Coming Fall of 2015——Huntsville, Alabama
Welcome to the website for Con†Stellation, an annual general interest Science Fiction & Fantasy convention(←What's That?) in Huntsville Alabama. Con†Stellation (or Con*Stellation) is an annual, fan-run, general-interest science fiction & fantasy convention sponsored by NASFA—the North Alabama Science Fiction Association.
Circumstances beyond our control have caused NASFA to take the unprecedented step of canceling Con†Stellation for 2014. Rest assured the convention will be back in 2015—bright, shiny, and better than ever. We've set up a special e-mail address related to the cancellation (should you need to contact us about it) at <firstname.lastname@example.org>. You can also keep up with what’s happening with Con†Stellation here on our website, or you can follow us on Twitter <@Con_Stellation>.
We will be contacting—via old-school snailmail or hand delivery—everyone who pre-registered for 2014 to ask whether you'd like us to carry your pre-registration forward to Con†Stellation 2015, or would prefer a refund. Letters (which have already gone out) include a pre-paid postcard for you to return with your preference. If we don't hear back from you, we'll default to carrying over your membership to 2015. This is not a deadline—we want to honor everyone's preference—but if we somehow miss contacting you by the end of May 2014, please jog our elbow at the email address above, or via any of the methods below.
Use these methods to contact the convention.
Email (inquiry about 2014 cancellation)
Email (general inquiry)
The immediate precursor to Con†Stellation was ZerCon, a two-day convention in November 1981. While planning and executing ZerCon, we came up with the name "Con†Stellation" (or "Con*Stellation") for a planned ongoing series of three-day-weekend conventions.
The first Con†Stellation was held July 16–18, 1982, under the full name Con†Stellation I: The Pleiades. The time of year varied over the first few conventions, though at least one has been held each year since. After the first few years, the convention made the shift from a spring/summer convention to a fall convention. Each Con†Stellation has been subtitled with an astronomical constellation—usually one of the 88 official modern constellations, though the first one was named after an asterism in Taurus. The convention often uses the constellation as a theme in its advertising and for events at the convention.
Con†Stellation has been held at a number of Huntsville-area hotels over its history. Other than Con†Stellation II.V (2.5), each has been a 3-day (Friday to Sunday) event.
Details of Con†Stellation XXXI: Perseus—held 12-14 October 2012 at the Holiday Inn Express in Huntsville AL—can be found at the link above.
Details of Con†Stellation XXXII: Columba—held 11-13 October 2013 at the Holiday Inn Express in Huntsville AL—can be found at the link above.
Going forward, the plan is to have each year's Con†Stellation in October. Stay tuned to this website for more info on 2015 and forward.
Other Fannish Stuff in Huntsville
The sponsor of Con†Stellation is the North Alabama Science Fiction Association, aka NASFA—a general-interest science fiction & fantasy club headquartered in Huntsville Alabama. Besides planning and running Con†Stellation, NASFA has monthly meetings that bring together sf/f/h/etc. fans from Huntsville, Madison, and other surrounding areas. Each meeting features both a noisy lively business meeting (which often digresses forays into a variety of sf/f/h/etc. topics) and a program. That latter may feature a regional author, cover a science topic of interest, display some off-the-beaten-track videos, or address almost any aspect of science fiction, fantasy, and related genres. There's also a social aspect to the club, with an "After-The-Meeting Meeting" each month and occasional other events. To find out how to join this year-round club, or to get in touch with NASFA about any other matter, please visit the NASFA website.
Links to Other Conventions, etc.
We think Huntsville is a great place to visit and hope you do too. This section is somewhat hastily thrown together, but lists at least some of the many attractions you can visit and events you can go to in and around Huntsville while you're in town.