Badass Ladies of Sci-Fi
This year, Bubonicon 47, the venerable Sci-Fi and Fantasy convention, will be celebrating "Women of Wonder," a fact made even more poignant in the wake of the "Sad Puppies" vote stuffing controversy at last week's Hugo Awards. All weekend long, you can expect to find memorabilia auctions, genre panel talks, costume contests and science-fiction film showings as well as a veritable smorgasbord of local and national Sci-Fi/Fantasy authors to sign your books ... Oh, and it looks like an upstart writer named George R. R. Martin will be doing a reading! You should check him out; something tells us that young man is going places. The convention starts Friday, Aug. 28, at 4pm at the Albuquerque Marriott Uptown (2101 Louisiana NE) and continues through Sunday, Aug. 30. Grab a full weekend pass at the door for $45 or just pay a fraction of that price for day passes. For more details go to bubonicon.com. (Ty Bannerman)
Friday Aug 28, 2015
Albuquerque, NM 87110
Contact:Craig W. Chrissinger
Phone: (505) 266-8905
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Women of Wonder--in literature, comic books and TV shows--are the focus for New Mexico's annual Bubonicon.
"Women of Wonder" - such as Star War's Princess Leia, Wonder Woman, Agent Carter, Tamora Pierce’s Alanna, Black Widow, and Supergirl; and pioneering authors such as Leigh Brackett, Angela Carter, Ursula K. Le Guin, Doris Lessing, C.L. Moore and Andre Norton - are celebrated throughout the weekend with panels such as "Warrior Women in Combat: Fighting Females," "Strong Female Characters Need Strong Male Characters," "Curse of the Strong Female: Pitfalls & Cliches" and "Writing Different Genders: Your Point of View."
A portion of the convention proceeds will benefit Eastern NM University's Williamson Library Collection and the Roadrunner Food Bank.
This year's convention features talent from the East Coast and Midwest, including special guests from Maine, New York, Massachusetts and Illinois. Co-Guests of Honor are Tamora Pierce, New York young adult novelist, and Catherynne M. Valente, novelist from Maine; Guest Artist is Ruth Sanderson of Massachusetts; and Toastmistress is fantasy novelist Mary Robinette Kowal of Chicago
Bubonicon, which began the same year as Apollo 11's Moon landing and Woodstock, focuses primarily on the literature of science fiction, fantasy and horror. It is one of hundreds of such conventions held each year around the world, and is considered smaller, drawing 750-900 people each August. Fans come together to meet favorite authors, socialize, admire artwork, play games, have fun and celebrate SF.
TAMORA PIERCE, CO-GUEST OF HONOR
Pierce is a bestselling author of fantasy books for teenagers. Her books, known for their teenaged girl warriors and wizards, have received critical acclaim and a strong fanbase. Pierce was drawn to books from a young age. Raised in rural Pennsylvania, the child of a "long, proud line of hillbillies," her family never had much. "We were poor, but I didn't know it then. We had a garden where my folks grew fruit and vegetables and our water came from a well," she explains. But one thing they did have was plenty of books. So Tamora read. She is now a #1 New York Times bestselling author and has written twenty-five books, including her newest, "Bloodhound: Beka Cooper Book 2." Pierce lives in upstate New York with her husband Tim, and their three cats and two birds.
CATHERYNNE M. VALENTE, CO-GUEST OF HONOR
Valente is an author, poet, and sometime critic who has been known to write as many as six impossible things before breakfast. She is to blame for over a dozen works of fiction and poetry, including "The Orphan's Tales," "Palimpsest," "Deathless," and "The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making." She has won the Tiptree Award, the Andre Norton Award, the Mythopoeic Award, the Lambda Award, the Rhysling Award, and the Million Writers Award for best web fiction. She lives on an island off the coast of Maine with her partner, two dogs, an enormous cat, and a slightly less enormous accordion.
RUTH SANDERSON, GUEST ARTIST
Sanderson has been a professional illustrator since 1975, with more than 80 published children’s books, in addition to having illustrated book covers, fantasy art, collector’s plates, animation concept art, and product design. She enjoys teaching writing and illustrating for children in a summer graduate program at Hollins University, in Roanoke, VA. Sanderson also is a long-time member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and am currently a New England Illustrator Coordinator.
MARY ROBINETTE KOWAL, TOASTMISTRESS
Kowal is the author of "Shades of Milk and Honey.". In 2008 she won the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and in 2011, her short story "For Want of a Nail" won the Hugo Award for Short Story. Her work has been a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards. Mary, a professional puppeteer and voice actor, has performed for LazyTown (CBS), the Center for Puppetry Arts, Jim Henson Pictures and founded Other Hand Productions. Her designs have garnered two UNIMA-USA Citations of Excellence, the highest award an American puppeteer can achieve. She also records fiction for authors such as Kage Baker, Cory Doctorow and John Scalzi.
OTHER PARTICIPANTS AND GENERAL INFO
In addition to special guests Pierce, Valente, Sanderson and Kowal, other participants at Bubonicon 47 include Daniel Abraham (NM), John Barnes (CO), Richard Berthold (NM), Livia Blackburne, Ben Bova (FL), filmmaker Adam Jarmon Brown (NM), filmmaker Craig A. Butler (NM), artist Aaron Campbell (NM), Suzy M. Charnas (NM), Yvonne Coats, Dr. Larry Crumpler (NM), Doranna Durgin (NM), Ty Franck (NM), Zachary Gallegos of Mars One (NM), Josh Gentry (NM), artist Raya Golden (NM), Steven Gould (NM), Sally Gwylan (NM), Loretta Hall (NM), artist Darla Hallmark (NM), Betsy James (NM), Darynda Jones (NM), Jeffe Kennedy (NM), T. Jackson King (NM), Susan Krinard (NM), Jane Lindskold (NM), Christine MacKenzie (NM), Emily Mah (NM), George RR Martin (NM), Victor Milan (NM), librarian and author Gail Gerstner-Miller (NM), John Jos. Miller (NM), Pati Nagle (NM), costumers Charles & Tauni Orndorff (CO), Scott Phillips (NM), artist John Picacio (TX), scientist C.S. Plesko (NM), science speaker Benjamin Radford (NM), M.T. Reiten (NM), John Maddox Roberts (NM), Joan S. Saberhagen (NM), artist Jon Sanchez (NM), Debbie Lynn Smith (NV), Melinda Snodgrass (NM), artist Jim Sorenson (NM), Caroline Spector (TX), Gabi Stevens (NM), S.M. Stirling (NM), astronomer & author David Lee Summers (NM), Pari Noskin (NM), Lauren Teffeau (NM), Sarena Ulibarri (NM), Robert Vardeman (NM), Carrie Vaughn (CO), and Walter Jon Williams (NM).
The convention received its name in 1971 from Robert E. Vardeman, a University of New Mexico alumnus and former Sandia National Laboratories scientist, when he was inspired by the state's annual numbers of bubonic plague reports and an alert issued by Egypt on travelers from New Mexico. Two years later, a rat nicknamed Perry Rodent (after European SF series hero, Perry Rhodan) was adopted as the official mascot.
In keeping with this humorous nature, Bubonicon began presenting the Green Slime Awards, which recognize achievements in wretchedness in both science fiction and fact, at the eighth convention in 1976. The Green Slime Awards will be presented this year by Jessica Coyle at 9:15 pm Saturday, August 29, during the Costume Contest. Nominees for Green Slime TV/movies this time include Pixels, The Lazarus Effect, The Cobbler, Sharknado 3, The Messengers and Seventh Son.
Bubonicon 47 starts with registration opening at 3:00 pm Friday the 28th and goes almost nonstop through 5:00 pm Sunday, August 30, with closing ceremonies. The first programming is at 4:00 pm Friday, while the Art Show, the Con Suite & Gaming Room open at 5:00 pm. (Registration closes 8:30 pm Friday.)
A pass with badge is required for all Bubonicon programming events, and in the Gaming Rooms and Hospitality Suite. The Art Show and Dealers Room are open to the public, free of charge.
Friday highlights include a discussion on "50 Years of 'Dune'" at 5:00 pm, opening ceremonies at 6:00 pm, a talk on "Slaying the Vampire: Solving the Chupacabra Mystery" 6:30 pm by local skeptic Benjamin Radford, a discussion on "Worst Tropes Ever: 10 We'd Like To See Banned" at 8:30 pm, and the 10:30 pm Charity Auction to benefit the Williamson Library Collection at Eastern NM University and the local Roadrunner Food Bank.