Conventional Calendar

by Erwin S. Strauss

The winter schedule has really grown—almost enough events to fill an entire column by themselves. I’m going to be at Arisia and Boskone. Also consider MarsCon, ChattaCon, CapriCon, ConDFW, ConDor, MystiCon. 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


10–13—Anime Los Angeles. 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: Ontario, CA (if city omitted, same as in address) at the Convention Center. Guests will include: Christopher Weicamp. One of the biggest anime conventions in the country.

11–13—IllogiCon. Embassy Suites and Hampton Inn, Raleigh-Durham Airport, Brier Creek, NC.

11–13—GAFilk. Crowne Plaza Airport, Atlanta, GA. Carla Ulbrich. SF, fantasy and horrorfolksinging.

17–20—ConFusion, c/o Box 8284, Ann Arbor, MI 48107. Sheraton, Novi MI. Ada Palmer. SF, fantasy, horror.

18–20—COSine, 3640 Arborview Ct., Colorado Springs, CO 80918. Denver, CO. Carrie Vaughn, Connie Willis.

18–20—MarsCon. Doubletree, Williamsburg VA. Catherynne Valente, Seanan McGuire (Mira Grant), Valentine Wolfe.

18–21—Arisia, 561 Windsor St., Somerville, MA 02143. Westin Waterfront, Boston, MA. D. J. Older, M. Older, the Trimbles.

25–27—ChattaCon, Box 23908, Chattanooga, TN 37422. Chattanooga TN. Zahn, C. Urbach, T. Waggoner, D. A. Lewis.

25–27—ConFlikt. Doubletree, SeaTac WA. Leslie Hudson, Lauren Cox, PDX Broadsides. SF, fantasy, horror folksinging.


1–3—Foolscap, c/o Box 31891, Seattle WA 98103. Seatac (Seattle) WA. Nancy Kress. Written SF/fantasy/horror, art.

1–3—UK Nat’l. Filk Con. Colchester, UK. Chantelle Smith, Cheshire Moon. SF, fantasy, and horror folksinging.

8–10—FarPoint, 11709 Troy Ct., Waldorf MD 20601. Hunt Valley (Baltimore) MD. W. Shawn, R. Paulsen. Star Trek.

8–18—SF Film Festival. Somerville Theatre, Somerville (Boston) MA. SF, fantasy and horror film.

14–16—Life, the Universe and Everything. Provo, UT. Author Kelly Barnhill, illustrator Brett Helquist.

14–17—CapriCon, 126 E. Wing #244, Arlington Heights IL 60004. Westin, Wheeling, IL. Seanan McGuire (Mira Grant).

15–17—Boskone, Box 809, Framingham MA 01701. (617) 625-2311. Westin Waterfront, Boston, MA. Elizabeth Hand.

15–17—ConDFW. Radisson, Fossil Creek (Ft. Worth) TX. Charlaine Harris, Yoon Ha Lee.

15–17—KatsuCon. Gaylord Hotel, National Harbor, MD (Washington, DC). Many guests. A major East Coast anime con.

16—PicoCon. Imperial College Blackett Bldg., London, UK.

22–24—ConDor, Box 15771, San Diego CA 92075. A long-running general SF, fantasy and horror convention.

22–24—MystiCon. Holiday Inn—Tanglewood, Roanoke, VA. Robert Picardo, Jody Lynn Nye, Steve Jackson.

22–24—ConNooga. Convention Center and Chattanoogan Hotel, Chattanooga, TN. A multi-fandom convention.

22–24—Escapade. Embassy Suites LAX North, Los Angeles, CA. Female-oriented adults-only convention.

MARCH 2019

1–3—WhimsyCon. Hyatt Tech Center, Denver, CO. Author and artist Roberto Calas, costumer Erin Card. Steampunk.

8–10—FogCon, c/o Box 21027, Piedmont CA 94620. Walnut Creek (San Francisco) CA. B. Chambers, Karen Joy Fowler.

15–17—MidSouthCon, c/o Box 17724, Memphis, TN 38187. Tim Zahn, S. Flegal, T. Nguyen. J. Beall, J. J. Miller.

16–17—SwampCon. Gainesville, FL. Emily Stanton, Rachel Seaman (Seoulmates), Bill Hatfield, B. Yandell. Multi-genre.


15—Dublin: An Irish WorldCon. Convention Center, Dublin Ireland. J. B. Burnell, G. Buchanan. WorldCon. e16.


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.