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Trip Report: ArmadilloCon 34

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of attending ArmadilloCon 34 in Austin, Texas. I’ve been to this convention several times and I enjoy it more and more every year.

Here’s why:

  • It’s focused on books – Books are my preferred medium of genre consumption and it’s reflected in ArmadilloCon’s guests and panels.
  • There’s more stuff to do if you want – Besides book panels, there are also other fun events. My favorite: the screening of the film adaptation of Joe R. Lansdale’s zombie story Christmas with the Dead. (Even Derek, the Mikey of movie reviewers, liked it!)
  • Great people – A great part about ArmadilloCon is the chance to see old friends and make new ones — all of whom are fellow book lovers. Every conversation inevitably leads to more book recommendations. Favorite memory (of many!): shooting goldfish snacks from Elizabeth Moon’s crossbow. (You read that right.)
  • Awesome dealer room – The ArmadilloCon convention room never fails to extract money from my wallet. And there were lots, lots, LOTS more cool things that I wanted to include in my take-home bundle of goodies. (Favorite score: The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Fifth Annual Collection edited by Gardner Dozois. That leaves only one hole in the collection: Volume 3.)

Yes, these are the routine answers I give every year, and with good reason: ArmadilloCon is consistently a fun place to be.

My regrets are routine, too: There simply wasn’t enough time to meet even more new folks, see and chat even more with old friends, nor and attend all the events on their jam-packed schedule. Will someone invent cloning already?

I’m already looking forward to next year. For me and my clone.

About John DeNardo (13012 Articles)
John DeNardo is the Managing Editor at SF Signal and a columnist at Kirkus Reviews. He also likes bagels. So there.

3 Comments on Trip Report: ArmadilloCon 34

  1. Thanks, John.

    There’s a good set of Texas writers who go there, from all reports (Stina Leicht, Martha Wells, etc…)

  2. It’s my understanding that there won’t be an ArmadilloCon next year because of WorldCon being in San Antonio (with many of the same folks working on it). I was at ArmadilloCon this year and had a great time.


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