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Welcome to Philcon® 2009!

November 20th thru 22nd, 2009
at The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Cherry Hill, NJ

Click here to see the program schedules for Philcon® 2009!

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At-the-Door Day Rates!

Friday-$25 Saturday-$45 Sunday-$25

Principal Speaker: Catherine Asaro

Artist Guest-of-Honor: Frank Wu

Special Guest: L.A Banks

Special Guest: Cory Doctorow

Preview the official Program Book for Philcon 2009!

Preview the official Pocket Program for Philcon 2009!

2009 Restaurant and Area Guide

Philcon needs Volunteers!
Click here to find out more!

Hotel rates now available ONLINE!
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Discount rates extended online untill the begining of the Con!!

Enter the 2009 Young Writers Contest!
Click here for this years rules!

Writing Workshop at Philcon®

Here is your chance to get your story read and critiqued by professional writers and editors. Any member of Philcon may submit a story. Stories should be 6000 words or less. If you want to submit a novel chapter, it should be the _first_ chapter, or something self-standing. Send ten paper copies in standard manuscript format to Darrell Schweitzer, 6644 Rutland St., Philadelphia PA 19149-2128 and one electronic copy to Manuscripts should be received not later than the 13th of November

November 8, 2009

Philcon® Special Guest

We are pleased to announce that Cory Doctorow will be a Special Guest at Philcon 2009. Mr Doctorow's current book is the Hugo-nominated "Little Brother". He is also known as a futurist, Blogger Extraordinaire co-editing the popular BoingBoing blog, and for his Digital Rights Activism, as a fellow of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and his work on the Creative Commons initiative.

Mr. Doctorow is in the tradition of Philcon presenting the most interesting and thought provoking guests. Please join us in November for Philcon 2009. More information is available at his website

September 27, 2009

Philcon® Principal Speaker

We are pleased to announce that Catherine Asaro has accepted our invitation to be Philcon 2009's Principal Speaker.

Ms. Asaro, a Nebula Award winning author, has recently released the book "Diamond Star" featuring a soundtrack CD of the same name, produced in collaboration with the Baltimore band Point Valid.

Additionally, Ms. Asaro is a physicist, musician, and former professional ballet dancer. She is also involved in education and was twice president of the Science Fiction Writers Association, SFWA.

Catherine Asaro exemplifies the dynamically interesting guests that Philcon 2009 is proud to present. More information is available at her website

May 29, 2009

Philcon® Special Guest


Rock here with the great news that New York Times Best Selling Author L.A Banks has agreed to be our Special Guest.

Ms. Banks is well known for her Vampire Huntress Series of novels which has recently begun adaptation into graphic novels and manga. Ms. Banks has written for a number of major publishers including Simon and Shuster, St. Martin's Press, BET/Arabesque, Harper and Tor. Her works have been optioned for movies.

She had published in newspapers, magazines and anthologies, worked with community organizations and technology companies and has been featured on the Vampire Literature and Legends program shown on Cable service HBO.

She has penned over 35 novels and 12 novellas spanning a wide variety of genres and has won numerous awards. More information can be found at her website:

Ms Banks is another example of the fabulous guests we are lining up to maximize the enjoyment of your Philcon Experience. Please stay tuned as we continue to give you and your friends more reasons to attend.

March 4, 2009

Philcon® Artist GOH

This is Rock Robertson, your Con Chair, checking in with great news!
We Can Has Artist Guest of Honor.
Co-Humans, Meet FRANK WU our Philcon 2009 Artist Guest Of Honor.

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Frank Wu is a science fiction and fantasy artist living in Palo Alto.
He won the Hugo Award for Best Fan Artist in 2004, 2006, and 2007; he was previously nominated in 2002 and 2003. He also won the Grand Prize (the Gold Award) in the Illustrators of the Future contest in 2002. In 2008 he was nominated for a fourth Hugo Award for Best Fan Artist, but declined the nomination.

He works in many media, including acrylic and digital painting. He created a portrait of a Klingon girl for the documentary about the Klingon language, Earthlings: Ugly Bags of Mostly Water. He is a regular contributor to science fiction webzines, such as "The Drink Tank."

Wu is also a filmmaker, having released in 2006 the animated short, "The Tragical Historie of Guidolon the Giant Space Chicken".A Director's Cut of this short was released in 2007, and a full-length version is now in production.

In addition to being an artist, Dr. Wu holds a Ph.D. in bacterial genetics from University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is also a member of BASFA, the Bay Area Science Fiction Association.

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Frank is the fun and informative type of guest that will make Philcon 2009 a Conference to remember. We are pleased that Frank will be joining us this year and will be bringing you more details later. Meanwhile, go to his website,

January 23, 2009

Hello, Philcon Phans!

We're getting an early start this year for our 2009 con, and we've set up a new online community as part of it! We've set up a site through, which will let US (the Philcon committee) talk to you, our members, as well as allowing YOU to talk to US. And you'll even be able to "friend" and communicate with other Philcon members as well, to plan travel arrangements, figure out room sharing, or just to chat. The site has photo-sharing, online chat, forum discussion boards, a blog, and you can even make groups about your specific interests! All in all, it's a great place to be. If you'd like to visit our new Philcon community, please CLICK HERE.
Thanks, and we'll see you in November!
Hugh Casey
Vice-Chairman, Philcon 2009

January 16, 2009

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