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Like many parts of life, science fiction/fantasy conventions develop their own lingo—with regional and local differences. We want to welcome folks who may not quite follow the expressoins so we're trying to explain some of those terms, especially as they relate to Con†Stellation. We intend to add more sections to this page as time goes along.
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==General Interest Convention==
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'''What is a "general interest Science Fiction & Fantasy convention"?'''<br />
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Con†Stellation calls itself a general interest sf/f convention. By that we mean that we celebrate all aspects of science fiction, fantasy, and related genres. While Con†Stellation tends a bit toward the literary side, you'll also find our staff & members playing genre games, watching movies & TV, buying collectables in the dealers room, messing around with fantasy weapons, and doing just about any thing you can think of that relates in any way to the genre. We also don't focus on just one author or on just one specific type of fantasy or on just one series of movies or any other specific interest. There are fine conventions out there that do that quite well (though you may have to travel quite a distance to get to one of the few cons if your focus is narrow enough).
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We want to be straight with you—we're a local fan-run convention so we don't have the resources (space, manpower, money, etc.) to be all things to all people at all times. As an example, back in the day (before a lot of you reading this were even born) our type of convention would be ''the'' place to go to see movies in the Video Room. But then, the DVD wasn't even a gleam in it's daddy's eye and VCRs (plus the tapes to plug into them) were new, expensive, and far from common. Over the years genre TV and movies became much more affordable and ubiquitous. Now it would be wasting the hard-earned membership money you gave us to spend it on a Video Room that very few people took advantage of. Were we a huge con with many thousands of people there would be enough people who wanted to see the latest obscure (fill in the country of your choice) TV show that we could devote a room to show the entire season and fill it up with eager viewers.
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Instead, we focus on not focusing.
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No matter what your interests are you'll almost certainly find other fans—and that term includes all the professionals attending the con—who share one of more of those interests. Being a smaller convention then works to your advantage in that you can actually find those folks then sit and talk to the fans (and pros) about the latest novel from what's-her-face or see if anyone remembers the name of that movie that had who's-it in his first featured role (and someone probably ''will'' know) or break open the shrink wrap on a promising new game and try it out with several folks who'd heard of it and wonder how good it is just as much as you do.

Revision as of 20:13, 5 February 2012

Con†Stellation XXXV: Horologium (The Clock)

13–15 October 2017——Huntsville, Alabama

GoH: Mary Robinette Kowal      Artist GoH: David O. Miller      MC: Toni Weisskopf

Like many parts of life, science fiction/fantasy conventions develop their own lingo—with regional and local differences. We want to welcome folks who may not quite follow the expressoins so we're trying to explain some of those terms, especially as they relate to Con†Stellation. We intend to add more sections to this page as time goes along.

This page is a work in progress.

General Interest Convention

What is a "general interest Science Fiction & Fantasy convention"?
Con†Stellation calls itself a general interest sf/f convention. By that we mean that we celebrate all aspects of science fiction, fantasy, and related genres. While Con†Stellation tends a bit toward the literary side, you'll also find our staff & members playing genre games, watching movies & TV, buying collectables in the dealers room, messing around with fantasy weapons, and doing just about any thing you can think of that relates in any way to the genre. We also don't focus on just one author or on just one specific type of fantasy or on just one series of movies or any other specific interest. There are fine conventions out there that do that quite well (though you may have to travel quite a distance to get to one of the few cons if your focus is narrow enough).

We want to be straight with you—we're a local fan-run convention so we don't have the resources (space, manpower, money, etc.) to be all things to all people at all times. As an example, back in the day (before a lot of you reading this were even born) our type of convention would be the place to go to see movies in the Video Room. But then, the DVD wasn't even a gleam in it's daddy's eye and VCRs (plus the tapes to plug into them) were new, expensive, and far from common. Over the years genre TV and movies became much more affordable and ubiquitous. Now it would be wasting the hard-earned membership money you gave us to spend it on a Video Room that very few people took advantage of. Were we a huge con with many thousands of people there would be enough people who wanted to see the latest obscure (fill in the country of your choice) TV show that we could devote a room to show the entire season and fill it up with eager viewers.

Instead, we focus on not focusing.

No matter what your interests are you'll almost certainly find other fans—and that term includes all the professionals attending the con—who share one of more of those interests. Being a smaller convention then works to your advantage in that you can actually find those folks then sit and talk to the fans (and pros) about the latest novel from what's-her-face or see if anyone remembers the name of that movie that had who's-it in his first featured role (and someone probably will know) or break open the shrink wrap on a promising new game and try it out with several folks who'd heard of it and wonder how good it is just as much as you do.

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