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Upcoming Events by Anthony Lewis

NOTE: Membership rates often change after we have gone to press. Check the websites for the most recent information.

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:; 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:; 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:;; Smofcon 30, c/o Joni Brill Dashoff, PO Box 310, Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006-0310.

11–13 January 2013
ILLOGICON II (Research Triangle SF Conference) at Embassy Suites Raleigh/Research Triangle, NC. Writer Guest of Honor: Tim Powers; Webcomics Guest of Honor: Garth Graham; TM: Mark Van Name. Membership: Info:;

18–20 January 2013
INFINITE CONFUSION (Detroit area SF conference) at Pro Guest of Honor: Charles Stross; Editor Guest of Honor: Scott Edelman; Fan Guest of Honor: James Davis Nicholl; Special Guest of Honor: Mary Robinette Kowal; Science Guest of Honor: Jennifer Ouellette. Membership: $35 (adult 13+) until 1 January 2013, $50 at the door; $20 (kids 5-12) until 1 January, $25 at the door. Info: http://confusion.;; Ann Arbor Science Fiction Association, Attn: ConFusion, PO Box 8284, Ann Arbor, MI 48107.

18–21 January 2013
ARISIA 2013 (New England Speculative Fiction Conference) at Westin Boston Waterfront, Boston, MA. Guests of Honor: Tananarive Due & Steven Barnes; Artist Guest of Honor: Roger Dean; Musical Guests of Honor: Emerald Rose. Membership: $50 until 31 December 2012, $60 thereafer and at the door; $25 students 13-25 with student ID. Info:;; PO Box 391596, Cambridge, MA 02139.

15–17 February 2013
BOSKONE 50 (New England Science Fiction Conference) at Westin Boston Waterfront, Boston, MA. Guest of Honor: Vernor Vinge; Official Artist: Lisa Snellings; Special Guest: John Hertz; Featured Filker: Heather Dale. Presentation of Skylark and Gaughan Awards. Membership: $50 adult; $35 college student; $25 K-12 (student ID required for student rates) until 21 January 2013. Info:;; +1.617.776.3243 (fax); +1.617.625.2311 (voice); Boskone 50, PO Box 809, Framingham, MA 10701

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.;; PO Box 27277, Austin, TX 78755-2277.

31 October–3 November 2013
WORLD FANTASY CONVENTION at The Hilton Brighton Metropole, Brighton, England Themes: World Fantasy Convention: The Next Generation and Arthur Machen @150. Guests of Honor: Richard Matheson & Richard Christian Matheson; Artist Guest of Honor: Alan Lee; Special Guests: Brian Aldiss & Tessa Farmer; MC: China Miéville. Membership: GBP100 attending, GBP50 supporting. Info:;; World Fantasy Convention 2013 c/o 130 Park View, Wembley, Middx HA9 6JU, England.

Running a convention? If your convention has a telephone or fax number, e-mail address, or web page, please let us know so that we can publish this information. We must have your information in hand SIX months before the date of your convention.

Attending a convention? When calling conventions for information, do not call collect and do not call too late in the evening. It is best to include a S.A.S.E. when requesting information; include an International Reply Coupon if the convention is in a different country.

Copyright © 2012 Anthony Lewis

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