Conventional Calendar

by Erwin S. Strauss

As we enjoy the holidays, let’s look at the first quarter of 2018. I’ll be at Arisia, Boskone, and HELIOsphere. Just about any of the events described as “SF, fantasy, horror” should be good for us Asimovians. 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


5–7—GAFilk. For info, write: 10 Hill St., Newark NJ 07102. Or phone: (973) 242-5999 (10 a.m. to 10 p.m., not collect). (Web) (E-mail) Con will be held in: Atlanta GA (if city omitted, same as in address) at the Airport Crowne

Plaza. Guests will include: Joey Shoji, Cameron Webb, Eric and Jen Distad (The Faithful Sidekicks). SF/fantasy/horror folksinging.

12–15—Arisia, 561 Windsor St., Somerville MA 02143. Westin Waterfront, Boston MA. Schwab, others. SF, fantasy, horror.

12–14—MarsCon. Doubletree by Hilton, Williamsburg VA. Carrie Vaughn, Maria V. Snyder. SF, fantasy, horror.

12–14—RustyCon. Marriott, Seatac, WA. Anne Bellets, J. Tweet, North Wolf, Katie Croonenberghs. SF, fantasy, horror.

12–14—IllogiCon. Embassy Suites, Raleigh NC. Alyssa Wong, Stacey Lantagne. All aspects of fandom, written and media.

13–14—SwampCon. University of Florida, Gainesville FL. A multigenre convention.

18–21—ConFusion, c/o Box 8284, Ann Arbor MI 48107. Sheraton, Novi MI. SF, fantasy, horror.

19–21—ChattaCon, Box 23908, Chattanooga TN 37422. Chattanoogan. P. David, T. McCaffrey. SF, fantasy, horror.

19–21—COSine, 3640 Arborview Ct., Colorado Springs CO 80918. Denver CO. Nye. SF, fantasy, horror.

19–21—ConDor, Box 15771, San Diego CA 92075. Cidney Swanson, others. SF, fantasy, horror.

26–28—ConFlikt. Doubletree by Hilton, Seatac (Seattle) WA. Guests TBA. SF/fantasy/horror folksinging.


2–4—Foolscap, c/o Box 31891, Seattle WA 98103. Seatac (Seattle) WA. Written SF, fantasy and horror, and art.

9–11—FarPoint, 11709 Troy Ct., Waldorf MD 20601. Hunt Valley Inn, Hunt Valley (Baltimore) MD. Visitor. Star Trek.

15–17—Life, the Universe, and Everything. Marriott, Provo UT. Todd McCaffrey, Myke Cole. SF, fantasy, horror.

15–18—CapriCon, 126 E. Wing #244, Arlington Heights IL 60004. Westin, Wheeling (Chicago) IL. SF, fantasy, horror.

16–18—Boskone, Box 809, Framingham MA 01701. (617) 625-2311. Westin Waterfront, Boston MA. SF, fantasy, horror.

16–18—RadCon, Box 370, 1761 Geo. Washington Way, Richland WA 99354. Red Lion, Pasco WA. Matt Youngmark.

17—PicoCon. Imperial College, London UK. SF, fantasy and horror.

23–25—ConNooga. Convention Center, Chattanooga TN. Multigenre.

23–25—MystiCon. Holiday Inn Tanglewood, Roanoke VA. Joe Lansdale. SF, fantasy and horror.

23–25—ConCave, 124 Fairlawn Ave., Lexington KY 40505. Bowling Green KY. Low-key SF/fantasy relax-a-con.

MARCH 2018

2–4—MarsCon, Box 21213, Eagan MN 55121. Bloomington (Minneapolis) MN. No connection to the MarsCon in Virginia.

2–4—WhimsyCon. Hyatt Tech Center, Denver CO. Milton Davis, Kitty Krell. Steampunk and costuming.

9–11—HELIOsphere. Doubletree by Hilton, Tarrytown NY. K. Hurley, C. Tan, M. Oshiro. SF, fantasy and horror.

9–11—MidSouthCon, c/o Box 17724, Memphis TN 38187. Hilton, E. Memphis TN. Resnick. SF, fantasy and horror.

9–11—FogCon, c/o Box 3764, Hayward CA 94540. Marriott, Walnut Creek (San Francisco) CA. Performance in SF.

14–18—Int’l. Conf. on the Fantastic in the Arts. Airport Marriott, Orlando FL. Academic conference.

16–18—CoastCon, Box 1423, Biloxi MS 38533. Mississippi Coast Convention Center, Biloxi MS. Gaming, cosplay, fandom.

24–26—ConBust. Smith College, Northampton MA. Sharyn November. Focus on female members

of fandom.


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.