Conventional Calendar

by Erwin S. Strauss

Easter is coming up soon, a big weekend for cons. Norwescon, MiniCon and the UK National Con are long-time traditions on this weekend. I’m considering being at MystiCon or MarsCon; definitely at HELIOsphere. 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


21-23—FarPoint. For info, write: 11709 Troy Ct., Waldorf MD 20601. Or phone: (973) 242-5999 (10 am to 10 pm, not collect). (Web) (E-mail)  Con will be held in: Hunt Valley (Baltimore) MD (if city omitted, same as in address) at the Delta by Marriott. Guests will include: P . J. Jerald, A. Montgomery, M. Chieffe. Star Trek and other SF media.

21-23—ConNooga.  Convention Center and Chattanoogan Hotel (code CNG), Chattanooga TN. Multi-fandom convention.

21-23—Escapade. Embassy Suites by Hilton LAX North, Los Angeles CA. Female-oriented adults-only convention.

28-Mar. 1—MystiCon.  Holiday Inn - Tanglewood, Roanoke VA. Jenn DePaola, Bill Mulligan, R. Sigfrit, D. Logan.

28-Mar. 1—MarsCon. Hilton Mall of America, Bloomington (Minneapolis) MN. D. Eklund, K. Sullivan, L. Ski, P . Kunkle.

28-Mar. 1—WhimsyCon.  Hyatt Tech Center, Denver CO. M. A. Drake, P . Charlifu, musician Unwoman. Steampunk

MARCH 2020

6-8—Horror Realm.  Pittsburgh PA. T. Shepsis, T. Moran, C. Williams, P . Tallman, J. Aronson. Modern horror.

6-8—CoastCon, Box 1423, Biloxi MS 38533. Biloxi MS. Seanan McGuire (Mira Grant), M. Gay. Gaming, cosplay, fandom.

6-8—FogCon, c/o Box 21027, Piedmont CA 94620. Walnut Creek (San Francisco) CA. Mary Anne Mohanraj, Nisi Shawl.

12-14—GLVWG Writers Conference. Google “GLVWG writers conference” (very long URL). Lehigh Valley PA. Workshop.

13-16—CostumeCon. Montreal QC. Cynthia Jones. Costumers’ big annual meet. Many contests, on and off stage.

18-21—Int’l. Conf. on the Fantastic in the Arts.  Airport Marriott, Orlando FL. Academic conference. .

20-22—FantaSciCon, 395 Stancil Rd., Rossville GA 30741.  L. Correia, C. Gannon, Dave Butler, Doug Dandridge.

20-22—ConSonance.  Crowne Plaza, Milpitas (San Jose) CA. T. J. and M. Burnside Clapp. SF/fantasy folksinging.

20-22—RevelCon. Wyndham Houston West Energy Corridor Hotel, Houston TX. Adult (“slash”) fanzines.

20-23—GrangeCon.  Eden Resort, Lancaster PA. No celebrity guests. Low-key SF and fantasy relax-a-con.

APRIL 2020

3-5—HELIOsphere, Box 3744, New York NY 10163.  Tarrytown NY . Claudia Christian, Peter & K. O’S. David.

9-12—Norwescon, c/o 100 Andover Park W., #150-#165, Tukwila WA 98188.  Seattle WA. J. Carey, Sana Takeda.

10-12—MiniCon, Box 8297, Minneapolis MN 55408.  Doubletree Park Place, St. Louis Park MN. Jo Walton.

10-12—LepreCon, Box 26665, Tempe AZ 85285.  Chandler (Phoenix) AZ. Artist David Ayres. Emphasizing SF art.

10-12—Anime Boston.  Boston MA. Guests TBA. Five-figure attendance expected.

10-13—UK Nat’l. Con. Hilton Metropole Hotel, Birmingham UK. Alison Scott, Rhianna Pratchett, Tade Thompson.


29-2—CoNZealand, Box 15483, Wellington Wgn6243, New Zealand. Wellington NZ. G. R. R. Martin. WorldCon. NZ$425.


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


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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