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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.
 
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.
  
<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> 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 <[https://twitter.com/Con_Stellation @Con_Stellation]>.
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<span style="color:#FF0000">Circumstances beyond our control caused NASFA to take the unprecedented step of canceling Con†Stellation for 2014. But the convention '''''is''''' back on track for 2015—bright, shiny, and better than ever.</span> Basic info for 2015 is now available, with more to follow soon. You can keep up with what’s happening with Con†Stellation here on our website, or you can follow us on Twitter <[https://twitter.com/Con_Stellation @Con_Stellation]>.
  
We will be contacting—via old-school snailmail or hand delivery—everyone who pre-registered for 2014 to ask whether you'd like us to carry your pre-registration forward to Con†Stellation 2015, or would prefer a refund. Letters (which have already gone out) include a pre-paid postcard for you to return with your preference. If we don't hear back from you, we'll default to carrying over your membership to 2015. This is not a deadline—we want to honor everyone's preference—but if we somehow miss contacting you by the end of May 2014, ''please'' jog our elbow at the email address above, or via any of the methods below.
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==Con†Stellation 2013==
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==Con†Stellation 2015==
  
Con†Stellation XXXII: Columba will held at the '''Holiday Inn Express''' located near the intersection of University Drive and Jordan Lane:<br/>
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Con†Stellation XXXIII: Coma Berenices will held at the '''Four Points by Sheraton Huntsville Airport''' located onsite at the Huntsville International Airport (HSV) :<br/>
3808 University Drive<br />
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:Four Points, Huntsville Airport
Huntsville, AL, 35816<br />
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:1000 Glenn Hearn Boulevard SW<br />
<span style="color:#FF0000">'''Please note'''</span> that the date is approximately a month later than in some previous years.
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:Huntsville, AL, 35824<br />
  
 
===Registration Rates & Info===
 
===Registration Rates & Info===
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:Main page above includes a PDF form to send in your registration.
 
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'''Adult Membership{{whatis|Membership}} rate:'''<br />
 
'''Adult Membership{{whatis|Membership}} rate:'''<br />
: $40 through July 21, 2013<br />
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: $40 through May 25, 2015 ''or'' at any Con†Stellation Room Party<br />
: $45 through September 23, 2013<br />
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: $45 through September 19, 2015<br />
 
: $50 thereafter and at the door
 
: $50 thereafter and at the door
:$50 after September 23, 2013, including 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 11, 2013): Free<br />
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: Ages 0 to 3 (as of October 16, 2015): Free<br />
: Ages 4 to 12 (as of October 11, 2013): $25<br />
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: Ages 4 to 12 (as of October 16, 2015): $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 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.
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'''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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====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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===Guests===
 
===Guests===
 
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{{Main|Con†Stellation Guests}}<br />
 
: Select the above Main Article for information on each guest.
 
: Select the above Main Article for information on each guest.
 
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We only post ''confirmed'' guests, so check back often for updates—there are almost always several invitations outstanding.
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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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<!-- :'''Guest of Honor: [[Con†Stellation_Guests#Guest_of_Honor|Larry Correia]]'''<br /> -->
:'''Guest of Honor: [[Con†Stellation_Guests#Guest_of_Honor|Larry Correia]]'''<br />
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<!-- : '''Artist Guest of Honor: [[Con†Stellation_Guests#Artist_Guest_of_Honor|Kurt Miller]]'''<br /> -->
: '''Artist Guest of Honor: [[Con†Stellation_Guests#Artist_Guest_of_Honor|Kurt Miller]]'''<br />
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<!-- :'''Fan Guest of Honor: [[Con†Stellation_Guests#Fan_Guest_of_Honor|Darrell Osborn]]'''<br /> -->
:'''Fan Guest of Honor: [[Con†Stellation_Guests#Fan_Guest_of_Honor|Darrell Osborn]]'''<br />
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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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===Hotel===
 
===Hotel===
[[File:HIESuite.jpg|frame|<div align="center">Holiday Inn Express Suite</div>]]
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[[File:FourPointsExterior.jpg|right|thumb|180px|<div align="center">Four Points, Huntsville Airport</div>]]
We’re back for our twelfth (!) year at the [http://www.holidayhuntsville.com/ 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 [http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Holiday+Inn+Express+3808+University+Dr+NW,+Huntsville,+AL+35816&hl=en&cd=1&ei=TUEaTPTvFZ3YoAT-4NSeCQ&vps=3&jsv=247a&sll=34.735077,-86.624593&sspn=0.006295,0.006295&ie=UTF8&view=map&cid=11769152858549147964&iwloc=A&ved=0CFMQpQY&sa=X here for a Google map].
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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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[[File:FourPointsBar.jpg|left|thumb|180px|<div align="center">The Grille Lounge</div>]]
====Reserve Your Room (Now!)====
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====Reserve Your Room (Soon!)====
Standard rooms (king or double-double) are $84 (+ taxes), suites are $120 (+ taxes), for 1–4 people per night. For reservations, call 256-721-1000 or toll free 800-345-7720 (which connects directly to this hotel). Mention Con†Stellation to get the convention rate. You '''must''' reserve your room by September 10<sup>th</sup> to be sure of getting the convention rate. The hotel ''does'' to sell out some years, so you need to reserve your room '''''early'''''.
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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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====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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===Get Your Con†Stellation T-Shirts===
 
===Get Your Con†Stellation T-Shirts===
 
[[File:ConStellation32_Columba_full.jpg|right|thumb|180px|<div align="center">T-Shirt Art; see [[Con†Stellation_T-Shirts|T-Shirts Article]] for more info & to order</div>]]
 
[[File:ConStellation32_Columba_full.jpg|right|thumb|180px|<div align="center">T-Shirt Art; see [[Con†Stellation_T-Shirts|T-Shirts Article]] for more info & to order</div>]]
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:2XL-5XL: $18.00
 
:2XL-5XL: $18.00
 
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===Art Show & Auction===
 
===Art Show & Auction===
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{{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.
 
: 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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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 is for sale. For complete info on how to [[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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[[File:ComaBerenices1.jpg|thumb|180px|right|<div align="center"></div>]]
 
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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. 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#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.-->
 
===Dealers Room===
 
===Dealers Room===
[[File:VectorDove.png|thumb|120px|left|<div align="center"></div>]]
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====Being a Dealer at Con†Stellation XXXIII====
====Being a Dealer at Con†Stellation XXXII====
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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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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.
 
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.
  
 
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]].
 
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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:* '''Here's the key bit:''' ''Encourage everyone to vote for you'' by putting their donation in your designated drop.
 
:* '''Here's the key bit:''' ''Encourage everyone to vote for you'' by putting their donation in your designated drop.
 
:* We'll declare a winner Saturday evening at the [[#Art Show & Auction|Art Auction]] based on who raises the most money for charity.
 
:* 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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===Gaming===
 
===Gaming===
 
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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===
 
===2013 Charity===
 
[[File:Sci-Quest_Logo.jpg|thumb|250px|right|<div align="center">Sci-Quest Logo</div>]]
 
[[File:Sci-Quest_Logo.jpg|thumb|250px|right|<div align="center">Sci-Quest Logo</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.
 
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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====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===
 
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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<strong>Snailmail</strong><br />
 
<strong>Snailmail</strong><br />
: Con*Stellation XXXII: Columba<br />
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: Con*Stellation XXXIII: Coma Berenices<br />
 
: P.O. Box 4857<br />
 
: P.O. Box 4857<br />
 
: Huntsville AL 35815-4857
 
: Huntsville AL 35815-4857
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<strong>Email</strong><br />
 
<strong>Email</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]
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<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.
 
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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==Questions? How to Contact Us==
 
==Questions? How to Contact Us==
 
Use these methods to contact the convention.
 
Use these methods to contact the convention.
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: Google Voicemail: 256-270-0092
 
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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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Revision as of 15:14, 26 October 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 caused NASFA to take the unprecedented step of canceling Con†Stellation for 2014. But the convention is back on track for 2015—bright, shiny, and better than ever. Basic info for 2015 is now available, with more to follow soon. You can keep up with what’s happening with Con†Stellation here on our website, or you can follow us on Twitter <@Con_Stellation>.

Con†Stellation 2015

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

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

Registration Rates & Info

Adult Membership(←What's That?) rate:

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

Child and Young Adult Rates:

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

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

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

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

Guests

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

Hotel

Four Points, Huntsville Airport

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

The Grille Lounge

Reserve Your Room (Soon!)

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

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

Art Show & Auction

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

Dealers Room

Being a Dealer at Con†Stellation XXXIII

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


Con Suite

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

Volunteering

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

Questions? How to Contact Us

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

Snailmail

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

Email

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

Phone

Google Voicemail: 256-270-0092

NASFA

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

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Con†Stellation History

Main Article: Con†Stellation History

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

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

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

Con†Stellation 2012

Main Article: Con†Stellation 2012

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

Con†Stellation 2013

Main Article: Con†Stellation 2013

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

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Future Conventions

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

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External Links & Fannish Oddities

Other Fannish Stuff in Huntsville

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

Links to Other Conventions, etc.

Main Article: Con†Stellation—External Links

Fannish Oddities

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

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Things To Do in Huntsville

Area Guide

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

Attractions and Events

We think Huntsville is a great place to visit and hope you do too. This section is somewhat hastily thrown together, but lists at least some of the many attractions you can visit and events you can go to in and around Huntsville while you're in town.

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