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  • MythosCon - Jan 5-9, 2011
    • Phoenix, AZ
    • Lovecraft's convention


  • Chattacon XXXVI - Jan 21-23, 2011
    • Chattanooga Choo-Choo, Chattanooga, TN
    • GoHs: K. K. Rusch, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Ruth Thompson, Bill & Brenda Sutton, Toni Weisskopf


  • Arisia - Jan 14-17, 2011
    • Westin Boston, Boston MA
    • GoHs: Kelley Armstrong, Josh Simpson, Rene Walling, Shaenon Garity


  • This ConFusion Not Yet Rated - Jan 21-23, 2011
    • Troy, Michigan
    • GoHs: Paolo Bacigalupi, Cherie Priest, Dr. Aubrey de Grey, Lisa Garrison-Ragsdale, Peter V. Brett
    • Literary focus with panels, art show and auction, masquerade, dance and 24 hour consuite


  • Capricon 31 - Feb 11-13, 2011
    • Westin Chicago North Shore, Wheeling, IL
    • Guests: Author: John Scalzi; Artist: John Picacio; Fans: Janice Gelb and Stephen Boucher
    • General science fiction convention held annually in the greater Chicago area since 1980


  • Corflu 28 - Feb 11-13, 2011
    • The Domain Hotel, Sunnyvale, CA
    • Annual convention of fanzine fans


  • Boskone 48 - Feb 18-20, 2011
    • Boston Waterfront Westin, Boston, MA
    • Guests of Honor: Charles Stross, Gregory Manchess, Charlaine Harris
    • Regional SF convention sponsored by the New England Science Ficton Association (NESFA)


  • ConDor - Feb 25-27, 2011
    • Town and Country Resort Hotel, San Diego CA
    • Guests of Honor: Gregory Benford
    • San Diego's Longest-Running SF Convention - Literary SF convention; Panels, Art Show, Dealers Room, Gaming, Filk, Anime, Masquerade, Concerts, Dance


  • Potlatch 20 - March 4-6, 2011
    • Domain Hotel , Sunnyvale CA
    • Book of Honor: George Stewart's Earth Abides
    • Non-profit, literary event for the readers and writers of speculative fiction; proceeds benefit Clarion West


  • Wild Wild West Con Steampunk Convention & Festival - March 4-6, 2011
    • Old Tucson Studios & Hotel Tucson City Center, Tucson, AZ
    • Concerts, Discussion Panels, Workshops, Stunt Shows, Dinner Theater, Gaming, Fashion Show, Art Show & More


  • FOGcon - Mar 11-13, 2011
    • Holiday Inn Golden Gateway, San Francisco
    • Friends of the Genre (FOGcon) is a literary-themed San Francisco SF/F con in the tradition of Wiscon and Readercon
    • This year's theme is "The City in Speculative Fiction."
    • Guests include Pat Murphy and Jeff VanderMeer


  • Madicon 20 - Mar 11-13, 2011
    • Harrisonburg, VA
    • Guests of Honor: Rob Balder, C.S. Friedman, and Katherine Kurtz


  • International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts - March 16-20, 2011
    • Airport Marriott Hotel, Orlando, Florida
    • Guests of Honor: Connie Willis, Terry Bisson, Andrea Hairston
    • This year's theme: The Fantastic Ridiculous


  • Lunacon - March 18-20, 2011
    • Hilton Rye Town, Rye Town, NY
    • Guests of Honor: Lawrence M. Schoen, Rachael Mayo


  • AggieCon 42 - Mar 25-27, 2011
    • Hilton Hotel and Conference Center, College Station, Texas


  • MidSouthcon - March 25-27, 2011
    • Hilton Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee
    • Guests of Honor: Mary Robinette Kowal, Nene Thomas, Jackie Gamber, Les Johnson
    • Includes an Educators' Science and Fiction Seminar certified for CEU by the University of Memphis


  • Nova Albion Steampunk Exhibition - March 25-27, 2011
    • Hyatt Regency Santa Clara, Santa Clara, CA
    • Guests of Honor: Cherie Priest, Paul Guinan, Annina Bennet
    • Other guests and speakers include: Gail Carriger, Phil & Kaja Foglio, Ekaterina Sedia, Chris Garcia, Mike Perschon, J. Daniel Sawyer
    • The Exhibition includes an outdoor Kinetics and Steam Enclosure, hands-on Maker Workshops, Academic presentations, Panel discussions, Book signings, 3 vendor areas, a Museum of Curiosities, Art Gallery, Game Room, Miss Kalendar's Salon and features the Asian Steampunk art of James Ng.
    • 2011's theme will be the Wild, Wild EAST


  • ConStellation 2 - Apr 15-17, 2011
    • Guest House Inn and Suites, Lincoln, Nebraska
    • Author GoH: Jim C. Hines; Media GoH: Christopher R. Mihm
    • Art Show, Dealers Room, Youth Programming, more


  • GenreCon 2011 - Apr 16, 2011
    • Sarnia Library, Sarnia, ON Canada
    • Guests include Chizine Publications' Brett Savory & Sandra Kasturi, Helen Marshall and Laura Marshall
    • Free multi-genre literary convention


  • Eeriecon - Apr 29 - May 1, 2011
    • Niagara Falls NY
    • "Celebrating fantasy, horror, and science fiction"
    • Guests of Honor: Larry Niven and Derwin Mak
    • Other guests: Anne Bishop, Nancy Kress, Robert J. Sawyer


  • Gaslight Gathering - May 6-8, 2011
    • Town & Country Hotel & Convention Center, San Diego, CA
    • Southern California's First Dedicated Steampunk & Victoriana Convention
    • Guests of Honor: Kim Newman, Nicholas Baumann of the League of S.T.E.A.M.
    • Other participants include: Jon Magnificent, Steam Powered Giraffe, Vernian Process, Bret Culpepper, Chris Garcia, Samantha Henderson, Martin Kauper, Leslie Klinger, Druann Pagliassotti, Jody Regan, Christian Lorenz Scheurer, Ramona Szczerba
    • Events include: Saturday Afternoon Grand Tea, Sunday social, evening concerts, fashion show and workshops, Academic presentations, panel discussions, autographs, Merchants area, Art Salon, Game Lounge, technological demonstrations, magicians, circus entertainers, Masked Ball
    • Theme: Around the Universe in 80 Hours


  • LepreCon 37 - May 6-8, 2011
    • Tempe Mission Palms, Tempe, AZ
    • Arzona's annual science fiction and fantasy convention with an emphasis on art. This year we will also have a Shadow Unit mini-con with Emma Bull, Will Shetterly, Elizabeth Bear, Sarah Monetter, and other Shadow Unit contributors
    • Guests of Honor: John Picacio, Elizabeth Bear, Sarah Monette, Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant


  • International Steampunk City - May 6-8, 2011
    • The City of Waltham MA
    • Steampunk City offers five live stages, throughout the downtown of Waltham; exhibits on the Waltham Common, Charles River River Walk, and both outside and inside the Waltham Watch Factory.
    • Guests include Jeff VanderMeer


  • Nebula Awards Weekend - May 19-22, 2011
    • Washington Hilton, Washington DC
    • Everyone is invited to register for the Nebula Awards Weekend


  • Keycon - May 20-22, 2011
    • Winnipeg, Manitoba, Cananda
    • Guests of Honor: Darrell K. Sweet, Barbara Galler-Smith


  • Balticon 45 - May 27-30, 2011
    • Marriott's Hunt Valley Inn, near Baltimore, MD
    • Guests of Honor: Ben Bova, Vincent Di Fate, Steve Geppi, Paolo Bacigalupi


  • BayCon 2011 - May 27-30, 2011
    • Hyatt Santa Clara, Santa Clara CA
    • Guests of Honor: John Picacio, Bobbie DuFault; TM Martin Young


  • CONduit 21 - May 27-29, 2011
    • Radisson Hotel, Downtown Salt Lake City
    • Guests of Honor: Carole Nelson Douglas (Author), Brian C. Hailes (Artist), Joey Shoji (Filk)
    • We have writing and art workshops and presentations, as well as panels and other presentations on a wide variety of genre topics (content tends to lean toward writers and readers). We have one of the largest art shows in the intermountain west, as well as one of the largest masquerades (entry-wise).


  • Eurocon 2011 - June 17-19, 2011
    • Stockholm, Sweden
    • Guests of Honor: Elizabeth Bear, Ian McDonald, Jukka Halme, John-Henri Holmberg
    • Also the Swedish national convention, Swecon 2011


  • DucKon 20 - June 17-19, 2011
    • Hyatt Regency Woodfield, Schaumburg, IL
    • Guests of Honor: Tamora Pierce, Ursula Vernon, Gary Hanak
    • General science fiction convention held in the greater Chicago area since 1991. Funds the Golden Duck awards for Children's science fiction literature. Writer's workshop, literary, science, young fans and Klingon tracks. Filk, gaming, masquerade and other special events


  • Westercon 64 - July 1-4, 2011
    • Fairmont Hotel, San Jose CA
    • Pro GoH: Patricia McKillip; Artist GoH: Kaja & Phil Foglio; Fan GoH: Mike Willmoth


  • North American Discworld Convention - July 8-11, 2011
    • Concourse Hotel, Madison, WI
    • Guest of Honor: Sir Terry Pratchett


  • Think Galacticon 3 - July 8-10, 2011
    • Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL
    • Notable Guests - SF author: N.K. Jemisin; Activist: Adrienne Maree Brown.
    • "Think Galacticon strives to create a space to explore issues of oppressive hierarchies, confronting topics of race, gender, sexuality, class and more. Our approach seeks to include both SF fans and activists who have interests in SF themes to try to broaden the horizons of both communities."


  • Readercon 22 - July 14-17, 2011
    • Burlington, MA
    • Guests of Honor: Geoff Ryman, Gardner Dozois


  • PulpFest 2011 - July 29-31, 2011
    • Columbus OH
    • Thousands of Pulp Magazines in One Hall!
    • Presentations include a celebration of the 100th anniversary of C.L. Moore's birth
    • Includes FarmerCon VI, an annual gathering for fans of Grand Master of Science Fiction Philip José Farmer


  • Renovation: The 69th World Science Fiction Convention - August 17-21, 2011
    • Reno, Nevada
    • The 69th World Science Fiction Convention
    • Guests of Honor: Ellen Asher, Charles N. Brown (in memoriam), Tim Powers, Boris Vallejo


  • Bubonicon 43 - August 26-28, 2011
    • Sheraton Albuq Airport Hotel, Albuquerque NM
    • Special Guests: Stephen Leigh (S.L. Farrell), Ian Tregillis, John Picacio, Robert Vardeman & Dr. Maria Lane.
    • Literary-oriented long-running SF convention. Home of mascot Perry Rodent and the Green Slime Awards (recognizing wretchedness). Steampunk Theme with panel and film talk.


  • Context 24 - August 26-28, 2011
    • Columbus, Ohio
    • Regional con focused on speculative fiction and related games, comics, and films


  • CopperCon 31 - Sept 2-5, 2011
    • Hilton Garden Inn, Avondale AZ
    • Guest of Honor: Carrie Vaughn
    • Local Guest: Janni Lee Simner
    • Fan Guest of Honor: M.R. Hildebrand
    • Programming includes literature panels, charity auction, science fiction, hard science and more


  • CONjecture 2011 - Sep 9-11, 2011
    • Hilton San Diego Mission Valley, San Diego CA
    • Guest of Honor: Allen Steele
    • General SF Convention with Emphasis on Literature - Panels, Art Show, Dealers Room, Gaming, Filk, Anime, Masquerade, Concerts


  • Foolscap 13 - Sep 16-18, 2011
    • Remond Marriott Town Center, Redmond, WA
    • Guest of Honor: Ted Chiang and Jim Woodring
    • A weekend conference for readers, writers, visual artists, and other people who love science fiction and fantasy.


  • The Great New England Steampunk Exposition - Sep 16-18, 2011
    • Courtyard Marriott / Central MA Expo Center, Fitchburg Massachusetts
    • Guests include Abney Park, Phil Foglio, Frenchy and the Punk, Sharon Lee and Steve Miller


  • Fencon VIII - Sep 23-25, 2011
    • Crowne Plaza North Dallas - Addison, Texas
    • Guests include Gail Carriger, Joe Bethancourt, Steven H Silver, Vincent Di Fate, Les Johnson; Toastmaster Bradley Denton; special guests Lou Anders, Stephan Martiniere
    • A fan-operated science fiction literary, filk and science convention in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.


  • TitanCon - Sep 23-25, 2011
    • Europa Exhibition Centre, Belfast, Ireland
    • Guests include Ian McDonald Peadar O Guilin, T.A. Moore
    • A science fiction and fantasy literature, media and gaming convention


  • Fantasycon 2011 - September 30 - October 2, 2011
    • Royal Albion Hotel, Brighton, England
    • Special Guest: Brian Aldiss
    • Guests of Honor: Gwyneth Jones, John Ajvide Lindqvist; MC Sarah Pinborough


  • The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival - October 7-16, 2011
    • Cheltenham Town Hall (GL50 1QA) Imperial Square and Montpellier Gardens (GL50 1SD)
    • Among many, many guests are Christopher Lee, Joanna Lumley, China Miéville, Brian Aldiss


  • Capclave 2011 - October 14-16, 2011
    • Hilton Washington DC/North Gaithersburg, Gaithersburg, MD
    • Guests of Honor: Carrie Vaughn and Catherynne Valente
    • Capclave, the Washington, DC area literary SF convention offers panels, readings, workshops, filking, dealers room, hospitality suite, science presentations, room parties, and a relaxed atmosphere.


  • Steamcon III - October 14-16, 2011
    • Hyatt Regency Hotel, Bellevue, WA
    • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is this year's theme
    • Guests of Honor: K.W. Jeter, Gary Gianni and Vagabond Opera.
    • For your pleasure there will be: The 2nd annual Airship Awards, the Neptune Society's Annual Tea, Mr Bodewell presents the Mysterious Island Lounge, the Grand Mercantile, Art Exhibition and much, much more to be announced.


  • Albacon 2011 - October 20-23, 2011
    • -- THIS CONVENTION HAS BEEN CANCELLED --
    • In its place is a 2011 LASTSFA Writers Workshop -- same place, on Oct. 20-21
    • Best Western Sovereign Hotel - Albany


  • MileHiCon 43 - October 21-23, 2011
    • Hyatt Regency Tech Center, Denver CO
    • Guests of Honor: Vernor Vinge, Glen Cook, Gardner Dozois
    • Toastmaster: Mario Acevedo
    • 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 Floatilla (robotic combat and aquatic competitions), and more.


  • Bristol-Con - October 22, 2011
    • Ramada Hotel, Redcliffe Way, Bristol, UK
    • GOHs Juliet McKenna, Justina Robson, Jim Burns (Artist) and Keith Blount (Scrivener)
    • Interviews, Discussions, Presentations, Art Show and Dealers room for the South West of England's discerning Science Fiction and Fantasy enthusiasts


  • World Fantasy Convention - Oct 27-30, 2011
    • Town and Country Resort Hotel, San Diego CA
    • Guests of Honor: Neil Gaiman, Graeme Base, Parke Godwin, Shawna McCarthy, Connie Willis (Toastmaster)


  • CONtraflow - Nov 4-6, 2011
    • Clarion Inn New Orleans Westbank, Gretna, Louisiana
    • Guest of Honor: David Brin. Toastmaster: Mark L. Van Name. Other guests: Toni Weisskopf and Victor Gischler.


  • TusCon 38 - Nov 11-13, 2011
    • Hotel Tucson City Center, Tucson, AZ
    • Guest of Honor: Patricia Briggs
    • Fan Guest of Honor: Dr. David A. Williams
    • Toastmaster: Ed Bryant
    • Programming includes panels, art show & dealers' room, Masquerade, gaming, readings and much more.


  • Philcon 2011 - Nov 18-20, 2011
    • Crowne Plaza Hotel, Cherry Hill NJ
    • Guests Cory Doctorow, Boris Vallejo & Julie Bell


  • SFContario 2/Canvention 31 - Nov 18-20, 2011
    • Ramada Plaza Toronto
    • Guests of Honor John Scalzi, Karl Schroeder, Gardner Dozois
    • Hosting the Aurora Awards


  • ChamBanacon #41 - November 25-27, 2011
    • Holiday Inn Hotel and Convention Center, Urbana IL
    • The longest running relaxacon in the Midwest. Poetry slam, discussion panels, author's readings, music, art show, huckster room, gaming, LARPing, and much more.
    • Guests of Honor: Geoffrey Landis & Mary Turzillo


  • Darkovercon 35 - November 25-27, 2011
    • Crown Plaza Baltimore, Timonium, Maryland
    • Guests of Honor: Ellen Kushner & Delia Sherman
    • Special Guest: Katherine Kurtz
    • The con features full programming tracks in science fiction and fantasy, steampunk, music and esoterica, as well as hands-on crafts workshops, dealer's room, art show, dances, videos gaming, author readings and other special events.


  • Loscon 38 - November 25-27, 2011
    • LAX Marriott, Los Angeles CA
    • Guests of Honor: John DeChancie, Aido Spadoni, Rick Searfoss, John Hertz


  • SMOFcon 29 - December 2-4, 2011
    • Park Plaza Victoria Hotel, Amsterdam
    • Fan runners include Vincent Docherty, Paul van Oven, Martin Easterbrook, Margaret Austin, James Shields, Steve Cooper, Janice Gelb, and Spike




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