Sasquan, the 73rd Worldcon was held August 19-23, 2015 at the Spokane Convention Center in Spokane, WA. Author Guests of Honor were David Gerrold and Vonda N. McIntyre, Artist GoH was Brad Foster, Astronaut GoH was Kjell Lindgren, Music GoH was Tom Smith, and Fan GoH was Leslie Turek. It was chaired by Sally Woehrle.
The convention was marred by the affair of the Sad Puppies which marked a big step in the decline of the Hugos. The only positive bit was that a lot of fans joined to counter the awards-slating, and Sasquan got a $100,000 windfall from all of the extra memberships generated by the controversy.
A lasting memory everyone who attended took home was of the smoke. 2015 was a bad year for forest fires in the Northwest, and for the entire week that people were in Spokane, the air was very smoky and gray. There were no fires especially near to Spokane, but the air was always very hazy with smoke from fires hundreds of miles away. On the worst day, it was dim even at noon, the smoke could be smelled as well as seen (and the air was brownish), and the sun was blood red long before it reached the horizon. Mordor probably lay just over the nearby mountains...
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