Michael Z. Williamson
  • I attend a number of events throughout the year for promotional, research and business purposes.

    If you would like me to attend your convention, but it's not in my usual circuit, I will be happy to, schedule permitting. For this, I require transportation or mileage, a basic hotel room and enough per diem for basic sustenance. Alternately, if we can negotiate tables in the dealer/exhibit hall, I'll pay for them and absorb the per diem. Obviously, more generous offers are welcome. I will attempt to do at least two hours of panels a day, and have been known to do as much as six hours a day.

    If I am attending your convention, I am always happy to meet with fans and sign autographs. In order to officially be listed, and to participate in programming, I must have a complimentary badge. This should go without saying, but a small number of conventions now expect pros to pay to participate, or offer "discounts" off the standard rate. However, I will not pay for the privilege of letting you use my name to draw attendees, and then entertain and educate them. This is not a "loss" for your convention. At most, I will eat a few snacks in the Green Room. If you gain even one additional attendee because of my draw, the convention is ahead. If I have to pay for the badge, I will still attend if it suits me, but I'll attend for my own purposes.

    I do not attend NorWesCon. Staff members have stated publicly they discriminate against guests based on race, sex and orientation.

    I do not attend Origins. They've made it clear that they're not interested in promoting a Latino-friendly environment.

    I do not attend Penguicon. They expect billed guests to appear at their own expense.

    While the so-called "World Science Fiction Convention" is run by a different committee each year, the last several years have all featured specific exclusion, denigration, and written attacks on Latino authors, and at least one trans guest. I will only consider attending when this behavior stops and the WSFS apologizes for it, and prohibits said behavior moving forward.

    I probably still won't attend, though. Little of substance occurs there, and it generally conflicts with two much larger events.

    I DO NOT ENTER:

    New York City, the District of Columbia, San Francisco, New Jersey, Maryland, North Korea. If your event is in these locations, I wish you well but will not attend.

  • Convention Location Dates Appearing as / Notes
    2019
    ConGlomeration Crowne Plaza Louisville April 19 - 21
    Dealer
    Guest
    LibertyCon 32 Chattanooga Marriot and Convention Center
    Chattanooga, TN
    May 31 - June 02
    Dealer
    Guest
    IndyPopCon Indianapolis, IN June 07 - 09
    Dealer
    Ragnarok Coopers Lake, PA June 08 - 15
    Dealer
    Pennsic 48 Coopers' Lake Campground
    Slippery Rock, PA
    July 26 - August 11
    Merchant
    Indy 1500 Gun & Knife Show Indiana State Fairgrounds
    Indianapolis, IN
    August 23 - 25
    Dealer
    Dragon*Con Downtown Atlanta, GA August 29 - September 02
    Dealer
    Guest
    Indy 1500 Gun & Knife Show Indiana State Fairgrounds
    Indianapolis, IN
    November 08 - 10
    Dealer
    2020