Get your plague on
Authors, artists and local filmmakers of the nerdly persuasion will converge this weekend for the 45th annual Bubonicon at the Albuquerque Marriott Uptown (2101 Louisiana NE). This long-running science fiction and fantasy convention is something of an anomaly in a genre crammed full, nowadays, with booth babes and Hollywood blockbusters. For Bubonicon and its attendees, the appeal boils down to two things: books and brains. With panel discussions like “Should I Be Paranoid: Who’s Looking At Me?” and “Race, Migration & Refugees: The District 9 Question,” Bubonicon offers a con experience that’s uniquely cerebral and profoundly interesting. In addition to co-guests of honor Tim Powers (The Anubis Gates) and Brent Weeks (The Night Angel Trilogy), Bubonicon 45 features artist Alan F. Beck, toastmistress Diana Rowland (White Trash Zombie Apocalypse) and panels with legends George R.R. Martin (hello, Game of Thrones!) and Diana Gabaldon (Outlander). If you’re in the market for corsets, jewelry, books, buttons, t-shirts or about a bazillion other cool things, the art show and dealers room is open to the public at no charge. Happening Friday through Sunday, Aug. 23 to 25, Bubonicon will cost you $15 to $25, depending on the day, or $45 for the whole weekend. Visit bubonicon.com for more information and important registration times.