potlatch-sf.org/auction.php
Sunday, October 21st, 2012
3:35 pm
Potlatch returns!

Guess what?!? Sooner than anyone thought, it's Potlatch! It's Foolscap! Buy one, get both!!! Yes, soon in a Seattle area near you, now with Extra Bonus Foolscap Content, Potlatch 22 is coming: February 1-3, 2013 at the Redmond Marriott Town Center. We'll be sharing the hotel side-by-side with Foolscap 15. The bonus content: your membership in Potlatch gets you all the usual Potlatchy goodness, plus includes a Foolscap membership, with full access to Foolscap program, art show, chocolate reception, and general silliness, plus some cool new fusion items leveraging the resources of both cons.

Gosh. How did we get here? Serendipitous circumstance, plus a touch of evil genius. Team Foolscap needed to move their convention off their long held September dates, and the Permanent Floating Seattle Potlatch Committee had independently been feeling overwhelmed, over-committed, and understaffed at the specter of pulling together a full Potlatch only a year after the last one, without our usual year off. And yet we had no prospects of another city able to run a Potlatch in 2013. The PFSPC thought we would let 2013 go by the way, then see if we could recruit enough new blood to make another run at hosting a Potlatch in 2014. Cue the Foolscap folk, in the person of Dave Howell, evil genius, who thought it would be a pity to let a year go by without a Potlatch, and also didn't want Foolscap to be seen as encroaching on the Potlatch time slot. So when Foolscap decided to move to February they offered Potlatch a chance to play along: two conventions, one hotel, one hospitality suite, two program tracks, and members mingling freely between the two, getting All the Stuff: Clarion West Alumni Readings. Nancy Pearl, Foolscap GoH. Board game night. Book of Honor: Jo Walton's Among Others. You Build It open programming -- where the members brainstorm and create panels on the spot. Taste of Clarion West writing workshop. Book swap. Reading group. More choice, more stuff, and each committee focusing on what they do best.

We think this is a win for everyone: those of us who have been doing Potlatch get to have another one with a significantly smaller people points overhead -- Foolscap has already settled the hotel, for instance. Meanwhile, Foolscap gets an out-of-town attendee bump in a year that might have been small due to the switch in dates. Everybody gets the synergy and cross pollination of mixing the two compatible but slightly different convention cultures and constituencies. Frankly, I think this will be a very cool, very exciting con -- this is the most excited I've been about running a Potlatch in years. I'm hoping you agree, and would like to come out and play along.

If you would like to join us for this effervescently brave experiment, and try a Potlatch with a bit of Foolscap in it (or vice versa) -- please visit the Memberships page to buy your membership today via PayPal or post.

Membership rates are:

Attending Membership: $50
Student Membership: $25
At the Door Attending: $75.

Hotel rates will be $109 per night, not including parking, and will be available through the Foolscap Hotel registration page. But please wait until we announce hotel registration availability to be sure to get the correct room rates. (The linked page does not yet include the correct room rate.)

This sudden, unexpected Potlatch is brought to you by Jack Bell and Jerry Kaufman, Programming; Suzanne Tompkins, Hospitality; David Levine, Communications and Taste of Clarion West writers workshop; Kate Yule, Local Guide, and [Your Name Here] in a dazzling array of supporting and participating roles. If you would like to help make this an even better Potlatch, please contact potlatch22@gmail.com.

Expect lots more updates and announcements as we plot with the Foolscap cabal, invent new ways to party, and build to a massive February Potlatchy crescendo. Meanwhile check us out on Facebook (Potlatch Convention), Twitter (@potlatch22), LiveJournal (potlatchcon community), or the ever popular Potlatch website (potlatch-sf.org).

But right now, we're on a short time line here, so please buy your membership now, now, now!

See you in Redmond,

Ulrika O'Brien
P22 Chair

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012
10:48 pm
Book of Honor Suggestions
At the "How We Pick a Book of Honor" panel at Potlatch 21, the audience suggested a great variety of books, including books by living authors, non-fiction, non-science fiction, and children's books. I tacked my own suggestion onto the end. See the listCollapse )
Thanks to all for the many interesting suggestions.
Sunday, February 19th, 2012
6:56 pm
The View From The Stars
As it says on the cover, "Topflight science fiction by the author of 'A Canticle for Leibowitz', Walter M. Miller, Jr." It's a paperback anthology published in 1965. All the stories were originally published in 1952-4.

Reviewed here on LiveJournal: http://voidampersand.livejournal.com/29947.html
and on DreamWidth: http://voidampersand.dreamwidth.org/12600.html
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