Conventional Calendar

by Erwin S. Strauss

It’s time for Asimovians to swing into spring. I’ll be at RavenCon. Also good are ConDor, MystiCon, MarsCon, FogCon, MidSouthCon, AggieCon, FantaSciCon, HELIOsphere, MiniCon and ConStellation. 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

FEBRUARY 2019

22–24—ConDor, Box 15771, San Diego CA 92075. www.condorcon.org. A long-running general SF, fantasy and horror convention.

22–24—MystiCon. http://mysticon-va.com. Holiday Inn—Tanglewood, Roanoke, VA. Robert Picardo, Jody Lynn Nye, Steve Jackson.

22–24—ConNooga. www.connooga.com. Convention Center and Chattanoogan Hotel, Chattanooga, TN. A multi-fandom convention.

22–24—Escapade. www.escapadecon.net. Embassy Suites LAX North, Los Angeles, CA. Female-oriented adults-only convention.

MARCH 2019

1–3—WhimsyCon. www.whimsycon.org. Hyatt Tech Center, Denver, CO. Author and artist Roberto Calas, costumer Erin Card. Steampunk.

8–10—FogCon, c/o Box 21027, Piedmont CA 94620. www.fogcon.org. Walnut Creek (San Francisco) CA. B. Chambers, Karen Joy Fowler.

15–17—MidSouthCon, c/o Box 17724, Memphis, TN 38187. www.midsouthcon.org. Tim Zahn, S. Flegal, T. Nguyen. J. Beall, J. J. Miller.

16–17—SwampCon. www.swampcon.org. Gainesville, FL. Emily Stanton, Rachel Seaman (Seoulmates), Bill Hatfield, B. Yandell. Multi-genre.

22–24—AggieCon, SOST, TAMU, 125 Kolder, stop 1236, slot 780, College Station TX 77043. cepheid.org/aggiecon. SF/fantasy.

22–24—FantaSciCon, 395 Stancil Rd., Rossville GA 30741. fantasci.rocks. DoubleTree RDU, Raleigh NC. Tim Zahn. Back again.

22–24—ConSonance. consonance.org. Milpitas CA, Crowne Plaza. Tomboat, Vanessa Cardui, Char McKay. SF/fantasy folksinging.

22–24—RevelCon. revelcon.com. Wyndham Houston West Energy Corridor Hotel, Houston TX. Adult (“slash”) fanzines relax-a-con.

22–25—CostumeCon, c/o MCFI, Box 1010, Framingham MA 01701. costumecon37.com. Danvers MA. Masqueraders/cosplayers big do.

29–31—Regeneration Who. regenerationwho.com. Bethesda MD (Washington DC). Doctor Who actors, including 7th and 8th doctors.

29–Apr. 1—Ireland Discworld Con. idwcon.org. Dublin Ireland. Bernard Pearson. The life and work of Terry Pratchett.

29–Apr. 1—SpyCon. spy-con.com. (678) 837-5730. Marriott, Alpharetta (Atlanta) GA. Fictional spies (James Bond, etc.).

APRIL 2019

5–7—RavenCon, 1219-M Gaskins Rd., Henrico VA 23238. ravencon.com. Williamsburg VA. Melinda Snodgrass, the Library Bards.

5–7—HELIOsphere, Box 3744, New York NY 10163. heliosphereny.org. Tarrytown (NYC) NY. Anders, others. SF, fantasy, horror.

5–7—PortmeiriCon, 871 Clover Dr., N. Wales PA 19459. . Portmeirion UK. Where TV’s “The Prisoner” was shot.

11–15—Star Wars Celebration. starwarscelebration.com. Chicago IL. Tim Zahn, Star Wars stars. Official biannual Star Wars con.

12–14—FILKONtario, 145 Rice Ave. #98, Hamilton ON L9C 6R3. filkontario.ca. J. Coulson, K. Klover. SF/fantasy folk music.

13–14—Japan Nat’l. Con. hal-con.net. International Center, Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. Peter Tieryas, Tooru Yoshida.

19–21—MiniCon, Box 8297, Minneapolis MN 55408. mnstf.org/minicon. St. Louis Park (Minneapolis) MN. Naomi Kritzer, Dave DeVries.

19–21—ConGlomeration. conglomeration.info. Louisville KY. Tim Zahn, artist Steve Prescott, artist Cris Griffin, author Lydia Sherrer.

19–22—UK Nat’l. Con. ytterbium.org.uk. Park Inn Heathrow, London UK. John Scalzi, Frances Hardinge, Sydney Padua, DC.

26–28—ConStellation. constellationne.net. Cornhusker Hotel, Lincoln NE. Author Julie Czerneda, artist Zach Woolsey.

AUGUST 2019

15—Dublin: An Irish WorldCon. www.dublin2019.com. Convention Center, Dublin Ireland. J. B. Burnell, G. Buchanan. WorldCon. e16.

AUGUST 2020

12–15—Wellington (New Zealand) WorldCon. www.nzin2020.org. Bidding unopposed, at press.


AUGUST 2021

11–15—Washington DC WorldCon. www.dcin2021.org. Marriott Wardman Park, Washington DC. Dates estimated. Bidding unopposed, at press.


AUGUST 2022

10–14—Chicago WorldCon. http://www.worldcon.org/worldcon-bids/. Dates estimated. Bidding unopposed, at press.

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