If there’s anything SF readers and watchers, gamers and otakus enjoy more than reading, watching and gaming, it’s getting together to talk and exchange ideas 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 September. It in no means tries to be comprehensive, but I do try for geographical and thematic variety.
Aussiecon 4, the 68th World Science Fiction Convention
Melbourne, Australia, Sept. 2-6
People from all over the world will congregate for five days of panels, workshops and presentations. Look for the Guests of Honor (Kim Stanley Robinson, Shaun Tan and Robin Johnson) or any of the other writers, artists and cool people who will attend, see the Hugo Awards ceremony hosted by Garth Nix or attend the AHWA’s Nightmare Ball.
Atlanta, GA, Sept. 3-6
DragonCon is one of the biggest SF events in the U.S. and features something for any SF fan: cosplay, gaming, panels, a guest list featuring authors, actors and artists from all over and more. The place to be on Labor Day weekend if Worldcon is too far for your budget this year. You’ll even be able to watch the Hugo Awards live over breakfast with some of the nominees.
Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival
Strasbourg, France, Sept. 14-19
The festival will kickoff a few days early with the 2nd Great Strasbourg Zombie Walk. Films to be screened include The Last Exorcism, Suck, The Shock Labyrinth: Extreme 3D, Beyond Re-Animator. There’s a special “Star Wars without Star Wars night” with special double features, uh, featuring The People vs. George Lucas and Fanboys. The festival will also have a retrospective of Val Lewton’s films.
Small Press Expo (SPX)
Bethesda, MD, Sept. 11-12
An event focusing on Independent Cartooning and Comics, attendees get to vote on the Ignatz Awards and attend the Awards ceremony. Definitively the place to be if you want something different than superhero comics or shoujo manga. For the first time, this year’s edition also features an animation showcase.
Seattle, WA, Sept. 30 - Oct. 3
See some of the most amazing Lego constructions built by hobbyists from around the world. Go either for the whole convention to build your own, or simply visit the Public Exhibit on the weekend to see other’s creations.
Feel free to add events that are happening this month, large or small, in the comments.
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, and start Nanopress, a Canadian small press. He looks forward to living on Mars where he would benefit from having more than 24 hours in a day.