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 Boskone, 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


7-10—Anime Los Angeles. 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: Ontario (Los Angeles) CA (if city omitted, same as in address) at the Airport Doubletree. Guests will include: Guests to be announced. The big West Coast anime convention

15-17—Console Room. Hilton MSP Airport/Mall of America, Bloomington (Minneapolis) MN. Doctor Who.

15-18—Arisia, 519 Somerville Ave., Somerville MA 02143. Westin Waterfront, Boston MA. S. Palmer, H. King, others.

22-24—ChattaCon, Box 23908, Chattanooga TN 37422. Doubletree. M. D. Cooper, A. Makepeace, B. Cooksey, others.


4-7—CapriCon, 126 E. Wing #244, Arlington Heights IL 60004. de Bodard, others. Another virtual event. 

5-15—Boston SF Film Festival. https://www.bostonscifi.comGreater Boston area.They are planning to provide for safe in-person viewing.

12-14—Boskone, Box 809, Framingham MA 01701. (617) 625-2311. Westin Waterfront, Boston MA.

12-14—Foolscap, c/o Box 31891, Seattle WA 98103. Written SF, fantasy and horror, and art.

12-14—KatsuCon. Gaylord Hotel and Conference Center, National Harbor MD (near Washington DC). Anime.

19-21—ConNooga. 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.

MARCH 2021

5-7—CoastCon, Box 1423, Biloxi MS 38533. Biloxi MS. Rob Cerio, Ernest Russell, others. SF, fantasy and gaming.

12-14—MarsCon, Box 21213, Eagan MN 55121. Hilton MSP Airport, Bloomington (Minneapolis) MN. Artist Jon Sloan.

17-21—International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts. Academic conference. Online only.

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

19-21—All-Con, Box 177194, Irving TX 75019. Addison (Dallas) TX. SF/fantasy/horror con, with media emphasis.

19-21—MidSouthCon, c/o Box 17724, Memphis TN 38187. Guests TBA. SF/fantasy/horror, with much gaming. 26-28—Corflu, c/o Nigel Rowe, 431 S. Dearborn #906, Chicago IL 60605. Bristole UK. Fanzines, old and new. 

APRIL 2021

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

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 Con. Hilton Metropole Hotel, Birmingham UK. Dan Abnett, Nik Vincent, Dave Lally.

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


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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