LI-CON 2: August 14-16, 2015

I’m incredibly happy to announce that LI-CON 2 will be held from August 14-16, 2014, at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Ronkonkoma, NY. Pre-registration should open next week, and expect the announcement of some guest names (and a revamp of this web site) very soon indeed.

The Clarion is in Suffolk County, near MacArthur Airport. If you’re wondering why we moved, it is not because of any problems with the Best Western we used for LI-CON 1. The management and staff there could not have been more helpful and kind. It’s just that the facility is too small for everything we want to pack into our second effort. We look forward to working with the Clarion next year.

Please feel free to post any questions below as comments, or use the Contact Us page under Info to email us. However, as soon as we can put up anything about guests or registration or hotel reservations, that information will be posted, so subscribe to our newsfeed or follow us on Facebook or Twitter (link on the right of this window) and you’ll be the first to hear.

I look forward to seeing you at the convention.

Carl Fink
LI-CON 2 Chair

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Carl’s Philcon Schedule

If you’d like to say “Hi.” I’ll be on these Philcon panels:

Fri 7:00 PM in Crystal Ballroom Two (1 hour)
NATURE, RED IN TOOTH AND CLAW? (1789)

[Panelists: Lisa Adler-Golden (mod), Carl Fink, Jay Wile, L Hunter
Cassells, JJ Brannon]

Recent scientific findings indicate that chimpanzees are violent in
nature, committing acts that look like murder and even war. Does
this mean that intra-species violence is inevitable? Does it depend
on the species? And what could it mean for humanity to learn that
some of our closest relatives in the animal world are, like us,
inclined to violence

Sat 10:00 AM in Crystal Ballroom Two (1 hour)
STEM EDUCATION INSPIRATION (PT. 1) (1782)

[Panelists: Inge Heyer (mod), Earl Bennett, Carl Fink, John Monahan,
Robert C Roman, Katie Gardner]

American schoolchildren famously lag behind some of their
international peers in math and science knowledge. What are some
ways of making up this gap and enabling American children to be
global competitors in science and technology

Sat 12:00 PM in Crystal Ballroom Two (1 hour)
THE SCIENCE IN EVERYDAY LIFE (1788)

[Panelists: Carl Fink (mod), Brian Gray, John Monahan, Jay Wile,
Inge Heyer, Muriel Hykes]

Sun 1:00 PM in Plaza III (Three) (1 hour)
MARKETING SCIENCE FICTION CONVENTIONS (1869)

[Panelists: Carl Fink (mod), Gary Feldbaum, Savan Gupta, Inge Heyer,
Lynn E. Cohen Koehler, Sue Ellen Colter]

Science Fiction conventions must keep seeking and attracting new
members if we’re going to not only survive but thrive. This panel
will discuss the various ways in which we can reach out beyond those
who already attend conventions and to bring back those have not
wanted to return

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Book Club: Lady of Devices by Shelly Adina (Jan. 28, 2015)

Join us over dinner as we discuss “Lady of Devices” by Shelley Adina. You can buy a copy via our Amazon Affiliates store located here (http://tinyurl.com/ICONBookClub) – there is a Kindle version of the book too! Details are on the event page.

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Meet LI-CON Chair and Vice-Chair at Philcon

Come to Philcon to see me (Carl, con Chair) and Heather Dawn (Vice-Chair). We’ll be there having fun. I’ll be doing some panels, and you can find Heather and me around, either at the ICON table or at our party.

It is very possible that we’ll have some exciting news for you by then, too (he said mysteriously).

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Still alive!

I just thought I’d take a moment to update LI-CON’s fans.

At this time, we’re still negotiating with possible locations to hold LI-CON 2. We really liked the Mill River Manor, but it was very tight for the number of people who wanted to attend. As soon as our new location is decided, you’ll read about it here.

Meanwhile, our organization continues to do other things. ICON Science Fiction Inc.’s next event, Comedy Night at the Spaceport Cantina, is October 18. Registration ends October 13, so sign up now! www.spaceportcantina.org.

Also, if you read books you should come to the book club!

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A Night at the Spaceport Cantina

Do you like funny comedy? How about food? Do you enjoy eating good food with cool people?

Come to the Spaceport Cantina.

ICON Science Fiction, the parent company of LI-CON, is having an alien-themed benefit event on October 18 beginning at 6:00 pm. Your membership fee gets you not one, not two, but three stand-up comics, in addition to a 3-course meal and some of the best company on several planets.

And just to sweeten things: since this is a fund-raiser for ICON, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, your membership fee is tax-deductible.

Please attend. I hope I’ll see you there.

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Farewell, CJ Henderson

I’m sorry to report that CJ Henderson, LI-CON vendor and one of the nicest people I have ever met, inside or outside the SFF business, has lost his long fight with cancer. I’m glad we all had the chance to talk to him at our inaugural convention.

Carl

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Book Club!

Hey, LI-CON fans!

While we try to nail down a location and time for LI-CON 2, we’d love for you to come to the ICON Book Club. ICON is the company sponsors LI-CON (and other events), and we recently opened a book discussion group that meets about 9 times a year. If you’ve ever been curious about the gang of nutballs who run these conventions, this is your chance to come meet us and also maybe have some appetizers, and an interesting conversation.

The club will meet next on August 13 and discuss Everything’s Better With Monkeys by LI-CON guest and local favorite CJ Henderson. Buy a copy through our Amazon store before the meeting–you pay the same price, and ICON gets a percentage to help us fund our events!

If you’re going to attend, please email Sara, head of the Book Club, as bookclub@iconsf.org, so we can have the right number of handouts and stuff ready, and of course so we can tell you where we’ll be meeting.

See you there, I hope.

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Come say “Hi” at Pi-Con

LI-CON Chair Carl Fink (that’s me!) will be a Program Participant at 8Pi-Con June 27-29 in Enfield, Connecticut. My schedule is:

Fri 9:00pm     How to Think Good (mod)
Sat 10:00am   Who Isn’t a Fan? (mod)
Sat 12:00pm  How do Cons Happen?
Sat 3:00pm     Your Monkey’s An Uncle
Sat 4:00pm     Biology is Weird (mod)
Sat 7:00pm     The Year (and a half) in Science (mod)
Sun 12:00pm Telling Science from Nons(ci)ense

Alert congoers may spot another LI-CON exec or two at Pi-con.

I hope to see you there.

Carl

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LI-CON: 30 years ago

When our team decided to call our new convention “LI-CON” we were sure that it was a brand-new, brilliant, perfect name.

Two out of three ain’t bad, right?

It turns out that in 1983, a team that was planning to run a World Science Fiction Convention bid ran a convention named “LICon” at the Hempstead Plaza hotel (which seems to not exist any more). I can’t locate any official record of that convention, so I’m grateful to Louis Epstein for telling me about it. Apparently this team never ran another Long Island-based con, although some of them were involved in running two NYClones (oddly held in New Jersey).

We’re glad to continue the tradition started back in ’83, although I think we will be putting on another LI-CON in less than 30 years!

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