Worldcon celebrates all facets of science fiction and fantasy, or SF/F, with a strong focus on authors and artists as well as publishers. Novels and comic books, paintings and animation â if they involve space or sorcery and weird beasts or weirder landscapes, chances are they’ll be in San Antonio. âWorldcon is the international convention of SF Fandom,â Cornell said via email, which is really all about prose, from short stories to novels, while (Comic-Con) is about international media, still centering (no matter what people say) around comics. âBecause it’s a much smaller scale, your chances of having personal, memorable encounters with creators and media that you love are much greater,â Picacio said. Actors aren’t the norm at Worldcon, though you can meet the creators who inspired those performers’ hit properties. Fantasy novelist George R.R. Martin, the man behind the show’s source material, will be at Worldcon, no doubt fielding questions about the next book in his âA Song of Ice and Fireâ series and still taking grief for that brutal Red Wedding scene in âGame of Thronesâ Season 3. Among Worldcon’s many literary and artistic luminaries, look for Charlaine Harris, whose books inspired the HBO vampire series âTrue Blood,â and Cornell himself, who’s penned âDoctor Whoâ episodes as well as novels and comics. […] the Hugo-winning Picacio is up for another Hugo for best professional artist. Speaking of audio high jinks, prepare your ears for filk, folk music with an SF/F twist. Worldcon’s opening night features music by the likes of Diamond Star Project and Captains of the Chess Team. The LoneStarCon 3 Independent Film Festival runs during Worldcon with its own galaxy of SF/F, horror and comic genres, including âFrankenstein’s Monster,â a âsteampunk-lightâ adaptation of Mary Shelley’s masterpiece shot in 14 days in the Houston/Galveston area. […] what we’ve tried to do over the years is try and keep it a group of friends getting together once a year (to) have some fun and talk about what’s going on in the world of science fiction.
The 71st World Science Fiction Convention, or Worldcon, begins Thursday. The science fiction/fantasy event, which this year in San Antonio is also called LoneStarCon 3, runs through Sept. 2 at the Convention Center.
Daily admission $30-$75 adults $20-$40 military and ages 17-21 $10-$25 ages 7-16
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