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by Anthony Lewis

NOTE: Some conventions have decided to be in-person again. However, such information is subject to change depending upon the state of the pandemic. Check with the convention for vaccination and masking requirements. In general, check with the convention in advance before planning travel, lodgings, etc. You might find the graphs and maps at to be of some use. Travel between some countries may be restricted or banned by government action.

Membership rates and other details often change after we have gone to press. In addition, most conventions have age-based membership rates in advance and at the door. There also may be rates for single days. All schedules are tentative and are subject to change because of public health regulations. Check the websites for the most recent information. 

31 March–2 April 2023
CORFLU 40 CRAIC (fannish SF conference) at The Malone Hotel, Belfast, UK. Info:;

7–9 April 2023
MINICON 56 (Twin Cities MN SF conference) at DoubleTree Park Place, Saint Louis Park, MN. Guests of Honor: Martha Wells (author), Sara Felix (artist), Greg Ketter (fan). Info: Lake Street Station, PO Box 8297, Minneapolis MN 55408-0297

7–10 April 2023
CONVERSATION 2023—73rd BRITISH EASTERCON (British national SF convention) at Hilton Birmingham Metropole, Birmingham, England. Guests of Honour: Zen Cho, Niall Harrison, Jennel Jaquays (virtual), Kari Sperrings, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Ursula Vernon (virtual). Info:

21–23 April 2023
RAVENCON 16 (central Virginia SF conference) at Virginia Crossings by Hilton, Glen Allen, VA. Guests of Honor: Esther Friesner (author), Count Gore De Vol (special), Charles Pellegrino (special author). Info:

21–24 April 2023
COSTUME-CON 39 (SF/Fsy++ costuming conference) at DoubleTree, San Jose CA. Info: NOTE: There was no Costume-con 41; renumbering will resume in 2024 with Costume-con 42.

28–30 April 2023
HELIOSPHERE 2023 (NYC area SF conference) at Holiday Inn, Piscataway NJ. Guests of Honor: Sharon Lee & Steve Miller (authors), David B. Mattingly (artist), Dr. Charles E. Gannon (featured). Info: ;

16–20 August 2023
CHENGDU 81th World Science Fiction Convention (CHINA SF 成都2023世界科幻大会) at Chengdu Century City, New International Convention and Exhibition Center, Chengdu, Sichuan, China. Guests of Honor: Cixin Liu, Sergey Lukianenko, Robert J. Sawyer. 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:


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.

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.

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