I have to start with an apology. Normally we send out a reminder before October 31st to let you know that prices go up after that date, but many of us were at in Denver at MileHiCon last weekend (Hi, if we saw you there!) and it slipped through the cracks.
To make up for it, we have extended the price change deadline by a week. You can now get the lower membership rates through November 7th. Not as spooky, but it is election day, which is kinda scary. You can register here. (If you think you might already be registered, you can check here).
And, since I’m apologizing for things, in the last status report, I forgot to mention our literacy raffle/auction charity for this year–the Pikes Peak Maker Space. Not only do they have some incredible tools, but our Science GoH Steve Leininger is a member of their board. (Donations for the raffle/auction gratefully accepted!)
Here’s a reminder of our full line-up:
- Catherine Asaro – Award-winning author of the Lost Continent series, the Major Bhaajan mysteries and the Skolian Empire series, amongst others. Beyond being an award-winning author, Catherine is a serious over-achiever in other areas. She has a PhD from Harvard in chemical physics (so when she does hard science, she does hard science), and was president of SFWA for two years. And she used to be a professional ballet dancer. And she also sings at clubs and conventions.
- Steve Leininger – Our science GoH is the engineer who created the TRS-80 in 1977! Now “retired” he is an active maker with a long list of interests.
- Jim Humble – Our Artist GoH is known for both the cute and the fierce and scary. His fuzzy kittens are adorable and his Lovecraftian horrors…aren’t. Some of his pieces manage to merge the cute and the scary. Jim seems equally at home creating 2D and 3D pieces, and he has won numerous awards for both sculpture and paintings, nationally and internationally.
- Connie Willis –SFWA Grand Master and friend of the convention. Probably best known for her Oxford time travel books (Doomsday Book, To Say Nothing of the Dog, Blackout/All Clear), she seems to effortlessly switch between the deep and thoughtful (and occasionally gut-wrenching) to laugh-out-loud humor. Which, come to think of it, is also deep and thoughtful. Her new book, The Road to Roswell, is just out. Connie frequently has to point out that this book is Fiction!
- Courtney Willis – Dr. Science! As well as a great science explainer, Courtney has a lot of side interests, including sewing machines, quilting, telescopes and slide rules! It is unclear if he has sufficient space for them all.
Not to mention a whole host of other authors, experts, raconteurs, and otherwise interesting people who will also be there! We are actively working on programming now, and hope to have the schedule up…well…sometime before the convention.
The hotel has extended their $119 price for a suite to the 2024 con (which includes breakfast, complimentary drinks and snacks every night, Wi-Fi and a free Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster for all our two-headed attendees). Click here for details and to register (and please read the extra note—their registration system is somewhat tricksy).
The con depends on room nights in order to get a good deal on event space, so we recommend that you get two or three rooms each. Think how great your 3-room room party will be!
Dribs and Drabs
- Interested in being in the art show? Art Show.
- Like to sign up for a dealer or authors’ row table? Dealers Room.
- Want to volunteer? (Get a reduced-rate membership and our undying gratitude.) Volunteers.
- Have a suggestion for a panel or anything programming-related? Programming.
Looking forward to seeing you soon!
Morland, Arlen, Karen, Eli, Richard
The COSine Con Com