Keycon

A convention held in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada since 1984 and sponsored by WINSFA.

Keycon is a "social" convention which places an emphasis on panel discussions, personal interaction, and guest accessibility (for example, autographs from and photos with guests are generally available free of charge). The story is often told about the Keycon where Richard Hatch was a Guest of Honour; he played the "Battlestar Galactica" board game with fans in the gaming room (where he took on the role of a Cylon, and lost), and later he could be seen in the folk music suite singing and playing guitar with the fans. At Keycon, guests are usually not behind a table all convention long, separated from the fans: they are encouraged to be out and about, interacting with the convention membership.

Some perennial features of Keycon include: the Art Show, the Dealers Room, five to seven tracks of programming running all weekend long (the 2019 programme grid featured over 70 programming items to choose from), a gaming area, a costume competition followed by a dance on Saturday night, and a full floor of the hotel devoted to themed hospitality suites which change from year to year. At the end of the convention, after programming officially ends on Sunday late afternoon, the "Dead Dog" begins: a party involving the entire hospitality suite floor, often running into the wee hours of Monday morning.

Recent Keycons have also included a sing-along event (organized by Lillian Bryant and hosted by Joey Wensel), a trivia contest (run by Lillian Bryant and Joey Wensel), a live bad fiction reading audience participation panel (facilitated by Laurie E. Smith), the Newbie Dinner to welcome convention newcomers (hosted by Laurie E. Smith), pinball machines plus a pinball tournament (organized and managed by Yuriy Roman Mokriy), and a Childrens Programming track (run by Mama Kat).

See Through the Keyhole -- 25 Years of KeyCon Memories. Winnipeg, Canada: KeyCon Science Fiction Convention Inc. ISBN 978-0-9810076-0-1

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Convention Dates GoHs
Keycon 1 May 18-20 1984 Robert_Asprin, Phil Foglio, Patricia Wrede, Jeanette Eilke, Eric Carstead, George Freeman
Keycon 2 May 17-19 1985 Vonda Neil McIntyre, Tim Hammell, Steven Brust, Patricia Wrede, Crystal Marvig
Keycon 3 May 16-18 1986 Anne McCaffrey, Erin McKee, Beth Friedman
Keycon 4 May 15-17 1987 Keith Laumer, Ken Macklin, Barry B. Longyear, Steven Brust, Mike Glicksohn
Keycon 5 May 20-22 1988 Gene Wolfe, Charles de Lint, Kevin Davies, Phil Jennings, Dave Duncan, Judith Merril, Fran Skene
Keycon 6 May 19-21 1989 Lois McMaster Bujold, Harry Turtledove, Robert Pasternak, Patricia Collins Wrede, Steven Brust, Barbara Schofield
Keycon 7 May 26-27 1990 C.J. Cherryh, Jo Clayton, David Cherry, Patricia Collins Wrede, Mary Ann Harris, Charles de Lint, Geri Sullivan
Keycon 8 May 17-19 1991 Gordon R. Dickson, Joel Rosenberg, Adrian Kleinbergen, Kathy Routliffe, Bob Berlin
Keycon 9 May 14-17 1992 Terry Pratchett, Mercedes Lackey, Larry Dixon, Reed Waller, Kate Worley, Dave Duncan, Larry Stewart
Keycon 10 May 21-23, 1993 Roger Zelazny, Fred Saberhagen, Bob Eggleton
Keycon 11 May 22-24, 1994 Ben Bova, Dave Clement
Keycon 12 May 19-21, 1995 Guy Gavriel Kay, Richard A. Knaak, Crystal Marvig, Victor Raymond, Charles Lewis Grant
Keycon 13 May 17-19, 1996 Larry Niven, Tanya Huff, Dave Pruden, Sunshine Katz, Dave Hayward
Keycon 14 May 16-18, 1998 Kevin J. Anderson, Margaret Weis, Nene Tina Thomas, Ruth Thompson
Keycon 15 May 15-17, 1998 Dean Wesley Smith, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Frank Kelly Freas, Laura Brodia Freas, Connie Lyon
Keycon 16 May 21-23, 1999 David Drake, Den Beauvais, Michael Sheard, Al Jastram
Keycon 17 May 19-21, 2000 Jennifer Roberson, Laurie E. Smith, Dave Pruden, Robert Pasternak, Tim Hogue, Brian Downey, Michael Sheard
Keycon 18 May 18-20, 2001 Spider & Jeanne Robinson, Phil & Kaja Foglio, The Wild & Hairy Guys
Keycon 19 May 17-19, 2002 Charles de Laint, Pete Abrams
Keycon 20 May 16-18, 2003 Robert Sawyer, Carolyn Clink, Jolly Blackburn
Keycon 21 May 21-23, 2004 Dave Duncan, James Ernest, Donna Stevenson
Keycon 22 May 20-22, 2005 Steven Erikson, Lar deSouza, Chris Barsanti, Nancy Fetterman
Keycon 23 May 19-21, 2006 Author Guest: Jacqueline Carey, Robert Sawyer, Frantic Films, Ruth Thompson, Barron Vangor Toth
Keycon 24 aka Keycon007 2007 Kevin J. Anderson, Rebecca Moesta, L. A. Williams
Keycon 25 May 16-19, 2008 Eric Flint, David Mattingly, Jane Yolen, Tanya Huff, Liana K. Luke Ski, Jennifer C. Wilkes
Keycon 26 May 15-17, 2009 John E Kaufmann, Katherine Kurtz, Kelley Armstrong, Ed and Red, Luke Ski and Worm Quartet (ShoEboX)
Keycon 27 May 21-23, 2010 Julie Czerneda, Andee Frizzell, S. M. Stirling, Kari Ann Anderson, The Great Luke Ski and Worm Quartet
Keycon 28 May 20-22, 2011 L. E. Modesitt, Jr., Theresa Mather, Barbara Galler-Smith
Keycon 29 May 18-20, 2012 Timothy Zahn, Jonathan Maberry, Sue Dawe, Victor Schwartzman
Keycon 30 May 17-19, 2013 Lee Moyer, Richard Hatch, Steven Barnes, Ann Aguirre, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Lar deSouza, J. M. Frey, Cassondra Felton-Tufty
Keycon 31 May 16-18, 2014 Laurie Eli, David Gerrold, Tanya Huff, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Ian Sokoliwski
Keycon 32 May 15-17, 2015 David L. Clements, Liana K., Don Maitz, Elizabeth Moon, David Weber, Janny Wurts
Keycon 33 May 20-22, 2016 Jean-Pierre Normand, Peter David, Julie Czerneda, Karl Johanson
Keycon 34 May 19-21, 2017 Kelley Armstrong, Kitty Cat Creations, Laurie E. Smith, Thom Allison, Tamsen McDonough
Keycon 35 May 18-20, 2018 The Kamikaze Snowmen, Keith Baker. Sanya Anwar, Connie Reevie, Lawrence Reevie, Dr. David Clements, Liana K, Don Maitz, Elizabeth Moon, David Weber, Janny Wurts
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