25–28 May 2012
BALTICON 46 (Baltimore area SF conference) at Marriott’s Hunt Valley Inn, Baltimore, MD. Guest of Honor: Jody Lynn Nye; Artist Guest of Honor: Jim Odbert; Music/Filk Guests of Honor: Heather Dale & Ben Deschamps; Science Guest of Honor: Dr. William D. Phillips, N.L. Membership: $50 adult/$25 (6-12) until 29 February 2012, $55/$28 1 March to 30 April 2012; $62/$31 thereafter. Info: http://www.balticon.org/; email@example.com; P.O. Box 686, Baltimore, MD 21203-0686
25–28 May 2012
BAY CON 30 (San Francisco Bay area SF conference) at the Hyatt Regency, Santa Clara, CA. Writer Guest of Honor: Brandon Sanderson; Artist Guest of Honor: Stephan Martiniere; Fan Guests of Honor: Scott & Cathy Beckstead; TMs: Dani & Eytan Kollin. Membership: $60 as of 11 November 2011, more later. Info: http://www.baycon.org/2012/; firstname.lastname@example.org; P.O. Box 62108 Sunnyvale, CA 94088-2108
25–28 May 2012
WISCON 36 (Feminist-orientedSF conference) at Concourse Hotel, Madison, WI. Guests of Honor: Andrea Hairston & Debbie Notkin. Membership: Age 18+ $50; Age 7 to 17 $20. Membership is capped at 1000; there is no guarantee of at-the-door memberships. Info: http://www.wiscon.info/; email@example.com; WisCon, c/o SF3, P.O. Box 1624, Madison, WI 53701-1624.
22–24 June 2012
4th STREET FANTASY COVERSATION (Minnesota Fsy conference)Springhill Suites, St. Louis Park, MN.Membership: $65 until 30 May 2012, $100 thereafter; membership cap of 250. Info: www.4thstreetfantasy.com; 323 Autumn Woods Drive, Covington LA 70433.
22–24 June 2012
APOLLOCON 2012 (Houston area SF/Fsy/H conference) at Doubletree Houston Intercontinental, Houston, TX. Guest of Honor: Tanya Huff.Membership $35 in advance, $40 at the door (special rates for students, etc. see website). Info:apollocon.org; firstname.lastname@example.org; PO Box 541822, Houston, TX 77254.
5–8 July 2012
CONCLUSION/WESTERCON 65 (West Coast Science Fantasy Conference) at Doubletree Hotel Seattle Airport, Seatac, WA. Author Guest of Honor: Robin Hobb (a.k.a. Megan Lindholm); Artist Guest of Honor: Frank Wu; Special Guest: Brianna Spacecat Wu; Science Guest of Honor: Art Bozlee; Fan Guest of Honor: Chaz Boston Baden. Membership: $55 attending/$30 supporting until 18 November 2011—see website for current rates. Info: http://drupal.westercon65.org/; Box 1091, Woodinville, WA 98072-1091.
12–15 July 2012
READERCON 23 (Literary-oriented SF conference) at Burlington Marriott, Burlington, MA. Guests of Honor: Peter Straub, Caitlin R. Kiernan; Memorial Guest of Honor: Shirley Jackson. Membership: $50 until 20 February 2012. Info: http://www.readercon.org/; email@example.com; PO Box 65, Watertown, MA 02472.
10–12 August 2012
WHEN WORDS COLLIDE 2012 (Literary-oriented SF conference) at Best Western Village Park Inn, Calgary, AB, Canada. Hosting the 2012 Aurora Awards. Guests of Honor: Kevin J. Anderson (science fiction), Kelley Armstrong (urban fantasy), Rebecca Moesta (young adult), Anthony Bidulka (mystery), Adrienne Kerr (editor), Vanessa Cardui (poetry). Membership CAD50 until 1 April 2012, more thereafter. Info: http://www.whenwordscollide.org/; When Words Collide, c/o The Sentry Box, 1835 10th Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta, T3C 0K2, Canada.
24–26 August 2012
BUBONICON 44 (New Mexico area SF conference) at Albuquerque Marriott Uptown, Albuquerque, NM. Guest of Honor: Brandon Sanderson; TM: Michael Cassutt; Guest Artist: Ursula Vernon. Membership: $38 until 12 May 2012, more thereafter; $23 YA (14 to 17). Info: http://bubonicon.com/; NMSF Conference, PO Box 37257, Albuquerque, NM 87176.
30 August–3 September 2012
CHICON 7 (70th World Science Fiction Convention) at Hyatt Regency Chicago, IL. Writer Guest of Honor: Mike Resnick; Artist Guest of Honor: Rowena Morrill; Astronaut Guest of Honor: Story Musgrave; Fan Guest of Honor: Peggy Rae Sapienza; Agent Guest of Honor: Jane Frank; TM: John Scalzi. Membership from 1 October 2010 until some later date (see website for latest details)—Attending through Spring 2011: Adult (22+) $125; Young Adult (17-21) $100; Child (5-16) $75; Kid-in-tow (0-4) FREE; Supporting: $50. [Ages as of 30 August 2012]. This is the SF universe’s annual get-together. Professionals and readers from all over the world will be in attendance. Talks, panels, films, fancy dress competition—the works. Nominate and vote for the Hugos. Info: http://chicon7.org/; firstname.lastname@example.org; Post Office Box 13, Skokie, IL 60076.
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