io9's Complete Guide to Science Fiction Season It's time for the annual science fiction season to begin. Spring and summer are when giant science fiction flicks hit the screens, and even more giant science fiction conventions open their doors to the hundreds of thousands of light saber-wielding masses. New television series will debut (Clone Wars!), and old ones will restart (Battlestar!) Plus, you'll have a chance to snap up copies of awesome new books from Greg Egan, Karen Joy Fowler, Charles Stross, Ken MacLeod, and Nancy Kress. If you want to know where to go and what to do when you're in a science fictional way from April to August, then look no further than io9's exhaustive, amazing, intensive list of everything scifi this season.

Special Note: We have tried to list as much as possible here, but there are always things that will get left out. If you want to know every single book coming out this season, check out Locus magazine's exhaustive and ever-expanding list. And if you want to know about more cons, check the user-generated list at ConFinder, as well as the Ansible Events List (mostly UK). If you know of sites that list European and Asian cons, let us know in comments so we can add it here.

Image above by Redandjonny.

April

Books

Karen Joy Fowler, Wit's End

Orson Scott Card, Keeper of Dreams

Jeanette Winterson, The Stone Gods

Walter Jon Williams, Implied Spaces

Movies and Television

April 4

Final Season of Battlestar Galactica begins

Conventions

April 4-6

I-CON 27 - Stony Brook, NY - $55 registration at the door

Odyssey Con VIII - Madison, WI - $45 registration at the door

WillyCon X-Treme - Wayne, NE - $20 registration at the door

April 11-13

CoastCon 31 - Biloxi, MS $40 registration at the door

April 18-20

Conglomeration 2008 - Louisville, KY - $40 registration at the door

EerieCon Ten - Niagara Falls, NY - $35 registration until April 8

New York Comic Con - New York, NY - $45 registration

Penguicon 6.0 - Troy, MI - $45 registration at the door

April 24-27

Nebula Awards Weekend - Austin, TX - $50 registration

April 25-27

RavenCon 2008 - Richmond, VA - $35 registration until

UberCon - Edison, NJ - $65 registration

Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention - Lombard, IL - $35 registration

April 26

Uni-Con 2008 - Rindge, NH - $25 registration at the door

April 26-27

Fantasticon 2008 - Copenhagen, Denmark - 15 euro

May

Books

Cory Doctorow, Little Brother

Ellen Datlow, The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy (stories)

Greg Egan, Incandescence

Nancy Kress, Nano Comes to Clifford Falls (stories)

Ann & Jeff VanderMeer, Steampunk (stories)

Movies and Television

May 2

Iron Man

May 9

Speed Racer

May 22

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Conventions

May 2-4

DemiCon 19 - Des Moines, IA - $45 registration

May 9-11

LepreCon 34 - Casa Grande, AZ - $40 registration through April 15

May 15-18

Eurocon-2008 - Moscow, Russia - $100 registration at the door

May 16-18

Chronicling Mars: The 2008 Eaton Science Fiction Conference - Riverside, CA - $110 registration until April 14

KeyCon 25 / CANvention 28 - Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada - 55 CAD before April 30

May 23-25

CONduit XVIII - Salt Lake City, UT - $35 registration until May 1

Oasis 21 - Orlando, FL - $30 registration until April 30

May 23-26

Balticon 42 - Baltimore, MD - $59 registration after April 1

Timegate: Regenerations - Atlanta, GA - $35 registration until April 30

WisCon 32 - Madison, WI - $45 registration through April 30

BayCon - Santa Clara, CA - $70 through May 10

May 30-June 1

ConCarolinas - Charlotte, NC - $25 registration until May 25

June

Books

Jacqueline Carey, Kushiel's Mercy

Stephen Baxter, Flood

Tanya Huff, Valor's Trial

Movies and Television

June 13

The Happening

The Incredible Hulk

June 27

Wanted

Wall-E

Conventions

June 13-15

DucKon 17 - Naperville, IL - $40 registration until May 1

June 26-29

Midwestcon 59 - Cincinnati, OH - $25 registration until May 25

June 27-29

ApolloCon 2008 - Houston, TX - $30 registration until May 1

June 28-29

ConRunner 2008 - Wolverhampton, West Midlands, United Kingdom - £35 registration until June 21

July

Books

Charles Stross, Saturn's Children

Greg Bear, City at the End of Time

David Louis Edelman, MultiReal

Movies and Television

July 2

Hancock

July 4

Love Story 2050

Jul 11

Meet Dave

Journey to the Center of the Earth

Hellboy 2: The Golden Army

Jul 18

The Dark Knight

Space Chimps

July 25

X-Files 2

Conventions

July 3-6

CONvergence 2008 - Bloomington, MN - $53.50 registration

Westercon 61: A Gathering of Fen in the Desert - Las Vegas, NV - $60 registration until April 28

July 10-13

Science Fiction Research Association 39th Annual Conference held jointly with the 2008 Campbell Conference: "Teaching, Reading and Creating Science Fiction" - Lawrence, KS - $140 registration until April 30

July 11-13

OSFest: The Omaha Science Fiction and Fantasy Festival - Omaha, NE - $40 registration until June 30

Polaris 22 - Toronto, Ontario, Canada - 50 CND registration until June 2

July 17-20

Readercon 19 with guests of honor Jonathan Lethem & James Patrick Kelly - Burlington, MA - $50 registration until June 30

July 18-20

Lazy Dragon Con - McKinney, TX - registration opens July 18

July 24-27

Dum Dum 2008 - Waterloo, IA - registration information available soon

San Diego International Comic-Con - San Diego, CA - daily registration from $20 to $35

July 25-27

Confluence 2008 - Pittsburgh, PA - $35 registration until early July (date TBA)

July 26-28

Finncon08 - Tampere, Finland - free

July 31-August 3

Oslo Science Fiction Festival - Oslo, Norway

August

Books

Ben Bova, Mars Life

Ken MacLeod, The Night Sessions

John Scalzi, Zoe's Tale

Tobias Buckell, Sly Mongoose

Judith Merril, Not Only a Woman (collection of four Merril novels, two co-authored with C.M. Kornbluth)

Movies and Television

Aug 15

Clone Wars TV series debut

Aug 29

Babylon A.D.

Conventions

August 1-3

Diversicon 16 - Minneapolis, MN - $30 registration until July 14

Fandemonium '08 - Nampa, ID - $30 registration until July 20

August 6-10

Denvention 3: The 66th World Science Fiction Convention - Denver, CO - $200 for full membership until July 10

August 15-17

Con-Version 24 - Calgary, Alberta, Canada - $60 registration

August 21-24

Gatecon - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada - $135 registration

August 22-24

Bubonicon 40 - Albuquerque, NM - $30 registration until May 1

August 29-Sept. 1

Dragon*Con - Atlanta, GA - $65 registration until May 15, 2008

Additional reporting by Nivair H. Gabriel.