Conventional Calendar

by Erwin S. Strauss

The big Memorial Day weekend has something for every Asimovian from coast to coast; I'll be at BaltiCon. Before then, I'll be at RavenCon and MarCon; after then, at 4th Street Fantasy. Also consider 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 2020

24-26—RavenCon. For info, write: 2770 Buckstone Dr., Powhatan VA 23139. Or phone: (973) 242-5999 (10 am to 10 pm, not collect). (Web) (E-mail) Con will be held in: Williamsburg VA (if city omitted, same as in address) at the Doubletree. Guests will include: author Terry Brooks, musicians Rhiannon's Lark. Authors, scientists, artists, anime, concerts, etc.

24-26—FILKONtario. Markham ON. Musicians Stone Dragons, PDX Broadsides, others. SF/fantasy/horror folksinging.

24-26—OmegaCon. The Lodge, Siren WI. Low-key relax-a-con; no invited guests; just fans hanging out.

MAY 2020

1-3—DemiCon. Holiday Inn NW, Des Moines IA. Author Lettie Prell, artist David Pancake, Ghost of Honor Rusty Hevelin.

1-3—PenguiCon. https://2020.penguicon.orgWestin, Southfield (Detroit) MI. Open-source software and hardware, and science fiction and gaming.

1-3—Malice Domestic. Marriott, Bethesda MD (near DC). Julia Spencer-Fleming, Jeff Cohen, others. Mysteries.

1-3—TrekLanta. Marriott, Buckhead (Atlanta) GA. Star Trek actress Suzie Plakson, author D.R. George III, others.

8-10—MarCon, Box 141414, Columbus OH 43214. Crowne Plaza, Worthington OH. Author Carrie Vaughn, others.

8-10—Monsterpalooza. Westin, Pasadena (Los Angeles) CA. Matthew Hillard, Danny Lloyd, others. Horror film.

9—Watch City Festival. Waltham MA. Steampunk. Daytime activities free to the public.

15-17—KeyCon, Box 3178, Winnipeg MB R3C 4E6. Radisson. Author Steven Erikson, others.

16—Book Festival. Gaithersburg MD (near DC). K.R. Gaddy, L.S. Park, others. Books of all kinds.

22-24—ConQuest. Sheraton Crown Center, Kansas City MO. Author Mary Robinette Kowal, Toni L. Taylor, others.

22-25—BaltiCon, c/o BSFS, Box 686, Baltimore MD 21203. Harborplace. Wen Spencer, Lee Moyer, others.

22-25—BayCon, Box 62108, Sunnyvale CA 94088. Marriot SFO, San Mateo (San Francisco) CA. Cory Doctorow, others.

22-25—MisCon, Box 7721, Missoula MT 59807. Authors Charlaine Harris, Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs; artist dos Santos.

22-25—WisCon, Box 1624, Madison WI 53701. Madison WI. Yoon Ha Lee, Rebecca Roanhorse. Feminism and SF.

27-29—Book Expo America. Javits Center, New York NY. Terry Brooks, others. For the book trade.

28-31—Nebula Conference. Woodland Hills (Los Angeles) CA. Nebula Awards presented.

29-31—ConCarolinas. Hilton University Place, Charlotte NC. Guests TBA. Multi-fandom convention

JUNE 2020

5-7—WhedonCon. LAX Hilton, Los Angeles CA. Celebrating works of Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, etc.).

19-21—4th St. Fantasy, c/o 323 Autumn Woods Dr., Covington LA 70433. St. Paul MN. The Dark Fantastic.


29-2—CoNZealand, Box 15483, Wellington Wgn6243, New Zealand. Wellington NZ. G. R. R. Martin. WorldCon. NZ$425.


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


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


24-28—Chicago WorldCon bid. Venue TBA. Guests TBA. Dates estimated. Bidding unopposed, at press


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

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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