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MarsCon is a convention held annually in Williamsburg, VA, since 1990.

That year, the fans who worked on Sci-Con held a relaxacon. After the first year, this new convention was re-christened MarsCon in honor of a long-standing hoax bid to host the World Science Fiction Convention on the planet Mars in 2095.


Convention Dates Venue GoHs Notes
MarsCon 1990
MarsCon 1996 January 12-14, 1996 George Washington Inn
MarsCon 1997 January 10-12, 1997 Ramada Inn Historic (formerly the George Washington Inn)
MarsCon 2002 January 11-13, 2002 Ramada Inn and Conference Center $1800 was raised for the Heritage Humane Society. Additionally, the Con Suite Bean Jar also raised $87 for the Police and Firefighter's 9-11 fund.
MarsCon 2003 January 24-26, 2003 Clarion Hotel (formerly the Ramada Inn)
MarsCon 2004 January 23-25, 2004 Clarion Hotel The convention raised $1875 through the charity auction for the Heritage Humane Society.
MarsCon 2005 January 21-23, 2005 Clarion Hotel The US Military had booked rooms at the hotel and, due to a shift in scheduling, the hotel cut the 300 room block it had promised to the Con.[7] The convention raised over $2000 for the local Heritage Humane Society.
MarsCon 2006 January 20-22, 2006 Holiday Inn Patriot
MarsCon 2007 January 19-21, 2007 Holiday Inn Patriot
MarsCon 2008 January 18-20, 2008 Holiday Inn Patriot
MarsCon 2009 January 16–18, 2009 Holiday Inn Patriot John Ringo, Toni Weisskopf, Ron Miller, Steve Long and members of the 501st Legion. The convention's theme was "steampunk."
MarsCon 2010 January 15–17, 2010 Holiday Inn Patriot The convention was the focus of the January 19, 2010, edition of The Adventures of Cynical Woman webcomic.
MarsCon 2011 January 14–16, 2011 Holiday Inn Patriot Jim Butcher, Shannon Butcher, Ursula Vernon, Rob Balder, Keith R. A. DeCandido Andrew Fox Convention attendance was estimated at 983 members with at least $2500 raised for the Heritage Humane Society, the event's designated charity.
MarsCon 2012 January 13–16, 2012 Holiday Inn Patriot The theme was "It's the end of the MarsCon as we know it", playing off both the "Mayan apocalypse" predicted by some for 2012 and the R.E.M. song "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)".
MarsCon 2013 January 18—20, 2013 Crowne Plaza Williamsburg The theme was "Rebirth". Over 1,000 attendees joined.
MarsCon 2014: A Twisted Fairy Tale January 17-19 2014 Fort Magruder Hotel and conference Center Jim C. Hines, Carrie Ryan The convention raised more than $5,000 for the Heritage Humane Society, the designated charity.
MarsCon 2015: 25 Shades of MarsCon January 16-18 2015 Fort Magruder Hotel and Conference Center David Weber, Katherine Kurtz, David B. Coe, D. B. Jackson 25th anniversary. Auction on Saturday evening raised $4305 for Heritage Humane.
MarsCon 2016: Sweet '16 Celebrating Women in Science Fiction January 15-17 2016 Ellen Kushner
MarsCon 2017: Year of the Dragon January 13-15 2017 DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Todd J. McCaffrey (Writer), Ruth Thompson (Artist), Carla Brindle (Fan), Mari Mancusi (YA Writer), Mikey Mason (Musical)
MarsCon 2018: Werewolves of MarsCon January 12-14 2018 DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Carrie Vaughn (Writer), Tim Shinn (Artist), Julie Wall (Fan), Maria V. Snyder (YA Writer), The Blibbering Humdingers (Musical), Tonya Woldridge (Gaming)
MarsCon 2019: Land of the Faerie January 18-20, 2019 DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Seanan McGuire (Writer), Catherynne M. Valente (YA Writer), Meredith Dillman (Artist) and Valentine Wolfe (Musical)
MarsCon 2020: Rogues and Rebels January 17-19, 2020 DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Scott Lynch (Writer), David Weber (Special), Charles Urbach (Artist), Leslye Penelope (YA Writer), John Wick (Gaming), Jonah Knight (Musical) Attendance - 1452. Supported the Heritage Humane Society with an auction (which raised $4039) on Saturday evening.
MarsCon 2021 January 15–17, 2021 DoubleTree Williamsburg Peter V. Brett, Ed Huff, Kaysha Siemens, White Plectrum Canceled due to Covid-19
MarsCon 2022: Myths and Legends January 14-16, 2022 March 18–20, 2022 DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Peter V. Brett (Author), Kaysha Siemens (Artist), White Plectrum (Music), David Weber (Special), Phillip Pournelle (Special), Ed Huff (Fan) Postponed due to the Covid-19 Omicron outbreak.
MarsCon 2023 January 13-15, 2023 Holiday Inn Virginia Beach – Norfolk, Virginia Beach, VA D. J. Butler, Chaz Kemp, Katie Cross

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