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Penguicon 7.0 (May 1-3, 2009) Crowne Plaza Detroit Metro Airport, Romulus, MI. Author GoH Spider Robinson. Software GoH Rasmus Lerdorf. Media GoH Wil Wheaton. Gaming GoH Jane McGonigal. Hack of Honor Candyfab. Nifty Guests Steve Eley, Jon "maddog" Hall. $45 until 3/31, $50 at the door. Website/blog:

GenreCon 2009 (May 3, 2008) Sarnia Library, Sarnia, ON, Canada. Eric Choi, Gord Rollo and Doug Smith, Multigenre con on writing and reading. Email:; website

Balticon 43 (May 22-25, 2009) Hunt Valley Inn, GOH: Charles Stross. Music GOH: Mary Crowell. 2008 Compton Crook Winner: Mark L. Van Name. 2009 Compton Crook Winner: we'll figure out one of these days. Art show, dealers' room, literary, science, masquerade, gaming, etc. $48 Jan1-Feb 28, $53 Mar1-Apr 30, $40 May 1-door. Children half those rates. Website:

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. Website:

MisCon 23 (May 22-25, 2009) Missoula, Montana. Author Guest Steven Brust, Artist Guest John Kovalic, Special Guest Author Michael Stackpole. Membership is $25 January to April 31, 2009, $30 on & after May 1, 2009. Writer's Workshops, Writing Panels, Art Auction, Dealers Room, Gaming, Film Festival. Website:

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. Website:

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. WisCon is primarily a book-oriented convention... with an irrepressible sense of humor. Membership: $45; youth, childcare, and supporting memberships available. Online and mail registration closes April 30. Website:

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

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. Website:

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. Website:

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. Adult 3-day Memb: £35 until 16/11/08; £45 until 14/05/09. Website:

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. Website:

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. Website:

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. Membership: Mythopoeic Society members $65, non-members $75; $5 more after May 15. Website:

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. Website:

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. Memb: $25 to 3/15/09. Website:

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. Website:

Writercon 2009: Writing Between the Lines (July 31 - August 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.  Website:

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

AnticipationSF: the 67th World Science Fiction Convention (August 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. Website:

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. For more information:

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. Website:

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

KillerCon (Sept 17-20, 2009) Palace Station Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV. GoH: Joe Lansdale, Heather Graham, L.A. Banks, Brian Keene and Edward Lee. Details, visit website; email

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

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. Website:

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

Gaylaxicon 2009 (Oct 9-11 2009) 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. Memberships $70 until Aug 11 2009. Hotel: Saint Louis Park Doubletree. For full info: or email

Capclave (Oct 16-18, 2009) Hilton Washington DC/Rockville, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852. 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. Memberships are $35 through December 2008; $45 January through June 2009; $55 July through September 2009; and $60 thereafter. Website -

Geek.Kon (October 23-25, 2009) Sheraton Hotel, Madison WI. Madison convention celebrating all things geeky (sci-fi, fantasy, anime, gaming, etc..) Guests to be announced at a later date. Mail-in preregistration is now open, to register and see updates please see website --

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

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!). Website:

IlluXCon 2  (November 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). Website:

TusCon 36  (November 13-15, 2009) Hotel Tucson City Center, Tucson, AZ. GoH: Weston Ochse; Toastmaster Ed Bryant. Website:

World Horror Convention (March 25-28, 2010) Royal Albion Hotel, Brighton, England. GoH: Tanith Lee. Website:

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? Website:

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