Rustycon (January 11-13, 2008) SeaTac Holiday Inn, Seattle, WA. GoH: Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, Frank Wu. Website: http://www.rustycon.com/
Arisia '08 (January 18-21, 2008) Hyatt Regency Cambridge, Cambridge, MA. GoH: Laura Anne Gilman, Marrus, Eric "in the Elevator" Zuckerman. Website: http://2008.arisia.org/
ConFusion (January 18-20, 2008) Troy Marriot, Detroit, Michigan. GoH: Scott Westerfeld, Justine Larbalestier, Carl Lundgren, Kevin M. Dunn; toastmaster: John Scalzi. Website: http://stilyagi.org/cons/2008/
MarsCon (Jan 18-20, 2008) Hampton Roads, Virginia. GoH: Katherine Kurtz, Robert Buettner. website: http://www.marscon.net/
Chattacon 33 (January 25-27, 2008) Chattanooga Choo-Choo Hotel, Chattanooga, TN. GOHs: Lynn Abbey, Michael Swanwick. AGOH: Rowena, Special Guest: Eric Flint, Toastmaster: Peter David. Membership $40 until Decmeber 31, 2007, $50 thereafter and at door. For more info e-mail email@example.com or visit our website at www.chattacon.org.
Vericon (January 25-27, 2008) Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. Guests: Orson Scott Card, Lois Lowry, Elizabeth Haydon, Kelly Link, James Patrick Kelly, others. Website: http://www.vericon.org/main.html
COSine 2008 (Feb 1-3 '08) Academy Hotel, Colorado Springs CO. GoH: Mike Resnick. Memb: $35 to 12/31/07, $45 thereafter. Website: www.firstfridayfandom.org/cosine/
CapriCon (Feb 14-17 '08) Sheraton Chicago Northwest, Chicago IL. GoHs: Mike Resnick, Don Maitz, John Bauer & Mark Summers. Website: http://www.capricon.org/capricon28/
Life, the Universe & Everything: The Marion K. "Doc" Smith Symposium on Science Fiction and Fantasy. (Feb 14-16, 2008) Brigham Young University Provo, Utah. Guests include Orson Scott Card, Gail Carson Levine, Kevin Wasden. Academic symposium focusing on writing and worldbuilding. Academic papers and presentations. Website: ltue.org.
Boskone 45. (Feb 15-17 2008) Westin Waterfront, Boston, MA. NESFA's regional Science Fiction Convention. Guests: David Weber, Dean Morrissey, Bruce Coville, Seanan McGuire. Website: http://www.nesfa.org/boskone/.
Con Nooga (Feb 22-24, '08) Chattanooga Choo Choo, Chattanooga, TN. Chattanooga's Newest Multi-Fandom Convention. Further info: see website www.ConNooga.com
ConDFW (Feb 22-24, '08) Richardson, Texas. GoH: Peter S. Beagle, Donato Giancola. Website: http://www.condfw.org/
SheVaCon (Feb 22-24, '08) Holiday Inn Roanoke Tanglewood, Roanoke, VA. Guests: Joel Keener, P.N. Elrod. Website http://www.shevacon.org/
CONDOR XV (Feb 29-Mar 2 '08) Handlery Hotel, San Diego CA. LGoH: Timothy Zahn. MGoH: Ellen Muth. Memb: $30 to 6/30/07, $35 till 11/30/07, $40 till 02/23/08 At the door: $50. Youth and kids in tow discounts.Theme: Death and Beyond. Info: ConDor, P.O. Box 15771, San Diego CA 92175-5771; website: www.condorcon.org.
Potlatch 17 (Feb 29-Mar 2, '08) Hotel Deca, Seattle WA. Memb: $50, possibly more at door, student/child rates avail. This year celebrating 25 consecutive yrs. of the Clarion West Writers Workshop. Info: Potlatch 17; c/o Suzanne Tompkins; Post Office Box 25075; Seattle, WA 98165; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: www.potlatch-sf.org.
LunaCon (March 14-16 2008) Hilton Rye Town, NY. GoHs: Jacqueline Carey, Johnna Y. Klukas, Joe D. Siclari. Website http://www.lunacon.org/.
MillenniCon (March 14-16 2008) Holiday Inn Hotel I-275, Cincinnati, OH. GoHs: Steven Barnes, Tananarive Due, Mark Kantelehner, Tom Smith. Website http://www.millennicon.org/.
OmegaCon Sheraton Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama (March 14-16 2008). Media-oriented con; literary guests include Ben Bova, David Drake, David Weber. Details: website http://portal.omegacon.us/.
Stellarcon 32/DeepSouthcon (March 14-16 2008) Radisson, High Point NC. GoHs: Toni Weisskopf, Monte Michael Moore, Steve Long, Cheralyn Lambeth. Website http://www.stellarcon.org/home.
29th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts Orlando Airport Marriott, Orlando, FL (Mar 19-23 '08). GoHs: Vernor Vinge, Greer Ilene Gilman; Guest Scholar: Roger Luckhurst; Special Guest Emeritus: Brian Aldiss. Details: website http://www.iafa.org/.
Norwescon 31 (March 20-23 2008) Doubletree Hotel Seatac, WA. GoHs: Dan Simmons, Ciruelo, Naomi Novik. Website http://www.norwescon.org/.
Minicon 43 (March 21-23 '08) Sheraton Bloomington Hotel, Bloomington, Minnesota. GoHs: Wayne Barlowe, Nate Bucklin, Shawna McCarthy, and Alastair Reynolds. Details: http://www.mnstf.org/minicon/
Orbital 2008 - 59th British National/Eastercon Heathrow, London, UK (Mar 21-24 '08). GoH: Neil Gaiman, Tanith Lee, China Miéville, Charles Stross, Fan GoH - Rog Peyton. Memb: GBP 45.00 rising in April 2007. Info: Judith Proctor, Waveney, 28 Diprose Rd, Corfe Mullen, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 3QY; email: email@example.com; website: http://www.orbital2008.org
Aggiecon (March 27-30, 2008) Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. Guests: Carl Lundgren, Steven Brust, Scott Cupp, others. Website: http://aggiecon.tamu.edu/.
World Horror Convention (March 27-30, 2008) Radisson Hotel, downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. Guests include: Dennis Etchison, John Jude Palencar, Simon R. Green, Dr. Michael R. Collings, Mort Castle and Jeff Strand. Website: whc2008.org.
Ad-Astra (March 28-30, 2008) Crowne Plaza Toronto Don Valley Hotel, Toronto, Canada. Guests include Christopher Golden, Kevin J. Anderson, Rebecca Moesta. Details at ad-astra.org.
MidSouthCon26 (March 28-30 2008) Holiday Inn Select, Memphis TN. GOHs: Eric Flint, Ben Bova, Bob Eggleton, Len Wein, Candace Havens, Shane Lacy, Hensley, The Fump (Rob Balter). Toastmaster: Selina Rosen. Website: www.Midsouthcon.org
I-CON 27 (April 4-6, 2008) Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY. Author GoH: Charlaine Harris; Gallun Award Recipient: Ray Bradbury (virtual guest); IOCNOsphere Recipient: Harlan Ellison. Website: http://iconsf.org/
Odyssey Con 2008 (Apr 4-6, 2008) Madison WI. Radisson. GoHs: Kage Baker and George R. R. Martin. Details: see website http://www.oddcon.com/index.php
WillyCon IX (Apr 4-6 '08) Wayne State College Student Center, Wayne NE. Info: SF & F Club - WillyCon, c/o Ron Vick, Wayne State College, 1111 Main St., Wayne NE 68787; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: www.willycon.com
CoastCon 31 (April 11-13, 2008) Missississipi Coast Coliseum and Quality Inn in Biloxi, Mississippi. Author GoH: David Gerrold. Other author guests include Glenda Finkelstein, Deborah LeBlanc, Deborra Wiles, Sharon Green, and Bob Liddil. Media guests include Gigi Edgley of Farscape and Peter Mayhew of Star Wars. Website for more details: www.coastcon.org.
2008 Williamson Lectureship Luncheon (Apr 11, 2008) Eastern New Mexico University Portales, NM. Guests include Steven Gould, Christopher Stasheff, Connie Willis. Lunch is followed by panels featuring the Lectureship guests and other visiting writers on SF in film and new directions in SF and fantasy. For information or reservations, contact Patrice Caldwell.
New York Comic Con (Apr 18-20 2008) Jacob Javits Center, New York City. Literary guests include Terry Brooks, Peter F. Hamilton, Naomi Novik. Details: http://www.nycomiccon.com/.
ConGlomeration 2008 (April 18-20, 2008), Clarion Hotel and Convention Center, Louisville, KY. GOHs: Walter Koenig, A.C. Crispin, Eric Fortune, Michael Capobianco. Also artist Erik Appelhof, special performances by The Molly Maguires. Membership $30 until April 1, $40 thereafter and at the door. E-mail: email@example.com; Web site: http://www.conglomeration.org.
EerieCon Ten (Apr 18-20 2008) Days Inn at the Falls, Niagara Falls, NY. GoHs Sephera Giron, Joe Haldeman. Others: Robert J. Sawyer, Josepha Sherman, Nancy Kress, Edovan Belkom, Gay Haldeman, many more. Website: http://www.eeriecon.org/.
2008 NEBULA AWARDS WEEKEND (Apr 24-27 '08) Driskill Hotel, Austin TX. Info: website: www.sfwa.org/news/2006/2008nebulaweekend.htm
Costume-Con 26 (Apr 25-28 '08) DoubleTree Hotel San Jose, San Jose CA. Info: website http://www.cc26.info/
Ravencon 2008 (April 25-27, 2008) Crown Plaza West Hotel 6531 West Broad Street Richmond, Virginia 23230. Author GOH: C.S. Friedman ArtistGOH: Stephen Hickman Fan GOH: Filthy Pierre $25 until 9-30-07 $30 until 12-31-07 $35 until 4-18-07 $40 at the door. Young Adults (12-17) $15 Children (11 and under): FREE 10% Military Discount with military ID Day Rates: Friday: $15 Saturday: $25 Sunday: $15 Email: info (at) ravencon.com ; website: http://www.Ravencon.com/
UberCon X (April 25 – 27, 2008). Holiday Inn Hotel, Edison, New Jersey. Guests include Timothy Zahn, Pete Abrams, MJ Young. Info: UberCon LLC, 14924 Bushy Park Rd, Woodbine, MD 21797; 1-888-4-MY-UBER; email: kfrost at ubercon dot com; website: http://www.ubercon.com/.
Fantasticon 2008 (April 26-27, 2008) Copenhagen, Denmark. GoHs: Norman Spinrad, Erwin Neutzsky-Wulff. Details: http://www.fantasticon.dk/fantasticon2008/english.php.
Uni-Con 2008 (April 26, 2008) Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, NH. GoH: Walter Koenig. Other guests include Jeanne Cavelos, Steve Meretzky, and Leigh Grossman. Pre-registration is $15; $25 at the door. Website http://www.uni-con.org/.
GenreCon 2008 (May 3, 2008) Sarnia Library, Sarnia, ON, Canada. Multigenre con on writing and reading Memb: Free. Info: Genrecon, Sarnia Library, 124 Christina St. South, Sarnia, ON, Canada N7T 8E1; Jeffrey Allan Beeler, Reference Librarian, (519) 337-3291; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; website http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=13370618637
Symposium: Science Fiction as a Literary Genre (May 8, 2008) Royal College of Surgeons, Lincoln's Inn, London. Programme includes Neal Stephenson, Andy Sawyer, John Clute. See http://www.gresham.ac.uk/event.asp?PageId=45&EventId=728 for details.
LepreCon 34 (May 9-11, 2008) Francisco Grande Hotel & Golf Resort, Casa Grande, AZ. Art-oriented Sf and fantasy con. Artist Guest: Howard Tayler; Author Guests: Emily & Ernest Hogan; Local Artist Guest: Liz Danforth; Special FX/Makeup Guest: David Ayres. Memberships: $25 thru 8/31/07, $30 thru 10/31/07. Info: LepreCon 34, PO Box 26665, Tempe, AZ 85285 (480) 945-6890. E-mail: email@example.com; website: www.leprecon.org/lep34.
Eaton Conference (May 16-18, 2008) University of California, Riverside; Riverside CA. Chronicling Mars: A Conference at the World’s Largest Science Fiction Collection. Special Guests: Ray Bradbury, Frederik Pohl, with a teleconference with Sir Arthur C. Clarke. Info: UCR Libraries Website.
Keycon 25/Canvention 28 (May 16-18, 2008) Radisson Skyview, Winnipeg MB. Guests: Eric Flint, David Mattingly, Jane Yolen, Luke Ski. Website: http://www.keycon.org/.
Mobicon (May 16-18 2008) Ashbury Hotel and Suites, Mobile AL. Guests include Sharon Green, Jim Butcher. Details: http://mobicon.org/
Balticon 42 (May 23-26, 2008 Memorial Day weekend) Marriott's Hunt Valley Inn, Baltimore, MD. GoH: Connie Willis, Artist GoH: TBA , Music GoH:TBA, Special GoH: TBA. Masquerade MC: Martin Gear . Memb: $46 to 2/28/08, $51 Mar 1 thru Apr 30, $59 thereafter. Info: Balticon 42, PO Box 686, Baltimore MD 21203-0686; (410) 563-2737; email: balticoninfo@Balticon.org; website: www.Balticon.org
Baycon 2008 (May 23-26 2008) Hyatt Regency, Santa Clara CA. Guests: Tim Powers, Todd Lockwood, Patty Wells. Toastmaster: Scott Sigler. Details: http://baycon.org/2008/.
CONduit XVIII: The Chronicles of CONduit (May 23-25, 2008) Salt Lake City, Utah. General interest science fiction convention with art, writing, costuming, crafts, masquerade, art show, dealer's room and more. Guests include Michael A. Stackpole. Website: conduit.sfcon.org.
ConQuesT (May 23-25 2008) Airport Hilton, Kansas City MO. Guests include Joe R. Lansdale, Wm. Mark Simmons. Details: http://www.kcsciencefiction.org/conquest/conquest.htm
Marcon 43, A Full Spectrum Fantasy and Science Fiction Convention. (May 23-25, 2008) Hyatt Regency Hotel, Columbus, OH. Guests include Robert Asprin, Jody Lynn Nye, Toni Weisskopf, artist Ray Van Tilburg, toastmaster Steven Brust, fan Keith Standlee, special guest Bill Fawcett. Details: http://www.marcon.org/.
MisCon 22 (May 23-26, 2008) Missoula, Montana. Guests include MJ Engh, Diana Pharaoh Francis, James Glass. Details: http://www.miscon.org/.
OASIS 21 (May 23-25, 2008) Sherton Orlando Downtown. Writer GoH: David Gerrold, Special Guest Writer: John Scalzi, Artist GOH: Paul Vincenti, Filk GOH: Bill &Brenda Sutton. Other author guests include Adam-Troy Castro, Karen Chance, CL Wilson and others. Website http://www.oasfis.org/oasis/
WisCon 32 (May 23-26 2008) Concourse Hotel, Madison WI. Guests include Maureen F. McHugh, L. Timmel Duchamp. Details: http://wiscon.info/
ConCarolinas (May 30 - Jun 1, 2008) Marriott Executive Park, Charlotte, NC. Guests include Robert Picardo, Mike Resnick, Stephen Antczak, Amy H. Sturgis, Gary Astleford. Details: http://www.concarolinas.org/
Arisia Relaxicon (May 30 - Jun 1, 2008) Corsair & Cross Rip Motels, Cape Cod, MD. Details: http://corp.arisia.org/Relaxacon
Sci Fi Summer Con Atlanta (June 6-8) Crown Place Atlanta-Marietta, Atlanta GA. SF, fantasy, horror, comix, anime, etc. Author guests include Christina Barber, Bobby Nash, Kristy Tallman. Website http://sfscon.tripod.com/.
SoonerCon 2008 (June 6-8) Biltmore Hotel (I-40 and Meridian) in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Multi-genre/Multi-media fan convention; John Ringo, Tom Kidd, Gary Friedrich, and more; $30 in advance, $40 at door; 405-632-2848 for information; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.soonercon.info/dnn/.
LionCon (Jun 20-22 '08) Biola University, La Mirada CA. Narnia Convention. Guests include Dr. Stanley Mattson, Paul Ford, James A. Owen. Details: http://www.lioncon.org/.
Fourth Street Fantasy (Jun 20-22 '08) Holiday Inn Select Airport, Bloomington, MN. GoH: Elizabeth Bear. Website: http://www.4thstreetfantasy.com/.
ApolloCon (Jun 27-29 '08) DoubleTree Hotel Houston Intercontinental Airport, Houston TX. GoHs: Allen Steele, Lou Anders, Brad Foster. Website: http://apollocon.org/.
Hypericon (Jun 27-29 '08) Days Inn Stadium, Nashville TN. GoH: Joe R. Lansdale; Artist GoH: Alex McVey; other guests: Sherrilyn Kenyon, Glen Cook. Website: http://www.hypericon.info/.
ConRunner 2008 (Jun 28-29 '08) Britannia Hotel Wolverhampton, UK. A convention for UK/European convention runners from all the communities SF, Fantasy, Anime, Horror etc. Details and online membership http://www.conrunner.org.uk.
Westercon 61 (July 3-6 '08) JW Marriott Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada. GoHs: Kage Baker, Lubov, Milt Stevens. Website: http://www.westercon61.org/
Portus 2008: A Harry Potter Symposium (July 10-13 2008) Hilton Anatole, Dallax, Texas. Website: http://www.portus2008.org/.
Science Fiction Research Association Conference (July 10-13 '08) Lawrence, Kansas. 25th annual conference, this year titled "Teaching, Reading and Creating Science Fiction", in conjunction with the John W. Campbell conference. GoHs Karen Joy Fowler, Paul Kincaid, and Maureen Kincaid Speller. Awards ceremony Friday night includes SFRA presenting the Karen Joy Fowler, Paul Kincaid, and Maureen Kincaid Speller; at the same event, the Campbell conference will award Campbell Award for the best SF novel and the Sturgeon Award for the best short SF. Details: http://www.sfra.org/
Polaris22 (July 11-13, 2008) DoubleTree By Hilton - Toronto Airport, Toronto, ON, Sci/Fi & Fantasy Convention. Author guests include Jim Butcher, Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens, Peter Watts, David Nickle, Shannon Butcher. Kelley Armstrong, Erik Buchanan, Peter Watts, Julie E. Czerneda, Kenneth Tam, Derwin Mak, Tanya Huff, more to come. Details: www.tcon.ca. Email: email@example.com.
OSFest '08 (July 11-13, 2008) The return of SF/F conventions to Omaha, NE; Comfort Inn & Suites, 7007 Grover Street, Omaha, NE. AGOH: Aaron Allston. ArtGOH: Mike Cole. $35 to Dec. 31, $40 to June 30, $50 at the door. Info: OSFest '08, 7934 Grover Street, Omaha, NE 68124; email: webmaster at osfes dot org; website: www.osfes.org/osfest.htm.
Readercon (July 17-20 '08) Burlington Marriott, Burlington, Massachusetts. Guests of Honor: Jonathan Lethem, James Patrick Kelly; Memorial Guest of Honor: Stanislaw Lem. Details: http://www.readercon.org/
Lazy Dragon Con (July 18-20 '08) Quality Inn, McKinney TX. A Sci-Fi/Fantasy themed Party Con. Author guests include Lee Martindale, John Moore. Details: website http://www.lazydragon.com/con/. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Comic Con (July 24-27 2008) San Diego Convention Center, San Diego CA. Literary guests include Connie Willis, Frank Beddor, Joe Hill, Dean Koontz, Robert J. Sawyer. Details: http://www.comic-con.org/.
DUM-DUM 2008 (July 24-27 '08) Ramada Hotel & Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center, Waterloo, IA. A convention for fans of the books of Edgar Rice Burroughs. Website http://www.erbzine.com/dumdum/.
Confluence 2008 (July 25-28 '08) Doubletree Hotel, Pittsburgh Airport, PA. Guests: Joe Haldeman, Kathryn Cramer. Website http://parsec-sff.org/confluence/.
PULPCON 37 (July 31 - Aug. 3, 2008) Dayton, Ohio. This year, Pulpcon celebrates Jack Williamson and the 70th anniversary of John W. Campbell's editoriship of Astounding Science Fiction/Analog Science Fiction & Fact. GoHs: Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle. Stephen Haffner, publisher of "The Collected Stories of Jack Williamson," will also be on hand to discuss Jack Williamson and his work. Complementing this presentation will be a DVD interview of Williamson conducted by James Gunn during the 1970s. A presentation on Astounding will include a slide show featuring many of the pivotal issues of the magazine while under the helm of Campbell. Details: website http://pulpcon.org/
DIVERSICON 16 (Aug 1-3, '08) Holiday Inn Metrodome, Minneapolis, MN. Multimedia w/lit emphasis, multicultural, fem/GLBT/diff-abled friendly. Memb: $25 to 3/15/08. Info: PO Box 8036, Lake Street Station, Minneapolis, MN 55408-0036; email: diversicon[ at ]gmail.com; website: http://www.diversicon.org/.
Ancient City Con II (August 2-3, 2008) Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, Jacksonville, Florida. For fans of Science Fiction, Fantasy. Anime, Comics, Collectibles, & Gaming. Website: http://www.ancientcitycon.com/.
DENVENTION / WORLDCON 66 (Aug 6-10 2008) Colorado Convention Center, Denver, Colorado. Guest of Honor: Lois McMaster Bujold; Artist Guest of Honor: Rick Sternbach; Fan Guest of Honor: Tom Whitmore; Ghost of Honor: Robert A. Heinlein; Toastmaster: Wil McCarthy. Rates, accommodations, etc: see website -- http://www.denvention3.org/.
11th Annual Mars Society Convention (Aug 14-17 2008). University of Colorado, Boulder. Speakers include Buzz Aldrin, Elon Musk, Dr Scott Horowitz, Dr Robert Zubrin. Website: http://www.marssociety.com/portal/c/Conventions/2008
ArmadilloCon 30 (Aug 15-17 '08) Doubletree Hotel North, Austin TX. GoHs: John Scalzi, David Lee Anderson, Sheila Williams, Joe & Gay Haldeman. Website: http://armadillocon.org/.
3Pi-Con (Aug 22-24, 2008) Clarion Hotel, West Springfield, MA. Guests include Cory Doctorow, Randall Munroe. Metageek Guest of Honor: Jeff Mach. Guest of Awesome: Jennifer Williams. Website: http://www.pi-con.org/.
Bubonicon 40 (Aug 22-24 2008) Wyndham-Sheraton Airport Hotel, Albuquerque, NM. Guests: David Weber, Daniel Abraham, Bob Eggleton. Website: http://www.bubonicon.com/.
Fan Expo Canada 2008 (Aug 22-24 2008) Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Guest list available on web site in mid-May. Details: http://www.hobbystar.com/fanexpo2008/
Miners' Ink (Sept 12-14 2008) New Mexico tech, Socorro NM. Guest authors include Jane Lindskold, S.M. Stirling, David Lee Summers, and Walter Jon Williams; keynote speaker is Nichelle Nichols. Details: see website MI: Digging Into Other Worlds.
Fantasycon (September 19-21, 2008) Britannia Hotel, Nottingham, UK. Hosted by the British Fantasy Society. GoH Christopher Golden, James Barclay, Dave McKean; Master of Ceremonies Christopher Fowler. Website: http://www.fantasycon.org.uk/
Mountain-Con 4 (September 19-21, 2008) Davis Conference Center, Layton, UT. A celebration of all things "fandom", from anime to zombies. Family-friendly event includes kid-friendly program track, banquet with the stars, and a fan film festival. GoHs: Kevin Sorbo, Richard Herd, Sarah Douglas, Brandon Sanderson and more. Adult 3-day Memb: $35 until 5/31/08; $40 until 8/31/08; $45 at the door. Banquet tickets and autographs extra. For details, including childrens' and family rates, visit http://mountaincon.org/ or e-mail email@example.com.
Conjecture (Sep 26-28, 2008) Crowne Plaza San Diego, San Diego, CA. SF, fantasy, horror, gaming, comics, media. GoH: David Drake, Programming Theme: Military SF. Memb: $40 until 09/18/08; $50 at the door; discounts for students, military, teachers, and librarians. Website: www.conjecture.org
ConText 21 (September 26-28, 2008) Ramada Plaza Hotel, Columbus, OH. Focused on speculative fiction literature with a secondary emphasis on genre games and films. Extensive SF/F/H writing workshops. GoHs: Tanya Huff, Paula Guran, Brian Keene, and others. Memb: $35 until 8/15/08; workshops extra. Details, visit website: http://www.contextsf.org/.
Foolscap (September 26-28, 2008) Marriott Hotel, Redmond WA. Guests Esther M. Friesner, Michael Kaluta. Website: http://www.foolscap.org/.
Épica (Oct 2-5 2008) Arts Faculty, Lisbon, Portugal. Association for the Fantastic in the Arts' anual convention called "Fórum Fantástico" (Fantastic Forum). Special Guest: Richard K. Morgan. Website: http://forumfantastico.wordpress.com/
Archon 32 (Oct 3-5 2008) Collinsville Gateway Center, Collinsville, IL. GoH: Laurell K. Hamilton, AGoH: Cartoonist John Kovalic, Fan GoH: Rich & Michelle Zellich, TM: Vic Milán. Website: http://archonstl.org/32/index.php
FenCon V (Oct 3-5 2008) Crowne Plaza North Dallas, Addison TX. Guests: Gregory Benford, Jay Lake, Doris Egan, Real Musgrave; Toastmaster: Howard Waldrop. Website: http://www.fencon.org/.
SiliCon 2008 (Oct 3-5 2008) DoubleTree Hotel, San Jose CA. Guests Larry Niven, Frank Lurz, Peter S. Beagle. Website: http://www.siliconventions.com/2008/.
VCon 33 (Oct 3-5 2008) The Compass Point Inn, Surrey, British Columbia. Annual Vancouver SF, fantasy, games convention. August GoH: Patrick Rothfuss; Artist GoH: Lisa Snellings-Clark. Details: http://www.vcon.ca/.
Conflux 5 (October 3-6, 2008), The Marque Hotel, Canberra Australia. International GoH: Sharyn November; Australian GoH: Jack Dann, Cat Sparks; Local GoH: Gillian Polack; Fan GoH: Bruce Gillespie. Website: http://www.conflux.org.au/
Albacon 2008 (Oct 10-12 2008) Crowne Plaza Albany City Center, Albany NY. Guests: Anne & Todd McCaffrey, Gary S. Blog. Website: http://www.albacon.org/.
Necronomicon 08 (Oct 10-12 2008) Hilton Bayfront St. Petersburg FL. GoHs: Frederik Pohl, Julie E. Czerneda, Rick Wilber. Website: http://www.stonehill.org/necro.htm.
Gaylaxicon 2008 (October 10-13, 2008) Hyatt Regency, Bethesda, MD. Author GoH: Geoff Ryman; Artist GoH: Alicia Austin. The only general SF/F/H convention by and for gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender (GLBT) folk & their friends. Adult 4-day: $65 through 09/30/2008; $70 at the door. T-shirts extra. Details & contact info: http://www.gaylaxicon2008.org
DeryniCon 2008 (Oct 11-12 '08) Holiday Inn Harrisburg West, I-83 & PA TURNPIKE EXIT 242, New Cumberland, PA. UPDATE -- THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. Website: http://derynicon.rhemuthcastle.com/.
Newcon 4 (Oct 11-12 2008) The Fishmarket, Northampton, UK. Guests: Iain M. Banks, Storm Constantine, Ken MacLeod, Paul Cornell, Ian Watson, Geoff Ryman. Email: FINIANG at aol dot com. Website: http://www.newcon4.co.uk/newcon/main/default.aspx.
Walden West Festival (Oct 11-12, 2008) Sauk City, Wisconsin. GoH: David Drake. A celebration of the life and work of August Derleth (1909-1971). All events are free of charge. See www.derleth.org for more information.
Arcana 38 (Oct 17-19, 2008) Best Western Hotel, Bandana Square, St. Paul, MN. Guest of honor: F. Paul Wilson. Information: 612.721.5959 – firstname.lastname@example.org – website: www.arcanacon.com.
Capclave 2008 (Oct 17-19 2008) Rockville Hilton, Rockville, Maryland. Guests: James Morrow, Michael Dirda. A production of the Washington Science Fiction Association. Website: http://www.capclave.org/.
Con*Cept 2008 (Oct 17-19) Days Hotel and Conference Centre, Montreal, QC, Canada. GoH: David Brin, Samantha Ferris, more TBA. Website: www.conceptsff.ca.
Pure Speculation Festival (Oct. 17-19, 2008) Hazeldean Community Hall, Edmonton, AB, Canada. Attack of the 50-foot Spec! Two-and-a-half days of literary, sci-fi and fantasy panels, including Con Spec (hosted by On Spec Magazine) and Comic Talks (hosted by Happy Harbor Comics); plus games, the Geeks for Geeks Charity Auction (in support of the Edmonton Small Press Association), the Speculation Bake-off and the Costume Shindig. Guests of Honour: author Robert J. Sawyer, author/game designer Monte Cook and artist Herman Lau. Adult Weekend Pass: $20 until 07/31/08; $25 until 10/12/08; $30 at the door. Children 12 and under are free. Website: www.purespec.org; email email@example.com
MileHiCon 40 (Oct. 24-26, 2008) Hyatt Regency Tech Center-Denver, Denver, CO. Largest Science-Fiction Literary Convention in the Rocky Mountain Region. Over 80 authors and speakers in panels and programs on everything related to SF, Fantasy, and Horror. Also the largest SF/fantasy art show in the region, plus video, anime, masquerade, gaming, dealers, the Critter Crunch and Critter Flotilla (robotic combat and aquatic competitions), and more. Guests of honor: authors Jim Butcher, Tim Powers, & Patricia Briggs, artist Michael Carroll, and visual effects supervisor Ed Kramer. Toastmaster: author Carrie Vaughn. Adult 3-day Memb: $36 until 5/30/08; $38 until 10/7/08; $40 at the door. Website: http://www.milehicon.org/; email firstname.lastname@example.org.
World Fantasy Convention 2008 (Oct 30-Nov 2 '08) Hyatt Regency Hotel, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. GoHs: David Morrell, Barbara Hambly, ArtGoH: Todd Lockwood, PubGoH: Tom Doherty, Toastmaster: Tad Williams. Theme: Mystery in Fantasy and Horror. Info: website: http://www.worldfantasy2008.org/
Valleycon (Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2009) Fargo Doublewood Inn, Fargo, ND. Guests include Tracy Scoggins (of Babylon 5), Joel Rosenberg, Erin McKee. Website: http://www.valleycon.com/
IlluXCon (Nov 6-9 '08) Altoona, PA. Dedicated to fantastic illustration. Guests include artists Boris Vallejo, Julie Bell, John Jude Palencar, Bob Eggleton, many many others. Info: website: http://www.illuxcon.com/
TusCon 35 (Nov. 7-9, 2008) InnSuites/St. Mary's, Tucson, AZ Smallish regional SF/Fantasy/Horror convention. GoH: Diana Gabaldon, Toastmaster: Ed Bryant. Memberships: $40 thru Sept. 1, '08, after & at the door $45 Details, visit website: http://home.earthlink.net/~basfa/; or email: basfa at earthlink dot net.
New England Fan Experience (November 21-23, 2008) Hyatt Regency Cambridge, Cambridge, MA 02139. Guests include George Takei, Bob Eggleton. Website: http://www.nefe.us/.
Orycon 30 (November 21-23 2008) Waterfront Marriott, Portland Oregon. Writer GOH: Harry Turtledove, Editor GOH: Ginjer Buchanan, Artist GOH: Jrff Fennel, Fan GOH: Cecelia Eng. Website: http://www.orycon.org/orycon30/
Darkovercon 31 (Nov 28-30, 2008) Holiday Inn Timmonium, Timmonium, MD. GoH: Patricia Briggs. Details: see website http://www.darkovercon.org
Loscon 35 (November 28-30, 2008) LAX Marriott, L.A. CA. GoH's: John Scalzi, Gary Lippincott, Michael Siladi, Website http://www.loscon.org/35
SMOFcon 26 (Dec 5-7, 2009) Drury Inns and Suites, Columbus, OH. Info http://www.midohiosf.org/.