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Rustycon (Jan 9-11, 2009) Seattle Airport Marriott, Seattle, WA. GOHs Jay Lake, James Stanley Daugherty. Info

Arisia (Jan 16-19, 2009) Cambridge, MA. GOH Walter H. Hunt, Artist GOH Dave Seeley, Fan GOH Ricky and Karen Dick. Art show, Dealers room, Literature, Film, Anime, Gaming, Filk. Membership: $50 until 12/31, then $60. Info ;

DeCONpression 6 (Jan 16-18, 2009) Doubletree Hotel, Columbus, OH. A Relaxacon in the dead of winter! Seminars, panels, video, gaming, Dealers Room. Details:

COSine 2009 (Jan 23-25, 2009) Best Western Academy Hotel, Colorado Springs, CO. GoH: George R.R. Martin. $35 thru Oct. 31, 2008, $40 Nov. 1st thru Dec. 31, 2008, $10 Children ages 5-10. Website:

Cryptic Confusion (Jan 23 - 25, 2009) Troy Marriott, Detroit, Michigan. Guests include Cory Doctorow, Cat Rambo, Diana Harlan Stein. Website:

Boskone 46 (Feb 13-15, 2009) Boston, Mass. GOH Jo Walton, Official Artist Stephan Martiniere, Special Guest Irene Gallo, Featured Filker Dr. Seti, NESFA Press Guests Greg & Astrid Bear. Art show, Dealers room, Gaming, talks, panels, music, whimsey. Membership: $46 in advance, more at the door. Info:;; 617.776.3243 (fax); Boskone 46, PO Box 809, Framingham, MA 01701.

Capricon 29 (Feb 19-22, 2009) Westin Chicago North Shore, Wheeling, IL (Chicago Suburb). This year’s theme is "Camp Capricon". Author GoH: Sharon Shinn. Artist GoH: Gary Lippincott. Fan GoH: Christian McGuire. Special NASA Guest: Bryan Palaszewski. Special Filk Guests: Sally & Barry Childs-Helton (Wild Mercy). Literature, Film, Anime, Gaming, Filk. Capricon also features an Independent Film Festival. Please visit for full details.

ConDor XVI (Feb 27 - Mar 1 2009) Handlery Hotel & Resort, San Diego CA. GoH Todd McCaffrey. Info:

Potlatch 18 (Feb 27 - Mar 1 2009) Domain Hotel, Sunnyvale, California. Small literary s-f convention. Books of Honor: Always Coming Home by Ursula Le Guin and Growing Up Weightless by John M. Ford. Website:

SheVaCon 17 SF&F (Feb 27 - Mar 1 2009) Roanoke Virginia. Writer GOH Larry Niven, Art GOH TBA, Fan GOH Carla Brindle. Multigenre con Art room, Dealers room, Gaming, Anime room, Video room, Computer room, Masquerade/cosplay, Workshops and panels. Check website for registration information and all the new updates as they become available.

Madicon 18 (March 13-15, 2009) James Madison University Festival Center, Harrisonburg, VA. GoH: L.E. Modesitt, Jr. Guests: Jennie Breeden, C.J. Henderson, Shelden Menery, and more. Details, visit website:

International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts (March 18-22, '09) 30th annual. Orlando Airport Marriott, Orlando, Florida. Guests: Robert Charles Wilson, Guy Gavriel Kay, Maria Nikolajeva, Brian Aldiss. Website:

LunaCon (March 20-22, 2009) Hilton Rye Town, NY. Author GoH: Dave Freer, Artist GoH; Larry Dixon, Special Guest; Mercedes Lackey, Toast Master; Eric Flint, Fan Guest; Leigh Grossman. Membership $45 until 2/14/2009, $55 at the door; child membership $15 til 2/14/2009, $25 at the door. Group discount available, see website for details:

MidSouthCon 27 (March 20-22, 2009) Whispering Woods Conference Center, Memphis, TN. GOH: Mike Resnik. Artist GOH: Vincent Di Fate. Gaming GOH: Kenzer & Co. Science GOH: Stanton Friedman. Media GOH: John Hudgens. Comics GOH: John Ostrander. Filk GOH: Wild Mercy. Toastmaster: Jane Fancher. Website:

AD ASTRA 2009 (March 27-29, 2009) Toronto, Ontario. GOH Timothy Zahn, David Drake, Joanne Ellen Hansen, Michael Green, Mary Ellen McAlonen, Liana K, Ed the Sock, Tamora Pierce, Melyssa Ade, Kent Burles. Art show, dealers room, panels, music, beefcake/cheesecake, zombies! Membership: C$50 adult, C$25 young adult (13-17), C$15 child (8-12) until February 28, C$60/C$40/C$20 at the door. Info:; e-mail

ImagiCon: Science Fiction/Fantasy Convention (March 27-29, 2009) Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex, Birmingham, Alabama. Info:

WASFEn Con 3 (March 28, 2009) The Plaza, Wausau, WI. Sci-Fi, Comics, Gaming, and More. "Fun and Fantasy for the Whole Family!" Website:

Symposium: The Work and Life of Octavia E. Butler (March 28, 2009) Founders Auditorium, Medgar Evers College, CUNY, Brooklyn NY. Participating writers include L.A. Banks, Steven Barnes, Tananarive Due, and Nnedi Okorafor. $10 general admission. Website:

CONTACT Conference 2009 (Apr 3-5, 2009) NASA Ames Research Center, Mountain View CA. 25th annual interdisciplinary conference of scientists, artists and writers as they explore human futures in fact and fiction. Guests include authors Karen Anderson, Larry Niven, Kim Stanley Robinson, SETI Institute official spokesman Seth Shostak, and includes a panel on "Robert Heinlein and Us: Fictional Future Histories". Website:

FilKONtario (April 3-5, 2009) Delta Toronto Airport West Hotel, Mississauga, ON (Toronto Suburb).  A Filk convention with GOH: Heather Dale, Filk Waif: Urban Tapestry, Special Writer Guest: Robert J. Sawyer.  Concerts, Dealers room, Filk Hall of Fame inductions, banquet, workshops, con suite, songwriting contests.  Website:

I-Con 28 (April 3-5, 2009) Suffolk County Community College Grant campus, Brentwood, Long Island NY. GoHs include Holly Black, Jane Yolen, Jack McDevitt. Info:

WillyCon XI (April 3-5, 2009) Wayne State College, Wayne, Nebraska. GoHs: Artist Maria J. William, Author M.R. Sellars, Fan Rod Vasek. Website:

Jack Williamson Lectureship (April 10, 2009) Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, NM. GoH: Nalo Hopkinson. Website:

Minicon 44 (April 10-12, 2009) Sheraton Bloomington, Bloomington, MN (Minneapolis suburb). Panel discussions, readings, signings, costuming, films, gaming, art show, dealers, kids' programming, music, parties, various special events. Author GoH: Karl Schroeder, Artist GoH: Stephan Martiniere, Scientist GoH: Seth Shostak. Memberships $40 until Nov 15, $44 until March 15 ($25/$30 for students). Website:

JordanCon (April 17-19, 2009) First fan convention devoted exclusively to the late Robert Jordan's "Wheel of Time" series. Guest of Honor: Harriet McDougal, Fan Guest of Honor: Wilson Grooms. Website:

Xanadu Las Vegas (April 17-19, /09) Plaza Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV. GoHs include Robert J. Sawyer, Brom. Features Movie premieres, Indie Film Festival, Horror Film Festival, Authors Seminar, Anime, Maid Cafe, Futuristic Fashion Festival, Masquerade, 80s Dance, Dealers Room, Gaming, Parties and More!  Website:

Odyssey Con 9: Year of the Cow (April 24-26, 2009) Radisson Hotel, Madison WI. Guests of Honor: Emma Bull and Tobias Buckell; Fan Guest of Honor: Georgie Schnobrich; For online registration and updates, please see website --

2009 Eaton Science Fiction Conference (Apr 30 - May 3 '09) University of California, Riverside. Includes presentation of the Second Eaton Lifetime Achievement Award to Frederik Pohl. Website:

  • Balticon 43 - May 22-25, 2009
    • Hunt Valley Inn, Baltimore, MD
    • GOH: Charles Stross. Music GOH: Mary Crowell. 2008 Compton Crook Winner: Mark L. Van Name.
    • 2009 Compton Crook Winner to be announced.
    • Art show, dealers' room, literary, science, masquerade, gaming, etc.

  • BayCon 2009 - May 22-25, 2009
    • The Hyatt Regency, Santa Clara, CA
    • Guests Mercedes Lackey & Larry Dixon have cancelled due to illness; other guests: Tim Kirk, Fred Patten.

  • ConQuesT 40 - May 22-24, 2009
    • Hyatt Regency Crown Center, Kansas City, MO.
    • Guest of Honor, John Scalzi; Artist Guest, Oberon Zell; Anime/Media Guest, Jerry Gelb; Fan Guest, Ed deGruy; Toastmaster, Ellen Datlow.

  • MisCon 23 - May 22-25, 2009
    • Missoula, Montana.
    • Author Guest Steven Brust, Artist Guest John Kovalic, Special Guest Author Michael Stackpole.
    • Writer's Workshops, Writing Panels, Art Auction, Dealers Room, Gaming, Film Festival.

  • OASIS 22 - May 22-24, 2009
    • Sheraton Orlando Downtown, Orlando FL.
    • Writer GoH: Peter David, Special Guest Writer: John Ringo, Editor GoH: TOni Weisskopf Artist GoH: Johnny Atomic.

  • WisCon 33 - May 22-25, 2009
    • Madison, WI.
    • GOHs Ellen Klages, Geoff Ryman.
    • Panels, discussions, readings, signings, art show, dealers room, parties, special events.
    • WisCon is the world's leading feminist science fiction convention and encourages discussion and debate of ideas relating to feminism, gender, race and class.

  • SoonerCon 2009 - June 5-7, 2009
    • Oklahoma City, OK.
    • Guests: Eric Flint, Tom Kidd.

  • SFRA 2009: Engineering the Future and Southern-Fried Science Fiction and Fantasy - June 11-14, 2009
    • Wyndham Midtown Hotel, Atlanta, GA.
    • Guest of Honor: Michael Bishop. Special Guest Authors: F. Brett Cox, Paul di Filippo, Andy Duncan, Kathleen Ann Goonan, Jack McDevitt, and Warren Rochelle.

  • DucKon 18 - June 12-14, 2009
    • Holiday Inn Select, Naperville, Illinois.
    •  Guests include Jim Butcher & Shannon K. Butcher, Loren Damewood, Sue Blom, and Seanan McGuire.
    • Programming includes an entire Writer's track and workshops, Young Fan programming, and special events such as Build-a-Blinkie, as well as Filk, Dealers, and the Art Show.

  • Aetherica 2009 - June 19-21, 2009
    • Crowne Plaza Hotel, Chester, UK.
    • Fantasy-themed programming, ranging from presentations and panels to craft workshops and team building activities.
    • GoHs: Peter Beagle, Joe Abercrombie and more.

  • ApolloCon 2009 - June 26-28, 2009
    • DoubleTree Hotel Houston Intercontinental Airport, Houston
    • GoHs: Wil McCarthy, Pat Rawlings

  • Locus Awards / Science Fiction Hall of Fame Awards - June 26, 2009
    • Courtyard Marriott Lake Union, Seattle, WA
    • Master of Ceremonies Connie Willis
    • Confirmed Guest List

  • FiestaCon / Westercon 62 - July 2-5, 2009
    • Tempe Mission Palms Hotel, Tempe AZ.
    • Guests: Todd Lockwood, Alan Dean Foster, Stanley Schmidt, Jim & Doreen Webbert; Toastmasters Patrick and Teresa Nielsen Hayden.

  • InConJunction XXIX - July 3-5, 2009
    • Sheraton Hotel and Suites, Indianapolis, Indiana.
    • A literary convention with something for everyone from panels and roundtable discussions to late night activities.
    • Authors attending include Sarah Zettle, Michael Z. Williamson, Steven Marsh, TammyJo Eckert and Michael West.

  • Readercon - July 9-12, 2009
    • Burlington Marriott, Burlington, Massachusetts.
    • Literary conference/convention focusing on books.
    • Guests of Honor: Elizabeth Hand, Greer Gilman; Memorial GoH: Hope Mirrlees.

  • Polaris 23 - July 10-12, 2009
    • Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel, Toronto, ON, Canada
    • Guests include R.J. Anderson, Stephanie Bedwell-Grime, Julie E. Czerneda, Derwin Mak, David Nickle
    • Two hour writers' workshop by Eddie Schneider of the JaBberwocky Literacy Agency plus an art show and auction, dealers' room, Masquerade dance, and Polaris Pirates Parrrty

  • Mythcon 40 - July 17-20, 2009
    • UCLA, Los Angeles, CA.
    • Author GOH James A. Owen, Scholar GOH Diana Pavlac Glyer.
    • Theme: "Sailing the Seas of Imagination". Talks, panels, Dealers Room, Banquet with Mythopoeic Awards, fun.

  • Confluence - July 24-26, 2009
    • Doubletree Hotel, Moon Township, Pennsylvania.
    • Pittsburgh's Literary Science Fiction and Filk Convention.
    • Guests of Honour: John Scalzi, More Difficulties.

  • Diversicon 17 - July 31 - Aug 2, 2009
    • Saint Paul, MN.
    • GOH Kay Kenyon, Special Guests Michael Levy, Sandra Lindow. Honoring Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Edgar Allan Poe.
    • Multimedia w/lit emphasis, multicultural, fem/GLBT/diff-abled friendly.

  • Pulpfest 2009 - July 31 - Aug 2 2009
    • Ramada Plaza Hotel & Conference Center, Columbus, Ohio.
    • The Summer's Leading Pulp Convention with thousands of your favorite Pulp Magazines.

  • SpoCon 2009 - July 31 - Aug 2 2009
    • Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington
    • Guests L.E. Modesitt, Jr., John Picacio, Alan Boyle

  • Writercon 2009: Writing Between the Lines - July 31 - Aug 2, 2009
    • Radisson Plaza Hotel, Minneapolis, MN.
    • Writercon is a gathering of writers, poets, editors, and fans of writers, poets, and editors. A much-anticipated event, this assembly of writers and readers of fanfiction will gather to celebrate the power of telling stories. Through panel discussions, guest speakers, and hands-on workshops, we will explore the art of writing between the lines. 

  • WASFEn Con 3 - Aug 1, 2009
    • Plaza Hotel Conference Center, Wausau WI.
    • "Fun & Fantasy for the Whole Family!" SF, Fantasy, Horror; Prose, Comix, Gaming.

  • AnticipationSF: the 67th World Science Fiction Convention - Aug 6-10, 2009
    • Palais des congrès de Montréal, Montréal, Québec, Canada.
    • GoHs: Neil Gaiman, Elisabeth Vonarburg, Ralph Bakshi, Taral Wayne, David G. Hartwell, Tom Doherty; master of ceremonies: Julie Czerneda.

  • Dum-Dum - Aug 13-16, 2009
    • Holiday Inn, Dayton, Ohio.
    • For fans of Edgar Rice Burroughs
    • GoH Pete Ogden.

  • Scribblers' Retreat Writers' Conference 2009 - Aug 13-16, 2009
    • Sea Palms Resort, St. Simon's Island, Georgia
    • Scifi, Fantasy and Inspirational
    • Participants include Linda Armstrong, Jack McDevitt -- full schedule

  • Continuum 5 - Aug 14-16, 2009
    • The Ether Centre, Melbourne, Australia.
    • Continuum is a Speculative Fiction convention that spans all genres and media. This year's theme is "Galaxies by Gaslight".
    • GoH Chelsea Quinn Yarbro.

  • Pi-Con - Aug 21-23, 2009
    • Pioneer Valley, MA
    • Literary Guest of Honor: Mary Doria Russell
    • Webcomic Guest of Honor: Jeffrey Rowland
    • Guest of Awesome: Genevieve Iseult Eldredge

  • ConStruct - Aug 21-23, 2009
    • Best Western Executive Plaza, Ann Arbor MI
    • Relaxicon; Tom Smith filk concert, Matt Arnold conrunning, Jeff Beeler Detroit Worldcon 50th Anniversary panels

  • Context 22 - Aug 28-30, 2009
    • Doubletree Hotel, Columbus, OH.
    • A friendly gathering of Science Fiction readers and writers.
    • GOHs: James P. Hogan, Jason Sizemore, Christopher Golden.

  • North American Discworld Convention 2009 - Sep 4-7 2009
    • Tempe, Arizona.
    • Guest of Honor: Terry Pratchett; other guests: Esther Friesner, Diane Duane, Peter Morwood.

  • KillerCon - Sep 17-20, 2009
    • Palace Station Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV.
    • GoH: Joe Lansdale, Heather Graham, L.A. Banks, Brian Keene and Edward Lee.

  • Fantasycon 2009 - Sep 18-20 2009
    • Britannia Hotel, Nottingham, UK.
    • GoHs: Jasper Fforde, Brian Clemens, Gail Z Martin; MC Ian Watson.

  • FenCon VI - Sep 18-20 2009
    • Crowne Plaza North Dallas, Addison TX.
    • Guests: Lois McMaster Bujold, Carla Ulbrich, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Kurt Miller; Toastmaster: Paul Cornell.

  • Horror Realm - (formerly known as Zombie Fest) - Sep 18-20 2009
    • Crowne Plaza Pittsburgh South, Pittsburgh PA.

  • Foolscap 11 - Sept. 25-27, 2009
    • Marriott Redmond Town Center, Redmond, Washington
    • GOHs Peter David and Jeff Sturgeon

  • Archon 33 - October 2-4, 2009
    • Gateway Center, Collinsville IL
    • GoH Eric Flint; special GoH Peter Mayhew; artist GoH Tom Kidd; toastmaster Bradley Denton

  • VCON 34 - October 2-4, 2009
    • Marriott Pinnacle Downtown, Vancouver, BC, Canada
    • Author GoH Tanya Huff, Artist GoH Miles Teves,
    • VCON is the longest running science fiction and fantasy convention in Western Canada having started in 1971. Traditionally focused on literary and artistic SF&F, our convention now supports a full palette of SF&F fandom that includes tabletop gaming, comics, media, costuming and more.

  • Gaylaxicon 2009 - Oct 9-11 2009
    • Saint Louis Park Doubletree, Minneapolis, MN.
    • The annual GLBT science fiction, fantasy and horror convention.
    • GOH Margaret Weis, Lawrence Schimel, Andy Mangels, Terrance Griep.
    • Panels, Art Show, Dealers' Room, Cabaret and more.

  • ConClave 34 - Oct 9-11, 2009
    • Crowne Plaza Detroit Metro Airport, Romulus, MI
    • Author GoH: Travis S. Taylor; Science GoH: Brother Guy J. Consolmagno, S.J.; Fan GoH: Barry Gehm
    •  Art show, dealers' room, literary, science, masquerade, filking, writer's workshop, gaming, etc.

  • Hitchcon '09 - Oct 11, 2009
    • SouthBank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, London
    • GoH: Eoin Colfer, author of And Another Thing..., the 6th Hitchhiker novel

  • Capclave - Oct 16-18, 2009
    • Hilton Washington DC/Rockville, Rockville, Maryland.
    • Author Guest of Honor Harry Turtledove; Editor Guest of Honor Sheila Williams.
    • A production of the Washington Science Fiction Association. A literary science fiction convention with panels, autographing, readings, filking, gaming, a hospitality suite and a full set of workshops including writing, reviewing, contracts, publicity, and how to get an agent.

  • Valleycon - Oct 16-18, 2009
    • Doublewood Hotel. Fargo, North Dakota
    • GoH: George R.R. Martin; Media Guest: Peter Jurasik

  • Geek.Kon - Oct 23-25, 2009
    • Sheraton Hotel, Madison WI.
    • Madison convention celebrating all things geeky (sci-fi, fantasy, anime, gaming, etc.)

  • Steamcon - October 23-25, 2009)
    • Seattle Airport Marriott, Seattle WA
    • Author GoH Tim Powers, Artist GoH Paul Guinan, Music GoHs Abney Park
    • A steamposium with panels, demonstrations, vendors room, art exhibition, cabarets, dances, games and more

  • World Fantasy Convention - Oct 29 - Nov 1 '09
    • The Fairmont Hotel, San Jose, CA.
    • Guests to be announced.

  • IDWCon 09 - Nov 6-9, 2009
    • Ennistymon, Co Clare, Ireland.
    • The First Irish Discworld Convention.
    • GOHs Terry Pratchett, Stephen Briggs; Bernard Pearson (artician) Jack Cohen (Scientist), Colin Smythe (Agent) Diane Duane (writer) and Peter Morwood (writer). Talks, interviews, dealers room, games, music and sing-a-longs, fun (and lots of it!).

  • IlluXCon 2 - Nov 12-15, 2009
    • Altoona, PA.
    • Exhibition of fantastic illustration, with guests including Boris Vallejo, Julie Bell, Michael Whelan, John Jude Palencar, Justin Sweet, John Picacio, Brom, Todd Lockwood, Donato Giancola, Greg Hildebrandt, Bob Eggleton; art directors Jon Schindehette (WotC/Dungeons&Dragons), Lou Anders (PYR Books) and Ben Thompson (World of Warcraft TCG).

  • TusCon 36 - Nov 13-15, 2009
    • Hotel Tucson City Center, Tucson, AZ.
    • GoH: Weston Ochse; Toastmaster Ed Bryant; Fan GoH: Liz Hanson; Special Guest: Dr. Paul Carter
    • Panels, gaming, video room, dealers, art show, cosplay & more

  • Philcon 2009 - Nov 20-22, 2009
    • Crowne Plaza Hotel, Cherry Hill, NJ
    • GoHs: Catherine Asaro, Frank Wu, L.A. Banks, Cory Doctorow
    • Hosted by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society

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