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Con†Stellation XXXIII: Coma Berenices

16–18 October 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.

Due to circumstances beyond our control, NASFA took the unprecedented step of canceling Con†Stellation for 2014. But the convention is back on track for 2015—bright, shiny, and better than ever. Basic info for 2015 is now available, with more to follow soon. You can keep up with what’s happening with Con†Stellation here on our website, or you can follow us on Twitter <@Con_Stellation>.

Con†Stellation 2015

Con†Stellation XXXIII: Coma Berenices will held at the Four Points by Sheraton Huntsville Airport located onsite at the Huntsville International Airport (HSV) :

Four Points, Huntsville Airport
1000 Glenn Hearn Boulevard SW
Huntsville, AL, 35824

Registration Rates & Info

Adult Membership(←What's That?) rate:

$40 through May 25, 2015 or at any Con†Stellation Room Party
$45 through September 19, 2015
$50 thereafter and at the door

Child and Young Adult Rates:

Rates for children (though age 12) are fixed regardless of when they are purchased.

Ages 0 to 3 (as of October 16, 2015): Free
Ages 4 to 12 (as of October 16, 2015): $25

Children not accompanied by an Adult Member will be charged the Young Adult Membership rate.

Young Adult Memberships (students age 13-21, as of October 16, 2015) are $5 off the corresponding Adult Membership in effect at the time of purchase. We trust you (we really, really do) but we reserve the right to request a Student ID or some other proof of student status.

Guests

We're currently in the process of inviting guests for Con†Stellation XXXIII and will post each as info is available. We only post confirmed guests, so check back often for updates—there are almost always several invitations outstanding.

Hotel

Four Points, Huntsville Airport

After many great years at our former facility, we're moving in 2015 to the Four Points by Sheraton Huntsville Airport. The hotel is located in the Huntsville International Airport, with hotel reception and most of the function space on first and second floors and the sleeping rooms stacked above the airport arrival/departure areas. It is conveniently located immediately off of I-565 in the western part of the Huntsville Metro Area—click here for a Google Map.

The Grille Lounge

Reserve Your Room (Soon!)

Standard rooms (king or double-double) are $92 (+ taxes). Several other types of rooms will be available for an upcharge.

Right now the group registration information is still making its way into the Four Points system. We will post info on how to register on their website or via a toll-free phone number as soon as it is available. Additional hotel info (including parking details) will also be posted as soon as we can.

Art Show & Auction

Con†Stellation's annual Art Show, Print Shop, and Auction brings together science fiction, fantasy, or fandom-related art from both professional and amateur artists. We want you to enjoy just looking at the art, but we're happy to say that all the artwork in the Print Shop and the large majority of that on display in the Art Show will be for sale. Complete info on how to buy or sell art at Con†Stellation (including fees, the shipping address, etc. for the latter) will be posted as details become available.

Dealers Room

Being a Dealer at Con†Stellation XXXIII

The Dealers Table rates for Con†Stellation have not been set yet, but should be soon. Please check back later for an update.


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, 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.

Volunteering

As a fan-run convention, Con†Stellation is run entirely by volunteers and we would like you to join us. We need people with various levels of convention experience, including none. We have to keep a lot of balls in the air to make a convention work; could you lend a hand (or two)? See our email or snailmail addresses below to let us know that you are interested in helping out! If you email, please include Volunteer in your e-mail subject line so that we can direct your request to the right person.

Questions? How to Contact Us

Use these methods to contact the convention for registration or to ask a question. Note that we don't currently offer web-based registration/payment so you'll eventually need to mail us a check.

Snailmail

Con*Stellation XXXIII: Coma Berenices
P.O. Box 4857
Huntsville AL 35815-4857

Email

constell@con-stellation.org
chairs@con-stellation.org for the convention chairs

Phone

Google Voicemail: 256-270-0092

NASFA

The North Alabama Science Fiction Association sponsors Con†Stellation. To find out how to join this year-round club, or to get in touch with NASFA about any other matter, please see the External Links section below.

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Con†Stellation History

Main Article: Con†Stellation History

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.

Con†Stellation 2012

Main Article: Con†Stellation 2012

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.

Con†Stellation 2013

Main Article: Con†Stellation 2013

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.

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Future Conventions

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.

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External Links & Fannish Oddities

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.

Main Article: Con†Stellation—External Links

Fannish Oddities

Fannish Food Pyramid
(click pic for larger version)
T-Shirt Retrospective
For the Con†Stellation T-Shirt Retrospective (of David O. Miller's wonderful art) click here.
Fannish Food Pyramid
Fans have long joked that the 4 Fannish(←What's That?) Food Groups are Sugar, Salt, Fat, and Caffeine—or some variation. Some folks, for instance, add, um, adult beverages to that list. Others insist that chocolate is the perfect food. All of this rattled around in various fannish brains at Con†Stellation and the Fannish Food Pyramid (at right) was born. Early versions of this appeared at various Con†Stellation room parties in 2006. This is in its final form (circa 2006-7). This parody is based on the 1990's vintage USDA Food Guide Pyramid.

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Things To Do in Huntsville

Area Guide

This section is in hiatus; check back later for new info.

Attractions and Events

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.

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