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 MarCon, 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 folk songs, 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 2021

23-25—PenguiCon. 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: Southfield (Detroit) MI (if city omitted, same as in address) at the Westin. Guests will include: to be determined. Convention for SF and open-source software.

23-26—CostumeCon. Doubletree, San Jose CA. This convention has been postponed until 2023.

30-May 2—DemiCon. Holiday Inn Northwest, Des Moines IA. SF, fantasy, gaming, super manga, comics, animation.

30-May 2—Malice Domestic. Near Washington DC. Julia Spencer-Fleming, Rhys Bowen, Jeff Cohen, others.

MAY 2021

7—Book Festival. City Hall grounds, Gaithersburg MD. Books of all kinds. Daytime events free.

7-9—AtomaCon. Hilton Garden Inn, N. Charleston SC. Catherine Asaro, Gail Z. Martin, John Hartness. SF and fantasy.

7-9—MarCon, Box 141414, Columbus OH 43214. Carrie Vaughn, Sara Felix, W. Rumpf. Multiple aternative realities.

20-23—FroliCon. Downtown Sheraton, Atlanta GA. Where nerdy meets naughty.

27-30—MomoCon. Atlanta GA. Phil LaMarr, Jonah Scott, Todrick Hall. Geek culture convention for all ages.

28-30—ConQuest. Sheraton Crown Center, Kansas City MO. The future is now (and then). SF and fantasy.

28-31—BaltiCon, c/o BSFS, Box 686, Baltimore MD 21203. Renaissance Harborplace Hotel. Seanan McGuire, others.

28-31—MisCon, Box 7271, Missoula MT 59807. Charlaine Harris, Patricia Briggs, Dan dos Santos. Carnival of wonders.

JUNE 2021

11-13—AnimeNEXT. This will be a virtual (online only) convention.

18-20—Magic City Con. Birmingham AL. Cosplay, gaming, SF, pop culture.

25-27—SoonerCon, 1848 Hemingway Dr., Edmond OK 75013. Midwest City OK. SF, fantasy and horror convention.

25-27—LibertyCon, Box 695, Hixson TN 37343. Marriott, Chattanooga TN. Patricia Briggs, others. SF and fantasy.

25-27—New York Faerie Festival. Ouaquaga NY. Think of a Renaissance Faire for the faerie folk. Outdoors.

JULY 2021

1-4—Westercon. Doubletree by Hilton Seattle Airport, Seattle WA. The long-running western SF and fantasy con.

1-4—InConJunction, Box 68514, Indianapolis IN 46268. Scientist Katie Mack, singer/songwriter Tom Smith.

9-11—ConGregate. Downtown Marriott, Winston-Salem NC. Timothy Zahn, Michael Stackpole, editor Toni Weisskopf.

9-11—Shore Leave, Box 6809, Towson MD 21285. Brent Spiner. Gates McFadden, others. Star Trek and SF media.

15-18—Space Fest. Marriott Starr Pass Resort and Spa, Tucson AZ. Astronauts, others. Space development.


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


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


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

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.

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