Category: Memberships

reminder: request free memberships to Ice & Fire Con by April 20 (tomorrow)

Fans of color/non-white fans: a reminder that the following memberships are available, first-come first-served, by tomorrow, Thursday, April 20:

Ice & Fire Con, April 28-30, 2017, Pembroke, VA, 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, 2017. Note that attendees must be 18 years or older.

To learn how to request a membership, 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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Con or Bust is looking for donated WorldCon memberships

Con or Bust is looking for at least one donated attending membership to WorldCon 75. If you have one that you will be unable to use, and would like to transfer it to Con or Bust to be donated to a fan of color/non-white fan, please drop an email to [email protected], and I will arrange the transfer.

(If there’s more than one person out there, we can arrange to offer your membership for a certain period of time, after which you can reclaim possession of it to sell or otherwise dispose of. But demand for donated memberships to WorldCons generally, and WorldCons outside North America specifically, is always pretty high, for what that’s worth.)

Thanks, and please spread the word!

Edit: one kind person has offered a membership, so that’s the immediate need met, but as I said above, there will almost certainly be more demand!

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new free memberships: NorthAmeriCon ’17 (the 2017 NASFiC)

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

NorthAmeriCon ’17, July 6-9, San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA. NorthAmeriCon is the North American Science Fiction Convention (NASFiC), which is held only in years when the World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) is held outside of North America. Its Guests of Honor are Daína Chaviano, Tobias S. Buckell, Brother Guy Consolmagno S.J., Javier Grillo-Marxuach, George Perez, and Paula Smith.

NorthAmeriCon has donated five memberships to Con or Bust, to be claimed by June 15, 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.

Thanks, and please spread the word!

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free memberships: CONvergence, TGIF/F, Nine Worlds

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

TGIF/F, April 7-9, 2017, Los Angeles, CA, USA. TGIF/F is a multi-fandom femslash convention designed to bring together various fan communities to build connections, encourage discussion, and create art; its programming includes panels on SFF genre works, fantasy, video games, and more topics of SFF interest.

TGIF/F has donated five passes to Con or Bust, to be claimed by April 6, 2017 (tomorrow!).


(new!) CONvergence, July 6-9, 2017, Bloomington, MN, USA. CONvergence 2017: To Infinity & Beyond is a celebration of all things space opera. Its Guests of Honor are Lois McMaster Bujold, Kristopher Carter, Norman Cates, Eric Chu, Tracee Lee Cocco, Naomi Kritzer, Seanan McGuire, Jai Nitz, and Ian Truitner.

CONvergence has donated four memberships to Con or Bust, to be claimed by May 20, 2017.


Nine Worlds, 4-6 August 2017, London, England, UK. Nine Worlds is a geekfest, or a multi media, multi-genre residential pop culture convention.

Nine Worlds has donated twenty tickets to Con or Bust. Anyone who requests a membership by the end of Thursday, April 6 (also tomorrow!) will be emailed the booking link for the convention hotel that Saturday (more information). Eighteen tickets remain available.


There are lots more memberships available; these are just the newest or the ones with the closest deadlines. For the full list of cons, see the Upcoming Cons page. To learn how to request assistance, see the Request Assistance page. Thanks, and please spread the word!

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new free memberships: Ice & Fire Con; Beach City Con

Fans of color/non-white fans: Con or Bust has the following new memberships available, first-come first-serve:

Ice & Fire Con, April 28-30, 2017, Pembroke, VA, 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, 2017. Note that attendees must be 18 years or older.


Beach City Con, October 13-15, 2017, Virginia Beach, VA, USA. The first Steven Universe convention is a fan-run non-profit event that will offer traditional convention programming with a Crystal Gem twist.

Beach City Con has donated two tickets to Con or Bust, to be claimed by October 6, 2018.


And for planning-ahead purposes, the following memberships will be available during May 15-25, 2017, when fans of color can next request monetary assistance to cons as well as memberships:

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.


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: Nine Worlds (London, UK)

Fans of color/non-white fans: the following con has donated new free memberships, available first-come-first-serve:

Nine Worlds, 4-6 August 2017, London, England, UK. Nine Worlds is a geekfest, or a multi media, multi-genre residential pop culture convention.

Nine Worlds has donated twenty tickets to Con or Bust. Anyone who requests a membership by the end of Thursday, April 6 will be emailed the booking link for the convention hotel that Saturday (more information).

Please note: money to pay for the convention hotel can be requested only during May 15-25. Requesting a membership now just gets you on the list for the booking link.

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 available to Westercon 70

Fans of color/non-white fans: Con or Bust has available now, first-come first-serve, the following new memberships:

Westercon 70, July 1-4, 2017, Tempe, AZ, USA. Westercon is the most prestigious regional science fiction and fantasy convention on the west coast; Westercon 70 is also Leprecon 43 (an annual Arizona con). Its Guests of Honor are Julie Dillon, Tom Deadstuff, Larry Elmore, Connie Willis, Gini Koch, Tim Griffin, and Weston Ochse.

Westercon 70 has donated two memberships to Con or Bust, to be claimed by June 15, 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.

Thanks, and please spread the word!

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available now: two free memberships to WorldCon 75

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

  • Worldcon 75, 9-13 August, 2017, Helsinki, Finland. Worldcon 75 is the annual World Science Fiction Convention for 2017. Its Guests of Honor are John-Henri Holmberg, Nalo Hopkinson, Johanna Sinisalo, Claire Wendling, and Walter Jon Williams.

    Two memberships donated by individuals are available; note that one is a first Worldcon membership. (Previously: Worldcon 75 donated 25 attending memberships and 25 hotel room nights, all of which have been claimed; and two other memberships donated by individuals were claimed.)

To learn how to request these memberships, 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 CrossingsCon

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

  • CrossingsCon, August 4–August 6, 2017, Long Beach, CA, USA. CrossingsCon is this universe’s first Young Wizards convention, and is two days of panels, readings, transformative works, discussions, meta, and hugs, with some wonderful special guests and a third day of offsite events. Its Guests of Honor are Emily Skrutskie and Mark Oshiro (current Con or Bust President!).

    CrossingsCon has donated two memberships to Con or Bust, to be claimed by July 15.

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 still available to HELIOsphere!

Fans of color/non-white fans: the following con has extended the deadline to claim free memberships, which are available now through February 28, first-come first-serve:

  • HELIOsphere, March 10-12, 2017, Tarrytown, NY, USA. HELIOsphere is a new science fiction and fantasy convention. Its Guests of Honor are Jacqueline Carey, David Gerrold, and Danielle Ackley-McPhail, with Special Guest Charles Gannon.

    HELIOsphere has donated two memberships to Con or Bust, to be claimed by February 28, 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.

Thanks, and please spread the word!

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