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.
AmazingCon (Virtual, June 12-14)
From grim dark humorous fantasy to straight up science fiction, AmazingCon featured 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 participated in a panel and presented a reading.
- Panel: Genre History: Does Anyone Care?
With author and publisher JM Stine
- Reading: From our upcoming book, The Earliest Bradbury
Recordings of the sessions will be available soon!
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 (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 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.