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New England Science Fiction Association

Events

Boskone features a variety of special events each year. In addition to the events listed below, Boskone will also feature featured events for each of our guests that will range from interviews, demonstrations, and presentations. Our guests this year include:

  • GUEST OF HONOR: Joe Abercrombie
  • OFFICIAL ARTIST: Julie Dillon
  • SPECIAL GUEST: Tamsyn Muir
  • MUSICAL GUEST: Marc Gunn
  • HAL CLEMENT SCIENCE SPEAKER: Mike Brotherton and Christian Ready (Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop)
  • NESFA PRESS GUEST: Ursula Vernon

Friday Highlights

3:30 PM (free to the public)
Welcome to Boskone (I)
Independence · 50 min · Docent Tour
New to Boskone? Or returning after a long absence? Join us for a short discussion about what Boskone has to offer, learn some of the convention lingo, and meet new people. Then join our docent for a stroll around the con.

9:00 PM
Opening Ceremony: Meet the Guests
Galleria – Art Show · 15 min · Event
Welcome to Boskone, New England’s longest-running convention for fans and creators of science fiction, fantasy, and horror! Whether you are attending for the first time or the fifty-seventh, we invite you to join us in the Galleria to meet this year’s guests.

9:15 PM
Boskone 58 Reception
Galleria – Art Show · 105 min · Event
Connoisseurs and philistines alike: welcome to the Boskone Art Show! Join us in the Galleria for an upscale social mixer. Meet our program participants while enjoying refreshments, stimulating conversation, and exceptional art that’s a feast for the eyes. Experience the music and festivities as Boskone celebrates another year of science fiction, fantasy, and horror in Boston.

Saturday Highlights

10:00 AM
Welcome to Boskone (II) – Meet Up
Independence · 50 min · Docent Tour
New to Boskone? Or returning after a long absence? Join us for a short discussion about what Boskone has to offer, learn some of the convention lingo, and meet new people. Then join our docent for a stroll around the con.

1:00 PM
Guru of the Game Tournament
Harbor III – Gaming · 355 min · Gaming
Four games in 5 hours. Tournament starts at 1 pm. Please be in the game room by 12:30 pm. If I call your name and you are not in the room, you will not be allowed to play. Please be prepared to play all 4 games. Quitting the tournament gives a huge advantage to the other players at your table, so please stick with it. Each game will end in 60 minutes, regardless of whether or not the game is actually over. You earn points based on how you placed. First place gets 10 points, 2nd gets 9, and so on. The top 4 winners get to pick prizes off the table. Once you pick a prize, you own it. You may trade your game(s) for others; however, due to hotel regulations, you cannot sell your game on hotel property. You can ask for help from other players but they are not required to tell the truth. You can ask Bill, who is neutral, but he will not play your game for you.

6:30 PM
Boskone Book Party
Participants to be added in January.
Galleria – Stage · 60 min · Event
Come join the fun at Boskone’s Book Party. You’ll meet the authors and publishers who have new books coming out at the con! This is your chance to see what’s new from writers you already love, as well as those you have yet to discover.

8:30 PM
Boskone 58 Awards Ceremony
Harbor I · 20 min · Event
Saturday night’s extravaganza begins with the New England Science Fiction Association’s Award Ceremony, in which we present our annual Skylark and Gaughan awards. The Skylark Award honors the work and personal qualities of an exceptional contributor to science fiction. The Gaughan Award is presented to a talented up-and-coming / emerging speculative artist. We’ll also be announcing the winner of the NESFA Short Story Contest!

Sunday Highlights

10:00 AM – 12:15 PM
Art Show Quick Sales & Closeout
Galleria · 135 min · Panel
On Sunday, the Boskone Art Show offers a final viewing of the art and opportunity to purchase pieces on display by our talented selection of artists.

  • 10:00-12:00 NOON: Quick Sale.  Stroll through the Art Show one final time. Find a piece that you fancy? This is your chance to take advantage of the pieces that have a Quick Sale option, allowing you to purchase the piece on the spot for the special quick sale price. The only caveat is that the art has to stay in place until Sunday at 12:00 NOON to carry your artistic treasure away.
  • 12:00NOON-12:15 PM: Close Out.  During the Art Show, members are welcome to register to bid on any art in the the show and write down their bid for the piece(s) that they want to take home. The only caveat is that the art has to stay in place until Sunday at 12:00 NOON  at which point you can pick it up and carry it away. Any pieces that have 3 or more bids, are sent to Auction at 12:15 PM on Sunday afternoon.

12:00 PM
Feedback Session
Burroughs · 50 min · Panel
This con is over, people. (Except for Dead Dog Filking—and of course teardown, where we’d love to have your help!) But we’re already working on Boskone 59. Help us get a good head start with reports on what went right (or wrong) this time, and how to achieve perfection next year.

3:00 PM
Feedback Session
Burroughs · 50 min · Panel
This con is over, people. (Except for Dead Dog Filking—and of course teardown, where we’d love to have your help!) But we’re already working on Boskone 59. Help us get a good head start with reports on what went right (or wrong) this time, and how to achieve perfection next year.