Boskone

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A regional convention usually held in Boston Massachusetts. Has also been held in Springfield, Framingham, and other locations within the state. Run by NESFA, it grew so much in the 1980s it came to be called the "Winter Worldcon", then it imploded. (See Rise and Fall of the Giant Boskones.)

There were actually two Boston conventions named "Boskone". The first, run by The Stranger Club ran 1941-1945. The current series of Boskones was started in 1965 by the Boston Science Fiction Society (BoSFS) as part of its bidding strategy for Boston in '67. BoSFS ran Boskone 1, Boskone 2, and Boskone 4. Boskone 3 was actually run by Erwin S. Strauss but, because of its venue, it was officially sponsored by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Science Fiction Club (MITSFS). The New England Science Fiction Association (NESFA) has run all Boskones starting with Boskone 5.

Historical notes (IA)

Journey Planet special issue on Boskones (IA)

From Fancyclopedia 1 ca 1944
(Smith) - Originally, the anti-Civilization culture of the Lensman stories, which the Michelists insisted was superior to Smith's future capitalistic society -- hence the expression "Wollheim, speaking for Boskone". The word now means Boston Conference, the anniversary meetings of the Stranger Club, Boskone I being in 1941.


Convention Dates Location, (all in MA) GoHs Size
First Series of Boskones
I late February 1941 R. D. Swisher home, Winchester 25
II February 22, 1942 Ritz Plaza, Boston 25
III February 28, 1943 Ritz Plaza, Boston Claude Degler 14
IV February 3-4, 1945 R. D. Swisher home, Winchester, MA Milt Rothman, Jack Riggs, Art Widner, N. F. Stanley, R. D. Swisher 5
V September 2, 1945 Hotel Hawthorne, Salem 9
Second Series of Boskones
1 September 10-12, 1965 Statler-Hilton, Boston Hal Clement, Dr. Robert Enzmann 66
2 March 11-13, 1966 Statler-Hilton, Boston Frederik Pohl, Dwight Wayne Batteau, Prof. Igor Paul, Prof. Oliver Selfridge 71
3 October 1-3, 1966 MIT, Cambridge, MA John W. Campbell, Oliver Selfridge 68
4 April 1-2, 1967 Statler-Hilton, Boston Damon Knight, Marvin Minsky 72
5 March 23-24, 1968 Statler-Hilton, Boston Larry Niven, Warren McCulloch 155
6 March 22-23, 1969 Statler-Hilton, Boston Jack Gaughan, Stephen Fabian, Louis Sutro 262
7 March 27-29, 1970 Statler-Hilton, Boston Gordon R. Dickson, George Barr, Donald Menzel 383
8 March 12-14, 1971 Sheraton Rolling Green, Andover, MA Larry Niven 211
9 April 14-16, 1972 Statler-Hilton, Boston L. Sprague de Camp, Don Simpson, Richard Rosa 403
10 March, 9-11 1973 Sheraton Boston Robert A. W. Lowndes, Frank Kelly Freas, Phyllis Brauner 405
11 March 1-3, 1974 Sheraton Boston Isaac Asimov, Eddie Jones, Isaac Asimov 701
12 February 28-Mar 2, 1975 Sheraton Boston Anne McCaffrey, Bonnie Dalzell, Robert Enzmann 935
13 February 13-15, 1976 Sheraton Boston Poul Anderson, Rick Sternbach 900
14 February 18-20, 1977 Sheraton Boston Ben Bova, John Schoenherr 1010
15 February 17-19, 1978 Sheraton Boston John Brunner, Arthur Thomson (ATom), Marvin Minsky 1454
16 February 16-18, 1979 Sheraton Boston Frank Herbert, Mike Symes, Marc C. Chartrand 1950
17 February 15-17, 1980 Radisson Ferncroft, Danvers Spider & Jeanne Robinson, Victoria Poyser 800
18 February 13-15, 1981 Sheraton Boston Tanith Lee, Don Maitz 1609
19 February 12-14, 1982 Boston Park Plaza Donald A. Wollheim, Michael Whelan 2270
20 February 18-20, 1983 Boston Park Plaza Mack Reynolds*, Wendy Pini, Jeff Hecht 2420
21 February 17-19, 1984 Boston Park Plaza Gene Wolfe, Vincent Di Fate, David Hartwell 2718
22 February 15-17, 1985 Copley Marriott, Boston Kate Wilhelm & Damon Knight, Carl Lundgren, Shawna McCarthy 3420
23 February 14-16, 1986 Sheraton Boston Robert Bloch, Bob Eggleton, Tom Doherty 3919
24 February 13-15, 1987 Sheraton Boston C. J. Cherryh, Barclay Shaw, Tom Clareson 4200
25 January 29-31, 1988 Sheraton Tara Springfield, Springfield Marriott Greg Bear, David Mattingly, Ellen Asher 1327
26 January 27-29, 1989 Sheraton Tara Springfield, Springfield Marriott Tim Powers, James Gurney, Tom Whitmore 1250
27 February 16-18, 1990 Sheraton Tara Springfield, Springfield Marriott Glen Cook, David A. Cherry, Charles Ryan 970
28 February 15-17, 1991 Sheraton Tara Springfield, Springfield Marriott Mike Resnick, Ed Emshwiller*, Brian Thomsen 888
29 February 14-16, 1992 Sheraton Tara Springfield, Springfield Marriott Jane Yolen, Jody Lee, Dave Langford 840
30 February 19-21, 1993 Sheraton Tara, Framingham Joe Haldeman, Tom Kidd, Beth Meacham 851
31 February 18-20, 1994 Sheraton Tara, Framingham GoHs: Emma Bull & Will Shetterly, Nicholas Jainschigg, Patrick & Teresa Nielsen Hayden 875
32 February 17-19, 1995 Sheraton Tara, Framingham Diana Wynne Jones, Ruth Sanderson, Fred Lerner & Patricia Wrede 902/1037
33 February 16-18, 1996 Sheraton Tara, Framingham Lois McMaster Bujold, Gary Rudell, Bob Madle 829/983
34 February 14-16, 1997 Sheraton Tara, Framingham John M. Ford, Ron Walotsky, Jerry Kaufman & Suzanne Tompkins ~800/991
35 February 13-15, 1998 Sheraton Tara, Framingham Walter Jon Williams, Omar Rayyan, Stanley Schmidt ~800/991
36 February 12-14, 1999 Sheraton Tara, Framingham Connie Willis, Stephen Youll, Teddy Harvia & Diana Thayer 759/986
37 February 18-20, 2000 Sheraton, Framingham Michael Swanwick, Rick Berry, Peter Weston 790/960
38 February 16-18, 2001 Sheraton, Framingham George R. R. Martin, Charles Vess, Jack Cohen 933/1093
39 February 15-17, 2002 Sheraton, Framingham Neil Gaiman, Steve Hickman, Marv Wolfman 1108/1266
40 February 14-16, 2003 Sheraton Boston David Brin, Jim Burns, Charlie Brown 1154/1320
41 February 13-15, 2004 Sheraton Boston Stephen Baxter, Richard Hescox, Betsy Mitchell 982/1145
42 February 18-20, 2005 Sheraton Boston Orson Scott Card, Alan Pollack, Mike Glyer 1014/1186
43 February 17-19, 2006 Sheraton Boston Ken MacLeod, Donato Giancola, Cory Doctorow 1104/1284
44 February 16-18, 2007 Westin Waterfront, Boston David Gerrold, Gary A. Lippincott, Brother Guy Consolmagno, SJ 1057/1268
45 February 15-17, 2008 Westin Waterfront, Boston David Weber, Dean Morrissey, Bruce Coville 1056/1263
46 February 13-15, 2009 Westin Waterfront, Boston Jo Walton, Stephan Martiniere, Irene Gallo 959/1139
47 February 12-14, 2010 Westin Waterfront, Boston Alastair Reynolds, John Picacio, Tom Shippey 1065/1262
48 February 18-20, 2011 Westin Waterfront, Boston Charles Stross, Gregory Manchess, Charlaine Harris 1047/1247
49 February 17-19, 2012 Westin Waterfront, Boston John Scalzi, Daniel Dos Santos, Toni Weisskopf 1201/1384
50 February 15-17, 2013 Westin Waterfront, Boston Vernor Vinge, Lisa Snellings, John Hertz 1042/1262
51 February 14-16, 2014 Westin Waterfront, Boston Seanan McGuire, David Palumbo, Ginjer Buchanan
52 February 13-15, 2015 Westin Waterfront, Boston Steven Brust, Charles Lang, Wendy Snow Lang, Robert K. Wiener
53 February 19-21, 2016 Westin Waterfront, Boston Garth Nix, Richard Anderson, Arnie Fenner, Cathy Fenner
54 February 17-19, 2017 Westin Waterfront, Boston Brandon Sanderson, Maryelizabeth Yturralde, Dave Seeley
55 February 16-18, 2018 Westin Waterfront, Boston Mary Robinette Kowal, Craig Miller
56 February 15-17, 2019 Westin Waterfront, Boston Elizabeth Hand, Christopher Golden, Cindy Pon, Vandana Singh, Gardner Dozois, Jim Burns
57 February 2020, 14-16 Westin Waterfront, Boston Kim Stanley Robinson, Holly Black, Eric Wilkerson, Cheshire Moon
58 February 12-14, 2021 Westin Waterfront, Boston Joe Abercrombie, Julie Dillon, Tamsyn Muir, Marc Gunn

  • = Died before the convention.

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