Conventional Calendar

by Erwin S. Strauss

Here’s a look ahead at World SF Conventions yet to come. It’s too late for this year’s WorldCon; but there are plenty of other conventions in the late summer and early fall. I’ll be at AlbaCon 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


22–25—TitanCon/EuroCon. For info, write: 10 Hill St. #22-L, 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: Belfast NI (if city omitted, same as in address) at the Hilton. Guests will include: George R.R. Martin, Pat Cadigan, Peadar Ó Guilín. TitanCon in 2019 is the European Continental SF Con.

23–25—BuboniCon. Marriott Uptown, Albuquerque NM. Allen Steele, Ursula Vernon, Darynda Jones, Greg Spalenka.

29–Sep. 2—DragonCon. Marriott, Atlanta GA. Many guests. Multi-media pop culture con. Five-figure attendance.

31–Sep. 3—CoKoCon. Phoenix AZ. Harry Turtledove, Steve Rude, Beth Cato, musicians Cheshire Moon.


6–8—RustyCon. Hilton, Bellevue (Seattle) WA. David Weber, artist Dutch Bihary, fan Michael Kenmir.

13–15—AlbaCon, Box 2085, Albany NY 12220. Ramada Plaza. Bruce Coville. General SF, fantasy, and horror con.

13–15—AsianCon. Chengdu China. Dates estimated. Actual dates TBA.

13–15—Oxonmoot. St. Antony’s College, Oxford UK. The life and work of the “Lord of the Rings” creator.

20–22—FenCon, Box 701448, Dallas TX 75370. Sheraton DFW. Irving (Dallas) TX. Analog editor Trevor Quachri.

27–29—Arcana. Best Western Randana Square, St. Paul MN. Dedicated to the Dark Fantastic.

27–29—DeConGestant, c/o Box 8297, Minneapolis MN 55408. Bloomington MN. “Scary SF.” Partnered with Arcana.


4–6—Archon, c/o Box 4191, Ballwin MO 63022. Collinsville IL (St. Louis MO). James S.A. Corey, Mitch Bentley.

18–20—CapClave, c/o Scheiner, 1518 N. Edison, Arlington VA 22205. Rockville MD (near DC). R. Sawyer, M. Wells.

18–20—Necronomicon, c/o 5902 Thonotosassa Rd., Plant City FL 33565. Tampa FL. Shannon Mayer, Brinke Stevens.

18–20—ValleyCon. Ramada, Fargo ND. Butch Patrick (The Munsters), Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers, Tarzan).

18–20—GayLaxiCon. Doubletree Park Place, Minneapolis MN. Big annual event for GLBT, and allies.

18–20—Not-a-Con, c/o Box 4857, Huntsville AL 35815. Holiday Inn Huntsville Airport, Madison AL.

19—BuchmesseCon. Sprendlingen Germany. In connection with the annual German book-trade meeting.

24–27—Sirens Conference. Hilton, Inverness (Denver) CO. Baker, Khan, Roanhorse, Scott. Women in fantasy.

25–27—Hal-Con. Convention Centre, Halifax NS. Actors Patricia Briggs and Wallace Shawn. Media SF, fantasy, & horror.

25–27—Ohio Valley Filk Fest. Doubletree, Worthington (Columbus) OH. SF, fantasy, and horror folksinging.

31–Nov. 3—BoucherCon. Hyatt Regency, Dallas TX. P. Lovesey, James Patterson. The World Mystery Convention.


1–3—Icon, 308 E. Burlington #300, Iowa City IA 52240. Marriott, Cedar Rapids IA. SF, fantasy, and horror con.

1–2—Geek Gala. Noah’s Event Venue, Charlotte NC. Mikey Mason, Valentine Wolfe, Tally Johnson, Metricula, Rich Sigfrit.


12–15—Wellington (New Zealand) WorldCon. Bidding unopposed, at press.


11–15—Washington DC WorldCon. Marriott Wardman Park, Washington DC. Dates estimated. Bidding unopposed, at press.


10–14—Chicago WorldCon. Dates estimated. Bidding unopposed, at press.

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