Conventional Calendar

by Erwin S. Strauss

Picks this time are ICon, PhilCon (where I’ll be), OryCon, TusCon, ConTraflow, WindyCon, LosCon, Arisia (me again) and ConFusion. And if you’re going to be in Britain this November, try ArmadaCon and NovaCon. 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


24–27—Sirens Conference. 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: Inverness (near Denver) CO (if city omitted, same as in address) at the Hilton. Guests will include: Mishell Baker, Rebecca Roanhorse. Women in fantasy literature.

25–27—Hal-Con. Convention Centre, Halifax NS. Guy Gavriel Kay, others. Atlantic Canada’s biggest, geekiest sci-fi con.

25–27—Ohio Valley Filk Fest. Doubletree, Worthington (Columbus) OH. Playing Rapunzel, others. SF/fantasy folksinging.

26—BristolCon. Doubletree, Bristol UK. Diane Duane, Gareth L. Powell, artist Andy Bigwood.

31–Nov. 3—World Fantasy. Marriott LAX, Los Angeles CA. Robert Silverberg, others. The WorldCon for fantasy fans.

31–Nov. 3—BoucherCon. Dallas TX. Peter Lovesey, Hank Phillippi, others. The WorldCon for crime-fiction fans.


1–3—Icon, 308 E. Burlington #300, Iowa City IA 52240. Marriott, Cedar Rapids IA. SF, fantasy, and horror con.

1–2—Geek Gala. Noah’s Event Venue, Charlotte NC. Mikey Mason, Valentine Wolfe, Tally Johnson, Metricula, Rich Sigfrit.

1–3—ArmadaCon. Future Inns, Plymouth UK. Mark Sinclair, Rose Lilith, others TBA.

1–3—Anime USA. Marriott Wardman Park, Washington DC. Xanthe Huynh, Faye Mata, Daman Mills. Anime.

8–10—PhilCon, Box 8303, Philadelphia PA 19101. Crowne Plaza Marlton Pike, Cherry Hill NJ. Tim Pratt. Since 1936.

8–10—OryCon, c/o Box 5464, Portland OR 97228. Red Lion Jantzen Beach. CJ Cherryh, Cecelia Eng, Dragon Dronet.

8–10—TusCon, c/o Box 2528, Tucson AZ 85702. Sheraton. Jonathan Maberry, others. SF, fantasy, horror.

8–10—NovaCon, 375 Myrtle Rd., Sheffield S2 3HQ, UK. Nottingham UK. Mike Carey, others. Annual since 1971.

10–15—Interstellar Workshop. Wichita KS. David Brin, Toni Weisskopf, others. Space development.

15–17—ConTraflow. Airport Hilton, Kenner (New Orleans) LA. SF, fantasy and horror con.

15–18—WindyCon, c/o Box 166, Crystal Lake IL 60014. Westin, Lombard (Chicago) IL. Elizabeth Moon, others.

22–24—AtomaCon. Hilton Garden Inn, N. Charleston SC. Mike Cole, Faith Hunter, Gail Z. Martin.

29–Dec. 1—LosCon. Marriott LAX, Los Angeles CA. Howard Waldrop, Karl Kofoed, Edie Stern, Steven Barnes, others.

29–Dec. 1—ChamBanaCon, c/o Box 2908, Springfield IL 62708. Relax-a-con.


6–8—SMOFCon. Hyatt Regency, Albuquerque NM. Mike Willmoth, others. Convention organizers meet to talk shop.


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.


2–6—Nice (France) WorldCon bid. The Acropolis, Nice, France. Guests TBA. Bidding unopposed, at press.