May 2 2011 6:14pm

Upcoming Science Fiction Events in May

Nebula Awards

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 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 May. 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.

Cannes Film Festival
May 11-22, Cannes, France

Cannes is the film festival, with films by some of the greatest directors from all over the world. For those who can’t wait an extra week or so, the 64th edition features the world premiere of Pirates of the Carribean: On Stranger Tides.

Nebula Awards Weekend
May 19-22, Washington, DC

The Nebulas, voted by members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) are among the most prestigious and important awards in the field. You don’t have to be a SFWA member to attend and take part in this weekend filled with workshops, panels and, of course, the award ceremony.

Steampunk World’s Fair
May 20-22, Somerset, NJ

The Steampunk World Fair features not only writers, costumers and artists, but circus/sideshow performers, concerts, and even a theatre production. Don’t forget to bring your goggles.

Anime North
May 27-29, Toronto, ON

Canada’s biggest convention is back for a 15th edition. With concerts, game shows, the Nominoichi (Japanese flea market), a dance ball, the masquerade, and more, there’s something for every anime fan.

May 27-30, Santa Clara CA

The Bay Area’s general interest convention. This year features some great SFF guests, including folks like Mary Robinette Kowal, John Picacio, and Bobbie DuFault as Guests of Honor.


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. He looks forward to living on Mars where he would benefit from having more than 24 hours in a day.

2. SFinSFevents
SF in SF invites all those in the Bay Area to come hear authors Andrea Hairston and Howard V. Hendrix on Saturday, May 7th. Doors and cash bar (benefiting Variety Children's Charity) open at 6PM; readings begin at 7PM.

Readings are followed by audience Q&A moderated by author Terry Bisson; books are for sale courtesy of Borderlands Books, and event is podcasted by Rick Kleffel of The Agony Column.

More details at - best part, no need to drive, the Variety Preview Room Theatre is adjacent to the Montgomery BART station.

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3. Irena
May 13 - 15, Zagreb, Croatia
The longest-running and the biggest annual Science Fiction convention in Croatia, in its 33rd edition. Programme items include: lectures,
workshops, panels, games, quizzes, award ceremony, book auction etc.
Cathy Mullican
4. nolly
Gaslight Gathering, San Diego's first steampunk convention, is this coming weekend -- May 6-8.

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