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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 XXXII: Columba—will be October 11-13, 2013.
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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.
  
This page will always be a work in progress and will be updated often (so please come back often!) as details of the 2013 convention are available to be published. 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.
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<span style="color:#FF0000">Circumstances beyond our control have caused NASFA to take the unprecedented step of canceling Con†Stellation for 2014. Rest assured the convention '''''will''''' be back in 2015—bright, shiny, and better than ever.</span>
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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 [[#Questions.3F_How_to_Contact_Us|Contact Info]] below to get in touch.
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We've set up a special e-mail address related to the cancellation (should you need to contact us about it) at <[mailto:canceled2014@con-stellation.org?subject=Con*Stellation%202014 canceled2014@con-stellation.org]>. You can also keep up with what’s happening with Con†Stellation here on our website, or you can follow us on Twitter <@Con_Stellation>.
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We will be contacting—via old-school snailmail or hand delivery—everyone who pre-registered for 2014 to ask whether you'd like us to carry your pre-registration forward to Con†Stellation 2015, or would prefer a refund. If we miss contacting you by the end of May 2014, please contact us at the email address above or via any of the methods below.
  
 
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==Con†Stellation 2013==
 
==Con†Stellation 2013==
  
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'''Adult Membership{{whatis|Membership}} rate:'''<br />
 
'''Adult Membership{{whatis|Membership}} rate:'''<br />
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: $40 through July 21, 2013<br />
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: $45 through September 23, 2013<br />
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:$50 after September 23, 2013, including at the door
 
:$50 after September 23, 2013, including at the door
  
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:'''Mistress of Ceremonies: [[Con†Stellation_Guests#Mistress_of_Ceremonies|Stephanie Osborn]]'''
 
:'''Mistress of Ceremonies: [[Con†Stellation_Guests#Mistress_of_Ceremonies|Stephanie Osborn]]'''
  
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:'''Also Expected to Attend:''' [[Con†Stellation_Guests#L.R._Barrett-Durham|L.R. Barrett-Durham]], [[Con†Stellation_Guests#Melissa_Gay|Melissa Gay]], [[Con†Stellation_Guests#E.G._Glover|E.G. Glover]], [[Con†Stellation_Guests#Les_Johnson|Les Johnson]], [[Con†Stellation_Guests#Toni_Weisskopf|Toni Weisskopf]]
 
:'''Also Expected to Attend:''' [[Con†Stellation_Guests#L.R._Barrett-Durham|L.R. Barrett-Durham]], [[Con†Stellation_Guests#Melissa_Gay|Melissa Gay]], [[Con†Stellation_Guests#E.G._Glover|E.G. Glover]], [[Con†Stellation_Guests#Les_Johnson|Les Johnson]], [[Con†Stellation_Guests#Toni_Weisskopf|Toni Weisskopf]]
 
:'''Others to be posted when confirmed.'''
 
:'''Others to be posted when confirmed.'''
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|Science Fiction Collectables, Laura & Russell Petterson||Collectables
 
|Science Fiction Collectables, Laura & Russell Petterson||Collectables
 
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===Programming===
 
===Programming===
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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.
 
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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If you want to see what programming was like <span style="color:#FF0000">'''last year'''</span> you can check a PDF of the <span style="color:#FF0000">'''2012'''</span> program listing at [http://con-stellation.org/constell/con31_program_guide_for_web_%28Rev_1%29.pdf this link.]
 
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====KandyKlasches====
 
====KandyKlasches====
 
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.
 
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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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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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:Iron_Fan_button.jpg|thumb|right|<div align="center">Are You an Iron Fan?</div>]]
 
So, do you think you have what it takes to be an Iron Fan? Join this contest at Con†Stellation and prove your mettle. Each contestant will be given a series of fannish{{whatis|Fandom}} tasks to accomplish. The one who completes the most tasks will earn bragging rights as Con†Stellation XXXII's Iron Fan. Check the program lineup at the con for the Iron Fan Organizational Meeting on Friday evening. If you get there too late for that, ask any staff member for help getting in touch with the Taskmistress.
 
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====Killer Cutthroat Spades Tournament====
 
====Killer Cutthroat Spades Tournament====
 
[[File:SpadesHand110x79.png|frame|left|<div align="center">A Nice Friendly<br />Game of Cards™</div>]]
 
[[File:SpadesHand110x79.png|frame|left|<div align="center">A Nice Friendly<br />Game of Cards™</div>]]
 
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.)
 
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.
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.
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====Craig's Closet====
 
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====Charity Raffle====
 
====Charity Raffle====
 
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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====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.
 
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===
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: 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|External Links section]] below.
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: 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.
  
 
===Flyers===
 
===Flyers===
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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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==Questions? How to Contact Us==
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<strong>Snailmail</strong><br />
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: Con*Stellation<br />
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: Huntsville AL 35815-4857
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<strong>NASFA</strong><br />
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: 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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{{Main|Con†Stellation 2012}}
 
{{Main|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.
 
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.
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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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==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 2014 and forward.
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Going forward, the plan is to have each year's Con†Stellation in October. Stay tuned to this website for more info on 2015 and forward.
  
 
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==Things To Do in Huntsville==
 
==Things To Do in Huntsville==
 
===Area Guide===
 
===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.
 
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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:This section is in hiatus; check back later for new info.
  
 
===Attractions and Events===
 
===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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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-->.
  
 
* [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]
 
** [http://www.spacecamp.com/mu/admission Space & Rocket Center Museum]
*** Black Holes: Space Warps & Time Twists through 21 October 2013
 
 
** [http://www.spacecamp.com/mu/bustour Tours of NASA Marshall Space Flight Center]
 
** [http://www.spacecamp.com/mu/bustour Tours of NASA Marshall Space Flight Center]
 
** [http://www.spacecamp.com/mu/movies IMAX and 3-D Movies]
 
** [http://www.spacecamp.com/mu/movies IMAX and 3-D Movies]
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* [http://sci-quest.org Sci-Quest]
 
* [http://sci-quest.org Sci-Quest]
 
* [http://www.hsvbg.org/ Huntsville Botanical Garden]
 
* [http://www.hsvbg.org/ Huntsville Botanical Garden]
** Scarecrow Trail Fall 2013
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** Scarecrow Trail Fall
** Wade Warton Exhibit (metal sculpture)
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* [http://www.sensiblelife.com/finance/harmony-park-safari-an-alternative-to-the-zoo/ Harmony Park Safari] (not an official website)
 
* [http://www.sensiblelife.com/finance/harmony-park-safari-an-alternative-to-the-zoo/ Harmony Park Safari] (not an official website)
 
* [http://www.tigersfortomorrow.org/ Tigers for Tomorrow]
 
* [http://www.tigersfortomorrow.org/ Tigers for Tomorrow]
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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]
** [http://www.hsvquilters.org/qs2013idx.shtml Fanfare Quilt Show] 11-13 October 2013
 
** Rascal Flatts 11 October 2013
 
** Fantasy Playhouse presents [http://www.letthemagicbegin.org/currentseason.html Peter Pan] 11-13 October 2013
 
** Brian Regan Live Comedy Tour 12 October 2013
 
 
<!--    ** [http://huntsvillegms.org/gem-and-mineral-show/ Gem & Mineral Show] 12-14 October 2012    -->
 
<!--    ** [http://huntsvillegms.org/gem-and-mineral-show/ Gem & Mineral Show] 12-14 October 2012    -->
 
<!--    ** [http://www.TheFunCircus.com Piccadilly Circus] 10–14 October 2012    -->
 
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* [http://www.northalabamarailroadmuseum.com/ North Alabama Railroad Museum]
 
* [http://www.northalabamarailroadmuseum.com/ North Alabama Railroad Museum]
** Punkin' Pickin' Run 12 October 2013
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** Punkin' Pickin' Run Fall
 
* [http://www.burrittonthemountain.com/ Burritt on the Mountain]
 
* [http://www.burrittonthemountain.com/ Burritt on the Mountain]
 
* [http://www.merrimackhall.com Merrimack Hall Performing Arts Center]
 
* [http://www.merrimackhall.com Merrimack Hall Performing Arts Center]
 
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* [http://www.huntsvilleghostwalk.com Huntsville Ghost Walk] August-October 2013
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* [http://www.huntsvilleghostwalk.com Huntsville Ghost Walk] Fall
 
** Trolley Tour, Friday Nights
 
** Trolley Tour, Friday Nights
 
** Walking Tour, Saturday Nights
 
** Walking Tour, Saturday Nights
* Old Town Historic District Walking Tour Fall 2013
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* Old Town Historic District Walking Tour Fall
* [http://www.madisoncityfarmersmarket.com Madison City Farmers Market] Saturdays 13 April - 23 October 2013
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* [http://www.madisoncityfarmersmarket.com Madison City Farmers Market] Saturdays Spring-Fall
** MCFM Fall Market with live music by Kim Stone 12 October 2013
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* [http://www.huntsvillepilgrimage.org Maple Hill Cemetery Stroll] Fall 2013
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* [http://www.huntsvillepilgrimage.org Maple Hill Cemetery Stroll] Fall

Revision as of 17:27, 13 May 2014

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.

Circumstances beyond our control have caused NASFA to take the unprecedented step of canceling Con†Stellation for 2014. Rest assured the convention will be back in 2015—bright, shiny, and better than ever.

We've set up a special e-mail address related to the cancellation (should you need to contact us about it) at <canceled2014@con-stellation.org>. You can also keep up with what’s happening with Con†Stellation here on our website, or you can follow us on Twitter <@Con_Stellation>.

We will be contacting—via old-school snailmail or hand delivery—everyone who pre-registered for 2014 to ask whether you'd like us to carry your pre-registration forward to Con†Stellation 2015, or would prefer a refund. If we miss contacting you by the end of May 2014, please contact us at the email address above or via any of the methods below.



Questions? How to Contact Us

Use these methods to contact the convention.

Snailmail

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

Email (inquiry about 2014 cancellation)

canceled2014@con-stellation.org

Email (general inquiry)

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.

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Con†Stellation History

Main Article: Con†Stellation History

The immediate precursor to Con†Stellation was ZerCon, a two-day convention in November 1981. While planning and executing ZerCon, we came up with the name "Con†Stellation" (or "Con*Stellation") for a planned ongoing series of three-day-weekend conventions.

The first Con†Stellation was held July 16–18, 1982, under the full name Con†Stellation I: The Pleiades. The time of year varied over the first few conventions, though at least one has been held each year since. After the first few years, the convention made the shift from a spring/summer convention to a fall convention. Each Con†Stellation has been subtitled with an astronomical constellation—usually one of the 88 official modern constellations, though the first one was named after an asterism in Taurus. The convention often uses the constellation as a theme in its advertising and for events at the convention.

Con†Stellation has been held at a number of Huntsville-area hotels over its history. Other than Con†Stellation II.V (2.5), each has been a 3-day (Friday to Sunday) event.

Con†Stellation 2012

Main Article: Con†Stellation 2012

Details of Con†Stellation XXXI: Perseus—held 12-14 October 2012 at the Holiday Inn Express in Huntsville AL—can be found at the link above.

Con†Stellation 2013

Main Article: Con†Stellation 2013

Details of Con†Stellation XXXII: Columba—held 11-13 October 2013 at the Holiday Inn Express in Huntsville AL—can be found at the link above.

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Future Conventions

Going forward, the plan is to have each year's Con†Stellation in October. Stay tuned to this website for more info on 2015 and forward.

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External Links & Fannish Oddities

Other Fannish Stuff in Huntsville

The sponsor of Con†Stellation is the North Alabama Science Fiction Association, aka NASFA—a general-interest science fiction & fantasy club headquartered in Huntsville Alabama. Besides planning and running Con†Stellation, NASFA has monthly meetings that bring together sf/f/h/etc. fans from Huntsville, Madison, and other surrounding areas. Each meeting features both a noisy lively business meeting (which often digresses forays into a variety of sf/f/h/etc. topics) and a program. That latter may feature a regional author, cover a science topic of interest, display some off-the-beaten-track videos, or address almost any aspect of science fiction, fantasy, and related genres. There's also a social aspect to the club, with an "After-The-Meeting Meeting" each month and occasional other events. To find out how to join this year-round club, or to get in touch with NASFA about any other matter, please visit the NASFA website.

Links to Other Conventions, etc.

Main Article: Con†Stellation—External Links

Fannish Oddities

Fannish Food Pyramid
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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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