May 10th, 2013

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Reminder: May 15-25, request assistance for July-September cons (including Readercon)

Originally published at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

Con or Bust, which helps fans of color/non-white fans attend SFF cons (about), will be accepting requests for assistance to attend cons beginning in July, August, or September 2013 from May 15-25, 2013.

These cons include Readercon (July 11-14, 2013, Burlington, MA, USA), which has donated three memberships to Con or Bust. Readercon is “devoted to “imaginative literature” — literary science fiction, fantasy, horror, and the unclassifiable works often called ‘slipstream’”; its guests of honor are Maureen F. McHugh & Patricia A. McKillip, and its memorial guest of honor is Roger Zelazny. (Your humble Con or Bust administrator is also planning to be there.)

Here’s how to request assistance. Please spread the word!

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Reminder: free memberships to upcoming cons!

Originally published at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu. Please comment there ( comment(s)).

Fans of color/non-white fans, are you going to be in the mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. in May and are you interested in going to a con for free?

If so: I have available two free memberships to Balticon (May 24-27, Hunt Valley, Maryland, USA) and a whopping twenty to the Steampunk World’s Fair (May 17-19, Piscataway, New Jersey, USA). Please don’t be shy about requesting them! I hate to see free memberships go unused, and especially for the Steampunk World’s Fair, there is no reasonable possibility that you will be depriving someone else of a chance to go.

In addition, if anyone is interested in attending ConTemporal, June 28-30, 2013, Raleigh, NC, USA, a steampunk con whose guests of honor include Ursula Vernon, Thomas Willeford and Sarah Hunter, and Tom Smith, please contact me at, as there is a possibility of a membership to that con as well.

Request the free memberships to Balticon and the Steampunk World’s Fair through this Google Docs form, or read more about the cons below:

  • Balticon, the Maryland Regional Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention, has donated two memberships to Con or Bust. Balticon takes place from May 24-27, 2013 in Hunt Valley, Maryland. Its guests are: Joe Haldeman (Guest of Honor); Rick Sternbach (Artist Guest of Honor); Nnedi Okorafor (Special Guest); Ada Palmer (Music/Filk Guest of Honor); and Sassafrass (Featured Filkers). Balticon will have sign language interpreters at all major events and on call as needed.
  • The Steampunk World’s Fair, has donated twenty (20) memberships to Con or Bust. The Steampunk World’s Fair takes place from May 17-19, 2013, in Piscataway, New Jersey. It is the world’s largest steampunk event and welcomes steampunk veterans or total curious bystanders, “no matter how you’re dressed, no matter what your background is, and no matter how much or little you’ve ever played with Steampunk!”

Please spread the word!