Conventional Calendar

by Erwin S. Strauss

The 2021 World SF Convention has been definitely scheduled as an in-person event in December! See you there? Remember to check with convention organizers before making final plans in case of late cancels. 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


19-21—Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia. For info, write: 10 Hill St. #22-L, Newark NJ 07102. Or phone: (973) 242-5999 (10 am to 10 pm, not collect). (Web) (E-mail) Con will be held in: Hunt Valley (Baltimore) MD (if city omitted, same as in address). Guests will include: Jerry (Beaver) Mathers, others. Pop culture.

19-22—PulpFest, c/o 1272 Cheatham Way, Bellbrook OH 45305. Pittsburgh PA. Old-time pulp magazine fans.

20-22—BuboniCon, 933 San Mateo Blvd. NE, #500-208, Albuquerque NM 97108. Marriott Uptown. SF & fantasy.

20-22—ReuniCon. Hague, Netherlands. Reunion for the 1990 WorldCon in the Hague.

20-22—TitanCon. Hilton, Belfast NI. Robert J. Sawyer, Jeanette Ng, Jodi Taylor.


2-6—DragonCon, Box 16459, Atlanta GA 30321. 404669-0773. Atlanta GA. Comics, media. Usually 5-figure crowd.

3-6—CoKoCon, Box 67457, Phoenix AZ 85082. This will be a virtual convention: online only.

4-6—Narrativity. Crowne Plaza, Plymouth (Minneapolis) MN. All about storytelling, and not just for writers.

9—Ig Nobel Prizes. Harvard U., Cambridge (Boston) MA. Achievements that make people LAUGH, then THINK.

9-12—Windy City Pulp and Paper Con. Old pulps. Celebrate Black Mask +100 years, Astounding+90.

10-12—Browncoat Ball. Sheraton, Wakefield (Boston) MA. Fans of the work of Joss Whedon (Firefly, Serenity).

17-19—FenCon, Box 701448, Dallas TX 75370. Sheraton DFW, Irving (Dallas) TX. A.-T. Castro, musician J. Krangle.

24-26—RustyCon. Hilton, Bellevue (Seattle) WA. Todd McCaffrey, Steve Fahnestalk, Cat Rambo, many others.

30-Oct. 3—Gaslight Steampunk Expo. Mission Valley Marriott, San Diego CA. Like it says: steampunk.


1-3—CapClave, c/o Scheiner, 1518 N. Edison, Arlington VA 22205. Rockville MD (near DC). Eric Flint.

1-3—Archon. Collinsville IL (near St. Louis MO). Alma Katsu, Tai Taeoalii, Jonathan Maberry, Evil Ted, D. Ferguson.

1-3—Ireland National Con. SF, fantasy and horror. This convention will be virtual: online only.

8-10—Ireland Discworld Con. Dublin Ireland. C. Smythe, P. Harkin, R. A. Rowlands. Works of Terry Pratchett.

15-17—ICon, 308 E. Burlington #300, Iowa City IA 52240. Cedar Rapids IA. A general SF, fantasy, horror con.

15-17—ValleyCon, Box 7202, Fargo ND 58106. Ramada. Actor Gigi Edgerly. An SF, fantasy and horror convention.


15-19—DisCon 3. Washington DC. Nancy Kress, Malka Older, others. The WorldCon for 2021. $200.


1-5—ChiCon 8. Hyatt Regency Chicago. de Lint, F. Norman, Stern, Siclari, A. Newitz, J. Anders. World SF Con. $170


2-6—Chengdu (China) WorldCon bid. Chengdu, China. Guests TBA.

2-6—Memphis in 2023 WorldCon bid. Convention Center, Memphis TN. Guests TBA. Voted on at DisCon III in 2021


8-12—Glasgow in 2024 WorldCon bid. The Armadillo, Glasgow Scotland. Guests TBA. Unopposed bid, at press.


8-12—Glasgow in 2024 WorldCon bid. The Armadillo, Glasgow Scotland. Guests TBA. Unopposed bid, at press.


7-11—Seattle in 2025 WorldCon bid. Seattle WA. Guests TBA. Dates estimated.

7-11—Brisbane in 2025 WorldCon. Brisbane Australia. Guests TBA. Dates estimated.

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