Bubonicon returns in a celebration of science fiction


Aug. 24—Bubonicon is again — in particular person.

The annual science fiction conference will happen from Friday, Aug. 26 by Sunday, Aug. 28 in Albuquerque.

The occasion will function greater than 55 authors, artists and filmmakers through the three-day occasion.

“It’s been two years since we’ve done the convention in person,” says Craig W. Chrissinger, co-chair. “We’re excited to get people back together and doing it as safely as we can.”

Bubonicon, which started the identical 12 months because the Apollo 11 moon touchdown and Woodstock, focuses totally on the literature of science fiction, fantasy and horror. It is one in every of lots of of such conventions held every year world wide, and is taken into account smaller, drawing 700-925 individuals every August. Fans come collectively to satisfy favourite authors, socialize, admire art work, play video games, have enjoyable and have a good time science fiction.

According to Chrissinger, a facial masks masking each the mouth and nostril have to be worn always in Bubonicon areas. The solely exceptions are when consuming within the Hospitality Suite or talking from the entrance desk in a programming occasion, in addition to being exterior.

This 12 months’s theme is “After the Plague Years (Plagues and Pandemics in SF/F).”

Chrissinger says illness and alien viruses will not be new within the worlds of science fiction, fantasy and horror.

Famous books analyzing widespread sickness embrace “Earth Abides” by George Stewart, “I Am Legend” by Richard Matheson, “The Stand” by Stephen King, “The Andromeda Strain” by Michael Crichton, “Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel, and “The War of the Worlds” by H.G. Wells. This theme is also a staple for motion pictures and TV reveals reminiscent of “The Last Man on Earth,” “Outbreak,” “Carriers,” “Children of Men,” “12 Monkeys” and “Shaun of the Dead.”

This 12 months’s co-guests of honors are Rae Carson and Keith R.A. DeCandido.

Toastmaster is A. Lee Martinez, whereas Chaz Kemp is the visitor artist and Courtney Willis is the science speaker.

Carson is an American fantasy author, greatest identified for young-adult fiction. Her debut novel, “The Girl of Fire and Thorns,” was printed in 2011. It was a finalist for the William C. Morris YA Award and the Andre Norton Award, and it was the winner of the Ohioana Book Award for Young Adult Literature. Since 2017, she has written a number of tie-in tales for the “Star Wars” universe. Her most up-to-date novel is “Any Sign of Life,” printed in 2021.

DeCandido is an American science fiction and fantasy author, who works on comedian books, novels, role-playing video games and video video games, together with quite a few Media tie-in books for properties reminiscent of “Star Trek,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Doctor Who,” “Supernatural,” “Andromeda,” “Farscape,” “Spider-Man,” and “Stargate SG-1.” He is also a musician.

A portion of the conference proceeds will profit at Eastern New Mexico University’s Williamson Library Collection, the native Roadrunner Food Bank and World Central Kitchen.

A whole checklist of visitors may be discovered at bubonicon.com.

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WHEN: 3-11:35 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26; 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27; 9:50 a.m.-noon Sunday, Aug. 28

WHERE: ABQ Marriott Uptown, 2101 Louisiana Blvd. NE

HOW MUCH: $17 Friday, $25 Saturday, $15 Sunday or $48 for grownup weekend go; $25 for youth (ages 14-18) on the door

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