The first HELIOsphere, HELIOsphere 2017, was a convention held at the DoubleTree Hotel in Tarrytown, NY on March 10-12, 2017. The GoHs were Jacqueline Carey, David Gerrold, and Danielle Ackley-McPhail. Additional Special Guests were Charles Gannon and Heidi Hooper, who was billed as Featured Artist.
One of the program's features was that, in lieu of the traditional GoH speeches, the Guests of Honor were interviewed. David Gerrold was interviewed by Jim Freund, host of the WBAI/Pacifica radio program The Hour of the Wolf, while Jacqueline Carey was interviewed by Laura Antoniou and Keith DeCandido conducted an interview and Q&A session with Danielle Ackley-McPhail.
Another highlight was a Saturday night blues dance and masque (instead of a masquerade), using as inspiration the "Longest Night" masqued ball in one of GoH Carey's novels.
It is being run by a committee chaired by Catelynn Cunningham and including the members of the previous year's committee.
HELIOsphere is sponsored and run by NASF3, New Amsterdam Science Fiction and Fantasy Fandom, Inc.
The convention's website is http://www.heliosphereny.org.
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