BayCon

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BayCon
Status Active
Genre Science fiction/Fantasy
Venue Hyatt Regency Santa Clara and Santa Clara Convention Center
Location(s) Santa Clara, California
Country United States
Inaugurated 1982
Organized by Artistic Solutions, Inc.
Website
http://www.baycon.org/

BayCon is the San Francisco Bay Area's main science fiction and fantasy convention. It is held over Memorial Day weekend in Santa Clara, California.[1] BayCon is a large convention, topping two thousand attendees over the last several years. The convention draws many attendees from throughout California and also as far away as Oregon, Washington, and Arizona. The next BayCon will be held from Friday, May 22, through Monday, May 25, 2015. The Writer Guest of Honor will be Seanan McGuire and the Artist Guest of Honor will be Julie Dillon. The theme is "Women of Wonder".

Guests[edit]

Cosplayer at BayCon 2003

Some of the better known regular attendees include Howard Hendrix, Diana Paxson, Lee Martindale, and Irene Radford. Past Writer Guests of Honor include Peter S. Beagle, David Brin, Orson Scott Card, Harlan Ellison, James P. Hogan, Larry Niven, Spider and Jeanne Robinson, Brandon Sanderson, Harry Turtledove, and Gene Wolfe. Past Artist Guests of Honor include Bob Eggleton, Frank Kelly Freas, Stephan Martinière, John Picacio, Rick Sternbach, and Michael Whelan. Past Fan Guests of Honor include Forrest J Ackerman, Mike Glyer, and Art Widner. Past Special Guests include Poppy Z. Brite, Mike Jittlov, and Jerry Pournelle. Toastmasters have included Kent Brewster, Raymond E. Feist, Laura Brodian Freas, Richard A. Lupoff, George R. R. Martin, Seanan McGuire, Frank M. Robinson, and Scott Sigler.[2]

History[edit]

Co-founded by John McLaughlin and Randall Cooper, the first BayCon in its current existence as "The San Francisco Bay Area Regional Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention" was held over Thanksgiving weekend in 1982. BayCon '83 was also held over Thanksgiving weekend. (The name was previously used by the 1961 Westercon, 1968 Worldcon, and a San Francisco Bay Area comics convention from 1973-78.) To avoid conflicts with Southern California's annual regional convention, Loscon, BayCon moved to Memorial Day weekend, skipping Thanksgiving in 1984. For most of its history, it was held at the Doubletree Hotel in San Jose (formerly the Red Lion).[1] In 2007, it was held at the San Mateo Marriott Hotel. Beginning in 2008, BayCon was held at its current location, the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara and Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California.[3]

Conventions[edit]

Past[edit]

BayCon '88 was held May 27-30, 1988, at the San Jose Red Lion Hotel. Honored guests included writer Somtow Sucharitkul, artist Tom Kidd, and fan John McLaughlin.

BayCon '95 was held May 26–29, 1995, at the San Jose Red Lion Hotel. Honored guests included writer Joe Haldeman, artist Frank Lurz, special music guest Jordin Kare, and fan Jana Keeler.[2][4]

BayCon '96 was held May 24–27, 1996, at the San Jose Red Lion Hotel. Honored guests included writer Jennifer Roberson, artist Mary Hanson-Roberts, fan Forrest J. Ackerman, musician Heather Alexander, and toastmasters Kevin J. Anderson & Rebecca Moesta. Charity efforts raised over $2700 for the American Cancer Society. Paid attendance for the weekend totaled just over 1750 members.[5]

BayCon '97 was held May 23–26, 1997, at the San Jose Red Lion Hotel. The event's theme was "Space Flights of Fancy: Let Your Imagination Take Wing!". Honored guests included writer Jack L. Chalker, artist Bob Eggleton, fans Craig & Sharon Nicolai, and toastmaster Tad Williams. Michael Siladi served as convention chairman.[6]

BayCon '98 was held May 22–25, 1998, at the San Jose DoubleTree Hotel—the same hotel as in recent years under a new flag. The event's theme was "Alernate Universes and Other Possibilities". Honored guests included writer S.M. Stirling, artist Alicia Austin, fan Michael Siladi, and toastmaster Lillian Csernica.[6]

BayCon 1999 was held May 28–31, 1999, at the San Jose DoubleTree Hotel. The event's theme was "Bold Deeds and Grand Epics". Honored guests included writers Kevin J. Anderson & Rebecca Moesta, artist Nene Tina Thomas, fan Jan Price, and toastmaster Kent Brewster. Charity efforts raised funds for Bay Area Literacy.[7]

BayCon 2000 was held May 26–29, 2000, at the San Jose DoubleTree Hotel. The convention's theme was "Yesterday's Tomorrows"". Honored guests included writer Esther Friesner, artist Baron Engel, fan Dave Clark, and toastmaster Kent Brewster. Amy-Elyse Patterson served as convention chairman. The weekend's charity efforts raised $4,478 for the Friends of the California Air & Space Center.[8]

BayCon 2001 was held May 25–28, 2001, at the San Jose DoubleTree Hotel. The weekend's theme was "All Your Monolith Are Belong To Us!!!". Honored guests included author Rudy Rucker, artist Bill Hartmann, fans Kathryn and James Stanley Daugherty, and special guest Poppy Z. Brite. The event included a "Towel Day" as a tribute to Douglas Adams who had died just two weeks before the convention. Charity efforts at the convention raised money for the Electronic Frontier Foundation/[9]

BayCon 2002, the 20th anniversary convention, was held May 24–27, 2002, at the San Jose DoubleTree Hotel. The event's theme was "The Magic of Now".[10] Honored guests included writer Harry Turtledove, artist Theresa Mather, fan Christian McGuire, and toastmaster Jane Mailander.[2] Author Harlan Ellison was a special guest.

BayCon 2003 was held May 23–26, 2003, at the San Jose DoubleTree Hotel. The convention's theme was "It's About Time!" Honored guests included writer Greg Bear, artist Mark Ferrari, fan Janice Gelb, and toastmaster Rachel Holmen.[2]

BayCon 2004 was held May 28–31, 2004, at the San Jose DoubleTree Hotel. The event's theme was "Paradise Found". Honored guests included writer Michael Swanwick, artist Jael, fan Elayne Pelz, and toastmaster Esther Friesner.[2] Tony Cratz served as convention chairman.

BayCon 2005 was held May 27–30, 2005, at the San Jose DoubleTree Hotel. The convention's theme was "The Con You Can't Refuse", a play on the famous line "an offer you can't refuse" from The Godfather. Honored guests included writer Jay Lake, artist Frank Wu, fans Kevin Roche & Andy Trembley, and toastmaster Christopher Garcia. The event also featured actress Chase Masterson as a special guest.[2]

BayCon 2006 was held May 26–29, 2006, at the San Jose DoubleTree Hotel. The weekend's theme was "Tales of Purple Space". Honored guests included writers Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, fan Craig Miller, and actor Stephen Furst.[2]

BayCon 2007, the 25th anniversary convention, was held May 25–28, 2007, at the San Mateo Marriott. The event's theme was "Silver Streak". Honored guests included science fiction writer Alan Dean Foster, fantasy writer Diana L. Paxson, artist Richard Hescox, fan Linda "Kitty" VonBraskat-Crowe, special guest Ctein, and toastmaster Seanan McGuire. The charity auction and casino raised money in support of the Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Association.[11]

BayCon 2008 was held May 23–26, 2008, at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara. The event's theme was "Adventures in Space - A Pirate's Tale". Honored guests included writer Tim Powers, artist Todd Lockwood, fan Patty Wells, and toastmaster Scott Sigler.[12]

BayCon 2009 was held May 22–25, 2009, at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara. The theme for the weekend was "The Lost Sky City of Pyrocumulon". Honored guests included writers Mercedes Lackey and Larry Dixon, artist Tim Kirk, fan Fred Patten, and toastmaster Jennifer Brozek. Due to separate illnesses, Patten, Lackey, and Dixon were unable to attend the convention in person. The convention also featured a concert by Tempest and a special appearance by actress Chase Masterson.[13]

BayCon 2010 was held May 28–31, 2010, at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara. The theme was "It's an adventure!" Honored guests included writer Peter S. Beagle, fans Colleen and Steve Savitzky, toastmaster Tadao Tomomatsu, artist Lee Moyer, and special guests Mercedes Lackey and Larry Dixon. Events at the convention raised money for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.[14] In January 2010, twenty-two staff members resigned[15] after the parent corporation, Artistic Solutions Inc., was suspended by the state of California due to a failure in filing tax returns. The situation was resolved in March 2010, and some of those who resigned agreed to return.[16]

BayCon 2011 was held May 27–30, 2011, at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara. The theme was "Carnivale". Guests of Honor included Writer Guest of Honor Mary Robinette Kowal, Artist Guest of Honor John Picacio, Fan Guest of Honor Bobbie DuFault (chair for Seattle 2012 Westercon), and Toastmaster Martin Young. Charity events raised over $3000 for Noisebridge, a San Francisco hackerspace. [17]

BayCon 2012 was held May 25-28, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara. The theme was "30th Anniversary Pleasure Cruise". The Writer Guest of Honor was Brandon Sanderson, the Artist Guest of Honor was Stephan Martinière, the Fan Guests of Honor were Scott and Cathy Beckstead, and the Toastmasters were Dani Kollin and Eytan Kollin. $4300 was raised for the charity, the Greater Bay Area chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. [18]

BayCon 2013 was held May 24-27, 2013, at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara. The theme was "Triskaidekaphobicon". The Writer Guest of Honor was Lois McMaster Bujold, the Fan Guests of Honor were Chris and John O'Halloran, and the Toastmaster was Veronica Belmont.

BayCon 2014 was held May 23–26, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara. The theme was "Got Honor?". The Writer Guest of Honor was David Weber, the Fan Guest of Honor was Sally Woerhle, and the Toastmaster was Tom Merritt.

Upcoming[edit]

BayCon 2015 will be held May 22–25, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara. The theme will be "Women of Wonder". The Writer Guest of Honor will be Seanan McGuire and the Artist Guest of Honor will be Julie Dillon.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Sci-Fi Festival to Feature Exhibits, Ball". San Jose Mercury News. May 22, 1986. p. 2B. Retrieved February 25, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Guests of Honor for Past BayCons". Artistic Solutions, Inc. Retrieved February 25, 2011. 
  3. ^ Baycon 2008, accessed June 5, 2007
  4. ^ "Welcome to Baycon '95". web.archive.org. Archived from the original on June 19, 2006. Retrieved February 26, 2011. 
  5. ^ "BayCon 1996 Main WEB Page". web.archive.org. Archived from the original on October 29, 1996. Retrieved February 25, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "BayCon 1997 With Frames". web.archive.org. Archived from the original on April 18, 1997. Retrieved February 25, 2011. 
  7. ^ "BayCon 1999". Artistic Solutions, Inc. Retrieved February 25, 2011. 
  8. ^ "BayCon 2000". Artistic Solutions, Inc. Retrieved February 25, 2011. 
  9. ^ "BayCon 2001". Artistic Solutions, Inc. Retrieved February 25, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Future History (Convention Listings: 2002)". Locus. November 2001. 
  11. ^ "BayCon 2007". Artistic Solutions, Inc. Retrieved February 25, 2011. 
  12. ^ "BayCon 2008". Artistic Solutions, Inc. Retrieved February 25, 2011. 
  13. ^ "BayCon 2009". Artistic Solutions, Inc. Retrieved February 25, 2011. 
  14. ^ "BayCon 2010". Artistic Solutions, Inc. Retrieved February 25, 2011. 
  15. ^ http://kshandra.livejournal.com/1216029.html
  16. ^ http://kshandra.livejournal.com/1221852.html
  17. ^ "BayCon 2011". Artistic Solutions, Inc. Archived from the original on 24 May 2011. Retrieved May 31, 2011. 
  18. ^ "BayCon 2012". Artistic Solutions, Inc. 

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