ArmadilloCon


ArmadilloCon

Infobox Convention
name = ArmadilloCon


caption =
status = Active
genre = Science fiction
venue = Doubletree Hotel Austin
location = Austin, Texas
country = United States
first = 1979
last =
organizer = Fandom Association of Central Texas
filing = 501(c)(3)
attendance = 400 [cite web |url=http://www.statesman.com/news/content/news/stories/local/08/17/0817armadillocon.html?cxtype=rss&cxsvc=7&cxcat=52 | title=Homegrown ArmadilloCon keeps the focus on books |last=George |first=Patrick |publisher=Austin American-Statesman |date=2008-08-17 |accessdate=2008-08-16]
website = http://www.armadillocon.org

ArmadilloCon is a science fiction convention held annually in Austin, Texas, USA.cite news |work=Dallas Morning News |title=Nebula Awards puts Austin and Texas writers at center of science fiction world |first=Edward |last=Nawotka |url=http://www.guidelive.com/sharedcontent/dws/ent/books/stories/DN-scifi_0424gl.ART.State.Edition1.46cfb13.html |date=2008-04-24 |accessdate=2008-08-16] As the second longest running science fiction convention in Texas, it is sponsored by the Fandom Association of Central Texas and is known for its emphasis on literary science fiction. [cite news |work=Austin Chronicle |title=Going Home to the Armadillo |first=Richard |last=Whittaker |url=http://www.austinchronicle.com/gyrobase/Issue/story?oid=oid:661025 |date=2008-08-15 |accessdate=2008-08-16] ArmadilloCon was traditionally held in mid-October during the weekend of the Texas-OU football game. Starting in 1998, it moved to a late-summer/early-fall weekend as hotel costs in October in Austin became prohibitive.

Traditions of ArmadilloCon

# Emphasis on literary sf
# Guests of Honor are up-and-coming writers and are frequently first-time GOHs
# Program item "Fannish Feud" has been held regularly since ArmadilloCon 4 in 1983. Frequent hosts of this event have been Pat Cadigan and Walter Jon Williams.
# Willie Siros has been a dealer every year, either as part of "Two Guys from Texas" or "Adventures in Crime & Space"
# The final event of the convention is usually a story reading by Howard Waldrop

Past conventions

* ArmadilloCon 1 (Spring 1979)
** Chair: Willie Siros
** Guest of Honor: John Varley (author)
** Fan Guest: Jeanne Gomoll
** Toastmaster: Howard Waldrop
** Location: Villa Capri
* ArmadilloCon 2 (1980)
** Chair: Willie Siros
** Guest of Honor: Gardner Dozois
** Fan Guest: Harry O. Morris
** Toastmaster: Chad Oliver
* ArmadilloCon 3 (1981)
** Chair: Willie Siros
** Guest of Honor: Chad Oliver
** Fan Guest: Bob Wayne
** Toastmaster: Ed Bryant
** Location: Ramada Riverside
* ArmadilloCon 4 (1982)
** Chair: Ed Scarbrough
** Guests of Honor: George Alec Effinger and George R. R. Martin
** Fan Guest: Joe Pumilia
** Toastmaster: Ed Bryant
* ArmadilloCon 5 (October 7-5, 1983)
** Chair: Ed Scarborough
** Guest of Honor: Howard Waldrop
** Fan Guest: Becky Matthews
** Toastmaster: Neal Barrett, Jr.
** Location: Villa Capri Motor Hotel
* ArmadilloCon 6 (1984)
** Chair: Ed Scarborough
** Guest of Honor: John Sladek
** Fan Guests: James A. Corrick and Gay Miller Corrick
** Toastmaster: Joe R. Lansdale
** Special Guest: Ellen Datlow
* ArmadilloCon 7 (1985)
** (relaxacon)
* ArmadilloCon 8 (1986)
** Chair: Robert Taylor
** Guest of Honor: William Gibson
** Editor Guest: Ellen Datlow
** Fan Guest: Debbie Notkin
** Toastmaster: Lewis Shiner
* ArmadilloCon 9 (1987)
** Chair: Fred Duarte, Jr.
** Guest of Honor: Bruce Sterling
** Artist Guest: J. R. Daniels
** Editor Guest: Beth Meacham
** Fan Guest: Mark Olson
** Toastmaster: Pat Cadigan
* ArmadilloCon 10 (October 1988)
** Chairs: Fred Duarte, Jr. and Karen Meschke
** Guest of Honor: K. W. Jeter
** Artist Guest: Brad W. Foster
** Editor Guest: Ginjer Buchanan
** Fan Guests: Jane Dennis and Scott Dennis
** Toastmaster: Lewis Shiner
** Location: Wyndham Southpark
* ArmadilloCon 11 (1989)
** Chair: Karen Meschke
** Guest of Honor: Lewis Shiner
** Artist Guest: Don Ivan Punchatz
** Editor Guest: Pat LoBrutto
** Fan Guest: Mike Glyer
** Toastmaster: Connie Willis
** Special Guests: William Gibson and Tom Maddox (sponsored by MCC)
** Location: Wyndham Southpark
* ArmadilloCon 12 (October 12-14, 1990)
** Chair: Ed Graham
** Guest of Honor: Pat Cadigan
** Artist Guest: Jean Elizabeth Martin
** Editor Guest: Susan Allison
** Fan Guest: Debbie Hodgkinson
** Toastmaster: Melinda M. Snodgrass
** Special Guests: Vernor Vinge and Marc Stiegler (sponsored by MCC)
** Location: Wyndham Southpark
* ArmadilloCon 13 (1991)
** Chair: Casey Hamilton
** Guest of Honor: Dan Simmons
** Artist Guest: Dell Harris
** Editor Guest: Amy Stout
** Fan Guest: Pat Mueller
** Toastmistress: Emma Bull
** Location: Wyndham Southpark
* ArmadilloCon 14 (October 9-11, 1992)
** Chairs: Lori Wolf and Fred Duarte, Jr.
** Guest of Honor: Neal Barrett, Jr.
** Artist Guest: Darrell K. Sweet
** Editor Guest: Gardner Dozois
** Fan Guest: Al Jackson
** Toastmaster: Kim Stanley Robinson
** Location: Wyndham Southpark
* ArmadilloCon 15 (November 5-7, 1993)
** Chairs: Willie Siros and Lori Wolf
** Guest of Honor: Gwyneth Jones (novelist)
** Artist Guest: Harry O. Morris
** Editor Guest: John Douglas
** Toastmaster: Michael Bishop (author)
** Location: Red Lion
* ArmadilloCon 16 (October 7-9, 1994)
** Chairs: Ed Graham and Casey Hamilton
** Guest of Honor: Elizabeth Moon
** Artist Guest: David A. Cherry
** Editor Guest: Gordon Van Gelder
** Fan Guest: Gregory Benford
** Toastmaster: Bradley Denton
** Special Guest: Guy Gavriel Kay
** Location: Red Lion
* ArmadilloCon 17 (October 6-8, 1995)
** Chairs: Fred Duarte, Jr. and Dan Tolliver
** Guest of Honor: Alexander Jablokov
** Artist Guest: Vincent Di Fate
** Editor Guest: John Silbersack
** Fan Guests: Dick Smith and Leah Zeldes Smith
** Toastmaster: Terry Bisson
** Location: Red Lion
* ArmadilloCon 18 (October 11-13, 1996)
** Chair: Dan Tolliver
** Guest of Honor: Jonathan Lethem
** Artist Guest: Bob Eggleton
** Editor Guest: Patrick Nielsen Hayden
** Fan Guests: Spike Parsons and Tom Becker
** Toastmaster: Mike Resnick
** Location: Red Lion
* ArmadilloCon 19 (1997)
** Chair: John Gibbons
** Guest of Honor: Mary Rosenblum
** Location: Hunt, Texas
* ArmadilloCon 20 (August 28-30, 1998)
** Chairs: A. T. Campbell, III and Lori Wolf
** Guest of Honor: Bradley Denton
** Artist Guest: Mitchell Bentley
** Editor Guest: David G. Hartwell
** Fan Guest: Peggy Ranson
** Toastmaster: Steven Gould
** Special Guest: Peter F. Hamilton (sponsored by ALAMO)
** Location: Omni Southpark
* ArmadilloCon 21 (September 10-12, 1999)
** Chairs: Mona Gamboa and John Gibbons
** Guest of Honor: Sean Stewart
** Artist Guest: Wayne Barlowe
** Editor Guest: Shawna McCarthy
** Fan Guest: Harry Stubbs
** Toastmaster: William Browning Spencer
** Special Guest: Neil Gaiman (sponsored by ALAMO)
** Location: Omni Southpark
* ArmadilloCon 22 (August 18-20, 2000)
** Chairs: John Gibbons and Dan Tolliver
** Guest of Honor: Catherine Asaro
** Artist Guest: Adam "Mojo" Lebowitz
** Editor Guest: Betsy Mitchell
** Fan Guest: Robert Taylor
** Toastmaster: Mary Doria Russell
** Special Guest: Kathleen Ann Goonan [http://www.goonan.com/] (sponsored by ALAMO)
** Location: Omni Southpark
* ArmadilloCon 23 (November 16-18, 2001)
** Chairs: Renee Babcock and Lori Wolf
** Guest of Honor: J. Gregory Keyes
** Artist Guest: John Jude Palencar
** Editor Guest: Toni Weisskopf
** Fan Guest: Teddy Harvia
** Toastmaster: Walter Jon Williams
** Special Guest: Esther Friesner (sponsored by ALAMO)
** Location: Austin Hilton North
* ArmadilloCon 24 (August 16-18, 2002)
** Chairs: Renee Babcock and Charles Siros
** Guest of Honor: Martha Wells
** Artist Guests: Frank Cho and Scott Kurtz
** Editor Guest: Tom Doherty
** Fan Guests: Kurt Baty and Scott Bobo
** Toastmaster: Joe R. Lansdale
** Special Guest: Robin Hobb (sponsored by ALAMO)
** Location: Omni Southpark
* ArmadilloCon 25 (August 8-10, 2003)
** Chair: John Gibbons
** Guest of Honor: Kage Baker
** Fan Guest: Willie Siros
** Toastmaster: Aaron Allston
** Editor Guest: Anne Groell
** Artist Guest: John Picacio
** Special Guest: Vernor Vinge
** Location: Austin Hilton North
* ArmadilloCon 26 (August 13-15, 2004)
** Chairs: Kimm Antell and Chuck Siros
** Guest of Honor: Sharon Shinn
** Fan Guest: Chaz "Hazel" Boston Baden
** Toastmaster: K. D. Wentworth
** Editor Guest: Stanley Schmidt
** Artist Guest: Charles Vess
** Mystery Guests of Honor: Charlaine Harris & Barbara Hambly (sponsored by ALAMO)
** Location: Austin Hilton North
* ArmadilloCon 27 (August 19-21, 2005)
** Chairs: Renee Babcock and John Gibbons
** Guest of Honor: Charles Stross
** Fan Guests: Jim & Laurie Mann
** Toastmaster: Charles de Lint
** Editor Guest: Jim Minz
** Artist Guest: Ctein
** Special Guest: Sean McMullen (sponsored by ALAMO)
** Location: Doubletree Hotel Austin
* ArmadilloCon 28 (August 11-13, 2006)
** Chair: [http://www.kimmantell.com Kimm Antell]
** Guest of Honor: Julie E. Czerneda
** Fan Guest: Grant Kruger
** Toastmaster: Esther Friesner
** Editor Guest: Diana Gill
** Artist Guest: Ellisa Mitchell
** Special Guest: James P. Hogan
** Location: Doubletree Hotel Austin
* ArmadilloCon 29 (August 10-12, 2007)
** Chair: Renee Babcock
** Guest of Honor: Louise Marley
** Fan Guest: Patty Wells
** Toastmaster: Howard Waldrop
** Editor Guest: Sharyn November
** Artist Guest: Gary Lippincott
** Location: Doubletree Hotel Austin

* ArmadilloCon 30 (August 15-17, 2008)
** Chairs: Kurt Baty and Charles Siros
** Guest of Honor: John Scalzi
** Artist Guest: David Lee Anderson
** Fan Guest: Kelly Persons
** Toastmaster: [http://www.billcrider.com/ Bill Crider]
** Editor Guest: Sheila Williams
** Special Guests: Gay Haldeman and Joe Haldeman

Upcoming conventions

* ArmadilloCon 31 (August 14-16, 2009)
** Chair: Kimm Antell
** Guest of Honor: Scott Lynch
** Artist Guest: Stephan Martiniere
** Editor Guest: Chris Roberson
** Fan Guest: Karen Meschke
** Toastmaster: Scott A. Cupp
** Special Guest: Joan D. Vinge

References

External links

* [http://www.armadillocon.org ArmadilloCon official site]
* [http://www.fact.org Fandom Association of Central Texas]


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