Boskone Program Book Covers

Pre-NESFA Boskones

Boskone 1, 2, 4 were organized and run by the Boston Science Fiction Society; Boskone 3 was ostensibly run by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Science Fiction Society, but really by only Erwin S. "Filthy Pierre" Strauss.

Boskone 1 PB cover
Statler-Hilton, Boston
(Arthur Thompson/ATom)
Boskone 2 PB cover
Statler-Hilton, Boston
(Greg Mironchuk)
Boskone 3 PB cover
M.I.T., Cambridge
(Erwin S. Strauss)
Boskone 4 PB cover
Statler-Hilton, Boston
(Susan Hereford/
Suford Lewis)

NESFA Boskones

The next set of Boskones (5-24) were held mostly in Boston with the exceptions of Boskone 8 (Andover, MA) and Boskone 17 (Danvers, MA); those two conventions were downsized because Noreascons I and II were later those years.

Boskone 5 PB cover
Statler-Hilton, Boston
(Mike Symes)
Boskone 6 PB cover
Statler-Hilton, Boston
(Stephen Fabian)
Boskone 7 PB cover
Statler-Hilton, Boskone
(George Barr)
Boskone 8 PB cover
Sheraton Rolling Green, Andover
(Mike Symes)
Boskone 9 PB cover
Statler-Hilton, Boston
(Don Simpson)
Boskone 10 PB cover
Sheraton Boston, Boston
(Frank Kelly Freas)
Boskone 11 PB cover
Sheraton Boston, Boston
(Eddie Jones)
Boskone 12 PB cover
Sheraton Boston, Boston
(Bonnie Dalzell)
Boskone 13 PB cover
Sheraton Boston, Boston
(Rick Sternbach)
Boskone 14 PB cover
Sheraton Boston, Boston
(John Schoenherr)
Boskone 15 PB cover
Sheraton Boston, Boston
(Arthur Thompson/ATom)
Boskone 16 PB cover
Sheraton Boston, Boston
(Mike Symes)
Boskone 17 PB back coverBoskone 17 PB cover
Radisson Ferncroft, Danvers
(Victoria Poyser)
Boskone 18 PB cover
Sheraton Boston, Boston
(Don Maitz)
Boskone 19 PB cover
Boston Park Plaza, Boston
(Michael Whelan)
Boskone 20 PB cover
Boston Park Plaza, Boston
(Wendy Pini)
Boskone 21 PB cover
Boston Park Plaza, Boston
(Vincent Di Fate)
Boskone 22 PB cover
Copley Marriott, Boston
(Carl Lundgren)
Boskone 23 PB cover
Sheraton Boston, Boston
(Bob Eggleton)
Boskone 24 PB cover
Sheraton Boston, Boston
(Barclay Shaw)

Springfield, Massachusetts

Following Boskone 24, relations with the Sheraton Boston were strained. This relationship was also transferred to other Boston hotels making it necessary to move Boskone out of Boston. Boskones 25-29 were held in Springfield, Massachusetts. Some fans refer to this five-year period as the "Springfield Captivity."

Boskone 25 PB cover
Sheraton Tara Springfield,
Springfield Marriott
(David Mattingly)
Boskone 26 PB cover
Sheraton Tara Springfield,
Springfield Marriott
(James Gurney)
Boskone 27 PB cover
Sheraton Tara Springfield,
Springfield Marriott
(David A. Cherry)
Boskone 28 PB cover
Sheraton Tara Springfield,
Springfield Marriot
(Ed Emshwiller/EMSH)
Boskone 29 PB cover
Sheraton Tara Springfield,
Springfield Marriott
(Jody Lee)

Framingham, Massachusetts

There was still a great desire to return to the Boston area. Although this could not yet happen, the smaller size of the Boskones and five years of good relations with the Springfield hotels made a move to MetroWest possible. Boskone remained in Framingham for a decade.

Boskone 30 PB back coverBoskone 30 PB cover
Sheraton Tara, Framingham
(Tom Kidd)
Boskone 31 PB back coverBoskone 31 PB cover
Sheraton Tara, Framingham
(Nicholas Jainschigg)
Boskone 32 PB back coverBoskone 32 PB cover
Sheraton Tara, Framingham
(Ruth Sanderson)
Boskone 33 PB back coverBoskone 33 PB cover
Sheraton Tara, Framingham33
(Gary Rudell)
Boskone 34 PB back coverBoskone 34 PB cover
Sheraton Tara, Framingham
(Ron Walotsky)
Boskone 35 PB back coverBoskone 35 PB cover
Sheraton Tara, Framingham35
(Omar Rayyan)
Boskone 36 Program Tabloid header
Sheraton Tara, Framingham
(Stephen Youll)
Boskone 37 Program Tabloid header
Sheraton, Framingham
(Rick Berry)
Boskone 38 Program Tabloid header
Sheraton, Framingham
(Charles Vess)
Boskone 39 Program Tabloid header
Sheraton, Framingham
(Steve Hickman)

Boston, Massachusetts

Changing management (note the name change of the hotel between Boskones 36 and 37) with its desire to save money made the hotel less and less attractive to the fen. There was always the problem of where to eat for those without cars. When the Sheraton Boston accepted the 2004 World Science Fiction Convention (Noreascon 4), it became possible for Boskone to return to its home city. In 2007 Boskone moved to the new Westin Waterfront in the Seaport District.

Boskone 40 PB cover
Sheraton Boston, Boston
(Jim Burns)
Boskone 41 PB Cover
Sheraton Boston, Boston
(Richard Hescox)
Boskone 42 PB cover
Sheraton Boston, Boston
(Alan Pollack)
Boskone 43 PB cover
Sheraton-Boston, Boston
(Donato Giancola)
Boskone 44 PB cover
Westin Waterfront, Boston
(Gary Lippincott)
Boskone 45 PB cover
Westin Waterfront, Boston
(Dean Morressey)
Boskone 46 Souvenir Book cover
Westin Waterfront, Boston
(Stephan Martiniere)
Boskone 47 Souvenir Book cover
Westin Waterfront, Boston
(John Picacio)
Boskone 48 Souvenir Book cover (back) Boskone 48 Souvenir Book cover
Westin Waterfront, Boston
(Gregory Manchess)
Boskone 49 Souvenir Book cover
Westin Waterfront, Boston
(Daniel Dos Santos)
Boskone 50 Souvenir Book cover
Westin Waterfront, Boston
(Lisa Snellings)
Boskone 51 Souvenir Book cover
Westin Waterfront, Boston
(David Palumbo)
Boskone 52 Souvenir Book cover
Westin Waterfront, Boston
(Charles Lang & Wendy Snow-Lang)
Westin Waterfront, Boston
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