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.
What follows is a list of some of the events that will happen over the month of July. 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.
July 8-10 and 15-17
São Paulo, Brazil
Whenever people think of conventions South of the equator, Australia and New Zealand and the first two countries that come to mind, but there’s a whole other America down there too and they also like their anime, perhaps more than us, because their convention lasts not one, but two whole weekends.
An event dedicated to books and magazines. This year’s Guests of Honour are Geoff Ryman and Gardner Dozois, but hundreds of authors will also be in attendance. Among the highlights of this convention are the Shirley Jackson Awards and the Kirk Poland Bad Prose Competition.
Finland’s national convention gathers twenty thousand nordic fans for a free event featuring guests from all over the world.
San Diego Comic Con
San Diego, CA
Is there anyone who hasn’t heard of Comic Con? Does anyone here really not know about the biggest comic and SF event on the continent? Do I really need to say anything about it?
I didn’t think so.
If hearing names like Argosy, Weird Tales and Planet Stories thrills you, or if you aim to be “The Man Who Collected The Shadow,” then this is the event for you. In addition to risking your wallet in a dealers room filled with more pulp than most paper mills, you’ll also be able to attend the Munsey Award ceremony and socialize with some of the people who keep the pulp traditions alive.
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.