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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 XXXI: Perseus—will be October 12-14, 2012. This page covers the basics with links to more detailed info on various aspects of the con. If what you want isn't posted yet, please see our [[Con†Stellation_Main_Page#Questions.3F_How_to_Contact_Us|Contact Info]] below to get in touch. <span style="color:#FF0000">'''Update (5 October 2012):'''</span> Revised program listing [[#Programming|posted below]]. <span style="color:#FF0000">'''Update (6 October 2012):'''</span> Area Guide [[#Area_Guide|posted below]]. <span style="color:#FF0000">'''Update (7 October 2012):'''</span> Final Gaming Schedule [[#Gaming|posted below]].
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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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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 [[#Questions.3F_How_to_Contact_Us|Contact Info]] below to get in touch.
  
 
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==Con†Stellation 2012==
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==Con†Stellation 2013==
Con†Stellation XXXI: Perseus will held at the '''Holiday Inn Express''' located near the intersection of University Drive and Jordan Lane:<br/>
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Con†Stellation XXXII: Columba will held at the '''Holiday Inn Express''' located near the intersection of University Drive and Jordan Lane:<br/>
 
3808 University Drive<br />
 
3808 University Drive<br />
 
Huntsville, AL, 35816<br />
 
Huntsville, AL, 35816<br />
<span style="color:#FF0000">'''Please note'''</span> that the date is approximately a month later than in previous years.
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<span style="color:#FF0000">'''Please note'''</span> that the date is approximately a month later than in some previous years.
  
 
===Registration Rates & Info===
 
===Registration Rates & Info===
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'''Adult Membership{{whatis|Membership}} rate:'''<br />
 
'''Adult Membership{{whatis|Membership}} rate:'''<br />
: <del>$40 through July 22, 2012</del> Rate Expired<br />
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: $40 through July 21, 2013<br />
: <del>$45 thereafter and through September 30, 2012</del> Rate Expired<br />
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: $45 thereafter and through September 23, 2013<br />
 
: $50 thereafter and at the door
 
: $50 thereafter and at the door
  
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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 12, 2012): Free<br />
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: Ages 0 to 3 (as of October 11, 2013): Free<br />
: Ages 4 to 12 (as of October 12, 2012): $25<br />
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: Ages 4 to 12 (as of October 11, 2013): $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 12, 2012) 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 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====
 
====Sending in Your Registration====
See the main [[Con†Stellation Registration]] page for a PDF Registration Form. We'll need your payment along with information on each member—name, badge name if any, and contact information (address plus email and phone as applicable).
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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 [[#Questions.3F_How_to_Contact_Us|Contact Info]] section below.
  
 
===Guests===
 
===Guests===
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We only post confirmed guests, so check back often for updates—there are almost always several invitations outstanding.
 
We only post confirmed guests, so check back often for updates—there are almost always several invitations outstanding.
  
: '''Guest of Honor: [[Con†Stellation_Guests#Guest_of_Honor|David B. Coe]]'''<br />
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: '''Guest of Honor: Larry Correia'''<br />
: '''Artist Guest of Honor: [[Con†Stellation_Guests#Artist_Guest_of_Honor|Melissa Gay]]'''<br />
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: '''Mistress of Ceremonies: [[Con†Stellation_Guests#Mistress_of_Ceremonies|Stephanie Osborn]]'''<br />
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: '''Mistress of Ceremonies: Stephanie Osborn'''
: '''Special Guest:''' [[Con†Stellation_Guests#Special_Guest|D.B. Jackson]]
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: '''Also Expected to Attend:''' [[Con†Stellation_Guests#L.R. Barrett-Durham|L.R. Barrett-Durham]], <del>[[Con†Stellation_Guests#Joe Dickerson|Joe Dickerson]],</del> [[Con†Stellation_Guests#Gerald W. Driggers|Gerald W. Driggers]], [[Con†Stellation_Guests#Cat Faber|Cat Faber]], [[Con†Stellation_Guests#Eric Flint|Eric Flint]], [[Con†Stellation_Guests#E.G. Glover|E.G. Glover]], [[Con†Stellation_Guests#Marc Gunn|Marc Gunn]], <del>[[Con†Stellation_Guests#Rachael Hill|Rachael Hill]],</del> [[Con†Stellation_Guests#Les_Johnson|Les Johnson]], <del>[[Con†Stellation_Guests#J.F. Lewis|J.F. Lewis]]</del>, and [[Con†Stellation_Guests#Darrell Osborn|Darrell Osborn]].
 
: '''Also Expected to Attend:''' [[Con†Stellation_Guests#L.R. Barrett-Durham|L.R. Barrett-Durham]], <del>[[Con†Stellation_Guests#Joe Dickerson|Joe Dickerson]],</del> [[Con†Stellation_Guests#Gerald W. Driggers|Gerald W. Driggers]], [[Con†Stellation_Guests#Cat Faber|Cat Faber]], [[Con†Stellation_Guests#Eric Flint|Eric Flint]], [[Con†Stellation_Guests#E.G. Glover|E.G. Glover]], [[Con†Stellation_Guests#Marc Gunn|Marc Gunn]], <del>[[Con†Stellation_Guests#Rachael Hill|Rachael Hill]],</del> [[Con†Stellation_Guests#Les_Johnson|Les Johnson]], <del>[[Con†Stellation_Guests#J.F. Lewis|J.F. Lewis]]</del>, and [[Con†Stellation_Guests#Darrell Osborn|Darrell Osborn]].
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===Hotel===
 
===Hotel===
 
[[File:HIESuite.jpg|frame|<div align="center">Holiday Inn Express Suite</div>]]
 
[[File:HIESuite.jpg|frame|<div align="center">Holiday Inn Express Suite</div>]]
We’re back for our eleventh (!) 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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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].
  
====Reserve Your Room (Now!)====
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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 12<sup>th</sup> to be sure of getting the convention rate. The hotel ''is'' supporting another event elsewhere in town and ''is'' expected to sell out so you need to reserve your room '''''early'''''.
 
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 12<sup>th</sup> to be sure of getting the convention rate. The hotel ''is'' supporting another event elsewhere in town and ''is'' expected to sell out so you need to reserve your room '''''early'''''.
 
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<span style="color:#FF0000">'''UPDATE!'''</span> The hotel room block was extended to 18 September 2012 but has now expired. You can still get a room at the convention rate '''''if''''' there are any rooms available. Rooms were apparently available as of mid-day 25 September, but the hotel will almost certainly sell out due to a college football homecoming that weekend that will use rooms all over town… so please call as early as you can if you are interested.
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===Get Your Con†Stellation T-Shirts===
 
===Get Your Con†Stellation T-Shirts===
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See the T-Shirt page link above for a larger look at the art and information about ordering your shirts. We '''strongly urge you to pre-order''' as selection of tees at the con will be much smaller than you may be accustomed to seeing; including fewer colors, sizes, and styles. The deadline for pre-ordering is '''14 September 2012'''.
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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.
 
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===Art Show & Auction===
 
===Art Show & Auction===
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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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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.
  
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===Dealers Room===
 
===Dealers Room===
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====Being a Dealer at Con†Stellation XXXII====
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Please check back soon for info on buying a table (or several) at the 2013 Con†Stellation.
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The first table ($60) includes one convention membership. Additional tables ($40) 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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Meanwhile, if you have questions 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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|Aardvark Tees, Weatherly Hardy||Tee Shirts
 
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====Being a Dealer at Con†Stellation XXXI====
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<span style="color:#FF0000">The Dealers Room for Con†Stellation XXXI is sold out. You may still contact us to be on a waitlist in case of cancellations, or to request information about the 2013 Dealers Room.</span>
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The first table ($60) includes one convention membership. Additional tables ($40) 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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===Programming===
 
===Programming===
<span style="color:#FF0000">'''UPDATE 5 October 2012'''</span><br />
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Info on programming at Con†Stellation XXXII will available much closer to the con.
A ''revised'' program listing is available [http://con-stellation.org/constell/con31_program_guide_for_web_%28Rev_1%29.pdf as a PDF file.] This is probably the final revision that will be posted on the web and should be very, very close to final. As always, though, you should check the printed Program Guide at the convention.
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There are a couple of 2012 innovations for Con†Stellation we particularly want to bring to your attention:
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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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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. Well, we're putting our own spin on that and providing candy instead of coffee. (Yes, there will be strategy involved&mdash;you might be ill advised to put a piece of toffee in your mouth just before you want to ask a question.)
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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. Well, we're putting our own spin on that and providing candy instead of coffee. (Yes, there will be strategy involved—you might be ill advised to put a piece of toffee in your mouth just before you want to ask a question.)
 
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You will have to sign up ''at the convention'' for these Saturday events. There will be a limit of one KandyKlatsch for each convention member 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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* 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===
We're continually working on making our gaming schedule great, so please check back often for additional information on the Gaming at Con†Stellation.
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<span style="color:#FF0000">'''UPDATE 7 October 2012'''</span><br />
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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.]
The final gaming schedule is now available [http://www.con-stellation.org/constell/gaming/2012%20Final%20Game%20schedule.pdf as a PDF file.] Yeah, there will be changes at the con, but this is pretty darn set.
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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 XXXI'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.)
  
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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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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====Lots More====
 
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We always have a good selection of gaming events with both preplanned and open tables. BYOG (Bring Your Own Game) or take out something from '''Craig's Closet''', there's always a good game to be found. Again, we'll add details as they become available, much closer to the con.
 
We always have a good selection of gaming events with both preplanned and open tables. BYOG (Bring Your Own Game) or take out something from '''Craig's Closet''', there's always a good game to be found. Again, we'll add details as they become available, much closer to the con.
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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?====
 
====Want to Run a Game?====
 
If you want to run a game/tournament at Con†Stellation, please [mailto:gamemaster@con-stellation.org?subject=I%20Want%20To%20Run%20A%20Game%20At%20Con*Stellation%20(or%20other%20query%20to%20the%20Game%20Master) email the Game Master] to start the discussion. You can also write the [[#Questions? How to Contact Us|convention address]] below, marking your missive '''Attention: Game Master'''.
 
If you want to run a game/tournament at Con†Stellation, please [mailto:gamemaster@con-stellation.org?subject=I%20Want%20To%20Run%20A%20Game%20At%20Con*Stellation%20(or%20other%20query%20to%20the%20Game%20Master) email the Game Master] to start the discussion. You can also write the [[#Questions? How to Contact Us|convention address]] below, marking your missive '''Attention: Game Master'''.
  
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Con†Stellation is happy to have chosen local hands-on science learning center [http://www.sci-quest.org/ Sci-Quest] as our charity for 2012. 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" and they do lots of school outreach, covering a 23-county area. Items will be up for bids in the [[Con†Stellation Art Show#Charity Auction|Art Show]].
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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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===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====
 
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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<strong>Snailmail</strong><br />
 
<strong>Snailmail</strong><br />
: Con*Stellation XXXI: Perseus<br />
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: Con*Stellation XXXII: Columba<br />
 
: P.O. Box 4857<br />
 
: P.O. Box 4857<br />
 
: Huntsville AL 35815-4857
 
: Huntsville AL 35815-4857
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===Flyers===
 
===Flyers===
You can download our latest flyer (version 1.5c—now two-sided—uploaded 14 June 2012) by [http://con-stellation.org/constell/con31_flyer_v1.5c.pdf clicking here]—suitable for printing. Check back for updates as more info is added. The website will normally be your most up-to-date source, but this version allows more portability than your laptop ;-)
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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==
 
==Con†Stellation History==
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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 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.
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===Con†Stellation 2012===
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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==
 
==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 2013 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 2014 and forward.
  
 
==External Links & Fannish Oddities==
 
==External Links & Fannish Oddities==
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The sponsor of Con†Stellation is the [http://www.con-stellation.org/nasfa/index.html 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 <span style="text-decoration:line-through;">noisy</span> lively business meeting (which often <span style="text-decoration:line-through;">digresses</span> 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 [http://www.con-stellation.org/nasfa/index.html NASFA website].
 
The sponsor of Con†Stellation is the [http://www.con-stellation.org/nasfa/index.html 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 <span style="text-decoration:line-through;">noisy</span> lively business meeting (which often <span style="text-decoration:line-through;">digresses</span> 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 [http://www.con-stellation.org/nasfa/index.html NASFA website].
 
Though not sponsored by NASFA, it's ''very'' well worth noting that the Golden Anniversary DeepSouthCon—[http://www.dsc50huntsville.com DSC 50]—will be in Huntsville.
 
  
 
'''Links to Other Conventions, etc.'''
 
'''Links to Other Conventions, etc.'''
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'''Fannish Oddities'''
 
'''Fannish Oddities'''
[[File:Fanfoodpyramid.jpg|right|thumb|180px|<div align="center">Fannish Food Pyramid (click for larger version)</div>]]
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:'''T-Shirt Retrospective'''
 
:'''T-Shirt Retrospective'''
 
::For the Con†Stellation T-Shirt Retrospective (of David O. Miller's wonderful art) [[Con†Stellation_T-Shirts#T-Shirt_Retrospective|click here]].
 
::For the Con†Stellation T-Shirt Retrospective (of David O. Miller's wonderful art) [[Con†Stellation_T-Shirts#T-Shirt_Retrospective|click here]].
 
:'''Fannish Food Pyramid'''
 
:'''Fannish Food Pyramid'''
::Fans have long joked that the 4 Fannish{{whatis|Fandom}} 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 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 [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_USDA_nutrition_guides USDA Food Guide Pyramid].
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::Fans have long joked that the 4 Fannish{{whatis|Fandom}} 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 [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_USDA_nutrition_guides USDA Food Guide Pyramid].
  
 
==Things To Do in Huntsville==
 
==Things To Do in Huntsville==
 
===Area Guide===
 
===Area Guide===
The area around the Holiday Inn Express has just about all the food and shopping you could need. An updated Area Guide is available [http://con-stellation.org/constell/con31_area_guide.pdf as a PDF file.].
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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===
 
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.
 
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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* [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 1 September - 31 October 2012
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** Scarecrow Trail Fall 2013
* [http://www.alabama.travel/things-to-do/attractions/harmony_park_safari Harmony Park Safari] (not an official website)
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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.tigersfortomorrow.org/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1 Tigers for Tomorrow]
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* [http://www.tigersfortomorrow.org/ Tigers for Tomorrow]
 
* [http://www.hsvmuseum.org/ Huntsville Museum of Art]
 
* [http://www.hsvmuseum.org/ Huntsville Museum of Art]
** The World Of Gloria Vanderbilt: Collages, Dream Boxes & Recent Paintings 1-24 October 2012
 
 
* [http://earlyworks.com/ Earlyworks Museum Complex]
 
* [http://earlyworks.com/ Earlyworks Museum Complex]
 
** Alabama Constitution Village
 
** Alabama Constitution Village
 
** Earlyworks Children's History Museum
 
** Earlyworks Children's History Museum
 
** Huntsville Depot and Museum
 
** Huntsville Depot and Museum
* Von Braun Center
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** [http://huntsvillegms.org/gem-and-mineral-show/ Gem & Mineral Show] 12-14 October 2012
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* [http://www.northalabamarailroadmuseum.com/ North Alabama Railroad Museum]
 
* [http://www.northalabamarailroadmuseum.com/ North Alabama Railroad Museum]
** Harvest Express 13 October 2012
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** Punkin' Pickin' Run 12 October 2013
 
* [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]
** Ruthie Foster 11-12 October 2012
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* [http://www.huntsvilleghostwalk.com Huntsville Ghost Walk] Fall 2013
* [http://www.huntsvilleghostwalk.com Huntsville Ghost Walk] 12-13 October 2012
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* Old Town Historic District Walking Tour Fall 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] 14 October 2012
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Revision as of 20:14, 27 January 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

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

We only post confirmed guests, so check back often for updates—there are almost always several invitations outstanding.

Guest of Honor: Larry Correia
Mistress of Ceremonies: Stephanie Osborn

Links to additional info on each guest will be furnished as soon as we can

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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