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Welcome to the website for Con†Stellation, an annual general interest Science Fiction & Fantasy convention{{whatis|General Interest Convention}} in Huntsville Alabama. Con†Stellation (or Con*Stellation) is an annual, fan-run, general-interest science fiction & fantasy convention sponsored by [http://www.con-stellation.org/nasfa/index.html NASFA]—the North Alabama Science Fiction Association.
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Welcome to the website for Con†Stellation, an annual general interest Science Fiction & Fantasy convention{{whatis|General Interest Convention}} in Huntsville Alabama. Con†Stellation (or Con*Stellation) is an annual, fan-run, general-interest science fiction & fantasy convention sponsored by [http://www.con-stellation.org/nasfa/index.html NASFA]—the North Alabama Science Fiction Association. The next con—Con†Stellation XXXV: Horologium—will be 13–15 October 2017.
  
<span style="color:#FF0000">After having to cancel Con†Stellation for 2014, the convention '''''is''''' back on track for 2015—'''bright''', ''shiny'', and '''''better than ever'''''.</span> We're beginning to fill in the info for 2015, changes will be posted as they are confirmed. You can keep up with what’s happening with Con†Stellation here on our website, or you can follow us on Twitter <[https://twitter.com/Con_Stellation @Con_Stellation]>.
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This site will always be a work in progress and will be updated as details of the 2017 convention are firmed up (so please come back often!). If you can't readily find the info you need, please see our [[#Questions.3F_How_to_Contact_Us|Contact Info]] below to get in touch. You can also follow us on Twitter [https://twitter.com/Con_Stellation @Con_Stellation].
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'''NOTE:''' Please check out our new [[Con†Stellation_Accessibility_Policy|Accessibility]] page.
  
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==Con†Stellation 2015==
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==Con†Stellation 2017==
  
Con†Stellation XXXIII: Coma Berenices will held at the '''Four Points by Sheraton Huntsville Airport''' located onsite at the Huntsville International Airport (HSV) :<br/>
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Con†Stellation XXXV: Horologium (The Clock) will held at 13–15 October 2017 at the '''Four Points by Sheraton Huntsville Airport''' located onsite at the Huntsville International Airport (HSV) :<br/>
 
:Four Points, Huntsville Airport
 
:Four Points, Huntsville Airport
 
:1000 Glenn Hearn Boulevard SW<br />
 
:1000 Glenn Hearn Boulevard SW<br />
 
:Huntsville, AL, 35824<br />
 
:Huntsville, AL, 35824<br />
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For free parking, please remember to park in Hotel Parking ('''not''' regular airport parking). There are signs to follow when arriving at the airport. Bring the ticket you get when entering this lot to the hotel desk and show your convention badge to get validated for free parking. For further parking info, see the [[Con†Stellation_Accessibility_Policy#Arrival.2FTransportation.2FParking|Accessibility]] page.
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===Why Horologium?===
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Each year, Con†Stellation chooses an astronomical constellation as a subtitle to be used for just that year.
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:'''From our co-con chairs:'''
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:"Why did we pick [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horologium_(constellation) Horologium?] Because it was perfect. One of the first things we did as the con chairs for 2017 was to evaluate the future of Con†Stellation, and we came to the conclusion that it was time to say goodbye. We brought the suggestion to the club and they agreed. Now the pressure was on to pick the best constellation and we found Horologium, the clock. What better constellation to choose than one that is counting down with us to the last Con†Stellation. <span style="color:#FF0000">So even though there is a lot of sadness to this being the last Con†Stellation, there is also a sense of excitement and celebration, and we hope that when the 'time' comes, we will see you there to help us celebrate and go out with a bang.</span>"
  
 
===Registration Rates & Info===
 
===Registration Rates & Info===
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See the [[#Questions? How to Contact Us|convention contact info below]] for a postal address to mail your registration. You can also [mailto:registration@con-stellation.org?subject=Contact%20from%20the%20website email registration@con-stellation.org] if you need more info.
  
 
'''Adult Membership{{whatis|Membership}} rate:'''<br />
 
'''Adult Membership{{whatis|Membership}} rate:'''<br />
: $40 through May 25, 2015 ''or'' at any Con†Stellation Room Party<br />
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: <del>$50 through September 17, 2017</del> <span style="color:#FF0000">'''''RATE EXPIRED'''''</span><br />
: $45 through September 19, 2015<br />
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: $55 from September 18, 2017 through October 9, 2017<br />
: $50 thereafter and at the door
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:: Preregistration closes 11:59P October 9, 2017 (Central Time)<br />
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: $60 At the Door
  
 
'''Child and Young Adult Rates:'''
 
'''Child and Young Adult Rates:'''
 
 
Rates for '''children''' (though age 12) are fixed regardless of when they are purchased.<br />
 
Rates for '''children''' (though age 12) are fixed regardless of when they are purchased.<br />
: Ages 0 to 3 (as of October 16, 2015): Free<br />
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: Ages 0 to 3 (as of October 13, 2017): Free<br />
: Ages 4 to 12 (as of October 16, 2015): $25<br />
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: Ages 4 to 12 (as of October 13, 2017): $25<br />
 
Children not accompanied by an Adult Member will be charged the Young Adult Membership rate.
 
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.
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'''Young Adult''' (Student) Memberships (''students'' age 13-21, as of October 13, 2017) 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.
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'''For our policy regarding memberships for caretakers''', please see the [[Con†Stellation_Accessibility_Policy#Convention|Accessibility]] page.
 
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====Sending in Your Registration====
 
====Sending in Your Registration====
 
Please see the main [[Con†Stellation Registration]] page for a PDF Registration Form.
 
Please see the main [[Con†Stellation Registration]] page for a PDF Registration Form.
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===Registration Payment===
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:'''To pay online (PayPal)''' [http://con-stellation.org/constell/registration-paypal-2017.html please click here] (opens on a separate page or tab). Note that you do '''not''' have to PayPal account to use that service.
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:'''To pay by postal mail''' send your info (name(s), address, email address, ages (for YA & child rates)) along with your payment (check) to the convention PO Box. See the [[#Questions? How to Contact Us|convention contact info below]] for the address.
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====<span style="color:#FF0000">''Prereg Perks''</span>====
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*Preregister now to save money over the At-the-Door rates
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*Automatic entry for Door Prizes
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**The drawing is exclusively for Preregistered Members
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**The drawing is expected to be at Opening Ceremonies, but you do '''not''' have to be present to win
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*'''Guaranteed''' copy of the special Con†Stellation Souvenir Memory Book
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**The Souvenir Memory Book will cover the entire history of all Con†Stellations, from first (The Pleiades) to last (Horologium)
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**Printing of the Souvenir Memory Book is courtesy of [http://www.baen.com Baen Books]
 
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===Guests===
 
===Guests===
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[[File:Astrological_Clock.jpg|right|thumb|360px|<div align="center">photo by Fabrizio Verrecchia via Unsplash.com</div>]]
 
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{{Main|Con†Stellation Guests}}<br />
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:We only post ''confirmed'' guests, so check back often for updates—there are almost always several invitations outstanding.
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.
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====<span style="color:#009999"><font size="3">Guests of Honor for 2017</font></span>====
 
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:'''Guest of Honor: [http://www.hatrack.com Orson Scott Card]'''
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:'''Guest of Honor: [[Con†Stellation_Guests#Guest_of_Honor|Mary Robinette Kowal]]'''
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:'''Artist Guest of Honor: [[Con†Stellation_Guests#Artist_Guest_of_Honor|David O. Miller]]'''
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:'''Mistress of Ceremonies: [[Con†Stellation_Guests#Mistress_of_Ceremonies|Toni Weisskopf]]'''
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====<span style="color:#009999"><font size="3">Returning Prior Guests of Honor</font></span>====
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Dates listed with each returning prior GoH are for each prior year when they were a Guest of Honor, MC, or Special Guest. Several of them also attended the convention and participated in programming for multiple other years.
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|'''[[Con†Stellation_Guests#Orson_Scott_Card|Orson Scott Card]]''' <small>(GoH 1986 & 2015)</small><br />'''[[Con†Stellation_Guests#Randy_B._Cleary|Randy B. Cleary]]''' <small>(AGoH 1997)</small><br />'''[[Con†Stellation_Guests#David_Drake|David Drake]]''' <small>(GoH 2006)</small><br />'''[[Con†Stellation_Guests#Les_Johnson|Les Johnson]]''' <small>(MC 1997)</small><br />'''[[Con†Stellation_Guests#Theresa_Mather|Theresa Mather]]''' <small>(AGoH 2006)</small><br />'''[[Con†Stellation_Guests#Mark_Maxwell|Mark Maxwell]]''' <small>(AGoH 1984)</small><br />'''[[Con†Stellation_Guests#David_O._Miller|David O. Miller]]''' <small>(AGoH 1993, FGoH 1998)</small><br />'''[[Con†Stellation_Guests#Stephanie_Osborn|Stephanie Osborn]]''' <small>(MC 2011–2013, Sci. Guest 2016)</small><br />'''[[Con†Stellation_Guests#Stanley_Schmidt|Stanley Schmidt]]''' <small>(GoH 1996)</small><br />'''[[Con†Stellation_Guests#Travis_S._Taylor|Travis S. Taylor<span style="color:#FF0000">**</span>]]''' <small>(MC 2007)</small><br />'''[[Con†Stellation_Guests#Kevin_Ward|Kevin Ward]]''' <small>(AGoH 1983)</small><br />'''[[Con†Stellation_Guests#Toni_Weisskopf|Toni Weisskopf]]''' <small>(MC 1991, FGoH 2012)</small><br /><span style="color:#FF0000">**</span><small><small>''Professional obligations prevent Dr. Taylor appearing in''</small></small><br /><small><small>''person; we are trying to arrange Skype telepresence''</small></small>
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|'''"Uncle Timmy" Bolgeo''' <small>(FGoH 1984)</small><br />'''Maurine Dorris''' <small>(FGoH 1984)</small><br />'''Anita Feller''' <small>(FGoH 1999)</small><br />'''Tom Feller''' <small>(FGoH 1999)</small><br />'''Steve Francis''' <small>(FGoH 2001)</small><br />'''Sue Francis''' <small>(FGoH 2001)</small><br />'''Marcia McCoy Illingworth''' <small>(FGoH 1993)</small><br />'''Grant Kruger''' <small>(FGoH 2004)</small><br />'''Darrell "Doc" Osborn''' <small>(FGoH 2013)</small><br />'''Mark Paulk''' <small>(FGoH 1989)</small><br />'''Gary Shelton''' <small>(FGoH 2009)</small><br />'''Sue Thorn''' <small>(FGoH 1994)</small><br />'''Julie Wall''' <small>(FGoH 2000, 2012)</small><br />'''Adrian Washburn''' <small>(FGoH 1995)</small><br />'''Linda Zielke''' <small>(FGoH 2012)</small>
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|'''[[Con†Stellation_Guests#Michael_J._Allen|Michael J. Allen]]'''<br />'''[[Con†Stellation_Guests#Jim_Beall| Jim Beall]]'''<br /><del>'''Julie Cochrane'''</del> <span style="color:#FF0000">''Canceled''</span><br />'''[[Con†Stellation_Guests#Rich_Groller|Rich Groller]]'''
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|'''[[Con†Stellation_Guests#Louise_Herring-Jones|Louise Herring-Jones]]'''&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br />'''[[Con†Stellation_Guests#Taylor_S_Hoch|Taylor S Hoch]]'''<br />'''[[Con†Stellation_Guests#Rob_Howell| Rob Howell]]'''<br />'''[[Con†Stellation_Guests#Aaron_Johnston|Aaron Johnston]]'''
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|'''[[Con†Stellation_Guests#Bryan_Jones|Bryan Jones]]'''<br />'''[[Con†Stellation_Guests#Darrell_"Doc"_Osborn|Darrell "Doc" Osborn]]'''<br />'''[[Con†Stellation_Guests#Dan_Thompson|Dan Thompson]]'''<br />'''[[Con†Stellation_Guests#Wes_Yahola|Wes Yahola]]'''
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===Hotel===
 
===Hotel===
 
[[File:FourPointsExterior.jpg|right|thumb|180px|<div align="center">Four Points, Huntsville Airport</div>]]
 
[[File:FourPointsExterior.jpg|right|thumb|180px|<div align="center">Four Points, Huntsville Airport</div>]]
After many great years at our former facility, we're moving in 2015 to the [http://www.starwoodhotels.com/fourpoints/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=879&language=en_US 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 [https://www.google.com/maps/place/Four+Points+By+Sheraton+Huntsville+Airport/@34.6493829,-86.7757226,14z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x8862652eabba60f3:0xbe6e8a559ff23243 here for a Google Map].
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We are returning in 2017 to the [http://www.starwoodhotels.com/fourpoints/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=879&language=en_US Four Points by Sheraton Huntsville Airport]—a Starwood hotel. The hotel is located ''in'' the Huntsville International Airport, with hotel reception and most of the function space on the 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 [https://www.google.com/maps/place/Four+Points+By+Sheraton+Huntsville+Airport/@34.6493829,-86.7757226,14z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x8862652eabba60f3:0xbe6e8a559ff23243 here for a Google Map]. For info regarding accessibility features of the Four Points, please see our [[Con†Stellation_Accessibility_Policy#Hotel|Accessibility]] page.
 
[[File:FourPointsBar.jpg|left|thumb|180px|<div align="center">The Grille Lounge</div>]]
 
[[File:FourPointsBar.jpg|left|thumb|180px|<div align="center">The Grille Lounge</div>]]
====Reserve Your Room (Soon!)====
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====Reserve Your Room (Now!)====
Standard rooms (king or double-double) are $92 (+taxes).<!--for 1–4 people per night.--> A limited number of Jacuzzi and Corner King rooms will be available for an upcharge of $20 (+taxes) per night.
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Standard rooms (king or double-double) are $92 (+taxes). A limited number of Jacuzzi and Corner King rooms may be available for a nightly upcharge.
 
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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.
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* '''You can make your hotel reservation online''' starting at [https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/events/start.action?id=1702161758&key=F5DC10F this Starwood website]
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* '''Or you can call the hotel directly''' at 256-772-9661 to make a reservation
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The [https://www.starwoodhotels.com/fourpoints/property/overview/index.html?language=en_US&propertyID=879 hotel website] is also a good place to learn about the hotel, get driving directions, etc.
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[[File:FourPointsRestaurant.jpg|right|thumb|180px|<div align="center">Hotel Restaurant</div>]]
 
====Parking====
 
====Parking====
Parking '''''in the hotel parking lot''''' is free for all convention members—just bring your parking ticket and convention badge to the hotel desk to get the ticket validated. '''Please''' be careful ''not'' to park in airport parking (short term or long term). The entrances for the various parking lots are close together so watch the signs carefully. The hotel is still looking into what to do if the hotel lot is full.
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Parking '''''in the hotel parking lot''''' is free for all convention members—just bring your parking ticket and convention badge to the hotel desk to get the ticket validated. If you want free parking, '''please''' be careful ''not'' to park in airport parking (short term or long term). The entrances for the various parking lots are close together so watch the signs carefully. For further parking info, see the [[Con†Stellation_Accessibility_Policy#Arrival.2FTransportation.2FParking|Accessibility]] page.
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Hotel-provided info on parking can be found in [https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/events/eventPDFDocument!getPDFDocumentExecute.action?position=1 this PDF]. <span style="color:#FF0000">('''OOPS''', broken link. We will try to get this fixed by the hotel, but since it's very close to the con that may not happen in time.)</span>
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The hotel has a full-service restaurant ([http://www.starwoodhotels.com/fourpoints/property/dining/index.html?propertyID=879 The Grille]) open 6A–10:30P (M–F); 6:30A–10P (S–S). Additional dining (and shopping) options are covered in the [[#Area_Guide_.28updated_for_2017.29|Area Guide below]].
 
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====Room Parties====
 
====Room Parties====
 
If you're planning a room party please write to or [mailto:constell@con-stellation.org?subject=Attention%20Con*Stellation%20Room%20Party%20Coordination email] the general convention address so we can assist in blocking you into the room party area. Mark your request Attention Room Party Coordination. The closer to the convention dates we get the more we love email.
 
If you're planning a room party please write to or [mailto:constell@con-stellation.org?subject=Attention%20Con*Stellation%20Room%20Party%20Coordination email] the general convention address so we can assist in blocking you into the room party area. Mark your request Attention Room Party Coordination. The closer to the convention dates we get the more we love email.
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===Con†Stellation T-Shirts & Polos <br />You can still order (shipping applies)===
===Get Your Con†Stellation T-Shirts===
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[[File:ConStellation35_Horologium_DRAFT.jpg|right|thumb|180px|<div align="center">T-Shirt Art by David O. Miller<br />DRAFT, but likely close to final<br />Click art for larger version</div>]]
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<span style="color:#FF0000">'''PREORDERS (for pickup at the convention) are CLOSED'''</span><br />
{{Main|Con†Stellation T-Shirts}}
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<span style="color:#FF0000">You can still order online, but shipping '''''($6/shirt)''''' will apply</span><br />
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<span style="color:#FF0000">You can also order at the convention—and pay shipping,<br />or make arrangements for pickup in Huntsville post-con</span><br />
  
:Please note that '''''we will be offering Con†Stellation XXXII: Columba T-Shirts <span style="color:#FF0000">by pre-order only<span>'''''. Basic size/style/color/price info is shown below. See the [[Con†Stellation_T-Shirts|T-Shirts page]] for more info or [mailto:tsm@con-stellation.org?subject=Con*Stellation%20XXXII%20T-Shirt%20Pre-Order%20or%20Inquiry email Anita]. The pre-order deadline is '''''11 September 2013'''''. Payment can be made in advance or at the convention.
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<span style="color:#FF00FF">'''''See [http://con-stellation.org/constell/tshirt-paypal-2017.html the T-Shirt/Polo Order Page] to order & pay for shirts and shipping.'''''</span> Cost, color, style, and size info is shown below (and on the order page). We use PayPal for online purchases, but you do '''not''' have to have a PayPal account to use that service.
  
''Pre-Order Styles & Sizes Available'':<br />
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The art (see draft at right) is once again by by David O. Miller, who has done the art for most of our T-Shirts over the decades. You can see other examples of his work for us on the [[Con†Stellation_T-Shirts#T-Shirt_Retrospective|T-Shirt Retrospective page.]]
:Unisex tees in sizes S-5XL <small><span style="color:#00AA00">Basic crew neck tee&mdash;50/50 cotton/polyester.</span></small>
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:Ladies tees in sizes S-3XL <small><span style="color:#00AA00">Slightly scooped neck, shorter sleeves and tail, and a more tailored fit&mdash;100% cotton.</span></small>
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'''2017 T-shirt/Polo sales will be by:'''
''Pre-Order Colors Available'':<br />
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:<del>Pre-orders to be paid pre-con and picked up at the con</del> <span style="color:#FF0000">Preorders for pickup at the con EXPIRED</span>
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:Pre-orders to be shipped to you (post con) at your expense ($6/shirt)
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:Orders at the convention to be shipped to you (post con) at your expense ($6/shirt, or see next paragraph)
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<span style="color:#FF0000">The deadline for pre-convention orders to be picked up at the convention—17 September 2017—has expired.</span> Orders after that date will still be accepted (up to and including at the convention) but will require shipping (at your expense)—or you may be able to arrange pickup in Huntsville.
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''T-Shirt Details'':<br />
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:''Other colors'' can be ordered on request; [mailto:tsm@con-stellation.org?subject=Con*Stellation%20XXXII%20T-Shirt%20Special%20Color%20Inquiry email Anita] to inquire about availability. Keep in mind that this a white screen on a colored shirt, so a very light shirt color will not show the screen well.
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''Pre-Order Prices'':<br />
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''Polo Shirt Details'':<br />
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<span style="color:#FF00FF">'''''Orders for Con†Stellation XXXIV T-Shirts and Polos are now closed.'''''</span>
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:If you did preorder and did not pick up your shirt(s) at the convention, you will need to make arrangements to '''pick up locally (Huntsville AL)''' or have your shirt(s) '''shipped at the purchaser's expense ($6/shirt)'''.
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''Styles & Sizes Available'':<br />
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:Unisex tees in sizes S-5XL <small><span style="color:#00AA00">Basic crew neck tee&mdash;see colors below.</span></small>
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:Polos in sizes S-5XL <small><span style="color:#00AA00">Graphic on front ''or'' back&mdash;dark blue only.</span></small>
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''T-Shirt Details'':<br />
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:Cost: $15 for S-5XL
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|Black||Galapagos Blue<br />(teal)||Royal Blue||Cardinal Red
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''Polo Shirt Details'':<br />
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:Cost: $25 for S-5XL
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:Color: Dark Blue only
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:Graphic can be on the front or back of the shirt
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===Art Show & Auction===
 
===Art Show & Auction===
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[[File:Watch_Faces.jpg|right|thumb|300px|<div align="center">photo by Heather Zabriskie via Unsplash.com</div>]]
 
{{Main|Con†Stellation Art Show}}
 
{{Main|Con†Stellation Art Show}}
: Select the above Main Article for information on the Art Show, Print Shop, and Auction&mdash;including paperwork for selling art.
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: Select the above Main Article for full information on the Art Show, Print Shop, and Auction—including information about selling your art at the convention.
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====Buying and Selling Art====
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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.
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Please click through for complete info on how to:
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*[[Con†Stellation_Art_Show#Buying_Art|Buy art at Con†Stellation]] or
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*[[Con†Stellation_Art_Show#Selling_Art|Sell art at Con†Stellation]] (including fees, shipping address, etc.).
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====Art Show Contact Info====
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Please contact Art Show head Randy Cleary at [mailto:art.show@con-stellation.org art.show@con-stellation.org] for info (fees, shipping address, etc.) on selling your art at Con†Stellation. A mailing address will be provided here once it is confirmed, so check back later.
 
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[[File:ComaBerenices1.jpg|thumb|180px|right|<div align="center"></div>]]
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The contact info for our Art Show director is:<br />
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.
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:Con†Stellation Art Show<br />
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:c/o Randy B. Cleary<br />
[[Con†Stellation_Art_Show#Buying_Art|buy]] or [[Con†Stellation_Art_Show#Selling_Art|sell]] art at Con†Stellation (including fees, the shipping address, etc. for the latter) click through to the [[Con†Stellation_Art_Show|Art Show]] page.-->
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:8000 Madison Blvd., Ste. D102 PMB 173<br />
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:Madison AL 35758-2003<br />
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::or by email to:<br />
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:[mailto:art.show@con-stellation.org?subject=Con*Stellation%20inquiry%20for%20the%20Art%20Show%20from%20the%20website%20link art.show@con-stellation.org]
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===Dealers Room===
 
===Dealers Room===
====Being a Dealer at Con†Stellation XXXIII====
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====Author Table====
The Dealers Table rates for Con†Stellation have not been set yet, but should be soon. Please check back later for an update.
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Most of the authors attending Con†Stellation XXXV will be selling their own books at an Author Table. Individual authors will rotate use of the table as their schedule permits, so you'll want to check by often to see who is there and selling.
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The first table ($80) includes one convention membership. Additional tables ($50) do not include additional memberships. All dealers and helpers must be members of the convention. All tables are 6&prime;x30&Prime;. We do not hold tables without payment, though we do reserve the right to curate the room in order to make a wide variety of merchandise available for sale to all convention members. Send payment (check) [[#Questions? How to Contact Us|to the postal address below]]. Please mark the envelope '''ATTN: Dealers Room'''. Please include any special requests, including if you need access to an electrical outlet.
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If you have questions (or want to let us know ''the check is in the mail'' ;-) you can email us at [mailto:dealers@con-stellation.org?subject=Con*Stellation%20Dealers%20Room%20inquiry%20from%20the%20website%20link dealers@con-stellation.org] or contact us [[#Questions? How to Contact Us|via any of the other methods below]].
 
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====List of Dealers====
 
====List of Dealers====
As of 21 August 2012 the following dealers will be at Con†Stellation XXXII.
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:<span style="color:#FF0000">'''NOTE:''' The Dealers Room at Con†Stellation XXXV is currently full, with a short standby list in case of cancellations. It is unlikely any more dealers could be accommodated, but we may be able to add you to the standby list—see the [[Con†Stellation_Main_Page#Questions.3F_How_to_Contact_Us|Contacts section of this page, below]]—if you're interested.</span>
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As of 18 February 2017 the following dealers will be at Con†Stellation XXXV.
 
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{|class="wikitable"
|Aardvark Tees, Weatherly Hardy||Tee Shirts
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|Barnes & Noble||New books||[https://stores.barnesandnoble.com/store/2287 B&N at Bridge Street]
 
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|A. B. Tales, Karen Boyd||Collectables
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|Karen Boyd, A.B. Tales||Collectibles||[https://www.facebook.com/A-B-Tales-113533352012868/ A.B. Tales on Facebook]
 
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|Aegis Steamcraft LLC, Dena & Matt Brown||Steampunk, Pirate, and Sci-fi leather goods and items
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|Marcia Illingworth, Magpie Curios||Jewelry & collectibles||
 
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|L.R. Barrett-Durham & E.G. Glover||Stained Glass Artwork, Jewelry, & Books
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|Laura & Russell Peterson, Sci-Fi Collectables||What it says in the name||[http://sci-fi-col.com Sci-Fi Collectables website]
 
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|Basement Books, Donna & Paul Rankin||Books
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|David Willoughby||Used/collectible books||
 
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|Gerald Driggers||Book Promotion
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|Natalie Young||Custom glasswork||[https://www.facebook.com/Natalie-Young-fused-glass-artist-133899206630377/ Facebook page]
|-
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|Fantastic Vision Design, Keren Matteo||Art
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|Golden Knots, Lauren Damewood||Jewelry
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|Mark Gunn||Music
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|Science Fiction Collectables, Laura & Russell Petterson||Collectables
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|}
 
|}
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Also, you may want to check out [http://www.rockfeatherscissors.com Theresa Mather's] table in the Art Show.
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====Being a Dealer at Con†Stellation XXXIV====
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<span style="color:#FF0000">The Dealers Room at Con†Stellation XXXIV is currently full. We may be able to put you on a standby list in case of cancellations.</span>
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The first table ($80) includes one convention membership. A second table ($50) does not include additional memberships. All dealers and helpers must be members of the convention. If you need more than two table, please contact the convention.
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All tables are 6&prime;x30&Prime;. We do not hold tables without payment, though we do reserve the right to curate the room in order to make a wide variety of merchandise available for sale to all convention members. Send payment (check) to the convention address below. Please mark the envelope '''ATTN: Dealers Room'''. Please include any special requests, including if you need access to an electrical outlet.
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If you have questions (or want to let us know ''the check is in the mail'' ;-) you can email us at [mailto:dealers@con-stellation.org?subject=Con*Stellation%20Dealers%20Room%20inquiry%20from%20the%20website%20link dealers@con-stellation.org] or contact us [[#Questions? How to Contact Us|via any of the other methods below]].
 
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===Programming===
 
===Programming===
{{Main|Con†Stellation 2013 Programming Schedule}}
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{{Main|Con†Stellation 2017 Programming Schedule}}
:Most recent update Saturday evening, October 5, 2013.
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Planning for 2017 programming is well along and we are now able to post a [[Con†Stellation_2017_Programming_Schedule|draft schedule]] (yay!). Changes are bound to happen, so check back from time to time. The final schedule will be available in print at the convention.
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<!--:Most recent update <span style="color:#FF0000">'''9 October 2016'''</span>.-->
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A revised draft Programming for Con†Stellation XXXIV is now available at [http://con-stellation.org/constell/con34_draft_schedule_for_web_rev1.pdf this link (PDF file)]. This version should be very close to the final schedule. The final schedule will be available in print at the convention.
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====''Teleios'' Movie Premiere====
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[[File:Teleios_GC_Humans_Formation.JPG|thumb|300px|right|<div align="center">Click the pic for a larger version</div>]]
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Con†Stellation XXXV will be the site of the Alabama Premiere for the indie sf film ''Teleios''. You can see the trailer at [https://vimeo.com/162195948 https://vimeo.com/162195948] or check out their website at [https://www.thousandmilemedia.com/teleios https://www.thousandmilemedia.com/teleios].
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<blockquote style="background-color: lightgrey; border: solid thin grey;">
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A deep space mining vessel has been adrift for two years. It is suspected the crew brutally killed each other, but the reason for the bloodbath is unknown. A rescue crew is sent to find if there are any survivors, what happened, and why.
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</blockquote>
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''Teleios'' has won 15 awards with an additional 8 nominations at film festivals both in the US and abroad. Lead actress [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1007554/ Sunny Mabrey] (center, at right) is from Rainbow City AL. She won Best Actress at the International Independent Film Awards for her role in ''Teleios''. She had recurring roles on ABC's ''Once Upon a Time'' (2011), CBS's ''Reckless'' (2014), Lifetime's ''The Client List'' (2012), AMC's ''Mad Men'' (2007), TNT's ''Memphis Beat'' (2010), and CMT's ''Still the King'' (2016). She has starred in many studio and independent films, including playing opposite Samuel L. Jackson in the feature film, ''xXx: State of the Union'' (2005) and again in the cult comedy-thriller, ''Snakes on a Plane'' (2006). Her independent film, ''One Last Thing…'' (2005) premiered at the Toronto Film Festival.
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====''Extinct'' Premiere Episode====
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[[File:Extinct.key.art.horizontal.jpg|thumb|300px|right|<div align="center">Click the pic for a larger version</div>]]
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Con†Stellation XXXV also has the first episode of the brand new post-apocalyptic science fiction television series [https://extinct.tv ''Extinct'']—created by [[Con†Stellation_Guests#Orson_Scott_Card|Orson Scott Card]] and [[Con†Stellation_Guests#Aaron_Johnston|Aaron Johnston]].
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<blockquote style="background-color: lightgrey; border: solid thin grey;">
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The 10-episode, action-packed sci-fi series takes place 400 years after the extinction of the human race and follows a small group of humans who are revived by an alien civilization. The aliens claim they want to restore the human species, but the reborn humans uncover new dangers, hidden agendas, and powerful secrets that challenge that claim and threaten to annihilate the human race all over again.
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</blockquote>
  
The first cut at the full programming schedule for 2013 is now available—see the [[Con†Stellation_2013_Programming_Schedule|"Main Article" link above]]. Check out the subheadings below for descriptions of some programming items.
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====Name That Title—Emoji Edition====
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Do you have what it takes—a knowledge of classic genre book/movie/etc. titles and at least a little ability to translate emojis to English—to win this Game Show? Then join in as a contestant—or just hang out and watch, ready to chime in when the contestants fail and the host throws the question open to the audience. Full Disclosure: in some cases "classic" is just a ''bit'' of a stretch. 😜
  
====KandyKlasches====
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==== KandyKlatsches====
Perhaps you've been to a KaffeeKlatsch 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. In 2012 we put out our own spin on that; providing candy instead of coffee. Success! (Yes, there is strategy involved—you might be ill advised to put a piece of toffee in your mouth just before you want to ask a question.) So we're bringing back KandyKlasches at Con†Stellation XXXII.
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We're happy to say that KandyKlatsches will be back in 2017—Con†Stellation's version of small-group meetings with some of our guests. Perhaps you've been to a KaffeeKlatsch 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. Starting in 2012 we put out our own spin on that; providing candy instead of coffee. Success! (Yes, there is strategy involved—you might be ill advised to put a piece of toffee in your mouth just before you want to ask a question.)
  
You will have to sign up ''at the convention'' for these Saturday events. There will be a limit on how many KandyKlatsch each convention member can sign up for, and a limit of eight people in each KandyKlatsch. Details of signup (including times available) will be available at the convention. Signup will be at convention registration during special hours to be posted at the con.
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You will have to sign up ''at the convention'' for these events. There may be a limit on how many KandyKlatsches each convention member can sign up for, and there ''will be'' a limit on the number of people in each KandyKlatsch. Details of signup (including times available) will be available at the convention. Signup will be at convention registration during special hours to be posted at the con.
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====And Cake Too!====
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The Huntsville Area Science Fiction Writers Group and Cake Appreciation Society will also be back at Co†Stellation XXXV with their ("Patent Pending" 😀) mixture of readings and cake. Satisfy both your hunger for good fiction and your sweet tooth at the same time.
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====NaNoWriMo====
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A special event will be held Sunday for National Novel Writing Month. Note that space will be limited.
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:"Join National Novel Writing Month municipal liaisons for Alabama-North for a fun plot party for your November writing frenzy. Bring your laptop, tablets, or other writing accessories to jot down plot outlines, character sketches, and more to plan your novel and get ahead of November crunch-time."
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====Masquerade (sadly, not)====
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Sadly, we have found that there is just not enough support for a traditional Masquerade at a medium-to-small convention like Con†Stellation. That doesn't mean you should leave your costumes at home, though you might want to put emphasis on those that are comfortable to wear while doing other stuff at the con.
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====Costume Contest====
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===Gaming===
Con†Stellation had a "traditional" Masquerade on Saturday evening for most of its existence, but it's become harder for us to effectively stage one. The costumes and presentations were great and the event always drew a good crowd. That said, the resources (volunteer manpower, programming space/time, and—to a lesser extent—money for stage rental) being used were just not sustainable for us.
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===Gaming <br /><small><small><span style="color:#FF0000">WARNING: This section & its subsections not yet updated for 2017</span></small></small>===
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The Game Room is always a big part of Con†Stellation. Plans for 2017 are just beginning and will be posted here as they are firmed up.
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====Want to Run a Game?====
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[[File:LAFF.jpg|right|thumb|300px|<div align="center">Some of the "Furious Fowl"</div>]]
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[[File:LAFF3.jpg|right|thumb|250px|<div align="center">"Furious Fowl" foes</div>]]
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If you want to run a game/tournament in the Game Room at Con†Stellation please [mailto:gaming@con-stellation.org?subject=I%20Want%20To%20Run%20A%20Game%20At%20Con*Stellation%20(or%20other%20query%20to%20the%20Game%20Master) email gaming@con-stellation.org] to start the discussion. You can also send snail mail to the [[#Questions? How to Contact Us|convention address]] below, marking your missive '''Attention: Game Master'''.
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====Open Gaming====
 +
There will also be room for pickup in the Game Room—bring your own game(s) or check out one of the many games that should be available for your use.
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====LAFF With Us====
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In 2015 we premiered Live-Action Furious Fowl, and we plan to bring it back at Con†Stellation XXXIV. You can probably get the idea where we got the inspiration by checking out the accompanying photos. All participants had a blast in 2015!
  
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. Our answer has been a Hall Costume Contest… but one with a twist that will benefit our [[#2013 charity|chosen charity]].
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The game is scheduled for after the Art Auction on Saturday evening.
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====List of Planned Games====
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Some of the planned games (in both the Game Room are listed below. Games., times, or GMs may change, so be sure to check at the convention to get the latest information.
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|Game||GM||Time(s)
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|-
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|Big Jenga|| ||TBD
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|-
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|D&D 5.0 (two sessions)||Christopher Kerl||TBD (4-hour sessions)
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|D&D in Elesfar||Taylor Hoch||Saturday 10am–6pm
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|Large Ass Dice Games, Cthulhu<br />Dice, and Zombie Dice||Fritz Fotovich||Friday 4–5pm; Saturday<br />3-5pm; Sunday 11am-12n
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|Large-Format Connect Four|| ||TBD
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|Live Action Battleship (1 player)|| ||TBD
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|Live Action Battleship (2 player)|| ||TBD
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|Live Action "Furious Fowl" (LAFF)||Mike Kennedy||Playtest Friday 9-10pm;<br />Main Session Saturday
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|Sliders (GURPS)||Jason Stephens||TBD
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|Vampire (GURPS)||Jason Stephens||TBD
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:'''What to do to take part in the Costume Contest:'''<br />
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====Killer Cutthroat Spades Tournament====
:* Wear your favorite costume—be it simple or complex—any time Friday or most of Saturday at the convention.
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[[File:SpadesHand110x79.png|frame|left|<div align="center">A Nice Friendly<br />Game of Cards™</div>]]
:* Have your picture taken; you can bring us one of yours or we'll take one for you.
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Do you play spades and play to win? If so, have we got a deal for you! 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. What do you get if you win? Mostly bragging rights—no small thing in this neck of the woods! Never played Killer Cutthroat Spades before? No problem, we'll <em>help</em>. (Seriously, we actually will 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 you at a non-tournament game before you go swimming with the sharks.)
:* We'll post the pictures along with a designated donation drop.
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:* '''Here's the key bit:''' ''Encourage everyone to vote for you'' by putting their donation in your designated drop.
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:* We'll declare a winner Saturday evening at the [[#Art Show & Auction|Art Auction]] based on who raises the most money for charity.
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You can sign up at the door or contact [mailto:tbolgeo@epbfi.com?subject=Inquiry%20about%20the%20Con*Stellation%20Killer%20Cutthroat%20Spades%20tournament "Uncle Timmy" by email <tbolgeo@epbfi.com>] to get on the list.
===Gaming===
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<!-- The paras below, edited as necessary, are used for a placeholder until THIS YEAR'S gaming schedule is available in at least preliminary form
 
<!-- The paras below, edited as necessary, are used for a placeholder until THIS YEAR'S gaming schedule is available in at least preliminary form
 
We're continually working on making our gaming schedule great every year but it's much too early to post details for Con†Stellation XXXII, so please check back closer to the con for information on the Gaming at Con†Stellation.
 
We're continually working on making our gaming schedule great every year but it's much too early to post details for Con†Stellation XXXII, so please check back closer to the con for information on the Gaming at Con†Stellation.
  
 
If you want to see what gaming schedule was like <span style="color:#FF0000">'''last year'''</span> you can check a PDF of the <span style="color:#FF0000">'''2012'''</span> schedule at [http://www.con-stellation.org/constell/gaming/2012%20Final%20Game%20schedule.pdf this link.]
 
If you want to see what gaming schedule was like <span style="color:#FF0000">'''last year'''</span> you can check a PDF of the <span style="color:#FF0000">'''2012'''</span> schedule at [http://www.con-stellation.org/constell/gaming/2012%20Final%20Game%20schedule.pdf this link.]
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A '''revised''' (very near final) gaming schedule for Con†Stellation XXXII is now available as a [http://www.con-stellation.org/constell/gaming/2013_gaming_schedule_2.0.pdf PDF file]. This will probably be the final revision online before the con, though it's possible a new version could be posted. In any case, you should check at the con for any last-minute updates. This schedule is for the main gaming room only; see below for two events ([[#Artemis|Artemis]] and the [[#Killer Cutthroat Spades Tournament|Spades Tourney]]) that take place in other spaces.
 
A '''revised''' (very near final) gaming schedule for Con†Stellation XXXII is now available as a [http://www.con-stellation.org/constell/gaming/2013_gaming_schedule_2.0.pdf PDF file]. This will probably be the final revision online before the con, though it's possible a new version could be posted. In any case, you should check at the con for any last-minute updates. This schedule is for the main gaming room only; see below for two events ([[#Artemis|Artemis]] and the [[#Killer Cutthroat Spades Tournament|Spades Tourney]]) that take place in other spaces.
 
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====Want to Run a Game?====
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====Artemis====
 
====Artemis====
 
[[File:Artemis_pic.png|thumb|right|360px|<div align="center"></div>]]
 
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Many thanks to the crew of PlayOnCon for hosting this event.
 
Many thanks to the crew of PlayOnCon for hosting this event.
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[[File:SpadesHand110x79.png|frame|left|<div align="center">A Nice Friendly<br />Game of Cards™</div>]]
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Do you play spades and play to win? If so, have we got a deal for you! 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. What do you get if you win? Mostly bragging rights—no small thing in this neck of the woods! Never played Killer Cutthroat Spades before? No problem, we'll <em>help</em>. (Seriously, we actually will 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 you at a non-tournament game before you go swimming with the sharks.)
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You can sign up at the door or contact [mailto:tbolgeo@comcast.net?subject=Inquiry%20about%20the%20Con*Stellation%20Killer%20Cutthroat%20Spades%20tournament "Uncle Timmy"] by email to get on the list.
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====Craig's Closet====
 
====Craig's Closet====
 
Like board games? Every year Craig brings a '''metric tonne''' (or so it seems) of games to choose from. The list of stuff he currently plans to bring [http://boardgamegeek.com/collection/user/constel_lib can be found here]. Want to see something else? There's a good chance he can find it: contact him [mailto:gamemaster@con-stellation.org?subject=Board%20Game%20query via email to the Game Master].
 
Like board games? Every year Craig brings a '''metric tonne''' (or so it seems) of games to choose from. The list of stuff he currently plans to bring [http://boardgamegeek.com/collection/user/constel_lib can be found here]. Want to see something else? There's a good chance he can find it: contact him [mailto:gamemaster@con-stellation.org?subject=Board%20Game%20query via email to the Game Master].
 
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====Lots More====
 
====Lots More====
 
We always have a good selection of gaming events with both preplanned and open tables so there's always a good game to be found. You can use '''Craig's Closet''' (see above) or BYOG (Bring Your Own Game) to take advantage of the open tables.
 
We always have a good selection of gaming events with both preplanned and open tables so there's always a good game to be found. You can use '''Craig's Closet''' (see above) or BYOG (Bring Your Own Game) to take advantage of the open tables.
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===2013 Charity===
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===2017 Charity===
[[File:Sci-Quest_Logo.jpg|thumb|250px|right|<div align="center">Sci-Quest Logo</div>]]
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[[File: Hmcpl_logo.png|thumb|250px|right|<div align="center">Huntsville-Madison County Public Library</div>]]
Each year Con†Stellation chooses a charity and engages in several fundraising activities at the convention, including selling donated art and other items in the Art Show & Auction. We are pleased to say that local hands-on science learning center [https://sci-quest.org/ Sci-Quest] is our charity for 2013. 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." They do ''tons'' of school outreach, covering a 23-county area. Items will be up for bids in the Art Show.
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Each year Con†Stellation chooses a charity and engages in fundraising activities at the convention, in particular selling donated art and other items in the Art Show & Auction. We're happy to report that for the second year in a row we've selected the [https://hmcpl.org Huntsville-Madison County Public Library]. Many residents of the Huntsville metro area are familiar with the downtown [https://hmcpl.org/history "Fort Book" location], but may not be fully aware that there are a dozen locations all over Madison County (including in the cities/towns of Gurley, Hazel Green, Madison, New Hope, and Triana in addition to the eponymous Huntsville locations).
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====Donations====
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If you wish to make a donation of items for the Charity Auction (to be held in conjunction with the Art Auction), please bring it to the Art Show at the convention, or see the [[#Art_Show_.26_Auction|Art Show & Auction]] section of this page, above, for mailing information.
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We are also pleased to offer a special prize available in support of Sci-Quest&mdash;a "Tuckerization"{{whatis|Tuckerization}} (aka Redshirt) from Eric Flint. Raffle tickets will be for sale at the convention. (Some tickets will also be distributed for donations to the [[#Con Suite|Con Suite]].) The winning ticket will be drawn at the [[Con†Stellation Art Show#Art Auction|Art Auction]]. Additional prizes may be offered.
 
We are also pleased to offer a special prize available in support of Sci-Quest&mdash;a "Tuckerization"{{whatis|Tuckerization}} (aka Redshirt) from Eric Flint. Raffle tickets will be for sale at the convention. (Some tickets will also be distributed for donations to the [[#Con Suite|Con Suite]].) The winning ticket will be drawn at the [[Con†Stellation Art Show#Art Auction|Art Auction]]. Additional prizes may be offered.
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[[File:HairCircle.by.Sydney.Saffel.png|left|thumb|180px|<div align="center">Art by Sydney Saffel,<br />used by permission</div>]]
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[[File:Braid.by.sydney.saffel.png|left|thumb|180px|<div align="center">Art by Sydney Saffel,<br />used by permission</div>]]
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===Con Suite===
 
===Con Suite===
Our Convention Hospitality Suite (Con Suite{{whatis|Con Suite}} 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.
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Our Convention Hospitality Suite (Con Suite{{whatis|Con Suite}} 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 further info on the Con Suite and on other food options in the hotel, please see our [[Con†Stellation_Accessibility_Policy#Food|Accessibility]] page.
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====Con Suite Donations====
 
====Con Suite Donations====
How would you like to earn even more chances at the [[#Charity Raffle|Eric Flint Tuckerization]]? As in years past, the Con Suite is always grateful for donations, but this year we'll reward you! For every '''family size''' donation you make, we'll give you 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, <span style="color:#FF0000">there is a catch</span>&mdash;you '''must''' coordinate with the Con Suite ''at least '''5 days''' prior'' to the con so we can plan accordingly. Please [mailto:ConSuite@con-stellation.org?subject=Con*Stellation%20Con%20Suite%20Donation%20Coordination email us] and let us know what you would like to bring, and we'll let you know how many tickets it will earn.
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How would you like to earn even more chances at the [[#Charity Raffle|Eric Flint Tuckerization]]? As in years past, the Con Suite is always grateful for donations, but this year we'll reward you! For every '''family size''' donation you make, we'll give you 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, <span style="color:#FF0000">there is a catch</span>&mdash;you '''must''' coordinate with the Con Suite ''at least '''5 days''' prior'' to the con so we can plan accordingly. Please [mailto:ConSuite@con-stellation.org?subject=Con*Stellation%20Con%20Suite%20Donation%20Coordination email us] and let us know what you would like to bring, and we'll let you know how many tickets it will earn.
 
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===Volunteering===
 
===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 [[Con†Stellation_Main_Page#Questions?_How_to_Contact_Us|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.
 
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 [[Con†Stellation_Main_Page#Questions?_How_to_Contact_Us|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.
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===Questions? How to Contact Us===
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==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.
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[[File:Time_Is_Precious.jpg|right|thumb|360px|<div align="center">photo by Harry Sandhu via Unsplash.com</div>]]
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Use these methods to contact the convention for registration or to ask a question.
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<strong>Snailmail</strong><br />
 
<strong>Snailmail</strong><br />
: Con*Stellation XXXIII: Coma Berenices<br />
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: Con*Stellation XXXV: Horologium<br />
 
: P.O. Box 4857<br />
 
: P.O. Box 4857<br />
 
: Huntsville AL 35815-4857
 
: Huntsville AL 35815-4857
  
<strong>Email</strong><br />
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<strong>Main Email Address</strong><br />
 
: [mailto:constell@con-stellation.org?subject=Con*Stellation%20inquiry%20from%20the%20website%20link constell@con-stellation.org]
 
: [mailto:constell@con-stellation.org?subject=Con*Stellation%20inquiry%20from%20the%20website%20link constell@con-stellation.org]
: [mailto:chairs@con-stellation.org?subject=Con*Stellation%20inquiry%20for%20the%20Chairs%20from%20the%20website%20link chairs@con-stellation.org] for the convention chairs
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: <span style="color:#FF0000">'''It appears as if incoming emails to our main address (above) ''sometimes'' bounce.'''</span>
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: '''We try to stay on top of our ISP, but it keeps recurring unpredictably. Meanwhile, if you get a bounce or we do not reply in a timely way, an alternate email address is:''' [mailto:constell@earthlnk.net?subject=Con*Stellation%20inquiry%20from%20the%20website%20link constell@earthlink.net]
  
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<strong>Other Email Addresses</strong><br />
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: [mailto:chairs@con-stellation.org?subject=Con*Stellation%20inquiry%20for%20the%20Chairs%20from%20the%20website%20link chairs@con-stellation.org] for the convention chairs
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: [mailto:accessibility@con-stellation.org?subject=Con*Stellation%20Accessibility%20inquiry%20from%20the%20website%20link accessibility@con-stellation.org] for the Accessibility coordinator
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: [mailto:art.show@con-stellation.org?subject=Con*Stellation%20inquiry%20for%20the%20Art%20Show%20from%20the%20website%20link art.show@con-stellation.org] for the Art Show
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: [mailto:dealers@con-stellation.org?subject=Con*Stellation%20inquiry%20for%20the%20Dealers%20Room%20from%20the%20website%20link dealers@con-stellation.org] for the Dealers Room
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: [mailto:gaming@con-stellation.org?subject=Con*Stellation%20inquiry%20for%20the%20Game%20Master%20from%20the%20website%20link gaming@con-stellation.org] for the Game Master
 
<strong>Phone</strong><br />
 
<strong>Phone</strong><br />
 
: Google Voicemail: 256-270-0092
 
: Google Voicemail: 256-270-0092
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<strong>NASFA</strong><br />
 
<strong>NASFA</strong><br />
 
: 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 & Fannish Oddities|External Links section]] below.
 
: 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 & Fannish Oddities|External Links section]] below.
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===Flyers===
 
===Flyers===
While this website will normally be the most up-to-date source of info, we do have a flyer available; updated late August 2013. Feel free (please!) to download [http://con-stellation.org/constell/publicity/Con_32_full_page_2_sided_08-25-2013.pdf this PDF], print some, and distribute them to your friends or place some at an agreeable store. The current flyer version is designed to be printed two-sided on standard (US) letter paper. Updated versions will be posted when available.
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While this website will normally be the most up-to-date source of info, we do have a flyer available; updated late August 2013. Feel free (please!) to download [http://con-stellation.org/constell/publicity/Con_32_full_page_2_sided_08-25-2013.pdf this PDF], print some, and distribute them to your friends or place some at an agreeable store. The current flyer version is designed to be printed two-sided on standard (US) letter paper. Updated versions will be posted when available.
  
 
Additional information (again, all of this is in the website, but you may want it printed) is in the "wrapper" we used for our annual Mass Mailing—in [http://con-stellation.org/constell/publicity/Con_32_mass_mailing_2_sided_08-28-2013.pdf this PDF].
 
Additional information (again, all of this is in the website, but you may want it printed) is in the "wrapper" we used for our annual Mass Mailing—in [http://con-stellation.org/constell/publicity/Con_32_mass_mailing_2_sided_08-28-2013.pdf this PDF].
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{{Main|Con†Stellation History}}
 
{{Main|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.
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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.
 
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.
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===Con†Stellation 2013===
 
===Con†Stellation 2013===
 
{{Main|Con†Stellation 2013}}
 
{{Main|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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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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===Con†Stellation 2014===
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Due to hotel issues (including the closing of the late, lamented Holiday Inn Express), there was no Con†Stellation in 2014.
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===Con†Stellation 2015===
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{{Main|Con†Stellation 2015}}
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Details of Con†Stellation XXXIII: Coma Berenices—held 16-18 October 2015 at the Four Points, Huntsville Airport in Huntsville AL—can be found at the link above.
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{{Main|Con†Stellation 2016}}
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Details of Con†Stellation XXXIV: Mensa (The Table) was held 14–16 October 2016 at the Four Points, Huntsville Airport in Huntsville AL—can be found at the link above.
  
 
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==Future Conventions==
 
==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 2016 and forward.
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Per current plans, 2017's Con†Stellation XXXV: Horologium (The Clock) will be the last Con†Stellation. [http://www.con-stellation.org/nasfa/index.html NASFA]—the North Alabama Science Fiction Association—may still choose to sponsor other conventions or convention-like events in 2018 and forward.
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:"Why did we pick [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horologium_(constellation) Horologium?] Because it was perfect. One of the first things we did as the con chairs for 2017 was to evaluate the future of Con†Stellation, and we came to the conclusion that it was time to say goodbye. We brought the suggestion to the club and they agreed. Now the pressure was on to pick the best constellation and we found Horologium, the clock. What better constellation to choose than one that is counting down with us to the last Con†Stellation. <span style="color:#FF0000">So even though there is a lot of sadness to this being the last Con†Stellation, there is also a sense of excitement and celebration, and we hope that when the 'time' comes, we will see you there to help us celebrate and go out with a bang.</span>"
  
 
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==Things To Do in Huntsville==
 
==Things To Do in Huntsville==
===Area Guide===
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The area around the Holiday Inn Express has just about all the food and shopping you could need. A <span style="color:#FF0000">'''2012'''</span> version of the Area Guide is available [http://con-stellation.org/constell/con31_area_guide.pdf as a PDF file]. This will be updated for 2013 shortly before Con†Stellation XXXII.
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===Attractions and Events===
 
===Attractions and Events===
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* [http://rocketcenter.com/ U.S. Space & Rocket Center]
 
* [http://rocketcenter.com/ U.S. Space & Rocket Center]
** [http://www.spacecamp.com/mu/admission Space & Rocket Center Museum]
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** [http://www.rocketcenter.com/admission Space & Rocket Center Museum]
** [http://www.spacecamp.com/mu/bustour Tours of NASA Marshall Space Flight Center]
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** [http://www.rocketcenter.com/bustours Tours of NASA Marshall Space Flight Center]
** [http://www.spacecamp.com/mu/movies IMAX and 3-D Movies]
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** [http://www.rocketcenter.com/movies IMAX and 3-D Movies]
 
** Space Camp
 
** Space Camp
 
** Space Academy
 
** Space Academy
 
** Aviation Challenge
 
** Aviation Challenge
* [http://sci-quest.org Sci-Quest]
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** Saturday Scientist—Glowing & Exploding Pumpkins
 
* [http://www.hsvbg.org/ Huntsville Botanical Garden]
 
* [http://www.hsvbg.org/ Huntsville Botanical Garden]
 
** Scarecrow Trail Fall
 
** Scarecrow Trail Fall
* [http://www.sensiblelife.com/finance/harmony-park-safari-an-alternative-to-the-zoo/ Harmony Park Safari] (not an official website)
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* [http://vbas.org Von Braun Astronomical Society]
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* [http://www.rocketcitymom.com/harmony-park-safari-in-huntsville/ Harmony Park Safari] (not an official website)
 
* [http://www.tigersfortomorrow.org/ Tigers for Tomorrow]
 
* [http://www.tigersfortomorrow.org/ Tigers for Tomorrow]
 
* [http://www.hsvmuseum.org/ Huntsville Museum of Art]
 
* [http://www.hsvmuseum.org/ Huntsville Museum of Art]
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* [https://broadwaytheatreleague.org Broadway Theater League]
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** Motown the Musical
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* [http://www.lowemill.net Lowe Mill Arts & Entertainment] Saturday Artist Market
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* [http://www.amboothslumberyard.com A.M. Booth's Lumberyard] Sunday Backyard Jam Concert Series
 
* [http://earlyworks.com/ Earlyworks Museum Complex]
 
* [http://earlyworks.com/ Earlyworks Museum Complex]
 
** Alabama Constitution Village
 
** Alabama Constitution Village
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** Huntsville Depot and Museum
 
** Huntsville Depot and Museum
 
* [http://www.vonbrauncenter.com/ Von Braun Center]
 
* [http://www.vonbrauncenter.com/ Von Braun Center]
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* [http://www.northalabamarailroadmuseum.com/ North Alabama Railroad Museum]
 
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** Punkin' Pickin' Run Fall
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* [http://www.huntsvilleghostwalk.com Huntsville Ghost Walk] Fall
 
* [http://www.huntsvilleghostwalk.com Huntsville Ghost Walk] Fall
** Trolley Tour, Friday Nights
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** Trolley Tour, Friday & Saturday Nights
** Walking Tour, Saturday Nights
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** Walking Tour, Friday & Saturday Nights
* Old Town Historic District Walking Tour Fall
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* [http://www.huntsville.org/events/tours/guided-history-tours/ Old Town Historic District Walking Tour] Spring & Fall
* [http://www.madisoncityfarmersmarket.com Madison City Farmers Market] Saturdays Spring-Fall
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* [http://www.madisoncityfarmersmarket.com Madison City Farmers Market] Saturdays Spring–Fall
 
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* [http://www.huntsvillepilgrimage.org Maple Hill Cemetery Stroll] Fall
 
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Revision as of 09:27, 6 October 2017

Con†Stellation XXXV: Horologium (The Clock)

13–15 October 2017——Huntsville, Alabama

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

The final Con†Stellation is over 🙁
We will be transforming this into a history site
Please bear with us as that transition will take some time

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. The next con—Con†Stellation XXXV: Horologium—will be 13–15 October 2017.

This site will always be a work in progress and will be updated as details of the 2017 convention are firmed up (so please come back often!). If you can't readily find the info you need, please see our Contact Info below to get in touch. You can also follow us on Twitter @Con_Stellation.

NOTE: Please check out our new Accessibility page.

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Con†Stellation 2017

Con†Stellation XXXV: Horologium (The Clock) will held at 13–15 October 2017 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

For free parking, please remember to park in Hotel Parking (not regular airport parking). There are signs to follow when arriving at the airport. Bring the ticket you get when entering this lot to the hotel desk and show your convention badge to get validated for free parking. For further parking info, see the Accessibility page.

Why Horologium?

Each year, Con†Stellation chooses an astronomical constellation as a subtitle to be used for just that year.

From our co-con chairs:
"Why did we pick Horologium? Because it was perfect. One of the first things we did as the con chairs for 2017 was to evaluate the future of Con†Stellation, and we came to the conclusion that it was time to say goodbye. We brought the suggestion to the club and they agreed. Now the pressure was on to pick the best constellation and we found Horologium, the clock. What better constellation to choose than one that is counting down with us to the last Con†Stellation. So even though there is a lot of sadness to this being the last Con†Stellation, there is also a sense of excitement and celebration, and we hope that when the 'time' comes, we will see you there to help us celebrate and go out with a bang."

Registration Rates & Info

See the convention contact info below for a postal address to mail your registration. You can also email registration@con-stellation.org if you need more info.

Adult Membership(←What's That?) rate:

$50 through September 17, 2017 RATE EXPIRED
$55 from September 18, 2017 through October 9, 2017
Preregistration closes 11:59P October 9, 2017 (Central Time)
$60 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 13, 2017): Free
Ages 4 to 12 (as of October 13, 2017): $25

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

Young Adult (Student) Memberships (students age 13-21, as of October 13, 2017) 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.

For our policy regarding memberships for caretakers, please see the Accessibility page.

Registration Payment

To pay online (PayPal) please click here (opens on a separate page or tab). Note that you do not have to PayPal account to use that service.
To pay by postal mail send your info (name(s), address, email address, ages (for YA & child rates)) along with your payment (check) to the convention PO Box. See the convention contact info below for the address.

Prereg Perks

  • Preregister now to save money over the At-the-Door rates
  • Automatic entry for Door Prizes
    • The drawing is exclusively for Preregistered Members
    • The drawing is expected to be at Opening Ceremonies, but you do not have to be present to win
  • Guaranteed copy of the special Con†Stellation Souvenir Memory Book
    • The Souvenir Memory Book will cover the entire history of all Con†Stellations, from first (The Pleiades) to last (Horologium)

Guests

photo by Fabrizio Verrecchia via Unsplash.com
Main Article: Con†Stellation Guests
Select the above Main Article for information on each guest.
We only post confirmed guests, so check back often for updates—there are almost always several invitations outstanding.

Guests of Honor for 2017

Guest of Honor: Mary Robinette Kowal
Artist Guest of Honor: David O. Miller
Mistress of Ceremonies: Toni Weisskopf

Returning Prior Guests of Honor

Dates listed with each returning prior GoH are for each prior year when they were a Guest of Honor, MC, or Special Guest. Several of them also attended the convention and participated in programming for multiple other years.

Orson Scott Card (GoH 1986 & 2015)
Randy B. Cleary (AGoH 1997)
David Drake (GoH 2006)
Les Johnson (MC 1997)
Theresa Mather (AGoH 2006)
Mark Maxwell (AGoH 1984)
David O. Miller (AGoH 1993, FGoH 1998)
Stephanie Osborn (MC 2011–2013, Sci. Guest 2016)
Stanley Schmidt (GoH 1996)
Travis S. Taylor** (MC 2007)
Kevin Ward (AGoH 1983)
Toni Weisskopf (MC 1991, FGoH 2012)
**Professional obligations prevent Dr. Taylor appearing in
person; we are trying to arrange Skype telepresence
"Uncle Timmy" Bolgeo (FGoH 1984)
Maurine Dorris (FGoH 1984)
Anita Feller (FGoH 1999)
Tom Feller (FGoH 1999)
Steve Francis (FGoH 2001)
Sue Francis (FGoH 2001)
Marcia McCoy Illingworth (FGoH 1993)
Grant Kruger (FGoH 2004)
Darrell "Doc" Osborn (FGoH 2013)
Mark Paulk (FGoH 1989)
Gary Shelton (FGoH 2009)
Sue Thorn (FGoH 1994)
Julie Wall (FGoH 2000, 2012)
Adrian Washburn (FGoH 1995)
Linda Zielke (FGoH 2012)

Also Expected to Attend

Michael J. Allen
Jim Beall
Julie Cochrane Canceled
Rich Groller
    Louise Herring-Jones        
Taylor S Hoch
Rob Howell
Aaron Johnston
    Bryan Jones
Darrell "Doc" Osborn
Dan Thompson
Wes Yahola

Hotel

Four Points, Huntsville Airport

We are returning in 2017 to the Four Points by Sheraton Huntsville Airport—a Starwood hotel. The hotel is located in the Huntsville International Airport, with hotel reception and most of the function space on the 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. For info regarding accessibility features of the Four Points, please see our Accessibility page.

The Grille Lounge

Reserve Your Room (Now!)

Standard rooms (king or double-double) are $92 (+taxes). A limited number of Jacuzzi and Corner King rooms may be available for a nightly upcharge.

  • You can make your hotel reservation online starting at this Starwood website
  • Or you can call the hotel directly at 256-772-9661 to make a reservation

The hotel website is also a good place to learn about the hotel, get driving directions, etc.

Hotel Restaurant

Parking

Parking in the hotel parking lot is free for all convention members—just bring your parking ticket and convention badge to the hotel desk to get the ticket validated. If you want free parking, please be careful not to park in airport parking (short term or long term). The entrances for the various parking lots are close together so watch the signs carefully. For further parking info, see the Accessibility page.

Dining

The hotel has a full-service restaurant (The Grille) open 6A–10:30P (M–F); 6:30A–10P (S–S). Additional dining (and shopping) options are covered in the Area Guide below.

Con†Stellation T-Shirts & Polos
You can still order (shipping applies)

T-Shirt Art by David O. Miller
DRAFT, but likely close to final
Click art for larger version

PREORDERS (for pickup at the convention) are CLOSED
You can still order online, but shipping ($6/shirt) will apply
You can also order at the convention—and pay shipping,
or make arrangements for pickup in Huntsville post-con

See the T-Shirt/Polo Order Page to order & pay for shirts and shipping. Cost, color, style, and size info is shown below (and on the order page). We use PayPal for online purchases, but you do not have to have a PayPal account to use that service.

The art (see draft at right) is once again by by David O. Miller, who has done the art for most of our T-Shirts over the decades. You can see other examples of his work for us on the T-Shirt Retrospective page.

2017 T-shirt/Polo sales will be by:

Pre-orders to be paid pre-con and picked up at the con Preorders for pickup at the con EXPIRED
Pre-orders to be shipped to you (post con) at your expense ($6/shirt)
Orders at the convention to be shipped to you (post con) at your expense ($6/shirt, or see next paragraph)

The deadline for pre-convention orders to be picked up at the convention—17 September 2017—has expired. Orders after that date will still be accepted (up to and including at the convention) but will require shipping (at your expense)—or you may be able to arrange pickup in Huntsville.

Available Styles, Colors, and Sizes

T-Shirt Details:

Cost: $16
Sizes: S-5XL
Art on front only
Colors:
Black Dark (smoky)
Grey
Purple  
Red Dark Pink Maroon Tangerine
Galapagos Blue
(teal)
Royal Blue Forest (dark)
Green
Kelly Green

Polo Shirt Details:

Cost: $25
Sizes: S-2XL
Art can be on the front or back of the shirt
Color: Navy Blue only


Art Show & Auction

photo by Heather Zabriskie via Unsplash.com
Main Article: Con†Stellation Art Show
Select the above Main Article for full information on the Art Show, Print Shop, and Auction—including information about selling your art at the convention.

Buying and Selling Art

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. Please click through for complete info on how to:

Art Show Contact Info

The contact info for our Art Show director is:

Con†Stellation Art Show
c/o Randy B. Cleary
8000 Madison Blvd., Ste. D102 PMB 173
Madison AL 35758-2003
or by email to:
art.show@con-stellation.org


Dealers Room

Author Table

Most of the authors attending Con†Stellation XXXV will be selling their own books at an Author Table. Individual authors will rotate use of the table as their schedule permits, so you'll want to check by often to see who is there and selling.

List of Dealers

NOTE: The Dealers Room at Con†Stellation XXXV is currently full, with a short standby list in case of cancellations. It is unlikely any more dealers could be accommodated, but we may be able to add you to the standby list—see the Contacts section of this page, below—if you're interested.

As of 18 February 2017 the following dealers will be at Con†Stellation XXXV.

Barnes & Noble New books B&N at Bridge Street
Karen Boyd, A.B. Tales Collectibles A.B. Tales on Facebook
Marcia Illingworth, Magpie Curios Jewelry & collectibles
Laura & Russell Peterson, Sci-Fi Collectables What it says in the name Sci-Fi Collectables website
David Willoughby Used/collectible books
Natalie Young Custom glasswork Facebook page

Also, you may want to check out Theresa Mather's table in the Art Show.

Programming

Main Article: Con†Stellation 2017 Programming Schedule

Planning for 2017 programming is well along and we are now able to post a draft schedule (yay!). Changes are bound to happen, so check back from time to time. The final schedule will be available in print at the convention.

Teleios Movie Premiere

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Con†Stellation XXXV will be the site of the Alabama Premiere for the indie sf film Teleios. You can see the trailer at https://vimeo.com/162195948 or check out their website at https://www.thousandmilemedia.com/teleios.

A deep space mining vessel has been adrift for two years. It is suspected the crew brutally killed each other, but the reason for the bloodbath is unknown. A rescue crew is sent to find if there are any survivors, what happened, and why.

Teleios has won 15 awards with an additional 8 nominations at film festivals both in the US and abroad. Lead actress Sunny Mabrey (center, at right) is from Rainbow City AL. She won Best Actress at the International Independent Film Awards for her role in Teleios. She had recurring roles on ABC's Once Upon a Time (2011), CBS's Reckless (2014), Lifetime's The Client List (2012), AMC's Mad Men (2007), TNT's Memphis Beat (2010), and CMT's Still the King (2016). She has starred in many studio and independent films, including playing opposite Samuel L. Jackson in the feature film, xXx: State of the Union (2005) and again in the cult comedy-thriller, Snakes on a Plane (2006). Her independent film, One Last Thing… (2005) premiered at the Toronto Film Festival.

Extinct Premiere Episode

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Con†Stellation XXXV also has the first episode of the brand new post-apocalyptic science fiction television series Extinct—created by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston.

The 10-episode, action-packed sci-fi series takes place 400 years after the extinction of the human race and follows a small group of humans who are revived by an alien civilization. The aliens claim they want to restore the human species, but the reborn humans uncover new dangers, hidden agendas, and powerful secrets that challenge that claim and threaten to annihilate the human race all over again.

Name That Title—Emoji Edition

Do you have what it takes—a knowledge of classic genre book/movie/etc. titles and at least a little ability to translate emojis to English—to win this Game Show? Then join in as a contestant—or just hang out and watch, ready to chime in when the contestants fail and the host throws the question open to the audience. Full Disclosure: in some cases "classic" is just a bit of a stretch. 😜

KandyKlatsches

We're happy to say that KandyKlatsches will be back in 2017—Con†Stellation's version of small-group meetings with some of our guests. Perhaps you've been to a KaffeeKlatsch 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. Starting in 2012 we put out our own spin on that; providing candy instead of coffee. Success! (Yes, there is strategy involved—you might be ill advised to put a piece of toffee in your mouth just before you want to ask a question.)

You will have to sign up at the convention for these events. There may be a limit on how many KandyKlatsches each convention member can sign up for, and there will be a limit on the number of people in each KandyKlatsch. Details of signup (including times available) will be available at the convention. Signup will be at convention registration during special hours to be posted at the con.

And Cake Too!

The Huntsville Area Science Fiction Writers Group and Cake Appreciation Society will also be back at Co†Stellation XXXV with their ("Patent Pending" 😀) mixture of readings and cake. Satisfy both your hunger for good fiction and your sweet tooth at the same time.

Masquerade (sadly, not)

Sadly, we have found that there is just not enough support for a traditional Masquerade at a medium-to-small convention like Con†Stellation. That doesn't mean you should leave your costumes at home, though you might want to put emphasis on those that are comfortable to wear while doing other stuff at the con.

Gaming

The Game Room is always a big part of Con†Stellation. Plans for 2017 are just beginning and will be posted here as they are firmed up.

Want to Run a Game?

If you want to run a game/tournament in the Game Room at Con†Stellation please email gaming@con-stellation.org to start the discussion. You can also send snail mail to the convention address below, marking your missive Attention: Game Master.

Open Gaming

There will also be room for pickup in the Game Room—bring your own game(s) or check out one of the many games that should be available for your use.

Killer Cutthroat Spades Tournament

A Nice Friendly
Game of Cards™

Do you play spades and play to win? If so, have we got a deal for you! 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. What do you get if you win? 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 will 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 you at a non-tournament game before you go swimming with the sharks.)

You can sign up at the door or contact "Uncle Timmy" by email <tbolgeo@epbfi.com> to get on the list.

2017 Charity

Huntsville-Madison County Public Library

Each year Con†Stellation chooses a charity and engages in fundraising activities at the convention, in particular selling donated art and other items in the Art Show & Auction. We're happy to report that for the second year in a row we've selected the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library. Many residents of the Huntsville metro area are familiar with the downtown "Fort Book" location, but may not be fully aware that there are a dozen locations all over Madison County (including in the cities/towns of Gurley, Hazel Green, Madison, New Hope, and Triana in addition to the eponymous Huntsville locations).

Donations

If you wish to make a donation of items for the Charity Auction (to be held in conjunction with the Art Auction), please bring it to the Art Show at the convention, or see the Art Show & Auction section of this page, above, for mailing information.

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 further info on the Con Suite and on other food options in the hotel, please see our Accessibility page.

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

photo by Harry Sandhu via Unsplash.com

Use these methods to contact the convention for registration or to ask a question.

Snailmail

Con*Stellation XXXV: Horologium
P.O. Box 4857
Huntsville AL 35815-4857

Main Email Address

constell@con-stellation.org
It appears as if incoming emails to our main address (above) sometimes bounce.
We try to stay on top of our ISP, but it keeps recurring unpredictably. Meanwhile, if you get a bounce or we do not reply in a timely way, an alternate email address is: constell@earthlink.net

Other Email Addresses

chairs@con-stellation.org for the convention chairs
accessibility@con-stellation.org for the Accessibility coordinator
art.show@con-stellation.org for the Art Show
dealers@con-stellation.org for the Dealers Room
gaming@con-stellation.org for the Game Master

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.

Con†Stellation 2014

Due to hotel issues (including the closing of the late, lamented Holiday Inn Express), there was no Con†Stellation in 2014.

Con†Stellation 2015

Main Article: Con†Stellation 2015

Details of Con†Stellation XXXIII: Coma Berenices—held 16-18 October 2015 at the Four Points, Huntsville Airport in Huntsville AL—can be found at the link above.

Con†Stellation 2016

Main Article: Con†Stellation 2016

Details of Con†Stellation XXXIV: Mensa (The Table) was held 14–16 October 2016 at the Four Points, Huntsville Airport in Huntsville AL—can be found at the link above.

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Future Conventions

Per current plans, 2017's Con†Stellation XXXV: Horologium (The Clock) will be the last Con†Stellation. NASFA—the North Alabama Science Fiction Association—may still choose to sponsor other conventions or convention-like events in 2018 and forward.

Statement of the 2017 con chairs:

"Why did we pick Horologium? Because it was perfect. One of the first things we did as the con chairs for 2017 was to evaluate the future of Con†Stellation, and we came to the conclusion that it was time to say goodbye. We brought the suggestion to the club and they agreed. Now the pressure was on to pick the best constellation and we found Horologium, the clock. What better constellation to choose than one that is counting down with us to the last Con†Stellation. So even though there is a lot of sadness to this being the last Con†Stellation, there is also a sense of excitement and celebration, and we hope that when the 'time' comes, we will see you there to help us celebrate and go out with a bang."

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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 (updated for 2017)

It's a short drive from the Four Points Hotel/Airport to the nearest concentration of shopping, restaurants, etc. An Area Guide (PDF file) (revised 4 October 2017) is available for your pre-con perusal. Printed copies will be available at the convention. You can also check out the wider area at www.findmoremadison.com.

This 2017 version of the guide may be revised again before the convention if anything significant changes—so be sure to check back here or use the printed copy available at the con.

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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