ApolloCon 2013

It's time to get science fiction-y once again as some of the best authors and artists in the speculative fiction genre return to ApolloCon 2013. It's a much more laid-back affair than the increasingly massive event that is Comicpalooza, which most Houston geeks are probably still recovering from. ''We've got new guests and new movies and new art and people selling all kinds of things, many of which we've never seen before, but if you held my feet to the fire, I'd have to say that I most look forward to renewing my acquaintance with old friends and becoming acquainted with new friends,'' said Con Chair Jonathan Guthrie.

The guest of honor is author Bradley Denton, whose hilarious comedic novel Buddy Holly Is Alive and Well on Ganymede is being made into a movie starring Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite). Selina Rosen, Bill Crider and many more will also be attending. There'll also be a screening of Judith B. Shields's steampunk reimagining of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. ''How we are making the film unique is a light steampunk twist: What if instead of electricity, Victor Frankenstein reanimated the monster by steam?'' said Shields. ''Victor Frankenstein was known for studying all sciences, so it is not too far of a leap to have him experiment with steam. Our monster actually smokes.''

Events are scheduled for noon to 3 a.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 a.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Houston Intercontinental Airport, 15747 John F. Kennedy Blvd. For information, visit apollocon.org. $20 to $45.
June 21-23, 2013

 
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