ConFusion

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ConFusion, a regional convention, was founded in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1975, preceded by A2 Relax Icon the previous year. It was founded by the Stilyagi Air Corps and is now run by AASFA.

Rather than having consecutive numbers, as most cons do, the name "ConFusion" has a different descriptor each year. It started, deliberately with number 13. (The "Fusion" in ConFusion refers to KMS Fusion, a firm in Ann Arbor that at the time was one of the world leaders in fusion research.)

Some years, a Snow Creature sculpture contest was held outside the hotel.

During the 1970s and '80s, the con was nicknamed Fondlecon, for members' public displays of mass affection; for a few years, it also featured a blanket-bearing Cuddle Squad to warm up chilly congoers in unheated hallways; and the concom facilitated skinny-dipping in its hotel pool. ConFusion was one of the cons where a fan-filled bed collapsed. ConFusion goers (and a disapproving hotel) also learned what happens to a Jacuzzi used by fans smeared with chocolate mousse.

Dates Convention Order Guests of Honor Notes
February 15-17, 1974 A2 Relax Icon 0 Lloyd Biggle, Jr., Howard DeVore Chairman: Ro Lutz-Nagey
January 24-26, 1975 ConFusion 13 1 Frederik Pohl, Mike Glicksohn Toastmaster: Jim Martin, Chairman: Ro Lutz-Nagey
January 23-25, 1976 ConFusion 12 2 Lloyd Biggle, Jr., Bill Bowers Toastmaster: Jim Martin, Chairman: Ro Lutz-Nagey
January 28-30, 1977 ConFusion 14 3 Poul Anderson, Ro Lutz-Nagey Toastmaster: Jim Martin, Chairmen: Zita Kutkus, Lary Ward
January 13-15, 1978 ConFusion Pi 4 Kate Wilhelm, Jackie Causgrove Toastmaster: Jim Martin, Chairman: Larry Tucker
January 20-21, 1979 E/c2 ConFusion 5 Spider & Jeanne Robinson, Scott Imes Toastmaster: Ro Lutz-Nagey, Chairmen: Larry Tucker, Dave Innes
January 18-20, 1980 ConFusion 6 and/or 7 6 Stanley Schmidt, Elliot Shorter Toastmaster:Rusty Hevelin, Chairmen: Larry Tucker, Dave Innes
January 23-25, 1981 Nine Billion Names of ConFusion 7 Barry B. Longyear, Dave Innes Toastmaster: Gay Haldeman, Chairman: Nancy Tucker
January 29-31, 1982 ConFusion 11 8 Phyllis Eisenstein, Neil Rest Toastmaster: Larry Tucker, Chairman: Nancy Tucker
January 28-30, 1983 ConFusion 101 9 C. J. Cherryh, Bill Cavin AASFA Wars
January 27–29, 1984 Genuine ConFusion 10 Mike Resnick, Martha Beck Toastmaster: Dick Smith, Chairman: Nancy Tucker
January 25-27, 1985 Decadent ConFusion 11 Alan Dean Foster, Julia Ecklar Beginning of post-AASFA lawsuit era
January 24-26, 1986 Perpetual ConFusion 12 Somtow Sucharitkul, Bill Roper, Frank Kelly Freas
January 23-25, 1987 Stark Raving ConFusion 13 Katherine Kurtz, Liz Pearce, Erin McKee
January 15-17, 1988 Ambulatory ConFusion 14 Joe Haldeman, Larry Tucker, David Cherry
1989 ConFusion 102 15 Barbara Hambly, Ted Reynolds, Linda Michaels
1990 State of ConFusion 16 Hal Clement, Michelle Smith-Moore, Garth Barbour, Kevin Davies
1991 Immaculate ConFusion 17 Esther Friesner, S. P. Somtow, Robin Wood
January 24-26, 1992 Hardwired ConFusion 18 Walter Jon Williams, Rusty Hevelin, Rick Lieder
January 22-24, 1993 Transcendental ConFusion 19 Fred Saberhagen, Pat Sims & Roger Sims, Randy Asplund-Faith
January 21-23, 1994 ConFusion XX 20 Joan D. Vinge, Leah Zeldes Smith, Erin McKee
January 27-29, 1995 ConFusion 10101 21 Pamela Sargent, Wilson "Bob" Tucker, Laura Butler, Geoffrey A. Landis
January 12-14, 1996 Deviant ConFusion 22 Tim Powers, Melody Asplund-Faith, Bob Eggleton, Geoffrey A. Landis
January 24-26, 1997 ConFusion-17 23 Samuel Delany, Joey Shoji, Susan VanCamp, Mark Shappirio
January 23-25, 1998 ConFusion of the Winnebagos 24 Connie Willis, Mary Ellen Wessels, Jane Irwin, Marvin Minsky Toastmaster: Larry Tucker
January 22-24, 1999 Vintage ConFusion 25 Lois McMaster Bujold, Nancy Tucker Shaw, Doug Chaffee, Carl Djerassi Toastmaster: Howard DeVore
January 21-23, 2000 ConFusion 19100 26 Maureen F. McHugh, Dennis Tabaczewski, Frank Hayes, Eric Raymond
January 19-21, 2001 Mystery God ConFusion 27 Sarah Zettel, Tom Barber, Carla Speed McNeil, Bruce Schneier Chairman: Tammy Coxen
January 18-20, 2002 Astronomical ConFusion 28 George R. R. Martin, Heather Alexander, Pete Abrams, Br. Guy Consolmagno Chairman: Tammy Coxen
January 24-26, 2003 ConFusion and Her Friends 29 Melissa Scott, Roberta Kennedy, Alan Clark, Jack Cohen Chairman: Tammy Coxen
January 23-25, 2004 ConFusion XXX 30 Bruce Sterling, Geri Sullivan, Julie Bell, Ron Westrum
January 21-23, 2005 31 Flavors of ConFusion 31 Emma Bull & Will Shetterly, David G. Hartwell & Kathryn Cramer, Derek Grime, Christian Ready
January 20-22, 2006 Synthetic ConFusion 32 Vernor Vinge, Chuck Firment, Steven Stiles, Mitchell Burnside-Clapp
January 19-21, 2007 MoonBase ConFusion 33 Elizabeth Moon, Bill Higgins, Steve MacDonald, Paul "PZ" Myers
January 18-20, 2008 High-Voltage ConFusion 34 Justine Larbalestier & Scott Westerfeld, The Roving Pirate Party, Carl Lundgren, Kevin M. Dunn, Throwing Toasters
January 23-25, 2009 Cryptic ConFusion 35 Cat Rambo, Freon (Michael Andaluz), Diana Harlan Stein, Elizabeth Turtle & Ralph D. Lorenz, Cory Doctorow
January 22-24 2010 I See By My ConFusion 36 Peter S. Beagle, Catherynne Valente, David Gibbs, Matt Busch, Steve Collins, S. J. Tucker
January 21-23, 2011 This ConFusion Is Not Yet Rated 37 Cherie Priest, Lisa Garrison-Ragsdale, Aubrey de Grey, Paolo Bacigalupi
January 20-22, 2012 Epic ConFusion 38 Patrick Rothfuss, Tom Smith, Harley Thronson, Roxanne Meida King (Special GoH), Jim C. Hines, Brian Decker
January 18-20, 2013 Immortal ConFusion 39 Charles Stross, James Davis Nicoll, Scott Edelman, Jennifer Ouellette, Mary Robinette Kowal, Lucy Kennedy
January 17-19, 2014 Legendary ConFusion 40 Mike Carey, Mark Bernstein, Rich Morris, Ian Tregillis, S2 Games (Adam Matianazzi)
January 16-18, 2015 Back to the ConFusion 41 Karen Lord, Aaron Thul, Heather Dale, Cynthia Chestek, Monte Cook, Shanna Germain. Special Guest: Steven Erikson
January 21-24, 2016 Life, the Universe, and ConFusion 42 Alaya Dawn Johnson, Kentaro Toyama, Gordon Smith, Jessica Zerwas
January 19-22, 2017 Friendship is ConFusion 43 Gail Carriger, Mark Oshiro, Jeffrey Alan Love, Karen Burnham, Mallory O'Meara
January 18-21, 2018 ConFusion Through the Looking Glass 44 Kate Elliott, Luke Ski, Nisi Shawl, Annalee Newitz, James Breakwell
January 17-20, 2019 Storming the ConFusion 45 Ada Palmer, Steve Macdonald, David Stein, Jennifer Piatek
January 16–19, 2020 How to Train Your ConFusion 46 Kameron Hurley, Julie Lesnik, Brandon O'Brien, Bogi Takács
January 15–17, 2021 TBA 47 TBA Postponed to 2022 due to Covid-19


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