“Here there be pirates!” That’s the theme of the 2008 Soonercon, a convention of sci-fi, fantasy, and gaming fans. The convention focuses more on authors, artists, and general fandom than it does on big name television and movie stars, and it features a number of events that other conventions don’t. This year’s Soonercon is June 6, 7, and 8 at the Biltmore Hotel in Oklahoma City.
This year’s guest of honor is fantasy author John Ringo. He will be joined by artist guest of honor Tom Kidd, Toastmaster Selina Rosen, and special guests Gary FriedRich, Count Gregor, and Larry Nemecek. In addition these headline guests, many other authors and artists will be attending Soonercon. I’m especially looking forward to meeting Julie Kenner, one of my favorite authors.
There’s a lot more going on at Soonercon than just meeting people, though. For one, your program book will contain the winners of the annual Soonercon writing contest. There’s also a film festival featuring some really cool short films and an art show with some amazing pieces for both exhibition and sale. There are also various room parties hosted by other convention attendees, game tournaments, and presentations and discussions by the guests. Oh, and of course, there’s the dealers room. You’re sure to find something (or many things) that you just have to have for your sci-fi/fantasy collection there.
For adults, the SinnerCon portion of the weekend may be of interest. It presents more risqué sci-fi and fantasy activities, including some belly dancing, a screening of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, and a dance. These events and the SinnerCon panels aren’t for children, though, sobe sure to note which activities the young ones should stay away from.
While you can certainly see and get a lot out of the convention by driving to the hotel where it’s hosted, the best way to experience Soonercon is to stay at the hotel. That way, you can attend many of the late night events and not worry about driving to your hotel or house afterwards.
Soonercon is a fun convention, especially if you enjoy reading sci-fi and fantasy novels. I’m looking forward to hearing what a lot of the authors have to say, and the film festival is also very interesting. The only problem I have is that Soonercon and Trek Expo are the same weekend this year. That means fans will either have to split their weekend between the two or only attend one, which is unfortunate.
Soonercon admission is $20 a day or $40 for the weekend if purchased at the door, but if you order your tickets early, it’s only $15 a day or $30 for the whole weekend. You can find out more at http://www.soonercon.com/, including directions, hotel rate information, and a full list of guests and program schedule.