Bubonicon 50

Perry Rodent has a Golden Ticket for Bubonicon 50 this August 24-26!

Perry & Terri

2018 Co-Guest of Honor

Sci-Fi Author – The Collapsing Empire, Redshirts, the Dispatcher, Head On: Lock In Book 2, Old Man’s War, Lock In, Agent to the Stars, Miniatures, Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded, Fuzzy Nation
Website: www.whatever.scalzi.com

2018 Co-Guest of Honor

Sci-Fi/Fantasy Author – Ghost Talkers, The Calculating Stars, Shades of Milk and Honey, Word Puppets, The Fated Sky, Forest of Memory, Glamour in Glass, The Lady Astronaut of Mars...  Website: www.maryrobinettekowal.com

2018 Toastmaster

Painter, Illustrator, Graphic Designer, Art Director, Poster Artist, and Painter of comic books, games and pin-ups…  Website: leemoyer.com

2018 Guest Artist

Fantasy Artist – Game of Thrones 2018 calendar, Magic: The Gathering, Spectrum 17, Imagine FX Magazine, Chesley Award nominee…
Website: www.ericvelhagen.carbonmade.com

2018 “Media” Guest

* Subject to Production Schedule *
Director – The Stand, Riding the Bullet, Desperation, Critters 2: The Main Course, Sleepwalkers, The Shining (TV), Bag of Bones, Masters of Horror – “Chocolate,” Once Upon a Time – “Beauty,” Freddy’s Nightmares – “Killer Instinct”…
Screenwriter – *batteries not included, The Fly II, Hocus Pocus, Riding the Bullet, Masters of Horror – “Chocolate,” She-Wolf of London TV series, Fear Itself TV series, Amazing Stories TV series…
Author – Development Hell, A Life in the Cinema, Ugly, Salome, Tyler’s Third Act
Information: wikipedia.org/wiki/Mick_Garris

2018 Science Speaker

We will invite a New Mexican to be our science speaker in late Spring 2018 – stay tuned…

2018 CON THEME:  The Golden Age of Science Fiction (since Bubonicon has reached its Golden Anniversary)

The Golden Age of SF is defined as “following the ‘pulp era’ of the 1920s and 1930s, and preceding New Wave science fiction of the 1960s and 1970s.  The 1950s are a transitional period in this scheme.  According to historian Adam Roberts, ‘the phrase Golden Age valorises a particular sort of writing: ‘Hard SF’, linear narratives, heroes solving problems or countering threats in a space-opera or technological-adventure idiom.'”

Recommendations of the Theme:
AUTHORS/BOOKS:  “With Folded Hands,” The Humanoids and Darker Than You Think by Jack Williamson, Astounding Science Fiction Magazine edited by John W. Campbell, The World of Null-A and The Voyage of the Space Beagle by A.E. van Vogt, The Puppet Masters, Rocket Ship Galileo, and Starman Jones by Robert A. Heinlein, Foundation, The Caves of Steel, and Pebble in the Sky by Isaac Asimov, The Martian Chronicles and The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury, Childhood’s End and The City and the Stars by Arthur C. Clarke, Shadow Over Mars and The Long Tomorrow by Leigh Brackett, the Lensman series by E.E. “Doc” Smith, A Case of Conscience by James Blish, Star Man’s Son, 2250 A.D. and Star Gate by Andre Norton, A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr, The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester, City and Way Station by Clifford D. Simak, Frederik Pohl, Mission of Gravity by Hal Clement, Beyond Earth’s Gates and Northwest of Earth by C.L. Moore, Martians, Go Home and The Lights in the Sky Are Stars by Fredric Brown, The Dying Earth by Jack Vance, The Grass Is Singing and The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing, Fritz Leiber, L. Sprague de Camp, Killdozer and More Than Human by Theodore Sturgeon, Marooned on Mars and Step to the Stars by Lester del Rey, The Man in the High Castle and Solar Lottery by Philip K. Dick, and many others.
MOVIES:  Destination Moon (1950), The War of the Worlds (1953), 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954), Rocketship X-M (1950), The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940), The Thing from Another World (1951), It Came from Outer Space (1953), When Worlds Collide (1951), Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959), Cat-Women of the Moon (1953), Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954), Them! (1954), Conquest of Space (1955), Mighty Joe Young (1949), Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956), Beginning of the End (1957), From the Earth to the Moon (1958), This Island Earth (1955), and many others!
TELEVISION:  Captain Video and His Video Rangers (1949-55), Tom Corbett, Space Cadet (1950-55), Space Patrol (1950-55), Rocky Jones, Space Ranger (1954-55), Tales of Tomorrow (1951-53), The Twilight Zone (1959-64), Science Fiction Theatre (1955-57), The Outer Limits (1963-65), Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964-68), and a few others.
MUSIC:  Hmm?


BUBONICON 50 starts four days after the 76th Worldcon in San Jose, CA.  Weekend passes on sale now!

AT THE GUILD CINEMA:  This Giant Papier Mache Boulder Is Actually Really Heavy, a fannish space-romp, screens February 23-24 with Bubonicon 50 onboard with door prizes.  Next up, They Remain, based on Laird Barron’s short story, screens March 2-3 with Bubonicon 50 bringing door prizes.  And then  Bubonicon 50 is back again with door prizes Friday, March 9, at Flash Gordon (1980 version, with a limited-edition poster from Jon Sanchez).  Mind Game, a 2004 anime film, screens March 16-17.  And The Cured, in which zombies get better, screens March 28-29…  www.guildcinema.com

FUTURE B’CON DATES:  Bubonicon 51 should be August 23-25, 2019, as Dublin, Ireland, is hosting the 77th Worldcon August 15-19, 2019.  And Bubonicon 52 should be August 28-30, 2020, as New Zealand is the only Worldcon bid that year, happening early August.

+ 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards were announced December 5, 2017.  Of genre note, Artemis by Andy Weir was named Best Science Fiction, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling was named Best Fantasy, Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King & Owen King was named Best Horror, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson was named Best Science & Technology, and A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas was named Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction.
+ 2017 Hugo Awards were given August 11, 2017, to Bubonicon friends Ursula Vernon for Best Novelette (“The Tomato Thief”), James S.A. Corey for Best Dramatic Presentation-Short Form (The Expanse, episode “Leviathan Wakes”), and Elizabeth Leggett for Best Fan Artist!  Best novel went to The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin, Best Dramatic Presentation-Long Form went to Arrival, and Best Graphic Story to Monstress Volume 1: Awakening by Marjorie Liu.
+ 2017 Locus Awards went to All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders for Best Fantasy, The Fireman by Joe Hill for Best Horror, Death’s End by Cixin Liu for Best Science Fiction, Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee as Best First Novel, and Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire for Best Novella.  The awards were presented June 24, 2017.
+ The 2017 RITA Award for Best Paranormal Romance was presented July 27, 2017, to Santa Fe’s Jeffe Kennedy for The Pages of the Mind.

OUR VERY SPECIAL CONDOLENCES to the family & friends of Albuquerque author Victor Milan, who died February 13 at the age of 63 years old due to complications of pneumonia brought on by multiple myeloma cancer.  Milan was a long-time participant at Bubonicon, served as Master of Ceremonies for our Costume Contest the last several years, and was Toastmaster at Bubonicon 21 in 1989.  His published works include The Cybernetic Samurai, The Dinosaur Lords, Star Trek: From the Depths, Runespear (with Melinda Snodgrass), and frequent contributions to the Wild Cards shared-world novels.  There will be a celebration of his life at Bubonicon 50.  He will be greatly missed.

AND CONDOLENCES to the friends & family — of author Ursula K. Le Guin (The Left Hand of Darkness, A Wizard of Earthsea, The Lathe of Heaven, The Dispossessed), who died January 22, at the age of 88 years old;  of author Julian May (The Many-Colored Land, Jack the Bodiless, Blood Trillium, Conqueror’s Moon), who died October 17, 2017, at the age of 86 years old;  and of writer Len Wein (co-creator of Swamp Thing and Wolverine; wrote for Batman, House of Mystery, Superman, Thor, Batman: The Animated Series), who died September 10, 2017, at the age of 69 years old.  They all will be missed.

ASFS ENTRANCE AT CHURCH:  St. Andrew Presbyterian Church wants us to enter through the northside door (back of building) as they are locking the courtyard at 5:00 pm each day.

BUBONICON FEEDBACK is always welcome – especially ideas, constructive criticism and what you enjoyed at the most recent convention.  Send your thoughts to to the Con Chairs

2018 PARTICIPANTS will be…

We post info on the Confirmed Participants page as info is available (usually starting early March or so)!


Bubonicon 50 will benefit the Williamson Library Special Collection at Eastern NM University and the Roadrunner Food Bank at least — plus the Albuquerque Public Library Foundation and New Mexico PBS, if possible…

Bubonicon 49 gave away $4,000 to the Williamson Library Collection at Eastern NM University, the Roadrunner Food Bank, the Albuquerque Public Library Foundation, New Mexico PBS, and the American Red Cross of NM (hurricane relief).

Bubonicon 48 gave away $6,000 to the Williamson Library Collection at Eastern NM University, the Roadrunner Food Bank, the Albuquerque Public Library Foundation and New Mexico PBS.


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