Conventional Calendar

by Erwin S. Strauss

With the Covid-19 situation, always check with events before making final plans, in case of late cancellations. I’m hoping to be at MidSouthCon, if it’s not canceled due to the virus. In the meantime, stay safe. 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 —Erwin S. Strauss


19-21—Far Point. For info, write: 11709 Troy Ct., Waldorf, MD 20601. Or phone: (973) 242-5999 (10 a.m. to 10 p.m., not collect). (Web) (Email) Con will be held in: Baltimore MD (if city omitted, same as in address) at the Marriott in Hunt Valley. Guests will include: Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Sean Gunn. Star Trek and other SF media.

19-21— Chattanoogan Hotel, Chattanooga TN. Multi fandom pop culture event. 19-21—FarPoint, 11709 Troy Ct., Waldorf MD 20601. Baltimore MD. Star Trek and other media SF.

19-21—Escapade. This will be a virtual (online) event. Female-oriented adults-only convention.

MARCH 2021

5-7—CoastCon, Box 1423, Biloxi MS 38533. Biloxi MS. Actor Jason Carter, many authors. Gaming, cosplay, fandom.

12-14—Horror Realm. Pittsburgh, PA. Zombies and other modern horror.

12-14—MarsCon, Box 21213, Eagan MN 55121. This will be a virtual (online) event. Artist Jon Sloan.

17-21—IAFA. This will be a virtual (online) event. “Climate Change and the Anthropocene.” Academic meet-up.

18-20—GLVWG Writers Conference. Google “GLVWG writers conference” (URL too long). Bethlehem PA. J. D. Barker. Workshop.

19-21—All-Con. Addison (Dallas) TX. Laurie Spang, others. Battlestar Galactica and other media SF and anime.

18-21—MegaCon Orlando. Orlando FL. Guests TBA. Anime, cosplay, gaming, comics.

19-21—MidSouthCon, c/o Box 17724, Memphis TN 38187. Guests TBA. SF/fantasy/horror, with much gaming.

19-21—RevelCon. Houston, TX. Adult (“slash”) fanzines.

26-28—Corflu, c/o Nigel Rowe, 431 S. Dearborn #906, Chicago IL 60605. This event has been canceled.

APRIL 2021

1-4—Norwescon, c/o 100 Andover Park W., #150-#165, Tukwila WA 98188. This will be a virtual (online) event.

2-4—MiniCon, Box 8297, Minneapolis MN 55408. Jo Walton, Elise Matthesen. SF, fantasy, and horror convention.

2-4—Anime Boston. Boston MA. Guests TBA. Major East Coast anime event. Five-figure attendance expected.

2-5—UK National SF and Fantasy Con. Hilton Metropole Hotel, Birmingham UK. Dan Abnett, Nik Vincent, Dave Lally.

9-11—HELIOsphere, Box 3744, New York NY 10163. Tarrytown NY. Seanan McGuire, Peter David, C. Gannon.

9-11—221bCon. Airport Marriott, Atlanta GA. Guests TBA. All things Sherlock Holmes.

9-11—Sweden National SF/Fantasy con. Stockholm Sweden. A. Tchaikovsky, A. de Bodard, P. O’Guilin.

17-18—Luxembourg National SF/Fantasy Con. Abbaya de Neumünster, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg.


25-29—DisCon III. Wardman Park, Washington DC. Nancy Kress, Malka Older, Toni Weisskopf. WorldCon 2021. $155.


1-5—ChiCon 8. Hyatt Regency Chicago. de Lint, F. Norman, Stern, Siclari, A. Newitz, J. Anders. World SF Con. $120.


2-6—Nice (France) WorldCon bid. The Acropolis, Nice, France. Guests TBA. Voted on at DisCon III in 2021.

2-6—Chengdu (China) WorldCon bid. Chengdu, China. Guests TBA.

2-6—Memphis in 2023 WorldCon bid. Convention Center, Memphis TN. Guests TBA. Voted on at DisCon III in 2021


22-26—Glasgow in 2024.  The Armadillo, Glasgow UK. To be voted on at the 2022 WorldCon.

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