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Revision as of 14:53, 6 March 2013

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 XXXII: Columba—will be October 11-13, 2013.

This page is a work in progress and will be updated often (so please come back often!) as details of the 2013 convention are settled. Eventually it will cover all the basics with links to other pages with more detailed info on various aspects of the con. If what you want isn't posted yet, please see our Contact Info below to get in touch.

Con†Stellation 2013

Con†Stellation XXXII: Columba will held at the Holiday Inn Express located near the intersection of University Drive and Jordan Lane:
3808 University Drive
Huntsville, AL, 35816
Please note that the date is approximately a month later than in some previous years.

Registration Rates & Info

Adult Membership(←What's That?) rate:

$40 through July 21, 2013
$45 thereafter and through September 23, 2013
$50 thereafter and at the door

Child and Young Adult Rates:

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

Ages 0 to 3 (as of October 11, 2013): Free
Ages 4 to 12 (as of October 11, 2013): $25

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

Young Adult Memberships (students age 13-21, as of October 11, 2013) are $5 off the corresponding Adult Membership in effect at the time of purchase. We trust you (we really, really do) but reserve the right to request some proof of student status.

Sending in Your Registration

As soon as possible we will furnish a PDF Registration Form. In the meanwhile, please just send your payment along with information on each member—name, badge name if any, and contact information (address plus email and phone as applicable)—to the address furnished in the Contact Info section below.

Guests

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.

Guest of Honor: Larry Correia
Fan Guest of Honor: Darrell Osborn
Mistress of Ceremonies: Stephanie Osborn
Also Expected to Attend: Les Johnson
Others to be posted when confirmed.

Hotel

Holiday Inn Express Suite

We’re back for our twelfth (!) year at the Holiday Inn Express. The hotel is located near the intersection of University Drive and Jordan Lane in Huntsville, at 3808 University Drive, Huntsville, AL, 35816. Click here for a Google map.

Reserve Your Room (Soon!)

Information for how to reserve your room will be posted here as soon as possible.

Room Parties

If you're planning a room party please write to or 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.

Get Your Con†Stellation T-Shirts

Please check back a good bit closer to the convention for information on pre-ordering your Con†Stellation XXXII: Columba T-Shirt. We may be offering T-Shirts by pre-order only, but in any case we strongly urge that you pre-order once we've settled the details and announced the deadline.

Art Show & Auction

Con†Stellation's annual Art Show, Print Shop, and Auction brings together science fiction, fantasy, or fandom-related art from both professional and amateur artists. We want you to enjoy just looking at the art, but we're happy to say that all the artwork in the Print Shop and the large majority of that on display in the Art Show will be for sale. Please check back soon for info on how to buy or sell art at the con.

Dealers Room

Being a Dealer at Con†Stellation XXXII

Please check back soon for info on buying a table (or several) at the 2013 Con†Stellation. Meanwhile, if you have questions you can email us at dealers@con-stellation.org or contact us via any of the other methods below.

Programming

Info on programming at Con†Stellation XXXII will available much closer to the con.

If you want to see what programming was like last year you can check a PDF of the 2012 program listing at this link.

Gaming

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 last year you can check a PDF of the 2012 schedule at this link.

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.)

We will provide contact info to sign up ahead of the con (check back later, please) or you can join the fun at the door.

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. Again, we'll add details as they become available, much closer to the con.

Want to Run a Game?

If you want to run a game/tournament at Con†Stellation, please email the Game Master to start the discussion. You can also write the convention address below, marking your missive Attention: Game Master.

2013 Charity

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. Please check back here later for info on our 2013 charity.

Con Suite

Our Convention Hospitality Suite (Con Suite(←What's That?) in the usual parlance) is one of the highlights of Con†Stellation. You'll certainly find the usual Con Suite munchies and soft drinks, but you'll also find more hearty fare at numerous times all through the con. Just ask anyone who's been to one of our conventions and you'll likely hear high praise for our mistress of victuals.

Volunteering

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

Questions? How to Contact Us

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

Snailmail

Con*Stellation XXXII: Columba
P.O. Box 4857
Huntsville AL 35815-4857

Email

constell@con-stellation.org

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.

Flyers

We're still working on our initial flyer for 2013; please check back soon if you want something printable. But remember, this website will generally be your most up-to-date source of info.

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.

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 2014 and forward.

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.

Things To Do in Huntsville

Area Guide

The area around the Holiday Inn Express has just about all the food and shopping you could need. A 2012 version of the Area Guide is available as a PDF file. This will be updated for 2013 shortly before Con†Stellation XXXII.

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 for Con†Stellation.

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