AggieCon

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AggieCon
Status Active
Genre Science fiction
Venue Texas A&M University
Location(s) College Station, Texas
Country United States
Inaugurated 1969
Organized by Cepheid Variable
Filing status Student organization
Website
http://aggiecon.tamu.edu/

AggieCon is the oldest and largest student-run multigenre 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 Rocky Horror Picture Show, dealer's room, art show, and much gaming, including LARPing.

Some former Cepheid Variable members have gone on to become science fiction/fantasy writers, including Martha Wells,[2] Jayme Blaschke,[3] and 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.[5]

Current data[edit]

Aggiecon 46 will be held at the Hilton of College Station, TX on March 26-29, 2015.

Past conventions[edit]

  1. Science Fiction Week (retroactively AggieCon I) – April 21–24, 1969; GoH: Harlan Ellison
  2. Cepheid Comics and Trade Convention (retroactively AggieCon II) – Spring 1970; no GoH
  3. AggieCon III – April 7–9, 1972; The first convention to officially use the name AggieCon,[6] no GoH
  4. AggieCon IV – March 2–4, 1973; GoH: Jack Williamson, Chad Oliver, Robert E. Vardeman, Joe Pumilia
  5. AggieCon V – April 12–14, 1974; GoH: Harlan Ellison, Keith Laumer, Howard Waldrop
  6. AggieCon VI – March 28–30, 1975; Larry Niven, Fan GoH: "Fuzzy Pink" Niven
  7. AggieCon VII – March 26–28, 1976; Anne McCaffrey
  8. AggieCon VIII – March 24–27, 1977; Fred Pohl
  9. AggieCon IX – March 30 – April 2, 1978; GoH: Damon Knight, Wilson "Bob" Tucker, Alan Dean Foster, Geo. W. Proctor, Bob Vardeman
  10. AggieCon X – March 29 – April 1, 1979; GoH: Theodore Sturgeon, Boris Vallejo, Wilson "Bob" Tucker
  11. AggieCon XI – March 27–30, 1980; GoH: Poul Anderson, Jack Williamson, Katherine Kurtz, Frank Kelly Freas
  12. AggieCon XII – March 26–29, 1981; GoH: Joe Haldeman, Alicia Austin, C. J. Cherryh
  13. AggieCon XIII – March 25–28, 1982; GoH: Roger Zelazny, Artist GoH: Vincent Di Fate, Special GoH: Fred Saberhagen
  14. AggieCon XIV – March 24–27, 1983; GoH: Harry Harrison, Michael Whelan, Stephen R. Donaldson, Chad Oliver
  15. AggieCon XV – March 29 – April 1, 1984; GoH: L. Sprague de Camp, Catherine Crook de Camp, Don Maitz, Wilson "Bob" Tucker, James P. Hogan
  16. AggieCon XVI – March 21–24, 1985; GoH: John Varley, James Christensen, Ed Bryant, Patricia McKillip
  17. 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
  18. AggieCon XVIII – April 2–5, 1987; GoH: Ben Bova, Christopher Stasheff, Rowena Morrill, Steve Gould, Kerry O'Quinn
  19. AggieCon XIX – March 24–27, 1988; Joe Haldeman, Katherine Kurtz, Bob Eggleton, Kerry O'Quinn
  20. AggieCon XX – March 1989; GoH: George R.R. Martin, Octavia Butler
  21. AggieCon XXI – March 29 – April 1, 1990; GoH: Walter Koenig, Spider Robinson, Jeanne Robinson, Richard Pini
  22. AggieCon XXII – March 21–24, 1991; GoH: Fred Saberhagen, Keith Parkinson, Larry Elmore, Marv Wolfman, Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
  23. AggieCon XXIII – March 26–29, 1992; GoH: David Drake, Barbara Hambly, Julius Schwartz, Real Musgrave, Kerry O'Quinn[7]
  24. AggieCon XXIV – March 25–28, 1993; GoH: Peter David, Michael Moorcock, Wendy Pini, Charles N. Brown
  25. AggieCon XXV – March 24–27, 1994; GoH: Greg Bear, Lois McMaster Bujold, Charles de Lint, Julius Schwartz, Frank Kelly Freas, Laura Brodian Kelly-Freas
  26. AggieCon XXVI – March 23–26, 1995; GoH: Jim Baen, John Byrne
  27. 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
  28. AggieCon XXVIII – March 20–23, 1997; GoH: Brian Stelfreeze
  29. AggieCon XXIX – March 26–29, 1998; GoH: Robert Asprin, Joe R. Lansdale, Tad Williams, Phil & Kaja Foglio, Garth Ennis, John McCrea
  30. AggieCon XXX – March 25–28, 1999; GoH: Bruce Sterling, Larry Elmore, Nigel Bennett, Ted Raimi
  31. AggieCon XXXI – March 23–26, 2000; GoH: Harlan Ellison, Terry Pratchett, Tim Bradstreet
  32. AggieCon XXXII – March 22–25, 2001; GoH: Charles de Lint, Melanie Rawn, Martha Wells, Julie Caitlin Brown. Convention director was Yaru Liu.
  33. 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.[8] Convention director was Yaru Liu.[9]
  34. AggieCon XXXIV – March 20–23, 2003; GoH: Virginia Hey, Lani Tupu, Ruth Thompson, Peter David[10]
  35. AggieCon XXXV – March 25–28, 2004; GoH: Jacqueline Carey, Todd McCaffrey[11]
  36. AggieCon XXXVI – April 21–24, 2005; GoH: Michael Moorcock, Elizabeth Moon, Red vs. Blue
  37. AggieCon XXXVII – March 23–26, 2006; GoH: Steven Brust, James Charles Leary, Peter Mayhew, Brian Stelfreeze[12]
  38. 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]
  39. AggieCon XXXIX – March 27–30, 2008; GoH: Ellen Muth
  40. AggieCon XL – March 26–29, 2009; GoH: Todd McCaffrey, Kristen Perry, Jennifer Rhodes
  41. 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
  42. AggieCon XLII (held at the College Station Hilton Hotel) – 2011
  43. AggieCon XLIII (held at the College Station Hilton Hotel) – March 23–25, 2012
  44. 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
  45. AggieCon XLV (Held at the College Station Hilton Hotel) - April 4-6, 2014 GOH: Jeffrey Cranor, Aaron Dismuke, Airship Nikolai, Ed Wetterman, and Marc Gunn.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Richard Lynch's Fan History Book of the 1960s, Chapter 7
  2. ^ AggieCon 17 Program Book Excerpt
  3. ^ Cepheidopedia – Jayme Lynn Blaschke
  4. ^ Cepheidopedia – Steven Gould
  5. ^ Baugh, Josh (May 20, 2006). "Cepheid Variable builds on unique friendships". The Eagle (Bryan-College Station, TX). Retrieved July 27, 2007. 
  6. ^ Inventory of the Cepheid Variable-AggieCon Collection, 1969– , Cushing Memorial Library, Texas A&M University
  7. ^ Reicher, Anton (March 19, 1992). "Aggiecon XXIII Blasting Off". The Eagle (Bryan-College Station, TX). 
  8. ^ Hudson, Marianne (March 21, 2002). "Sci-Fi descends on A&M with AggieCon". The Battalion. Retrieved July 27, 2007. 
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ "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. 
  11. ^ Saucedo, Robert (March 23, 2004). "Boldly Going...; AggieCon attracts Klingons, sex robots to campus for science fiction convention". The Battalion. Retrieved July 27, 2007. 
  12. ^ Saucedo, Robert (March 24, 2006). "Anime Maniacs". The Battalion. Retrieved July 27, 2007. 
  13. ^ Bates, Daniel (March 20, 2007). "Gnome Masterpiece". The Battalion. Retrieved July 27, 2007. 
  14. ^ Dansby, Andrew (December 13, 2012). "'Game of Thrones' writer headed to Aggieland". Houston Chronicle (Houston, TX). Retrieved December 14, 2012. 

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