If there’s anything SF 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.
Now that we’ve (more or less) recovered from the New Year festivities, we can look at some of the events that will happen over the month of January. 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.
Phoenix, AZ, Jan. 6-9
An event dedicated to Lovecraft, his oeuvre and everything related to the Cthulhu mythos. Games, panels, readings, films screenings and more will be featured in a weekend dedicated to the Nameless Ones and their creator.
Boston, MA, Jan. 14-17
New England’s largest and most varied science fiction and fantasy convention. In addition to all the usual programming, the 2008 and 2009 Carl Brandon Award winners will be presented on the 16th at a special ceremony. The guests include Kelley Armstrong, Shaenon Garrity, Josh Simpson, and some guy who’s a fan of animation, comic books and science fiction. You should come to meet him and the other guests.
Troy, MI, Jan. 21-23
Every year since it’s inception, ConFusion has had a new title. This year’s is “This Confusion Has Not Yet Been Rated.” Join Guests of Honor Paolo Bacigalupi, Cherie Priest, Aubrey de Grey, Lisa Garrison-Ragsdale, Peter V. Brett, and Tom Smith for a weekend of fun.
Brisbane, Australia, Jan. 24-29
A conference on open source software, it features Vinton G. Cerf as keynote speaker. The event also features miniconfs—miniature conferences held within the conference, tutorials and technical poster sessions.
Gerardmer, France, Jan. 26-30
The 18th edition of this festival has a theme of “Schizophrenia,
Claustrophobia, Paranoïa … and other little joys of existence.” Details of the screenings will be announced shortly.
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.