Thank you

Åcon 9 is over. Thank you, everybody who came, participated, and made our little convention good! And especially big thanks to our Guest of Honor Emma Newman and her husband Peter who were interesting, funny, charming, and altogether wonderful guests!

The convention had 90 warm bodies on site, making this one of the largest Åcons ever. We hope to see you all at Åcon 10!

And if you feel up to it, please write a con report! We’ll be linking to reports and photo galleries so that others can enjoy them too.

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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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Åcon 9 Q&A

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

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Will there be an Åcon 9?

Yes.

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?

Yes.

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!