Conventional Calendar

by Erwin S. Strauss

Memorial Day is the biggest con weekend of the year. My picks for the big occasion are BaltiCon (I’m the Fan GoH), ConQuesT, BayCon, MisCon and Satellite. Till then, there’re DemiCon, MarCon and KeyCon. 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

APRIL 2018

27–29—Malice Domestic. For info, write: Box 8007, Gaithersburg, MD 20898. Or phone: (973) 242-5999 (10 a.m. to 10 p.m., not collect). (Web) (E-mail) Con will be held in: Bethesda, MD (near DC) (if city omitted, same as in address) at the Marriott Bethesda North. Guests will include: David Suchet, Louise Penney, Nancy Picard. Traditional mysteries.

27–29—Omegacon. Northwoods Lodge and Pinewood Motel, Siren (near Milwaukee) WI. SF, fantasy, horror relaxacon.

MAY 2018

4–6—Corflu. Ramada Downtown, Toronto, ON. For fans of fanzines, old and new.

4–6—PenguiCon. Westin, Southfield (Detroit) MI. SF, open-source software, gaming, DIY and more.

4–6—DemiCon. Holiday Inn NW, Des Moines IA. Mitch Thompson, Christine Mitzuk, Susan Leabhart, Christina Henry.

4–6—Wholanta. Hilton Airport, Atlanta, GA. Stephen Webb, Clay Dockery, Cat Smith. Dr. Who. By the TimeGate folks.

11–13—MarCon, Box 141414, Columbus, OH 43214. Hyatt. F. Paul Wilson. Long-running SF, fantasy and horror con.

11–13—OutLantaCon. Renaissance Concourse Airport, Atlanta, GA. For LGBT+ fans, and their friends.

11–14—CostumeCon. Doubletree Mission Valley. Karen Schnaubelt, Bob Mogg. Costumers’ big annual meet.

17–20—KeyCon, Box 3178, Winnipeg MB R3C 4E6. Radisson Downtown. Keith Baker, Sanya Anwar, the Reevies.

18–20—Nebula Awards Weekend. Marriott, Pittsburgh, PA. SF/Fantasy Writers of America annual con. Public invited.

18–20—Starfleet Region One Summit. Mainstay Inn and Suites, Pigeon Forge, TN. Star Trek.

18–20—WhedonCon. Marriott, Woodland Hills, CA. Dagney Kerr, James Masters, others. The works of Joss Whedon.

18–20—NautiCon, c/o 71 Sawyers Ln., Tewkesbury, MA 01870. Provincetown, MA. Must be 21 to enter premises.

25–27—ConQuesT. Sheraton Crown Center, Kansas City, MO. Steven Barnes, Elizabeth Leggett. SF and fantasy.

25–27—MantiCon. Hilton, Bloomington (Minneapolis/St. Paul) MN. David Weber, others. Honor Harrington universe.

25–27—TrekLanta. Marriott Century Center, Atlanta, GA. Robert O’Reilly, Randall Landers, Mark McCray. Star Trek.

25–27—AnimeNorth. Conference Centre, Delta Hotel Airport, Toronto, ON. Voice actors Micah Solusod, others.

25–27—Satellite. Crowne Plaza, Glasgow, UK. Paul McAuley. SF, science fact and science fun.

25–28—BaltiCon, c/o BSFS, Box 686, Baltimore, MD 21203. (410) 563-2737. Renaissance. C. Asaro, L. Niven . . . ME!

25–28—BayCon, Box 62108, Sunnyvale, CA 94088. Marriott Airport, San Mateo, CA. Tamora Pierce, M. Todd Gallowglas.

25–28—MisCon, Box 7721, Missoula, MT 59807. (406) 360-8876. Holiday Inn Downtown. Brian Sanderson, Lee Moyer.

25–28—MediaWest*Con, 200 E. Thomas, Lansing, MI 48906. Ramada. Media SF/fantasy fans; no invited guests.

25–28—WisCon, Box 1624, Madison, WI 53701. (503) 233-8850. Saladin Ahmed, Tananarive Due. Feminism and SF.

30–June 1—Book Expo America. Javits Center, New York, NY. The book trade’s big annual meet.

JUNE 2018

1–3—ConCarolinas. Hilton University Place, Charlotte, NC. Seanan McGuire (Mira Grant). SF, fantasy, horror con.

2–4—New Zealand National Science Fiction Convention. Suncourt Hotel, Taupo, NZ.

13–17—Origins, 240 N. 5th #340, Columbus, OH 43215. Convention Center. Big gaming meet, not just SF.

15–17—Sweden National Con. Stockholm Sweden. Ian Watson, others.


16–20—WorldCon 76, Box 61363, Sunnyvale CA 94088. Convention Center, San Jose CA. WorldCon for 2018. $190.


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

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