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] ArmadilloCon 35 in 2013 was 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

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. Archived from the original on May 2, 2009. 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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