ConFusion (Ann Arbor)

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ConFusion, a regional convention, was founded in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1975, preceded by A2 Relax Icon the previous year. It is sponsored by the Stilyagi Air Corps.

Rather than having consecutive numbers, as most cons do, the name "ConFusion" has a different descriptor each year. It started, deliberately with number 13. (The "Fusion" in ConFusion refers to KMS Fusion, a firm in Ann Arbor that at the time was one of the world leaders in fusion research.)

During the 1970s and '80s, the con was nicknamed Fondlecon, for members' public displays of mass affection; for a few years, it also featured a blanket-bearing Cuddle Squad to warm up chilly congoers in unheated hallways; and the concom facilitated skinny-dipping in its hotel pool. ConFusion was one of the cons where a fan-filled bed collapsed. ConFusion goers (and a disapproving hotel) also learned what happens to a Jacuzzi used by fans smeared with chocolate mousse.

Date Convention Guests of Honor
Jan 24-26, 1975 ConFusion 13 Frederik Pohl, Mike Glicksohn
1976 ConFusion 12 Lloyd Biggle, Jr, Bill Bowers
1977 ConFusion 14 Poul Anderson, Ro Lutz-Nagey
January 13-15, 1978 ConFusion Pi Kate Wilhelm, Jackie Causgrove
1979 E/c2 ConFusion / Mass ConFusion Spider & Jeanne Robinson, Scott Imes
1980 ConFusion 6 and/or 7 Stanley Schmidt, Elliot Shorter
January 23-25, 1981 Nine Billion Names of ConFusion Barry B. Longyear, Dave Innes
January 29-31, 1982 ConFusion 11 Phyllis Eisenstein, Neil Rest
January 28-30, 1983 ConFusion 101 C. J. Cherryh, Bill Cavin
1984 Genuine ConFusion Mike Resnick, Martha Beck
1985 Decadent ConFusion Alan Dean Foster, Julia Ecklar
1986 Perpetual ConFusion Somtow Sucharitkul, Bill Roper, Frank Kelly Freas
1987 Stark Raving ConFusion Katherine Kurtz, Liz Pearce, Erin McKee
1988 Ambulatory ConFusion Joe Haldeman, Larry Tucker, David Cherry
1989 ConFusion 102 Barbara Hambly, Ted Reynolds, Linda Michaels
1990 State of ConFusion Hal Clement, Michelle Smith-Moore, Garth Barbour, Kevin Davies
1991 Immaculate ConFusion Esther Friesner, S. P. Somtow, Robin Wood
1992 Hardwired ConFusion Walter Jon Williams, Rusty Hevelin, Rick Lieder
1993 Transcendental ConFusion Fred Saberhagen, Pat Sims & Roger Sims, Randy Asplund-Faith
Jan 21-23, 1994 ConFusion XX Joan D. Vinge, Leah Zeldes Smith, Erin McKee
Jan 27-29, 1995 ConFusion 10101 Pamela Sargent, Wilson "Bob" Tucker, Laura Butler, Geoffrey A. Landis
Jan 12-14, 1996 Deviant ConFusion Tim Powers, Melody Asplund-Faith, Bob Eggleton, Geoffrey A. Landis
Jan 24-26, 1997 ConFusion-17 Samuel Delany, Joey Shoji, Susan VanCamp, Mark Shappirio
Jan 23-25, 1998 ConFusion of the Winnebagos Connie Willis, Mary Ellen Wessels, Jane Irwin, Marvin Minsky
Jan 22-24, 1999 Vintage ConFusion Lois McMaster Bujold, Nancy Tucker Shaw, Doug Chaffee, Carl Djerassi
Jan 21-23, 2000 ConFusion 19100 Maureen F. McHugh, Dennis Tabaczewski, Frank Hayes, Eric Raymond
Jan 19-21, 2001 Mystery God ConFusion Sarah Zettel, Tom Barber, Carla Speed McNeil, Bruce Schneier
2002 Astronomical ConFusion George R.R. Martin, Heather Alexander, Pete Abrams, Br. Guy Consolmagno
2003 ConFusion and Her Friends Melissa Scott, Roberta Kennedy, Alan Clark, Jack Cohen
Jan 23-25, 2004 ConFusion XXX Bruce Sterling, Geri Sullivan, Julie Bell, Ron Westrum
2005 31 Flavors of ConFusion Emma Bull & Will Shetterly, David G. Hartwell & Kathryn Cramer, Derek Grime, Christian Ready
Jan 20-22, 2006 Synthetic ConFusion Vernor Vinge, Chuck Firment, Steven Stiles, Mitchell Burnside-Clapp
Jan 19-21, 2007 MoonBase ConFusion Elizabeth Moon, Bill Higgins, Steve MacDonald, Paul "PZ" Myers
Jan 18-20, 2008 High-Voltage ConFusion Justine Larbalestier & Scott Westerfeld, The Roving Pirate Party, Carl Lundgren, Kevin M. Dunn, Throwing Toasters
Jan 23-25, 2009 Cryptic ConFusion Cat Rambo, Freon (Michael Andaluz), Diana Harlan Stein, Elizabeth Turtle & Ralph D. Lorenz, Cory Doctorow
2010 I See By My ConFusion Peter S. Beagle, Catherynne Valente, David Gibbs, Matt Busch, Steve Collins, S.J. Tucker
Jan 21-23, 2011 This ConFusion Is Not Yet Rated Cherie Priest, Lisa Garrison-Ragsdale, Aubrey de Grey, Paolo Bacigalupi
Jan 20-22, 2012 Epic ConFusion Patrick Rothfuss, Tom Smith, Harley Thronson, Roxanne Meida King (Special GoH), Jim C. Hines, Brian Decker
2013 Immortal ConFusion Charles Stross, James Davis Nicoll, Scott Edelman, Jennifer Ouellette, Mary Robinette Kowal, Lucy Kennedy
2014 Legendary ConFusion Mike Carey, Mark Bernstien, Rich Morris, Ian Tregillis S2 Games (Adam Matianazzi), Ryan Carey
2015 Back to the ConFusion Karen Lord, Aaron Thul, Heather Dale, Cynthia Chestek, Monte Cook, Shanna Germain, Dave Klecha, Special Guest: Steven Erikson
Jan 21-24, 2016 Life, the Universe, and ConFusion Alaya Dawn Johnson, Kentaro Toyama, Gordon Smith, Jessica Zerwas
2017 Friendship is ConFusion Gail Carriger, Mark Oshiro, Jeffrey Alan Love, Karen Burnham, Mallory O'Meara
Jan 18-21, 2018 ConFusion Through the Looking Glass Kate Elliott, Luke Ski, Nisi Shawl, Annalee Newitz, James Breakwell
Jan 17-20, 2019 Storming the Confusion Ada Palmer, Steve Macdonald, David Stein, Jennifer Piatek {$files} . 1975 .

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