Can-Con – The Campaign!

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

Character Creation

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

Science Workshops – $20 each!

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

What Can*Con Offers Science Fiction Writers at Can*Con 2016

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

Workshop Registration Now Open!

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

Announcing: Science Guest of Honour Eric Choi!

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

Announcing: Agent Guest of Honour Sam Morgan!

We are pleased to announce our third Guest of Honour, agent Sam Morgan!

Sam Morgan is the Right Hand of Darkness at JABberwockySam Morgan. 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

Announcing: Writer Guest of Honour Tanya Huff!

We are pleased to announce our second Guest of Honour, Tanya Huff!

Tanya HuffTanya 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

Announcing: Editor Guest-of-Honour Sheila Williams

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

Announcing Can-Con 2016!

Welcome to Can*Con 2016, Ottawa’s Aurora-nominated Literary Science Fiction and Fantasy Conference. We’ve just launched into high gear with a series of announcements coming up.

First of all, Can*Con 2016 will run on the 9th – 11th of September, in downtown Ottawa at the stunningly beautiful Novotel, one block from Ottawa’s historic Market, the Rideau Center, the Canal and public transit. You can book your rooms online or by calling 613.230.3033 and mention Can-Con for our special rate!

Secondly, Marie Bilodeau is taking on more responsibility on the Can*Con team as the Co-Chair, Corporate, while Derek … Continue reading