Conventional Calendar

by Erwin S. Strauss

Lots of cons in the North American heartland this time. My picks: ConStellation, DemiCon, MarCon, KeyCon, Escape Velocity, BaltiCon (where I’ll be), BayCon, ConQuest, MisCon, Oasis, and ConCarolinas. Whew! 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

APRIL 2019

26–28—ConStellation. 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: Lincoln NE (if city omitted, same as in address at the Marriott Cornhusker. Guests will include: Julie Czerneda, Zach Woolsey, L. Murrell. Do Androids Dream of Electric Boogaloo.

26–28—JordanCon. Crowne Plaza Ravinia, Atlanta GA. Brent Weeks, Dan does Santos. The works of Robert Jordan.

26–28—OmegaCon. The Lodge at Crooked Lake, Siren WI. Low-key relax-a-con. No invited guests.

27–28—Vermont Sci-Fi and Fantasy Expo. Champlain Valley Exposition, Burlington VT.

MAY 2019

2–5—Corflu. Cambria Hotel, Rockville MD (Washington DC). For fans of old-time, and current, fanzines. FAAn awards.

3–5—DemiCon. Holiday Inn NW, Des Moines IA. Authors Gail Carriger and Joe Haldeman, artist John Picacio.

3–5—WhoLanta. Hilton Airport, Atlanta GA. Costumes and props person Robert Allsopp. Doctor Who.

3–5—Malice Domestic. Marriott Bethesda North, Bethesda MD (near DC). For fans of English-style mysteries.

3–5—PenguiCon. Westin, Southfield (Detroit) MI. For fans of open source software and hardware, and SF.

9–12—StokerCon. Amway Grand Plaza, Grand Rapids MI. Horror Writers of America annual meet. Public invited.

10–12—MarCon, Box 141414, Columbus OH 43214. Crowne Plaza North, Worthington OH. C. Gannon, K.J. Anderson.

10–12—OutLantaCon. Atlanta GA. For LGBTQ+ fans and their friends.

16–19—Nebula Weekend. Los Angeles CA. William Gibson. Nebula awards presented.

17–19—KeyCon, Box 3178, Winnipeg MB R3C 4E6. Radisson. 50th anniversary of Monty Python, 40th of Mad Max.

19–20—Asia-Pacific SF Con. Chengdu, China. Liu Cixin, Han Song. “Future of the Imagination Industry” is theme.

24–26—Escape Velocity. Marriott Gaylord, National Harbor MD (near Washington DC). Greg Bear, David Brin.

24–27—BaltiCon, c/o BSFS, Box 686, Baltimore MD 21203. Renaissance Harborplace. Elizabeth Bear, Greg Benford.

24–27—BayCon, Box 62108, Sunnyvale CA 94088. Marriott, San Mateo (SFO) CA. Long-running bay area con.

24–27—MediWest*Con, 200 E. Thomas, Lansing MI 48906. Ramada, Lansing MI. Fan oriented. No media guests.

24–27—ConQuest. Sheraton Crown Center, Kansas City MO. Timothy Zahn, Charles Urbach, J. and J. Liang.

24–27—MisCon, Box 7271, Missoula MT 59807. Holiday Inn Downtown, Missoula MT.

24–27—WisCon, Box 1624, Madison WI 53701. Concourse Hotel. G. Willow Wilson, Charlie Jane Anders. Feminism and SF.

31–June 2—ConCarolinas. Hilton University Place, Charlotte NC. Tory Belleci (of Mythbusters), David Weber.

31–June 2—Oasis, c/o OASFiS, Box 323, Goldenrod FL 32733. Sheraton North, Orlando FL. Adam-Troy Castro.

31–June 2—New Zealand National Con. Rotorua NZ. Alan Baxter, Ava Fairhall, Paul Mannering.

JUNE 2019

6–9—Int’l. Space Development Conference. Sheraton Pentagon City, Arlington VA (near DC). Space development.

7–9—WhedonCon. LAX Hilton, Los Angeles CA. David Fury, Dagney Kerr. Celebrating the works of Joss Whedon.

7–10—Australia National Con. Melbourne, Australia. Kate Elliott, Ken Liu.

12–16—Origins, 240 N. 5th #340, Columbus OH 43215. Convention Center, Columbus OH. Big game con.


15—Dublin: An Irish WorldCon. Convention Center, Dublin Ireland. J. B. Burnell, G. Buchanan. WorldCon. €210.

12–15—CoNZealand. Wellington NZ. G.R.R. Martin, M. Lackey, L. Dixon, G. Broadmore, R. Mitchell. WorldCon. US $200.


12–15—Wellington (New Zealand) WorldCon. Bidding unopposed, at press.


11–15—Washington DC WorldCon. Marriott Wardman Park, Washington DC. Dates estimated. Bidding unopposed, at press.


10–14—Chicago WorldCon. Dates estimated. Bidding unopposed, at press.

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