This convention list was inspired by the MAGICIAN,
Chris O'Shea. He needed some details for his convention
list - Connotation about
German conventions because his source had dried up. I was able
to provide details of German and other European cons because of
my knowledge of German, Swedish and French. This convention list
has grown from those small beginnings. The details listed here
are largely drawn from the original sources but they are supplemented
by information that Chris has put on his website. This is to ensure
that when two or more conventions share the same weekend, you
can choose which one you would like to go to. Please note that external links are in normal type and local links are in bold type.
I retain the copyright to these pages but they may be copied for the benefit of fans provided an acknowledgement of this source is given.
Important Notes for Fans
I request all con runners to look at the way that I display the information for each convention in my convention list and then send me an email with the appropriate details for the con concerned - preferably in the style and the order that I use. I now have a page with an explanation of the layout that I use and a copyable layout sequence that you can use to paste the bare bones of a convention entry in an email. It will also help you to remember to include items like the date and the location.
If your convention is listed here, please add a link to this page.
I am happy to include any information regarding SF and fantasy related conventions in my list but I cannot afford a lot of time these days to go looking for it or ferrreting out details from a disorganised website. (Beware of using Microsoft Frontpage to produce web pages. Websites created this way will often cause non-Microsoft browsers to crash. If a website crashes Netscape 4.7, it will not be knowingly listed. Don't alienate a lot of potential visitors.)
I now have a policy of not
showing emails in the usual format on my website. Newly received
email addresses (as of September 2002) are now shown as they are
spoken in Britain. My email address is now in the form: wilf dot james at ntlworld
This does not make the email address unusable to humans but it beats most spammers' robots. I try to prevent spammers sending spam to con runners by this method.
I typically get 90 emails a day, of which between 80 and 86 are spam so I am very much aware of the spamming problem. I am therefore removing all instances of my conventional email address from this website.
I have generally received
compliments about the way that I present convention information
in my list but that does not mean that it cannot be improved.
I welcome any suggestions or comments that could lead to an inprovement
in the way that the information is presented. There was no date
index system included in the original list until someone said
that she found the very long list hard to browse through to find
a convention. I trust that the indexing system that I have devised
has provided a partial solution to that problem. The change in
presenting email addresses to a form that spammers' robots could
not collect came about after some conrunners wanted their email
addresses omitted to avoid getting spam. I started by changing
a to ä, e to é o to ö etc. and @ to § to
make the email addresses readable to humans but useless to spammers.
Then I saw how someone had used the written version of the spoken
form. I thought that it was a better way than I had thought of
to beat spammers so I now use it for all new email addresses.
Please note that illegal spammers often offer the choice to have an address removed from a mailing list. A reply asking to be removed will be used as confirmation that the email address is valid so that it can be re-used or passed on to another spammer. Do NOT reply to spammers!
Legitimate organisations respect requests for removal from mailing lists. Please do not confuse the two.
I advise all fans to contact their local member of their national government (MP, senator, etc.) to ask if some form of legislation can be made into law for all mass mailings to include the source ISP's internet address. In that way it will be possible for recipients of spam to contact the ISP concerned to complain about the unwanted spamming. This action will not (generally) affect reputable organisations that will remove names from mailing lists on request.
This is a link to the letter I have sent to my MP.
from all over the world are invited to send me details of their
events in Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Norwegian
or Swedish. I will translate the text into English and submit
the result to the sender for approval. Your flag will be added
(if it is not displayed already) as soon as I get con information
from your country.
Send me details of your event at my spamproof? email address: wilf dot james at ntlworld dot com
Please note the format that I use and send me the con details in the same format. This will make it easier for me to display your con as you would like it displayed on this page. Go to the layout form page to see how it should be done.
Media Fans - Please note that actors and other media personnel's (past) roles are omitted. (You should know what they have done!) :-)
Please note: The translations of the con descriptions are more fannish than pedantic. The con information has been checked from the original sources where possible.
These con listings have been taken or translated from ConNotation, Ansible Fans Across the World, the SFCD, SF-Infodienst, Jenga's Massive List and other websites in Europe. More convention information is always needed.
Wilf James,106 Jarden, Letchworth, Herts. SG6 2NZ, UK.
Please send your comments to wilf dot james at ntlworld dot com (and include the word Convention in the subject line to keep out of the spam).
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22/02/2013 - 24/02/2013
Location: Britannia Hotel, Coventry
Guests of Honour: TBA
Membership: GBP 70.00 until 11/02/2013
For more membership rates see website
Accommodation: Britannia Hotel, Coventry - for room rates see website
Contact: Ian Murphy, 61 Chaucer Road, Farnborough, Hampshire, GU14 8SP
Email: info at conventions dot org dot uk
Location: Holiday Inn Tanglewood, 4468 Starkey Road, Roanoke, Virginia, 24018
Guests of Honor: Peter Davison, Orson Scott Card, Larry Elmore, Tom Angleberger, Steve Long, Bella Morte, The Gothsicles
Membership: Adults (ages 13 & up) USD $35.00 until 02/21/2013. Adults (ages 13 & up) USD $45.00
At-The-Door. Students and Military Personnel with valid ID USD $25.00. Children ages 9-12 USD $20.00. Children 8 and under Free.
Accomodation: All rooms USD $85.00 per night. Rooms may be booked through the MystiCon website using special code "MYS" or by calling the Holiday Inn Tanglewood at 540-774-4400 and instructing the desk clerk you are booking a room for MystiCon.
Note: MystiCon 2013 features over 100 writers, artists, podcasters, bloggers, media guests, and musicians. There is LARPing, a costume contest, vendors, an indie film festival, panel discussions, autograph signings and more! Beat the winter blahs and come to MystiCon 2013!
Contact: MystiCon VA Inc, 3735 Franklin Road SW, Suite 228, Roanoke, Virginia, 24014.
Email: mysticon dot mail at gmail dot com
Second Dutch Discworld Convention
Location: Zandvoort aan Zee
Guests of Honour: No guests yet
Accommodation: Hotel NH Zandvoort
Contact: Paul van Oven
04/07/2013 - 07/07/2013
WESTERCON 66: Science fantasy convention
Location: Sacramento, California, USA
Guests of Honour: TBD
Membership: Attending : USD65, Upgrade Voting USD25, Supporting USD30
Accommodation: Hilton Arden West in Sacramento; USD109/room/night any size
Note: Who is Agent 66? Westercon is the traveling US West Coast sf and fantasy con. Westercon 66 will be awesome!
Contact: Westercon 66 c/o Kevin Roche & Andy Trembley,536 Cassatt Way, San Jose, CA, 95125
Email: info at westercon66 dot org
18/10/2013 - 20/10/2013
Location: Dieselverkstaden, (The Diesel Workshop) in Sickla, Nacka very close to the center of Stockholm
Guests of Honour: Jo Walton, Lavie Tidhar & Karin Tidbeck
Fan GoH: Johan Anglemark
Membership: SEK 350.00
Accommodation: See website for hotel and youth hostel info.
Note: The programming is in parallel in English and Swedish (To accommodate Finnish fans who don't speak Swedish)
Email: tomas dot cronholm at gmail dot com
25/10/2013 - 03/11/2013
LONDON INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL (LIAF) 10th Anniversary Of The Largest Animation Festival In The UK
Location: The Barbican, London, EC2Y 8DS; The Horse Hospital, London, WC1N 1JD; The Rio Cinema, London, E8 2PB
Guests of Honour: Kevin Shreck, Elizabeth Hobbs, Phil Mulloy and Ola Watras.
Membership: Admission to individual Barbican events: 10.50 GBP (online); 11.00GBP (on door); 9.50GBP (online conc); 10.50GBP (on door conc); LIAF Pass: 95.00GBP (conc. 85.00GBP). Admission to The Horse Hospital Events: 11.00GBP (online); 11.00GBP (on door) 7.00GBP (conc.). Admission to The Rio Cinema events: 3.00GBP (children); 5.00GBP (adults).
Note: Celebrating a decade of exciting, inspiring, sometimes controversial and always intriguing animation.
Contact: Mandy Smith mandy at liaf dot org dot uk
Email: info at liaf dot org dot uk
31/10/2013 - 02/11/2013
World Fantasy Convention
Location: Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel
Email: info at wfc2013 dot org
08/11/2013 - 10/11/2013
Location: Kulturzentrum "Palitzschhof" Gamigstr. 24, 01237 Dresden, Germany
Membership: EUR 24.00 (3 days) Friday or Sunday EUR 5.00, Saturday EUR 16.00
Guests of Honour: Wolfgang Jeschke, Rolf Krohn, Karlheinz Steinmüller
Note: The Kurd-Lasswitz prize will be awarded during the con and food and drinks will ve available from the cafeteria at friendly prices. Being able to speak German will be an advantage.
Email: info at urania-dresden dot de
23/11/2013 - 24/11/2013
Eerie Frequency Film, Toy, Comic, & Pop Culture Expo
Location: Eastwood Expo Center, 5555 Youngstown Warren Rd, Niles, Ohio 44446 USA
Membership: One day admission is $15, Weekend admission is $20, kids 5 and under are free
Guests of Honour: Linda Harrison, Don Pedro Colley, Hacksaw Jim Duggan
Accommodation: The Eastwood Mall Complex
Email: eeriefrequency at yahoo dot com
24/01/2014 - 26/01/2014
Location: Chattanooga Choo Choo, 1400 Market St Chattanooga, TN 37402
Guests of Honour: Tobias Buckell, Jean Johnson, John Kaufmann, Wendy Webb
Membership: USD 40.00 until 31/12/2013, USD 50.00 at the door.
Accommodation: USD 89.00 per night, suites available also train cars available
Email: info at chattacon dot org
con listings have been taken or translated from:
ConNotation Ansible Fans Across the World, the SFCD SF-Infodienst Jenga's SF and Gaming Convention Lists and other websites in Europe and the USA.
More convention information is always needed. (Please note the format that I use.)
Please put the word Convention in the subject line of any email to me. It does not matter if the subject has nothing to do with conventions. Unexpected emails usually get mixed up with the trash and can be lost. The Convention filter keeps such emails out of the trash. Dixieland/Traditional/New Orleans Jazz Calendar My New Book - An Attempt to Remedy Bad Science (In PDF Format) Letchworth's Mad Road System Recent Past Conventions SF Clubs Read Hairy Undepoldus Music SF Short Story Page Science and Inventions Page Advice Pages Monthly Calendar Index