Here’s a (very brief) list of science fiction/fantasy/media conventions I’m currently scheduled to attend. Unfortunately, my list of upcoming appearances has been severely truncated and will continue to be on the sparse side for the foreseeable future, until the health status of my son Levi improves significantly. This past convention season, due to my own illness and recovery, I missed all the Virginia/Maryland conventions except for CapClave; I missed MarsCon, Mysticon, and Ravencon. I was scheduled to be a guest at the 2014 Balticon in Baltimore, Maryland, but I’ve had to back out of that. My “wish list” for 2015, if Levi’s health greatly improves, would include MarsCon, Mysticon, Ravencon, Balticon, and PensaCon down in Pensacola, Florida, run by some very close friends from the Gulf Coast science fiction community. But right now, I simply can’t leave my wife Dara alone with Levi and the boys for a full weekend. I’ll attend at least a day or two of Capclave 2014 because it is only a ninety minute drive from my house.
10-12 October 2014
Guests of Honor: Paolo Bacigalupi, Holly Black, Genevieve Valentine
Location: Hilton Washington DC North/Gaithersburg,
620 Perry Parkway, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877
This year’s pricing schedule:
Jan 1st – May 31st 2014: $45
Jun 1st – July 31th 2014: $50
August 1st – Sep 30th 2014: $55
At the Door : $60
A special rate of $25 is available for Active Military, dependants of Active Military, and Students.
(list updated on April 3, 2014)
Been There, Done That…
Capclave, October 14-16, 2011
Hilton Washington, DC North
My “hometown” con, a laid-back, literary-focused relaxacon which usually pulls lots of fun guests from the Greater New York area. For a full report, click here!
CONtraflow, November 4-6, 2011
Clarion Inn, New Orleans Westbank
Gretna, Louisiana (New Orleans area)
This was the first year for CONtraflow, and the first time the New Orleans area has hosted a science fiction convention since right before Hurricane Katrina in 2005. I was excited to go, since this was my first opportunity to visit New Orleans since my family and I moved to Virginia in 2009. For a full report, click here!
MarsCon, January 13-15, 2012
Holiday Inn Patriot
I attended MarsCon for the first time in 2011 and looked forward to going back. The Williamsburg area is lots of fun, with a huge assortment of restaurants and attractions, and the con staff is very friendly (and keep all the attendees well fed). For a full report, click here!
James Rivers Writers, the Writing Show:
Sweet Indulgences: Writing Food, Drink, and Romance
Thursday, February 23, 2012, 6:30-8:30 pm
The Pavilion Room
The Children’s Museum
2626 West Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia
$10 in advance
$12 at the door
$5 students at the door
I’ll be appearing on a panel with writers Kit Wilkinson and Michele Young-Stone, talking about the art of writing oral indulgences in fiction and non-fiction. Books will be available for purchase. This is my first event with the James River Writers organization. Looking forward to it!
MystiCon, February 24-26, 2012
Tanglewood Holiday Inn
The original MystiCon took place back in 1980, and the name was revived for a new convention in 2011, which I attended. Obviously, I liked it, since I’m heading back. Great con staff with lots of enthusiasm and heapings of welcome. Plus, the Shenandoah Valley is a wonderful region to explore.
Book Signing and Meet-and-Greet at Borderland Books
Wednesday, March 7, 2012, 7:00-9:00 pm
866 Valencia Street, San Francisco, California
RavenCon, April 13-15, 2012
Holiday Inn Kroger Center
Chesterfield, Virginia (Richmond)
I’ve become kind of a regular at RavenCon. Always well run, with entertaining programming.
Nebula Awards Weekend
May 18-19, 2012
The Hyatt Regency Crystal City Hotel
2799 Jefferson Davis Highway
I participated in the mass book signing, attended by dozens of SFWA members, and visited with lots of my writing friends. Here’s a report.
May 25-28, 2012
Marriott Hunt Valley Inn, 245 Shawan Road
Hunt Valley, Maryland
This is one of the East Coast’s major regional science fiction conventions, with a very full slate of programming (including plentiful and very nicely done children’s programming). This was my family’s first trip to Balticon, and we will definitely plan to attend again.
17th annual Baltimore Book Festival
Sunday, September 30, 2012
Location: Baltimore, Maryland, in historic and picturesque Mount Vernon Place
Admission: Absolutely FREE and open to the public.
Here’s my schedule (all times listed for Sunday, 9/30; all panel discussions will take place at the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Stage):
Noon to 1pm: I’ll be signing books in the Authors Tent.
2pm: Vice Squad with Blasters–Can we predict the bad behavior in science fiction? See what scenarios our authors come up with for future misbehavior.
3pm: Readings with SFWA Authors–Come listen to SFWA authors read from their work, engage them in Q&A, and win great prizes!
6pm: Movies and Reading–Has the popularity of movie adaptations improved or dumbed down the written word? What about books that were turned into movies; is the union of Hollywood and literature for better or for worse?
This will be my first year attending, and this is also SFWA’s first year as an official sponsor/partner of the Festival. Let’s hope for good weather, as this is an entirely outdoor/tented event. No thunderstorms, please!
October 12-14, 2012
Hilton Washington DC North/Gaithersburg,
620 Perry Parkway, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877
I’ll be returning to Capclave this year. As always, I look forward to this relax-a-con with a literary focus. I’m also looking forward to meeting Nick Mamatas, the Editor Guest of Honor (who has combined in one novel, Move Under Ground, the stars of the Beat Generation and the Cthulhu Mythos, pretty neat, in my estimation!).