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  • DeCONpression 7 - Jan 15-17, 2010
    • Doubletree Hotel, Columbus, Ohio.
    • Ghost of Honor: Amelia Earhart


  • Arisia - Jan 15-18, 2010
    • Hyatt Regency Cambridge Hotel, Cambridge, MA
    • Guests of Honor: Gardner Dozois, Sarah Clemens


  • Life, the Universe, and Everything XXVIII - February 11-13, 2010
    • The Marion K. "Doc" Smith Symposium on Science Fiction and Fantasy
    • GoH Brandon Sanderson


  • Boskone 47 - February 12-14, 2010
    • New England SF conference
    • Waterfront Westin, Boston, MA
    • GoH Alastair Reynolds; official artist: John Picacio; special guest: Tom Shippey; Featured Filker: Mary Crowell; Hal Clement Science Speaker: Vernor Vinge; NESFA Press Guest: Michael Whelan.


  • Radcon 5B - February 12-14, 2010
    • Red Lion Inn, Pasco, Washington
    • Jay Lake to be awarded 2010 John W. Dalmas Award
    • GoHs: Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch. Other guests: Ellen Datlow, Gay Haldeman, Tim Kirk, Rick Sternbach, and Larry Niven


  • ConDor XVII - Feb 26-28, 2010
    • Handlery Hotel, San Diego, CA
    • Author GOH CJ Cherryh
    • San Diego's Longest-Running SF Con. Eclectic Program, Kids' Program, Art Show, Dealers Room, Anime, Masquerade, Gaming, Filk, Concerts, more.


  • MarsCon - March 5-7, 2010
    • Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, Bloomington, MN
    • GoHs: Gwynyth Walsh, John Garner, Loretta McKibben, The Nick Atoms
    • Volunteer–run sci-fi/fantasy convention for all ages, with food, parties, gaming, music, costumes, prizes, famous guests, an art show and other fun stuff! Sponsored by the Fans Educational Network for Science Fiction (FenSF).


  • Potlatch 19 - March 5-7, 2010
    • Hotel Deca, Seattle WA
    • Book of Honor: Roger Zelazny's Lord of Light
    • Non-profit, literary event for the readers and writers of speculative fiction; proceeds benefit Clarion West


  • MidSouthCon - March 12-14, 2010
    • Whispering Woods Hotel and Conference Center, Olive Branch, Mississippi
    • Guests of Honor: Kevin J. Anderson, Rebecca Moesta, Lou Anders, Sherrilyn Kenyon


  • International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts - March 17-20, 2010
    • Airport Marriott Hotel, Orlando, Florida
    • Guests of Honor: Nalo Hopkinson, Takayuki Tatsumi, Laurence Yep
    • This year's theme: Race and the Fantastic


  • Vericon X - March 19-21, 2010
    • Sever Hall, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
    • Guest of Honor: Timothy Zahn. Nifty Guests: Katharine Howe, Randall Munroe.


  • World Horror Convention - March 25-28, 2010
    • Royal Albion Hotel, Brighton, England.
    • GoH: Tanith Lee, David Case; artists Les Edwards, Dave Carson; Editor GoH Hugh Lamb; Mistress of Ceremonies Jo Fletcher; Special Guest of Honour James Herbert.


  • I-Con - March 26-28 2010
    • Stony Brook University, Stony Brook NY


  • Norwescon 33 - April 1-4, 2010
    • Doubletree Hotel, SeaTac, Washington
    • GoHs: Vernor Vinge, Cory Doctorow, John Jude Palencar
    • Philip K. Dick Award winner will be announced


  • Swancon 2010: Contagion - April 1-5, 2010
    • All Seasons Hotel, Perth, Western Australia
    • 35th Annual Western Australian Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention
    • Guests: Scott Sigler, Ian Irvine


  • Minicon 45 - April 2-4, 2010
      Bloomington Sheraton South, Bloomington, MN
    • GoHs: Brandon Sanderson, Dan Dos Santos


  • Ad Astra 2010 - April 9-11, 2010
    • Crowne Plaza Toronto Don Valley Hotel, Toronto, Ontario
    • Guests: Todd McCaffrey, Eric Flint, Robert J. Sawyer, Aaron Allston
    • Toronto's Premiere Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention, in its 29th year


  • FilkONtario - April 9-11, 2010
    • Toronto Delta Airport West Hotel, Mississauga, Ontario
    • GoHs Jeff and Maya Bohnhoff, Filk Waif Erica Neely, Interfilk guest Wm Mark Simmons
    • Concerts, Dealers room, Filk Hall of Fame inductions, banquet, workshops, con suite, songwriting contests. Join us for a relaxed, friendly weekend of music and fun


  • RavenCon - April 9-11, 2010
    • Holiday Inn Select, Koger Center, Richmond, VA
    • Guests: author Rachel Caine, artist R. Cat, gaming Steve Long


  • Con-Stellation - April 16-18 2010
    • Guest House Inn and Suites, Lincoln, Nebraska
    • GoHs: Brandon Sanderson, Patrick Kennedy, Frank Wu


  • Odyssey Con X - April 16-18 2010
    • Radisson Hotel Madison WI
    • GoHs: authors Harry Turtledove and Tobias Buckell, Gaming GoH Monte Cook


  • EerieCon - Apr 23-25, 2010
    • Days Inn at the Falls, Niagara Falls, NY
    • Author Guests of Honor: Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta
    • Sponsored by the Buffalo Fantasy League


  • JordanCon - Apr 23-25, 2010
    • Crowne Plaza Ravinia Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia
    • Fan convention devoted to the late Robert Jordan's "Wheel of Time" series and other writers.
    • Guest of Honor: Brandon Sanderson, Toastmaster: Matt Hatch. Additional Guests: David Wong, Jana Oliver.


  • CoyoteCon - May 1-31 2010
    • 31-day Online Author Conference
    • Special Guests Gary Braunbeck, Nalo Hopkinson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Carole McDonnell, Scott Nicholson and more.
    • Free, but registration required


  • LepreCon 36 - May 14-16 2010
    • Phoenix Marriott Mesa, Mesa AZ
    • GoHs: artist Charles Vess; author George R.R. Martin; local author James A. Owen


  • 2nd Annual Science Fiction Studies Symposium - May 27, 2010
    • Topic: "Animal Studies and Science Fiction"
    • 2:30-5:00 PM in the Reading Room of the Special Collections and Archives Department of Rivera Library, which houses the J. Lloyd Eaton Collection of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and Utopian Literature
    • Speakers include Sherryl Vint, Joan Gordon, Carl McGuirk



  • Balticon 44 - May 28-31 2010
    • Marriott Hunt Valley Inn, Hunt Valley, Maryland (just north of Baltimore)
    • GoHs: Tanya Huff, Howard Tayler, Paul Melko
    • Also attending: 2010 Compton Crook Award and 2010 Jack L. Chalker Young Writers Contest winners
    • Literary convention with short story workshop, poetry workshop, live theater, masquerade, art exhibit, etc.


  • Oasis 23 - May 28-30, 2010
    • Marriott Orlando Downtown, Orlando FL
    • Guests of Honor: Sharon Lee and Steve Miller (writers), Richard C. Livingston (art), Michael Hinman (fan), Rob Balder (filk)
    • Traditional literary SF convention; Art Show, Dealers Room, Anime, Masquerade, Gaming, Filk


  • Conterpoint 2010 / NEFilk 20 - June 25-27, 2010
    • Chase Suites Hotel, Rockville, MD
    • 20th Northeast Filk Convention; Lots of concerts, workshops and panels.
    • GoHs Ed Stauff and Mary Ellen Wessels, TM Juanita Coulson, Interfilk GOH Char MacKay, Listener GOHs Jonathan and Debbie Baker.


  • Fourth Street Fantasy Convention - June 25-27, 2010
    • Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis Park Place, Minneapolis, MN
    • A convention for people who are serious about good fantasy and good stories: reading them, writing them, appreciating them in all their various forms


  • Westercon 63 - July 1-4 2010
    • Pasadena Hilton, Pasadena CA
    • Pro GoH: Rudy Rucker; Artist GoH: Marc "Schirm" Schirmeister; Fan GoH: John D. Berry


  • CONvergence - July 1-4, 2010
    • Sheraton Bloomington Hotel, Bloomington, MN
    • GoHs: L. A. Banks, Jeremy Bulloch, Paul Cornell, Bridget Landry, Chuck McCann, Wally Wingert.


  • Readercon - Jul 8-11, 2010
      Burlington Marriott, Burlington, Massachusetts
    • Annual conference or convention devoted to "imaginative literature" -- literary science fiction, fantasy, horror, and the unclassifiable works often called "slipstream"
    • GoH: Nalo Hopkinson, Charles Stross
    • Memorial GoH: Olaf Stapledon


  • Mythcon 41 - Jul 9-12, 2010
    • Crowne Plaza Suites–Dallas, Dallas, Texas
    • Guests: Tim Powers, Janet Brennan Croft
    • This year's theme: "War in Heaven - Cosmological Conflict in Mythpoeic Fiction"
    • Includes presentation of the Mythopoeic Awards


  • Ancient City Con IV - Jul 10-11, 2010
    • Jacksonville FL
    • A convention for fans of science fiction, fantasy, anime, costuming, & gaming.


  • Pulpfest - July 30 - Aug 1, 2010
      Ramada Plaza Hotel and Conference Center, Columbus, Ohio
    • GoH: William F. Nolan


  • SpoCon - July 30 - Aug 1, 2010
      Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA
    • A full spectrum science fiction and fantasy convention dedicated to the literacy and education of children. Costumes, gaming, vendors, artwork, literature, panels, filk performances, author readings, a writing contest and much more.
    • GoH: Michael Whelan; Ghost of Honor: Arthur C. Clarke; other guests: Tanya Huff, Seanan McGuire (Mira Grant)


  • ReConStruction, the 10th NASFiC - August 5-8, 2010
    • Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, NC
    • The 10th Occasional North American Science Fiction Convention -- held in years when the World SF Convention is outside North America
    • Guests of Honor Eric Flint, Brad Foster, Juanita Coulson; Toastmaster Toni Weisskopf


  • SETIcon - August 13 - 15, 2010
    • Hyatt Regency Hotel, Santa Clara, California
    • The Search for Life in the Universe in Science Fact and Science Fiction
    • Guests include Robert J. Sawyer, Robyn Asimov, Frank Drake, Phil Plait


  • 2010 Dum Dum - Aug 19-22, 2010
    • Best Western Chicago-Hillside, Hillside, Illinois
    • A convention for fans of Edgar Rice Burroughs
    • Guests include artist Thomas Floyd and Stephen D. Korshak, author of Grand Master of Fantasy: The Paintings of J. Allen St. John.


  • Can-Con - Aug 20-22, 2010
    • Travelodge Hotel & Conference Centre, Ottawa, Ontario
    • Guest of Honor: Marie Bilodeau; special guest Larry Stewart


  • 5Pi-Con - Aug 20-22, 2010
    • Crowne Plaza, Enfield, CT
    • Author Guest of Honor: Robert J. Sawyer; Webcomic Guest of Honor: Rob Balder; Guest of Awesome: Hugh Casey
    • Science Fiction convention with panels, workshops, gaming, and performances.


  • ArmadilloCon - Aug 27-29, 2010
    • Renaissance Hotel, Austin, TX
    • GoH Rachel Caine, artist guest Cat Conrad, editor guest Anne Sowards, fan guest Elspeth Bloodgood, toastmistress Nancy Kress, urban fantasy special guest Ilona Andrews, steampunk special guest Michael Bishop


  • Au Contraire - Aug 27-29, 2010
    • Quality Hotel, Cuba St, Wellington, New Zealand.
    • The 31st NZ NatCon - if you're attending AussieCon 4, why not visit NZ on the way?


  • Bubonicon 42 - Aug 27-29, 2010
    • Albuquerque Grand (Sheraton) Airport Hotel, Albuquerque, NM
    • GoHs: Peter David, Sarah Clemens; toastmaster: Mario Acevedo
    • Other guests include Daniel Abraham, Ben Bova, Steven Gould, Jane Lindskold, Victor Milan, Melinda Snodgrass, S.M. Stirling, Ian Tregillis, Carrie Vaughn, Walter Jon Williams, Connie Willis


  • Aussiecon 4 - Sept 2-6, 2010
    • Melbourne, Australia
    • 68th World Science Fiction Convention
    • GoHs Kim Stanley Robinson, Robin Johnson, Shaun Tan


  • CopperCon 30 - Sept 4-6, 2010
    • Mesa, Arizona
    • Arizona's Premiere Science Fiction Convention
    • GoHs Stephen R. Donaldson, David Lee Summers, Weston Ochse


  • FantasyCon 2010 - Sept 17-19, 2010
    • Britannia Hotel, 1 St James Street, Nottingham, UK
    • Annual convention organised by the British Fantasy Society
    • Guests of Honor: Garry Kilworth, Lisa Tuttle
    • Master of Ceremonies: James Barclay


  • HorrorRealm - Sept 17-19, 2010
    • Crowne Plaza, Pittsburgh South, Pittsburgh, PA
    • Pittsburgh's modern horror convention; second annual
    • Author guests include Jonathan Maberry, Kim Paffenroth, Rhiannon Frater


  • MadCon 2010 - Sept. 24-26, 2010
    • Madison, WI
    • Guest of Honor: Harlan Ellison
    • Other Guests include Gene Wolfe, Pat Rothfuss
    • A general sf/fantasy/speculative fiction convention, with an emphasis on the work of our GOH. Of special note - Harlan Ellison has stated that this will be the last convention at which he will be appearing.


  • Foolscap 12 - Sep 24-26, 2010
    • Redmond Marriott Town Center, Redmond, WA
    • GoHs: Emma Bull & Will Shetterly and Cory Ench & Catska Ench
    • A convention devoted primarily to science fiction and fantasy literature and art


  • Con*Cept - Oct 1-3, 2010
    • Hotel Espresso, Montreal, QC, Canada
    • GoH: Tad Williams, Deborah Beale, Nicki Clyne
    • Montreal's annual SF and fantasy convention


  • Conjecture - Oct 1-3, 2010
    • Town and Country Resort, San Diego CA
    • GoH: Robert J. Sawner
    • Traditional literary SF convention; Art Show, Dealers Room, Anime, Masquerade, Gaming, Filk, Concerts, Films


  • Capclave - Oct 22-24, 2010
    • Hilton Washington DC/Rockville, Rockville, Maryland
    • Capclave is a small convention focusing on written SF/F. It offers panels, writing and reviewing workshops, filking, a dealers room, a hospitality suite and a fun, relaxed atmosphere in which to meet new friends and reconnect with old ones
    • Guests: Connie Willis, Ann and Jeff Vandermeer


  • Toronto SpecFic Colloquium - Oct 23, 2010
    • Hart House, Toronto, Ontario
    • Guests: Peter Watts, Karl Schroeder, Tony Burgess, Gemma Files


  • MileHiCon 42 - Oct 22-24, 2010
    • Hyatt Regency Tech Center, Denver CO
    • Largest SF 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 Katherine Kurtz and Rachel Caine, and artist Donato Giancola. Toastmaster: author Paolo Bacigalupi


  • World Fantasy Convention - Oct 28-31, 2010
    • Hyatt Regency Hotel, Columbus OH
    • Guests of Honor: Dennis McKiernan, Esther Friesner, David Hartwell, Darrell K. Sweet


  • ICON 35 - Nov 5-7 2010
    • Cedar Rapids Marriott, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
    • "A Steam Powered Convention of the Future"
    • GoH: Cory Doctorow


  • OryCon 32 - Nov 12-14 2010
    • Portland Doubletree Hotel, Portland OR
    • GoHs: P.N. Elrod, Sharyn November, Chad Savage, Seanan McGuire


  • TusCon 37 - Nov 12-14 2010
    • Hotel Tucson City Center, Tucson, Arizona
    • GoHs: Jim Butcher & Shannon K. Butcher, Bjo & John Trimble; Toastmaster: Ed Bryant
    • Special Guest Noel Neill (who played Lois Lane in the original TV show Adventures of Superman)
    • Programming includes panel discussions, readings, cosplay, gaming, videos, anime, & much more.


  • Windycon 37 - Nov 12-14 2010
    • Westin, Lombard, IL
    • GoHs: Steven Barnes, Nene Thomas, Jason Schachat, Tricky Pixie; Toastmaster: Eric Flint


  • Philcon 2010 - Nov 19-21, 2010
    • Crowne Plaza Hotel, Cherry Hill, NJ
    • GoH: Peter S. Beagle


  • Steamcon II - Nov 19-21, 2010
    • Marriott & Hilton, Seattle Airport
    • Author GoH: James Blaylock; Artist GoH: Jake Von Slatt; Games GoH: Shane Hensley
    • This year's Steamcon® will highlight the Weird Weird West or American steampunk, if you will. Imagine the age of steam on the wild frontier


  • SFContario - Nov 19-21, 2010
    • Toronto Ontario Canada
    • Author GoH: Michael Swanwick; Editor GoHs: Patrick and Teresa Nielsen Hayden; Fan GoH: Geri Sullivan; Filk GoH: Karen Linsley
    • Toronto's newest science fiction convention.


  • Sydney Freecon - Nov 19-21, 2010
    • Bankstown City Library, Sydney, Australia
    • Volunteer-run, free-entry gathering of those interested in discussing the ideas found in Science Fiction and Fantasy


  • Darkovercon 33 - Nov 26-28, 2010
    • Holiday Inn Timmonium, Timmonium, MD
    • GoH: Elizabeth Bear


  • Loscon 37 - Nov 26-28, 2010
    • LAX Marriott, Los Angeles
    • Writer Guest: Emma Bull; Artist Guest: Phil Foglio; Fan Guest: Kim Brown; Fan Guest: Jordan Brown




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