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TusCon

Overview

TusCon is the oldest active science fiction convention in Arizona. It's predated as a fandom event in Tucson only by Desertcon, a film convention which ended in 1978, and in Arizona by Phoenix Con, a comic book convention which was already over by the time TusCon began.

It's been run annually in Tucson by the Baja Arizona Science Fiction Association (BASFA) since 1974 with a highly consistent committee. TusCon

History

# Date Location Chair GoHs Book Web Notes
1 1974
25 Oct
27 Oct
Tucson Inn
Tucson
Jim Corrick
Carol De Priest
2 1975
4 Apr
6 Apr
Executive Inn
Tucson
Jim Corrick
Carol De Priest
Author: Evangeline Walton
3 1975
7 Nov
10 Nov
Tucson Inn
Tucson
Jim Corrick
Carol De Priest
Author: Gordon Eklund
Bobbie Armbruster
Ron Bounds
4 1976
5 Nov
7 Nov
Sands Motel
Tucson
Jim Corrick
Carol De Priest
Author: Theodore Sturgeon
Thea Alexander
Dr. Bradford Smith
Carolyn Henson
5 1977 1
6 1979
16 Nov
18 Nov
Executive Inn
Tucson
Sharon Maples Author: Ed Bryant
Author: Suzy McKee Charnas
Toastmaster: Bob Vardeman
7 1980
7 Nov
9 Nov
Executive Inn
Tucson
Sharon Maples Author: George R. R. Martin
Fan: Bobbie Armbruster
Fan: Ron Bounds
Toastmaster: Jim Corrick
8 1981
13 Nov
15 Nov
Executive Inn
Tucson
Sue Thing
Deb Dedon
Cristi Simila
Author: Elizabeth A. Lynn
Fan: Curt Stubbs
Fan: Mahala Steiner
Toastmaster: Jim Corrick
9 1982
12 Nov
14 Nov
Executive Inn
Tucson
Sue Thing Author: Robert Bloch
Fan: David J. Schow
10 1983
18 Nov
20 Nov
Executive Inn
Tucson
Sue Thing Author: Karl Edward Wagner
Fan: Marty Massoglia
Toastmaster: Jim Corrick
11 1984
9 Nov
11 Nov
Executive Inn
Tucson
Sue Thing Author: John Varley
Fan: Bruce & Kim Farr
Toastmaster: Jim Corrick
12 1985
8 Nov
10 Nov
Executive Inn
Tucson
Cristi Simila Author: Vernor Vinge
Fan: Bruce D. Arthurs
Fan: M. R. Hildebrant
Toastmaster: Jim Corrick
13 1986
3 Oct
5 Oct
Executive Inn
Tucson
Cristi Simila
Sue Thing
Author: Terry Carr
Fan: Robert Bloch
Toastmaster: Ed Bryant
14 1987
2 Oct
4 Oct
Executive Inn
Tucson
Cristi Simila
Sue Thing
Author: Tim Powers
Fan: Somtow Sucharitkul
15 1988
7 Oct
9 Oct
Executive Inn
Tucson
Cristi Simila
Sue Thing
Author: Stephen R. Donaldson
Fan: Jim & Doreen Webbert
Toastmaster: Ed Bryant
16 1989
6 Oct
8 Oct
Executive Inn
Tucson
Cristi Simila
Sue Thing
Author: Jack Williamson
Fan: Sam Stubbs
Fan: Eric Hanson
Toastmaster: Ed Bryant
17 1990
16 Nov
18 Nov
Executive Inn
Tucson
Cristi Simila
Sue Thing
Author: G. Harry Stine
Fantasy: Jennifer Roberson
Fan: Michael R. Stackpole
Fan: Liz Danforth
Toastmaster: Ed Bryant
18 1991
15 Nov
17 Nov
Executive Inn
Tucson
Cristi Simila
Sue Thing
2
19 1992
13 Nov
15 Nov
Executive Inn
Tucson
3
20 1993
12 Nov
14 Nov
Executive Inn
Tucson
Cristi Simila
Bruce Wiley
Author: Simon Hawke
Fan: Kate Daniel
Toastmaster: Ed Bryant
21 1994
11 Nov
13 Nov
Executive Inn
Tucson
Sue Thing Author: Judith Tarr
Fan: John Theisen
Toastmaster: Ed Bryant
22 1995
3 Nov
5 Nov
Executive Inn
Tucson
Sue Thing Author: Ed Bryant
Fan: Wolf Forrest
Toastmaster: Simon Hawke
23 1996
15 Nov
17 Nov
Executive Inn
Tucson
Sue Thing Author: Dennis L. McKiernan
Fan: Barry Bard
Special: Buzz Aldrin
Toastmaster: Ed Bryant
24 1997
7 Nov
9 Nov
Executive Inn
Tucson
Sue Thing Author: John Vornholt
Fantasy: Melanie Rawn
Artist: Alan Gutierrez
Fan: David Foster
Toastmaster: Ed Bryant
25 1998
6 Nov
8 Nov
Executive Inn
Tucson
Sue Thing Author: Fred Saberhagen
Artist: Ellisa Mitchell
Fan: Julie Hamann
Toastmaster: Michael R. Stackpole
26 1999
22 Oct
24 Oct
Executive Inn
Tucson
Sue Thing Author: Laurell K. Hamilton
Artist: Lee Seed
Fan: Bobbie Seaman
Toastmaster: Ed Bryant
27 2000
10 Nov
12 Nov
Executive Inn
Tucson
Sue Thing Author: Catherine Wells
Artist: Liz Danforth
Fan: Stephanie Bannon
Fan: Craig Dyer
Toastmaster: Ed Bryant
28 2001
9 Nov
11 Nov
InnSuites Hotel
Tucson
Sue Thing Author: Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Artist: Newton Ewell
Toastmaster: Ed Bryant
29 2002
15 Nov
17 Nov
InnSuites Hotel
Tucson
Sue Thing Author: Timothy Zahn
Artist: Vicky Visconti Tilley
Toastmaster: Ed Bryant
30 2003
14 Nov
16 Nov
InnSuites Hotel
Tucson
Sue Thing Author: Yvonne Navarro
Music: Maya Kaathryn & Jeff Bohnhoff
Artist: Leslie D'Allesandro Hawes
Fan: Cristi Simila
Toastmaster: Ed Bryant
31 2004
5 Nov
7 Nov
InnSuites Hotel
Tucson
Sue Thing Fantasy: Barbara Hambly
SF/Science Author/Artist: William K. Hartmann
Fan: Carol De Priest
Toastmaster: Ed Bryant
32 2005
18 Nov
20 Nov
InnSuites Hotel
Tucson
Sue Thing Author: David Brin
Artist: Theresa Mather
Fan/Gaming: Bill Winski
Toastmaster: Ed Bryant
33 2006
10 Nov
12 Nov
InnSuites Hotel
Tucson
Sue Thing Author: Emma Bull
Author: Will Shetterly
Fan: Bruce & Peggy Wiley
Toastmaster: Ed Bryant
34 2007
9 Nov
11 Nov
InnSuites Hotel
Tucson
Sue Thing Author: John Ringo
Toastmaster: Weston Ochse
35 2008
7 Nov
9 Nov
InnSuites Hotel
Tucson
Sue Thing Pro: Diana Gabaldon
Toastmaster: Ed Bryant
36 2009
13 Nov
15 Nov
Hotel Tucson City Center
Tucson
Sue Thing Pro: Weston Ochse
Fan: Liz Hanson
Special: Dr. Paul A. Carter
Toastmaster: Ed Bryant
37 2010
12 Nov
14 Nov
Hotel Tucson City Center
Tucson
Sue Thing Pro: Jim & Shannon K. Butcher
Fan: Bjo & John Trimble
Special: Noel Neill
Toastmaster: Ed Bryant
38 2011
11 Nov
13 Nov
Hotel Tucson City Center
Tucson
Sue Thing Pro: Patricia Briggs
Fan: Dr. David A. Williams
Toastmaster: Ed Bryant
39 2012
9 Nov
11 Nov
Hotel Tucson City Center
Tucson
Sue Thing Pro: S. M. Stirling
Fan: David Lee Summers
Toastmaster: Ed Bryant
40 2013
8 Nov
10 Nov
Hotel Tucson City Center
Tucson
Sue Thing Author: Juliet Blackwell
Artist: Jessica C. Feinberg
Music: The Bedlam Bards
Toastmaster: Ed Bryant
41 2014
31 Oct
2 Nov
Hotel Tucson City Center
Tucson
Sue Thing Author: Janni Lee Simner
Artist: Sarah Clemens
Fan: Curt Booth
Music: The Whiskey Bards
Special: Geoff Notkin
Toastmaster: Weston Ochse
42 2015
30 Oct
1 Nov
Hotel Tucson City Center
Tucson
Sue Thing Author: Seanan McGuire
Artist: Bridget E. Wilde
Anime: Autumn Ivy
Special: Geoff Notkin
Toastmaster: Ed Bryant
43 2016
11 Nov
13 Nov
Radisson Hotel Tucson Airport
Tucson
Sue Thing
James Kosky
Author: George R. R. Martin
Artist: Peri Charlifu
Media: William Malone
Special: Geoff Notkin
Toastmaster: Ed Bryant
44 2017
10 Nov
12 Nov
Radisson Hotel Tucson Airport
Tucson
Sue Thing
James Kosky
Author: Timothy Zahn
Artist: Theresa Mather
Fans: Hal & Dee Astell
Special: Cirque des Bêtes
Special: Geoff Notkin
Toastmaster: Weston Ochse

Notes

  1. TusCon 5 was cancelled to concentrate on Arizona's hosting of the Worldcon, as many TusCon key players were involved.
  2. TusCon 18 was a relaxacon with no guests or programming, because it came two weeks after Tucson had hosted the World Fantasy Convention.
  3. TusCon 19 was a fan gathering only with no guests or programming.
  4. Attendance was capped for TusCon 43 at 500. It sold out months before the event.

Other Material

TusCon 22

Flyer (2 MB)

TusCon 24

Pocket Program (5 MB)

TusCon 25

Pocket Program (3 MB)

Older Program Book Covers

Credits

Many thanks to Carol De Priest for putting together TusCon's Illustrated History Pages. Without that site, this page would be a shadow of itself. It's where I got most of this information, as well as most of the older program book covers (TusCon 37 and earlier).


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