Boskone

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 by the Boston Science Fiction Society (BoSFS) as part of its bidding strategy for Boston in '67. BoSFS ran Boskones 1, 2, and 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 here.

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.

First Series of Boskones

# Date Location, (all in MA) Chairman Guests Size
I late Feb 1941 R. D. Swisher home, Winchester Art Widner 25
II 22 Feb 1942 Ritz Plaza, Boston Art Widner 25
III 28 Feb 1943 Ritz Plaza, Boston Suddsy Schwartz Claude Degler 14
IV 3-4 Feb 1945 R. D. Swisher home, Winchester, MA Milt Rothman, Jack Riggs, Art Widner, N. F. Stanley, R. D. Swisher 5
V 2 Sep 1945 Hotel Hawthorne, Salem Doris Currier 9

Second Series of Boskones

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