A Brief History of Albacon
This year marks the 14th Albacon, which
has been a fannish tradition of New
York's Capital District since October
1996. The first Albacon saw Nancy Kress,
Jill Bauman, and Shirley Maiewski as our
Guests of Honor, as well as the introduc-
tion of the Ice Cream Social and other
traditional Albacon events. The
Wombat, one of this year's special
guests, was chairman of the convention.
The next year saw the con move from
Albany to Schenectady, where it was held
until 2003. In 2004, it returned to
Over the years, Albacon's guests have
included Melissa Scott, Esther Friesner,
Hal Clement, Vincent DiFate, Glen
Cook, Larry Niven, Tom Kidd, Mike
Resnick, Ann and Todd McCaffrey, and
Peter David, among others.
The Capital District's Premier Convention for Science Fiction, Fantasy,
Gaming, Writing, Paranormal Romance, and More!
October 21--23rd, 2011
Best Western Sovereign Hotel, Albany NY
Writer Guest of Honor: Jackie Kessler -- Author of dark fantasy and the
paranormal, as well as young adult fiction.
Artist Guest of Honor: Stephen Hickman -- Illustrator of science fiction and
fantasy, including over 400 book covers.
Media Guest of Honor: Keith DeCandido -- Author, editor, musician,
podcaster, curator, anthologist, and all-around hoopy frood.
Special Guest: John Hebert -- Comic artist, and ar for the Punisher comic series.
Special Guest: The Wombat (aka jan howard finder) -- Con chair extraordinaire,
most recently this year's Conference on Middle Earth! Fan GoH for ConFrancisco.
And There's More:
Writer's Workshop -- All Friday!
Innana Arthen * Deborah
Art Show -- And bidding!
Blake * Mary Catelli * Debi
Chowdhury * Melissa Cran-
Dealers Room -- Things you'll love!
dall * Susan Hanniford
English High Tea -- With author giveaways!
Crowley * Bianca D'Arc *
Ice Cream Social -- Yum!
A.L. Davroe * Julie
Gaming Room -- Play any time!
Dominian * Ty Drago * Jan
Fantasy Ball -- Dress to impress!
Dumas (aka Fibrowitch) *
Midnight Readings -- Late night tales!
Rebecca Elson * Greg R.
Hall Costume Awards -- With roving judges!
Fishbone * J.A. Fludd *
Nancy Holzner * Cat John-
Register by SEPTEMBER 20th son * KT Pinto * Stella Price
for discounted rates at
* Robert C. Roman * Chuck
ALBACON.ORG, or send payment to: Rothman * Pamela Sargent
* PJ Schnyder * Ryk Spoor *
Albacon Registration, PO Box 2085, Michael A. Ventrella *
Albany NY 12220-0085