academic

Campbell Conference & Awards Ceremony

Jun 16th-18th 2017

Lawrence, KS 66045

Connect with other SF authors, scholars, editors, and fans while celebrating the best SF of the year. In an intimate setting, discuss topics relevant to the human condition and the science-fiction field. Since 1979.

academic, literary, science fiction, writing

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academic

SFRA Conference 2017

Jun 28th-Jul 1st 2017

Riverside, CA 92521

Our keynote speaker is author Nnedi Okorafor, writer of fantasy, sf, and speculative fiction. Sf author Ted Chiang will also be in attendance for a special screening of Arrival (2016, dir. Denis Villeneuve), which is based on Chiang’s short story “Story of Your Life.” A Q&A with Chiang will follow the screening. The conference theme will be Unknown Pasts / Unseen Futures. This theme grows out of the 2016 conference, whose conversations reminded us that there is so much about the history of science fiction that has yet to be sufficiently addressed in scholarship, including marginalized or otherwise neglected bodies of work.

academic, black, fantasy, feminist, glbt, literary, science fiction

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academic

GLS 12

Aug 17th-19th 2017

Madison, WI 53715

The GLS PL Summit promotes professional development opportunities to celebrate and deepen educators’ use of games in various educational settings, and fosters collaboration among teachers, designers, researchers and others throughout the elementary to higher education continuum.

academic, board game, video game

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Conventions with Academic programming

steampunk

Steampunk World’s Fair The Fires of Inspiration

May 5th-7th 2017

Piscataway, NJ 08854

The Steampunk World’s Fair is the world’s largest Steampunk event! Come join us and have a chance to meet amazing people like: Internationally-acclaimed Steampunk author Gail Carriger One of the world’s most beloved Steampunk Bands, Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band As well as members of the cast of ‘Steampunk’d‘ Enjoy literally hundreds of hours of vendors, programming, shows, entertainment, and other things to see, hear, and experience!

academic, apocalypse, art, celebrity, collectibles, cosplay, costume, craft, dance, fan, fantasy, geek, historical, literary, martial arts, media, music, pirate, renaissance, retrofuturism, robot, science fiction, steampunk, tea party, victoriana, westerns

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science fiction

WisCon 41

May 26th-29th 2017

Madison, WI 53703

World’s first and leading feminist science fiction convention. Encouraging conversations about feminism, gender, race, class, disability.

academic, art, dance, fan, fantasy, feminist, geek, horror, literary, media, science, science fiction, writing

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literary

ConQuesT 48

May 26th-28th 2017

Kansas City, MO 64105

ConQuesT, founded in 1972, is one of the oldest enduring science fiction and fantasy conventions held in the Midwest. It gathers together fans and professionals with interests in the genre’s literature, artwork, films, television programming, costuming, and gaming. ConQuesT ’s events programming offers many options to attendees including a writers’ workshop and writing contests, art show and auction, masquerade and hall cosplay, guest and fan panels, table top and network gaming, art demonstrations, podcasts, book release parties, vendor room, round table discussions, and independent movie screenings.

academic, art, board game, card game, comics, cosplay, costume, craft, doctor who, fairy, fan, fan fiction, fantasy, filk, film, geek, karaoke, literary, science, science fiction, space, star trek, star wars, stargate, steampunk, tea party, ufo, video game, writing

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writing

Philadelphia Writers’ Conference

Jun 9th-11th 2017

Philadelphia, PA 19106

America’s Longest Running Writers Conference: hundreds of writers in attendance, representing many disciplines.

academic, literary, writing

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roleplaying game

Hypericon

Jun 16th-18th 2017

Nashville, TN 37214

Speculative Fiction/Gaming convention in Nashville. Literary tracks with a strong writing and horror emphasis. Various gaming.

academic, art, board game, card game, cosplay, doctor who, fan, fantasy, film, geek, goth, halloween, horror, literary, lovecraft, monster, music, roleplaying game, science, science fiction, writing, zombie

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video game

Classic Console & Arcade Gaming Show

Jul 22nd 2017

North Olmsted, OH 44070

You will see several vendors and many classic computer and video game collectors. (Many of the vendors are also collectors; their basements are just overrun!) Also, many of the vendors will be featuring displays of classic equipment. You will be able to add many things to your classic computer and gaming collections for many of the following classic gaming and computer systems. We can never be exactly sure of what will appear at the show, but all of the following have made appearances at previous shows: lassic Gaming Systems: Atari (2600, 5200, 7800, Jaguar, Lynx), Bally Astrocade, Colecovision, Intellivision, Magnavision, Microvision, Nintendo 8 bit and 16 bit, Philips CDi, Sega 8 bit and 16 bit, ...and game cartridges. Lots of game cartridges!

academic, animation, art, computer, geek, technology

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martial arts

Combat Con

Aug 10th-13th 2017

Las Vegas, NV 89109

CombatCon is the brainchild of several Western Martial Artists who wanted to gather people from all manners of backgrounds and interests with one really awesome thing in common - they all love fighting! From comic book fans to movie stars, from role-players to weapons makers, CombatCon is a melting-pot of people who enjoy martial arts, sword fighting, high-octane action, and good, old fashioned fun.

academic, board game, celebrity, cosplay, costume, craft, fantasy, film, geek, historical, martial arts, media, pirate, renaissance, roleplaying game, science fiction, star wars, steampunk, video game

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harry potter

PotterVerse Con

Sep 8th-10th 2017

Baltimore, MD 21202

The Mid-Atlantic’s Major Harry Potter Fan Convention!

academic, fan, fan fiction, fantasy, geek, harry potter, literary, writing

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