The ReaderCon of note this time around is Boskone 47 running from February 12th to the 14th, in Boston, MA. The Author Guest of Honor (GoH) is Alastair Reynolds, the Artist GoH is John Picacio, the NESFA Press Guests are Lois McMaster Bujold and Michael Whelan, and the Hal Clement Science Speaker is Vernor Vinge. How can you be anything other than awed with a lineup like that, and they are only the tip of the iceberg for this event!
Another ReaderCon happening from the 11th to the 13th is LTUE2010, also called Life, the Universe & Everything 28, at BYU, sponsored by the BYU College of Theatre and Media Arts. This is the The Marion K. “Doc” Smith Symposium on Science Fiction & Fantasy, with Author GoH Brandon Sanderson and Special Effects Wizard GoH Marty Brenneis.
BTW, if the referents for these two ReaderCons were not immediately obvious to you, take a few minutes to read Triplanetary By Doc E.E.Smith, so you will be ready to defend your galaxy.
For Anime Cons this weekend, KatsuCon takes place in The MD burbs of Washington, DC, at the National Harbor, and runs from the 12th to the 14th. My own personal hang-out point for this event will probably be the Katsu Lounge, listening to bands like the Tokyo Ska Paradise and Unicorn Table.
If there was a GeekCon category (I swear there isn’t, it just might somehow look like there was sometimes), this weeks winner would have to be the Genericon event from the folks at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.