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Previous Entry Lunacon is coming back bigger and better than ever! Oct. 27th, 2015 @ 05:20 pm
Originally posted by morbius19 at post

Originating in the late 1950's, Lunacon is the New York Metropolitan Area’s longest running Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention. In past years, Lunacon Guests of Honor have included Isaac Asimov, Donald & Elsie Wollheim, Harlan Ellison, John W. Campbell, L. Sprague de Camp and Lin Carter among others.

This year our Special Guests include award winning author Robert J. Sawyer, the #1 all-time award winning science fiction novelist; Rick Sternbach, Emmy Award winner and renowned Star Trek Tech Designer; and Naomi Novik, award winning fantasy novelist. There will also be a film tribute to the late Leonard Nimoy.

Lunacon is a convention that appeals to many different genres of the sci-fi and fantasy community. There are lectures by some of the most well known writers and illustrators in the field, and panel discussions where everything sci-fi and fantasy are discussed. A Dealers Room offers varied collectibles, books and handcrafted items for sale. There is a also a Masquerade, an Art Show and Auction, Anime programming, Board Games, and Filk. Steam Punk to Starships, Lunacon has it all.

After a number of lean years where we almost lost the convention completely, we are now making Lunacon even better than ever. A new parent corporation/club was formed under the leadership of Board President Stuart C. Hellinger and our 2016 Lunacon Chair Mark W. Richards. We want to revitalize our convention and our club to make both more exciting than ever before. Times change and Lunacon is changing with them.

That's where this crowd funding comes in. We need your help. The New York Science Fiction Society – the Lunarians (2), Inc., the parent organization of Lunacon, is a New York State not for profit corporation. Our yearly Lunacon convention is a huge undertaking and is entirely managed and staffed by volunteers. It is fully funded by selling memberships and donations, which go towards a long list of operating expenses.

All of this is rather expensive. Not only are we paying to store all of materials for the Masquerade, the Art Show, and all our other events, but we need to give deposits to our hotel and vendors, purchase food and materials for things like the Con Suite, cover expenses to bring in our Guests of Honor, and generally have some cash on hand in case of emergencies. Right now, we’re looking for $8,000 for our base goal, but if it looks like we’re getting there, we might add in some stretch goals as well!
The New York Science Fiction Society - the Lunarians (2), Inc. and Lunacon appreciate your generosity. By contributing now, you are helping to preserve a tradition that spans nearly six decades. A fan based, family friendly gathering that we want to see survive long into the future.

Questions? Comments? Want to get involved? Check out the contact info below, or check out our website at www.2016.lunacon.org. for more info and updates on the 2016 convention.

Or write to us at:

Lunacon 2016     https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/save-lunacon-for-2016#/       http://2016.lunacon.org/

Post Office Box 3137

New York, NY 10163-3137

Or at: information@2016.lunacon.org

*Please note that some perks from our patron authors may take some time to complete. Particularly when authors work in settings with specific naming conventions, they may not be able to write a person's name into their books until they work in a different world.
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