Author: Kate Nepveu

many free memberships available now, first-come first-serve

Fans of color/non-white fans: the following free memberships are available now, first-come first-served:

Arisia, January 12-15, 2018, Boston, MA, USA (@arisia). Arisia is New England’s largest, most diverse sci-fi & fantasy convention. Its Featured Guests are: V. E. Schwab, Author Guest of Honor; Ashe Samuels, Artist Guest of Honor; Shannon Watters, Comics Industry Guest of Honor; Mikki Kendall, Fan Guest of Honor.

Arisia has donated ten memberships and two hotel rooms (three nights each; can be doubles if have, or willing to have, roommate also receiving Con or Bust assistance). One of the hotel rooms has been claimed. In addition, the Boston Speculative Fiction Writing Group (B-Spec) has donated one membership.


ConFusion, January 19-21, 2018, Detroit, MI, USA. ConFusion is the longest-running fan-run sf/f convention in Michigan and a premier event for publishing professionals and fans alike.

Apex Magazine has donated a membership to ConFusion.


Boskone, February 16-18, 2018, Boston, MA, USA (@boskonenews). Boskone is the longest-running science fiction & fantasy convention in New England. Its Guest of Honor is Mary Robinette Kowal; Special Guest: Craig Miller; Official Artist: Marianne Plumridge; Young Adult Fiction Guest: Tamora Pierce; Hal Clement Science Speaker: Catherine Asaro; and NESFA Press Guest: Nat Segaloff.

Boskone has donated two memberships, to be claimed by January 16, 2018. In addition, the Boston Speculative Fiction Writing Group (B-Spec) has donated one.


WhimsyCon, March 2 – 4, 2018, Denver, CO, USA (@shinygardengeek). WhimsyCon is Denver’s Steampunk and Costuming Convention. Its Author Guest of Honor is Milton Davis and its Costuming Guest of Honor is Kitty Krell.

WhimsyCon has donated twenty passes to Con or Bust, to be claimed by the start of the convention.


Starburst Media City Festival, 16th – 18th March 2018, Greater Manchester, England, UK (@starburstff). The Starburst Media City Festival is a multi-media Festival in the heart of Greater Manchester’s media zone, featuring literary programming, script-editing and adaptation workshops, and film screenings.

The Starburst Media City Festival has donated four tickets, to be claimed by 18th February.


Follycon, 30 March – 2 April 2018, Harrogate, England, UK (@Follycon2018). Follycon is the 69th British National Science Fiction Convention, or Eastercon. Its Guests of Honour are Kieron Gillen, Christina Lake, Nnedi Okorafor and Kim Stanley Robinson.

Follycon has donated five attending memberships to Con or Bust, to be claimed by March 1, 2018. Two have been claimed.


Ice & Fire Con, April 27-28, 2018, Mt Sterling, OH, USA. Ice & Fire Con is a convention themed around George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series and HBO’s Game of Thrones.

Ice & Fire Con has donated two memberships to Con or Bust, to be claimed by April 20, 2018. Note that attendees must be 18 years or older.


Penguicon, May 4-6, 2018, Southfield, MI, USA (@Penguicon). Penguicon is a non-profit, community-run convention for open source software and hardware, science fiction, gaming, DIY, and more!

An individual has donated two memberships, to be claimed by April 1, 2018.


WisCon, May 25-28, 2018, Madison, WI, USA. WisCon is a 1,000-member science fiction convention with a feminist/social justice focus. Its Guests of Honor are Saladin Ahmed and Tananarive Due.

An individual has donated one membership to WisCon.


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.

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new free memberships: Follycon, the 2018 Eastercon

Fans of color/non-white fans: the following free memberships are available now, first-come first-served:

Follycon, 30 March – 2 April 2018, Harrogate, England, UK. Follycon is the 69th British National Science Fiction Convention, or Eastercon. Its Guests of Honour are Kieron Gillen, Christina Lake, Nnedi Okorafor and Kim Stanley Robinson.

Follycon has donated five attending memberships to Con or Bust, to be claimed by March 1, 2018.

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.

Thanks, and please spread the word!

 

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available immediately: 4 Smofcon memberships + hotel room

Fans of color/non-white fans: the following free memberships are available now, first-come first-served:

Smofcon 35, December 1-3, 2017, Boston, MA, USA. Smofcon is a weekend of panels and workshops on conference planning; this year’s theme is Lessons Learned, identifying conventions issues and implementing solutions. The primary aims of the workshop are to increase convention leadership capabilities within the community, to provide a safe space where difficult questions can be honestly discussed, and to help convention chairs build connections with their peers.

Smofcon has donated four memberships to Con or Bust, and would like to hear from people ASAP so that recipients can participate in panels. In addition, Arisia has donated one hotel room (two double beds) to Con or Bust; the hotel room should be requested during the next request-assistance period, which is November 1st-10th, 2017 (if it is not claimed during that time, it will be put up for first-come first-serve, as it must be claimed by Friday, November 24, 2017).

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.

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free memberships available to Orycon through Oct 31

Fans of color/non-white fans, the following free memberships are still available through tomorrow (October 31) only:

OryCon, November 17-19, 2017, Portland, OR, USA. OryCon is Oregon’s premier, fan run, annual science fiction/fantasy convention held in Portland since 1979. Its Guests of Honor are Timothy Zahn; Briana Lawrence (Brichibi Cosplays) and Jessica Walsh (Snow Tigra); David Boop; and Sarah Clemens.

OryCon has donated ten memberships to Con or Bust, to be claimed by October 31, 2017; seven remain available.

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.

Thanks, and please spread the word!

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free memberships to Penguicon to be available

Fans of color/non-white fans: the following new free memberships will be available during the next request-assistance period, November 1st-10th:

Penguicon, May 4-6, 2018, Southfield, MI, USA (@Penguicon). Penguicon is a non-profit, community-run convention for open source software and hardware, science fiction, gaming, DIY, and more!

An individual has donated two memberships, to be claimed by April 1, 2018.

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.

Thanks, and please spread the word!

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reminder: request assistance November 1st-10th (new dates)

Reminder: fans of color/non-white fans, you can request assistance to attend upcoming SFF cons from November 1st through November 10th (these are new dates, please take note!).

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.

Thanks, and please spread the word!

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new free memberships, hotel rooms

Fans of color/non-white fans: the following new free memberships are available now, first-come first-served:

Boskone, February 16-18, 2018, Boston, MA, USA (@boskonenews). Boskone is the longest-running science fiction & fantasy convention in New England. Its Guest of Honor is Mary Robinette Kowal; Special Guest: Craig Miller; Official Artist: Marianne Plumridge; Young Adult Fiction Guest: Tamora Pierce; Hal Clement Science Speaker: Catherine Asaro; and NESFA Press Guest: Nat Segaloff.

Boskone has donated two memberships. In addition, the Boston Speculative Fiction Writing Group has donated one.


Starburst Media City Festival, 16th – 18th March 2018, Greater Manchester, England, UK (@starburstff). The Starburst Media City Festival is a multi-media Festival in the heart of Greater Manchester’s media zone, featuring literary programming, script-editing and adaptation workshops, and film screenings.

The Starburst Media City Festival has donated four tickets, to be claimed by 18th February.


The following assistance can be requested from November 1st-10th (to start with; but, not right away):

Arisia, January 12-15, 2018, Boston, MA, USA (@arisia). Arisia is New England’s largest, most diverse sci-fi & fantasy convention. Its Featured Guests are: V. E. Schwab, Author Guest of Honor; Ashe Samuels, Artist Guest of Honor; Shannon Watters, Comics Industry Guest of Honor; Mikki Kendall, Fan Guest of Honor.

Arisia has donated ten memberships and two hotel rooms (three nights each; can be doubles if have, or willing to have, roommate also receiving Con or Bust assistance). In addition, the Boston Speculative Fiction Writing Group has donated one.


WorldCon 76, August 16-20, 2018, San Jose, CA, USA (@worldcon2018). Worldcon is the annual convention of the World Science Fiction Society (WSFS). Its Guests of Honor are: Spider Robinson, Author; Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Author; Pierre & Sandy Pettinger, Fans; Edgar Pangborn, Ghost of Honor; Bob Wilkins, gHost of Honor; Frank Hayes, Music Guest of Honor; John Picacio, Art Guest of Honor.

WorldCon 76 has donated six attending memberships.


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.

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Heinlein critical study by Farah Mendlesohn to benefit Con or Bust

Hugo award-winning critic and historian Farah Mendlesohn has successfully crowd-funded a book that is a major new critical study of the writings of Robert A. Heinlein, and her share of subsequent proceeds is to be divided between Con or Bust and The Foundation for America’s Blood Centers. You can still pledge to preorder the book, and get other awesome rewards, over at Unbound; the book will also be available for retail sale.

If you choose to pledge, the lovely people at Unbound have created a promo code for 10% off your pledge: enter CONORBUST10 at checkout to redeem it.

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