Con†Stellation XXXV: Horologium (The Clock)
13–15 October 2017——Huntsville, Alabama
|GoH: Mary Robinette Kowal||Artist GoH: David O. Miller||MC: Toni Weisskopf|
We will be transforming this into a history site
Please bear with us as that transition will take some time
Welcome to the website for Con†Stellation, an annual general interest Science Fiction & Fantasy convention(←What's That?) in Huntsville Alabama. Con†Stellation (or Con*Stellation) is an annual, fan-run, general-interest science fiction & fantasy convention sponsored by NASFA—the North Alabama Science Fiction Association. The next con—Con†Stellation 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 Contact Info below to get in touch.
Con†Stellation XXXI: Perseus 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 previous years.
Adult Membership(←What's That?) rate:
Child and Young Adult Rates:
Rates for children (though age 12) are fixed regardless of when they are purchased.
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.
We will be posting a PDF Registration Form as soon as we can. In the meanwhile, you can send payment along with information on each member—name, badge name if any, and contact information (address, email, and phone as applicable)—to the convention address below.
We only post confirmed guests, so check back often for updates—there are almost always several invitations outstanding.
We’re back for our eleventh (!) 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.
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 12th 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.
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.
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 buy or sell art at Con†Stellation (including fees, the shipping address, etc. for the latter) click through to the Art Show page.
Please check back later for more-complete information on the Dealers Room. Meanwhile, note that tables are available for this year's convention. 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′x30″. Contact us via any of the methods below if you have questions.
Please check back closer to the convention for information on programming at the con.
Details are still being worked, but we plan to feature a night of console gaming Saturday evening. It'll start right after the Art Auction and run late, late into the night. More details will be provided as they are available.
Do you play spades and play to win? If so, have we got a deal for you! Killer Cutthroat Spades is a variant on no-partner spades with severe penalties for sandbagging, thus putting extra emphasis on both accurate bidding and sharp gameplay. What do you get if you win? Mostly bragging rights—no small thing in this neck of the woods! Never played Killer Cutthroat Spades before? No problem, we'll help. (Seriously, we actually will help. We love introducing the game to new folks. Some experience playing spades, bridge, or some other bid-and-trick based game is helpful, but not necessary. We can pretty much always round up enough players to teach you at a non-tournament game before you go swimming with the sharks.)
You can sign up at the door or contact "Uncle Timmy" by email to get on the list.
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.
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.
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.
You can download our latest flyer (version 1.5c—now two-sided—uploaded 14 June 2012) by 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 ;-)
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.
Other Fannish Stuff in Huntsville
Though not sponsored by NASFA, it's very well worth noting that the Golden Anniversary DeepSouthCon—DSC 50—will be in Huntsville.
A link to the Fannish Food Pyramid will be added here; please check back later.
Links to Other Conventions, etc.