If there’s anything science fiction readers and watchers, gamers and otakus enjoy more than their particular hobbies, it’s getting together to talk with like minded people. Doing so on Tor.com is great, as is doing it in person.
What follows is a list of some of the events that will happen over the month of April. It in no means tries to be comprehensive, but I do try for geographical and thematic variety. Feel free to add events near you, large or small, in the comments.
April 9-10, Kawasaki-shi, Japan
Run by staff and committee members of the 2007 Worldcon, Hal-Con convention dedicated to bringing new Japanese fans into fandom and getting foreign fans to discover Japanese fandom. Guests of Honour are Robert J. Sawyer and Naoyuki Katoh.
Worldwide, April 12
A celebration of Yuri Gagarin’s historic flight marking humanity’s first foray into space fifty years ago. It also celebrates the Space Shuttle’s first flight exactly 20 years later. This is not a single event, but over 250 of them, in over 50 countries so chances are good you can find a party near you!
Atlanta, GA, April 15-17
The annual celebration of all things Wheel of Time is back for its third year. The convention features four tracks of simultaneous programming, a Dealers Hall, charity events benefiting the Mayo Clinic, and a lot more.
SciFi on the Rock
St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, April 15-17
Proof that you can have a convention just about anywhere there are people, Newfoundland & Labradors Science fiction and fantasy convention, celebrating its 5th anniversary this year, is probably one of the most geographically isolated ones in North America. This doesn’t prevent them from having a great guest lineup and lots of cool events.
Troy, MI, April 29-May 1
There’s a large overlap between science fiction fans and the open source software movement. Penguicon takes full advantage of this so SF fans can discover how people who are building the future they’ve read about, the open source people get to see what new Way Out There ideas the SF folks have come up with for them to try and implement.
René Walling is a fan of SF, animation and comics, this has led him to co-chair Anticipation, the 2009 Worldcon, be involved with fps magazine for more than a decade, write reviews of francophone short fiction for The Portal, and start Nanopress, a Canadian small press. This month, he’ll be in Toronto to celebrate Ad Astra’s 30th anniversary.