Conduit (convention)

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CONduit
Status on hiatus
Genre Science fiction/Fantasy
Location(s) Salt Lake City, Utah
Country United States
Inaugurated 1990
Attendance 500-900
Organized by SFCon, Inc.
Filing status Utah non-profit
Website
http://conduit-sf.com/

Conduit, often stylized as CONduit, is an annual general interest science fiction and fantasy convention held in May in Salt Lake City, Utah.[1] CONduit was founded in 1989 but took two years to plan its first convention. While there are other genre conventions in Utah, CONduit is the largest general interest convention,[1][2] and provides a means for professionals to meet and network with other professionals, as well as a way for fans to meet and enjoy each other's company.[3]

Each year, CONduit has a charity auction to benefit a local charitable cause. In years past, this auction benefitted Reading for the Future, a non-profit organization which promoted literacy through speculative fiction. The RFF Utah Student Writing and Art Contest was sponsored in part by CONduit.[4] However, RFF ceased operation in January 2010.[5] CONduit is also a founding member of the Utah Speculative Fiction Council.

Notable local guests have included Brandon Sanderson, L.E. Modesitt, Jr.,[3] Tracy Hickman,[3] Anne Wingate,[3] Dan Willis, Bradley Williams, Eric James Stone, James Dashner, Dave Wolverton,[3][6] Paul Genesse, Kevin Wasden, and Howard Tayler.[6]

History[edit]

  1. CONduit, 1991. Guests: Barbara Hambly (author), Derek Hegstead (artist), Erick Wujik (gaming)
  2. CONduit 2: Son of CONduit, 1992. Guests: Roger Zelazny (author), Liz Danforth (artist), Mike Stackpole (gaming)[7]
  3. CONduit 3: Bride of CONduit, 1993. Guests: Larry Niven (author), Frank & Laura Brodian Kelly Freas (artists), Cat Faber (filk)
  4. CONduit 4: King CONduit, 1994. Guests: C. J. Cherryh (author), Liz Danforth (artist), Jennifer Roberson (author)
  5. CONduit 5: CONduit the Barbarian, 1995. Guests: Kristine Kathryn Rusch (author), Dean Wesley Smith (authors), David Cherry (artist), ElizaBeth Gilligan (author), Katharine Kerr (author)
  6. CONduit 6: Captain CONduit, 1996. Guests: Fred Saberhagen (author), Leonard Parkin (artist), L. Dean James (author)
  7. CONduit 7: CONduit of the Gods, 1997. Guests: Timothy Zahn (author), Phil & Kaja Foglio (artists), Steve Jackson (gaming)
  8. CONduit 8: Pirates of CONduit, 1998. Guests: David Brin (author), Arthur Roberg (artist), D. C. Fontana (media)
  9. CONduit 9: Deep Space CONduit, 1999. Guests: Terry Brooks (author), Michael Goodwin (artist), Bjo & John Trimble
  10. CONduit 10: Night of the Living CONduit, 2000. Guests: Charles de Lint (author), Brian Durfee (artist), MaryAnn Harris (artist), Steve Jackson (gaming)
  11. CONduit 11: A Space Oddity, 2001. Guests: Alan Dean Foster (author), Larry Elmore (artist), Three Weird Sisters (filk)
  12. CONduit 12: CONduit of the Rings, 2002. Guests: Christopher Stasheff (author), Newton Ewell (artist), Jack Donner (media)
  13. CONduit 13: The Nightmare CONtinues, 2003. Guests: Harry Turtledove (author), Lynne Goodwin (artist)
  14. CONduit 14: Reloaded, 2004. Guests: Steve Miller (author), Sharon Lee (author), Tracy & Laura Hickman (gaming), Jordin Kare (science)
  15. CONduit 15: Dragons of CONduit, 2005. Guests: Tim Powers (author), Charles Vess (artist), Susan J. Napier (anime), Shannon Hale (writer to watch)[8]
  16. CONduit 16: Wizards of CONduit, 2006. Guests: L. E. Modesitt, Jr. (author), James M. Carson (conceptual artist), Sam Longoria (director, producer, actor, writer for film and theatre)
  17. CONduit 17: Shadows of CONduit, May 25–27, 2007. Guests: David Weber (author), Mike Dringenberg (artist)
  18. CONduit 18: Chronicles of CONduit, May 23–25, 2008. Guests: Michael A. Stackpole (author), Theresa Mather (artist)
  19. CONduit 19: Evil Overlords of CONduit, May 22–24, 2009. Guests: David Farland/Dave Wolverton (author), Howard Tayler, creator of the webcomic Schlock Mercenary.[6][9]
  20. CONduit 20: Space Pirates of CONduit, May 28–30, 2010. Guests: Barbara Hambly (author), Kevin Wasden (artist)
  21. CONduit 21: Caped CONduit, May 27–29, 2011. Guests: Carole Nelson Douglas (author), Joey Shoji (filk)
  22. CONduit 22: Time Lords of CONduit, May 25–27, 2012. Guests: Tamora Pierce (author), Tim Russ (media), Mary Ellen Smith (costuming)[10]
  23. CONduit 23: The Dark Guilds of CONduit, May 24–26, 2013. Guests: Heather Joseph-Witham (author/scholar), Alexis Cruz (media), Paul Genesse (author)
  24. CONduit 24: WesterCONduit, July 3-7, 2014 (held jointly with Westercon 67). Guests: Brandon Sanderson (author), Cory Doctorow (author), Howard Taylor (artist and author), Mary Robinette Kowal (author and puppeteer)[11]
  25. CONduit 25: Son of CONduit, 2015. Guests: Jane Lindskold (author), Larry Nemecek (media/fan), Jessica Douglas (artist)

Sources: [3][12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Vaughn, Aaron (May 24, 2009). "Evil Overlords Claim Salt Lake for Sci Fi Convention". Fox 13 KSTU. Archived from the original on July 3, 2009. Retrieved May 25, 2009.  This links to what formerly contained a news spot video. The news spot is no longer accessible.
  2. ^ Brubaker, Ladd (May 27, 2011). "Hundreds celebrate 'geek-dom' at Salt Lake sci-fi convention". KSL.com. Archived from the original on May 31, 2016. Retrieved April 27, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Davis, James (2007-06-18). "From all spacewalks: Salt Lake's CONduit unites a galaxy of science fiction fans for three days of unabashed imagination". Archived from the original on April 27, 2016. Retrieved 2007-06-24. 
  4. ^ "RFF Utah Student Writing and Art Contest". Reading for the Future Utah. Retrieved 2007-06-24. 
  5. ^ "RFF Utah Home". Reading for the Future. January 21, 2010. Archived from the original on February 25, 2010. Retrieved February 24, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b c CONduit 19: Evil Overlords of CONduit Program Book. Salt Lake City, Utah: SFCon.org. 2009-05-22. pp. 3–35. 
  7. ^ "Beam me up, Scotty: Fans of fantasy and science fiction meet". Deseret News. May 15, 1992. Archived from the original on May 12, 2016. Retrieved April 27, 2016. 
  8. ^ Neff, Elizabeth (May 29, 2005). "Fantasy meets science fiction at SLC conference". Salt Lake Tribune. Archived from the original on May 13, 2016. Retrieved April 27, 2016. 
  9. ^ Nelson, Paul (2009-05-22). "Conduit Science Fiction and Fantasy convention coming to Salt Lake". KSL.com. Archived from the original on April 27, 2016. Retrieved 2009-05-25. 
  10. ^ Green-Miner, Brittany; Whitney, Zach (May 26, 2012). "Fanatics celebrate all things sci-fi". Fox 13 Utah. Archived from the original on April 27, 2016. Retrieved April 27, 2016. 
  11. ^ Tullis, Ben (June 26, 2014). "Fantasy and science fiction conventions ahead for Salt Lake City". Deseret News. Archived from the original on May 9, 2016. Retrieved April 27, 2016. 
  12. ^ CONduit 16: Wizards of CONduit Program Book. Salt Lake City, Utah: CONduit Planning Committee. 2006-05-26. p. 49. 

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