Con†Stellation XXXV: Horologium (The Clock)
13–15 October 2017——Huntsville, Alabama
|GoH: Mary Robinette Kowal||Artist GoH: David O. Miller||MC: Toni Weisskopf|
This article is about the 2012 Con†Stellation. For information about the current convention please see the Main Page. For information on other past Con†Stellations see the Con†Stellation History page.
Con†Stellation XXXI: Perseus was held 12-14 October 2012 at the Holiday Inn Express located near the intersection of University Drive and Jordan Lane:
3808 University Drive
Huntsville, AL, 35816
Adult Membership(←What's That?) rate:
Child and Young Adult Rates:
Rates for children (though age 12) were fixed regardless of when they were purchased.
Children not accompanied by an Adult Member were charged the Young Adult Membership rate.
Young Adult Memberships (students age 13-21, as of October 12, 2012) were
$5 off the corresponding Adult Membership in effect at the time of purchase. Rate Expired
Con†Stellation's guests in 2012 were:
We were back for our eleventh (!) year at the Holiday Inn Express. The hotel is located near the intersection of University Drive and Jordan Lane in Huntsville, at 3808 University Drive, Huntsville, AL, 35816. Click here for a Google map.
Standard rooms (king or double-double) were $84 (+ taxes), suites were $120 (+ taxes), for 1–4 people per night. Folks planning a room party were encouraged write to or email the general convention address for assistance in blocking into the room party area.
Convention T-shirts were $16–$18 (depending on size) and available in sizes S–5XL (by pre-con order) or L–3XL (at the door). In future, shirts may be available by pre-order only.
Con†Stellation's annual Art Show and Auction brings together art from both professional and amateur artists. Art can be anything from a painting, to a pen and ink drawing, to a cartoon, or much more. Crafts are also included and could include a knitted Kobold, crocheted Cthulhu, pottery and glassware, jewelry, even origami! All the artwork you find each year will have some connection to science fiction, fantasy, or fandom(←What's That?) itself.
In 2012 we had almost 20 artists in the show who collectively made just over $3000 in sales. Additionally, there was over $650 in sales of art and other items donated to the 2012 Charity Auction.
The following dealers were at Con†Stellation XXXI.
|Aardvark Tees, Weatherly Hardy||Tee Shirts|
|A. B. Tales, Karen Boyd||Collectables|
|Aegis Steamcraft LLC, Dena & Matt Brown||Steampunk, Pirate, and Sci-fi leather goods and items|
|L.R. Barrett-Durham & E.G. Glover||Stained Glass Artwork, Jewelry, & Books|
|Basement Books, Donna & Paul Rankin||Books|
|Gerald Driggers||Book Promotion|
|Fantastic Vision Design, Keren Matteo||Art|
|Golden Knots, Lauren Damewood||Jewelry|
|Science Fiction Collectables, Laura & Russell Petterson||Collectables|
A nearly final program listing for 2012 is available as a PDF file. For folks curious about what kind of programming we may have in 2013 and forward, this may be a useful guide.
There are a couple of innovations Con†Stellation added in 2012 that we'd still like to bring to your attention:
Perhaps you've been to a KandyKlatsch at a convention before? If not, the short definition is a gathering with a convention guest and a small group of fans, drinking coffee (or tea, or...) and chatting. Well, in 2012 we put our own spin on that by providing candy instead of coffee. (Yes, there was strategy involved—you'd have been ill advised to put a piece of toffee in your mouth just before you wanted to ask a question.) The bacon candy was a big hit with many KandyKlatch attendees.
Con†Stellation had a "traditional" Masquerade on Saturday evening for most of its existence, but it became harder for anything other than really large cons to effectively stage one. So, we were faced with the question "What to do to honor the tradition of costuming at sf/f conventions?" while facing the difficult decision to abandon a formal Masquerade.
The answer was a Hall Costume Contest… but one with a twist that benefited our 2012 charity. What we asked people to do was:
The final 2012 gaming schedule is available for review at this link as a PDF file. Yeah, there were changes at the con, but then that's always true. Every year will be different, but this may give you some hint of what could be in store for 2013 and beyond.
We featured a night of console gaming Saturday evening. It started right after the Art Auction and ran late into the night.
One special gaming item was the Iron Fan contest in which you could prove your mettle. Each contestant was given a series of fannish(←What's That?) tasks to accomplish over the course of the convention.
Killer Cutthroat Spades is a variant on no-partner spades with severe penalties for sandbagging, thus putting extra emphasis on both accurate bidding and sharp gameplay. Con†Stellation holds an annual tournament and 2012 was no exception. What did the winner get? Mostly bragging rights—no small thing in this neck of the woods!
Never played Killer Cutthroat Spades before? No problem, we'll help. (Seriously, we actually did help; we love introducing the game to new folks. Some experience playing spades, bridge, or some other bid-and-trick based game is helpful, but not necessary. We can pretty much always round up enough players to teach new players at a non-tournament game before they go swimming with the sharks.)
We always have a good selection of gaming events with both preplanned and open tables. In 2012 you could BYOG (Bring Your Own Game) or take out something from Craig's Closet, there was always a good game to be found.
Con†Stellation is happy that we chose local hands-on science learning center Sci-Quest as our charity for 2012. Sci-Quest is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving the Tennessee Valley (North Alabama and Southern Tennessee). Their mission is "to motivate visitors to discover and explore the wonders of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and to correlate their interest to the existing career fields throughout Huntsville and the Tennessee Valley" and they do lots of school outreach, covering a 23-county area.
In total, Con†Stellation raised over $1000 for Sci-Quest.
One of the paths of fundraising was a Charity raffle. We were pleased to offer a special prize available in support of Sci-Quest—a "Tuckerization"(←What's That?) (aka Redshirt) from Eric Flint. Raffle tickets were for sale at the convention. (Some tickets were also distributed for donations to the Con Suite.)
Our Convention Hospitality Suite (Con Suite(←What's That?) in the usual parlance) is one of the highlights of Con†Stellation. You'll certainly find the usual Con Suite munchies and soft drinks every year, but you'll also find more hearty fare at numerous times all through the con. Just ask anyone who's been to one of our conventions and you'll likely hear high praise for our mistress of victuals both in 2012 and years past.
In 2012 we provided another way to earn chances at the Eric Flint Tuckerization? The Con Suite is always grateful for donations, and in 2012 we rewarded you! For every family size donation made, we gave out a raffle ticket. Family size is enough entrée to feed at least 6-8 people (e.g., tub of spaghetti, large bowl of salad, pan of lasagna) or a full sized dessert (e.g., 24 or more cookies, pan of brownies, cheesecake). As with many good things, there was a catch—donees were required to coordinate with the Con Suite at least 5 days prior to the con so we could plan accordingly.
The final version of the 2012 Con†Stellation flyer (version 1.5c) is still available by clicking here. Remember this is not for the current Con†Stellation; please see the Main Page for the current year.
Please see the Main Page for ways to get in touch with the current Con†Stellation.