by Erwin S. Strauss
There’s a packed summer convention season coming up. Also, note that the 2023 World SF con will be in Chengdu, China, so start saving those pennies.This year’s WorldCon will be in Chicago. See you there? 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 #22-1 Newark, NJ. The hotline 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. Straus
17-19—LibertyCon. For info, write: Box 695, Hixson TN 37343. https://libertycon.org/. Or phone: (973) 242-5999 (10 am to 10 pm, not collect). (E-mail) email@example.com. Con will be held in: Chattanooga TN (if city omitted, same as in address) at the Convention Center. Guests will include: Taylor Anderson, Melissa Gray, STEM guest Dr. Stephen Granade, Christopher Woods.
23-26—PortCon. http://portconmaine.com/site/. DoubleTree by Hilton by the Mall, Portland ME. Voice actors. Gaming, anime, cosplay, authors.
24-26—SoonerCon. https://soonercon.com/. Embassy Suites, Norman OK. Cosplayers Knightmage and Jim Shorts, artist Muriel Fahrion.
24-26—Magic City Con. https://www.magiccitycon.com/. Hyatt Regency Birmingham - Winfrey, Birmingham AL. Cosplay, gaming, SF, pop culture.
24-26—New York Faerie Festival. http://nyfaeriefest.com/. Ouaquaga NY. Think of a Renaissance Faire for the faerie folk. Outdoors.
30-July 3—AnthroCon, c/o Box 476, Malvern PA 19355. https://www.anthrocon.org/. Convention Center, Pittsburgh PA. Cartoon animal fans.
1-3—InConJunction, Box 68514, Indianapolis IN 46268. https://inconjunction.org/. Marriott East. Guests TBA. Science fiction and fantasy..
1-4—Westercon. http://westercon74.org/. Convention Center, Tonopah NV. Kevin A. Murphy, Myrna Donato. The western SF/fantasy con.
1-4—BayCon, Box 62108, Sunnyvale CA 94088. https://baycon.org/. SFO Marriott, San Mateo (San Francisco) CA. Stephen Barnes, G. Dara.
8-10—Imaginarium. https://www.entertheimaginarium.com/. Louisville KY. Editor Ellen Datlow, J. Aquilone, others. For creatives of all genres.
15-17—Shore Leave, Box 6809, Towson MD 21285. https://www.shore-leave.com/. Hunt Valley (Baltimore) MD. B. Routh, others. Media SF.
15-17—OzCon, c/o 490 Railroad Ave., Mt. Angel OR 97362. http://www.ozconinternational.com/. Pomona CA. The works of L. Frank Baum.
21-24—NECon, c/o 365 Columbus Ave., Pawtucket RI 02861. http://campnecon.com/. Joe Lansdale, C. Khaw, others. Writers' conference.
21-24—Comic Con International, c/o Box 128458, San Diego CA 92112. https://comic-con.org/cci. San Diego CA. Guests TBA. Huge con.
22-24—ConGregate. http://con-gregate.com/. Winston-Salem NC. Faith Hunter, Tim Zahn, Valentine Wolfe, others. SF, fantasy and horror.
26-Aug. 14—Pennsic War, 205 Curry Rd., Slippery Rock PA 16057. http://pennsicwar.org/. Cooper's Lake. Medieval re-enactment.
29-31—ConFluence, Box 3681, Pittsburgh PA 15230. http://confluence-sff.org/. Coraopolis (Pittsburgh Airport) PA. Neil Clarke, others.
29-Aug. 1—MythCon. https://www.mythsoc.org/mythcon/mythcon-52.htm. Albuquerque NM. Academic conference on high fantasy. The Mythic, the Fantastic, the Alien.
3-7—RKO Con. https://rkocon.com/. Hilton, Providence RI. Celebrating the 47th anniversary of the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
4-7—GenCon. https://www.gencon.com/. Indianapolis IN. Tabletop gaming. A huge con, over 50 years running.
5-7—CrossingsCon. https://crossingscon.org/. Montreal QC. Guests TBA. Literature, geekdom, Montreal. Universes we visit when we read
5-7—BritCon. https://www.britcon.org/. Hilton, Bellevue (Seattle) WA. Phil Segal, Paul McGann, others. Doctor Who and other British media.
5-7—Flashback Weekend. http://flashbackweekend.com/. Rosemont (Chicago) IL. Actor Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger). Horror film.
5-7—TitanCon. https://titancon.com/. Belfast NI. Jeanette Ng, Jodi Taylor, R. J. Sawyer, P. O'Guilin, Pat Cadigan, I. MacDonald, R. F. Long.
11-14—ConVergence. https://www.convergence-con.org/. Minneapolis MN. M. Kessen, B. Lawrence, J. Walsh, others. SF/fantasy in all media.
1-5—ChiCon 8. https://chicon.org. Hyatt Regency, Chicago IL. de Lint, F. Norman, Stern, Siclari, Newitz. World SF Con. $210.
17-20—Orlando NASFic Bid. https://orlandoin2023.org/. Orlando FL. Guests TBA. A bid to hold the North American SF Convention in 2023.
23-29—Chengdu (China) WorldCon. http://www.worldconinchina.com/. Chengdu, China. Guests TBA. Yes, WorldCon will be in China in 2023
8-12—Glasgow in 2024. https://glasgow2024.org. The Armadillo, Glasgow Scotland. Guests TBA. Unopposed bid, at press.
13-17—Seattle in 2025. https://seattlein2025.org. Convention Center, Seattle WA. Guests TBA. Dates estimated.