by Erwin S. Strauss
We’ve got a newly selected NASFiC in San Juan PR, and a WorldCon in San Jose CA. My picks are MarsCon, RustyCon, Arisia (where I’ll be), ConFusion, ChattaCon, COSine, Foolscap, ConDFW, CapriCon—and WorldCons. Plan now for social weekends with your favorite SF authors, editors, artists, and fellow fans. For an explanation of our con(vention)s, a sample of SF folksongs, and info on fanzines and clubs, send me an SASE (self-addressed, stamped #10 [business] envelope) at 10 Hill #22-L, Newark NJ 07102. The hot line is (973) 242-5999. If a machine answers (with a list of the week’s
cons), leave a message and I’ll call back on my nickel. When writing cons, send an SASE. For free listings, tell me of your con five months out. Look for me at cons behind the Filthy Pierre badge, playing a musical keyboard. —Erwin S. Strauss
1–4—Midwest FurFest. furfest.org. Hyatt. Rosemont (Chicago) IL. For fans of cartoon animals, especially costuming like them.
2–4—SMOFCon. smofcon34.org. Rosemont (Chicago) IL. “Opening Conventions to Everyone.” Convention organizers meet to talk shop.
2–4—Creation. Contact as above. SFO Hyatt, Burlingame (San Francisco) CA. Official commercial event for “Supernatural” fans.
29–Jan. 1—Nerd Year’s Eve. For info, write: 427 S. Boston Ave., Tulsa OK 74103. Or phone: (636) 485-3571 (10 a.m. to 10 p.m., not collect). (Web) www.geekexpos.com. (E-mail) firstname.lastname@example.org. Con will be held in: Dallas TX (if city omitted, same as in address) at the Sheraton. Guests will include: none announced at press.
30–Jan. 1—Cosplay Fest. www.amacosplayfest.com. Marriott, Chesapeake VA. “Cosplay Across the Genres” is the theme.
30–Jan. 1—IkkiCon. www.ikkicon.com. Renaissance, Austin TX. Greg & Chris Ayers, Kyle Hebert, Carli Mosier, others. Anime.
9–13—WorldCon 75. www.worldcon.fi. Helsinki, Finland. J.-H. Holmberg, N. Hopkinson, J. Sinisalo, C.Wending, W. J. Williams. $110/¤95.