FenCon is a yearly speculative fiction convention in Dallas, Texas. FenCon is a literary science fiction and fantasy convention with quite a lot of filk programming, some science programming, an outstanding collection of guests, an art show, a charity auction, a short story contest, a writers workshop, and members like you. FenCon is a production of the Dallas Future Society.
FenCon will once again welcome a diverse group of Hugo, Pegasus, Nebula, Stoker, and Chesley winners and other top names in their fields to Dallas, along with scientists, astronauts, and even filkers--ballad bawlers and dancers.
FenCon Guest of Honor
This year's Guest of Honor is C.J. Cherryh bestselling science fiction author of The Chanur Saga and The Foreigner series, among others. (My favortie is Cyteen.) Cherryh, an author's pseudonym for Cherry, has a background in Mediterranean archaeology, Latin, Greek, and she says she is an eternal optimist.
"I also believe a writer owes a reader a book that has more than general despair to spread about: I write about clever, determined people who don't put up with situations, not for long, anyway: people who find solutions inspire me," says Cherryh.
She has written more than 60 books since the mid-1970s, including the Hugo Award-winning novels Downbelow Station: The Company Wars (1981) and Cyteen (1988), both set in her Alliance-Union universe.
Cherryh is a local author, having taught high school in Oklahoma City for seven years, public school, because, she says, "I believe strongly in the right of all students to have the classics available. I inherited the Ancient History class and taught that too. I'm told I was notorious in the state colleges." The Oklahoma native moved to Texas for a while, then sought cooler climes in Spokane, WA, where she lives today.
Local authors also attend
Fencon has many well-known authors attending, including DFW's own, Rachel Caine, author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Morganville Vampires series (Glass Houses, The Dead Girls’ Dance, Midnight Alley, Feast of Fools, Lord of Misrule, Carpe Corpus, Fade Out, Kiss of Death, Ghost Town).
She is also the author of the bestselling Weather Warden series (Ill Wind, Heat Stroke, Chill Factor, Windfall, Firestorm, Thin Air, Gale Force, Cape Storm, Total Eclipse), as well as the Outcast Season series, set in the universe of the Weather Warden novels (Undone, Unknown). She’s written more than 30 novels to date, with eight (yes, count them, eight!) coming out in 2010 and 2011.
Caine has been honored with a Paranormal Pearl Award and an RT Booklovers Award, and was recently awarded a Career Achievement Award from Romantic Times. Her first young adult novel, Glass Houses, was chosen for the Texas Tayshas List in 2009. In 2011, she published the first novel of her new series, The Revivalist, a contemporary fantasy series, with the release of Working Stiff in August.
FenCon is also about science and space
FenCon has several "tracks" or themed programmed panels. There's a writing track where writers learn the ins and outs of writing and publishing in today's market, focusing on the speculative fiction genre, as well as a fan track, and a science track, with the science Special Guest, Dr. David Hansen.
David Hanson worked as a professional sculptor for 2 years, with pieces in Atlantis Resort, Universal Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering prior to transitioning into Disney’s Technical Development area, where he led several robotic and materials projects.
Hanson received a Ph.D. in Aesthetic Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas, with a focus Interactive Arts and Engineering, merging cognitive science research, engineering, and artistry in the humanlike conversation robots that formed the basis for founding Hanson Robotics. Hanson founded Hanson Robotics in late 2003 to bring robots to life, literally.
Since then, the Hanson Robotics team of visionaries introduced a renowned series of the world’s most life-like intelligent robots, enlivened by Hanson’s breakthrough technologies including Frubber™ skin material, and Character Engine cognition software.
FenCon is family fun
FenCon has much to offer the whole family, with a costume contest anyone can enter, workshops and panels on everything from writing and publishing to rocketry, NASA, and space science today (astronaut Stanley Love will be attending), an art show featuring amateur and professional artists, as well as a large dealers room filled with books, jewelry, swords, robots, and much more. Tickets are for the weekend or one day at a time.
For more information: www.fencon.org
WHEN: Fri. Sept. 21 through Sun. Sept. 23
WHERE: Crowne Plaza Hotel North Dallas/Galleria
14315 Midway Road