I’ll be at Windycon 47 this weekend

Windycon, Chicagoland’s longest-running science fiction convention, is back in person for 2021! This year’s theme is “Urban Fantastic.”

Windycon 47 will be held from Friday to Sunday, November 12 to 14, at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center in Lombard, Illinois. At its core, it’s a literary-based convention, but we’ll also enjoy games, costumes, art, filk and other music, science, poetry, anime, a dealer’s room, theater, and miscellaneous fooling around.

Last year’s Windycon was canceled due to covid complications, and this year masks and other restrictions will be required — and for me, welcome. We can see our friends again and be safe doing it.

Due to restrictions, there will be fewer panels this year. I’ll be on this one:

Representation of Space in Science Fiction in Lilac B/D room, Saturday, November 13, at 1 p.m.: Few settings in science fiction have received as much attention or excited the imagination as much as outer space. Our panelists discuss the different ways that space has been portrayed. AJ Rocca (moderator), Toni Lichtenstein Bogolub, Sue Burke, John O’Neill.

Personally, I think the show that gets it the most right is Doctor Who. Don’t start me on Star Wars

I imagine the usually lively evening party scene will be a bit chilled, but I’ll be at the party Friday and Saturday night starting at 9 p.m. in Room 1421, hosted by Capricon, Chicago’s other major convention (February 3 to 6, 2022), and by Chicon 8, the World Science Fiction Convention (September 1 to 5, 2022). Come enjoy some refreshments and chat about the coming year in local and world fandom.

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