by Erwin S. Strauss
Now that each SF Conventional Calendar has to cover two months instead of one, space to make recommendations is limited. A good guide for Asimovians is to look for cons described as “general” or “literary.” 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—DragonCon, Box 16459, Atlanta GA 30321. www.dragoncon.org. Hyatt. Huge event, focusing on media SF, comics, and gaming.
1–4—North American Discworld Con. www.nadwcon2017.org. The world of Terry Pratchett.”The Witches of Discworld” is the theme.
8–9—TitanCon. www.titancon.com. Wellington Park Hotel, Belfast Northern Ireland. SF, fantasy and horror literature, media and gaming.
8–10—PotterVerse. www.potterversecon.com. Renaissance Harborplace, Baltimore MD. Celebrity guests planned. Everything Harry Potter.
9–16—Milford Writers’ Conference. www.milfordsf.co.uk. Milford UK. One of the most prestigious writers’ conferences.
14—Ig Nobel Awards. www.improbable.com/ig. Cambridge (Boston) MA. Humorous scientific awards that make you laugh, then think.
15–18—HawaiiCon. www.hawaiicon.com. Muana Lani Bay HI. A Roddenberry Adventures event; science, cosplay, gaming and more.
16—Israel National SF, Fantasy and Horror Con. www.iconfestival.org.il. Tel Aviv Israel. Fair warning: the Web site is all in Hebrew.
21–24—Oxonmoot. www.tolkiensociety.org/events/oxonmoot-2017. St. Antony’s College, Oxford UK. The life and work of J. R. R. Tolkien.
22–24—FenCon, Box 701448, Dallas TX 75370. www.fencon.org. Westin DFW, Irving (Dallas) TX. Kevin J. Anderson, Tom Kidd.
22–24—Poland National SF, Fantasy and Horror Con. www.copernicon.pl. Torun Poland.
22–30—Thin Air. www.thinairwinnipeg.ca. Winnipeg MB. Writers’ workshop.
29–Oct. 1—Archon, Box 440332, St. Louis MO 63144. www.archonstl.org. Collinsville IL (St. Louis MO). Seanan McGuire (Mira Grant).
29–Oct. 1—Arcana. www.arcanacon.com. St. Paul MN. Celebrating the weird, the macabre and the dark fantastic.
29–Oct. 1—Fantasy Con. www.hwsevents.co.uk/shop-2. Bull Hotel, Peterborough UK. Long-running con celebrating fantasy.
29–Oct. 1—EerieCon, Box 412, Buffalo NY 14226. www.eeriecon.org. Grand Island NY. V. Gischler, K. R. A. DeCandido, D. Schweitzer.
30—Twin Cities Zine Fest. www.tczinefest.org. Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis MN. For those who like to make zines.
4–6—Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop. www.tviw.us. Embassy Suites Downtown, Huntsville AL. Space development.
6–8—CapClave. www.capclave.org. Hilton Washington DC North, Gaithersburg MD. Ken Liu, Neil Clarke. Strong literary emphasis.
6–8—ConVolution. www.con-volution.com. San Ramon (San Francisco) CA. “Redshirts, Sidekicks and Minions.” Media SF/fantasy/horror.
6–8—ConTraflow. www.contraflowscifi.org. Kenner (New Orleans) LA. Alicia and Timothy Dardar (Bad Wolf Bar and Grill), Sam Fleagal.
6–8—Imaginarium. www.entertheimaginarium.com. Ramada Plaza Hotel, Louisville KY. Dragonlance author Michael Williams.
6–9—Ireland Discworld Con. www.idwcon.org. International Hotel, Dublin Ireland. The life and work of Terry Pratchett.
12–15—BoucherCon. www.bouchercon.com. Sheraton Centre, Toronto ON. L. Penney, M. Abbott, C. Brookmyre, others. Mystery fiction.
13–15—The Continuum (formerly ConClave). www.continuumcon.org. Wayne (Detroit) MI. Jim C. Hines, John Wick, singer Tom Smith.
13–15—CanCon. www.can-con.org. Sheraton, Ottawa ON. Sheila Gilbert. Canadian content is speculative art and literature.
13–15—James River Writers’ Conference. www.jamesriverwriters.org. Convention Center, Richmond VA. Writers’ workshop.
13–15—Ireland National SF, Fantasy and Horror Con. www.octocon.com. Camden Court Hotel, Dublin Ireland. Dan and Nik Abnet.
20–22—ValleyCon. www.valleycon.com. Baymont Inn (formerly Best Western Doublewood), Fargo ND. James Lucena, Troy Denning.
16–20—WorldCon 76, Box 61363, Sunnyvale CA 94088. www.worldcon76.org. Convention Center, San Jose CA. WorldCon for 2018. $190.