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A Fan-Operated Science Fiction and Fantasy Literary and Filk Convention in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area

FenCon News Archive

October 2008


Plan your weekend: Jump to the complete schedule for Friday, Saturday or Sunday or go to the Video Room or Gaming schedules.


Join us (at the door): Want to be a part of our celebration of 50 years of science fiction conventions in Texas? Do you love science fiction, music, science, fandom, parties, or books? Then you need to get a membership for FenCon V. It's a full weekend of fun and fandom, too! Advance membership sales are closed but you can buy your full weekend or day membership at the door. Get all the details on our membership page.


Eat here: MacArthurís on the first floor of the Crowne Plaza is convenient, tasty, and now it's extra-affordable. As a special deal for FenCon members, MacArthurís is serving a buffet meal at almost every meal all weekend at special low prices. All prices below include tax and tip. Yes, a hot all-you-can-eat breakfast for a flat ten bucks. Why leave the hotel?

On Friday, the breakfast buffet is just $10.00 and on Friday night they're offering a "Blue Plate Special" for only $ 9.95! Saturday's breakfast buffet is $10.00, the lunch buffet featuring sandwiches, soup & salad is $12.95, and the Saturday night BBQ buffet is $14.95. On Sunday, the breakfast buffet is once again a mere $10.00 and the lunch buffet featuring Mexican favorites is only $12.95. And these prices include tax and gratuity. Stay, eat, and get right back to FenCon.


Got game?: Looking for something to do between panels or just want to take a break from the con? Then check out our gaming program at FenCon V! We have several games for kids and adults at the con. If you want to learn a new game or just want to play with your friends, we will have a game for you!


She likes us: ORAC Special Guest Doris Egan makes us blush with her awesome LiveJournal entry. We can't promise to fix the economy but, yes, there will be granola bars.


September 2008


If you've got it, flaunt it: The FenCon Masquerade needs you to show off your fannish finest. Check out all the details on our updated Masquerade page.


Get a room (now): Our expanded room block for FenCon V in the Crowne Plaza very nearly full. Rooms are still available at the great FenCon rate of just $88 per night for one to four guests in a king or double standard room and just $108 per night for one to four guests in an executive suite. Call 972-980-8877 or reserve online and use code FCN when making your reservation.


Join us (at the door): Want to be a part of our celebration of 50 years of science fiction conventions in Texas? Do you love science fiction, music, science, fandom, parties, or books? Then you need to get a membership for FenCon V. It's a full weekend of fun and fandom, too! Advance membership sales are closed but you can buy your full weekend or day membership at the door. Get all the details on our membership page.


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Listen up: FenCon's charity efforts this year will benefit Reading & Radio Resource, a Dallas-based organization that records books for the blind and vision disabled. They also have a regular radio program which they broadcast in conjunction with KERA.


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Reading & Radio Resource is a non-profit 501(c)(3) volunteer agency, dedicated since 1969 to providing alternatives to reading for those who are visually or physically disabled and/or learning differenced.You can find more information on them at www.readingresource.org.

Art Crawl!: If you're an artist participating in our fourth annual art show then please check the updated art show page for this year's rule and printable bid sheets. We look forward to seeing all this cool art and to seeing you, too.


Come party with us: If you or your group wants to throw a party at FenCon we need to make sure your room is on our designated party floor. This year that floor is the second floor, the same floor as all of the FenCon function space. Book your room and then send your confirmation number to hotel@fencon.org and we'll make sure you're on the party floor. Then download this room party form, read it carefully, then sign it and turn it in at Registration before your party. We will also use this information to promote your party at our opening ceremonies, FenCon Cabaret, and in the FenCon ION (our official convention newsletter). If you are throwing a private party we still need the completed form but we will not announce your party.


August 2008


Get the word out: Do you have a product, service, convention, or other fannish item of interest to FenCon members? You chance to buy an ad in our souvenir program book, a treasured collectible sure to be read over and over for years to come, is ending soon. We need to hear from you by August 31st and get your art by September 4th. See our publications page for all the details.


Hurry, our Publications deadline is August 31, 2008!

Time is running out: FenCon's popular writers workshop, hosted this year by Jay Lake, has only a handful of spots remaining. We'll take your membership forms and payments online or by mail. This always sells out quickly and with Jay Lake as instructor this year will be a genuine treat.


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Thank you, Austin: We'd like to thank everybody who stopped by our patent-pedning semi-legendary room parties at ArmadilloCon 30 in the state capitol earlier this month. We hope to see y'all in October. (Buy your membership now!)


Art Show sold out: Thanks to all the artists from across the great southwest and around the world who have caused our fourth annual art show to sell out completely. We look forward to seeing all this cool art and to seeing you, too.


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Headed to Capitol City: We're packing up our snacks and beverages and headed south on I-35 to ArmadilloCon 30 in Austin for one of our semi-legendary room parties. Join us!

UPDATE:We'll be in room 674 from 9pm to 1am (and maybe beyond).


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Thank you, Tulsa: We'd like to thank everybody who stopped by either or both of our patent-pedning semi-legendary room parties at Conestoga 12 in Tulsa last month. We hope to see y'all in October. (Buy your membership now!)


July 2008


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We're on Tulsa Time: Join us in Tulsa this weekend for Conestoga 12. We'll be there to hang out with our Oklahoma pals, meet Diana Gabaldon, and throw two room parties. Come north and let's party!


June 2008


Thank you, Houston: The FenCon team is back from one of our favorite Texas conventions, ApolloCon. It was fun hanging out with Allen Steele, Margaret Middleton, our good friend Selina Rosen, and all the fen down Houston way. And special thanks to all the folks who stopped by our patent-pending semi-legendary room party for snacks, beverages, good people, and lots of fun. We hope to see y'all again in October at FenCon.


Houston, we have a party: The FenCon team is headed down I-45 to Houston this weekend for one of our favorite Texas conventions, ApolloCon. They've got Allen Steele as a guest of honor, Filk GoH Margaret Middleton, and many more fine folk. Check out the ApolloCon website for all the details. And join us on Saturday night for one of our patent-pending semi-legendary room parties! We'll have snacks, beverages, good people, and lots of fun. Stop by and say howdy.


FenCon and the Dallas Future Society are not connected in any way to FedConUSA or FedCon GmbH

They're not us, we're not them: There is a for-profit, media-oriented autograph show and convention at a hotel out by D/FW Airport this weekend. Their name, "FedConUSA," is similar to ours but we are not related in any way to this event.


May 2008


Hurry! Membership rates increase June 1st!

Robert Lynn Asprin, RIP: One of our favorite authors, Bob Asprin, died unepxectedly on Thursday, May 22nd. Apparently, he passed away in his sleep at home in New Orleans. More details are probably available elsewhere but for now all we know here is that a great writer, a fine musician, and a good friend have been lost to us. Bob had been to several Dallas conventions over the years and it was a thrill to chat with him at ConDFW a few years back. Our thoughts are with his friends and family. He will be missed.


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Does whatever a spider can: Thanks for hanging out with us on May 3rd for CAPE! This year's Free Comic Book Day event was a blast. Thanks also for helping us spread the word about FenCon. See you in the funny papers!


It's an honor just to be nominated: Our 2008 writers workshop instructor, Jay Lake, is a finalist for the 2007 Sidewise Award for Best Long-Form Alternate History. Good luck to Jay (and all the other finalists). The winners will be announced in Denver at the 2008 World Science Fiction Convention.


April 2008


Congratulations! We just found out that Jay Lake, our 2008 writers workshop instructor, is a finalist for the 2007 Sidewise Award for Best Long-Form Alternate History. Good luck to Jay (and all the other finalists). The winners will be announced in Denver at the 2008 World Science Fiction Convention.


Ah, the atmosphere: The hotel has informed us that they will be 100% smoke-free, including in guest rooms, by the time of FenCon V.


Free Comic Book Day logo

Up, up, and away! Join us on Saturday, May 3rd, in Dallas for CAPE! It's a Free Comic Book Day event featuring writers, artists, and free comics plus too much cool stuff to list here. We'll be there to spread the word about FenCon so come join us in celebrating FBCD at CAPE, ASAP.


Attention Writers: FenCon's popular writers workshop has only a few spots remaining. We'll take your membership forms and payments online or by mail. This always sells out quickly and with Jay Lake as instructor this year will be no exception.


March 2008


Salud!: FenCon is thrilled to announce that Howard Waldrop has accepted our invitation to be Toastmaster for FenCon V. This is a rare North Texas appearance by this Lone Star legend. Learn more on our guests and program participants page.


Join us: Want to be a part of our celebration of 50 years of science fiction conventions in Texas? Do you love science fiction, music, science, fandom, parties, or books? Then you need to get a membership for FenCon V. It's a full weekend of fun and fandom, too! Get all the details on our membership page.


FenCon memberships make excellent Mother's Day gifts.


Ooh, pretty: Check out our art show page for details on how you can participate in our fourth annual art show and auction. Hurry, space is going quickly.


February 2008


Attention Writers: FenCon's popular writers workshop opens for enrollment on Friday evening. We'll take your membership forms and payments online or at our room parties at ConDFW VII. This always sells out quickly and with Jay Lake as instructor this year will be no exception.


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What are we doing this weekend? We're going to ConDFW VII in Richardson, Texas to meet Peter S. Beagle, throw a couple of room parties, and hang out with the fen. We strongly encourage you to attend, too.


Get Real: We're thrilled to announce that Real Musgrave has accepted our invitation to be Artist Guest of Honor for FenCon V. We'll have a photo and a bio up soon.


Convention Awareness Day 2008: Join FenCon at the APOTAC Comic, Toy, and Collectibles Swap Meet 3 on Saturday, February 16, from 11 AM to 5 PM for Convention Awareness Day. It's at the Logos Youth Center, 121 N. Center Street in Grand Prairie, Texas. Free admission, free parking, and a fine group of vendors in comics, action figures, toys, autographs, and other collectibles plus representatives of conventions around Texas.


Join us: Want to be a part of our celebration of 50 years of science fiction conventions in Texas? Do you love science fiction, music, science, fandom, parties, or books? Then you need to get a membership for FenCon V. It's a full weekend of fun and fandom, too! Get all the details on our membership page.


FenCon memberships make excellent President's Day gifts.


Pod people: FenCon's own Tim Miller was recently interviewed by the folks at Escape From Cubicle 17 and you can download the whole podcast from their website.


Fen tested, Cupid approved: With the Valentine's Day rapidly approaching, what better way to let someone know how much you care than by getting them a membership for FenCon V? And treat yourself to a full weekend of fun and fandom, too! Get all the details on our membership page.


FenCon memberships make excellent Valentine's Day gifts.


January 2008


Save Abe!

Wanna save five bucks?: Sure, we all do. February 1 is almost here and that's when the membership rates for FenCon V jump up $5. Buy your membership for FenCon V now before the price goes up! Get all the details on our membership page.



Party like its 2008: Make a note in your social calendars because FenCon is ready to party at conventions all over Texas and Oklahoma. First up is ConDFW, February 22-24 in Richardson, Texas, where we'll throw not just one but two parties. We'll have info tables at All-Con, CAPE, and other events then the parties continue at SoonerCon, ApolloCon, Conestoga, Armadillocon, and more! Check back frequently for updates and party reports.


Hurry! Membership rates increase February 1st!

Get a room: Our room block for FenCon V in the Crowne Plaza is now open. Rooms are available at the great FenCon rate of just $88 per night for one to four guests in a king or double standard room and just $108 per night for one to four guests in an executive suite. Call 972-980-8877 or reserve online and use code FCN (new for 2008!) when making your reservation.


Thanks to the fen: Wow. Thanks to all of the fen that came out to the Crowne Plaza North Dallas on Saturday night for the FenCon V Kickoff Party. We wound up partying until 11pm and it was great to see so many familiar and new faces in the mix. We'll have a few pictures and a complete description up soon. Also, there is breaking news that we'll post on Monday morning. Check back for all the details.


Let's party: Want to learn more about FenCon V? Would you like to get a sneak peek at our hotel and staff for 2008? Are you a fan of delicious flavor? Then you need to come to the FenCon V Kickoff Party on Saturday, January 19th, from 5pm to 10pm at the Crowne Plaza North Dallas in beautiful Addison, Texas! Drop in to sample snacks, beverages, and the vast panel, exhibit, and concert space we'll occupy in 2008. We'll be in a suite on the second floor so follow the signs. Visit the hotel page for detailed directions and a map. See you there!


Membership prices increase on February 1. Buy yours today!


Welcome to 2008: The new year is here and FenCon V will be upon us before you know it. Buy your membership for FenCon V now before the price goes up at the end of the month. Get all the details on our membership page.


December 2007


Buy our stuff: Need to find that perfect gift for the fan in your life? Love convention t-shirts, short-story collections, and collectible art prints? Wish you had a classic FenCon t-shirt of your very own? Well, you're in luck!

The FenConvenience Store offers FenCon t-shirts, souvenir program books brimming with original fiction, and our exclusive signed, limited-edition cover art prints (while they last) at low, low prices. And all from the comfort of your own home, office, or moonbase. Hurry, supplies are limited!

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November 2007


NEW DATES: Due to circumstances beyond our immediate control, the weekend for FenCon V has been moved to October 3-5, 2008. We've signed our hotel contract for 2008 and and all of our announced guests have confirmed their attendance for the new dates. If you have already bought your 2008 membership and cannot attend on these dates, please e-mail us for information on getting a full refund. We apologize for the inconvenience.


Buy early, avoid the rush: With the holidays rapidly approaching, what better way to let someone know how much you care than by getting them a membership for FenCon V? And why not treat yourself to a full weekend of fun and fandom, too? Get all the details on our membership page.


October 2007


And the (filk) winners are...: The Pegasus Awards, the premier awards for filk music, were awarded recently at the Ohio Valley Filk Festival. The winners included Rob Balder and FenCon IV Music GoH Tom Smith for Best Filk Song plus a tie between Seanan McGuire and Dr. Mary Crowell (a member of FenCon V Music GoH Three Weird Sisters) for Best Performer. Here's the complete list of winners.


Tom Smith

Sing along: FenCon IV Music Guest of Honor Tom Smith had such a good time at FenCon that he immortalized us in song. With Tom's kind permission, you can download The FenCon Song and enjoy it forever. Be sure to check out Tom Smith Online for more of Tom's fine work.


And the (fantasy) winners are...: The World Fantasy Awards for works published in 2006 were announced on November 4th at the World Fantasy Convention in Saratoga Springs, New York. Life Achievement awards went to Betty Ballantine and Diana Wynne Jones. Best Novel went to Soldier of Sidon by Gene Wolfe. For a complete list of award winners, check out the coverage online in Locus Magazine.


Buy our stuff: Need to find that perfect gift for the fan in your life? Love convention t-shirts, short-story collections, and collectible art prints? Wish you had a classic FenCon t-shirt of your very own? Well, you're in luck!

The FenConvenience Store offers FenCon t-shirts, souvenir program books brimming with original fiction, and our exclusive signed, limited-edition cover art prints (while they last) at low, low prices. And all from the comfort of your own home, office, or moonbase. Hurry, supplies are limited!

FenConvenience Store


September 2007


Lost and Found Did you forget a bag of newly-purchased shirts, possibly in the Art Show? Did you drop a silver charm bracelet? We have several items in the FenCon Lost and Found that we want to return to their owners. Please email info@fencon.org to claim your stuff.


Extra, extra! Read all about it! The FenCon ION, our official convention newsletter, is now online as a handy PDF for your enjoyment. Relive the glory and excitement of FenCon IV in convenient newsletter form. Here are the Friday edition, the Saturday edition, and the Sunday edition.


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Feed the world: FenCon's designated charity for 2007 was the North Texas Food Bank. Thanks to you, the fen, our charity auction and the limited-edition David Mattingly cover print raised $2000 for this most worthy cause.

Celebrating 25 years of service to the community, the NTFB passionately pursues a hunger-free community. Last year, the NTFB distributed 32 million pounds of food to 764 feeding and education programs in 13 North Texas counties. Please, give generously.


Congratulations to the winners of our 2007 Short Story Contest! Our readers and judges sorted through the record number of entries and, after much deliberation, struggled to pick just three favorites. First Place and publication in our 2007 souvenir program book went to "Spirit of Springtime" by Dal Jeanis. Second Place went to "Letters to Miss Goodmanners" by Peggy Nuckles and "Good Morning Sunshine" by Becky Huffman took Third Place. We thank all of the writers who participated for making our third annual contest such a success. We encourage everybody to enter our 2008 contest. (Look for details coming soon on the FenCon V website.)


FenCon IV: Want to reminisce about FenCon IV and wish you could show your friends that nifty website? Check out our FenCon History page for links back to all four of our past convention websites.


Last updated 12 October 2008