ArmadilloCon

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ArmadilloCon
Status Active
Genre Science fiction
Venue Renaissance Hotel Austin (since 2010)
Location(s) Austin, Texas
Country United States
Inaugurated 1979
Attendance 400[1]
Organized by Fandom Association of Central Texas
Filing status 501(c)(3)
Website
armadillocon.org

ArmadilloCon is a science fiction convention held annually in Austin, Texas, USA, since 1979.[1][2] As the second longest running science fiction convention in Texas, it is sponsored by the Fandom Association of Central Texas and is known for its emphasis on literary science fiction.[3] ArmadilloCon was traditionally held in mid-October during the weekend of the Texas-OU football game, but moved to a late-summer/early-fall weekend in 1998. The 34th annual convention was held in the Renaissance Hotel Austin from July 27–29, 2012.[4] Organizers have announced plans to hold ArmadilloCon 35 in 2013 as a "relaxicon" due to the 71st World Science Fiction Convention to be held in San Antonio that year.[5]

Traditions of ArmadilloCon[edit]

ArmadilloCon generally focuses on literary science-fiction, with guests of honor typically being up-and-coming writers.[6] Unique programming includes a "Fannish Feud" which has been held regularly since ArmadilloCon 4 in 1982, frequently hosted by Pat Cadigan, Walter Jon Williams, and Rhonda Eudaly. The convention also often ends with a story reading by Howard Waldrop.[3]

Past conventions[edit]

ArmadilloCon 1 program book
  • ArmadilloCon 2 (October 3–5, 1980)
  • ArmadilloCon 3 (October 1981)[7]
    • Chair: Willie Siros
    • Guest of Honor: Chad Oliver
    • Fan Guest: Bob Wayne
    • Toastmaster: Ed Bryant
    • Location: Ramada Riverside
  • ArmadilloCon 5 (October 7–9, 1983)[8]
  • ArmadilloCon 9 (October 9–11, 1987)
  • ArmadilloCon 10 (October 7–9, 1988)
  • ArmadilloCon 13 (October 11–13, 1991)[12]
    • Chair: Casey Hamilton
    • Guest of Honor: Dan Simmons
    • Artist Guest: Dell Harris
    • Editor Guest: Amy Stout
    • Fan Guest: Pat Mueller
    • Toastmistress: Emma Bull
    • Location: Wyndham Southpark
  • ArmadilloCon 22 (August 18–20, 2000)
    • Chairs: John Gibbons and Dan Tolliver
    • Guest of Honor: Catherine Asaro
    • Artist Guest: Adam "Mojo" Lebowitz
    • Editor Guest: Betsy Mitchell
    • Fan Guest: Robert Taylor
    • Toastmaster: Mary Doria Russell
    • Special Guest: Kathleen Ann Goonan[1] (sponsored by ALAMO)
    • Location: Omni Southpark
  • ArmadilloCon 27 (August 19–21, 2005)
    • Chairs: Renee Babcock and John Gibbons
    • Guest of Honor: Charles Stross
    • Fan Guests: Jim & Laurie Mann
    • Toastmaster: Charles de Lint
    • Editor Guest: Jim Minz
    • Artist Guest: Ctein
    • Special Guest: Sean McMullen (sponsored by ALAMO)
    • Location: Doubletree Hotel Austin
  • ArmadilloCon 32 (August 27–29, 2010)[24][25][26][27][28]
    • Chairs: Elizabeth Burton and Dan Tolliver
    • Guest of Honor: Rachel Caine
    • Artist Guest: Cat Conrad
    • Editor Guest: Anne Sowards
    • Fan Guest: Elspeth Bloodgood
    • Toastmaster: Nancy Kress
    • Urban Fantasy Special Guest: Ilona Andrews
    • Steampunk Special Guest: Michael Bishop
    • Location: Renaissance Hotel Austin
  • ArmadilloCon 34 (July 27–29, 2012)[4]
    • Chair: Sara Felix
    • Guest of Honor: Anne Bishop
    • Fan Guest: Bill Parker
    • Editor Guest: Liz Gorinsky
    • Special Guest: Chloe Neill
    • Location: Renaissance Hotel Austin

Upcoming convention[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c George, Patrick (August 17, 2008). "ArmadilloCon Still Has Read on Sci-Fi 30 Years In". Austin American Statesman. 
  2. ^ Nawotka, Edward (April 24, 2008). "Nebula Awards puts Austin and Texas writers at center of science fiction world". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved August 16, 2008. 
  3. ^ a b c Whittaker, Richard (August 15, 2008). "Going Home to the Armadillo: After 30 years, the song remains the same at ArmadilloCon, Texas' favorite sci-fi convention". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved May 1, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Sci-fi lovers converge on 34th annual Armadillocon". Austin, TX: Your News Now. July 30, 2012. Retrieved July 30, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Whittaker, Richard (August 26, 2011). "Steam Versus Cyber at ArmadilloCon". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved August 26, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Official ArmadilloCon Website". Retrieved July 11, 2009. 
  7. ^ Warren, Gary L. (October 5, 1981). "ArmadilloCon Brings Science Fiction to Austin". The Daily Texan. 
  8. ^ Brandt, Beverly L. (September–October 1983). "Upcoming Cons". WSFA Journal 7 (4) (Washington Science Fiction Association). Retrieved May 1, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Bookmarks". Austin American-Statesman. October 8, 1989. p. D4. Retrieved May 1, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Bookmarks". Austin American-Statesman. October 7, 1990. p. E6. Retrieved May 1, 2012. 
  11. ^ McDaniel, Niki Frances (October 12, 1990). "More than 100 science fiction authors, artists, editors and agents". San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved May 1, 2012. 
  12. ^ Point, Michael (October 11, 1991). "Best bets: Space is the place". Austin American-Statesman. p. A14. Retrieved May 1, 2012. 
  13. ^ Aiken, Wayne (September 1992). "Upcoming Conventions". Holy Temple of Mass Consumption (10). 
  14. ^ Point, Michael (October 9, 1992). "Best bets". Austin American-Statesman. p. A16. Retrieved May 1, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Places to go, people to see". Austin American-Statesman. October 29, 1993. p. C3. Retrieved May 1, 2012. 
  16. ^ Kelly, Carolyn (October 7, 1994). "Best bets: Mixed bag". Austin American-Statesman. p. B12. Retrieved May 1, 2012. 
  17. ^ "The Latest Word". Austin American-Statesman. October 1, 1995. p. G6. Retrieved May 1, 2012. 
  18. ^ Shea, Mike (July 31, 1998). "The Waiting Is the Hardest Part; How Mr. Denton Spent His Summer Vacation". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved May 1, 2012. 
  19. ^ Morris, Anne (August 15, 1999). "Sci-fi fans gear up for convention". Austin American-Statesman. Retrieved March 30, 2010. 
  20. ^ Vane, Sharyn Wizda (July 6, 2003). "If you dig aliens and alternate realities, then ArmadilloCon is your event". Austin American-Statesman. Retrieved May 1, 2012. 
  21. ^ "The fantasy is alive at sci-fi convention". Your News Now. August 10, 2003. Retrieved May 1, 2012. 
  22. ^ "ArmadilloCon 2009". UpcomingCons.com. Retrieved July 9, 2009. 
  23. ^ Jones, Kimberley (August 14, 2009). "News/Print". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved August 14, 2009. 
  24. ^ Gross, Joe (August 21, 2010). "Keeping Lone Star literature weird: What makes Texas science fiction and fantasy different? Think Robert E. Howard's genre-busting work, and start where he left off.". Austin American-Statesman. Retrieved September 1, 2010. 
  25. ^ Whittaker, Richard (August 27, 2010). "Dark Forces Gathering". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved May 1, 2012. 
  26. ^ Cupp, Scott A. (August 18, 2010). "More Guests Than You Can Swing an Armadillo At". Missions Unknown. Archived from the original on 24 August 2010. Retrieved September 1, 2010. 
  27. ^ Sterling, Bruce (August 20, 2010). "Dead Media Beat: sci-fi mag prints on clay tablets". Wired. Archived from the original on 28 August 2010. Retrieved September 1, 2010. 
  28. ^ DeNardo, John (August 29, 2010). "EVENT REPORT: ArmadilloCon 32". SF Signal. Archived from the original on September 2, 2010. Retrieved September 1, 2010. 
  29. ^ "ArmadilloCon becomes official sponsor of the 2011 World Horror Convention". World Horror Convention 2011. July 12, 2010. Retrieved September 1, 2010. 

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