INTRODUCING BOSKONE 52
Boskone is New England’s longest running classic science fiction and fantasy convention for the whole family, drawing program participants from North America, Europe, and beyond. Join us February 13-15, 2015, at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel in Boston, MA.
Guest of Honor Steven Brust is the author of the Vlad Taltos series and has published more than 26 novels. He writes fantasy, urban fantasy, and more. He’s also an enthusiastic amateur drummer, guitarist, banjo player, and poker player.
Official Artists Charles Lang and Wendy Snow-Lang are artists whose work embraces vintage-style Halloween imagery, Lovecraft inspired themes, and holiday collectibles. They are also co-founders of the Terror Fantasies Art Show in Salem, MA, which may be the longest running Halloween art show in the U.S. Wendy is also a writer and comic book artist.
Special Guest Robert K. Wiener is the president of Donald M. Grant Publisher, Inc. (releasing first editions of Stephen King books among many others). Prior to that he had founded Archival Press. Robert is also a well-known collector of SF art and illustration. He began collecting art in 1965 and has contributed to all of the previous Boskone Art Exhibits as well as to many World Fantasy, Worldcon, the Society of Illustrators and Spectrum Exhibitions. Somehow, he still manages the time to be a fan as well.
Featured Filkers Maya and Jeff Bohnhoff are professional musicians and songwriters. They are known for their clever and ingenious filk parodies, which are not to be missed! In addition, Maya is also a New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen speculative fiction novels, and Jeff has produced albums for many of fandom’s top filkers.
The Hal Clement Science Speaker is David L. Clements. He is an astrophysicist based in London, and his work is focused on extragalactic astronomy and observational cosmology, including working on the Herschel and Planck space missions for more than 10 years. To top it all off, he has just published a new popular science book on infrared astronomy and is also a science fiction writer.
The NESFA Press Guest is the Hugo award winning artist Vincent Di Fate,. He is also recognized as one of the foremost authorities on science fiction and fantasy art. His book Infinite Worlds is considered the major reference on the field. He teaches science fiction illustration and film at FIT. Di Fate is a past president of the Society of Illustrators, a Worldcon Guest of Honor (1992, MagiCon) and a founding member and a past president of the Association of Science Fiction/Fantasy Artists.
Boskone’s program is known for its creativity, depth, and high-caliber speakers. Join in the fun as we discuss what’s new in science fiction, fantasy, science, films, horror, music, and more! Some of our participants are Guy Consolmagno, Bob Eggleton, Christopher Golden, Andrea Hairston, Elizabeth Hand, John Langan, Ken Liu, Marjorie Liu, Scott Lynch, Melissa Marr, Patrick & Teresa Nielsen Hayden, Charlie Stross, Carrie Vaughn, Walter Jon Williams, Brianna Spacekat Wu, Jane Yolen, and many others!
The convention opens at 2:00 pm! And will be free to the public on Friday, February 13 from 2:00-6:00 pm. Memberships are required after 6:00 pm on Friday and for the duration of the convention.
But Wait, There’s More
We have a room dedicated to anime and films, an expanded young adult program, and a heavy-hitting art program that is a “can’t miss” event for art lovers! Plus, Boskone’s roving judges will hand out Hall Costume ribbons, but please be considerate toward others in your costume design.
Friday features Boskone’s Opening Ceremony and Reception. Saturday includes the Featured Filker Concert and the Multi-Author Book Party followed by the Awards Ceremony, a special improv show, and more late night events!
Our well-stocked gaming area provides more room for activities and fun. We will have everything from Agricola to Zombie Dice. Try your luck on the Atari, Genesis, Wii, Xbox 360, or PS3 systems. You can save the world with Pandemic, play Dominion to your heart’s content, or take a shot at the Guru of the Game Room Tournament.
The Boskone Art Show is consistently one of the best around, featuring professional and amateur artists from across the country. Not only can you enjoy the elaborate SF and fantasy-themed artwork, you can bid on and buy many of these original works of art and learn more about each piece during a guided tour. We have a Special Exhibit showcasing SF/F art history as well as a ComiC Book Legal Defense Fund charity painting auction.
Looking to buy something? You’ll find it here, in our own shopping area for amazing and fantastic objects. Here are things you simply can’t get online. Vendors include booksellers, artists, small presses, games, jewelry, those must-have shirts, and, of course, NESFA Press.
DragonsLair is our program for young fans. Here you’ll find readings, toys, games, crafts, talks, and hands-on demos designed to appeal to elementary school-aged children.
The center of Boskone is the Con Suite. Grab a quick snack, have a conversation, or relax and watch the con go by. You can also participate in one of the many Kaffeeklatsches — group discussions with our participants — or get that special book signed by your favorite author!
Westin Waterfront Hotel is located at 425 Summer Street, Boston, MA. Boskone’s room rates are $157 single/double, $167 triple, and $177 quad.