Texas A&M University
College Station, Texas
AggieCon is the oldest and largest student-run science fiction convention in the United States. Held annually since 1969 by Cepheid Variable at Texas A&M University's Memorial Student Center, it has grown to become one of the larger conventions in Texas. AggieCon was the first science fiction convention ever sponsored by a college or a college affiliate student organization. [1 ]
The convention is known for its relaxed atmosphere, where guests and attendees can sit and chat on the couches outside the dealers' room and art show. The scope of AggieCon ranges from science fiction to fantasy to horror, and encompasses literature, graphic arts, and general media. Activities and events include panel discussions, costume contest, the
, dealer's room, art show, and much gaming, including Rocky Horror Picture Show LARPing.
Some former Cepheid Variable members have gone on to become science fiction/fantasy writers, including
Martha Wells, [2 ] Jayme Blaschke, and [3 ] Steven Gould. [4 ]
Cepheid Variable was named the 2006 Registered Student Organization of the Year at Texas A&M. Among the cited reasons for the award were the $1,500 they donate each year to Scotty's House Child Advocacy Center and the creation of "S.O.S.," a tutoring program for Cepheids that aims to increase the club's academic status on campus. Cepheid advisor James "Spanky" Smith won an award for being the advisor of the year during the same ceremony.
Current data [ edit ]
The Directors for AggieCon 45 are Kelly Tucker and Christopher Tarrand. This year's AggieCon has been dubbed "AggieCon 45: Who Put Aliens in My Fantasy?". The convention has announced two guests, thus far.
Jeffrey Cranor and Aaron Dismuke. It will be held at the Hilton of College Station, TX on April 4th - 6th, 2014.
Past conventions [ edit ]
Science Fiction Week (retroactively AggieCon I) – April 21–24, 1969; GoH:
Harlan Ellison Cepheid Comics and Trade Convention (retroactively AggieCon II) – Spring 1970; no GoH
AggieCon III – April 7–9, 1972; The first convention to officially use the name AggieCon,
no GoH [6 ] AggieCon IV – March 2–4, 1973; GoH:
Jack Williamson, Chad Oliver, Robert E. Vardeman, Joe Pumilia AggieCon V – April 12–14, 1974; GoH:
Harlan Ellison, Keith Laumer, Howard Waldrop AggieCon VI – March 28–30, 1975;
Larry Niven, Fan GoH: "Fuzzy Pink" Niven AggieCon VII – March 26–28, 1976;
Anne McCaffrey AggieCon VIII – March 24–27, 1977;
Fred Pohl AggieCon IX – March 30 – April 2, 1978; GoH:
Damon Knight, Wilson "Bob" Tucker, Alan Dean Foster, Geo. W. Proctor, Bob Vardeman AggieCon X – March 29 – April 1, 1979; GoH:
Theodore Sturgeon, Boris Vallejo, Wilson "Bob" Tucker AggieCon XI – March 27–30, 1980; GoH:
Poul Anderson, Jack Williamson, Katherine Kurtz, Frank Kelly Freas AggieCon XII – March 26–29, 1981; GoH:
Joe Haldeman, Alicia Austin, C. J. Cherryh AggieCon XIII – March 25–28, 1982; GoH:
Roger Zelazny, Artist GoH: Vincent Di Fate, Special GoH: Fred Saberhagen AggieCon XIV – March 24–27, 1983; GoH:
Harry Harrison, Michael Whelan, Stephen R. Donaldson, Chad Oliver AggieCon XV – March 29 – April 1, 1984; GoH:
L. Sprague de Camp, Catherine Crook de Camp, Don Maitz, Wilson "Bob" Tucker, James P. Hogan AggieCon XVI – March 21–24, 1985; GoH:
John Varley, James Christensen, Ed Bryant, Patricia McKillip AggieCon XVII – April 3–6, 1986; GoH:
George R. R. Martin, Frank Kelly Freas, Orson Scott Card, Howard Waldrop, Kerry O'Quinn. Convention Chairman was Martha Wells AggieCon XVIII – April 2–5, 1987; GoH:
Ben Bova, Christopher Stasheff, Rowena Morrill, Steve Gould, Kerry O'Quinn AggieCon XIX – March 24–27, 1988;
Joe Haldeman, Katherine Kurtz, Bob Eggleton, Kerry O'Quinn AggieCon XX – March 1989; GoH:
George R.R. Martin, Octavia Butler AggieCon XXI – March 29 – April 1, 1990; GoH:
Walter Koenig, Spider Robinson, Jeanne Robinson, Richard Pini AggieCon XXII – March 21–24, 1991; GoH:
Fred Saberhagen, Keith Parkinson, Larry Elmore, Marv Wolfman, Elizabeth Ann Scarborough AggieCon XXIII – March 26–29, 1992; GoH:
David Drake, Barbara Hambly, Julius Schwartz, Real Musgrave, Kerry O'Quinn [7 ] AggieCon XXIV – March 25–28, 1993; GoH:
Peter David, Michael Moorcock, Wendy Pini, Charles N. Brown AggieCon XXV – March 24–27, 1994; GoH:
Greg Bear, Lois McMaster Bujold, Charles de Lint, Julius Schwartz, Frank Kelly Freas, Laura Brodian Kelly-Freas AggieCon XXVI – March 23–26, 1995; GoH:
Jim Baen, John Byrne AggieCon XXVII – March 21–24, 1996; GoH:
Bernie Wrightson, Nancy Collins, Joe Christ, Dave Wolverton, Kerry O'Quinn, Richard Biggs, Kevin J. Anderson, Rebecca Moesta, Gwar AggieCon XXVIII – March 20–23, 1997; GoH:
Brian Stelfreeze AggieCon XXIX – March 26–29, 1998; GoH:
Robert Asprin, Joe R. Lansdale, Tad Williams, Phil & Kaja Foglio, Garth Ennis, John McCrea AggieCon XXX – March 25–28, 1999; GoH:
Bruce Sterling, Larry Elmore, Nigel Bennett, Ted Raimi AggieCon XXXI – March 23–26, 2000; GoH:
Harlan Ellison, Terry Pratchett, Tim Bradstreet AggieCon XXXII – March 22–25, 2001; GoH:
Charles de Lint, Melanie Rawn, Martha Wells, Julie Caitlin Brown. Convention director was Yaru Liu. AggieCon XXXIII – March 21–24, 2002; GoH was
Neil Gaiman, Artist GoH was Charles Keegan, and other notable guests included Joe R. Lansdale, John Lucas, Brian Stelfreeze, and Karen Lansdale. Convention director was Yaru Liu. [8 ] [9 ] AggieCon XXXIV – March 20–23, 2003; GoH:
Virginia Hey, Lani Tupu, Ruth Thompson, Peter David [10 ] AggieCon XXXV – March 25–28, 2004; GoH:
Jacqueline Carey, Todd McCaffrey [11 ] AggieCon XXXVI – April 21–24, 2005; GoH:
Michael Moorcock, Elizabeth Moon, Red vs. Blue AggieCon XXXVII – March 23–26, 2006; GoH:
Steven Brust, James Charles Leary, Peter Mayhew, Brian Stelfreeze [12 ] AggieCon XXXVIII – March 22–25, 2007; GoH:
Gene Wolfe (Wolfe cancelled at the last minute and did not attend), James O'Barr, Richard Hatch, Ruth Thompson [13 ] AggieCon XXXIX – March 27–30, 2008; GoH:
Ellen Muth AggieCon XL – March 26–29, 2009; GoH:
Todd McCaffrey, Kristen Perry, Jennifer Rhodes AggieCon XLI (held at the College Station Hilton Hotel) – February 5–7, 2010; GoH:
Steven Gould, AGoH: David Lee Anderson, SG: Martha Wells, Editor GoH: Ellen Datlow, Toastmaster: Selina Rosen, Media GoH: Marv Wolfman, SG: Noel Wolfman AggieCon XLII (held at the College Station Hilton Hotel) – 2011
AggieCon XLIII (held at the College Station Hilton Hotel) – March 23–25, 2012
AggieCon XLIV (held at the College Station Hilton Hotel) – March 22–24, 2013; GOH:
George R. R. Martin, [14 ] Ernest Cline, Sam De La Rosa, Dante Shepherd, Barbara Ann Wright, Erin Ewer, Holden Shearer, David Liss, Keri Bean, and Area of Defect AggieCon XLV
References [ edit ]
^ Richard Lynch's Fan History Book of the 1960s, Chapter 7
^ AggieCon 17 Program Book Excerpt
^ Cepheidopedia – Jayme Lynn Blaschke
^ Cepheidopedia – Steven Gould
^ Baugh, Josh (May 20, 2006). "Cepheid Variable builds on unique friendships". ( The Eagle Bryan-College Station, TX) . Retrieved July 27, 2007.
^ Inventory of the Cepheid Variable-AggieCon Collection, 1969– , Cushing Memorial Library, Texas A&M University
^ Reicher, Anton (March 19, 1992). "Aggiecon XXIII Blasting Off". ( The Eagle Bryan-College Station, TX).
^ Hudson, Marianne (March 21, 2002). "Sci-Fi descends on A&M with AggieCon". The Battalion . Retrieved July 27, 2007.
^ Krach, Josh (March 14, 2002). "Mr. Sandman; Bestselling author Neil Gaiman is guest of honor at AggieCon 33". ( The Eagle Bryan-College Station, TX). Archived from the original on September 30, 2007 . Retrieved July 27, 2007.
^ "Performing Arts Schedules for Spring 2003". ( The Eagle Bryan-College Station, TX). January 16, 2003. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007 . Retrieved July 27, 2007.
^ Saucedo, Robert (March 23, 2004). "Boldly Going...; AggieCon attracts Klingons, sex robots to campus for science fiction convention". The Battalion . Retrieved July 27, 2007.
^ Saucedo, Robert (March 24, 2006). "Anime Maniacs". The Battalion . Retrieved July 27, 2007.
^ Bates, Daniel (March 20, 2007). "Gnome Masterpiece". The Battalion . Retrieved July 27, 2007.
^ Dansby, Andrew (December 13, 2012). ". 'Game of Thrones' writer headed to Aggieland" ( Houston Chronicle Houston, TX) . Retrieved December 14, 2012.
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