Capricon

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Capricon
Status Active
Genre Science Fiction
Venue Westin Chicago North Shore
Location(s) Wheeling, Illinois
Country United States
Inaugurated 1981
Attendance 900+
Organized by Phandemonium, Inc
Filing status Not For Profit
Website
http://www.capricon.org/

Capricon is an annual, four-day-long (Thursday through Sunday) science fiction convention in a suburb of Chicago, which draws approximately 900+ people. Capricon attendees share an interest in science,[1][2] science fiction, fantasy, and related genres. The Capricon convention has been held each year since 1981. Capricon is the annual gathering for Phandemonium, a not-for-profit organization, and is entirely volunteer run. The purpose of Phandemonium is to promote Science Fiction as a literary genre and to promote the Chicago area sf community.

While remaining true to its literary roots, Capricon celebrates fantasy and science fiction in all its myriad forms, including art,[3] music, games,[4] theatrical performance, and film. Participants include gaming enthusiasts, writers of fiction, pilots of spaceships, Pirates and Zombies. Capricon is a gathering of many diverse people who all share a sense of wonder.

Beginning in 1999, Capricon has chosen to focus on a different theme every year. The themes have ranged from "Mad Scientist" to "Fun & Games" to "Pirates!" Read the list below to see all of the themes.

Past or Upcoming conventions[edit]

Event Date Location Convention chair Theme Guests
Capricon 1 February 20-22, 1981[5] Holiday Inn, Evanston, Illinois Chip Bestler Author Guest of Honor: Terry Carr/Wilson Tucker[5][6]
Fen Guests of Honor: J.R. & Mary Jane Holmes[5]
Capricon 2 February 1982 Radisson Hotel, Chicago, Illinois Leah Bestler Author Guest of Honor: Gene Wolfe
Fan Guest of Honor: Mike Stein
Capricon 3 February 1983 Radisson Hotel, Chicago, Illinois Virginia Meisinger Author Guest of Honor: Stephen R. Donaldson
Fan Guest of Honor: Otlie & Phil Foglio[7]
Capricon 4 February 1984 Continental Hotel, Chicago, Illinois Marty Coady Fabish Author Guest of Honor: Paul O. Williams
Fan Guest of Honor: Jeff Duntemann
Capricon 5 February 1985 Lincolnwood (Purple) Hyatt, Lincolnwood, Illinois Ginny Meisinger Author Guest of Honor: Frederik Pohl
Artist Guest of Honor: Darlene P. Coltrain
Capricon 6 February 28 - March 2, 1986 Lincolnwood (Purple) Hyatt, Lincolnwood, Illinois Ginny Meisinger Author Guest of Honor: David R. Palmer
Fan Guest of Honor: Tim Allen
Capricon 7 February 1987 Lincolnwood (Purple) Hyatt, Lincolnwood, Illinois No Chair Author Guest of Honor: Jerry Oltion
Artist Guest of Honor: Stephen Hickman
Fan Guest of Honor: Joan Hanke-Woods
Capricon 8 February 1988 Arlington Park Hilton, Arlington Heights, Illinois Alice Bentley Author Guest of Honor: Lawrence Watt-Evans
Artist Guest of Honor: Kay Reynolds
Fan Guest of Honor: Kathleen Meyer
Capricon 9 February 1989 Lincolnwood (Purple) Hyatt, Lincolnwood, Illinois Alice Bentley Author Guest of Honor: Howard Waldrop
Fan Guest of Honor: Ken Fletcher
Capricon 10 February 1990 Lincolnwood (Purple) Hyatt, Lincolnwood, Illinois Amy Schaefer Author Guest of Honor: P.C. Hodgell
Artist Guest of Honor: Todd Cameron Hamilton
Fan Guest of Honor: Bill Higgins
Capricon 11 February 21-24, 1991 Lincolnwood (Purple) Hyatt, Lincolnwood, Illinois Alice Bentley Author Guest of Honor: Ellen Kushner
Editor Guest of Honor: Beth Meacham
Fan Guest of Honor: Becky Thomson
Capricon 12 February 20-23, 1992 Lincolnshire Resort, Lincolnshire, Illinois Amy Schaefer Author Guest of Honor: Terry Bisson
Special Guests of Honor: Kim Stanley Robinson & Paul Park
Fan Guest of Honor: Steve Scherer
Capricon 13 February 18-21, 1993 Pheasant Run, St. Charles, Illinois Amy Schaefer Author Guest of Honor: Terry Pratchett
Artist Guest of Honor: Darlene P. Coltrain
Fan Guest of Honor: George Laskowski
Capricon 14 February 1994 Wyndham Hamilton, Itasca, Illinois Karen Babich Author Guest of Honor: Connie Willis
Artist Guest of Honor: Mary Lynn Skirvin
Fan Guest of Honor: David Dyer-Bennet
Capricon 15 February 16-19, 1995 Wyndham Hamilton, Itasca, Illinois Kathy Nerat Author Guest of Honor: Nancy Kress
Fan Guest of Honor: Sue Blom
Capricon 16 February 8-11, 1996 Wyndham Hamilton, Itasca, Illinois Doug Winkler Author Guest of Honor: Sean Stewart
Artist Guest of Honor: Scott Gustafson
Media Guest of Honor: Michael Stein
Capricon 17 February 20-23, 1997 Oak Brook Hilton, Oak Brook, Illinois Doug Winkler Author Guest of Honor: Robert J. Sawyer[8]
Capricon 18 February 5-8, 1998 Holiday Inn O'Hare, Rosemont, Illinois Dina Krause Author Guest of Honor: Josepha Sherman
Editor Guest of Honor: Steve Hockensmith
Capricon 19 February 11-14, 1999 Arlington Park Hilton, Arlington Heights, Illinois Dave McCarty and Tracy Lunquist Villains Pro Guest of Honor: David Weber
Artist Guest of Honor: Todd Cameron Hamilton
Fan Guest of Honor: Phoenix
Capricon 20 January 27-30, 2000 Arlington Park Hilton, Arlington Heights, Illinois Dave McCarty Armageddon Pro Guest of Honor: Larry Niven
Science Guest of Honor: Chris Luchini
Fan Guest of Honor: Joseph "Uncle Vlad" Stockman
Capricon 21 February 8-11, 2001 Arlington Park Hilton, Arlington Heights, Illinois Tracy Lunquist Tellurian Exposition Pro Guest of Honor: Allen Steele
Fan Guest of Honor: Geri Sullivan
Capricon 22 February 7-10, 2002 Sheraton Chicago Northwest, Arlington Heights, Illinois Deb Kosiba Fun & Games Fun Guest of Honor: Dr. Demento
Game Guest of Honor: James Ernest
Artist Guest of Honor: Kaja Foglio
Fan Guest of Honor: David Abzug
Capricon 23 February 6-9, 2003 Sheraton Chicago Northwest, Arlington Heights, Illinois Cary Williams & Marnie Gucciard Gods & Monsters Author Guest of Honor: Tim Powers
Artist Guest of Honor: Amy K. Brown
Fan Guest of Honor: Bill Roper
Capricon 24 January 29-February 1, 2004 Sheraton Chicago Northwest, Arlington Heights, Illinois Dave McCarty Sensawondah Author Guests of Honor: Spider and Jeanne Robinson
Artist Guest of Honor: Kimberly Reck
NASA Guest of Honor: Bryan Palaszewski
Capricon 25 February 10-14, 2005 Sheraton Chicago Northwest, Arlington Heights, Illinois Deb Kosiba Mad Scientists Author Guest of Honor: James P. Hogan
Artist Guest of Honor: Shaenon K. Garrity
Fan Guest of Honor: John Morse
Capricon 26 February 9-13, 2006 Sheraton Chicago Northwest, Arlington Heights, Illinois Greg (Guido) Williams University of Fandom (UFAN) Visiting Guest Faculty: Peter S. Beagle, Bryan Palaszewski from NASA, Kat Eggleston, Michael Longcor, Dr. Mary Crowell, Nick Pollotta, Jody Lynn Nye, Bill Fawcett, and Phyllis Eisenstein
Capricon 27 February 8-11, 2007 Sheraton Chicago Northwest, Arlington Heights, Illinois Gretchen Roper A Celebration of High Fantasy Author Guest of Honor: Lois McMaster Bujold
Artist Guest of Honor: Erin McKee
Fan Guest of Honor: Cat Faber
Other special guests: Peter S. Beagle and Bryan Palaszewski from NASA
Capricon 28 February 14-17, 2008 Sheraton Chicago Northwest, Arlington Heights, Illinois Leane Verhulst Pirates SF Author Guest of Honor: Mike Resnick
Pirate Guests of Honor: John Baur ("Ol' Chumbucket") and Mark Summers ("Cap'n Slappy"), creators of International Talk Like a Pirate Day
Artist Guest of Honor: Don Maitz
Other special guests: Michael Longcor, Janny Wurts, Tori Baur (“Mad Sally”), Tom Smith, Bill and Brenda Sutton, and Bryan Palaszewski from NASA
Capricon 29 February 19-22, 2009 Westin Chicago North Shore, Wheeling, Illinois Helen Montgomery Camp Among the Stars Author: Sharon Shinn
Artist: Gary Lippincott
Fan: Christian McGuire
Filk: Barry and Sally Childs-Helton
NASA: Bryan Palaszewski
Capricon 30 February 11-14, 2010 Westin Chicago North Shore, Wheeling, Illinois Helen Montgomery Celebration! Authors: Frederik Pohl, Spider and Jeanne Robinson, and Robert J. Sawyer
Artist: Lucy Synk
Fan: Alice Bentley
Capricon 31 February 10-13, 2011 Westin Chicago North Shore, Wheeling, Illinois Erik Olson Escape Author: John Scalzi
Artist: John Picacio
Fans: Stephen Boucher and Janice Gelb
Capricon 32 February 9-12, 2012 Westin Chicago North Shore, Wheeling, Illinois Sandra de Jong Amazing Adventures Author: Cory Doctorow
Media: Javier Grillo-Marxuach
Artist: Les McClaine
Fan: Steven H Silver[9]
Capricon 33 February 7-10, 2013 Westin Chicago North Shore, Wheeling, Illinois Mike Cyganiewicz Artificial Intelligence Author: Daniel H. Wilson
Artist: Karen Ann Hollingsworth
Fan: Helen Montgomery
Capricon 34 February 6-9, 2014 Westin Chicago North Shore, Wheeling, Illinois Laura Dombrowski the 4th Dimension Author: S. M. Stirling
Artist: Tom Peters
Fan: Tadao Tomomatsu
Special: Jan Stirling and Sherrilyn Kenyon
Musical: Silent Nightmare
Capricon 35 February 12-15, 2015 Westin Chicago North Shore, Wheeling, Illinois John (Shadowcat) Ickes R & R Author: Matt Forbeck
Filk: Alexander James Adams
Game: Steve Jackson
Other: John Anealio
Other: Patrick Hester

References[edit]

  1. ^ A Record of Past Talks and Presentations About Astronomy, Space Exploration, the Solar System, and Mars, by Jim Plaxco
  2. ^ Chicago Society for Space Studies Speakers Bureau
  3. ^ Program Book Cover for the CAPRICON XIII Science Fiction Convention, February 18-21, 1993 by Darlene P. Coltrain
  4. ^ A Photo View of a Local Science Fiction Convention, by Frances Moritz (The Lady Gamer March 2005)
  5. ^ a b c "Conventions". Locus. January 1981. p. 14. 
  6. ^ Capricon I Program Book, p.2.: Terry Carr was unable to attend and Wilson Tucker attended in his place.
  7. ^ Capricon 3 Program Book
  8. ^ Sawyer Guest of Honorships
  9. ^ Vitale, Alyssa (December 21, 2011). "Capricon sci-fi convention to feature Javier Grillo-Marxuach, Cory Doctorow". The A.V. Club. Retrieved March 28, 2012. 

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