Science fiction and fantasy fans hold conventions all over the world; in North America there's at least one convention going on somewhere just about every weekend. Conventions provide opportunities for readers and writers of SF to get together and discuss their shared interests -- among other things. I started attending conventions back in 1980, and have gone to at least one or two every year since -- sometimes as just another member, sometimes as guest of honor, or toastmaster, or in other roles.
As of today, August 2, 2013, I plan to attend the following conventions:
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