One of my favorite science fiction conventions on Earth is Wiscon, a gathering that happens every year on Memorial Day weekend in Madison, Wisconsin. No, it's not just the macaroni and cheese pizza that draws us to this fine midwestern city: It's the terrific programming and cool people at Wiscon who get together to talk about science fiction and its social meaning. Wiscon is billed as a feminist conference, and over the years it has evolved into a lot more. It's a book-centric conference about the politics of science fiction, whether related to feminsim, antiracism, class, religion, or just the internecine debates of fandom.
Plus, the excellent Tiptree Awards are handed out at Wiscon, which is mostly an excuse for everybody to get together in a big room and eat way too much dessert.
Charlie Jane and I will be at Wiscon all weekend, and are both speaking on a few panels. If you're in the area, stop by and say hello!