Covid-19

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Deaths[edit]

The 2020–21 COVID-19 pandemic killed over a dozen fans, beginning with Brian Varley on March 31, 2020:


Name From Date of death
Karen Babcock Bellevue, Washington October 21, 2020
John Bangsund Melbourne, NSW, Australia August 22, 2020
Tom Barber Ann Arbor, Michigan April 4, 2020
Ben Bova Naples, Florida November 29, 2020
Glenn Chambers Toledo, Ohio July 19, 2020
Greg Eide Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania May 20, 2021
Al Fitzpatrick New Jersey April 6, 2020
Jomil Mulvey San Diego, California July 11, 2020
Darroll Pardoe Birmingham, UK January 28, 2021
John Sardegna New York, NY April 2020
Sylvain St-Pierre Montreal, QC, Canada March 25, 2021
Brian Varley Pedmore, Stourbridge, U.K. March 31, 2020
Richard C. West Madison, WI November 29, 2020


Others Affected[edit]

Fans who were badly stricken with the novel coronavirus include Amy L. Woolard of Chicago, who was hospitalized for many months, and Susan Chambers, Glenn’s wife. Author David Weber was also hospitalized.

Covid-related shutdowns forced conventions to cancel across the globe from mid-March 2020 onwards. The Columbus 2020 NASFiC’s initial cancellation announcement, saying they weren’t planning to issue refunds but to print a souvenir book instead, evoked a lot of fannish ire.

CoNZealand, the 2020 Worldcon, decided, with less than four months notice, to hold a virtual Worldcon, the first of its kind. Many other cons also held online events.

Mike Lowrey indefinitely postponed his TAFF trip, and the 2021 TAFF race was canceled. GUFF winner Alison Scott participated in the virtual CoNZealand, but postponed her trip indefinitely. DUFF winner Erin Underwood also put off her trip. The 2020 NAFF race was cancelled.

The Nice in 2023 Worldcon bid folded.

Corflu Heatwave, held March 13–15, 2020, in College Station, Texas, may have been the last “live” sf con held in 2020.

In response to all the convention cancellations in March 2020, on March 12, 2020, some fans started a "virtual" con group on Facebook called Concellation 2020 (later Concellation 2021).

Conventions Affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic:[edit]

See Covid-19 Standards.

Convention Scheduled Dates Status
2020
Costume-Con 38 March 13–16, 2020 Cancelled
ICFA 41 March 18–21, 2020 Cancelled
Deepcon 21 March 19–22, 2020 Postponed to March 18–21, 2021 July 15–18, 2021 TBD
OutlantaCon 2020 March 19–22, 2020 Cancelled
Cleveland ConCoction 2020 March 20–22, 2020 Held online
Consonance 2020 March 20–22, 2020 Cancelled
Fantastika 2020 (Swecon) March 20–22, 2020 Postponed to October 23-25, 2020 Cancelled
GrangeCon12 March 20–22, 2020 Cancelled
MidSouthCon 38 March 20–22, 2020 Postponed to March 19-21, 2021 2022
Genericon XXXIII March 21–22, 2020 Cancelled
WillyCon XXII March 27–29, 2020 Postponed to 2021
44th Annual Jack Williamson Lectureship April 2–3, 2020 Postponed to April 22–23, 2021, then held online
HELIOsphere 2020 April 3–5, 2020 Held online
Norwescon 43 April 9–12, 2020 Postponed to April 1–4, 2021, then held online
Conglomeration 2020 April 10–12, 2020 Cancelled
LepreCon 46 April 10–12, 2020 Postponed to 2021
Minicon 55 April 10–12, 2020 Postponed to April 2–4, 2021
Concentric (Eastercon 71) April 10–13, 2020 Cancelled
HAL-CON 2020 April 11–12, 2020 Cancelled
Olamot 15 April 12-13, 2020 Postponed to March 29–April 1, 2021, then held online
StokerCon UK April 16–19, 2020 Postponed to 2021
ConStellation 11 April 17–19, 2020 Held online October 17, 2020
JordanCon XII April 17–19, 2020 Replaced by JordanCONline/Postponed to 2021
Windy City Pulp & Paper Convention 20 April 17–19, 2020 Postponed to September 11–13, 2020 April 16-18, 2021 September 9–12, 2021
FilKONtario 30 April 24–26, 2020 Replaced by online FilKONtari-NO/Postponed to 2021
Penguicon 2020 April 24–26, 2020 Held online
RavenCon 15 April 24–26, 2020 Postponed to April 16–18, 2021 April 29–May 1, 2022
Swancon 2020 (Australian Natcon) April 25–27, 2020 Cancelled
Ad Astra 2020 May 1–3, 2020 Cancelled
DemiCon 31 May 1–3, 2020 Cancelled
Rainbow Con 4 May 1–3, 2020 Postponed to spring 2021
Marcon 55 May 8–10, 2020 Postponed to March 7–9, 2021
SFeraKORon May 8–10, 2020 Held online
Keycon 2020 May 15–19, 2020 Held online
Åcon 11 May 21–24, 2020 Postponed to May 13–16, 2021
Balticon 54 Virtual May 22–24, 2020 Held online
ConQuesT 51 May 22–24, 2020 Cancelled
Satellite 7 May 22–24, 2020 Postponed to Feb. 19-21, 2021 May 21–23, 2021
Baycon 2020 May 22–25, 2020 Postponed to November 6-8, 2020 2022
KublaCon 2020 May 22–25, 2020 Cancelled
MisCon 34 May 22–25, 2020 Postponed to November 6-8, 2020 Cancelled
WisCon 44 May 22–25, 2020 Held online
ConCarolinas 2020 May 29–31, 2020 Held online
2020 SFWA Nebula Conference May 29–31, 2020 Held online
Continuum 16 June 5–8, 2020 Postponed to 2021
Picnicon 2020 June 7, 2020 Cancelled
LibertyCon 33 June 12–14, 2020 Postponed to June 25–27, 2021
LaffCon 5 June 13, 2020 Postponed to June 12, 2021
ConComCon 27 June 19–21, 2020 Postponed to June 11–15, 2021
Fourth Street Fantasy 2020 June 19–21, 2020 Cancelled
Dum-Dum 2020 June 24–28, 2020 Cancelled
Midwestcon 71 June 25–28, 2020 Postponed to 2021 2022
SoonerCon 29 June 26–28, 2020 Postponed to 2021
Anthrocon 2020 July 2–5, 2020 Cancelled
Westercon 73 July 2–5, 2020 Postponed to July 1–4, 2021, then held online
InConJunction XL July 3–5, 2020 Postponed to July 2–4, 2021
NEFilk 2020 July 3–5, 2020 Replaced by online NEWhere 2020
SFRA 2020 July 8–11, 2020 Cancelled
Readercon 31 July 9–12, 2020 Postponed to July 9–11, 2021, then held online
Shore Leave 42 July 10–12, 2020 Replaced by online Shore Leave 41.5/Postponed to 2021
Pyrkon 2020 July 10–12, 2020 Cancelled
Necon XL July 16–19, 2020 Postponed to July 15–18, 2021, then replaced by online Camp V-Con
ConGregate 2020
(DeepSouthCon 58)
July 17–19, 2020 ConGregate 2020 cancelled; DSC 58 postponed to November held online
Confluence 2020 July 24–26, 2020 Replaced by online C'monfluence
Bubonicon 52 July 29–August 2, 2020 Replaced by online Buboni-Virtual Con/Postponed to August 20–22, 2021
CoNZealand (Worldcon 78) July 29–August 2, 2020 Held online
Mythcon 51 July 31–August 3, 2020 Postponed to July 30–August 2, 2021
PulpFest 2020 August 6–9, 2020 Cancelled
Armadillocon 42 August 7–9, 2020 Held online August 28–30, 2020
Diversicon 28 August 7–9, 2020 Postponed to July 30–August 1, 2021
Discworld Convention 2020 August 7–10, 2020 Cancelled
When Words Collide 2020 August 14–16, 2020 Cancelled
Reunicon 2020 August 20–22, 2020 Postponed to August 20–22, 2021 Cancelled
F-Con (Japanese Natcon) August 22–23, 2020 Postponed to August 27–28, 2022
CONvergence 2020 August 20–23, 2020 Cancelled
Columbus 2020 NASFiC August 20–23, 2020 Held online
TitanCon 2020 August 28–30, 2020 Cancelled
Redemption 2020 August 28–31, 2020 Cancelled
Oxonmoot 2020 September 3–6, 2020 Cancelled
Dragon Con 2020 September 3–7, 2020 Held online
CoKoCon 2020 September 4–7, 2020 Cancelled
Fantasticon 2020 September 5–6, 2020 Held online
Albacon 2020 September 11–13, 2020 Cancelled
FenCon XVII September 18–20, 2020 Postponed to 2021
FantasyCon 2020 September 25–27, 2020 Cancelled
Arcana 50 October 2–4, 2020 Postponed to October 2021
Archon 44 October 2–4, 2020 Postponed to October 1–3, 2021
Conflux 16 October 2–4, 2020 Postponed to October 1–4, 2021
Futuricon (Eurocon 42) October 2–4, 2020 Held online
Octocon 2020 October 9–11, 2020 Held online
Valleycon 46 October 15–18, 2020 Cancelled
CAN*CON 2020 October 16–18, 2020 Cancelled
Capclave 2020 October 16–18, 2020 Held online
MileHiCon 52 October 23–25, 2020 Held online
OVFF 36 October 23–25, 2020 Replaced by online nOVFF
Scintillation 3 October 23–25, 2020 Postponed to October 8–10, 2021
World Fantasy Con 2020 October 29⁠–⁠November 1, 2020 Held online
Bristol-Con 2020 October 31, 2020 Postponed to 2021
ArmadaCon 2020 November 6–8, 2020 Held online on November 7
IceCon 2020 November 6–8, 2020 Cancelled
OryCon 42 November 12–14, 2020 Replaced by online OR-eCon/Postponed to 2021
CONtraflow X November 13–15, 2020 Postponed to 2021
Novacon 50 November 13–15, 2020 Postponed to November 12–14, 2021
Windycon 47 in 2020 November 13–15, 2020 Replaced by online Breezycon/Postponed to 2021
Philcon 2020 November 20–22, 2020 Held online
Chambanacon 50 November 27–29, 2020 Postponed to November 26–28, 2021
Loscon 47 November 27–29, 2020 Postponed to 2021
Smofcon 38 December 4–6, 2020 Replaced by online Smofcon 37 1/4/Postponed to 2021
2021
GAFilk 2021 January 8–10, 2021 Cancelled
47th ConFusion (MI) January 15–17, 2021 Postponed to 2022
MarsCon 2021 (VA) January 15–17, 2021 Cancelled
COSine 2021 January 29–21, 2021 Cancelled
Capricon 41 February 4–7, 2021 Held online
Long Play
(British Filk Convention 33)
February 5–7, 2021 Cancelled
Life, the Universe, & Everything 39 February 11–13, 2021 Held online
Boskone 58 February 12–14, 2021 Held online
RadCon 8A February 12–14, 2021 Held online
Coastcon 44 March 3–5, 2021 Postponed to March 4–6, 2022
MarsCon 2021 (MN) March 12–14, 2021 Held online
Eurocon 2021 March 18–21, 2021 Postponed to July 15–18, 2021 TBD
OutlantaCon 2021 March 18-21, 2021 Postponed to March 2022
ICFA 42 March 18–21, 2021 Held online
LepreCon 47 March 19–21, 2021 Held online
FilKONtario 31 March 19–21, 2021 Replaced by online FilKONtari-NO 2
Corflu 38 March 26–28, 2021 Postponed to November 3–5, 2021, except online FAAn Awards
Eastercon 72 (ConFusion) April 2–5, 2021 Held online
KONgres 2021 April 10–11, 2021 Held online
Costume-Con 39 April 23–25, 2021 Postponed to April 21–24, 2023
Penguicon 2021 April 23–25, 2021 Held online
Keycon 38 May 21–23, 2021 Held online
MisCon 35 May 28–31, 2021 Cancelled
Westercon 74 July 1–4, 2021 Postponed to July 1–4, 2022
Nullus Anxietas 7a July 2–4, 2021 Postponed to April 8-10, 2022
Balticon 55 May 28-31, 2021 Held online
Readercon 31 July 9–11, 2021 Held online
DisCon III August 25–29, 2021 Postponed to December 15–19, 2021
Windycon 47 in 2021 November 12–14, 2021 Scheduled to be online but then in person
2023
Costume-Con 41 April 21–24, 2023 Replaced by Costume-Con 39



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