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.
After having to cancel Con†Stellation for 2014, the convention is back on track for 2015—bright, shiny, and better than ever. We're beginning to fill in the info for 2015, changes will be posted as they are confirmed. 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 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
See the convention contact info below for a postal address to mail your registration. You can also email email@example.com if you need more 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.
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.
- Guest of Honor: Orson Scott Card
- Artist Guest of Honor: Sam Flegal
- Master of Ceremonies: Jeff "Ugly Shoes" Harris (late of the Cemetery Surfers and currently a member of Bacon Pi)
- Also Expected to Attend: Julie Cochrane, Louise Herring-Jones, Les Johnson, Bryan Jones, D. Alan Lewis, Jamie Marchant, Dan Thompson, Toni Weisskopf, and Wes Yahola
- With a Special Musical Appearance by Bacon Pi
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—a Starwood hotel. 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.
Reserve Your Room (Now!)
Standard rooms (king or double-double) are $92 (+taxes). A limited number of Jacuzzi and Corner King rooms may be available for an upcharge of $20 (+taxes) per night.
You can make your hotel reservation online starting at this Starwood website or by calling the hotel at 256-772-9661. The Starwood website is also a good place to learn about the hotel, get driving directions, etc.
Parking in the hotel parking lot is free for all convention members—just bring your parking ticket and convention badge to the hotel desk to get the ticket validated. Please be careful not to park in airport parking (short term or long term). The entrances for the various parking lots are close together so watch the signs carefully. The hotel is still looking into what to do if the hotel lot is full.
Hotel-provided info on parking can be found in this PDF.
Get Your Con†Stellation T-Shirts
T-Shirt Art; more info to follow
We've received the T-Shirt art from David O. Miller for the 2015 Con†Stellation T-Shirt and it is drop dead gorgeous! We'll be full info on buying your shirt as soon as we can finalize arrangements.
Art Show & Auction
- Main Article: Con†Stellation Art Show
- Select the above Main Article for information on the Art Show, Print Shop, and Auction—including information about selling your art at the convention.
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.
Art Show Contact Info
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. The contact info for our Art Show director is:
- Con†Stellation Art Show
- c/o Randy B. Cleary
- 8000 Madison Blvd., Ste. D102 PMB 173
- Madison AL 35758-2003
- or by email to:
Being a Dealer at Con†Stellation XXXIII
The first table ($80) includes one convention membership. A second table ($50) does not include additional memberships. All dealers and helpers must be members of the convention. If you need more than two table, please contact the convention.
All tables are 6′x30″. 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) to the convention 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us via any of the other methods below.
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. Starting in 2012 we put out our own spin on that; providing candy instead of coffee. Success! (Yes, there is strategy involved—you might be ill advised to put a piece of toffee in your mouth just before you want to ask a question.) So we're bringing back KandyKlasches at Con†Stellation XXXIII.
You will have to sign up at the convention for these events. There may be a limit on how many KandyKlatsch each convention member can sign up for, and there will be a limit on the number of people in each KandyKlatsch. Details of signup (including times available) will be available at the convention.
Though details are still being sussed out, we're working on bringing a traditional-style Saturday evening Masquerade back to ContStellation this year. Check back later for details, and pack your costumes for the trip!
We've been a little slow getting off the mark on Gaming this year, but rest assured we will have a Game Room at Con†Stellation—actually two rooms.
Want to Run a Game?
If you want to run a game/tournament in the main Game Room 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.
Large-Format Game Room
We're trying something new this year that we're calling Large-Format Gaming. This will include all sorts of silly, fun, games with hands-on user participation. Think of board games or video games scaled up, made 3-D, and brought to life.
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.)
You can sign up at the door or contact "Uncle Timmy" by email to get on the list.
Art by Sydney Saffel,
used by permission
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.
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.
- Con*Stellation XXXIII: Coma Berenices
- P.O. Box 4857
- Huntsville AL 35815-4857
Main Email Address
- 24 MAY 2015: It appears as if incoming emails to our main address (above) are bouncing at least part of the time.
- We are trying to get this straightened out with our ISP. Meanwhile, if you get a bounce or we do not
- reply in a timely way, an alternate email address is: email@example.com
Other Email Addresses
- firstname.lastname@example.org for the convention chairs
- email@example.com for the Art Show
- firstname.lastname@example.org for the Dealers Room
- Google Voicemail: 256-270-0092
- 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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- 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.
- 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.
- 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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Going forward, the plan is to have each year's Con†Stellation in October. Stay tuned to this website for more info on 2016 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 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
- 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.