Arisia

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(Do you mean the Lensman Fanspeak or the early NYC club?)


Arisia is a volunteer run, non-profit convention that usually occurs in Boston in January on Martin Luther King, Jr., weekend.

In keeping with the phrase "New England's largest and most diverse science fiction and fantasy convention", Arisia has Anime, Art Show, Dealers Room, Dances, Filking, Gaming, LARPs, Masquerade, Panels, Teen Lounge, Video Room, workshops....

Arisia was founded in 1988 by five people from Western Massachusetts: Brian Cooper, Tom Fish, Mary Robison, Matthew Saroff, and Cris Shuldiner. It was named for an ancient race of people from the Lensman saga by E. E. Smith.

Convention Date Guests
Arisia '90 February 23-25, 1990 Richard Bowker, A. C. Farley, Spike MacPhee
Arisia '91 February 1-3, 1991 Jack L. Chalker, Bob Walters. Richard Hill, Laurel Cunningham, Larry Ross
Arisia '92 January 3-5, 1992 Craig Shaw Gardner, Robin Wood, T. J. Burnside-Clapp, Ginjer Buchanan, Shoshanna Green, Lynne Stephens, Alex Latzko
Arisia '93 January 15-17, 1993 Ellen Kushner, Charles Lang, Wendy Snow Lang, Monty Wells, Carl Zwanzig
Arisia '94 January 21-23, 1994 Spider Robinson, Jeanne Robinson, Michael Whelan, Dave Kyle
Arisia '95 January 13-15, 1995 C. J. Cherryh, Jael, Walter Kahn, Michael Longcor, Deryl Burr
Arisia '96 January 12-14, 1996 Emma Bull, Will Shetterly, Lissanne Lake, Rob Bazemore, Boiled In Lead
Arisia '97 January 10-12, 1997 R. A. Salvatore, Bob Eggleton, The Gang of Five (Brian Cooper, Tom Fish, Mary Robison, Matthew Saroff, and Cris Shuldiner)
Arisia '98 January 16-18, 1998 James P. Hogan, Cortney Skinner, Marty Gear
Arisia '99 January 8-10, 1999 Roger MacBride Allen, Gary A. Lippincott, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, H. Paul Shuch
Arisia '00 January 14-16, 2000 Jane Yolen, Tom Kidd, Sharon Sbarsky, Echo's Children
Arisia '01 January 12-14, 2001 Lois McMaster Bujold, Wojtek Siudmak, Jan Howard Finder
Arisia '02 January 18-20, 2002 Katherine Kurtz, Tristan Alexander, Eugene Heller
Arisia '03 January 17-19, 2003 Harry Turtledove, Victoria Lisi, Julius Lisi, Anthony R. Lewis, Pierre Pettinger, Sandy Pettinger, Gwen Knighton
Arisia '04 January 16-18, 2004 Tim Powers, Arthur Ganson, Kim Van Auken, Eric S. & Catherine Raymond, Tom Smith
Arisia '05 January 21-23, 2005 Barbara Hambly, John Picacio, Victor J. Raymond, Harry Knowles, Mary Ellen Wessels, Ed Stauff
Arisia '06 January 13-15, 2006 Allen Steele, Frank Wu, Barb Schofield, Heather Dale
Arisia '07 January 12-14, 2007 Esther Friesner, Hilary Scott, Luke Ski
Arisia '08 January 18-21, 2008 Laura Anne Gilman, Marrus, Eric "in the Elevator" Zuckerman
Arisia '09 January 16-19, 2009 Walter H. Hunt, Dave Seeley, Ricky Dick and Karen Dick
Arisia '10 January 15-18, 2010 Gardner Dozois, Sarah Clemens, Kevin Roche, Andrew Trembley, S. J. Tucker
Arisia '11 January 14-17, 2011 Kelley Armstrong, Josh Simpson, René Walling, Shaenon Garrity, Seanan McGuire
Arisia '12 January 13-16, 2012 Phil Foglio, Kaja Foglio, Gareth Hinds
Arisia '13 January 18-21, 2013 Tananarive Due, Steven Barnes , Roger Dean, Emerald Rose
Arisia '14 January 17-20, 2014 Tanya Huff, Lubov, James Nicoll
Arisia '15 January 16-19, 2015 N. K. Jemisin, Lee Moyer, Colette H. Fozard
Arisia '16 January 15-18, 2016 John Scalzi, Johnna Y. Klukas, Pablo Miguel Alberto Vazquez III
Arisia '17 January 13-16, 2017 Ursula Vernon, Stephanie Law, Greykell Dutton
Arisia '18 January 12-15, 2018 V. E. Schwab, Ashe Samuels, Shannon Watters, Mikki Kendall
Arisia '19 January 18-21, 2019 Elizabeth Leggett, Bjo Trimble, John Trimble
Arisia '20 January 17-20, 2020 Arthur Chu, Cadwell Turnbull, Kristina Carroll
Arisia '21 January 15-18, 2021 (virtual) Suzanne Palmer, Hannibal King, Kat Tanaka Okopnik
Arisia 2022 January 14-16, 2022 (online) Andrea Hairston, Reiko Murakami, Elsa Sjunneson.


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