by Erwin S. Strauss
The North American SF Con and the WorldCon are almost upon us. It’s time to make sure your membership, and travel and lodging arrangements, are in order. Till then, there are a lot of other great events. 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
21–22—Pure Speculation. 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) www.purespec.org. (E-mail) firstname.lastname@example.org. Con will be held in: Edmonton AB (if city omitted, same as in address) at the Alberta Avenue Community Hall. Guests will include: none announced at press. A friendly little SF/fantasy festival.
21–23—CrossingsCon. www.crossingscon.org. Montreal QC. Diane Duane, Mark Oshiro, Kate Howells. For Harry Potter fans.
21–23—Magic City Con. www.magiccitycon.com. Hyatt Winfrey, Birmingham AL. Star Wars, Star Trek, Dr. Who.
21–24—MidWestCon. www.cfg.org/midwestcon. Doubletree Blue Ash, Sharonville (Cincinnati) OH. Low-key relax-a-con.
21–24—SF Research Association Conference. www.sfra.org. Chaminade University, Honolulu HI. Nalo Hpokinson. Academic conference.
27–30—MythMoot. www.mythgard.org/events. National Conference Center, Leesburg VA (near Washington DC). Theme this year: Dragons.
28–30—LibertyCon. www.libertycon.org. Marriott, Chattanooga TN. A general SF, fantasy and horror con.
28–30—Locus Awards Weekend. www.locusmag.com/2019-locus-awards-weekend. Seattle WA. Connie Willis, Elizabeth Hand.
28–30—New York Faerie Festival. www.nyfaeriefest.com. Ouaquaga NY. Think of a renaissance fair for the faerie folk. Outdoors.
1–4—NE Conference on Science & Skepticism. www.necss.org. Fashion Institute of Technology, New York NY. Debunking fake science.
4–7—North American SF Con/WesterCon. www.spikecon.org. Layton (Salt Lake) UT. D. Weber, L. Hamilton.
4–7—ConVergence. http://convergence-con.org. Hyatt Downtown, Minneapolis MN. Media SF/fantasy.
4–7—AnthroCon. www.anthrocon.org. Pittsburgh PA. Anthropomorphics/furries. Theme: Surf Pacific.
5–7—InConJunction, Box 68514, Indianapolis IN 46268. www.inconjunction.org. Marriott East. Terry Pavlet, Jolly Blackburn, M. Parks.
11–14—ReaderCon, Box 65, Watertown MA 02471. www.readercon.org. Quincy (Boston) MA. T. Due. Written SF, fantasy and horror.
12–14—Ad Astra. http://ad-astra.org. Sheraton Parkway North, Richmond Hill (Toronto) ON. General SF, fantasy and horror con.
12–14—ConGregate. http://con-gregate.com. Red Lion, High Point (Raleigh) NC. E. Flint, M. Stackpole, T. Weisskopf, V. Wolfe.
12–14—Shore Leave, Box 6809, Towson MD 21285. http://shore-leave.com. Marriott, Hunt Valley (Baltimore) MD. Star Trek and SF media.
17–19—Comic Con International, c/o Box 128458, San Diego CA 92112. http://comic-con.org/cci. San Diego CA. Six-figure attendance.
18–21—Misti-Con. http://misti-con.org. Doubletree, Tarrytown NY. “Wizarding Through the Ages.” For Harry Potter fans.
26–28—ConFluence, Box 3681, Pittsburgh PA 15230. http://confluence-sff.org. Coraopolis (Pittsburgh) PA. Tobias Buckell, Moonwulf.
26–28—DiversiCon, c/o Box 8036, Minneapolis MN 55408. www.diversicon.org. Best Western Como Park, St. Paul MN. N. Shawl, B. Huset.
1–4—DumDum. www.erbzine.com/dumdum. Holiday Inn Express, Wilcox AZ. Bob Boze Bell. For fans of Tarzan and Edgar Rice Burroughs.
2–4—ArmadilloCon, Box 26442, Austin TX 78755. http://armadillocon.org. Omni Southpark. Rebecca Roanhorse, M. R. Marseca, D. Tolliver.
2–4—Myths and Legends. www.malcondenver.org. Ramada Plaza Denver N., Denver CO. Leslie Hudson, David J. Peterson, Veronica Calisto.
2–5—MythCon. www.mythsoc.org. San Diego CA. John Crowley, V. Flieger. High fantasy (C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Charles Williams).
8–11—SpaceFest. www.spacefest.info. Astronauts Michael Collins (Apollo 11), Al Worden (Apollo 15), others, Tucson AZ. Space development.
9–11—SpoCon. www.spocon.org. Davenport Hotel, Spokane WA. General SF, fantasy and horror con.
9–11—When Words Collide, c/o 1835 10th Ave. SW, Calgary AB T3C 0KT. www.whenwordscollide.org. de Lint, K. Flannery, L. Mangum.
15–19—Dublin: An Irish WorldCon. http://dublin2019.com. Convention Centre, Dublin Ireland. J. Burnell, G. Buchanan. WorldCon. €235.
22–25—EuroCon/TitanCon. www.titancon.com. Belfast, NI. George R. R. Martin, Pat Cadigan. The European Continental Con for 2019.
12–15—Wellington (New Zealand) WorldCon. www.nzin2020.org. Bidding unopposed, at press.
11–15—Washington DC WorldCon. www.dcin2021.org. Marriott Wardman Park, Washington DC. Dates estimated. Bidding unopposed, at press.
10–14—Chicago WorldCon. http://www.worldcon.org/worldcon-bids/. Dates estimated. Bidding unopposed, at press.