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!

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.


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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, 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.


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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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Newsday covers LI-CON

Click here to see the video they created about us. (Registration may be required for non-Newsday or Cablevision subscribers.)

Thank you to everyone who came to the con: members, guests, and staff alike. Among us all, we threw a great convention.

See you at LI-CON 2!

Very Tired Chair of LI-CON 1

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Sold Out

We are at capacity for 2014. See you at tge next event.

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Full up!

LI-CON has sold out for Saturday only and two-day. Thank you to all our members.

We still have one-day memberships available for Sunday only.

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Ed Bishop at LI-CON

Please help us welcome Ed Bishop to LI-CON!

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