November and December are traditionally con-poor months because of the holidays. NOTE: Membership rates often change after we have gone to press. Check the websites for the most recent information.
1-23 September 2012
FENCON IX (Dallas/Fort Worth area
SF/Fsy/Filk conference) at Crowne Plaza
North Dallas/Galleria, Addison, TX. Guest of
Honor: C. J. Cherryh; Music Guest of Honor:
John Anealio; Fen Guest of Honor: Teresa Patterson;
Artist Guest of Honor: Donato Giancola;
Science Guest of Honor: Dr. David Hanson;
TM: Peter A. David; Special Guest: Karl
Schroeder. Membership: Adult $40 until 1 September,
$45 at the door; YA (13-21): $25 until
1 September, $30 at the door; child (6-12): $15
until 1 September, $20 at the door. Info: http://www.fencon.org/; email@example.com; PO
Box 701448, Dallas TX 75370-1448.
28-30 September 2012
CONTEXT 25 (Columbus, Ohio area SF conference)
at The Doubletree Hotel, Columbus,
OH. Guest of Honor: L. E. Modesitt, Jr.; Horror
Guest of Honor: Alex Bledsoe; Editor Guests
of Honor: Toni L. P. Kelner; Music Guest of
Honor: Bill & Brenda Sutton; Science Guest of
Honor: Robert Pyatt. Membership: $35 until
31 June 2011; $45 until 20 September; $50 at
the door. Single day: $20 Friday; $30 Saturday;
$10 Sunday. Info: http://www.contextsf.org/;
PO Box 163391, Columbus, OH 43216
28-30 September 2012
VCON 37 (Vancouver, BC area SF conference)
at Sheraton Vancouver Guilford, Surrey, BC.
Author Guest of Honor: Connie Willis; Artist
Guest of Honor: James Ng; Science Guest of
Honor: Greg Benford. Memberships: Until 15
September 2012—Adult CAD45; Student
CAD33.75; Senior (65+): CAD33.75; Youth (7-18): CAD22.50; Child (0-6): FREE. See website
for details. Info: http://www.vcon.ca/; Box
78069, Grandview RPO, Vancouver, BC V5N
5–7 October 2012
GAYLAXICON 2012 (LGBT-oriented SF conference) at Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis, MN. Guests of Honor: Gary Russell, Wendy Pini, Lyda Morehouse, Kyell Gold. Membership: $80 until 20 September 2012, $90 at the door; supporting $35. Info: www.gaylaxicon2012.org; Gaylaxicon 2012, 5541 Clinton, Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55419.
12–14 October 2012
CAPCLAVE 2012 (District of Columbia area SF conference) at Hilton Washington DC/North Gaithersburg, Gaithersburg, Maryland. Author Guest of Honor: John Scalzi; Editor Guest of Honor: Nick Mamatas. Membership: $50 until 31 July 2012, $55 until 30 September 2012, $60 thereafter; $25 (students and military). Info: www.capclave.org; Capclave 2012 Registration, c/o Barry Newton, P.O. Box 53, Ashton MD 20861.
18–21 October 2012
ALBACON 2012 (Albany area SF conference) at Best Western Sovereign Hotel, Albany, NY. Artist Guest of Honor: Jody A. Lee; Educator Guest of Honor: Julie E. Czerneda; Fan Guest of Honor: Erwin S. Strauss; Media Guest of Honor: Keith R. A. DeCandido; Filk Guest of Honor: Roberta Rogow. Membewrship: $40 until 20 September 2012, $60 at the door. Info: www.albacon.org; firstname.lastname@example.org; P.O. Box 2085, Albany NY 12220-0085.
1–4 November 2012
WORLD FANTASY CONVENTION at Sheraton Parkway Toronto North, Hotel Suites & Conference Centre. Themes: Northern Gothic Fantasy and Urban Fantasy. Writer Guest of Honor: Elizabeth Hand; Encyclopaedist Guest of Honor: John Clute; Artist Guest of Honor: Richard A. Kirk; TM: Gary K. Wolfe; Special Guest: Tanya Huff; Special Guest: Charles de Lint. Membership: until 30 June 2012; CAD 225 attending, CAD 50 supporting. Info: www.wfc2012.org; WFC 2012 2 Farm Greenway, Toronto, ON Canada M3A 3M2.
2–4 November 2012
CONVOLUTION 2012 (science fiction, fantasy, and media conference) at Hyatt Regency SFO, Burlingame, CA. Guests of Honor: Steve Jackson, Howard Tayler, Julie Dillon, Steve Berman, Steven Brust. Membership: $50 attending, $20 supporting. Info: https://www.con-volution.com/index.php; PO Box 60279, Sunnyvale, CA 94088; 650-503-4266 (4CON).
30 November–2 December 2012
SMOFCON 30 (SF convention runner conference) at Hyatt Regency Philadelphia Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia, PA. Membership: $50 in advance, $75 at the door. Info: http://www.smofcon30.org; email@example.com; Smofcon 30, c/o Joni Brill Dashoff, PO Box 310, Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006-0310.
29 August–2 September 2013
LONESTARCON 3 (71st World Science Fiction Convention) at Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, Texas. Author Guests of Honor: James Gunn & Norman Spinrad; Editor Guest of Honor: Ellen Datlow; Artist Guest of Honor: Darrell K. Sweet; Fan Guest of Honor: Willie Siros; TM: Paul Cornell; Special Guests: Leslie Fish & Joe R. Lansdale. Membership: until 30 June 2012. Attending $160 (adult), $110 (young adult 17-21), $75 child (to 16), family $440; supporting $60. 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. lonestarcon3.org; firstname.lastname@example.org; PO Box 27277, Austin, TX 78755-2277.
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