by Erwin S. Strauss
It’s time for our annual holiday look into the winter convention season. I plan to be at Arisia and Boskone, as well as the observance of the hundredth anniversary of the birth of Isaac Asimov; see you there? Plan 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
4—Asimov Centennial Meetup. For info, write: c/o Sheridan, 500 E. 77th St. #3314, New York NY 10162. Or phone: (973) 242-5999 (10 a.m. to 10 p.m., not collect). (Web) www.tiny.cc/asimov100. (E-mail) firstname.lastname@example.org. Con will be held in: Brooklyn, NY (if city omitted, same as in address). Guests will include: Our editor Sheila Williams, and me. Isaac Asimov’s 100th birthday.
9–12—Anime Los Angeles. www.animelosangeles.org. Convention Center and Doubletree, Ontario (airport) CA. Anime.
10–12—GAFilk. www.gafilk.org. Crowne Plaza Airport, Atlanta GA. L. Cox, T. Kimberley, S. Mordyk. SF, fantasy and horror folksinging.
17–19—COSine, 3640 Arborview Ct., Colorado Springs CO 80918. www.firstfridayfandom.org/cosine. Denver CO. Flint, Willis, Charlifu.
17–19—MarsCon (VA). www.marscon.net. Williamsburg VA. Scott Lynch, David Weber. Not connected with the MarsCon in Minnesota.
17–20—Arisia, 519 Somerville Ave., Somerville MA 02143. www.arisia.org. Westin Waterfront, Boston MA. Arthur Chu, many others.
17–20—ConFusion, c/o Box 8284, Ann Arbor MI 48107. www.confusionsf.org. Dearborn Doubletree, Detroit MI. Ada Palmer, others.
24–26—ChattaCon, Box 23908, Chattanooga TN 37422. www.chattacon.org. Doubletree. Big Daddy Voodoo, Melissa Gay, Faith Hunter.
24–26—ConFlikt. www.conflikt.org. Airport Doubletree, Seattle WA. C. Moon, D. Festi, A. Slomani. SF, fantasy, and horror folksinging.
7–9—Foolscap, c/o Box 31891, Seattle WA 98103. www.foolscap.org. Hilton, Seatac (Seattle) WA. Written SF, and art.
7–9—UK Filk Con. www.contabile.org.uk/demisemiquaver. Best Western Marks Tey, Colchester UK. SF, fantasy, and horror folksinging.
7–17—Sci Fi Film Festival. www.bostonscifi.com. Somerville Theater, Somerville MA. Festival of science fiction films.
13–16—CapriCon, 126 E. Wing #244, Arlington Heights IL 60004. www.capricon.org. Westin, Wheeling (Chicago) IL. Buckell, Trungles.
14–16—Boskone, Box 809, Framingham MA 01701. (617) 625-2311. www.boskone.org. Westin Waterfront, Boston MA. K. S. Robinson.
14–16—RadCon, Box 370, 1761 Geo. Washington Way, Richland WA 99354. www.radcon.org. Pasco WA. Herb Leonhard, Sharkie Kitty.
14–16—AnachroCon. www.anachrocon.com. Airport Hilton, Atlanta GA. Alternate history. “The Roaring Twenties” is the theme this year.
14–16—KatsuCon. www.katsucon.org. Gaylord Hotel, National Harbor MD (near Washington DC). Anime, gaming and Japanese culture.
21–23—Farpoint. www.farpointcon.com. Delta, Hunt Valley (Baltimore) MD. Mary Chieffo, P. J. Jerald. Star Trek and SF media.
21–23—ConNooga. www.connooga.com. Convention Center, Chattanooga TN. Guests TBA. Multi-fandom pop culture event.
21–23—Escapade. www.escapadecon.net. Embassy Suites LAX North, Los Angeles CA. Alternative sexuality in SF, fantasy and horror.
28–Mar. 1—MystiCon. www.mysticon-va.com. Holiday Inn Tanglewood, Roanoke VA. Daniel Logan, others. Media SF, fantasy and horror.
28–Mar. 1—MarsCon (MN), c/o Box 23213, Eagan MN 55121. www.marscon.org. Bloomington MN. Not connected to MarsCon in Virginia.
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.
2–6—Nice (France) WorldCon bid. http://worldconinfrance.org/en/. The Acropolis, Nice, France. Guests TBA. Bidding unopposed, at press.