|This article relies on references to primary sources. (April 2011)|
|Location(s)||Albany, New York|
Albacon is the largest "Con" in upstate New York. It is hosted by LASTSFA, or Latham-Albany-Schenectady-Troy Science Fiction Association, a local science fiction fandom group. The Albacon website lists itself as:
a weekend gathering of fans and creators of Science Fiction or Fantasy, including literature, movies, games, and other mediums ... three days of panel discussions, interviews, films, games, readings, autographs, an art show, dealers room, debates, conversation, socializing, and such ....—Albacon website
On September 23, 2011, it was announced that Albacon 2011 was cancelled. LASTSFA instead held another Albacon in October 2012, in Latham, New York. The most recent Albacon was a relaxacon, held November 1 to 3, 2013, in Saratoga Springs, New York.
The con has hosted many special guests. In 2006, the Guest of Honor (GoH) was Peter David, a novelist most famous for his short stories, television shows and The Incredible Hunk comic book; the Artist Guest of Honor was Omar Rayyan. Additional guests in 2006 included on-line cartoonist J. Jacques, Nick Sagan (son of Carl Sagan and a science fiction writer in his own right), and Klingon linguist and psychologist Lawrence M. Schoen.
Other guests at recent Albacons have included filker Erwin S. Strauss (Filthy Pierre), humorist-novelist Esther Friesner, Shannara creator Terry Brooks, Lois McMaster Bujold, novelist Don Sakers, web cartoonist Jeph Jacques, and science fiction researcher and fan Jan Howard Finder ("The Wombat").
Albacon was not held in 2007, because LASTSFA co-hosted the World Fantasy Convention in Saratoga Springs, New York, with Guests of Honor Carol Emshwiller, Kim Newman, Lisa Tuttle and artist Jean Giraud (Moebius).
Guests of Honor & Special Guests
The next Albacon will be Albacon 2014 1/2, to be held May 8-10, 2015 in Albany, NY. The committee said it would not doing an Albacon 2015, since they were organizing World Fantasy Con, hence the name.
- Albacon web site. Retrieved April 14, 2007.
- "Albacon 2013 Information: Basic details: November 1-3, 2013". LASTSFA. n.d. Retrieved September 24, 2013.
- Peter David's web site
- Omar Rayyan's web site
- J. Jacques' Questionable Content on-line cartoons
- Albacon guests webpage
- 2005 Guest of Honor webpage
- 2003 Guest of Honor
- 2000 Fan Guest of Honor, also at The Wombat's webpage and imdb
- World Fantasy Convention 2007 site.
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