Boskone 40

The New England Science Fiction Association

Boskone 40

February 14-16, 2003

Registration rate
Full At-the-door—$48

Registration Form
Registration Information

Sheraton Boston Hotel
39 Dalton Street
Boston, Mass.
Phone: 617-236-2000
Fax: 617-236-1702

Room rates
single: $119; double: $129;
triple: $139; quad: $149
Hotel Information
How to get to Boskone

Area Hours
Art Show
Boskone Committee
Exhibits & Services
Guests of Honor
Progress Report 1
Progress Report 1 (pdf)
Progress Report 2
Progress Report 2 (pdf)
Special Events

Address inquiries to
Boskone 40
P.O. Box 809
Framingham, MA 01701

or fax

or send email to

Boskone History
Boskone 39

Exhibits & Services

We're in a new (to many of you) hotel this year. Most functions will be in rooms on the third floor. The Art Show and Dealers' Room will be on the second floor.

FANAC Fan History Project : Be part of the FHP, dedicated to preserving our science fiction and fannish heritage and making this material available to the present-day fan. Check out the web page at There are fannish reference works and thousands of photographs on the web site. You may even find your own picture there!

We will be at Boskone to archive our past. We'll have a scanning station to record photos and a small display to tell you more about us. If you have some unusual items, we'll try to photograph or record them at the convention. If you have any photos, fanzines, publications, or other memorabilia that you might be interested in donating to the FHP collection, contact Joe Siclari at or talk with him at the convention. All donations are tax-deductible.

Body Snatchers (Volunteers) — The best way to meet other people at a convention is by volunteering, and Boskone needs you! Science fiction conventions run on blood, sweat, and volunteers. Body Snatchers allocates volunteers among the many different areas that need them — opportunities are available for all physical and mental abilities. If you are willing to help, please fill out the volunteer form (including a Release Form) at Information. Those who work at least six hours will receive a gift. If you are under 18, your parent or guardian must sign the Release Form (but you'll only have to work 4 hours for your gift).

Art Show & Print Shop — Our Art Show includes a special exhibit of the works of our Official Artist, Jim Burns, plus over 80 panels and tables full of original SF&F artwork, most of which is available for bid and/or purchase at the con. Also check out our Print Shop for many great buys. The Art Show will be located on the second floor in the Back Bay Ballroom.

Dealers' Room — The Dealers' Room (aka The Hucksters' Room) will feature a wide variety of science fiction, fantasy, and genre books, jewelry, clothing, and all manners of tchotchkes. Check the Boskone web site ( after January 20, 2003 for a list of dealers scheduled to attend. The Dealers' Room will be on the second floor in the Back Bay Ballroom, sharing space with the Art Show.

Club & Bid Tables — Want to publicize your club, convention, or bid? We will have tables available for this purpose located in the Con Suite. Table space is limited, so please write or email us in advance.

Con Suite — Once again, the Con Suite will be on the Program floor in the center of the convention. Everyone is welcome to stop by the Commonwealth Room for soda and munchies, to meet other fans, or just to relax for a while. Children may not be left unattended.

Gaming Room — This year's Boskone Game Room will feature lots of options: Magic: The Gathering, specialized board games, and people playing everything from checkers to Dungeons and Dragons. Gaming will be in the Kent Room.

Information — Seeking knowledge? Whether it's details on area restaurants, or the location of the secret ATM, Information, located on the third floor, can help. It's also the place to go to pre-register for a discussion group, kaffeeklatsch, or other event that requires sign-up; drop off items for the convention newsletter; or get the latest copy ofHelmuth. Stop by the Information table and see what we can do for you!

NewsletterHelmuth, Speaking for Boskone, the convention newsletter, features updates and changes to the program as well as lists of parties and other news. Copies of Helmuth will be distributed around the hotel—Art Show, Dealers' Room, Con Suite, et al. You can always find copies at Information on the third floor.

NESFA Press – This year there is a Boskone book – Tomorrow Happens by David Brin. The book will be available in both trade and boxed states from the NESFA Sales table in the Hucksters' Room. The cover art is by our Official Artist, Jim Burns.

We will also have the latest "NESFA's Choice" books at Boskone: Transfinite: The Essential A.E. van Vogt, a collection of A.E. van Vogt's shorter works; and A New Dawn, the Don A. Stuart Stories of John W. Campbell, Jr. Both of these are new for Boskone 40.

Writers' Workshop – Boskone 40 will host a private writers' workshop (run along Clarion lines) organized this year by Sarah Smith, where several professional writers critique works submitted by a select group of amateur writers. For more information contact David A. Smith, 112 Avon Hill Street, Cambridge, MA 02140, (617) 661-3223, or via email at

Boskone is a registered service mark of the New England Science Fiction Association, Inc.

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