Ottawa’s twice-Aurora-nominated literary science fiction, fantasy and horror conference will run 13-15 October, 2017 at the Sheraton in downtown Ottawa. The Sheraton is more accessible and has more space for us to grow, and we especially worked hard to get a larger dealer’s room. The Sheraton is 4 blocks from Elgin, 4 blocks from Parliament and the river, 7 blocks from the market, and is right on the bus routes!
We’ll be announcing our Guests of Honour over the coming months, but you may want to book your room now. Our room block last year filled and we had to … Continue reading
We decided to try something a little different this year, a sort of in convention game. Can-Con is now not only a convention, but an RPG Game! Your name badges are now character sheets. There will be stations with dice so that you can roll up your character. And even a couple of monsters to fight! Who will gain the most experience points and find the best loot?
Can-Con 2016 Adventure Campaign – Rules
Write your name and pronoun of choice.
Write in your class, if not already filled in (based on your registration): Attendee, Panelist, Vendor, Special … Continue reading
Can*Con is pleased to announce two new science workshops this year! This is part of a programming pattern designed to help Ottawa writers have the tools they need to write great science fiction. Since 2012, we’ve had a strong science track with practicing Canadian scientists and science journalists.
For three out of the last four years, we’ve had Editors Guests of Honour from the science fiction field to expand the networks of aspiring scifi writers: Bundoran Press, Analog Science Fiction and Fact and Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine.
Those editors are looking for science-grounded science fiction because high-tech and visionary futures … Continue reading
Are you a science fiction author looking to get published? May I offer a recommended package of programming activities at Can*Con to anyone gunning for the next level of their science fiction writing career?
- Friday 7pm: Ursula K. Le Guin: Contributions and Legacy – this is a no-brainer. Ursula Le Guin’s impact on the field is still enormous.
- Friday 8pm: Tough choice. Do you want to hear what Sheila Williams, the editor of SF’s most famous magazine talk about story structure, or do you want to hear from biologists and MDs talk about recent advances in disease and … Continue reading
After last year’s successful workshops, Can-Con is happy to be offering four new workshops this year from some of our fantastic panelists, special guests and guests of honour!
Learn how to create underwater civilizations from Nina Munteanu; strengthen your plotting with Julie Czerneda; or delve into the mythic in a modern context with Derek Newman-Stille. Still to come is a workshop about aerospace from Eric Choi and Gillian Clinton (registration for this one will be available after the workshop description has been finalized).
Find out more and get the link … Continue reading
A draft schedule is now available! You can download it from this page.
The schedule is still in draft format and is subject to change.
A list of all the panels with descriptions will be available soon.
We are pleased to announce that Eric Choi will be joining us this year as our Science Guest of Honour!
Eric Choi is an aerospace engineer and award-winning writer and editor. His space engineering career includes work on the Meteorology (MET) payload on the Phoenix Mars Lander, the Canadarm2 on the International Space Station, the RADARSAT-1 Earth-observation satellite and the MOPITT (Measurements of Pollution on the Troposphere) instrument on the Terra satellite. He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering science and a master’s degree in aerospace engineering, both from the University of Toronto, and he is an alumnus of the … Continue reading
We are pleased to announce our third Guest of Honour, agent Sam Morgan!
Sam Morgan is the Right Hand of Darkness at JABberwocky. He is a native of Shelby, North Carolina and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Communications – Media Studies and Production. Before joining JABberwocky in late 2012, Sam worked throughout New York City as a television critic, pizza guy, and several other glamorous positions. He’s an active nerd … Continue reading
We are pleased to announce our second Guest of Honour, Tanya Huff!
Tanya Huff lives in rural Ontario, Canada, with her wife Fiona Patton, two dogs, and, as of last count, nine cats. Her 30 novels and 75 short stories include horror, heroic fantasy, urban fantasy, comedy, and space opera. She’s written four essays for Ben Bella’s pop culture collections and the occasional book review for the Globe and Mail. Her Blood series was turned into the 22-episode Blood Ties and writing episode nine allowed her to finally use her degree … Continue reading
We are very pleased to be welcoming New York’s Sheila Williams as Can*Con 2016 Editor Guest of Honour. Of the current editors of the professional science fiction and fantasy magazines, Sheila is the longest serving, having taken over as Editor of Asimov’s Science Fiction in 2004. She’s been nominated for a Hugo for editing every year since 2006 and won the Hugo in 2011 and 2012.
Sheila has influenced the science fiction and fantasy field with her own taste in literature, showcasing in Asimov’s Science Fiction such talents as Mike Resnick, Paul Cornell, Kij Johnson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Nancy Kress, … Continue reading