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.
PulpFest (Cancelled, was August 6-9)
PulpFest is one of our favorite conventions, but unfortunately has fallen prey to the world this year. We were especially excited to host a discussion called Science Fiction: To What Purpose? We’ll advertise in the conference journal (The Pulpster) which will still be published, and hope to present the discussion next year.
NASFiC (Virtual, August 20-23)
The North American Science Fiction Convention (NASFiC) has been converted to a virtual event. First Fandom has a Dealer Room and will be presenting selections from our publications over the weekend. Please visit us there!
Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention (In Person, Sept. 11-13)
Windy City has also sadly been cancelled for this year. We hope to see you next Spring in Chicago!