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Free SFF con memberships available now to fans of color/non-white fans!

If you’re a fan of color/non-white fan and interested to going to an SFF con in the next few months—or planning ahead for Kitacon, a UK anime/geek con in the summer, for which registration opens, and probably closes, on January 1—check out the list of cons below! Request memberships immediately, first-come first-served, through the Request Assistance page.

  • ConFusion, January 16-18, 2015, Detroit, MI, USA. ConFusion is a local/regional science fiction convention based in the Metro Detroit area. Its Guest of Honor is Karen Lord; its Science Guest of Honor is Dr. Cynthia Chestek; its Music Guest of Honor is Heather Dale; its Gaming Guests of Honor are Monte Cook and Shanna Germain; and its Fan Guest of Honor is Aaron Thul.

    ConFusion has donated one membership to Con or Bust, which must be claimed by December 31, 2014.

  • Arisia, January 16-19, 2015, Boston, MA, USA. Arisia is New England’s largest and most diverse science fiction and fantasy convention. Its Author Guest of Honor is N. K. Jemisin; its Artist Guest of Honor is Lee Moyer; and its Fan Guest of Honor is Colette H. Fozard.

    Arisia has donated two memberships to Con or Bust, of which one remains, and a hotel room, which has been claimed.

  • FOGcon, March 6-8, 2015, 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 2015 theme is The Traveler and its Honored Guests are Kim Stanley Robinson and Catherynne M. Valente.

    FOGcon has donated two memberships to Con or Bust, of which one remains.

  • (new!) Escapade, March 6-8, 2015, Los Angeles, CA, USA. Escapade is a weekend-long con attended mostly but not exclusively by women, all of whom are slash fans of all fandoms and flavors. Attendance is capped at 150.

    Escapade has donated one membership to Con or Bust.

  • Chi-Fi, March 19-22, 2015, Chicago, IL, USA. Chi-Fi is a convention celebrating geekdom in downtown Chicago.

    Chi-Fi has donated thirty passes to Con or Bust.

  • (new!) Norwescon, April 2-5, 2015, SeaTac, WA, USA. Norwescon is the Pacific Northwest’s Premiere Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention and one of the largest regional Science Fiction and Fantasy conventions in the United States. Its Guests of Honor are George R. R. Martin (Author), Julie Dillon (Artist), Amy Mainzer (Science), and Random House (Spotlight Publisher).

    Norwescon has donated two memberships to Con or Bust.

  • (new!) Kitacon, July 31-August 2, 2015, Birmingham, UK. Kitacon is the UK’s largest residential anime/geek convention, and is entirely not-for-profit and fan-run.

    Kitacon has donated three tickets to Con or Bust. Those interested should request them from Con or Bust as soon as possible, because registration opens at noon GMT on January 1, 2015, and is likely to sell out within hours.

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Request assistance through TOMORROW, Nov. 25

Reminder: Con or Bust will be accepting requests for assistance from fans of color/non-white fans to attend SFF cons through tomorrow, 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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Assistance for new SFF cons: Chi-Fi, SMOFcon (very soon!)

Two more cons to which individuals can request memberships as well as other assistance—one happening very soon!

  • Smofcon 32, December 5-7, 2014, Manhattan Beach, CA, USA. Smofcon is an annual conference for the planners of science fiction & fantasy (SF&F) and other genre conventions.

    An individual has donated one membership.

  • Chi-Fi, March 19-22, 2015, Chicago, IL, USA. Chi-Fi is a convention celebrating geekdom in downtown Chicago.

    Chi-Fi has donated thirty passes to Con or Bust.

For the rest of the cons that specific assistance is available to, check the Upcoming Cons page; or request assistance now through November 25th.

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Con or Bust now accepting requests for assistance

From now through November 25, Con or Bust is accepting requests for assistance from fans of color/non-white fans to attend upcoming SFF cons. Here’s how to request assistance; and here’s the current list of upcoming cons for which specific assistance is available—including a new one, next year’s WorldCon.

Please spread the word!

  • ConFusion, January 16-18, 2015, Detroit, MI, USA. ConFusion is a local/regional science fiction convention based in the Metro Detroit area. Its Guest of Honor is Karen Lord; its Science Guest of Honor is Dr. Cynthia Chestek; its Music Guest of Honor is Heather Dale; its Gaming Guests of Honor are Monte Cook and Shanna Germain; and its Fan Guest of Honor is Aaron Thul.

    ConFusion has donated one membership to Con or Bust, which must be claimed by December 31, 2014.

  • Arisia, January 16-19, 2015, Boston, MA, USA. Arisia is New England’s largest and most diverse science fiction and fantasy convention. Its Author Guest of Honor is N. K. Jemisin; its Artist Guest of Honor is Lee Moyer; and its Fan Guest of Honor is Colette H. Fozard.

    Arisia has donated two memberships and a hotel room to Con or Bust.

  • FOGcon, March 6-8, 2015, 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 2015 theme is The Traveler and its Honored Guests are Kim Stanley Robinson and Catherynne M. Valente.

    FOGcon has donated two memberships to Con or Bust.

  • Archipelacon, June 25-28, 2015, Mariehamn, Åland, Finland. Archipelacon is the Nordic SF & Fantasy convention (but its main language will be English). Its Guests of Honor are George R.R. Martin, Johanna Sinisalo, and Karin Tidbeck.

    Archipelacon has donated two memberships to Con or Bust.

  • Pi-Con, July 31-August 2, 2015, Windsor Locks, CT, USA. Pi-Con is “the friendliest little convention in New England”; its Guest of Honor is Tanya Huff and its Guest of Awesome is Vikki Ciaffone.

    Pi-Con has donated six memberships to Con or Bust.

  • (new!) Sasquan, August 19-23, 2015, Spokane, WA, USA. Sasquan is the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention (WorldCon). Its guests of honor are Brad Foster, David Gerrold, Vonda N. McIntyre, Tom Smith, and Leslie Turek.

    Sasquan has donated three attending memberships to Con or Bust. (These come with Hugo voting rights.)

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Reminder: 24 hours to bid on Of Noble Family signed manuscript, by Mary Robinette Kowal

The special auction of a signed, dated manuscript of Mary Robinette Kowal’s Of Noble Family (forthcoming, April 2015), along with signed hardcovers of the rest of the books in the series, ends tomorrow, Sunday October 19, at 4:00 p.m. Eastern (unless there are last-minute bids; see that post for details). This auction, like all of Con or Bust’s fundraising, helps fans of color/non-white fans attend SFF cons. Comment on that post to bid (or with questions; comments off here to avoid the possibility of misplaced bids), and please spread the word!

GeekGirlCon & Sirens memberships available now; ConFusion membership available later

(ETA: WFC banquet ticket has been claimed.)

In addition, the following free memberships remain available immediately:

  • GeekGirlCon, October 11-12, 2014, Seattle, WA, USA. GeekGirlCon is the celebration of the female geek. Check out some highlights from 2013.

    GeekGirlCon has donated six passes to Con or Bust, of which four are still available.

  • Sirens, October 16-19, 2014, Stevenson, WA, USA. Sirens is a conference on women in fantasy literature; its 2014 theme is “hauntings” and its Guests of Honor are Kendare Blake, Rosemary Clement-Moore, and Andrea Hairston.

    Sirens has donated one membership to Con or Bust.

Finally, a new con has donated a membership that will be available during the November 15-25 assistance period (joining the others listed on the Upcoming Cons page):

  • ConFusion, January 16-18, 2015, Detroit, MI, USA. ConFusion is a local/regional science fiction convention based in the Metro Detroit area. Its Guest of Honor is Karen Lord; its Science Guest of Honor is Dr. Cynthia Chestek; its Music Guest of Honor is Heather Dale; its Gaming Guests of Honor are Monte Cook and Shanna Germain; and its Fan Guest of Honor is Aaron Thul.

    ConFusion has donated one membership to Con or Bust.

Please spread the word!

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Free memberships to October cons!

If you’re a fan of color/non-white fan, Con or Bust currently has free memberships to attend three different SFF cons in October. Request them now first-come first-served!

  • Maneki Neko Con, October 3-5, 2014, Matteson, IL, USA. Maneki Neko Con is an all-ages science fiction, fantasy, and Japanese animation – anime – gaming, comics, and miscellaneous geeky fandom convention in Chicago’s south suburbs. The organizers state that it is run and attended by 90% young people of color.

    Maneki Neko Con has donated two memberships to Con or Bust, which must be claimed by September 21, 2014.

  • GeekGirlCon, October 11-12, 2014, Seattle, WA, USA. GeekGirlCon is the celebration of the female geek. Check out some highlights from 2013.

    GeekGirlCon has donated six passes to Con or Bust, of which four are still available.

  • Sirens, October 16-19, 2014, Stevenson, WA, USA. Sirens is a conference on women in fantasy literature; its 2014 theme is “hauntings” and its Guests of Honor are Kendare Blake, Rosemary Clement-Moore, and Andrea Hairston.

    Sirens has donated one membership to Con or Bust.

In addition, for your future planning purposes, several cons have donated assistance that will be available during the November 15-25 request period (at which time monetary assistance may also be requested), and thereafter if not claimed. These are behind the jump:

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