Errors In Astronomy Books
Who is an Infidel?
Dealing with the Taleban and Al-Qaeda
The Virus Problem
Shocking News about Franklin Mint
Questions to be Answered
I had a little chuckle last night
The Ultimate Taboo
NEW! Wilf's Jottings
16/01/2010 - 17/01/2010
Conrunner 2 A convention for all interested In Running Conventions
Location: Mercure St. Pauls Hotel, Sheffield UK
Guests of Honour: None
Membership: GBP 40.00 until 31st December 2009 then GBP 45.00. GBP 25.00 for day membership
Accommodation: Mercure St. Pauls Hotel, GBP 70.00 Double or twin, GBP 65.00 single bed & breakfast
Contact: See Website
05/02/2010 - 07/02/2010
BASAURICON International Science Fiction Convention
Location: Basauri, Spain
Guests of Honour: Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell
Membership: Normal ticket for 3 days 30, Golden ticket 3days 99, VIP ticket 200, Saturday ticket 12, Sunday ticket 12
Accommodation: Barceló Nervión (includes breakfast) Double 70 Individual 60; Hotel Armiñe (includes breakfast) Double 66 Individual 58
Note: Don't miss the opportunity to see our guests together for first time in a convention
Contact: on site
Email: on site
12/02/2010 - 14/02/2010
Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel, 2004 Greenspring Drive, Timonium, Maryland USA 21093
Guests of Honour: Mira Furlan and Felicia Day. Tee Morris, Marc Okrand, Terri Osborne.
Membership: Pre-registration cut off is 31/01/2010 Full Weekend: USD 70.00 All at the door prices + USD 5.00
Saturday Only: USD 50.00; Sunday Only: USD 40.00 Child Membership (Good for the weekend - no daily child memberships) USD 25.00
Friday Only USD 5.00; Saturday Evening Only USD 10.00 (Included with a Saturday Only or a Weekend Badge)
Banquet: USD 40.00 Deposit - no banquet tickets will be available at the door
Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Hotel, 2004 Greenspring Drive, Timonium, Maryland, USA 21093; USD 125 per night, plus tax. Hotel registration deadline is January 15, 2010! You must mention that you are a Farpoint Convention attendee for the discount rate.
Note: We will be having some web artists, a large gaming room and 1 autograph from each Guest of Honor is included in the registration fee.
Contact: Sharon Van Barclom Farpoint Enterprises, Inc., 11708 Troy Court, Waldorf, Maryalnd 20601
Email: trekcontact at comcast dot net or betspots at gmail.com
19/03/2010 - 20/03/2010
Location: Triplanetary Center for the Speculative Arts, Keokuk, Iowa
Guests of Honour: Voice actor Robert Axelrod. Others to be announced.
Membership: pre-register USD 20 until November 5, USD 30 at the door
Contact: Per Malm
Email: permalm at mindspring dot com
25/03/2010 - 28/03/2010
WORLD HORROR CONVENTION
Location: Brighton, UK
Guests of Honour: Tanith Lee, David Case, Les Edwards, Dave Carson, Hugh Lamb, James Herbert, Ingrid Pitt
Mistress of Ceremonies: Jo Fletcher
Membership: GBP 60.00 now, will rise soon.
Note: The theme is "BRIGHTON SHOCK!A CELEBRATION OF THE EUROPEAN HORROR TRADITION FROM VICTORIAN TIMES TO THE PRESENT DAY", and the convention will host numerous panels, talks, presentations, readings, signings, launches, workshops and displays devoted to horror, macabre, mystery and thriller fiction and art in all its varied and fearsome forms. There will also be a Dealers' Room and an Art Show
Contact: PO Box 64317, London, NW6 9LL
02/04/2010 - 05/04/2010
Odyssey 2010 The 2010 Eastercon
Location: Radisson Edwardian Hotel, Heathrow, London, England
Guests of Honour: Alastair Reynolds, Iain M Banks, Liz Williams, Mike Carey
Artist Guest of Honour: Carlos Ezquerra
Fan Guests of Honour: Fran & John Dowd
Note: There will be a buffet meal at GBP 15.00 for adults and GBP 7.50 for children on Thursday evening. (See website for more info) The newsletter team will run a special Thursday evening programme item for those who want to learn how to produce a newsletter.
Membership/Hotel: membership at odyssey2010 dot org
Programme: Judith Proctor - judith at waveney dot org
General questions: Rita Medany - enquiries at odyssey2010 dot org
30/04/2010 - 02/05/2010
VULCAN EVENTS TAMPA SCI-FI CONVENTION
Location: Doubletree Hotel Tampa Westshore Airport, 4500 West Cypress Street, Tampa, Florida, United States 33607, Tel: 1-813-879-4800
Guests of Honour: Christopher Lloyd, Gary Graham, William Morgan Sheppard, Catherine Hicks, and more to be announced!
Membership: Tickets start at USD 40.00 to USD 269.00 for an all-inclusive ticket.
Accommodation: Same as con hotel. Special rates for con attendees of USD 91.00 per room. Mention Vulcan Events when making reservation or make reservation online via our website.
Note: Panels, Q&A, Banquet, Photo Ops and more! A great weekend planned, be there!
Contact: Fernando Martinez and Javier Garcia
Telephone: +1 401 4 VULCAN (+1 401 488 5226)
Email: info at vulcanevents dot com
28/05/2010 - 21/05/2010
BALTICON 44 - The Annual Maryland Regional Science Fiction Convention.
Location: Marriott Hunt Valley Inn, 245 Shawan Road, Hunt Valley, Maryland 21031 USA [north of Baltimore off of I-83]
Guests of Honour: Author Tanya Huff, Artist Howard Taylor, Scientist Thomas R. Holtz, Jr., Compton Crook Award winners for 2009 (Paul Melko) and 2010 (TBA at convention), Fan Ghost of Honor Hal Haag, Filk GoH TBA.
Membership: USD 48.00 Adult, USD 24.00 Child until 28/02/2010, then USD 53.00 Adult, USD 26.00 Child until 30/04/2010. USD 60.00 Adult, USD 30.00 Child after 30/04/2010 and at the door. Daily rates available at the door.
Accommodation: Marriott Hunt Valley Inn, 245 Shawan Road, Hunt Valley, Maryland 21031 USA. King or 2 doubles USD 135.00 per night. 1-800-228-9290 - ask for Balticon convention rate.
Note: Over 300 hours of programming in 7 tracks. Midnight movies. Competitive short film festival. Round the clock Anime and Classic Sci-Fi movie programs and Board and card gaming . Original live theatre, masquerade, art exhibit. Authors, editors, artists, scientists, musicians, filmmakers.
Contact: balticoninfo at balticon dot org
Membership: Registration at balticon dot org
Art show exhibitor inquiries: artshow at balticon dot org
Film festival submission info: filmfestival at balticon dot org
General info: balticoninfo at balticon dot org
28/05/2010 - 30/05/2010
Location: Atlanta, GA, USA
Guests of Honour: Paul Kasey and Carmen Argenziano
Membership: USD 45 for a three day membership
Accommodation: Holiday Inn Select Atlanta-Perimeter
Note: The convention focuses on Doctor Who and Stargate
Email: krish at timegatecon dot org
25/06/2010 - 27/06/2010
CONTERPOINT 2010 / NEFILK 20 - The 20th Northeast Filk Convention
Location: Chase Suite Hotel, 1380 Piccard Drive, Rockville, Maryland 20850 USA.
Guests of Honour: Ed Stauff and Mary Ellen Wessels;
Toastmistress: Juanita Coulson
Interfilk Guest: Char MacKay
Listener Guests: Jonathan and Debbie Baker
Membership: USD 50.00 until 31/05/2010. USD 60.00 at the door. Supporting membership USD 25.00, junior membership (age 7-12) USD 10.00. "Premiere" membership (includes special CD, water bottle, program book listing, other goodies) USD 75.00.
Accommodation: Same as con hotel. USD 109.00 per night for single, double, triple and quad suites. Rate includes complimentary breakfast buffet.
Note: All music, all the time. Concerts, workshops, panels, theme circles, and lots of open filk.
Contact: Gary Ehrlich
Email: electro at speakeasy dot net
09/07/2010 - 11/07/2010
G-FEST XVII - Godzilla and other Japanese Monsters Convention
Location: The Rosemont Hotel at OHare, Rosemont, Illinois, USA
Guests of Honour: Akira Takarda, Robert Scott Field, Dr. William Tsutsui, David Kalat, Bob Eggleton, JD Lees
Membership: Weekend admission tickets are $40.00 for adults, $20 for youth (15 and under). Daily admission (at the door) is $25.00 for adults, $10.00 for youths. Children 5 and under are admitted FREE.
Accommodation: ($96.00: single, double, triple or quad)
Note: G-FEST XVII will feature panel discussions with Akira Takarada, Dr. William M. Tsutsui and Robert Scott Field, David Kalat and Bob Eggleton along with fan movie historians. There will also be a giant dealers room, video game contests, video contests, art contest, modeling contest, costume contest & parade, special programming for young fans and more. Movie screenings will be held at the Pickwick Theater in Park Ridge, Illinois. This year includes the return of the "Double-Double Feature" on July 8th (Son of Godzilla, Godzilla vs Mothra (1992), Godilla 2000 and Godzilla X Megaguirus). In addition, Godzilla vs the Sea Monster with be screened on July 9th and Gojira on July 10th.
Contact: Jeff Horne
Email: gfest at jeffhorneweb dot com
16/07/2010 - 18/07/2010
Location: Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel, Richmond Hill, ON, Canada
Guests of Honour: Alaina Huffman, Mark Sheppard, Lindsay Wagner, Kai Owen
Membership: Starting at $60.00
Accommodation: Sheraton and Best Western Starting at $135 Polaris hotel info. at http://www.tcon.ca/polaris/modules/content/?id=22
When booking be sure to mention Polaris to receive convention room rate. Phone Toll-Free 1-800-668-0101
Note: Polaris features Costuming, Dealers Room, Anime, Blastoff Party, ConSuite, Saturday Night Dance, Costumers Party and Dance, Cosplay, the 4th Annual Constellation Awards, Masquerade, Z'aarx Charity, Auction, Writers' Workshop, Gaming, Model Display and Contest, Art Display, Room Parties, and Video Room, in addition to over 200 hours of programming.
Information Line (Voice Mail):(416) 410-TCON (8266)
Fax: (416) 410-TCON (8266)
Contest webpage: http://www.tcon.ca/polaris/modules/content/?id=43
24/07/2010 - 26/07/2010
Location: Glasgow Thistle Hotel, 36 Cambridge Street. Glasgow
Guests of Honour: Avery Brooks, James Callis, Manu Intiryami, David Prowse. More guests coming soon
Membership: £129.25 for full weekend adult pass; Kids (aged 5 to 15) £76.38 for full weekend; Under 5s are free; Family pass (2 adults & 2 kids) £323.13.
Accommodation: £90 per room per night - quote Constellation 2010
Note: All profits going to charity!
Contact: Janet Stewart or Bob Nicol. 1/2 131 Balcarres Avenue. Glasgow G12 0QW
Telephone: 0141 3373956 or 07810 555922
Email: constellevents at btinternet dot com
27/08/2010 - 27/08/2010
AU CONTRAIRE - the 31st New Zealand NatCon
Location: Quality Hotel, Cuba St, Wellington, New Zealand
Guests of Honour: TBA
Membership: NZ$60 waged / NZ$30 unwaged / NZ$120 solidarity / NZ$15 supporting
Accommodation: NZ$99 - NZ$155 for one or two occupants. Book via Au Contraire.
Note: The weekend before AussieCon 4 - if you're going to the WorldCon, why not visit New Zealand on the way?
Contact: PO Box 10104, Wellington, New Zealand
Email: info at aucontraire dot org dot nz
02/09/2010 - 06/09/2010
Aussiecon 4 68th World Science Fiction Convention
Location: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre (MCEC)
Guests of Honour: Kim Stanley Robinson, Robin Johnson, Shaun Tan
Attending Membership: AUD 210.00, USD 175.00, CDN 185.00, GBP 100.00. EURO 120.00, Yen 16,000.00
Supporting Membership: AUD 70.00, USD 50.00, CDN 50.00, GBP 25.00, EURO 35.00, Yen 4,900.00
Child Membership: (Children aged between 6-16 at 2 September 2010) AUD 50.00, USD 32.00, CDN 40.00, GBP 22.50, EURO 22.50, Yen 2950.00
NOTE: Children aged 5 and under as at 2 September 2010 get in for free. Childcare fees are not included with the membership.
Payment: Cash, Paypal, cheques in AUD and USD, Visa and Mastercard accepted. All credit card charges will be processed in Australian dollars.
Accommodation: Please check website later for more details or subscribe to the RSS feed Australia2010 or join 'Aussiecon4' Facebook group
Email: info at aussiecon4 dot org dot au
US Agent: Mark Linneman, PO Box 221878, Sacramento, CA 95822, USA usagent at aussiecon4 dot org dot au
UK Agent: Eve & John Harvey, 8 The Orchard, Tonwell, Herts SG12 0HR UK ukagent at aussiecon4 dot org dot au
European Agent: Vince Docherty, Koninginnegracht 75a, 2514 AH Den Haag, The Netherlands, europeagent at aussiecon4 dot org dot au
Japan Agent: Shouichi Hachiya, C/O JASFIC, 4-20-5-604, Mure, Mitaka, Tokyo 181-0002, Japan japanagent at aussiecon4 dot org dot au
COPPERCON 2010 Science Fiction / Fantasy Convention
Location: Windemere Resort, 5750 East Main St., Mesa, Arizona, USA 85205
Guests of Honour: Stephen R. Donaldson, David Lee Summers, Weston Ochse
Membership: USD 35.00 until 30/04/2010, then USD 45.00 at the door.
Accommodation: Windemere Resort is the con hotel. Room rate single thru quad USD 59.00 and includes: FREE Deluxe Continental Breakfast & Daily freshly baked cookies, 24 hour pool, Convenient FREE parking, and FREE wireless internet. See website for reservation information.
Note: Focused on providing an expanded three full days of fun, CopperCon activities will include: the World Famous Dealer's room, full Hospitality Suite, Guest Panels/Presentations/Workshops, Charity Benefit Auction, Masquerade, Art/Costuming/Fighting Demonstrations, LARP/Console/Other Gaming, Author Readings, Concerts, Water Pistol War, Robotics Exhibition, Model Rockets, Dancing, Star Trek Exhibit, and more.
Contact: CopperCon 30, PO Box 62613, Phoenix, Arizona, USA 86082
Email: info at coppercon dot org
10/09/2010 - 11/09/2010
Triplanetary Film Vortex
Location: Triplanetary Center for the Speculative Arts, Keokuk, Iowa, USA
Membership: pre-register USD 20 until March 1, USD 30 at the door
Note: It's more than a convention, more than a film festival. It's a FestiCon! Accepting film festival entries in SF, fantasy, horror, animation, anime genres. Fan film video room. Workshops and panels on how to make your fan film bigger! Better! Cheaper! Guests to be announced. Festival entry through withoutabox.com.
Contact: Per Malm
Email: permalm at mindspring dot com
17/09/2010 - 19/09/2010
ELSTERCON 2010 - SFCD-Con Annual con of the German Science Fiction Club
Location: Haus des Buches, Leipzig, Germany
Guests of Honour: Greg Bear, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Boris Koch, Alexander Kröger, Christian von Aster
Membership: 30 Euro until 31/07/2010 - 35 Euro after 31/07/2010
Accommodation: please check website for hotel list
Contact: FKSFL e.V., Thomas Braatz, Gebrüder-Weber-Weg 7, 04289 Leipzig, Germany
Telephone: Manfred Orlowski - +49 (0) 341 3919 442
Email: braatz at fksfl dot de
24/09/2010 - 26/09/2010
OXONMOOT 2010 Tolkien based weekend.
Location: Lady Margaret Hall, Norham Gardens, Oxford, OX2 6QA, United Kingdom
Membership: GBP 33.00, children 11-15 years GBP 17.00, 7-10 years GBP 1.00, 0-6 years free (reduced prices for Tolkien Society members GBP 28.00, 11-15 years GBP 15.00) until 31/07/2010. Then GBP 40.50, children 11-15 years GBP 24.50, 7-10 years GBP 1.00, 0-6 years free (reduced prices for Tolkien Society members GBP 33.50, 11-15 years GBP 22.50).
Accommodation: in college. Prices per room per night: Single En-suite GBP 58.00; Single with wash basin GBP 50.00; Single with shared facilities GBP 48.00; Twin En-suite GBP 75.00. Accommodation must be booked by 03/09/2010.
Contact: Lyn Wilshire, 69 Malletts Close, Stony Stratford, Buckinghamshire, MK11 1DG, United Kingdom.
Email: bookings AT tolkiensociety DOT org
25/09/2010 - 27/09/2010
ALBACON Three day science fiction convention
Location: Holiday Inn, Glasgow Airport, Glasgow, UK
Guest of Honour: Liz Williams, Peter F. Hamilton
Membership: (until 14/04/09) Attending GBP 40.00, Supporting GBP 20.00, Discount (Student/Benefits/OAP) GBP 30.00, Junior (5-12) GBP 20.00, Infant (0-4) FREE, Apocryphal/Soft toy GBP 1.00
Accommodation: At Con Hotel. Prices (all per night, inc. VAT & Breakfast): Twin/Double GBP 70, Single GBP 65, Family (sleeps 4) GBP 85, Accessible GBP 70, suite GBP 110. All bookings must be made through Albacon.
Email: enquiries at albacon dot org dot uk
ESPATREK. Convención en España de aficionados a Star Trek
Location: Hotel Silken Puerta de Valencia. Cardenal Benlloch, 28. 46021 Valencia. Spain..
Guest of Honour: Marina Sirtis
Membership: The price includes entrance tickets and accommodation in full board from Friday noon until Sunday morning):
Resident Entry per person in double room: 170
Resident Entry per person in single room: 235
Visitors (people who do not sleep in the hotel):
Friday and Sunday 9 if you buy the entry on the web, 10 at the box office (day).
Saturday: 18 on the web, 20 at the box office.
Three days: 30 on the web, 35 at the box office.
Email: organizacion at espatrek dot org
28/10/2010 - 01/11/2010
OKLACON Furry convention
Location: Roman Nose State Park, Watonga, Oklahoma, United States of America
Guest of Honour: Albert C. Peña
Membership: USD 29.00 until 15/10/2010. USD 44.00 at the door. Patrons USD 49.00 preregistered/USD 64.00 at the door, Sponsors USD 100.00, Super Sponsors USD 200.00
Accommodation: Group bunk bedding houses available included with basic membership. Nearby state park lodge USD 78.00 per night with USD 100.00 deposit. All accomodation reservations must be made through the convention and not through the park directly.
Note: This is the first and largest outdoor format furry convention in the United States, markedly different from lookalike hotel furry conventions.
Contact: Fuzzy Productions, PO Box 942, Mustang, OK 73064
Email: registration at oklacon dot com
Webpage: http://www.oklacon.com /
29/10/2010 - 31/10/2010
Location: Hyllit Hotel, Antwerpen
Guests of Honour: Justina Robson, Charles Stross
Membership: EUR 50.00
Contact via website
12/11/2010 - 14/11/2010
Location: Hotel Tucson, City Center, 475 N. Granada, Tucson, Arizona, 85701 USA
Guests of Honor: Jim Butcher & Shannon K. Butcher; Fan Guests: Bjo & John Trimble; Toastmaster: Ed Bryant; Special Guest: Noel Neill
Membership: USD 35 until 31 March, USD 40 until 30 June, USD 45 until 1 November, USD 50 thereafter & at the door. Children ages 3-12 are half adult rates, and one-day rates are available.
Accomodation: Same as hotel. Special con rates: USD 69 1-room, USD 79 2-room suite, USD 89 jacuzzi suite. Must specify you're with TusCon to qualify for these rates, and room block expires 10 October.
Note: Programming includes cosplay, panels, author readings, gaming, video & anime, Regency dancing, & much more. See webpage below.
Contact: TusCon 37, P.O. Box 2528, Tucson, Arizona 85702 USA
Email: basfa at earthlink dot net
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