Friday Aug 24, 2018
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The golden age of science fiction in literature, movies and early TV shows is celebrated with more than 55 people participating in programming, from authors and artists to local filmmakers.
BUBONICON 50 CELEBRATES "THE GOLDEN AGE OF SCIENCE FICTION"
2018 CONVENTION FEATURES 55+ AUTHORS, ARTISTS, FILMMAKERS AND MORE
(Albuquerque) – The Golden Age of Science Fiction, roughly 1939-1961 – in literature, movies and early TV shows – is the focus for New Mexico's annual Bubonicon, celebrating its 50th year with more than 55 people participating in programming, from authors and artists to local filmmakers. The festivities take place August 24-26, 2018, at the Albuq Marriott Uptown, 2101 Louisiana Blvd NE (just north of I-40).
“The Golden Age of Science Fiction” – which includes the late NM author Jack Williamson, E.E. “Doc” Smith, Arthur C. Clarke, “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” Robert A. Heinlein, “Destination Moon,” Isaac Asimov, Leigh Brackett, “The Day of the Triffids,” Ray Bradbury, “Mighty Joe Young,” C.L. Moore, “Fahrenheit 451,” Philip K. Dick, Andre Norton, “Foundation,” Theodore Sturgeon, and “The Demolished Man” - is celebrated throughout the weekend with panels such as “What the Future Looked Like: Then and Now,” “The Golden Age: Shiny Or Tarnished,” “The Golden Age of Film: Writers on the Big Screen,” and “The Changing Face of Hard Science Fiction: Its Genre Place.”
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 Southwest, the Midwest and the West Coast, including special guests from Ohio, Illinois, Oregon and New Mexico. Co-Guests of Honor are John Scalzi, Ohio novelist, and Mary Robinette Kowal, writer and puppeteer from Chicago; Guest Artist is Eric Velhagen of Albuquerque; and Toastmaster is artist Lee Moyer of Oregon.
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 800-925 people each August. Fans come together to meet favorite authors, socialize, admire artwork, play games, have fun and celebrate SF.
In addition to special guests Scalzi, Kowal, Velhagen, Moyer, and Morton, other participants at Bubonicon 50 include Arlan Andrews Sr (NM), John Barnes (CO), artist Jeff Benham (NM), filmmaker Adam Jarmon Brown (NM), filmmaker Craig A. Butler (NM), artist Aaron Campbell (NM), Venetia Charles (OR), artist Peri Charlifu (CO), Cynthia Felice (CO), Janice Gelb (Australia), Josh Gentry (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), Dr. Kathleen Kitts (NM), artist Andy Kuhn (NM), artist Elizabeth Leggett (NM) Jane Lindskold (NM), Nathan Long (CA), Emily Mah (NM), George RR Martin (NM), librarian and author Gail Gerstner-Miller (NM), John Jos. Miller (NM), Laura J. Mixon (NM), costumers Charles & Tauni Orndorff (CO), Scott S. Phillips (NM), scientist C.S. Plesko (NM), skeptic investigator Benjamin Radford (NM), M.T. Reiten (NM), Rebecca Roanhorse (NM), John Maddox Roberts (NM), Joan S. Saberhagen (NM), artist Jon Sanchez (NM), Walton “Bud” Simons (TX), 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), Lauren C. Teffeau (NM), Ian Tregillis (NM), Sarena Ulibarri (NM), Robert Vardeman (NM), Carrie Vaughn (CO), Corie Weaver (NM), 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 25, during the Costume Contest. Nominees for Green Slime TV/movies this time include Winchester, Show Dogs, and Marvel’s The Inhumans.
Bubonicon 50 starts with registration opening at 3:00 pm Friday the 24th and goes almost nonstop through 5:00 pm Sunday, August 26, with closing ceremonies. The first programming is at 4:00 pm Friday, when the Art Show also opens. 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.
A PASS for all three days is $45. Daily passes are available at $15 Friday, $25 Saturday and $15 Sunday. A special rate of $23 for youths between 14 and 17 years old is available as well. Checks, cash and credit cards. Children under 14 years old are free when accompanied by an adult (supervision is mandatory).