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February 17-19, 2023 — Westin Boston Seaport District
February 17, 2022

Kaffeeklatsch Signups at Boskone 59

To help clarify the process of signing up for a kaffeeklatch at Boskone 59, we’re put together this simple set of instructions so that everyone knows what to expect.

In-person Kaffeeklatsches

For logistical reasons, only in-person members are able to sign up for and to attend in-person kaffeeklatsches. In-person members can sign up for kaffeeklatsches at the Program Ops table in the Harbor Foyer, near the Registration table. The sign up sheets are available on a rolling schedule to give everyone a better chance of attending the kaffeeklatches they most want to attend. Kaffeeklatsches will take place in the Galleria. Space is limited to 10 Boskone members.

Sign up sheets will be available at the following times:

  • No Friday Kaffeeklatsches           Sign up not available
  • Saturday 10:00 am – 11:00 am    Sign up sheets available at 12:00 pm Friday
  • Saturday 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm     Sign up sheets available at 10:00 am Saturday
  • Sunday 10:00 am – 11:00 am       Sign up sheets available at 10:00 am Saturday

VIRTUAL Kaffeeklatsches

Both virtual and in-person members are able to sign up for and to attend VIRTUAL kaffeeklatsches. The sign up process is managed online and can be accessed through the emailed link to the virtualization site for Boskone 59. You can only access the special virtualization site through the link in your email, not through the general Boskone website.

All VIRTUAL kaffeeklatsches will be held in Zoom and all members who sign up to attend one of these virtual sessions need to provide their own connection and equipment for logging into the virtualization site and into the Zoom meeting.

You must log into the virtualization site to reserve your seat in advance. Space is limited to 15 Boskone members.

Virtual sign up will be available at the following times:

  • Friday 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm         Sign up available at 12:00 pm Friday
  • Saturday 10:00 am – 11:00 am    Sign up available at 12:00 pm Friday
  • Saturday 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm     Sign up available at 10:00 am Saturday
  • Sunday 8:00 am – 12:00 pm        Sign up available at 10:00 am Saturday
February 7, 2022

Boskone Travel, Traffic, and Parking

For those of us who are driving to Boskone, and that includes cabs as well as Uber and Lift, please be aware that the New England Boat Show is happening at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BC&EC), which shares a driveway with the Westin.

The Westin has on-site parking  for $44 per day, but spot are limited. Valet parking is also available at the Westin for $54 per day. They also have an electric car charging station.

When driving, please be aware that traffic will likely be heavy at times, especially during the opening and closing hours of the Boat Show. On the bright side, this means that the BC&EC’s parking lot will be open during the day (and I believe that parking is around $20 per day, but you should verify that with the BC&EC’s attendant). Since their lot does close at night, please also be sure to also ask how late they will be open (each day that you use their lot) so that you can retrieve your car.

A nice alternative to driving is to take the Silver Line, SL1 or SL2, to the World Trade Center Station. For details on how to navigate the MBTA system see the Boskone website. We also have parking information listed as well.

Please be sure to plan some extra time to arrive at the convention before the first program item that you would like to attend. Safe travels! We look forward to seeing you there!

January 3, 2022

Updated Covid Vaccine & Mask Policy for Boskone 59

Boskone has committed to our members that every person attending Boskone has to have been vaccinated and wear a mask at the convention. We will maintain this policy regardless of the recent relaxation of the mandate by the City of Boston. To read more about the City of Boston’s mandate, please visit their website at

We believe that Boskone’s policy makes the convention a safe and comfortable place for all of our members, participants, and staff to attend in person.

COVID Vaccination & Mask Policy

  1. All people physically attending Boskone, 5 years old and older, must be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination. There are no exceptions.
  2. All people 2 years old or older [attending Boskone] must wear a mask in convention spaces (including open parties) at all times, except when eating or drinking in designated food and drink spaces. There are no exceptions.
  3. Children 4 and under must be with parents or guardians at all times and have a negative PCR test taken February 15, 2022 or later.

Please contact us (at info@boskone.org) if you have any questions.

 

If you have any other questions about our policies, please visit Boskone’s Policy page for more information.

 

Register for Boskone 59 Today

As a reminder we have memberships for in-person members as well as virtual members. Both membership types provide access to the items that will be conducted as virtual items. Approximately 1/3 of the program will be virtual and recorded for later viewing for a period of 30 days.

Buy your Boskone 59 Membership!

 

December 23, 2021

Book your Boskone 59 Hotel Room

Hotel reservations are now open. Join us!!

Boskone’s convention dates are February 18-20, 2022.

The Westin Boston Seaport District
425 Summer Street, Boston, MA 02210
(617) 532-4600
Located in Boston’s Seaport district, the Westin Boston Seaport District is close to excellent food, museums, and shops.

Book your reservation today!

Don’t miss a second of Boskone

We negotiate special hotel rates for our convention members to keep you warm and comfy during the convention. The Boskone hotel rates at the Westin Boston Seaport District include in-room WiFi. There is also free WiFi in the lobby area.

Guest Room Rates

  • $169 plus tax (currently 14.45%) for Single/Double/Triple/Quad

Guest Rooms – Reservation Link for all Room Choices

  • Non-Party Kings
  • Non-Party Doubles
  • Party Kings
  • Party Doubles

*Party Block Notice: When making your reservation for a room in the “Party Block,” please note that this year we’re requiring people to book for both Friday and Saturday to avoid holes in the party block that could potentially be filled with non-Boskone attendees would could potentially complain about noise and cause parties to shut down early.

If you don’t mind being a “buffer” room, please let us know.

 

For your convenience, the room block covers the convention dates PLUS the shoulder dates, which will be listed in our hotel block. Our block rates are good through January 27, 2022 or until the block is sold out. NOTE: Boskone’s room block almost always sells out. So, please book your room early.

If you have any issues with your hotel reservation, contact  hotel@boskone.org as soon as possible.

Hotel Reservation Logistics & Issues

  • Handicapped Accessible Room: After you reserve a handicapped-accessible room,  email hotel@boskone.org so we will make sure your room is correct.

 

More information is available at http://www.boskone.org/hotel.

 

 

 

 

December 20, 2021

Boskone 59 is Hybrid this Year, February 18-20, 2022

Boskone is returning to Boston in-person and the virtual world in 2022! We look forward to returning as a hybrid convention that is both in-person and online, and memberships are available now for both types of memberships.

Boskone 59’s Guests

Programming for both in-person and virtual members begins at 2:00pm on Friday, February 18 and ends at 2:00 pm on Sunday, February 20, 2022. All program times are listed in the East Coast time zone. Visit the Boskone 59 program participant list to see who else is coming, but please note that their appearance may shift from in-person to virtual depending upon their choices.

Join Us In-Person!

Buy your Boskone 59 in-person membership today: $60.00
Join us in person at the Westin Boston Seaport District in Boston, February 18-20, 2022.
Boskone’s in-person members will have access to all of our on-site activities as well as the virtual items that will be presented in program rooms and recorded for later viewing for 30 days. Program items will include all of our traditional items such as panels, kaffeeklatches, discussion groups, readings, autographing, and more.

Boskone keeps the safety of our members in mind, and we ask that everyone attending is vaccinated and wears a mask in common spaces and during all convention activities. If you are in designated areas such as restaurants or the con suite, you may remove your mask while eating or drinking. We ask that you replace your mask as soon as you are done, and avoid sitting and talking with others for long stretches with uneaten food or empty plates in front of you while not wearing a mask.

Join us Online

Buy you Boskone 59 virtual membership today: $29.59
Join us virtually, from the comfort of anywhere, February 18-20, 2022.
Boskone’s online sessions include 3 streams of programming that feature our online only participants as well as some in-person participants who will join virtual program items through a special online set up at the hotel. Virtual program items will include panels, readings, presentations, kaffeeklatsches, and more. Most of our virtual items, including our opening ceremony will be recorded for later viewing for 30 days. Virtual members will have access to a Zoom Q&A system for asking questions and connecting with other members in chat.

February 11, 2021

Hot Off the Press: Read the Boskone 58 Souvenir Book!

The Boskone 58 Souvenir Book is available for download!

Since Boskone 58 is a virtual convention this year, we have created a beautiful PDF version of the Boskone 58 Souvenir Book for you to read that includes guest introductions, lovely art from our official artist Julie Dillon, a short story by Carlos Hernandez, a special memorial of our community member Ben Bova, and more.

The virtual Boskone 58 Souvenir Book is our gift to you. Thank you for being such a wonderful community!

This year’s guests include:

  • Guest of Honor: Joe Abercrombie
  • Official Artist: Julie Dillon
  • Special Guest: Sheree Renée Thomas
  • Musical Guest: Marc Gunn
  • NESFA Press Guest: Ursula Vernon
  • Hal Clement Science Speakers:  Mike Brotherton & Christian Ready

Special thanks to our designer Errick Nunnally.

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We have no membership cap, and Boskone is open to our community members from around the world.  Boskone takes place February 12-14, 2021, will feature 175+ program items, 150+ program participants, and 90+ items that get recorded and saved on the event site for later viewing through the month of February 2021. Join us and purchase your membership today!

February 11, 2021

Quick Tip: Changing your Public Name, Avatar & Visibility at Boskone 58

We all have our preferred pen name or convention name, and often that preference is our legal name. However, that’s not always the case. So, how do you change your public name and/or avatar for your online interactions at Boskone 58?

It’s easy to change your Public Name. Here is a short list of easy steps to change your name and your avatar to personalize your interactions at virtual Boskone 58.

<<To update your profile, you must first be logged into your account and the BLUE “Registered” icon should show next to your avatar in the upper right corner of your browser.>>

STEP 1: Go to Your Profile Page.

To change your public name and/or avatar image, click on the My Profile button in the menu or click on your profile’s avatar and click on the My Profile option in the drop-down menu that appears.

STEP 2: Change your Avatar.

You will be taken to your Profile. Your name as it is listed here is simply the legal name associated with your membership purchase that is entered when you process your payment. This information is not editable, and it is the default name shown when interacting or posting within the Boskone 58 platform. To set up a Public Name to show others (i.e. personalizing your “name badge”), click on the My Settings option in the left hand menu.

To change your avatar, click on the “Select Image” button, then navigate to your preferred image on your computer, and then click save. It may take a few minutes for your information to update on the website.

STEP: Change Your Public Name & Public Visibility

Once on your settings page, you can enter your preferred badge name by entering a first name and/or last name into the Publishable Name fields.

You can also adjust what information you show to the public. This includes switching on/off your profile, your schedule, and your messaging preferences.

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These Quick Tips are meant to give you an easy set of steps to personalize your online experience at Boskone 58.

We have a more complete and a much more detailed set of instructions listed under the EVENT INFORMATION tab on the Boskone 58 event website. The “Information and Help” documentation is publicly available to anyone visiting the site so that you can view it before registering and before logging into the system so that you know what resources are available to you.

 

February 10, 2021

B58 Mini Interview with R.W.W. Greene and Jennifer Williams

Welcome back to the Boskone 58 Mini Interview Series! Get to know some of the top authors, scientists, artists, and creators in the science fiction, fantasy and horror industry, why they’re looking forward to Boskone, and perhaps a sneak peek at what they’re working on next.

Today on the Boskone 58 Mini Interview Series we are with R.W.W. Greene and Jennifer Williams!

It it also bittersweet that today we must also announce that these are our final two participants in the B58 Mini Interview Series! Hope all of you have enjoyed hearing from some of the participants and we look forward to virtually seeing all you this weekend!

R.W.W. Greene

Rob Greene is a New Hampshire SFF author who writes as the far more Google-friendly “R.W.W. Greene.” His debut novel THE LIGHT YEARS came out February 2020 with Angry Robot Books. His sophomore effort, also an Angry Robot production, is expected in August 2021. Greene is represented by Sara Megibow of the KT Literary Agency.

Visit R.W.W. Greene on their FacebookTwitter, Instagram, and Website!

VIDEO RESPONSE!

Authors, artists, and creators often listen to music while they work. If you have a playlist you’d like to share or an album to recommend, please add it here. We’ll be compiling a list of lists to help Boskone attendees get their creative juices flowing. 

Charles Bradley’s “Changes” album.

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Jennifer Williams

Jennifer Williams is an author and editor from Salem, Massachusetts. Prior to the pandemic she volunteered at a local queer youth center and spent her Sundays practicing Krav Maga. Now she mostly hangs out with her cats. She occasionally does editorial work for Circlet Press, and organized a Circlet Press online writing group after the pandemic hit. Her work can be found in Grim Magazine, various small press anthologies, and on the Anatomy Of A Scream blog. Follow her online at @JenWilliams13

Visit Jennifer Williams on their Twitter, and Instagram!

What you most looking forward to at virtual Boskone 58?

Simply being able to participate is what’s exciting to me for Boskone 58. Since becoming disabled it has been increasingly difficult for me to attend conventions so having a virtual convention is opening a gateway for me that has been closed for some time. I’m excited to see old and new faces. I’m excited to engage in conversation about topics that I love. There’s a sense of home that fan run conventions provide and I’ve missed that greatly.

If you were planning a holiday or vacation and could visit any location, whether in the real world or fictional worlds, where would you go? Why? 

Oh, this is already planned! Once it is truly safe to travel my Circlet Press friends and I are planning on a writing retreat. It’s a tradition Cecilia Tan started several years back but for obvious reasons it did not happen in 2020. It’s a wonderful time when all of us Circlet geeks can get together, laugh, hug, write, and just generally enjoy being with like minded people. I’ve found it’s a great jump start to creativity.

Authors, artists, and creators often listen to music while they work. If you have a playlist you’d like to share or an album to recommend, please add it here. We’ll be compiling a list of lists to help Boskone attendees get their creative juices flowing. 

What Keeps You Alive (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) – Brittany Allen

What are you currently working on? Any new releases that fans should know about?

I have a couple of pieces I’m working on. One is a queer apocalyptic horror story (possibly novel), and the other is Victorian lesbian vampire erotica with a bit of a murder mystery thrown in. I seem to be incapable of writing entirely straight characters and I am 100% okay with that.

As for new releases, my latest is a short story. It’s called The Monsters We Become and it’s in the newest anthology by the New England Horror Writers; Wicked Women: An Anthology of the New England Horror Writers edited by Trisha J. Wooldridge and Scott T. Goudsward. The story is an exploration of family trauma, childhood abuse, and the magic and mythology of girlhood.

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Curious about who else is coming to Boskone 58? With 3 days of over 100 top-notch items paired with top authors, scientists, artists, and creators in the science fiction, fantasy and horror industry, you won’t want to miss out. Join your fellow fans and writers by registering today!

Register for Boskone 57!
Don’t miss out! Register for Boskone 58 today!

February 9, 2021

Introducing the Fantastic Fund for Boskone

COVID-19 has had a significant economic impact on the Science Fiction Fandom community. If you would like to attend the Virtual Boskone 58, but feel that the $25 fee would pose a hardship, there are some funds available, donated by others in our community. If you would like to request a sponsorship, or would like to sponsor another, please email FantasticFund@Boskone.org.

February 8, 2021

B58 Mini Interview with S.B. Divya, Dr. Stephen P. Kelner Jr., and Cat Scully

Welcome back to the Boskone 58 Mini Interview Series! Get to know some of the top authors, scientists, artists, and creators in the science fiction, fantasy and horror industry, why they’re looking forward to Boskone, and perhaps a sneak peek at what they’re working on next.

Today on the Boskone 58 Mini Interview Series we are with S.B. Divya, Dr. Stephen P. Kelner Jr., and Cat Scully!

S.B. Divya

S.B. Divya is a lover of science, math, fiction, and the Oxford comma. She enjoys subverting expectations and breaking stereotypes whenever she can. Divya is the Hugo and Nebula nominated author of Runtime and co-editor of Escape Pod, with Mur Lafferty. Her short stories have been published at various magazines including Analog, Uncanny, and tor.com. Her collection, Contingency Plans For the Apocalypse and Other Situations, is out now from Hachette India, and her debut novel MACHINEHOOD is forthcoming from Saga Press in March, 2021. She holds degrees in Computational Neuroscience and Signal Processing, and she worked for twenty years as an electrical engineer before becoming an author. Find out more about her at www.sbdivya.com or on Twitter as @divyastweets.

Visit S.B. Divya on their Twitter, and Website!

What you most looking forward to at virtual Boskone 58?

Getting to attend a convention that I’ve heard good things about for many years now! Boston is far from Southern California, but thanks to the virtual format, I’m able to participate. I like smaller conventions as a way to get to know people without being overwhelmed.

If you were planning a holiday or vacation and could visit any location, whether in the real world or fictional worlds, where would you go? Why? 

For the real world, I want to visit Antarctica and the Himalayas on Earth. Off planet, I’d love to see Europa, and pretty much any other star system than ours. For the fictional, Arrakis (from Dune), and Tiamat (from The Snow Queen). I guess I like extreme environments! Also, I love to travel so whittling this list down to five places was hard. Getting it down to one would be impossible.

Authors, artists, and creators often listen to music while they work. If you have a playlist you’d like to share or an album to recommend, please add it here. We’ll be compiling a list of lists to help Boskone attendees get their creative juices flowing. 

One of my favorites on Spotify

What are you currently working on? Any new releases that fans should know about?

My first science fiction novel, Machinehood, is about to come out on March 2. I’m excited about it, especially because it’s my artificial intelligence story, and that’s a space I’ve occupied as an engineer. I’m currently working on a far future epic science fiction novel. It’s a big departure from Machinehood, which takes place in 2095, and Runtime, my novella that’s set a few decades in the future. I’d also like to mention the Escape Pod Anthology, which came out in Fall 2020. It’s a collection of 15 stories that I co-edited with Mur Lafferty to commemorate our podcast’s fifteenth anniversary.

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Dr. Stephen P. Kelner Jr.

Dr. Stephen P. Kelner Jr. (“Steve”) is a motivational psychologist, a writer, and an assessor and developer of leaders, in no particular order. He is President and Co-Founder of Ascent Leadership Networks, which develops executive leaders in ways that matter, in unique and measurable ways. He is published in nonfiction (numerous articles on leadership, capability, and motivation plus the book Motivate Your Writing now in its second edition) and short fiction, and is working on a book on how leadership is assessed and developed based on his 30 years doing so with business and nonprofit leaders. He is married to his favorite editor, award-winning and bestselling mystery and urban fantasy writer Toni L. P. Kelner/Leigh Perry. They are parents to two highly artistic children (animation and music) and live on the North Shore.

Visit Dr. Stephen P. Kelner Jr. on their Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Website!

What you most looking forward to at virtual Boskone 58?

The interactions on the panels – not only with the participants, but the audience as well, I hope!

If you were planning a holiday or vacation and could visit any location, whether in the real world or fictional worlds, where would you go? Why? 

Concilium Orb, from Julian May’s Milieu Trilogy. It’s a massive and diverse artificial planetoid, with various settings duplicating that of the worlds of the species of the Milieu. I couldn’t get in, given that I am not metapsychic (as far as I know), but perhaps I could sneak in for a bit!

Authors, artists, and creators often listen to music while they work. If you have a playlist you’d like to share or an album to recommend, please add it here. We’ll be compiling a list of lists to help Boskone attendees get their creative juices flowing. 

Harlan Ellison liked to write to Ennio Morricone’s movie soundtracks.

What are you currently working on? Any new releases that fans should know about?

My big news is that I am releasing MOTIVATE YOUR WRITING 2.0 in ebook form – the updated, revised, and expanded version of my original book to help writers motivate their creativity and writing productivity. In the past fifteen years since it came out, I’ve had the opportunity to continue my initial research, speaking to numerous writers about how they approach their work and analyzing it for patterns. I’ve incorporated answers to questions people have asked over that time, and I’ve also added content reflecting the the massive changes in the publishing world since 2005. In addition to the revisions throughout, it’s over 10% longer – including new chapters – and you can see the approach I used to track myself through the process there as well!

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Cat Scully

Cat Scully is the writer and illustrator of the LGBTQA+ YA horror series JENNIFER STRANGE from Haverhill House Publishing. Cat is best known for her world maps, which have been featured in Brooklyn Brujas trilogy by Zoraida Cordova, Winterspell by Claire Legrand, and Give the Dark My Love by Beth Revis. She works as a User Interface Designer for the Deep End Games on their next title. She is represented by Miriam Kriss of the Irene Goodman Literary Agency and Debbie Deuble Hill at APA for film and television.

Visit Cat Scully on their Facebook, Twitter, and Website!

What you most looking forward to at virtual Boskone 58?

I’m really looking forward to connecting with my author and artist friends at Boskone, especially after a year spent apart from them during the pandemic. When I first moved from Atlanta to Boston two years ago, everyone told me I just had to attend Boskone and I absolutely loved it. This year I’m especially looking forward to meeting new readers! I love talking to people who love books and anyone who is passionate about stories. The best feeling is finding a great new reading recommendation and sharing that joy with someone. My favorite part about being on the panels at Boskone is I always leave with new books, games, or movies I need to check out. I love getting the chance to meet authors and artists in person to learn more about craft and also spend time gushing about books. I am really excited about what new authors I’m going to discover from Boskone that may be my next favorite book.

If you were planning a holiday or vacation and could visit any location, whether in the real world or fictional worlds, where would you go? Why? 

Doesn’t going anywhere sound wonderful? Traveling is definitely high on my list of priorities when the pandemic is over and it’s safe to travel again. I think if I could have a traveling wish granted, it would be to have a magical map with all my favorite places and if I pointed to it, it could take me there in a flash. I’d love to suddenly head off to the Scottish highlands one day and Paris the next. In real life, my aspirations are actually a little closer to home. The pandemic made me realize how little of New England I’ve seen so far. I can’t wait to explore Maine, Vermont, the White Mountains in New Hampshire, and see what upstate New York is like. I’ve lived in the South my whole life so everything here is new and unexplored, especially because I’ve never lived this close to the ocean. I want to see all of New England next, which is almost as good as having a magical map that will take you anywhere.

Authors, artists, and creators often listen to music while they work. If you have a playlist you’d like to share or an album to recommend, please add it here. We’ll be compiling a list of lists to help Boskone attendees get their creative juices flowing. 

What are you currently working on? Any new releases that fans should know about?

My debut Jennifer Strange released last year, and it’s a very campy romp about two sisters fighting demons in Savannah, Georgia often with messy results. It’s perfect for fans of Buffy and Supernatural, but it does get bloodier than those shows do. I illustrated the book in two styles, which I’m going to continue in book two: Jennifer Strange and the Red Gate. I’m incredibly excited for that book because it explores more of Jennifer’s ghost hunting family on her father’s side, as well as the past of some important characters introduced in book one. The world is going to blow wide open in book two, and so much I hinted at will be finally explained. I’m writing it now along with a standalone historical dark fantasy Mercy Park, which is my urban legend YA book. I’m also going to be working on video games at the Deep End Games, focusing on UI Design, concept art, and writing. Our game Romancelvania just got funded on Kickstarter and our team is so excited to spend the next year or so working on it.

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Curious about who else is coming to Boskone 58? With 3 days of over 100 top-notch items paired with top authors, scientists, artists, and creators in the science fiction, fantasy and horror industry, you won’t want to miss out. Join your fellow fans and writers by registering today!

Register for Boskone 57!
Don’t miss out! Register for Boskone 58 today!