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Press Release: Renovation Announces Reduced Membership Rates for Young Adults

7 February 2010 by

Reno – Renovation, the 2011 World Science Fiction Convention, announced today that it would be the first Worldcon to introduce a reduced membership rate for young adults, enabling many more young people to participate in this unique event.

Worldcons have traditionally offered discounted membership rates for children, and Renovation is no exception, with a membership price of just $75 for children under 17. This has however left many teenagers, students and other younger fans having to pay the full adult rate – until now.

Renovation’s new Young Adult (YA) membership will be available to anyone aged 17 to 21 as of August 17, 2011 (the first day of the convention). The YA membership will include all of the benefits of adult membership, including all convention publications and the right to vote in the prestigious Hugo Awards, and will initially cost just $100 for the five days of the convention – saving 30% or more on the adult rate.

Existing members in the YA age range will be issued refunds where they have already paid for a full adult attending membership. Contac tmemberships@renovationsf.org to do this. Full details of the YA membership are available from Renovation’s web site.

Renovation Chair, Patty Wells, said “I strongly believe that we need to do more to attract young people, especially when so many of them are discovering the genre through writers such as J. K. Rowling and Stephenie Meyer. Our YA rate will allow these new fans to be part of the Worldcon experience: meeting and listening to writers; exploring our art show, dealers’ room and exhibits; and attending the Hugo Award Ceremony, Masquerade and other special events.”

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