Official Artist Jim Burns Sends His Regrets

Dear Members,

With regret we share that Official Artist Jim Burns is unable to join us this year at Boskone due to an emergency that will keep him from travelling to Boston. However, his art will still be on display in the Art Show.

We are in the process of redesigning the “Official Artist Interview with Jim Burns” to be a discussion among artists and art experts who will come together to talk about Jim’s career and his work.

The special presentation that Jim Burns was to give, “The Art of Jim Burns,” which was scheduled for Saturday at 5:00 pm, has been cancelled.

We are also revising the docent tour he was to give of the Art Show on Sunday at 10:00 am to be led by our special exhibit co-curator Joe Siclari.

Please know that Jim is saddened that he is unable to join us this year as he was very much looking forward to it, and is hoping to join us at Boskone next year, if possible. We support Jim in this decision, and thank you all for your understanding.

We have many wonderful and exciting things planned for Boskone this year, and look forward to seeing you all there to celebrate and enjoy this weekend of science fiction, fantasy, and horror with us.

Richard Duffy
Chair, Boskone 56

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Food Options at the Westin and Boskone 56

The Westin Waterfront Boston now requires Boskone to limit the types of food and snack items we can serve in the Con Suite. Specifically, we can no longer provide food items that need to be prepared by our staff, such as hard boiled eggs, cheese cubes, bagels, or the bread loaves we’ve provided in the past. The hotel requirements limit us to prepackaged snacks that come in individually wrapped packaging.

We are doing our best to provide reasonable snack choices including fruit, salty snacks, nuts, cookies, candy, and so on. In addition, we will still have plenty of coffee and hot water for tea, and have a variety of sodas and juices as we’ve done in the past. And the Con Suite will still be a relaxing, convivial space for you to enjoy them in the company of your fellow fans.

We have also been working with the Westin to expand their on-site restaurant hours, and they are also looking into expanding the hours of the Birch Bar.

The Westin has confirmed that individual convention members may bring food and non-alcoholic beverages from any on-site restaurant within the hotel to take away and bring into the function space to eat, including the Con Suite. Note, this is purely for individual people who need to grab a bite and eat quickly during/between sessions. However, you cannot bring food from restaurants that are outside of the hotel into function space or the Con Suite, though you can bring it into your own hotel guest room for consumption.

Current on-site Westin restaurant hours are:

Breakfast: 6:30 am-11:00 am
Lunch: 11:30 am-2:30 pm

Breakfast: 7:00 am-11:30 am
Lunch: 12:00 noon-3:00 pm

Breakfast: 7:00 am–12:00 noon
Lunch: 12:30 pm–3:00 pm

Open: 6:00 am–7:00 pm

Open: 3:00 pm–12:00 midnight

Open: 11:30 am–2:00 am

Sun–Thurs: 11:30 am–12:00 midnight
Fri–Sat: 11:30 am–1:00 am

Open: 4:30 pm–2:00 am

While not the perfect or ideal scenario, we hope these alternative options help in providing you the food you need in order to stay lively and healthy during the con!

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Getting to Boskone!

For those of us who are driving to Boskone, and that includes cabs as well as Uber and Lift, please be aware that the New England Boat Show is happening at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, which shares a driveway with the Westin.

When driving, please be aware that traffic will likely be heavy at times, especially during the opening and closing hours of the Boat Show. On the bright side, this means that their parking lot will be open during the day (according their website it’s $20 for regular sized vehicles and $36 for oversized vehicles). Since their lot does close at night, please also be sure to also ask how late they will be open (each day that you use their lot) so that you can retrieve your car.

A nice alternative to driving is to take the Silver Line, SL1 or SL2, to the World Trade Center Station. Red Line users an MBTA service alert has been announced that shuttles will be replacing service between Harvard and Alewife.

For details on how to navigate the MBTA system or additional parking information, visit the Boskone website.

As always, plan some extra time to arrive at the convention before the first program item that you would like to attend. Safe travels! We look forward to seeing you there!

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Attend a Kaffeeklatsche at Boskone!

What’s a kaffeeklatsch? It’s a chance to sit in a small group with an author, artist, editor, or publisher for a fun and lively discussion! Come join the discussion and ask them about anything under the sun or beyond the stars.  Kaffeeklatches are one of the gems of Boskone, so newcomers be sure to try one out!

This is your chance to ask that burning question about the new novel. Hear some interesting stories about the struggles of being a writer or making your first sale. You might even meet a new friend, discover some new books for your “to read” list, or compare notes during a critical discussion about a literary theory. These small group discussions are rewarding opportunities to get to know your favorite writer better.

B52Kaffeeklatsch Sign-up Is Required

Seating is limited! Be sure to sign-up early. The sign-up sheets will be available at Program Ops, which is near Registration in the Harbor Foyer at the top of the escalator.

  • For kaffeeklatches on Friday or Saturday from 10am-1pm: Signup on Friday
  • For kaffeeklatches on Saturday from 2pm-5pm: Sign up Saturday morning
  • For kaffeeklatches on Sunday: Sign up Saturday starting at 1pm



6:00 PM Brenda W. Clough
6:00 PM Marshall Ryan Maresca
7:00 PM Neil Clarke
7:00 PM Jeffrey A. Carver


10:00 AM Kate Elliott
10:00 AM D.B. Jackson
11:00 AM Vandana Singh
11:00 AM Adam Stemple and Jane Yolen
12:00 PM Ellen Datlow
12:00 PM Shannon Chakraborty
1:00 PM Rebecca Roanhorse
1:00 PM Patrick Nielsen Hayden and Teresa Nielsen Hayden
2:00 PM John Clute
2:00 PM Sarah Beth Durst
3:00 PM Elizabeth Hand
3:00 PM Bruce Coville
4:00 PM Theodora Goss
4:00 PM Horror in the Afternoon with Paul Tremblay & Nicholas Kaufman
5:00 PM Karl Schroeder
5:00 PM Max Gladstone


10:00 AM Fonda Lee
10:00 AM Catherynne Valente
11:00 AM Mur Lafferty
11:00 AM Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
12:00 PM Melinda Snodgrass
12:00 PM Br Guy Consolmagno SJ
1:00 PM William Hayashi
1:00 PM Cindy Pon
2:00 PM Joshua Bilmes and Barry Goldblatt
2:00 PM S L Huang

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B56 Mini Interviews with S L Huang, Brendan DuBois & Josh Dahl

The countdown to Boskone 56 is on! Alas, it brings us the last set of mini interviews for this year. Don’t fret! Come to Boskone to meet all our talented program participants, including S L Huang, Brendan DuBois & Josh Dahl.


SL HuangS L Huang

SL Huang is an Amazon-bestselling author who justifies her MIT degree by using it to write eccentric mathematical superhero fiction. Her debut novel, Zero Sum Game, came out from Tor in 2018, and her short fiction has sold to Analog, Nature, and The Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy 2016. She is also a Hollywood stuntwoman and firearms expert, where she’s appeared on shows such as “Battlestar Galactica” and “Raising Hope” and worked with actors such as Sean Patrick Flanery, Jason Momoa, and Danny Glover. She currently lives in Tokyo.

Visit Lisa on Facebook, Twitter or via her website.

With many conventions to choose from and limited time in your schedule, what attracts you to Boskone?

I’ve never been to Boskone, but I was very attracted to it because — BOSTON! I love Boston. I went to college there, and I feel a great nostalgia for the literary and genre people I met during my years in the area. And every time I go back to visit friends, I’m delighted by the vibrancy and brilliance of Boston communities.

I’m eager to catch up with friends and meet more locals, as well as hang with the other folks traveling in for the con. I can’t imagine a better city to do it in, and the more I interact with the Boskone community in particular and hear about how the convention is run, the more excited I am to experience it for myself. My publisher was stoked at the idea of my attending Boskone, too!


Do you have a favorite photo from a book event or literary convention? If so, when and where was it taken? What do you enjoy most about this photo?



“I DO. And it’s a Boston photo, no less!

Ken Liu, Elizabeth Bear, and I were all in MIT Press’s “Twelve Tomorrows” anthology together, and this photo is when we came to do a Q&A at the MIT Press Bookstore last year. It was one of the most fun events I’ve done, mainly because Ken and Elizabeth are utterly delightful people. As you can see from this photo — I don’t know what Ken said that made us laugh this hard!

We talked some of my favorite topics with the audience, such as hard science fiction and the science behind our favorite SF. Like every time I’ve been in Boston, the audience members were smart and responsive and so fun to engage with, and as an MIT alum myself I was over the moon to return to the bookstore as an author. Now, every time I see this photo it reminds me of what a giddily good time we had there — and how much fun talking science and science fiction can be.

Plus, the dress I am wearing in this picture is awesome. It has POCKETS.

Can you share some details about upcoming projects or what you’re working on now? Do you have releases in 2019 that readers should look for?
NULL-SET-cover-674x1024Yes, I have two upcoming releases that I’m very excited about! Yoon Ha Lee, Rivers Solomon, Becky Chambers and I have a collaborative series coming out very soon from Serial Box. It’s called The Vela, and it’s a space opera adventure that also digs into some deep themes. You can read more about it here:

Then my second book, Null Set, is coming out this summer. It’s the sequel to my debut novel Zero Sum Game, which my publisher calls “the geek’s Jack Reacher” — it’s about a superheroine who can do math really, really fast. She does use to kill slightly too many people . . . but I still love her.


brendanduboisBrendan DuBois

Brendan DuBois of New Hampshire is the award-winning author of 22 novels and more than 170 short stories. His third science fiction novel, BLACK TRIUMPH — the concluding novel in his DARK VICTORY trilogy — was published in October 2018 by Baen Books. This March, two novels co-authored with NYT bestselling author James Patterson — THE FIRST LADY and THE CORNWALLS ARE GONE — will be published. His short fiction has appeared in Playboy, Analog, Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and numerous anthologies including “The Best American Mystery Stories of the Century,” published in 2000, as well as the “The Best American Noir of the Century,” published in 2010. Two of his short stories have appeared in Gardner Dozois’ “The Year’s Best Science Fiction” anthologies. His novel, RESURRECTION DAY, won the Sidewise Award for Best Alternate History Novel of the Year. His stories have thrice won him the Shamus Award from the Private Eye Writers of America, and have also earned him three Edgar Allan Poe Award nominations from the Mystery Writers of America. He is also a “Jeopardy!” gameshow champion.

Visit Brendan on Facebook or via his website.

With many conventions to choose from and limited time in your schedule, what attracts you to Boskone?

Well, it’s an hour’s drive away, which is nice. Hah-hah. No, what appeals to me is nostalgia and the future. Nostalgia because I was a fierce SF fan back in the 1970s, in grade school and high school. In 1977, as a senior in high school, Boskone was my very first convention of any kind, and I was instantly welcomed. That’s the nostalgia part. After a decades-long absence, and with me re-entering the SF and fantasy field as an author, I find Boskone just as open, warm, and welcoming. It still honors its roots in SF and fantasy, and also promotes the future and changing field of which I have so much affection.

If you could relive your first experience with any book or film, which one would you pick? What is it about this book or film that you want to experience again for the “first time?”

The book would be Robert Heinlein’s Red Planet, first published in 1949. I probably read this book about 20 or so years later, as a young boy, and it was just a wonderful introduction of a YA type of SF where young boys were the lead. Of course, *I* imagined myself as a young lad on Mars… and that (along with the Apollo space program) just fed my life-long love with SF and space.

What is your favorite memory of a fan interaction at a convention? It could be you as a pro interacting with one of your fans or you as a fan meeting someone you admire.

This is a story I’ve told many, many times before, so please forgive me. As noted earlier, back in 1977 I was a high school senior, in love with writing and science fiction. My parents actually allowed me to go to my first SF convention in Boston, Boskone, about an hour away form home.

I was alone. Didn’t know a soul. But at some reception I fell into conversation with the one and only David Gerrold. We talked for a while and I couldn’t believe how cool this was… me, a kid from New Hampshire, sharing time with the guy who wrote the Tribbles episode and so much other cool stuff.

Later on, he said, “I’ve having dinner with Larry and his wife. Want to join us?”

I said sure. “Larry” turned out to be SF author Larry Niven and his wife Marilyn, a/k/a Fuzzy Pink.

So there I was, the first day of my first SF con, having an intelligent and lovely dinner with two of the greats in SF. They treated me as an equal, as someone who would be a pro “one of these days.” And that dinner at Boskone changed my life, and gave me the inspiration and dedication to continue writing, as a journalist and then a full-time fiction author in 1998.

Do you have a favorite photo from a book event or literary convention? If so, when and where was it taken? What do you enjoy most about this photo?



This photo was taken at Bouchercon in 2016, when I met up with David Gerrold for the first time since 1977. I’m holding an autographed PB from him that was published at that time, and *he’s* holding an autographed copy of my first novel. The circle closes…



Can you share some details about upcoming projects or what you’re working on now? 


Last fall, I completed the third novel in my first science fiction trilogy, Black Triumph,  which was published by Baen Books.Next month, my first collaboration with James Patterson, The Cornwalls Are Gone, will be released by Little, Brown.




Who is your favorite literary character of all time? What is it about this character that you admire?
Oh, it would have to be Lazarus Long, the creation of Robert Heinlein, who “lived” in works published in the 1940’s, 1970’s and 1980’s. In these fictional worlds, he lived for several thousand years, through various timelines. See: Methuselah’s Children, Time Enough For Love, The Cat Who Walks Through Walls, and To Sail Beyond The Sunset.



Josh Dahl

Visit Josh on Facebook or via his website.

With many conventions to choose from and limited time in your schedule, what attracts you to Boskone?

Boskone is both low-key, but intense. It is smart, but silly. It is intriguing, but inviting. It’s fun.

They say you can find hints of creators in their work. Looking back at your work, which character, piece of art, song, poem, article, etc. most closely resembles you? Why?

All of my comics are really about me, but the one that is most clearly autobiographical is Rapid City: Objects at Rest.

What is your favorite memory of a fan interaction at a convention? It could be you as a pro interacting with one of your fans or you as a fan meeting someone you admire.

I was sipping my second sad-and-alone gin n tonic at the Comixology after-party for New York Comic Con. I didn’t know anyone there and was ready to mope back to my room. Just then, a mysterious woman cut through the crowd, moving directly toward me. She looked up at me and said “Are you Josh Dahl? You are one of my favorite writers”.
I won’t get into the specifics after that, suffice it to say that we played a few rounds of trivia with her friends. It was wonderful.

Can you share some details about upcoming projects or what you’re working on now? Do you have releases in 2019 that readers should look for?
Skies Over Superior is an ongoing comic series with artist Laura Bearl. Teenager Merilee Fit discovers that mythical creatures are arising from Lake Superior to destroy her northern Michigan town… and all of humanity. It is up to Merilee and her uncle to find a way to stop them. This serialized graphic novel is supported by Patreon and available through Tapas.




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Check out Boskone for Free

As a fan (volunteer) run convention, we work hard to give our program participants and attendees the best experience.We understand that conventions can be daunting. We created Free Friday Afternoon programming to give you a taste of what you can expect at Boskone before you buy a membership.


Free Friday Afternoon Programming

Programming on Friday, February 15th is (free to the public) from 2:00-6:00 pm. Memberships are required after 6:00 pm on Friday and throughout the rest of the convention.

  • Events 
    • Special Interview with The Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin Director Arwen Curry
    • Young Adult Fiction Guest Interview: Cindy Pon
  • Panels include
    • The Hopeful Future in Science Fiction
    • The Other Others in Urban Fantasy
    • Your Own Doomsday: Speculating on Future Catastrophes
    • Heinlein’s Juveniles
    • The Life Cycle of a Book
    • Medical Ethics in the 21st Century
    • Laundering Your Fairy Tales
    • MG or YA?
    • My Worst Story — And Why I Wrote It
    • The Long View (of a Writing Career)
    • The Perfect Short Story
  • Workshops include
    • How to Create Your Own Book Trailer
    • Dialog Workshop: You Don’t Say!
    • Telling Tarot Tales

These are just a few of our Free Friday Afternoon program items. There is so much more to enjoy at Boskone this year! Check out Boskone 56’s full program schedule to see what else is in store for you.

After 6:00 pm on Friday and through the rest of the convention, you’ll need to purchase a membership to stay and enjoy the events, panels, interviews, games, and more! Weekend passes as well as day passes are available.

Come early, stay late, and return for more. It all begins at 2:00 pm on Friday, February 15. See you there!

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A “Must See” Special Exhibit at Boskone 56 Art Show

Boskone is known for its Art Show,  in large part that is due to the incredible (and often Herculean) work done by Joe Siclari and Edie Stern. Join us for one last special exhibit from Joe and Edie featuring their favorite pieces that have not been shown at a Boskone before.

Over the last 15 years, Joe Siclari and Edie Stern have put together over a dozen Historical Art Retrospectives for Boskone and World Fantasy Conventions. They have compiled some of the most interesting and engaging speculative art exhibits in fandom that showed the growth of the art in science fiction and fantasy. These exhibits were put together with contributions from dozens of collectors and artists, as well as from their own collections. Their special exhibits have been special gems in the Boskone experience and you won’t want to miss out on this, their final Boskone exhibit.


Special Exhibit: From the Collection of Joe Siclari and Edie Stern

This special exhibit will feature approximately 40 pieces, ranging from early 1900s to early this century and includes some of the greatest artists in the genre, both classical and contemporary. Some of the artists represented in the show include Julie Bell, Hannes Bok, Chesley Bonestell, Margaret Brundage, Vincent Di Fate, Leo and Diane Dillon, Dean Ellis, Ed Emsh, Robert Foster, Kelly Freas, John Harris, Paul Lehr, Ian Miller, John Jude Palencar, Willy Pogany, Richard Powers, John Schoenherr, Lawrence Sterne Stevens, Jean Pierre Targete, H. R. Van Dongen, Boris Vallejo, Ron Walotsky and Gahan Wilson.

We hope you enjoy this exhibit. Come stop by, say hello, and thank them for the years-and-years of amazing work they have contributed to Boskone! To learn more about the art, join them on their docent tour on Saturday at 4pm.


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