By Steven Robert Allen
Break out the pointy years and spandex! Set phasers on stun! It's time for Bubonicon 36, New Mexico's first and only annual science fiction and fantasy convention. The saucer sets down this weekend, Friday, Aug. 27, through Sunday, Aug. 29, at the Wyndham Hotel (2901 Yale SE) next to the Sunport.
Resistance is futile! Take me to your leaders! Is that a Centurion Death Worm in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?!
They've got quite a line-up this year. Connie Willis—a winner of multiple Nebula and Hugo awards—will be the convention's guest of honor. Some of Willis' most beloved novels over the years have incorporated time travel and alternate history. Her most recent book is Passage, which explores near-death experiences.
Bubonicon 36's guest artist will be David Mattingly, who's designed everything from CD to book covers and has worked on such films as Tron, Dick Tracy and I, Robot. Mattingly will present a digital art demo at 8:30 p.m. on Friday. The following day at noon he'll take part in an Artists' Roundtable discussion.
There'll be plenty of other guest artists and writers from all over this quadrant of the galaxy along with an art show, gaming rooms, demonstrations and the convention's famous Green Slime awards, which honor particularly awful contributions to science fiction and fantasy over the previous year.
Price of admission for all three days is $30. You'll be charged just $10 for Friday, $15 for Saturday and $10 for Sunday. Special rates available. Some of the proceeds from Bubonicon 36 will go to the Explora Children's Museum and the Williamson Collection at Eastern NM University's Golden Library. For details, call Craig Chrissinger at (505) 266-8905.
The Seventh Annual Poets and Writers' Picnic takes place this Saturday, Aug. 28, from noon to 4 p.m. at the historic Shaffer Hotel's garden in Mountainair. The event features scheduled readers along with an open mic. Either bring your own grub or buy a lunch from Chef Scott Sharot. (505) 242-4930.
CORRECTION: Ayeee! Last week, I'm sure many of you noticed something amuck in the Alibi's otherwise pristine Arts and Literature section. We mistakenly switched the photos in the two art magnified blurbs, putting Joy Harjo's photo next to a preview for Margi Weir's new exhibit at the Inpost, and placing one of Weir's paintings beside a preview for the release party of Harjo's new Native Joy for Real CD at Bookworks. The Alibi regrets the error.
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