Elayne Pelz, membership
Heard about World Science Fiction Conventions (Worldcons) and think they sound cool but not sure they're worth the money?
This year's Worldcon is in the Anaheim Convention Center between Wednesday, August 23rd and Sunday, August 27th. Come on down and you can get a special "taste" of what a Worldcon is really like for a fraction of the price.
Instead of paying the $200 at-the-door price for a Full Membership in Worldcon, giving you five full days access to all of the exhibits, dealers, speakers, program items, films, dances, parties, Hugo Awards ceremony, Masquerade competition, etc., you can buy a "One-Day" Membership for $50-$75 (depending on which day of the convention).
Still too rich to see if you'll like it? Buy a "Taster Membership". You'll receive a copy of the convention's program schedule and event guide and entrance for up to three hours for only $20.
Here's how it works. Whenever you show up, go to the convention's Registration Desk. There you'll pay for a One-Day Membership. Your membership badge will be time-stamped. Then go wander about the convention freely. See the Exhibits and the Art Show and the Dealers Room, all 145,000 square feet of them. Go see a program item or two. (There will be hundreds over the course of the convention). Hear a speaker. Get autographs. Watch a film. Join a filk sing. Hang out at our Space Port Lounge. Do whatever you like.
If Worldcon really isn't for you, then just go back to Registration within three hours of your time- stamp and you'll receive all but $20 of your money back. But if you like what you find and want to hang around the rest of the day and evening, all you have to do is hang around. Your badge will let you stay and attend all open events until the next morning. And if you want to attend more days, just come back and buy another One-Day or convert your One-Day to a Full Membership.
It's easy and safe. And you'll find out for yourself what all the fuss is about. (We've been going for years and there's so much great stuff to do we can't imagine anyone wouldn't want to stay but some people need to try it for themselves to be sure.)
For more details on all of the convention's activities, try checking out our website at http://www.laconiv.org/taster/
Note: Taster Memberships paid by cash, traveler's check, or credit card will be refunded immediately. Memberships paid by check will be refunded by mail. No refunds after 7:00 PM each day. One Taster Membership per person.