Category: Other Locations

World Science Fiction Convention Offers “Taster” Memberships

Anticipation, the World Science Fiction Convention being held in Montreal August 6th-10th, has announced that a trial or “Taster” membership will be available. The short summary is that if you are curious about the convention but not sure it’s worth it, you can buy a single-day membership, and if you decide you don’t like the convention, return to the registration desk within 3 hours and you’ll get a refund of most of the ticket’s cost. For a complete description of how the offer works visit

Can’t Stop the Serenity: Ottawa

A while back I mentioned that one option for catching a “Can’t Stop the Serenity” event would be to head to Ottawa, Ontario, if that’s closer to you than Boston. The Ottawa Browncoats have at last set a date: Sunday, June 21st at 3:30pm. For details visit

Montreal Comic-Con(s)

Readers in the northern part of New England can cross over into Canada and visit the Montreal Comic-Con on Sunday, June 7th. If that doesn’t work out, there’s another event planned for the weekend of Saturday, September 19th and Sunday the 20th. For details see

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Can’t Stop the Serenity 2009

“Can’t Stop the Serenity” is an annual fundraising event in which the movie “Serenity” (the follow-up to the TV series “Firefly”) is shown on movie theater screens worldwide, with the proceeds going to support the women’s rights organization Equality Now.

UPDATE: New England’s showing will be held Friday, June 19th and Saturday, June 20th at midnight at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, MA. In addition to “Serenity,” we’ll also be screening “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.” Tickets will go on sale in May.

The New England Browncoats will once again attempt to provide entertainment while folks wait in line. They also have some great raffle prizes collected; the price of a raffle ticket is a canned good to be donated to the Greater Boston Food Bank. For more information, keep an eye on

If you’re closer to New York than Boston, the Browncoats of New York City will be hosting their event on Sunday, June 28th from 3:00pm to 8:00pm; for details see On the other hand, if you’re up in the far northern reaches of New England, perhaps Ottawa, Ontario would work for you; they haven’t announced details yet, but they’re definitely having a showing, so keep an eye on

To learn more about the “Can’t Stop the Serenity” project and to find other event locations, visit


DragonCon “the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film in the US,” will be held September 4th-7th, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.

“Atlanta?!?” you may be saying. “That’s nowhere near New England! Why tell us about DragonCon?” Because it really is the biggest convention on the East Coast — 30,000+ people, four official hotels, lots of popular guests, and something going on somewhere at all hours. Quite a few New Englanders travel to it each year; you can connect with some of them at

Memberships for the weekend are $70 right now; the price will go up to $80 on February 13th. For more information visit

Hugo Award Nominations

The Hugo Awards are awarded each year to recognize excellence in science fiction and fantasy. They are given out at the World Science Fiction Convention, which will be held in Montreal in 2009. (See for the initial posting about “Anticipation,” the 2009 WorldCon.)

Nominations for this year’s Hugo Awards are now being accepted. In order to nominate something for one of the Hugo categories, you must be a member of the 2009 WorldCon, or have been a member of the 2008 WorldCon. You do not have to purchase a full membership in order to nominate or vote for the Hugos; you only need a “Supporting Membership,” which lets you vote but does not actually get you into the convention. A supporting membership may be upgraded to full membership if you decide to attend WorldCon after all.

The deadline to purchase your membership in time to participate in the nomination process is January 31st, 2009. You have until the end of February to actually submit your nominations.

For more information about the Hugo Awards, visit For more information about the 2009 WorldCon, visit

Anticipation (67th World Science Fiction Convention)

Anticipation is the name of the 2009 World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), and it will be held in Montréal, Quebec, Canada (just north of New England) from August 6th to 10th, 2009. According to

Worldcon is thousands of people from all over the world who gather for a large variety of activities and events. In addition to our featured guests, it is more than 500 authors, editors, artists and creators of all kind who spend five days interacting with the other members. It’s panels, workshops, exhibits, events and activities of all kinds for those who love science fiction and fantasy. In short, it is the place to be in August 2009 if you are a fan of science fiction.

The guest list is as follows:
Neil Gaiman – Guest of Honour
Élisabeth Vonarburg – Invitée d’honneur
Ralph Bakshi – Artist Guest of Honour
Taral Wayne – Fan Guest of Honour
Tom Doherty – Publisher Guest of Honour
David Hartwell – Editor Guest of Honour
Julie Czerneda – Master of Ceremonies

Registration is now open; rates will go up on January 1st.

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Con*Cept Convention in Montreal

Con*Cept is a fan-run science-fiction and fantasy convention being held in Montreal, Quebec, which is geographically within reach of fans living in northern New England. The convention will be held October 17-19. Guests of honour are authors David Brin and Yves Meynard, actress Samantha Ferris, filker Peggi Warner-Lalonde, and physicist Stephane Dumas.

For more information, visit and select to read the site in English or Français.

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