Millennicon: Next Shuttle Departs
Millennicon returns for its 26th year at the Holiday Inn off I-275 in Cincinnati, Ohio on March 16-18. Millennicon is a literacy based sci-fi convention run by the Miami Valley Fandom for Literacy (MVFL). The con is their primary fund raiser. The main purpose of the MVFL is to promote interest in the sciences, math, in the literature of science fiction and fantasy, and creative writing by providing book and funds to schools, hospitals, and libraries.
Guest of Honor for this year is Tobias Buckell. An author from the Caribbean, he is a Writer of The Future Winner and won the Campbell Award for Best New SF Writer Finalist. Other guests are artist Beth Willinger and Filker Tom Smith.
Fan groups participates include Friends of the Time Lord, Starward Bound, USS Aquila, USS Bismarck, and USS Yorktown. Other regional groups from Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, Middletown, Indiana, and Kentucky will be there to share their own passions and knowledge. The con provides a separate track of programming just for the fan groups and organizations to present panels and activities to show off what the group is about.
Programing for the con will feature a range of panels on topics of science fiction, space, science, writing, art, costuming, media, gaming, fantasy, and anime subjects. There will be an art show and auction, dealers room, masquerade contest, a dance, filking, programing for children, anime and video viewings, open gaming and tournaments, demos, contests, door prizes, a really great con suite, fan group alley, and more.The masquerade offers the Best of Show winner a custom designed mask, handcrafted just for the con. Hall Costume prizes will also be given throughout the con. The con will of course be holding a benefit auction to raise money to benefit literacy.
Registration for the con is $35 till February 29 and $40 at the door. Child registration is $10 for those 6-11 and free for those under 5. One day passes are available for each day as well.
I did not get to spend too much time at Millennicon last year, but I wished I had. It was very much a con of old school sci-fi with plenty of interest in the new stuff. Very much a place to have a conversation with a fellow fan or hang out in the con suite or a room party.
Check out the con’s website as they announce the latest happenings.