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It's hard to stop rebels that time travel.
But we at the time council pride ourselves on doing just that.


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Music to Prepare You For The Dance

This is Just The Beginning…


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“Oh sorry small town preacher from the Midwest! Is there a law against dancing?”

 

The Dance is brought to you by ApolloCon and DJ HawZ and his Space Monkeys, Drunken Pirates, Slave Labor!?!?

Kevin “Sprinkles” Mallory
Sam “Neck Beard” Whittenton
Erika “Madame Hobbit“ Aguirre
Thom “Seamus” Reis

We are here for your safety and your “enjoyment.”

The Dance is Overwritten (Underwritten seems such a downer) by ApolloCon.

“We were talking about dancing.”
“It didn't feel like dancing.”
“Actually, Doctor, I thought Jack might like this dance. “
“Doesn't the universe implode or something if you dance?”
“Relax. He's a fifty-first century guy. He's just a bit more flexible when it comes to 'dancing'.”

If the Doctor can dance, then so can you.

Afraid to dance? Ask the DJ to dance first and you’ll get to see a spastic monkey with no rhythm dance.

Only dance to a certain song? Hey, I might have that song. If I don’t and you ask early enough I can have it for you. Have it on you (CD/MP3/iWhatever) I can play it for you.

The Dance is for you, all of you. This is your chance to let loose, enjoy life and be yourself.

What will be played at the Dance?

Better question is “What won’t be played?”

Can you play something I can dance to?

No, probably not. It’ll just be 6 hours of the theme from Full House mixed with Tibetan throat singing interspersed with John Cage’s 4’33”.

Are you serious?

Do you feel lucky? Will do ya?

Just remember this:

“Happiness. Love, laughter, friendship, purpose, and a dance.”

Or something like that.

The Dance is on June 22nd after the Masquerade in the Seattle Ballroom. It’s supposed to start at “8pm” but its starts the moment I’m on stage and the music is playing and goes until… I have been advised by my lawyer to plead the 5th.
 

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Some of you have told us, “The only thing missing from ApolloCon is one of your legendary ApolloCon room parties.” Well, since it's your ApolloCon, we listened...

This year, for the first time ever, there will be an ApolloCon room party at ApolloCon! So, don't miss it—Friday night, June 21. Watch for flyers—or possibly aliens—at the con for location and time.

And we bet you're thinking, “Well, if I'd have known that, I'd have booked a room at ApolloCon, so I could stay late, but ALAS, the deadline for reserving a room has passed!” We're way ahead of you...

The deadline to book your room has been extended to Friday, June 14.

So GET A ROOM!! (http://www.apollocon.org/hotel.html) And we'll see you at ApolloCon, June 21-23!
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ApolloCon is getting closer, and so is the deadline for reserving your room at the DoubleTree. Stay the whole weekend! Reserve a room by May 31 to make sure you don't miss a minute of the programming, gaming, socializing, media, dancing and all the other fun stuff going on at ApolloCon!

There are two ways to make a reservation:

Go to www.ApolloCon.org and click the “Register” button on the Hotel Page, or

Call 1-800-222-TREE, and tell the nice people you're attending ApolloCon.

Enjoy one of the best convention hotels at one of the best rates in all of fandom: $87, plus local fees and taxes. Parking is always free, and this year, so is WiFi!

So GET A ROOM!! And we'll see you at ApolloCon, June 21-23!
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Please forward to all who might be interested.

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the October meeting of the ApolloCon Committee planned for Saturday October 20 has been CANCELLED.

Posted by Kim Kofmel per Jonathan Guthrie, ApolloCon 2013 Chair
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Friends of Fandom/Houston Science Fiction Association is saddened by the death of Candace Pulleine, long-time Houston fan, past President and Director Emeritus of FoF/HSFA, founder of RevelCon, and ApolloCon 2012 Fan Guest of Honor.

Candace was a great fan with a great heart, and a huge love for SF, media, fandom, and the creative work of fans in all media. Her efforts on behalf of the fandom community in Houston spanned decades, and included organizations, publications, and cons. She was widely known and was widely loved.

The impact and influence that Candace had on Houston fandom is both wide and deep; it cannot be overestimated. Her passing is a loss to many individuals, and to many of the communities that make up Houston Fandom. Although her state of health prevented her from being as involved as she would have liked, Candace nevertheless was influential in the creation of ApolloCon, and we were excited about honoring her as our Fan Guest this year.

We will miss Candace. Our thoughts are with her friends and family at this sad time. Although she will not be there with us, we will honor her spirit and carry on in the organization of which she was a such a key part.

Regards,

Mark B. Hall
President
Friends of Fandom/HSFA
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Just a quick reminder that MAIL-IN pre-registration for ApolloCon 2012 closes on Monday June 11.

Registrations sent by USPS must be postmarked by June 11.

Online pre-registration closes at midnight Sunday, June 17.

The current registration for a three-day adult membership is $35. At the door will be $40.

More registration information is available online.

General questions may be sent to info.2012@apollocon.org.


ApolloCon 2012
June 22-24, 2012
Houston DoubleTree Intercontinental
Houston, Texas

GoH Tanya Huff
Art GoH Jael
Fan GoH Candace Pulleine

More information about ApolloCon 2012 at our website.
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Have your hotel room for ApolloCon yet?

The con rates are good through to the con, but our room block closes after today. After that rooms are in the general pool and are "as available." Book online through the link on our website.

ApolloCon 2012
June 22-24, 2012
Houston DoubleTree Intercontinental
Houston, Texas

GoH Tanya Huff
Art GoH Jael
Fan GoH Candace Pulleine

More information about ApolloCon 2012 at our website.
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We are nearly at the end of April, and that means we're coming up to the next increase in the pre-reg rate for ApolloCon 2012, June 22-24, Houston, TX.

Current rate for adult three-day is $30 until May 1st. $35 after. $40 at the door.

See our registration page for information about other rates.

Guests of Honor this year:

Tanya Huff, Guest of Honor
Jael, Artist Guest of Honor
Candace Pulleine, Fan Guest of Honor
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ApolloCon is pleased to announce that Tanya Huff will be our 2012 Guest of Honor.

Tanya Huff is a Canadian author whose twenty-seven books range from heroic fantasy (the Quarters books) through humour (the Keeper Chronicles) to military SF (the Torin Kerr Confederation series). Her books have been translated into nine languages and her five book Blood series, an urban fantasy/vampire/mystery mix which predated the current vampire craze by about fifteen years, was adapted into the 22 episode television series Blood Ties.

We look forward to welcoming Tanya Huff to Texas in June!

For more information about our 2012 GoH, please see our website.
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Every year, ApolloCon strives to put on a program that is thought-provoking, inspiring, ground-breaking, and most of all FUN! We also want our program to be a reflection of our members, what they're passionate about, and the things that tickle their fancy. So if you have a fabulous idea and would love to see it come to life at ApolloCon, here is your chance to let us know. Be it a panel, a demo, a tasting, or an idea for ApolloKids, we want to hear what you want to see at ApolloCon 2012!

The first brainstorm session will occur on Sunday, October 16 from noon to 3pm in the Central Market community room. There will be snacks, prizes, and lots of fun. So come and hang out with us and let your voice be heard!"

As always, if you cannot make the session, submit ideas at our online brainstorm form.

For more information, contact programming.2012@apollocon.org
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Team ApolloCon will be at FenCon this weekend, running parties on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Festivities start at 9pm each night.

Check party posters for location!

Hope to see you there!
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The ApolloCon 2012 website is live! Visit us at www.apollocon.org.

ApolloCon 2012 will be held at the Doubletree Houston/Intercontinental Airport June 22-24, 2012.

The first pre-registration rate increase is coming up. The special early $20 rate is good until September 1, 2011. Pre-registration rate will be $25 after September 1. Register online or by USPS with a postmark of September 1, 2011.

The ApolloCon 2012 Promotional T-Shirt was unveiled at the combined ApolloCon/FenCon/ConDFW room party at ArmadilloCon. The art for the shirt, called "Cow Dancer," was created by Cat Osborne and was the winning entry in the t-shirt art contest announced at ApolloCon 2011. Intended to meld this year's theme of the 2012 end-of-the-Mayan calendar with the iconic ApolloCon cow, the artwork has been described as a "Mooyan Cowlendar". As the contest winner, Cat will receive breakfast for two at the convention hotel.

ApolloCon 2012 information is not only on DW. You can follow ApolloCon on a variety of social media, including Twitter (@apollocon), Facebook, LiveJournal, and MySpace. 

Watch this space for more information on the promotional t-shirts and other ApolloCon 2012 news!
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The following message is a general announcement from ApolloCon 2012 Conchair Jonathan Guthrie:

The ApolloCon 2012 committee is just now getting off the ground and if you're interested in participating in the planning part, there are plenty of things you can do to  help.  I have already spoken to a number of people about the committee roles that they want to take for the next ApolloCon, but nothing is carved in stone about who's doing what yet. Some long-standing committee members are leaving us or dramatically scaling back their participation, so there are a lot of roles up in the air.

If you're interested in being on the committee, you're not sure what roles there are, would like to find out what you might be getting yourself into, or have any other questions, comments, or concerns, please email me at conchair.2012@apollocon.org

I have already spoken with a number of people about roles in the upcoming committee.  Even if I've spoken with you, it's pretty important that you send me an email expressing your interest in joining the 2012 committee and letting me know what roles most appeal to you.  I've been pretty preoccupied these last couple of weeks so there's no guarantee I remember the conversation.  I'm sorry about that.  Life happens.

Thank you for your attention, and I hope to see you all at ApolloCon next June.
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Jonathan Guthrie, chair of ApolloCon 2012, has announced a contest to select the ApolloCon 2012 promotional T-Shirt.

The winner of the contest will receive breakfast for two at the restaurant in the hotel hosting ApolloCon 2012.

Designs must be two-color. Submit your design as a PDF emailed to conchair.2012@apollocon.org.

Designs must be submitted by July 15, 2011. 

The designs will be judged by our panel of experts on creativity, originality, suitability for reproduction on a promotional T-Shirt, and essential ApolloConishness.
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Okay, as some folks know, we've had some circumstances beyond our control, and it's affected our ability to get the programming grid posted to the website.

(At least it's not as bad as the year our web host blew up & burned --literally-- shortly before the con... nowhere near that exciting.)

We have a work-around in place for now, and have a TENTATIVE and still changing grid on the website at www.apollocon.org/pgm_grid.html and descriptions at www.apollocon.org/pgm_blurbs.html

There will still be some movement on this grid, but you can see that we have plenty of activities and a lot of great people involved.

If you are on programming or would like to be on programming, and you have a question or suggestion, PLEASE email it to programming.2011@apollocon.org. They are very busy right now and might miss questions posted on DreamWidth.
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Got an idea for ApolloCon 2011 Programming?

There's still time to let us know via our Brainstorm Form!
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If you haven't booked a hotel room for ApolloCon 2011, now's the time!

Our hotel is once again the lovely DoubleTree Houston Intercontinental Airport, near Bush Intercontinental Airport. Our special room rate is still the same low $85+tax as last year, single through quad occupancy (deluxe and suites are somewhat higher).

Some features of our hotel:
* Tropical Courtyard with Pool
* Plenty of FREE parking
* Workout room for hotel guests
* Derricks Saloon in the hotel (Bar)
* Taco Bell within walking distance to hotel
* The Kettle just across the street

To best ensure that you get a room at our rate, please book soon! Be sure to specify if you want quiet or party floor.

For more information about the hotel and booking a room, including directions, all rates, hotel contact information, and online reservation link, check the hotel page on our website.

If you are not sure about booking a room, read our Why should I book a room? section.

PLEASE NOTE: Reservations are handled using a computerized system that gets confused by the way cons work. If you have any problems with getting our room rate or if you are told our room block is "sold out" please do one of the following:
Contact our Hotel Liaison immediately by email at hotelliaison.2011@apollocon.org
OR
Make the reservation anyway at the higher rate and send an email with your confirmation number to our Hotel Liaison at hotelliaison.2011@apollocon.org

If you are unsure that your reservations is properly associated with ApolloCon, please let the Hotel Liaison know.

(And if you are running parties, be sure to check the party section on the hotel page!)
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ApolloCon 2011 is pleased to announce that our Writers Workshop will be coordinated by author Patrice Sarath.

The workshop is an opportunity for writers to learn critique skills and hone their craft. The workshop is free to ApolloCon members, however space is limited and interested writers should apply in advance. The deadline for workshop applications is June 5, 2011.

All workshop details can be found on the ApolloCon 2011 website.

Deadline: June 5, 2011
Word count: 5,000 words
Send RTF files to: Writers Workshop Coordinator - writers_workshop dot 2011 at apollocon.org
What to send: First chapter of your unpublished novel or complete short story.
Genres: Science fiction/fantasy/horror as well as young adult in those genres. Please do not submit fan fiction.

If you are serious about improving your writing to take it to the next level, please send in your work. This year the workshop will focus on selling to genre markets, with an emphasis on revising and presenting your work professionally.

The workshop will consist of your fellow workshoppers and at least one professional writer. Work should be as polished as possible before you submit. Each piece will be thoroughly reviewed and discussed.

The workshop will be held 9am-12pm Saturday June 25 2011. Participants must have valid ApolloCon 2011 membership by workshop start time.

Please e-mail the workshop coordinator if you have any questions.
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