by Erwin S. Strauss
Now that this year’s World Science Fiction Convention is over, here’s a look ahead at the WorldCon picture over the next several years. Closer at hand, my picks are BuboniCon, AlbaCon, FenCon and CapClave. 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
24–26—BuboniCon. For info, write: 933 San Mateo Blvd. NE, #500-308, Albuquerque, NM 87108. Or phone: (505) 559-0931 (10 a.m. to 10 p.m., not collect). (Web) http://bubonicon.com. (E-mail) firstname.lastname@example.org. Con will be held in: Albuquerque NM (if city omitted, same as in address) at the Marriott Uptown. Guests will include: John Scalzi, Mary Robinette Kowal, Lee Moyer, Eric Velhagen.
24–26—TitanCon/EuroCon. www.titancon.com. Belfast NI. The European continental convention will be hosted on Thursday and Friday.
25–26—OnyxCon. www.onyxcon.com. Atlanta, GA. SW Arts Center. Impact of the African diaspora in realms of imagination.
30–Sep. 3—DragonCon. (404) 669-0773. www.dragoncon.org. Atlanta, GA. Many guests. Comics, media, gaming. Five-figure attendance.
31–Sep. 2—CoKoCon. www.cokocon.org. Phoenix, AZ. A. k. a. Con Kopelli. By the people who used to do CopperCon and FANtasm.
6–9—BoucherCon. www.bouchercon.com. St. Petersburg, FL. World Mystery Con.
14–16—AlbaCon, c/o Box 2085, Albany NY 12220. 2018. www.albacon.org. Ramada Plaza, Albany, NY. Intimate SF, fantasy & horror con.
14–16—CONtrapunkt. www.contrapunkt.filk.de/en. Youth Hostel, Wernigerode & Harz, Germany. SF, fantasy, and horror folksinging.
15—Twin Cities Zine Fest. www.tczinefest.org. Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, MN. For those who like to make zines.
16—The Unmutual. www.theunmutual.com. Elstree Studios, Borehamwood UK.
20–22—Oxonmoot. www.tolkiensociety.org/events/oxonmoot-2018. St. Antony’s College, Oxford UK. The life and work of J. R. R. Tolkien.
21–23—FenCon, Box 701448, Dallas, TX 75370. www.fencon.org. Westin DFW, Irving (Dallas) TX. Larry Niven, Mariann Call, Travis Lewis.
28–30—CapClave, c/o Scheiner, 1518 N. Edison, Arlington VA 22205. www.capclave.org. Rockville, MD (near DC). N. Kress, A. Wong.
28–30—DeConGestant, Box 8297, Minneapolis, MN 55408. www.mnstf.org/decongestant3. Hilton, Bloomington, MN. Low-key SF relaxacon.
5–7—CthulhuCon. www.hplfilmfestival.com. Portland, OR. Barbara Steele (Black Sunday). Horror films based on the work of H. P. Lovecraft.
5–7—ICon, 308 E. Burlington #300, Iowa City IA 52240. http://iowa-icon.com. Cedar Rapids. Mike Mullin, Joe and Gay Haldeman.
12–14—Archon, Box 4191, Ballwin MO 63022. www.archonstl.org. Collinsville, IL (St. Louis, MO). C. J. Anders, Jim Murray, Rick Burchett.
17–21—IlluxCon. www.illuxcon.com. Reading, PA. Celebrating contemporary imaginative realist art.
19–20—Not-a-Con, c/o Box 4857, Huntsville, AL 35815. http://con-stellation.org/nasfa. Huntsville, AL. Low-key relax-a-con.
19–21—NecronomiCon, c/o 5902 Thonotosassa Rd., Plant City, FL 33565. www.stonehill.org. Tampa, FL. Tonia Brown, Rick Wilber.
19–21—ValleyCon. www.valleycon.com. Ramada, Fargo, ND. Actor Sam J. Jones, special effects artist Robert “RJ” Haddy.
19–21—Ohio Valley Filk Fest. www.ovff.org. Columbus, OH. Cheshire Moon, Rob Wynne, Harold Stein, Julia West. SF/fantasy folksinging.
19–21—Anime USA. www.animeusa.org. Wardman Park Marriott Hotel, Washington DC.
19–21—FantasyCon. www.hwsevents.co.uk. Queen Hotel, Chester UK. Long-running UK con.
19–21—Ireland National Con. 2018. www.octocon.com. Dublin Ireland. Diane Duane, Peter Morwood, Edmond Barrett, Michael Carroll.
15—Dublin: An Irish WorldCon. www.dublin2019.com. Convention Center, Dublin Ireland. J. B. Burnell, G. Buchanan. WorldCon. e16.
12–15—Wellington (New Zealand) WorldCon. www.nzin2020.org. Bidding unopposed, at press.
11–15—Washington DC WorldCon. www.dcin2021.org. Marriott Wardman Park, Washington DC. Dates estimated. Bidding unopposed, at press.
10–14—Chicago WorldCon. http://www.worldcon.org/worldcon-bids/. Dates estimated. Bidding unopposed, at press.