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 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.


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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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Cards Against LI-CON

I just want to give a quick shout out to Trin and all the folks at Cards Against Humanity.  They have generously donated sets of cards that will be part of our game tomorrow night and I just want to say thank you to the whole team for all the help and support during the lead up to our event.

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Movie Screenings at LI-CON

Join us Saturday in Salon E for a special viewing of Winter Slides from 2:00-4:00pm. There will be a director Q&A afterwards!  Come down and meet the cast and crew.

“Winter Slides” is an offbeat supernatural dramedy that tells the story of Mary, a 27 year old lonesome woman who inherits her old childhood home after her estranged father dies. But upon arriving at the house she soon discovers that she has inherited it with 2 other half sisters she never knew existed. And then, to make matters worse, her father comes back from the dead.  http://winterslides.com/

Also on Saturday in Salon E, there will be a special viewing of Found in Time from 4:00-6:00pm followed by a director Q&A.

Chris is a psychic who lives his life out of order – experiencing past, present and future as a jigsaw puzzle. But when he commits a murder in the future, he has to change his past and present in order to prevent it from happening.  http://www.foundintimefilm.com/

And on Sunday in Salon E, Oh, Inverted World will be shown from 12:00-2:00pm, followed by a director Q&A.

“Oh, Inverted World” is a film about your mid-twenties…and the moon falling into the earth. Misanthropic Mina and her best guy friends, The Bearded Three, have just arrived back in their small hometown after graduating college. They quickly realize that the post-college life is unfulfilling, lonely, and quite confusing, as they find themselves with no direction at all. And then, things get even more confusing when a strange woman named Selene comes into their lives and gives them a grave prophecy: the Moon is going to fall into the Earth. Originally released as a thirteen part web series, “Oh, Inverted World” is a black and white, indie, sci fi dramedy called by The New York Times “a mumblecore ‘Night of The Living Dead’” and an amusing “allegory of 20-something angst and aimlessness” and was shot entirely on Long Island, NY.  http://www.ohinvertedseries.com/

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