Hucksters Room – New Online Form

4 Nov

If you want to apply for space in the Hucksters Room at Boskone 49, we have a new online form that you can fill out in order to reserve your space. However, if you’d prefer to mail in your request, you can also fill in this form, print it out, and mail it to Boskone’s administrative office.

Fill out the Hucksters Form here.


Planning ahead

15 Aug

I am a slow reader. I’d like to think myself more well-read than I actually am. The fact that my husband can hold his hand over a book and know its contents, does not help my predicament at all. Ok, not really that fast, but pretty darn close.  I have stacks of his recommendations and piles of my own books filling the nooks and crannies of our house, waiting for patiently for me.

Then comes January.

If you’ve attended Boskone <enter the wistful tone in my voice and longing in my eyes here>,  you know that it’s a literary convention where people talk about authors and books and writing. I’ve slacked on my writing for so long that I only feel the slightest twinge of guilt about those unfinished works in progress in notebooks, napkins and Google Docs. But January is crunch time for reading. I start to scan the lists for what to read before the Boskone participant lists are posted.

But this year, it’s going to be different.

No, really. I mean it.

I’ve created a new rule: I must read at least one book by the Guest of Honor; Boskone 49‘s is John Scalzi. This rule applies to my whole family since we all attend, so we’re all reading the Old Man’s War series. Unfortunately for me, both my husband and my son have a head start.   My husband’s already done; my son is on book 2 and I’m still wrapping up S.M. Stirling’s The High King of Montival, so I’m woefully behind. But I will have it reads by February, along with a few other titles.

I’m throwing down the gauntlet. What are you planning on reading before Boskone?

Boskone 49

10 Apr

Boskone 49, February 17-19, 2011

Guest of Honor John Scalzi

Official Artist Daniel dos Santos

Special Guest Toni Weisskopf

Featured Filker Tricky Pixie (S. J. Tucker, Betsy Tinney and Ben Deschamps)

For more information, please click here visit the official Boskone site

Panel: New Faces of Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror

24 Feb

On Saturday, during the panel “New Faces of Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror” the audience asked if the panelists could post the names that they were mentioning. Here is the list recommended by the panel. If you have any questions or additions of your own, please post them in the comments.

Panel: New Faces of Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror
These exceptional writers may still be in the early stages of their career, but already we catch glimpses of greatness. Let’s name names — and talk about what makes them so special.
Panelists as shown above:  David Anthony Durham, Peter V. Brett, Paul Di Filippo (M), Kelly Link, Laird Barron

This list includes a mixture of new writers as well as under-read writers that the panelists wanted to share. Happy reading!

  • Mike Allen
  • Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Nathan Ballingrud
  • Simon Bestwick
  • Allyson Bird
  • Nadia Bulkin
  • Matt Cardin
  • Maille Chapman
  • Blake Charlton
  • Michael Cisco
  • Andrew Cox
  • Steven Duffy
  • David Anthony Durham
  • James Enge
  • Gemma Files
  • Matthew Fox
  • Richard Gavin
  • Stephen Graham Jones
  • Michael Grant
  • Kevin Hearne
  • N.K. Jemison
  • Paul Jessup
  • Nicholaus Kaufmann
  • Alice Kim
  • Margo Lanagan
  • John Langan
  • Livia Llewelyn
  • Nick Mamatas
  • Gary McMahaon
  • Nnedi Okorafor
  • Peter Orullian
  • Joseph Pulver
  • Robert Reddick
  • Beth Revis
  • Ian Rogers
  • Karen Russell
  • Ken Scholes
  • Simon Strantzas
  • Anna Tambour
  • Paul Tremblay
  • Don Tumasonis
  • Genevieve Valentine
  • Jean-Christophe Valtat
  • Kaaron Warren
  • Marly Youmans

Also, two authors who’ve been active for quite a while but are under read: Wilum Pugmire and Don Webb.

Tweet out, Twitterverse

18 Feb

On Twitter? Follow BoskoneNews as we’ll be tweeting during the convention.

Tweeting during Boskone? Use #Boskone  so others can see what you’re up to.


Taking fun photos too? Consider sharing them in the Boskone 48 Flickr group

Arriving today? Here are a few things you might like…

17 Feb

For those arriving early, here are a few ideas on how to spend the last day until Boskone.


The Boston Phoenix lists Boskone 48 in the weekly blog post The Week in Geek as well as Thursday night entertainment.

The Boston Athenæum is current running an exhibit of Edward Gorey’s work.  Hours from their website are Thursday 8:30 a.m.* to 5:30 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m.* to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Need a bite to eat? The Boskone restaurant guide is now available on the restaurant page.

Family-friendly events at Boskone

16 Feb

Deciding on whether or not to attend as a family? With activities in the Dragonslair to sword fighting/combat demostrations to gaming to music Boskone has a little something for everyone.

DragonsLair is a place for kids activities and programming. Any child between the ages of 7 and 12 with a membership may attend. Story-telling, sing-a-longs, sessions with Higgin’s Armory people, crafts and reading are among our activities.

*Note that DragonsLair does not take responsibility for keeping kids from wandering off, so we aim it at somewhat older/presumably more “free range” kids. A younger child (ages 5 and 6) could probably be in DragonsLair on his own. If not, a parent could stay with the child and do Dragonslair together with him.

Dragonslair schedule (as of 2/15):

Friday 5pm: Games in Dragonslair
Saturday 10am: Wing Building
Saturday 11am: Midnight Belles at Dragonslair – Spooky and funny songs and stories of the land and sea by The Midnight Belles with April Grant, Faye Ringel
Saturday 12noon: Sword and Buckler Demonstration – Have at you! Witness the subtle skills of attack, parry, and grapple as the Higgins Armory Sword Guild brings to life the earliest recorded style of swordplay, which features priests, students, and women as combatants.
Saturday 12:30pm: Arming a Knight -Have you ever wondered how a knight got into his armor? It wasn’t easy. Come watch as the demonstrators of the Higgins Armory Sword Guild harness a knight for combat and explain how his armor works.
Saturday 1pm: Medieval Halberd Drill and Workshop – Learn to be a soldier in a medieval army! Members of the Higgins Armory Sword Guild will demonstrate the use of the halberd, a late-medieval polearm, and then teach Dragonslair participants battlefield drill with the weapon.
Saturday 2pm: Storytelling with Bruce Coville
Saturday 3pm: Acting & Voicing with Robert Kuhn
Saturday 4pm: Longswords and Lightsabers by Kunstbruder Come learn to use either a lightsaber or a longsword! Lessons will be done with safe, foam weapons.
Saturday 5pm: Fun & Games with Walter H. Hunt
Sunday 10am: Crafts for Kids: Going Buggy with Priscilla Olson
Sunday 11am: Magic Show with Daniel P. Dern
Sunday 12noon: Stories for Kids withLeah Cypess
Sunday 1pm: Scary Stories for Kids with Sarah Langan

Swordsmanship, Fighting style demonstrations
Longing for a little action? On Saturday both Higgins Armory and Kunstbruder will stage various events in the Galleria. If you want to take part, sign-up at the Consuite. Otherwise, feel free to watch the action right before your eyes. Click here to see photos from 2010.

Saturday 12noon: Medieval Swords by Kunstbruder Come learn to use the longsword in the medieval German tradition! Hands-on lessons will be done in small groups, so sign up early with Kunstbruder in the con suite!
Saturday 3pm: Rapier Fencing Class Come try the martial art of the Renaissance gentlemen. Con-goers are welcome to take part, no experience necessary. Equipment will be provided. (Space is limited, so sign up early with Higgins in the Consuite.)
Saturday 2pm: Greatstick Demonstration and Class Come experience the living descendant of the medieval longsword. Con-goers are welcome to take class, no experience necessary. (Space is limited, so sign up early with Higgins in the Consuite.)

Music (Filk)
Filksongs are fandom’s folk songs, generally played on acoustic guitar, with themes of SF, fantasy and fannish interests. If your kids like music, listening to filk can be lots of fun.

Filk schedule (as of 2/15)

Saturday 2pm Griffin: Theme Filk Circle: “Philosophy” Come bring your favorite songs about philosophers or deep thoughts, or just listen, and don’t forget Immanuel Kant was a real pissant with Erica Neely
Saturday 9pm Griffin: Open Filking Keep on singing as long as you can stay awake
Sunday 12:30pm Griffin: Filk Theme Circle: “Eldrich Horrors” Got songs about Cthulhu, zombies, or demons under the bed? Come join in the singing or just listen with Ellen Kranzer
Sunday 4pm Griffin: Open Filking Last chance to sing together.

Did a swashbuckler steal your gold? Did Batman divert your nuclear strike on your estate? Not to worry, gaming has you covered. Gaming will be located in the Galleria Ballroom near the Hucksters Room and is open throughout normal hours of the convention.  Both tournaments are back and, because you asked for it, the video games have been updated and Call of Duty will be on the Xbox 360. We’ve even got zombie games for the zombie party, so come on in and play, but please don’t fall to pieces

Con Suite is our hospitality area, and it’s between the Art Show and Hucksters Room. Stop by for some soda and munchies, to meet new and old friends and have fun!