Like everyone else, all our best laid plans to attend conventions this spring and summer went awry in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Many of our favorite conventions, where we were looking forward to connecting with old friends and new fans, have been cancelled or postponed. But, with characteristic creativity and determination, many conventions are making the leap into the virtual and we’re happy to announce we’ll be able to (remotely) participate in them. Fandom finds a way!
We have been fortunate enough to continue work on First Fandom Experience over the past few months. We will soon have a second print run of The Visual History of Science Fiction Fandom, Volume One: The 1930s in hand, and have been hard at work on a new volume, The Earliest Bradbury, in anticipation of Ray Bradbury’s centennial this August. We have also just concluded the first annual Cosmos Prize — and we have revealed the basic structure of the 2021 prize. Check out the prize page for more information.
For the curious and interested, we’ve outlined below the shows we plan to attend. A special thank you to the convention organizers for their hard work. We are incredibly excited to attend these conventions and share our work with the community.
Balticon (Virtual, May 22-25)
Balticon 54, hosted by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society (BSFS), will take place virtually this year. The online convention will take place over Memorial Day weekend, kicking off on Friday Night (May 22) and running through Monday afternoon (May 25).
FFE will have a virtual dealer presence. We’ll be available to discuss any of our past publications, like The Visual History of Science Fiction Fandom, and our upcoming book, The Earliest Bradbury.
AmazingCon (Virtual, June 12-14)
From grim dark humorous fantasy to straight up science fiction, AmazingCon will feature over 40 authors reading their work and hosting Q&As with fans, music, writing workshops, and a variety of panels. The convention is hosted by Steve Davidson and Amazing Stories.
FFE will participate in a panel and present a reading.
- Panel: Genre History: Does Anyone Care?
With author and publisher JM Stine
Saturday, June 13, 4pm
- Reading: From our upcoming book, The Earliest Bradbury
Saturday, June 13, 12:00pm
Registration for AmazingCon is now live and you can register for the convention here. We encourage you to attend! The program is packed full of great authors and… amazing stories.
Worldcon (Virtual, July 29 – August 2)
The 2020 Worldcon, originally scheduled to be hosted in New Zealand, will be virtual this year. We currently have no plans to run a panel or dealer presence at this show, but will be in attendance.
PulpFest (In Person, August 6-9)
PulpFest is one of our favorite conventions, and this year we’re especially excited because we will be hosting a discussion called Science Fiction: To What Purpose? The purpose of science fiction has been hotly debated since the beginnings of fandom, and in this talk we’ll explore the arc of that conversation beginning in the late 1920s through the 1939 WorldCon and beyond.
NASFiC (Virtual? August 20-23)
The North American Science Fiction Convention (NASFiC) has been cancelled. The organizers indicate they may organize a virtual event around the original dates. If so, we’ll try to have a presence.
Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention (In Person, Sept. 11-13)
Windy City is where First Fandom Experience had its first dealer table, and we’re excited to return this year. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Windy City was postponed from its regular time in February to September, and currently intends to take place in person.
FFE will have a dealer presence at Windy City.