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A very sercon regional convention held outside Boston, Massachusetts, in the summer. It was founded by Bob Colby and statistician Eric Van in 1987 with the goal of focusing almost exclusively on SF/fantasy/slipstream/speculative fiction in the written form.

It is known for its draconian Code of Conduct, which, among other things, orders that members “Moderate the volume of your voice and the expansiveness of your gestures,” and a zero-tolerance harrassment policy that results in lifetime bans for infractions.


Convention Dates Guests of Honor Memorial GoH
Readercon 1 June 26-28, 1987 Gene Wolfe, Mark Ziesing Philip K. Dick
Readercon 2 November 18-20, 1988 Samuel Delany Theodore Sturgeon
Readercon 3 March 30-April 1, 1990 John Crowley, Tom Disch T. H. White
Readercon 4 July 12-14, 1991 Thomas M. Disch, Barry N. Malzberg, John Clute
Readercon 5 July 10-12, 1992 Michael Bishop, Richard Powers, Rick Lieder James Tiptree, Jr.
Readercon 6 July 9-11, 1993 Brian Aldiss, Judith Merrill H. G. Wells
Readercon 7 July 10-12, 1994 Ursula K. LeGuin, Terri Windling Cordwainer Smith
Readercon 8 July 12-14, 1996 William Gibson, Larry McCaffery Alfred Bester
Readercon 9 July 11-13, 1997 Kim Stanley Robinson, Algis Budrys C. M. Kornbluth
Readercon 10 July 10-12, 1998 Bruce Sterling, Lisa Goldstein Leigh Brackett
Readercon 11 July 9-11, 1999 Harlan Ellison, Ellen Datlow Gerald Kersh
Readercon 12 July 21-23, 2000 Michael Moorcock, Suzy McKee Charnas Mervyn Peake
Readercon 13 July 13-15, 2001 Michael Swanwick, David Hartwell Clifford D. Simak
Readercon 14 July 12-14, 2002 Octavia E. Butler, Gwyneth Jones John Brunner
Readercon 15 July 11-13, 2003 Hal Clement, Rudy Rucker, Howard Waldrop R. A. Lafferty
Readercon 16 July 8-10, 2005 Joe Haldeman, Kate Wilhelm Henry Kuttner, C. L. Moore
Readercon 17 July 7-9, 2006 China Miéville, James Morrow Jorge Luis Borges
Readercon 18 July 5-8, 2007 Lucius Shepard, Karen Joy Fowler Angela Carter
Readercon 19 July 17-20, 2008 Jonathan Lethem, James Patrick Kelly Stanislaw Lem
Readercon 20 July 9-12, 2009 Elizabeth Hand, Greer Gilman Hope Mirrlees
Readercon 21 July 8-11, 2010 Nalo Hopkinson, Charles Stross Olaf Stapledon
Readercon 22 July 14-17, 2011 Geoff Ryman, Gardner Dozois Mark Twain
Readercon 23 July 12-15, 2012 Peter Straub, Caitlín R. Kiernan Shirley Jackson
Readercon 24 July 11-14, 2013 Maureen F. McHugh, Patricia A. McKillip Roger Zelazny
Readercon 25 July 10-13, 2014 Andrea Hairston, Kit Reed Mary Shelley
Readercon 26 July 9-12, 2015 Nicola Griffith, Gary K. Wolfe Joanna Russ
Readercon 27 July 10-13, 2016 Catherynne M. Valente, Tim Powers Diana Wynne Jones
Readercon 28 July 13-16, 2017 Naomi Novik, Nnedi Okorafor Tanith Lee
Readercon 29 July 12-15, 2018 Ken Liu, Nisi Shawl E. Nesbit
Readercon 30 July 11-14, 2019 Tananarive Due, Stephen Graham Jones Edward Bryant
Readercon 31 July 9-12, 2020 July 9-11, 2021 August 13-15, 2021 (virtual) Jeffrey Ford, Ursula Vernon Vonda N. McIntyre
Readercon 32 July 13–16, 2023 Jeff VanderMeer, Justina Ireland L. A. Banks
Readercon 33 July 11–14, 2024 Amal El-Mohtar, Rebecca Roanhorse TBA

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