Con or Bust has the following memberships available free, first-come first-served, for fans of color/non-white fans:
- (new!) 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.
SFContario has donated two memberships to Con or Bust.
- 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.
- (new!) 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.
In addition, multiple memberships will be available during the next request assistance period, which is November 15-25. The full list is available at the Upcoming Cons page, but here are two new cons for your information:
- 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.
- 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 three remain.
To request memberships for the immediately-available cons, or to learn to how request monetary assistance and memberships to later cons during November 15-25, please see the Request Assistance page. And please spread the word!