Upcoming SFF Events in September 2011

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 September. 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.

Atlanta, GA, Sept. 2-5

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.

Science Fiction Study Day
September 16
London, UK

Hosted at the British Library, this study day explores how science fiction has affected research in a variety of fields.

September 23-25
Dallas/Fort Worth, TX

One of the newer literary SF conventions, Fencon quickly established an enviable reputation among regular convention goers. With a guest list including Gail Carriger, Joe Bethancourt, Vincent Di Fate, Lou Anders, Steven H Silver, and Les Johnson, in addition to hosting the 49th DeepSouthCon, it’s easy to see why.

School Girls and Mobile Suits 2011: Culture and Direction
September 29 – October 2
Minneapolis, MN

School Girls and Mobile Suits is an conference and workshop about manga and anime open to both academics and fans. This year’s featured speakers include Dr. Marc Hairston, Dr. Thomas LaMarre and Dr. Sharalyn Orbaugh.

September 30 – October 2
Brighton, UK

A convention dedicated to fantasy, with a jaw dropping guest list, some will stop reading the list after seeing names like Gwyneth Jones, John Ajvide Lindqvist and Peter Atkins, but if you keep reading you’ll see other names as varied as Brian Aldiss and Christopher Paolini. The British Fantasy Society Awards ceremony, billed as the grand finale of the weekend, will also take place on the Sunday.

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 attending Cancon, the Montreal ComicCon and Farthing Party this month.


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