Boskone 1001002 (36) Progress Report 2
Connie Willis - Guest of Honor
Multiple Hugo- and Nebula-winner scintillates in person as much as
she fascinates in print. She’ll meet with her fans, join in a variety
of panel discussions, and demonstrate her world-class toastmaster
abilities. Connie was born, bred, and resides in Colorado, from whence
her work issues. This work has garnered six Hugos, six
Nebulas Nebulae Nebula Awards, and the John W.
Campbell Memorial Award. We can claim her because her publishing
debut was twenty years ago in Boston’s own lamented Galileo
magazine. Buy lots of her books from the dealers in the Hucksters’ Room.
Stephen Youll - Official Artist
UK-native Stephen Youll is a master of color and the imagination -
his work graces book covers (for example Del Rey Books) and trading cards
(such as the "Star of the Guardians" set). In addition to his
participating in panels on Art and SF, look for Stephen’s excellent art,
showcased in the Boskone 36 Art Show.
Diana Thayer - Special Guests
Texans Teddy Harvia (aka David Thayer) and Diana Thayer (aka Diana Thayer)
are well known in fannish circles for their convention running in the Lone
Star State (aka Texas). Teddy’s delightful cartoons (featured in this
progress report) earned him the Hugo Awards for Best Fan Artist in 1991
and 1995. Teddy owes huge amounts of pun fines to NESFA for his delightful
potcsards - we plan to take it out in trade at the convention.
Mary Ellen Wessels
Ed Stauff - Featured Filkers
In keeping with Boskone’s tradition of support for filking we present
New Hampshire filkers Mary Ellen Wessels (aka MEW) and Ed Stauff, who
delight audiences with their sound, their droll humor, and their love
of their craft. Their performances will be a convention high point. MEW
and Ed met at Boskone 32 (1995), so, in a sense, NESFA served as shadchan
to the pair. MEW’s musical leanings may come from her father, who played
the sousaphone (a device, like the bagpipe, now outlawed as a terror weapon
by the Geneva Convention - not run by NESFA, by the way). Ed is local to this
geographic area, but this should not be held against him. Never, ever, ask
Ed about well-digging.
4 PM to 10:30 PM
9:30 AM to 6 PM
9:30 AM to Noon
8 PM to 10 PM
10 AM to 10 PM
10 AM to Noon
5 PM to 1 AM
9 AM to 1 AM
9 AM to 4 PM
5 PM to 8 PM
10 AM to 6 PM
10 AM to 4 PM
4 PM to 9 PM
10 AM to 6 PM
10 AM to 4 PM
7 PM to 9 PM
10 AM to 9 PM
10 AM to 4 PM
7 PM to 10 PM
9:30 AM to 10 PM
9:30 AM to 4 PM
*Note: closed for lunch and dinner breaks.
Friday evening - Meet the VIPs/Alien Casino and Honky-Tonk.
We invite attendees to wear the formal attire of their homeworlds, and
we’ll provide the gambling chips. This is an encore of the same event last
year - by popular demand, this year’s casino will last for several hours.
Saturday afternoon - a concert by our featured filkers, Mary Ellen
Wessels and Ed Stauff.
Saturday evening - after the Boskone banquet (at 9 PM) we’ll present
for your edification and enjoyment a speech by Guest of Honor Connie
Willis - seating will be available for those not partaking of the banquet.
This will be followed by a choral singing presentation organized and
orchestrated by our featured filkers. Anyone who can sing from sheet
music is invited to join. If you are interested in participating,
write to Filk c/o or email to email@example.com in advance.
Sunday afternoon - a Regency Soirée. Learn the proper way
to dance, play cards, and drink tea (albeit not all at the same
time). There will be a Dancing Master to teach and call contra dance
(all skill levels are welcome), and instructors in whist and vingt-et-un.
Regency period costume is appreciated but not required, spectators are
invited (and invited to become participants!).
Sometime to be announced - a celebratory event in honor of Jane
Yolen’s sixtieth birthday anniversary. Expect some neat things at the con;
and send us your ideas.
The Boskone 36 program offers panels, talks, discussions and
workshops on many aspects of the science fiction and fantasy fields from
A ("Aliens, Crafting of") to Y ("YA Audience,
Writing for"; sorry no Z this year). Topics include writing
("Writing Screen Plays"), art ("Resolved: Editors Should
Not Be Involved in Art direction"), filk (concerts), publishing
("Fanzines and SF", "The Death of the Cover Market"),
science ("The Science of the X-Files"), comics ("Graphic
Novels", "Long Live the Legion"), gaming ("What’s
the Big Deal: Why Your Friends, Housemates, and Spouses Play Magic"),
and media ("Hollywood Musicals", "Beyond Star Trek
and Babylon 5"). There will be a presentation and
demonstration of NESFA’s new on-going on-line indexing of science
fiction. There will also be an Animé Video room - our gurus have
assembled the new, the chic, the fun, and the specials, including
modern Japanese monster movies and Chinese cinema specialities.
Pick up your schedule at Information.
Interested in participating in an informal discussion with one of our
program participants over coffee or tea? Sign up for Kaffeeklatsches
Get an autograph from your favorite pro! Signings will be held in the
front room of the Con Suite - check your Pocket Program to see when!
Come hear writers read and discuss their own works; the Pocket Program
tells all but - check Helmuth, the daily newsletter, for errata,
addenda, and corrigenda.
We are particularly interested in setting up small-scale program items
that appeal specifically to you. We’ll need your help! This year we want
to offer numerous Discussion Groups where you can meet people with similar
interests. Some of these will be pre-arranged (check the Pocket Program),
but we’ll have space available for you to form last-minute groups at-con
as well. Sign up at Information.
Of course, our Guests - Connie Willis, Stephen Youll, Teddy Harvia,
Diana Thayer, Mary Ellen Wessels, and Ed Stauff - will be there.
In addition confirmed program participants as of 13 December 1998 are:
Marc Abrahams, Catherine Asaro, Ellen Asher, Lisa A. Barnett, Michael A.
Burstein, Jeanne M. Cavelos, Hal Clement, Brenda W. Clough, Glen Cook,
Bruce Coville, Kathryn Cramer, Don D’Ammassa, Keith R. A. DeCandido,
Robert Devney, John R. Douglas, Debra Doyle, Thomas Easton, Bob Eggleston,
Gary Ehrlich, Michael F. Flynn, Esther Friesner, Greer Gilman, Laura Ann
Gilman, David G. Hartwell, Jeff Hecht, Peter J. Heck, Ed Hutnik, Alexander
Jablokov, Jennifer Jackson, Nicholas Jainschigg, K. W. Jeter, Jane Jewell,
Rick Katze, William Keith, Mark Keller, James Patrick Kelly, Daniel Kimmel,
Ellen Kushner, Sharon Lee, Evelyn C. Leeper, Mark R. Leeper, Frederick
Andrew Lerner, Paul Levinson, Anthony Lewis, Timothy E. Liebe, James D.
Macdonald, Jim Mann, Laurie Mann, Joe Mayhew, Gary McGath, Edmund R.
Meskys, Steve Miller, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Teresa Nielsen Hayden,
Mark L. Olson, Priscilla Olson, Tamora Pierce, Charles Ryan, Don Sakers,
Steven Sawicki, Darrell Schweitzer, Melissa Scott, Delia Sherman, Josepha
Sherman, Susan Shwartz, Jane Sibley, David Alexander Smith, Sarah Smith,
Allen Steele, Ian Randall Strock, Leslie J. Turek, Joan D. Vinge, Jeanne
Wardwell, Lawrence Watt-Evans, Jamie Warren-Youll, Ben Yalow, Jane Yolen,
Our Saturday evening begins with a buffet of Southron victuals - perfect
for a New England winter’s evening - and ends with a delightful speech by
our Guest of Honor, Connie Willis.
Black Bean Soup
Salad of Watercress, Mixed Baby Greens, Walnuts with
Spicy Cole Slaw
Southern Potato Salad with Bacon and Egg Dressing
Barbecued Pork, Traditional New Orleans Jambalaya &
Southern Fried Chicken
Red Beans and Rice, Glazed Sweet Potatoes, Corn on the Cob
Warm Corn Bread and Dinner Rolls, served with Whipped Butter
Pecan Pie with Whipped Cream & Warm Rice Pudding
Freshly Brewed Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee and Herbal Teas
The cost is $30 per person, which includes all applicable taxes and
gratuities. Tickets are required for the banquet: please see
the registration form.
If you have kosher, halal, vegetarian, humanitarian, or other dietary
restrictions, please get in touch with us.
Filksongs are fandom’s folk songs, with themes of SF, fantasy, and fandom.
The Filk Program begins with group singing on Friday evening. On Saturday
afternoon, there will be concert sets by local and visiting performers
and a music workshop. Saturday evening, there will be more concert sets.
There will be open filking on Friday and Saturday nights, and dead
dog filking on Sunday afternoon.
This year the Boskone Game Room will have a demonstration by Steve
Jackson Games. We will also have another Magic: The Gathering
sealed deck workshop by Leslie Turek. There are no plans at this time
for a Magic tournament. We have an RPG Master who will be looking for
players. People interested in running their own gaming events should
be in contact with Joe Rico c/o Boskone.
Art Show & Print Shop
Our Art Show includes a special exhibit of the works of our Official
Artist Stephen Youll, a special display of postcard cartoons from
Teddy Harvia, plus over 80 panels and tables full of original SF
artwork, most of which is available for bid and/or purchase at the
con. Also check out our Print Shop for many great buys.
The Dealers’ Room (aka The Hucksters’ Room) will feature a wide variety
of science fiction, fantasy, and genre books, jewelry, clothing, and all
manners of tchotchkes. Check the Boskone web site
for a list of dealers scheduled to attend.
The Boskone 36 Con Suite is at the hub of the
convention. Fans can join program participants for party-type refreshments,
interesting conversation, and special events. There will be a toddler play
area in the Con Suite, so you may relax while supervising your children.
Children may not be left unattended in the Con Suite.
Dragonslair & Space Cadets
Dragonslair is children’s programming for ages 7 to 12. We are
planning some fun and interesting things, such as a radio play to be
performed with costumes and effects, both made/performed by the
kids/participants; scary stories to be told late at night around a
campfire (9 PM each night); and a chapbook written by the participants
(so start thinking about what you want to write!). We’ll also create
some artwork (to be hung in the art show) and have free play. We have
firm hours of operation (see list earlier in this PR) and will close
for lunch and dinner on Saturday. We reserve the right to collect a
fee for children not picked up at these times. Let us know if you will
be using Dragonslair - come and have fun!
Space Cadets is for active children 2-1/2
to 6 years old, with plenty of energetic play, and simple arts and crafts.
On Friday and Saturday evenings, Space Cadets will host a party and movie
geared to a younger audience.
Purchase of a Boskone membership entitles a child to attend either
or both of these programs. Advance registration is requested to assist
us in planning and preparation. A child younger than 2-1/2 is welcome
to attend Boskone as a child-in-tow (at no cost). You must attend your
child at all time. We do not provide baby-sitting, but we
will assist parents in making private baby-sitting arrangements
if requested (please write us).
Seeking knowledge? Whether it’s details on area restaurants, or the location
of the secret staircase, Information on the Grand Promenade can help. It’s
also the place to go to pre-register for a discussion group, kaffeeklatsch,
or other event that requires sign-up; drop off items for the convention
newsletter; or get the latest copy of Helmuth. Stop by the Information
table on the Grand Promenade and see what we can do for you!
Body Snatchers (Volunteers)
The best way to meet other people at a convention is by volunteering,
and Boskone needs you! Science fiction conventions run on blood, sweat,
and volunteers. Body Snatchers allocates volunteers among the many
different areas that need them - opportunities are available for all
physical and mental abilities. If you are willing to help, please fill
out the volunteer form (including a Release Form) at Information.
Those who work at least six hours will receive our unique ceramic
mug with Stephen Youll’s artwork. If you are under 18, your parent
or guardian must sign the Release Form (but you’ll only have to
work 4 hours for your mug).
Club & Bid Tables
Want to publicize your club, convention, or bid? We will have tables
available for this purpose on the Promenade. Table space is limited,
so please write or email us in advance.
Registration for Boskone will be open on the Promenade (outside the
Grand Ballroom) all weekend. Get your convention material and name
badge there. Everyone - committee, staff, artists, program participants,
dealers—registers here. We will make it as painless an experience as
we can! You can help: bring your "Quickie Sheet" with you.
(It’s the cover of this Progress Report.) If you arrive late, ask at
the Convention Office about after-hours registration. If you haven’t
yet bought a membership and wish to do so before the convention,
please fill out the form in this PR and
return it to us by January 15, 1999.
The cost of advance memberships is $35. We accept Visa, MasterCard,
checks, and money orders. At-con rates are: Full membership - $45,
Friday - $15, Saturday - $32, Sunday - $17. We also accept cash at the con.
The cost of Dragonslair and Space Cadets is included
in the con membership, so all children who use these services must
be convention members. There is no reduced rate for children. However,
children under 10 who stay with their parents at all times are considered
"kids-in-tow" who need not have memberships ("kids-in-tow"
do not receive any convention materials).
Transferring Memberships. Boskone does not refund memberships.
However, you may transfer your membership to someone else. All membership
transfers must be done in writing. Your transferree will be able to
register much more quickly at the convention if you write to us in
advance to let us know of the transfer and have your transferree bring a
copy of your transfer letter and your "Quickie Sheet" to
Registration. Please note that life memberships are not transferable.
Helmuth, Speaking for Boskone, the convention newsletter,
features updates and changes to the program as well as lists of parties
and other news. Copies of Helmuth will be distributed around the
hotel - Art Show, Hucksters’ Room, Con Suite, et al. You can always
find copies at Information on the Grand Promenade.
This year there is no Boskone book because all the works of our
Guest of Honor, Connie Willis, are in print or contracted for publication
elsewhere (you knew she was popular)—check the Hucksters’ Room for copies
of her books.
But wait - we plan to have two new "NESFA’s Choice" books
ready by Boskone. These are The Compleat Boucher, a complete
collection of all the science fiction writings of Anthony Boucher,
and The Essential Hal Clement, Volume 1 - Trio for Slide Rule and
Typewriter which brings back into print Harry’s Close to
Critical, Iceworld, and Needle. Look
for them at the NESFA sales table in the Hucksters’ Room. And don’t
forget the NESFA Press books first released at Bucconeer - First
Contacts: the Essential Murray Leinster, An Ornament to
His Profession (Charles L. Harness), and The Works of
Jack Williamson (a bibliography).
Boskone’s hotel is the Sheraton in Framingham, Masstts.,
located on Route 9 (west from exit 12 of the Mass Pike), a short distance
from several restaurants and shopping malls. The hotel rates per night
are: single or double $97, triple or quad $107 (please contact us for
suite availability). Phone 508-879-7200 for reservations by 5 PM EST
January 30, 1999, and be sure to mention "Boskone" to get
the convention rate. [Note: if you call the "800" number for
Sheraton, they are likely to make mistakes with the rate.]
A limited number of handicap-access rooms and non-smoking rooms are
available, so please let the hotel know right away if you have any
special needs. Likewise, rollaway beds and cribs are in short supply,
so let them know if you think you’ll need one. (There is a $10 charge
for a cot.)
Check-in and Check-out
Check-in begins at 3 PM. Check-out time is 12 noon. You may request
a late check-out of 2 PM. You can avoid morning check-out lines by
pre-paying as early as the night before!
Late Breaking News
Last-minute information about Boskone will be available in the week
preceding Boskone on our answering machine (617-625-2311), or, for
the electronically inclined, on the web at
<http://www.nesfa.org/boskone>, USENET (newsgroup rec.arts.sf.announce),
Genie (SFRT3, Cat 22, Top 15), and CompuServe (SFLIT Forum, Section 21).
In addition, the near-final Program will be uploaded to the aforementioned
services and our Web page about a week before the con.
How to Get to Boskone
The Sheraton Framingham, is on Route 9 west at the Framingham exit
(exit 12) of the Mass Pike (Interstate 90), about halfway between
I-495 and Route 128 (I-95). The hotel is a castle (you can’t miss it! -
trust us!), clearly visible from both the Pike and Route 9. Take the Mass
Pike to Exit 12 (Framingham) and bear left onto Route 9 west. Drive 150
yards to the Sheraton on the right. Parking is free!
If you fly into Boston’s Logan Airport: from any terminal at Logan
take the Logan Express to Framingham. (There are Logan Express buses
to other destinations, so be sure you get on the right one.) It costs
$8 ($6 on Saturday and Sunday); accompanied children under 12 are free;
you pay at the Framingham end. The ride take about 40 minutes. It leaves
the airport every half-hour essentially the entire time that fans will
be traveling Friday or Sunday. The Saturday schedule is hourly. The last
bus leaves the airport at midnight. Call (800) 23-LOGAN at any time for
details. Once you are at the Framingham terminal, use the Shuttle Bus,
below, to get to the hotel. Failing that, we suggest you take a taxi.
There are an enclosed waiting room, phones, and lists of taxi companies
at the Logan Express Framingham terminal which is next to Shoppers’ World,
just off Route 30. Worcester Airport Limo, 800-660-0992, provides
transportation from Logan directly to the Sheraton at $18 per person,
one way.. Reservations are strongly recommended. Another company serving
Logan is Knight’s Limo Service, 800-822-5456, which costs $22.
If you fly into Worcester’s airport: Worcester Airport Limo,
800-660-0992, provides transportation from the Worcester airport to
the Sheraton at $32 per person, one way. Reservations are strongly
Framingham has a twice-a-day Amtrak service from New York. The station
is in downtown Framingham (officially Framingham Junction) about five
miles from the hotel. We recommend taking a taxi from there to the hotel
(taxi cost is about $15). The route 128 terminal (about 15 miles from
the hotel) has Amtrak trains from points east and west which run several
times a day, seven days a week. Call 800-USA-RAIL or your local Amtrak
office for schedule and ticketing information.
Framingham has frequent commuter rail trains throughout the week. Trains
leave from Boston’s South Station. The cost is $3.25 one way. In
Framingham, the station is about five miles from the hotel. We
recommend taking a taxi to the Sheraton (cost is about $15). Call
MBTA Commuter Rail at 617-222-3200, 800-392-6100, and hearing-impaired
TDD-222-5246 for schedules, or surf to:
Bus from Boston
You can get to Framingham from Boston from the bus terminal at
South Station. The bus runs every 2 hours on Friday and less
frequently on Saturday and Sunday. The round trip fare is $11.90.
Call Peter Pan Bus Lines, 800-343-9999, for schedule and ticketing
information. See below for Shuttle Bus information.
Boskone will have a shuttle bus running between the Sheraton and
the Framingham Logan Express bus terminal next to Shoppers’ World
on the Route 30 side. The service will run continuously, taking
about 40 minutes for the loop. It will run Thursday from 5:30 PM
to 7:30 PM, Friday from 4 PM to 10 PM, and Sunday from noon to 7 PM.
The bus will be labeled "Sheraton Shuttle." Otherwise taxi
service is available through Tommy’s Taxi, 508-872-3500.
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