Conventional Calendar

by Erwin S. Strauss

Don't forget: the New Zealand WorldCon and Columbus NASFiC are coming up. Also consider WesterCon, InConJunction, ReaderCon (I'll be there; BCNU?), ConGregate, ConFluence, ConVergence and ArmadilloCon. 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

JUNE 2020

17-20—Origins. For info, write: 240 N. 5th #340, Columbus OH 43215. Or phone: (973) 242-5999 (10 am to 10 pm, not collect). (Web) (E-mail) Con will be held in: Columbus OH (if city omitted, same as in address) at the Convention Center. Guests will include: Author Maurice Broaddus, cosplayer Monica Paprocki. Big tabletop gaming convention.

19-21—4th St. Fantasy. Doubletree Park Place, St. Louis Park MN. The Dark Fantastic.

24-28—DumDum. San Antonio TX. Celebrating the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs (Tarzan, John Carter, etc.).

JULY 2020

2-5—WesterCon, Box 61363, Sunnyvale CA 94088. Convention Center, Tonopah NV. Long-running western con.

3-5—InConJunction, Box 68514, Indianapolis IN 46268. Marriott East. Tom Smith, Katie Mack, more.

3-5—Northeast Filk, c/o 3970 52nd St. #GD, Woodside NY 11377. Crowne Plaza, Danbury CT. SF/fantasy folksinging.

8-11—SF Research Association. Bloomington IN. Tavia Nyong'o,  Kate Marshall. Academic conference.

9-12—ReaderCon, Box 65, Watertown MA 02471. Quincy (Boston) MA. Ford, Vernon. Written SF, fantasy, horror.

9-12—SpaceFest. Tucson. Eighteen astronauts will attend. Space development conference.

10-12—Shore Leave, Box 6809, Towson MD 21285. Delta Hunt Valley. Many actor guests. Star Trek, SF media.

10-12—Finland National Con. Tampere Finland. Diane Duane, M. R. Carey, others. SF, fantasy and horror.

16-20—Camp NECon, c/o 365 Columbus Ave., Pawtucket RI 02861. Salem MA. Tananarive Due, P. D. Cacek.

17-19—ConGregate. Marriott, Winston-Salem NC. T. Zahn, A. Wold. "A Perfect Vision of the Future" is the theme.

17-20—OzCon, c/o 490 Railroad Ave., Mt. Angel OR 97362. Pomona (LA) CA. L. Frank Baum's works.

23-26—Comic Con International, c/o Box 128458, San Diego CA 92112. San Diego CA. Six-figure attendance.

24-26—ConFluence, Box 3681, Pittsburgh PA 15230. Coraopolis PA. Martha Wells, Tim Griffin, Rachel Swirsky.

24-Aug. 9—Pennsic War, 205 Curry Rd., Slippery Rock PA 16057. Cooper's Lake. Medieval re-enactment.

29-Aug. 2—CoNZealand, Box 15483, Wellington Wgn6243, New Zealand. Wellington NZ. A virtual WorldCon.

30-Aug. 2—GenCon, 120 Lafayette Ave. #100, Seattle WA 98122. Indianapolis IN. Big gaming con.

31-Aug. 3—MythCon. Albuquerqe NM. Academic conference on high fantasy. The Mythic, the Fantastic, the Alien.


7-9—DiversiCon, c/o Box 8036, Minneapolis MN 55408. Crowne Plaza, Plymouth MN. M. Merriam, A. Staffin-Wiebe.

7-9—ArmadilloCon, Box 26442, Austin TX 78755. Artist Priscilla Kim, fans Clif and Margaret Davis. SF/fantasy.

14-16—When Words Collide, c/o 1835 10th Ave. SW, Calgary AB T3C 0KT. Cathy Ace, Fonda Lee, others.

20-23—North American SF Con, c/o SOLAE, Box 30664, Columbus OH 43230. (606) 261-6459. Hyatt.

20-23—ConVergence. Hyatt, Minneapolis MN. Legends and myths in SF and fantasy.

28-30—BuboniCon, 933 San Mateo Blvd. NE, #500-208, Albuquerque NM 97108. Becky Chambers, K. DeCandido.


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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