FOGhorn 7.5 February 2017

FOGhorn 7.5, February 2017

FOGcon 7 * March 10-12, 2017 * WALNUT CREEK, CA *

Theme:  Interstitial Spaces

Honored Guests: Delia Sherman and Ayize Jama-Everett

Honored Ghost: Iain [M.] Banks

Programming signups are still open until Friday night, February 10! Sign up NOW to be on a panel or do a reading. Don't miss out!

Programming sign ups here:
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$80 from January 2, 2017 to February 28, 2017

$90 at the door

Youth (11-17):

Full weekend membership - $20

Children (10 and under): Free! (Must be attended by an adult)



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Message from the Chair
Make Your Hotel Reservations Now!
Membership: Now or at the Door
Programming Signups



I know in this space I've talked about programming, community, and FOGcon history, but I think I've been giving our delightful Honored Guests short shrift.

Delia Sherman has been writing adult fantasy and young adult fiction for many years, and was one of the founders (and first president) of the Interstitial Arts Foundation -- given our theme, and our delight in slipping between genres, how could we not be enchanted to have her as a guest?

And while Ayize Jama-Everett doesn't have Delia's long publishing history, what he does have is a very bright, very new viewpoint on tropes that many of us have taken for granted; exactly the sort of thing that we of FOGcon want to recognize and explore.

Many of you, I'm sure, have already read their work; for those of you who haven't, you've still got a month, and if you haven't, by then, I hope you come to the dealer's room and find it; it's very, very much worth exploring!

Looking forward to seeing you in March,

Steven Schwartz



When you're planning for FOGcon, consider staying with us at the Walnut Creek Marriott. Even locals have found that it is far more convenient to spend a night or three at the hotel. You won't have to worry about traffic, bad weather, or missing panels. Plus, staying at the hotel means enjoying those special moments at the con, whether that's early-morning breakfast with friends, using the fitness center or swimming pool, or late-night discussions in the con suite.

Take advantage of our special hotel room rate of a mere $109 per night (plus tax and tip, includes free parking). Rate available for stays from 03/09/17 to 03/13/17. Hurry -- the special rate ends on February 16!

There are two ways you can get the special FOGcon hotel rate. To make your reservations online, go to CON 7%5Eoakwc%60FOSFOSA%60109%60USD%60false%604%603/9/17%603/13/17%6002/16/17&app=resvlink&stop_mobi=yes

Or, if you prefer to make your reservations over the phone, call the Walnut Creek Marriott directly at 1-925-934-2000 and tell them you are with FOGcon.



Save time and money by buying your FOGcon membership while pre-registration is still open. After February 28, you'll have to wait to buy a membership at the door. We love the spontaneity of our last-minute members, but we have to admit that pre-registered members have an easier time. They can simply pick up their badges and their packets at the FOGcon Registration Desk, while those buying memberships at the door are filling out forms.

Also, buying your membership early means you can also purchase tickets to our annual Unawards Lunch, held on Saturday, March 10. No dull speeches, just great food and great conversations.

Either way, join us at FOGcon 7, March 10-12, 2017, in beautiful Walnut Creek, California.



These are open ONLY until Friday night, February 10. Vote for your favorite program items! Volunteer to moderate or participate in a panel! Do a reading of your own work!

FOGcon folks have once again come through with a huge variety of high quality programming ideas -- and we thank you all!

Now it's time for programming sign-ups!  This is for everyone, whether you want to be on a panel or just watch them -- here's how it works:

  1. Go to
  2. Sign in to your account
  3. Go to "Program" in the Nav bar on the left side and choose "Sign Up for Programming"
  4. You'll see three clickable links:
    • There are XX items
    • You have YY program items unmarked
    • Don't forget to update your availability to tell us what times you'll be available to participate in programming
  5. Click on either of the first two links to go through the programming items and let us know what you're interested in!

Here's the thing that can be confusing: we want to know if you're interested in being *on* programming, and we *also* want to know if a given item is one you'd like to *see happen,* even if you don't want to be on it!

So for each item, you'll see the following options:

For being on the panel -- you can only choose one of these, and you don't have to choose any of them:

  • Please -- you very very much want to be on the panel
  • Interested -- you'd enjoy being on the panel, but if it conflicts with something you said "please" for, you'd rather be on that one
  • OK -- you're comfortable being or willing to be on the panel if that works out
  • Not Interested -- you'd prefer not to be on the panel. (This will also let us know that if we're trying to come up with panelists for this one, we should not put you on it even if we'd otherwise consider you a good fit.)

In addition to the list above, which is about being a panelist for that topic, you can also indicate either or both of the following:

  • I would like to moderate this panel

If you're willing to be a moderator for this panel, this is where you'd let us know that. Moderators are responsible for keeping the conversation moving, making sure everyone has a chance to talk, and managing audience involvement; moderators don't necessarily have to be experts in the topic themselves.

  • I would like to attend this panel

This is where you let us know which panels are most interesting to you!  We depend on this information as we decide which panels to include in the schedule and which ones have to wait -- there are always far more possible panels than we have available room-and-time-slots.  So even if you don't want to be *on* any of the panels at all -- please check this box for all the panels you're particularly interested in seeing!

Programming sign-ups will be open until the end of the day on February 10; you can edit your responses until sign-ups close, so you can start now and finish later if need be!

We're really excited about the programming items up for consideration, and we look forward to hearing from you!


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