Book of the Night

Book of the Night is a late night group discussion at Åcon of a book that we think is worth talking about and has not been noticed as much as it possibly should have been.

Kate Wilhelm: Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang

where-late-the-sweet-bird-sangKate Wilhelm (1928–2018) was an influential SF writer not only through her own work but also because she helped to found the Clarion Writers Workshop in the late sixties, and has thus as a teacher influenced generations of writers. She was the Guest of Honor at Worldcon in 1980 and has won three Nebula awards for her short fiction, a Hugo for the best novel (Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang in 1977) and a Hugo for best related work (Storyteller: Writing Lessons and More from 27 Years of the Clarion Writers’ Workshop in 2006).

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Ferry Trip from Turku

As before, we are organizing a group trip to the convention from Turku. Prices start with 17 € for a round trip. More info is available on the travel page.

Book your trip by April 10!

Book Your Hotel Room

Åcon 9 is now opening hotel bookings. You will find instructions for how to reserve a bed on the Hotel info page. We have negotiated with the hotel and can offer the same rates as last year. The hotel will want your contact details and credit card number as a guarantee of the reservation. You will not have to pay until you get to the convention.

Go ahead and secure your bed right now, for a weekend with discussions of science fiction and fantasy with Emma Newman and all the other Åcon 9 members!

Åcon 9 Q&A

When will Åcon 9 be, and other questions you might have.


Will there be an Åcon 9?


When will it be?

In 2018.

Why not in 2017? I don’t want to wait!

We hear you. But there’s this another little Finnish convention project that will occupy us in 2017. You may have heard about it. You should go. We will. And so will lots of other interesting people.

Besides, during the traditional Åcon weekend in 2017, we’ll be at Swecon. (You’re welcome to come hang out with us. Swecons are almost as much fun as Åcons!)

But you’ll be back in 2018? Promise?


Will you have a Guest of Honor?

Of course.

Will you tell me who they are?

Not quite yet. Soon. Stay tuned.

Can I join the convention?

Very soon.

So nothing to do yet but wait? Bummer!

Sorry about that. Won’t be long. Honest!