Conventional Calendar

by Erwin S. Strauss

This year, the World Science Fiction Convention is in the Western hemisphere, for the only time in a four-year stretch. Now is the time to be planning your membership, transportation lodging. Don’t miss out. 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

JUNE 2018

21–24—MidWestCon. For info, write: c/o Oakes, 5627 Antoninus Dr., Cincinnati OH 45238. Or phone: (513) 922-3234 (10 a.m. to 10 p.m., not collect). (Web) www.cfg.org/midwestcon. (E-mail) scribe@cfg.org. Con will be held in: Sharonville OH (if city omitted, same as in address) at the Doubletree. Guests will include: no celebrities; just fellow fans. The original “relax-a-con,” every year since 1950.

21–24—MythMoot. www.tinyurl.com/mythmootv. Leesburg VA (near DC). J. Garth. Inklings (J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, C. Williams).

22–24—Locus Awards Weekend. www.locusmag.com. (510) 339-9196. Best Western Executive Inn, Seattle, WA. Connie Willis.

22–24—SoonerCon. www.soonercon.com. Reed Conference Center, Midwest Coty. OK. Carrie Vaughn, John Picacio. SF, fantasy & horror.

22–24—4th St. Fantasy. www.4thstreetfantasy.com. Doubletree, St. Louis Park (Minneapolis) MN. One-track program; you can do it all.

22–24—Sci Fi Summer Con. www.sfscon.tripod.com. Atlanta, GA. SF, fantasy and horror.

29–July 1—ConCertino. www.concertino.net. Holiday Inn Dedham, Dedham (Boston) MA. C. Eng. I’m Fan GoH. SF/fantasy folksinging.

29–July 1—LibertyCon. www.libertycon.org. Chattanooga TN. Mike Resnick, John Picacio, Kevin Grazier, Charles Gannon, D. B. Coe.

JULY 2018

1–4—SF Research Assn. www.sfra.org. Marquette U., Milwaukee, WI. Academic conference. “The Future of Labor” is the theme.

4–8—WesterCon. www.westercon71.org. Westin, Westminster (Denver) CO. Nancy Kress, Rebecca Moesta, Jeff Sturgeon, Davis & Klover.

5–8—ConVergence. http://convergence-con.com. Doubletree, Bloomington (Minneapolis) MN. M. Sirtis, E. Arnason, W. Chu, E. Bear.

6–8—Shore Leave, Box 6809, Towson MD 21285. http://shore-leave.com. Delta Hotel, Hunt Valley (Baltimore) MD. William Shatner, others.

6–8—InConJunction, c/o Box 68514, Indianapolis IN 46268. www.inconjunction.org. Marriott East, Indianapolis IN. JM Lee, O. Peron.

12–15—ReaderCon, Box 65, Watertown MA 02471. www.readercon.org. Quincy (Boston) MA. Emphasis on the written word; little else.

13–15—ConGregate. http://con-gregate.com. High Point (Greensboro) NC. Charles E. Gannon, Jane Lindskold, N. Preisler, D. Wold.

14–15—Finland Nat’l. Con. www.2018.finncon.org. Turku Finland. Lauren Beukes, Maria Turtchaninoff, Dr. Merja Polvinen.

18–22—ComicCon International. http://comic-con.org/cci. Convention Center, San Diego, CA. Many guests. 6-figure attendance expected.

19–22—Camp NECon. www.campnecon.com. Portsmouth, RI. S. Pinborough, D. Wellington, D. Cameron, J. Eckhardt, C. Whitney, B. Keene.

20–23—MythCon. www.mythsoc.org. Atlanta GA. Robin A. Reid, Donato Giancola. The Inklings (J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, C. Williams).

21–22—Japan Nat’l. Con, Itabashi 3-40-16, Itabashi-ku, Tokyo 183-0004, Japan. english@juracon.jp. Juraku Japan.

26–29—PulpFest, c/o Cullers, 1272 Cheatham Way, Bellbrook OH 45305. www.pulpfest.com. Pittsburgh, PA. Old-time pulp magazines.

27–29—ConFluence, Box 3681, Pittsburgh PA 15230. http://confluence-sff.org. Airport Sheraton. C. M. Valente, S. J. (Sooj) Tucker.

27–29—DiversiCon. www.diversicon.org. Best Western Bandana Sq., St. Paul, MN. C. J. Anders, B. T. Worra, E. Arnason, R. Berman.

27–Aug. 12—Pennsic War, 205 Curry Rd., Slippery Rock PA 16057. www.pennsicwar.org. Cooper’s Lake PA. Medieval re-enactors.

AUGUST 2018

2–4—ArmadilloCon. www.armadillocon.org. Omni Southpark, Austin, TX. Toastmaster Aaron de Orive, Special Guest Holly Black.

2–5—GenCon. www.gencon.com. Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, IN. Big gaming meet; all kinds—not just SF/fantasy.

10–12—SpoCon. www.spocon.org. Spokane WA. General SF, fantasy and horror con. No more info available at press.

10–12—When Words Collide, c/o 1835 10th Ave, Calgary AB T3C 0K2. www.whenwordscollide.org. Peter V. Brett, Harold Johnson.

10–12—OzCon. www.ozconinternational.com. Pomona CA. Celebrating the works of L. Frank Baum, of “Wizard of Oz” fame.

16–20—WorldCon 76, Box 61363, Sunnyvale CA 94088. (408) 905-9366. www.worldcon76.org. San Jose CA. WorldCon for 2018. $230.

17–19—Browncoat Ball. www.browncoatball.com/2018. Washington Court Hotel, Washington DC. For fans of Firefly and Serenity

AUGUST 2019

15—Dublin: An Irish WorldCon. www.dublin2019.com. Convention Center, Dublin Ireland. J. B. Burnell, G. Buchanan. WorldCon. e16.

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