Year in TALON Fandom: 2008 Guests

[Note: This listing is ONLY for events to be held in the following states: TX, AR, LA, OK, and NM.]

ConDFW 2008

A Literary Science Fiction & Fantasy Event
February 22-24, 2008
Radisson Hotel Dallas North
Richardson, TX
(Metroplex area)
Guests of Honor:
Author Guest of Honor: Peter S. Beagle
Artist Guest of Honor: Donato Giancola
Special Guest: Tom Monteleone
Panelists: Aaron Allston, Amy Sisson, Beverly A. Hale, Brad W. Foster, Bradley H. Sinor, Carole Nelson Douglas, Chris Donahue, Chris Roberson, David Cherry, David L. Gray, David Lee Anderson, Dusty Rainbolt, Frances May, Glenn R. Sixbury, Glenn Yeffeth, Gloria Oliver, J M McDermott, Jane Archer (a.k.a. Nina Romberg), Jerry Davis, John Davis, Joy Marie Ledet, Julia S. Mandala, K. Hutson Price, Katharine Eliska Kimbriel, Kevin Hopkins, Lee Killough, Lillian Stewart Carl, Linda Donahue, Lou Antonelli, Martha Wells, Mel White, Melanie Miller Fletcher, Paul Abell, Paul Black, R. Cat Conrad, Rachel Caine, Rhonda Eudaly, Richard D. Weber, Rie Sheridan, Scott Cupp, Scott R Padget, Selina Rosen, Sue Sinor, Teddy Harvia, Teresa Patterson, Thomas M. Wagner, Thomas W. Knowles, William Ledbetter

Art Show, Book Swap, Dealers Room, Panels, Gaming, and more!
Sponsored by the Texas Speculative Fiction Association

AggieCon 39

Oldest & largest student-run science fiction convention in the U.S.
March 27-30, 2008
Texas A&M Memorial Student Center
College Station, Texas
Media Guest of Honor: Ellen Muth from "Dead Like Me"
Anime Guest of Honor: Tiffany Grant
Artist Guest of Honor: Carl Lundgren
Author Guest of Honor: Todd McCaffrey
Guests: Darlene Bolesny, Mark Worrell, Mel White, Preston DuBose, Rachel Caine, R. Cat Conrad, Scott Cupp, Steven Brust, Tom Knowles, Bill Crider, Gloria Oliver, John Ringo, Kerry Tolan, Mel Hynes, James Grant, Joe M. McDermott, Jeff Turner
Brought to you by Cepheid Variable

SoonerCon 2008

Science Fiction, Fantasy, Gaming Con
June 6-8, 2008
The Biltmore Hotel in Oklahoma City
401 South Meridian (1-40 and Meridian)
Oklahoma City, OK 73108
GOH: John Ringo
Artist GOH: Tom Kidd
Toastmaster: Selina Rosen
Special Guest: Walter Koenig
This incarnation of SoonerCon is deliberately designed to celebrate all aspects of fandom. We don’t intend to have a solely “books” or “TV” or “art” emphasis. The emphasis is on FUN. Events include: Film Festival, Art Show, Gaming, Cosplay and Masquerade. Charity. Panel and Workshops. Video Rooms.
For more information, write:
6006 S. Western
Oklahoma City, Ok 73139

ApolloCon 2008

Houston's Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Conference
June 27-29, 2008
DoubleTree Hotel Houston Intercontinental Airport
15747 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
Houston, TX 77032
GOH: Allan Steele
Editor GOH: Lou Anders
Artist GOH: Brad Foster
Filk GOH: Margaret Middleton
Fan GOH: Anne K.G. Murphy
Additional guests: David Lee Anderson, Jayme Blaschke, Steven Brust, Rosemary Clement-Moore, Bill Crider, Scott Cupp, Gail Dayton, Bradley Denton, Linda Donahue, Marianne Dyson, Rhonda Eudaly, Larry Friesen, Bennie Grezlik, K. Hutson Price, Kandy Jarvis, Alexis Glynn Latner, Julia S. Mandala, A. Lee Martinez, Maureen McHugh, C. J. Mills, John Moore, Cat Osborne, Lawrence Person, John Picacio, Derly Ramirez, II & Kathy Thornton, Jessica Reisman, Chris Roberson, Selina Rosen, Caroline Spector, Rie Sheridan, Shanna Swendson, Mikal Trimm, Victory, Martha Wells, Mel. White
A single event for fans of speculative and imaginative fiction of all kinds, including literary, media, and interactive. Combining interesting and informative programming on literary, media, science and culture topics, networking opportunities for clubs and individual fans, art exhibits, and sales of books and other SF/F/H items.
Now in our fifth year.
Panels, Art Show, Masquerade, Dealers Room, Gaming (including LARP), Filking, Book Exchanges, Short Film Contest, Media Room. Writer's Workshop.
For more information, write:
P.O.Box 541822
Houston, TX 77254-1822
Or send email
Sponsored by the Houston Science Fiction Association, a 501(c)(3) organization.

Babelcon 2008

General science fiction, fantasy, & horror con
July 18-20, 2008
Holiday Inn Select
4728 Constitution Ave.
Baton Rouge, LA
Media Guests: Richard Hatch, Suzie Plakson, John Herztler, Bob May (original Lost in Space Robot)
Author Guests: T.A. Chafin, Polly Luttrell, Randy Richards, Deborah LeBlanc, M.B. Weston, Randy Richards, Bob Greenberger, and Robin Mayhall
Science guests: Dr. Robert Hynes (LSU Dept of Theoretical Physics), Dr. Charles Gramlich (Xavier University's Dept of Biological Psychology), & Bill Lee, paleontology expert
Live shows: Orion Slave Girls, Bedlam Bards in Concert, Indoor Renaissance Festival, Transylvanian Electric Company, Pirates of the Caribbean Live, Local Ghost Hunters, and an Animania Room.
Panels, gaming, live rocket demonstrations, SCA demos, dance party & costume contest, and LARP games. New for 2008: Paranormal track, Kids track, Anime track.
At the end of the evening there is the Costume Ball featuring music by the Star Wars Cantina band, and more!

BabelCon is a presentation of the Science and Engineering Education Foundation, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to Science education, using Science Fiction media to create interest. A large percentage of BabelCon's shows, panel discussions, demonstrations, and other presentations are related to Science and History.

Lazy Dragon Con

A Science Fiction / Fantasy Themed Party Con
July 18-20, 2008
Quality Inn [Note: formerly Holiday Inn McKinney]
1300 N. Central Expressway
McKinney, TX 75070
(Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex Area)
Author GOH: Lee Martindale
Artist/Author: James O'Barr
Singer/Songwriter: Sarah Gillmore
Author: John Moore
Artist: Gwynn "Starrydance" Farrith
There will be Guests, Merchants, Artists, Gaming, Parties, Socializing, Contests, Women's Fun Jell Wrestling, a Video Room and Much More!
Also supporting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Conestoga 12

Oklahoma's largest literary science fiction & fantasy con
July 25-27, 2008
Radisson Tulsa
10918 E. 41st Street
Tulsa, OK 74146
GOH: Diana Gabaldon
Artist GOH: Stephen Hickman
Fan GOH: Tim Miller
Toastmaster: Gordon Van Gelder
Featuring: Art Show, Panel Discussions, Writers Conference, Dealers Room, Short Film Contest, Gaming, Fangs Fur & Fey Mini-Con, Friday night concert, Gala Dinner with Diana Gabaldon, Filksinging, Author Readings, Masquerade, Charity Auction, Panels, Podcasts, and the inexplicably popular Penguin Playhouse Theatre! Of course, this is only some of the many activities and events we have planned.

ArmadilloCon 30

Literary Science Fiction Convention.
August 15-17, 2008
Doubletree Hotel North
6505 N. IH-35
Austin, TX 78752
Austin, Texas area
GOH: John Scalzi
Artist GOH: David Lee Anderson
Fan GOH: Kelly Persons
Toastmaster: Bill Crider
Editor GOH: Sheila Williams
Special Guests: Joe & Gay Haldeman
Confirmed participants: Neal Barrett, Jr., Deborah Chester, Bradley Denton, Brad W. Foster, Mitchell Graham, Julie Kenner, Katharine Eliska Kimbriel, Joe R. Lansdale, Alexis Glynn Latner, A. Lee Martinez, J.M. McDermott, Maureen F. McHugh, C.J. Mills, Elizabeth Moon, John Moore, Cary G. Osborne, Lawrence Person, John Picacio, Carrie Richerson, Chris Roberson, Rob Rogers, Selina Rosen, Patrice Sarath, Caroline Spector, William Browning Spencer, S. Andrew Swann, Susan Wade, Howard Waldrop, Don Webb, Martha Wells, K.D. Wentworth, Mark L. Williams, and more!
Panels, Art Show, Gaming, Charity, Full Day Writer's Workshop, Dealer's Room, and more!
ArmadilloCon is a literary science fiction convention held annually in Austin, with several hundred attendees. The primary focus of ArmadilloCon is literary science fiction, but that's not all we do -- we also pay attention to art, animation, science, media, and gaming. Every year, dozens of professional writers, artists and editors attend the convention. Sometimes they come to make deals, but more often they come to have fun!
Sponsored by the Fandom Association of Central Texas, a 501(c)(3)nonprofit organization

Bubonicon 40

Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention
August 22-24, 2008
The Albuquerque Grand Airport Hotel
2910 Yale Blvd SE
(Gibson & I-25)
Albuquerque, NM 87106
Albuquerque, New Mexico area
GOH: David Weber
Toastmaster: Daniel Abraham
Artist GOH: Bob Eggleton
Plus these folks: Mario Acevedo, Ben Bova, Yvonne Coats, Steven Gould, Betsy James, Andy Kuhn, Jane Lindskold, George R.R. Martin, Victor Milan, John Jos. Miller, Laura J. Mixon, Pati Nagle, Scott Phillips, D. Lynn Smith, Melinda Snodgrass, SM Stirling, Pari Noskin Taichert, Ian Tregillis, Robert Vardeman, Carrie Vaughn, Walter Jon Williams & More!
Panels, Art Show, Dealers Room, Gaming, Auctions, Film Screenings, Readings, Autographs, Filking, Science Talk, Costume Contest, Green Slimes, Audience Participation Events, and more!
Each year, proceeds from Bubonicon go to worthy causes. In 2006, proceeds from Bubonicon 38 benefited the Roadrunner Food Bank, the Children’s Hospital of New Mexico and the Williamson Science Fiction Library at Eastern New Mexico University.

FenCon V

A Fan-Operated Science Fiction and Fantasy Literary and Filk Convention in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area
October 3-5, 2008
Crowne Plaza Hotel
North Dallas/Addison
14315 Midway Road
Addison, TX 75001
(Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex area)
GOH: Gregory Benford
Artist GOH: Real Musgrave
Music GOH: Three Weird Sisters
Fen GOH: Gerald Burton
Toastmaster: Howard Waldrop
Special Guest: Jay Lake
ORAC Special Guest: Doris Egan
Plus many more guests
Fan-run convention featuring dedicated Filk Track and Costuming Tracks, Demos, Gaming, an Art Show & Auction, Panel Discussions, Science Programming, our annual Short Story Contest, Open Filking, the legendary FenCon Cabaret, a Writer's Workshop, over 100 Program Participants, and Much More!
FenCon is a production of the Dallas Future Society, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of science, literature, and music for the future of all mankind.

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