Convention Report 3: Capclave (Washington DC)

The Washington DC area has been having an SF convention, in one form or another, for a good 40 years or so. (Somebody with a precise number will come along and correct me, I know.) Some highly creative things have happened here. The current incarnation, Capclave, is nowadays held in suburban Maryland. It is one of your more literary cons, with less in the way of costuming, media, and so on. Instead the focus is on the short form, the root of the genre, and there’s a small press award, a publications arm, and various traditional events like the Eye of Argon reading. This makes it a wonderfully accessible event, easily encompassed in one weekend. You can meet everybody and attend (hopefully) all the panels that interest you.

 Unless I’m ill or out of town I always go. This year, because both A Most Dangerous Woman and Sherwood Smith’s anthology It Happened At The Ball are out, I was all over the place. Here I am in a photo taken by Mike Ventrella reading aloud “Sherbet in Silver” and looking unduly dramatic. This must have been the moment when the vampire was about to bite Marian Halcombe on the neck…

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Convention Report 3: Capclave (Washington DC) — 3 Comments

  1. The first convention the Washington SF Association ran on was in 1950, three years after the founding of the club. There various gaps, a few relaxacons, and then in 1965 a regular event.

    And since 1980 whenever there’s a 5th Friday in February we’ve held a DatClave. DatClave 2 was in 2008. DatClave 3 will be in 2036.

  2. Wow, you guys are ancient. I forget, someone was telling me about the relative ages of the groups. I know that the Philadelphia SF club is far the oldest.

    • I think WSFA is one of the three oldest clubs, and Disclave non-Worldcon conventions until circumstances forced it into retirement. It was time and past time to end the convention but the circumstances were unfortunate.

      Fandom works so well! Kid in her teens and cons exist for friends to hang out. Thirty years later that kid decides that because people interested in books are interesting people they should have a convention where they can hang out together.