Good news for conventioneers who have been dragging their feet signing up for this year’s CopperCon: Pre-registration, which originally ended Aug. 15, has been extended through Aug. 26 for the Arizona science fiction and fantasy convention taking place Sept. 2-5 at Avondale’s Hilton Garden Inn.
That means you can get a full-weekend pass for $40, with youth prices $20 for ages 7 to 12 and free through age 6.
Pricing for admission at the door (which is cash-only) also has been announced:
- $55 Friday thru Monday
- $45 Saturday thru Monday
- $35 Sunday thru
- $15 Monday only
There also are reportedly still rooms available at the convention’s block rate.
Organized by the Central Arizona Speculative Fiction Society (CASFS), CopperCon is among the Valley’s longest-running literary gatherings. Guests include fan guest M. R. “Hilde” Hildebrand, a longtime conventioneer across the West; author guest of honor Carrie Vaughan (the Kitty Norville series, Voices of Dragons, Discord’s Apple); and local author Janni Lee Simner (Bones of Faerie, Thief Eyes, Secret of the Three Treasures). Among the many, many panelists is Nerdvana contributor Lee Whiteside, a human epicenter of Arizona fandom, as well as Aprilynne Pike, the New York Times bestselling author of Wings, Spells and Illusions.
At the convention, book donations will be collected for distribution to homeless children. If you don’t have any kids’ books, fear not: Any adult fiction title that is donated will be exchanged with a local bookseller partner for an appropriate children’s title. How awesome is that? Previously announced, there will be a rare book auction benefiting Literacy Volunteers of Maricopa County.
Other activities include steampunk discussions and costuming, Victorian astronomy, writers workshops, comic book art portfolio evaluations, a Danse Macabre and, of course, a dash of filk. Just for kids, there will be science experiments and two days of Pokemon roleplaying. Dozens of panels cover topics from the new Star Trek movie to zombie survival and biofuel science.
And, what would a con experience be without the dealer room?