It's the 40th annual gathering of the fans of the fantastic
Immerse yourself in fantasy worlds and “Firefly” drinking songs at the 40th Annual Chattacon. This speculative fiction convention will be held Jan. 30 through Feb. 1 at the Chattanooga Choo Choo. Events start Friday at 5 p.m.
Guests of honor are Julie E. Czerneda, Kathleen Ann Goonan, and Tobias Buckell. Alan M. Clark and David Deitrick are the featured artist guests. Special guest Adam-Troy Castro will be one of many authors performing readings. Stephanie Osborn and other authors will have signings throughout the weekend.
Enjoy watching Robot Battles, independent film screenings, and a costume promenade. You can also attend writing workshops, a live painting demonstration, an art slide show, and a belly dance class. Discussion panels feature topics such as the relationship between music and fandom, advanced costuming techniques, writing about alien culture, and the evolution of vampires in popular media.
Youth events include a wand-making workshop and “Frozen Fun,” a marshmallow activity inspired by the popular Disney film.
Weekend memberships are $50 for adults and $35 for ages 8-12. Children under 8 are free with a paid adult badge. Single-day registrations are not available. For a detailed schedule of the convention and more registration information, visit chattacon.org