WisCon 43 was held May 24-27, 2019 at the Concourse Hotel in balmy Madison WI, with Charlie Jane Anders and G. Willow Wilson as guests of honor. There were 940 full memberships sold, plus 51 teen/youth/child memberships (including many donated and assisted memberships). Programming offered 109 panels, solo presentations, and roundtables, focused on SF/F literature, diversity, feminism, disability, criticism, and more. There were 14 group readings plus GoH readings for ...Read MoreRead more
Columbus 2020 NASFiC has won the bid to host the next North American Science Fiction Convention (NASFiC), to be held August 20-23, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel and Convention Center in Columbus OH. There were no other registered candidates.
Confirmed guests of honor include author guests Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, artist guest Stephanie Pui-Mun Law, editor guest Christopher J. Garcia, science guest Marc Millis, fan guests Sue ...Read MoreRead more
The 2019 SFWA Nebula Conference was held May 16-19 at the Warner Center Marriott Woodland Hills in sunny California for the first of two years. There were 465 warm bodies of the record-breaking 475 registered members, compared to 356 in 2018. The hotel was comfortable, with spacious mingling areas, a well-appointed bar, and eateries within a few (albeit large) blocks.
Each attendee received a logo-adorned bag stuffed with books. The ...Read MoreRead more
This year marks the 10th Anniversary of Hal-Con Japan, which took place at the Kawasaki International Center, April 13-14, 2019, with international guest of honor Lavie Tidhar and Japanese guest of honor Misato Hisa. Past years have included writers like Ken Liu, Ann Leckie, Hannu Rajaniemi, Joe Haldeman, and Alastair Reynolds, with the goal of broadening the science fiction community here in Japan and fostering a more inclusive approach to ...Read MoreRead more
Norwescon 42 was held April 18-21, 2019 in SeaTac WA at the DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport. The theme was “Never Forget Your Towel.” Guests of honor were Mary Robinette Kowal (writer), Tran Nguyen (artist), Dan Koboldt (science), and Nancy Pearl (special guest). Subterranean Press was the spotlight publisher, represented by COO and managing editor Yanni Kuznia. Neil Clarke was honored professional.
Norwescon 43 will be held April 9-12, 2020 ...Read MoreRead more
The fifth Bay Area Book Festival took place May 4-5, 2019 in Berkeley CA, with keynotes, interviews, and panels held on ten indoor stages. The festival also included an Outdoor Fair in Martin Luther King, Jr. Civic Center Park with over 200 exhibitors and free programming, including many events for children. Books were available for sale through various independent bookstore partners.
The festival included over 300 speakers and panelists, with ...Read MoreRead more
StokerCon, sponsored by the Horror Writers Association, was held at the Amway Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids MI, May 9-12, 2019. Guests of honor were Josh Boone (who was unable to attend), Kathe Koja, Josh Malerman, Robert R. McCammon, Kaaron Warren, and Stephanie M. Wytovich; Jonathan Maberry was emcee, giving a “moving opening speech” and keeping the “pace of the awards brisk.” Graham Masterton was the recipient of the Lifetime ...Read MoreRead more
Voting has opened for the 2021 Worldcon site selection, with ballots available on the Dublin 2019 — An Irish Worldcon website. Voting is open to Full Attending, Young Adult, First Worldcon, or Supporting members of Dublin 2019 who have paid the voting fee (€40/$45). Only paper ballots will be accepted.
There is only one qualifying bid on the ballot, DC in 2021, to be held at the Marriott Wardman Park ...Read MoreRead more
“We’re living in a time of walls,” said filmmaker Alex Rivera when introducing Sleep Dealer at the start of the 43rd Williamson Lectureship April 4-6, 2019 in Portales NM. “It’s a global obsession. How do we tell stories in such a world? In my film, I try to cross the consciousness of walls by looking at them, through them, and beyond them.”
Trans-border fantasies and nightmares were timely subjects for ...Read MoreRead more
The 40th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts (ICFA) took place March 13-16, 2019 at the Orlando Airport Marriot Hotel, with a theme of “Politics and Conflict.” Academics, writers, publishers, editors, artists, students, independent scholars, and more participated, with about 480 people attending (up from 457 last year) and about 285 either presenting a paper or appearing on a panel (down from 306 last year). G. Willow Wilson ...Read MoreRead more
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has announced that Bobak Ferdowsi will be Toastmaster at the 2019 SFWA Nebula Awards Conference to be held May 16-19, 2019 at the Marriott Warner Center in Woodland Hills CA.
Ferdowsi has served as a systems engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, working on the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity mission and the Cassini–Huygens mission to Saturn. Following the Curiosity landing, Ferdowsi achieved fame for the ...Read MoreRead more
The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has announced Gollancz deputy publisher Gillian Redfearn as Editor Guest of Honour, joining previously announced Mistress of Ceremonies AK Benedict, for StokerCon UK, to be held April 16-19, 2020 at the Royal and Grand Hotels in Scarborough, UK.
For more information, see the StokerCon UK website.
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The 2019 Friends of Genre convention (FOGcon 9) was held March 8-10 at the Walnut Creek Marriot in Walnut Creek CA. 227 memberships were sold, plus an additional 61 day passes. The theme was “Friendship”, with honored guests Becky Chambers, Karen Joy Fowler, and Ursula K. Le Guin (posthumously).
Programming included 66 participants and 32 items, with panels on science, writing, publishing, literature, politics, and more, such as “Creating With ...Read MoreRead more
The Horror Writers Association (HWA) announced Thomas Mavroudis as the recipient of its 2019 Scholarship From Hell. The scholarship places writers in the intensive Horror University workshop, which will take place during StokerCon 2019.
Mavroudis will receive airfare to and from the StokerCon venue, a four-night stay at the convention, membership for StokerCon 2019, and his choice of the Horror University workshop classes.
StokerCon 2019 will be held May 9-12, ...Read MoreRead more
Raw Dog Screaming Press won the Horror Writers Association (HWA) Specialty Press Award, recognizing “the accomplishments of a noteworthy small press or presses” and given to “an outstanding publisher of horror, dark fantasy, and weird fiction.”
The awards will be presented during StokerCon 2019, May 9-12, 2019 at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids MI. As previously announced, Graham Masterton will also receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. For ...Read MoreRead more
Voting has opened for the 2020 North American Science Fiction Convention (NASFiC). Ballots are available on the SpikeCon/NASFiC 2019 site. Voting by mail is open until June 29, 2019 to members of NASFiC 2019 who have paid the $35 Advance Supporting Membership fee. Voting at the convention is available July 4-5, 2019.
The only qualifying bid on the ballot is Columbus in 2020, to be held August 20-23, 2020 at ...Read MoreRead more
The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has announced AK Benedict as the Mistress of Ceremonies for StokerCon UK, to be held April 16-19, 2020 at the Royal and Grand Hotels in Scarborough, UK.
For more information, see the StokerCon UK website.
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Nominations are now open for the Hugo Awards, the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and the Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book, to be presented at Dublin 2019—An Irish Worldcon, August 15-19, 2019 in Dublin, Ireland. Members with an attending or supporting membership of Worldcon 76 or who have purchased membership to Dublin 2019 before December 31, 2018 are eligible to nominate. The nomination period closes ...Read MoreRead more
Dublin 2019 — An Irish Worldcon has announced the “Fantastic Dublin Fund” to increase diversity among fans and program participants. Donated funds and memberships will go towards helping Irish fans of limited financial means, the Irish Traveller community, people of color via Con-or-Bust, program participants from marginalized communities, and participants of color.
The 77th Worldcon will be held August 15-19, 2019 at the Convention Centre Dublin in Dublin, Ireland. For ...Read MoreRead more
Candidates for the 2019 Get Up-and-over Fan Fund (GUFF) have been announced:Lynelle Howell (New Zealand) Simon Litten (New Zealand) Nicole Murphy (Australia)
The 2019 fund will send fans from Australasia to Europe to attend Dublin 2019, the 77th Worldcon, in Dublin, Ireland to be held August 15-19, 2019. GUFF is open to anyone who has been active in science fiction fandom before the start of the previous year. Candidates ...Read MoreRead more
The 44th World Fantasy Convention was held November 1-4, 2018 in the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel in windy and rainy Baltimore MD. Guests of honor were Kaaron Warren, Scott Edelman, Tom Kidd, and Michael J. Walsh, with special guest Aliette de Bodard, and toastmaster Linda D. Addison. Life Achievement Awards winners were Charles de Lint and Elizabeth Wollheim.
Attendance was up from the prior year, with 757 warm bodies and ...Read MoreRead more
Dublin 2019, the 77th Worldcon, has announced a special category for Best Art Book to be included in the 2019 Hugo Awards and 1944 Retrospective Hugo Awards.
An eligible work for this special Hugo award is any art book in the field of science fiction, fantasy, or fandom, appearing for the first time during the previous calendar year or which has been substantially modified during the previous calendar year, and ...Read MoreRead more
Candidates for the 2019 Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund (TAFF) were announced November 23, 2018:Teresa Cochran Sarah Gulde Mike Lowrey Geri Sullivan
Voting opens December 1, 2018 and ends April 22, 2019. The 2019 fund is administered by Johan Anglemark and John Purcell and will send one fan from North America to Europe to attend the 77th Worldcon, held August 15-19, 2019 in Dublin, Ireland.
For more information, see the TAFF ...Read MoreRead more
Cymera, “Scotland’s first Festival of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Writing,” will take place June 7-9, 2019 at The Pleasance in Edinburgh, Scotland. Weekend pass prices start at £65 and are available through the festival’s crowdfunding campaign, which runs until the end of January 2019. Tickets to individual events will be available March 1, 2019.
Full programming will be announced in February 2019. Confirmed authors include Cassandra Khaw, Ken MacLeod, ...Read MoreRead more
The 17th Indian Science Fiction Conference will be held December 15-16, 2018 at the Banaras Hindu University Campus in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India. The event is organized by Indian Association for Science Fiction Studies, Bangalore, Karnataka; Indian Science Fiction Writer’s Association, Faizabad, UP; and Mailviya Center of Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship, IIT (BHU) Varanasi, UP. Programming will covers subjects including the impact of SF on science and technology, teaching science ...Read MoreRead more
Winners of the Shimmer Program’s Worldcon Attending Fund for Chinese Fans for Worldcon 77 in Dublin, Ireland have been announced.
Hu Yue (Constance Hu) and Chen Xuchang (Amelia Chen) will each get the support of RMB 10,000 for attending and staffing the con. They are expected to gain experience in the Worldcon organizational work and help with future Chinese bids.
The fund is available only to Chinese citizens who live ...Read MoreRead more
Estcon 2018 was another wonderful summer event, held in the same location, Udu Farm in Estonia. Estcon is possibly the only science fiction convention in the world held primarily in the open air. The farm offers a camping area and two large farmhouses with multiple bedrooms as well as two dozen “camping huts,” each fitted with three beds, a small refrigerator, and a covered area with picnic bench and grill ...Read MoreRead more
One of the perils of themed conventions, as most conventions in Israel are, is that the program might be one-dimensional. For a convention like ICon, which is aimed at large and diverse audiences, it can be particularly problematic. Avoiding this requires choosing the right theme combined with hard work of the programing team, and the ICon team did a great job this year. The theme, “Love,” meant that the possibilities ...Read MoreRead more
Dragon Con 2018 was held August 30 – September 3, 2018 across five hotels in downtown Atlanta GA. There were roughly 80,0000 attendees, about the same as the 2017 event. Steven Barnes was the literary guest of honor, and Brom was the art show guest of honor. The scores of guests included numerous actors from genre films and television, screenwriters, video game creators, editors, and writers. SF writers on programming ...Read MoreRead more
CanSMOF has announced the winners of three scholarships to attend SMOFcon 36, to be held November 30 – December 2, 2018 at the Flamingo Conference Resort and Spa in Santa Rosa CA.
Rebecca Downey of Montréal, Québec won the scholarship open “to a Canadian citizen or resident.” Marguerite Smith of Dublin, Ireland won the scholarship open to “a non-North American resident.” Kate Hatcher of Layton UT won the third, open ...Read MoreRead more
Registration for the 2019 SFWA Nebula Awards Conference is now open. The event will take place at the Marriott Warner Center in Woodland Hills CA, May 16-19, 2018.
For registration, see the Eventbrite website.
For more information on the Nebula Awards, see the SFWA website.
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The Shimmer Program’s Worldcon Attending Fund for Chinese Fans is now accepting applications to attend Worldcon 77 in Dublin, Ireland. The fund is available only to Chinese citizens who live in mainland China.
Two active Chinese fans will be selected and granted RMB 10,000 each, for their attendance in and work for Dublin 2019 – An Irish Worldcon, which will be held in Dublin in August 2019. The beneficiaries should ...Read MoreRead more