ConFusion (convention)

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Left to right: John Scalzi, Karl Schroeder, Justine Larbalestier, Scott Westerfeld and James Frenkel on a panel at
"ConFusion 2008".
Status Active
Genre Science fiction
Location(s) Michigan
Country United States
Inaugurated 1974
Organized by The Stilyagi Air Corps
Ann Arbor Science Fiction Association

ConFusion is an annual science fiction convention organized by the Stilyagi Air Corps and its parent organization, the Ann Arbor Science Fiction Association. Commonly, it is held the third weekend of January. It is the oldest science fiction convention in Michigan, a regional, general SF con similar to Windycon and Lunacon. The programming consists of panels on science fiction and fantasy literature, media, science, society, art, costuming, etc. with discussions by authors, scientists, fans, and artists. There is a large music track, board and roleplaying games, KidFusion — a track of programming specifically for kids — and a masquerade or costume contest.

ConFusion has a consuite as well as room parties hosted by other conventions, WorldCon bids, and local clubs.


The Ann Arbor Relax-i-con was founded in 1974. Based on its success, AASFA named the new convention 'Condom' as a takeoff of the word 'fandom'. The chairman, Ro Nagey, was absent for the meeting about the name change and convinced them to use the name 'ConFusion' instead. The name turned out to be prophetic as the first science Guest of Honor was the owner of local technology spin-off company KMS Fusion.

Because the first con run by the organization was not actually named ConFusion, they are generally counted starting with ConFusion 13 in 1975 (one of many intentionally confusing names voted on by the membership). The 1980 con was aptly named Confusion 6 &/or 7, and ConFusion XXX in 2004 could be considered the 30th convention of that name, or 31st Stilyagi con.

The Stilyagi Air Corps, named after a group in Robert A. Heinlein's The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, is a loose, informal group, lifetime membership is free for anyone interested in Science Fiction who attends a single Stilyagi party, meeting, or event. The sponsoring organization, AASFA, is a Michigan nonprofit corporation board elected from Stilyagi who have volunteered to work on running ConFusion.

2013 convention[edit]

January 18–20, 2013, at the Doubletree Hotel in Dearborn, Michigan.[1] Guests to include: Charles Stross, Mary Robinette Kowal, James Nicoll, and Scott Edelman.


  1. ^ Stilyagi calendar, retrieved on 2012-11-17.

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