August 23rd, 1997
August 10th, 1997
August 28th, 1997
March 5th, 1997
July 14th, 1997
|The Second Occasional LoneStarCon Science Fiction Convention and Chili Cook-off, Variously known as the 55th World Science Fiction Convention and LoneStarCon 2, the 1997 Worldcon, To be held from August 28th through September 1st, in the year 1997, in San Antonio, Texas.
What's a Worldcon?
magine getting together with a few friends to talk about something you all
lovescience fiction and fantasy. You all read the books, see the movies,
watch the stuff on TV, play the gamesyou've got a lot in common. And you
invite a few of the people who create these works, toothe authors, artists,
and others involved in the creation of the things we all appreciate. And when
you all get in one place you count heads and find out there are six to ten
thousand of you. What do you call it? Worldcon, of course.
What You Get
ive days of talking about SF, with panels and readings and autographings all
day and special events every night.
History of science fiction special exhibits: photos of every writer the
photographer has found so you can see what your favorite authors look like so
you can buy them each a drink in the bar; examples of each year's Hugo Award
trophy; past grand champion costumes on display; examples of 50 years of
amateur fan magazines.
A huge Art Show with original art by many of the major SF cover artists,
signed and numbered lithographs or photoprints of pieces you couldn't afford
otherwise, and examples of original art by up-and-coming artists who may
someday be major. All for sale at auction.
An immense Dealers' Room. Hundreds of tables of new, used, and rare books;
cool jewelry; art prints; videos; laser discs; funny buttons; fan writings;
comics; and just plain weird stuff.
A choice of video rooms, anime rooms, and a full film program.
Science programs; how to behave at a convention programs; how to be a writer
(OK, how to sell what you've written) programs; The Masquerade, a full costume
contest stage performance; a hall costume contest, a wandering-the-convention
performance; Filking (SF for folk singing); The Hugo Awards ceremony (like the
Oscars or Emmys, but all our own).
Dances from rock to Regency; Georgette Heyer high teas; Oz fan meetings; ERB
fan meetings; gay fan meetings.
And besides all this you can VOTE. Yes, vote on what you think the 1997
Science Fiction Achievement Awards (Hugos) should be given to, and you can
vote on where all this should take place in the year 2000. Not Texas, because
we'll be too tired to do it again (that soon, at least).
When and Where
he convention begins Thursday, August 28, 1997, and runs through Labor Day,
Monday, September 1, 1997. Most things will start around ten in the morning
and the joint will still be jumping in the wee hours every night.
We have the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center, the Marriott Riverwalk and
Marriott Rivercenter hotels in the heart of downtown San Antonio, Texas. We're
about three blocks from the Alamo, and the Marriott Rivercenter connects to
the Riverwalk Mall. The Chili Cook-Off will take over La Villita, San
Antonio's outdoor festival venue.
We're getting a bunch of questions about hotel reservations already, but the
plain truth is, the hotels just won't take them this early. To get your best
possible room selection, you should have at least a supporting membership, so
that you'll get the progress reports at the same time as everyone else. The PR
with the hotel reservation form in it will probably go out in the spring of
1997. The San Antonio Convention Bureau will handle all the reservations. The
only way to get the low room rates we've negotiated will be to go through
them. Making reservations now with the hotels for the tiny handful of rooms we
haven't blocked will only get you a higher rate, so just hold your horses and
wait for the PR. Do be sure to write us at our Post Office Box if you need a
suite to throw a partythe convention bureau isn't handling the suites.
Rates and Stuff
ttending memberships are $135 until 7/31/97. Higher at the door!
Supporting memberships (all publications and voting privileges) will always be $25.
Children's memberships are also available. Write us.
Questions about anything else? Suggestions? Call us at our office at
512-472-9944. Fax us at 512-472-4290. Write to us at
P. O. Box 27277, Austin, TX 78755. E-mail us at