reminder: request assistance from Feb. 15-25

Fans of color/non-white fans: Con or Bust will be taking requests for monetary assistance to attend cons, plus free memberships to cons, from February 15 through February 25, 2016. To learn how to request assistance, see the Request Assistance page. For the most up-to-date list of cons to which assistance is available, see the Upcoming Cons page. Please mark your calendars and spread the word!

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Con or Bust is looking for a WordPress plugin developer

Con or Bust is looking for a WordPress plugin developer to improve an existing plugin that allows readers to submit blog posts. I suspect the modifications will be small—or, rather, I can’t afford large modifications, so if they are, I will simply live with the inconveniences.

Details of the work that’s desired are behind the jump. If you are interested, please email me at knepveu@steelypips.org with (1) a brief description of your experience and qualifications; (2) your assessment of the difficulty and scope of the project; and (3) your requested fee. (If you’d like to volunteer, that would be delightful, but I am willing to pay competitive market rates.) Please note: I need this work completed within a month at the very latest.

I am particularly eager to hear from developers who identify as members of groups that are underrepresented in coding. Please spread the word!
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upcoming free memberships to Nine Worlds

The following new SFF con memberships will be available for fans of color/non-white fans during February 15-25, 2015:

  • Nine Worlds, 12th-14th August 2016, London, UK. Nine Worlds is about gaming, film, cosplay, fandom, literature, science, geek culture, meeting people and having a really big party.

    Nine Worlds has donated twenty (20) tickets to Con or Bust.

Request these Nine Worlds memberships, as well as monetary assistance and other free con memberships, from February 15-25—or request many other con memberships right now. Please see the Upcoming Cons page for the full list, and the Request Assistance page for more information. And please spread the word!

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free memberships to CONvergence (& many other cons)

The following SFF con memberships are newly available, first-come first-serve, to fans of color/non-white fans:

  • CONvergence, June 30 – July 3, 2016, Bloomington, MN, USA. CONvergence is an annual convention for fans of Science Fiction and Fantasy in all media: a 4-day event with more than 6,000 members, and the premiere event of its kind in the upper mid-west. Its Guests of Honor are Amal El-Mohtar, Amy Shira Teitel, Cam Banks, Christopher Jones, Daren Dochterman, Joseph Scrimshaw, Khary Payton, Mark Oshiro, and Ytasha Womack.

    CONvergence has donated four memberships to Con or Bust.

There are also many, many other free con memberships available right now, and more that can be requested—along with monetary assistance—from February 15-25. Please see the Upcoming Cons page for the full list, and the Request Assistance page for information on how to request any currently-available memberships and to request all forms of assistance during February 15-25. And please spread the word!

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reminder: request assistance from Feb. 15-25

Fans of color/non-white fans: Con or Bust will be taking requests for monetary assistance to attend cons, plus free memberships to cons, from February 15 through February 26, 2016. To learn how to request assistance, see the Request Assistance page. For the most up-to-date list of cons to which assistance is available, see the Upcoming Cons page. Please mark your calendars and spread the word!

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new memberships, upcoming assistance to Eastercons

I’m pleased to announce new options for fans of color/non-white fans interested in attending SFF cons.

First, new con memberships that are available first-come first-serve:

  • LepreCon 42, June 23-26, 2016, Phoenix, AZ, USA. LepreCon is Arizona’s Annual Sci-Fi & Fantasy Convention with an art emphasis. Its 2016 theme is “Life, the Universe & Everything” and its currently-announced guests of honor are Jennie Breeden and Ben Woerner.

    LepreCon has donated two memberships to Con or Bust.

  • CrossingsCon, June 24-26, 2016, Newark, NJ, USA. CrossingsCon is this Universe’s first ever Young Wizards convention; its special guests are Mark Oshiro and Seanan McGuire.

    CrossingsCon has donated two memberships to Con or Bust (edit January 14: one remains).

Second, new assistance that can be requested from February 15-25, 2016:

  • Mancunicon, 25-28 March 2016, Manchester, England, UK. Mancunicon is the 2016 Eastercon, and its Guests are Aliette de Bodard, Dave Clements, Ian McDonald and Sarah Pinborough.

    Eightsquaredcon (a past Eastercon) has donated funds specifically toward attendance at future Eastercons, including Mancunicon. (Mancunicon also donated three memberships to Con or Bust, all of which have been claimed.)

  • Salt City Steamfest, August 12-14, 2016, West Valley City, UT, USA. Salt City Steamfest is a steampunk convention in its fifth year. The theme for 2016 is The Festival of Friendship.

    Salt City Steamfest has donated two memberships (Nomad Passports) to Con or Bust.

To request memberships that are available now, or to learn more about requesting monetary assistance and memberships during February 15-25, please see the Request Assistance page.

Finally, here are the rest of the cons for which memberships are currently available, first-come first-serve:

  • Arisia, January 15-18, 2016, Boston, MA, USA. Arisia is New England’s largest and most diverse science fiction and fantasy convention. Its Author Guest of Honor is John Scalzi; its Artist Guest of Honor is Johnna Y. Klukas; and its Fan Guest of Honor is Pablo Miguel Alberto Vazquez III.

    Arisia has donated six memberships and two hotel rooms to Con or Bust, of which three memberships remain available.

  • Farpoint 23, February 12-14, 2016, Timonium, MD, USA. Farpoint is an annual gathering for fans of all genres of imaginative fiction – Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, SuperHeroes – in all the media formats in which they might appear. Its guests for 2016 include David Gerrold and Sean Maher.

    Farpoint has donated two memberships to Con or Bust, which must be claimed by January 31, 2016. One membership remains available.

  • FOGcon 6, March 11-13, 2016, Walnut Creek, CA, USA. Friends of the Genre (FOGcon) is a literary-themed San Francisco Bay Area SF/F con in the tradition of Wiscon. Its 2016 theme is Transformations, and its Honored Guests are Jo Walton, Ted Chiang, Donna Haraway, and Octavia Butler (posthumous).

    FOGcon has donated two memberships to Con or Bust, and an individual has donated a third; two memberships remain available.

  • AnomalyCon, March 25-27, 2016, Denver, CO, USA. AnomalyCon is a steampunk and alternate history convention. Its featured confirmed special guests (so far!) are Shelley Adina, Elizabeth Bear, Delilah S. Dawson, Frenchy and the Punk, Jaymee Goh, Emmy Jackson, David Malki !, Lisa Mantchev, The Cog Is Dead, Chuck Wendig, and Brenna Yovanoff.

    AnomalyCon has donated twenty (20) passes to Con or Bust, to be claimed by March 1, 2016. (Note that AnomalyCon has a policy of legal names on badges.)

    (AnomalyCon also has a separate sponsored pass program for those experiencing financial hardship, so if you’re not a fan of color/non-white fan and need assistance to go to AnomalyCon, check it out!)

  • JordanCon, April 22-24, 2016, Atlanta, GA, USA. JordanCon is a fantasy literature convention founded in honor of the late author, Robert Jordan; in 2016 it will also be hosting DeepSouthCon 54, which is the Southeast’s premiere regional convention for fans of genre literature. Its Guests of Honor are Catherine Asaro and John Picacio.

    JordanCon has donated two memberships to Con or Bust, which must be claimed by March 27, 2016.

  • Satellite 5, 28th – 29th May 2016, Glasgow, Scotland, UK. Satellite focusses on the interface between science fact and science fiction; Satellite 5 heads back into orbit to look at science and SF relating to space stations, orbiting habitats, floating cities etc. The Guest of Honor is Jaine Fenn.

    Satellite has donated one membership to Con or Bust.

  • ConQuesT, May 27-29, 2016, Kansas City, MO, USA. ConQuesT is an annual science fiction convention held in the Kansas City, Missouri area that is sponsored by the long-running (since 1971) Kansas City Science Fiction and Fantasy Society (KaCSFFS, pronounced kax-fuss). The convention is held to celebrate science fiction, fantasy, and horror “in all its various forms”, but with a nod toward the literary side of these related genres. The Guests of Honor are Nnedi Okorafor, Julie Dillon, Lindsay Ellis, Diane Lacey, and Seanan McGuire.

    ConQuesT has donated four memberships to Con or Bust, which must be claimed by March 30th, 2016.

  • Au Contraire 2016, 3-5 June, 2016, Wellington, New Zealand. Au Contraire is the 37th National Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention for New Zealand (NatCon for short). Its Guests include Stephanie Paul (Iron Sky), Martin Wallace (Treefrog Games), and A.J. Fitzwater.

    Au Contraire has donated one membership to Con or Bust.

Please spread the word! (And if you’re coming to this post after a day or two, please check the Upcoming Cons page for the latest information, because that’s the master list that always gets updated regarding availability.)

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many free memberships to SFF cons available immediately for fans of color/non-white fans

Fans of color/non-white fans: Con or Bust has free memberships available immediately, first-come first-served, to the following cons:

  • Arisia, January 15-18, 2016, Boston, MA, USA. Arisia is New England’s largest and most diverse science fiction and fantasy convention. Its Author Guest of Honor is John Scalzi; its Artist Guest of Honor is Johnna Y. Klukas; and its Fan Guest of Honor is Pablo Miguel Alberto Vazquez III.

    Arisia has donated six memberships and two hotel rooms (double beds, available Friday through Monday) to Con or Bust, of which two memberships remain available.

  • Farpoint 23, February 12-14, 2016, Timonium, MD, USA. Farpoint is an annual gathering for fans of all genres of imaginative fiction – Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, SuperHeroes – in all the media formats in which they might appear. Its guests for 2016 include David Gerrold and Sean Maher.

    Farpoint has donated two memberships to Con or Bust, which must be claimed by January 31, 2016.

  • Boskone, February 19-21, 2016, Boston, MA, USA. Boskone is New England’s longest running science fiction and fantasy convention. Its Guest of Honor is Garth Nix; its Official Artist is Richard Anderson; its Special Guests are Arnie & Cathy Fenner; its Featured Filkers are Vixy & Tony; and the NESFA Press Guest is Bob Eggleton.

    Boskone has donated two memberships to Con or Bust.

  • FOGcon 6, March 11-13, 2016, Walnut Creek, CA, USA. Friends of the Genre (FOGcon) is a literary-themed San Francisco Bay Area SF/F con in the tradition of Wiscon. Its 2016 theme is Transformations, and its Honored Guests are Jo Walton, Ted Chiang, Donna Haraway, and Octavia Butler (posthumous).

    FOGcon has donated two memberships to Con or Bust, and an individual has donated a third; two memberships remain available.

  • AnomalyCon, March 25-27, 2016, Denver, CO, USA. AnomalyCon is a steampunk and alternate history convention. Its featured confirmed special guests (so far!) are Shelley Adina, Elizabeth Bear, Delilah S. Dawson, Frenchy and the Punk, Jaymee Goh, Emmy Jackson, David Malki !, Lisa Mantchev, The Cog Is Dead, Chuck Wendig, and Brenna Yovanoff.

    AnomalyCon has donated twenty (20) passes to Con or Bust, to be claimed by March 1, 2016. (Note that AnomalyCon has a policy of legal names on badges.)

    (AnomalyCon also has a separate sponsored pass program for those experiencing financial hardship, so if you’re not a fan of color/non-white fan and need assistance to go to AnomalyCon, check it out!)

  • JordanCon, April 22-24, 2016, Atlanta, GA, USA. JordanCon is a fantasy literature convention founded in honor of the late author, Robert Jordan; in 2016 it will also be hosting DeepSouthCon 54, which is the Southeast’s premiere regional convention for fans of genre literature. Its Guests of Honor are Catherine Asaro and John Picacio.

    JordanCon has donated two memberships to Con or Bust, which must be claimed by March 27, 2016.

  • WisCon 40, May 27-30, 2016, Madison, WI, USA. WisCon is the world’s leading feminist science fiction convention. Its 2016 Guests of Honor are Sofia Samatar, Justine Larbalestier, and returning GoH Nalo Hopkinson.

    WisCon has donated four memberships to Con or Bust, of which one remains.

  • Satellite 5, 28th – 29th May 2016, Glasgow, Scotland, UK. Satellite focusses on the interface between science fact and science fiction; Satellite 5 heads back into orbit to look at science and SF relating to space stations, orbiting habitats, floating cities etc. The Guest of Honor is Jaine Fenn.

    Satellite has donated one membership to Con or Bust.

  • ConQuesT, May 27-29, 2016, Kansas City, MO, USA. ConQuesT is an annual science fiction convention held in the Kansas City, Missouri area that is sponsored by the long-running (since 1971) Kansas City Science Fiction and Fantasy Society (KaCSFFS, pronounced kax-fuss). The convention is held to celebrate science fiction, fantasy, and horror “in all its various forms”, but with a nod toward the literary side of these related genres. The Guests of Honor are Nnedi Okorafor, Julie Dillon, Lindsay Ellis, Diane Lacey, and Seanan McGuire.

    ConQuesT has donated four memberships to Con or Bust, which must be claimed by March 30th, 2016.

  • Au Contraire 2016, 3-5 June, 2016, Wellington, New Zealand. Au Contraire is the 37th National Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention for New Zealand (NatCon for short). Its Guests include Stephanie Paul (Iron Sky), Martin Wallace (Treefrog Games), and A.J. Fitzwater.

    Au Contraire has donated one membership to Con or Bust.

To request a membership, please see the Request Assistance page; and please spread the word!

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Request assistance through Wednesday, Nov. 25

Reminder: Con or Bust will be accepting requests for assistance from fans of color/non-white fans to attend SFF cons through Wednesday, November 25. (Requests must be timestamped on or before 11:59 p.m. Eastern; I may or may not be awake to turn the form off.)

Here’s how to request assistance, and here’s the list of upcoming cons for which specific assistance is available. Please spread the word!

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availability of assistance for ICFA

People have asked whether assistance is available for fans of color/non-white fans attending ICFA, the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts. After gathering information, it appears to me that ICFA is principally an academic conference, which is outside Con or Bust’s scope, but that it contains a smaller but distinct SFF convention portion. Therefore, Con or Bust assistance is potentially available to fans of color/non-white fans planning to attend ICFA who are not presenting a paper there. The usual procedure will be followed for determining whether any particular request for assistance can be granted; please see the Request Assistance page for more information.

Assistance can be requested through November 25, 2015 for all upcoming SFF cons; the next assistance-request period is February 15-25, 2016.

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last-minute free memberships to SFContario 6

Fans of color/non-white fans who can get to Toronto this weekend:

Four free memberships (edit: one of which has been claimed) are available to SFContario 6, November 20-22, 2016, Toronto, ON, Canada. SFContario is a general-interest con with a literary focus; this year, its Guests of Honor are Saladin Ahmed, Peter Watts, and Tom Smith. The memberships have been donated by the con.

See the Request Assistance page for information on how to request these memberships, or to request other assistance from Con or Bust (now through November 25!). Thanks, and please spread the word!

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