MarsCon - Forces of Darkness

Join us for a virtual MarsCon

Please join us for a weekend of virtual panel discussions, demos, gaming, cosplay, art, science, specialty vendors, watch parties, music and camaraderie! You can join from the safety of your Internet Access Device for a virtual rendition of MarsCon!

This virtual 2021 convention is free... memberships already paid for will roll over to MarsCon 2022 (to be held at the Airport Hilton, Bloomington, MN, on March 11-13, 2022). MarsCon has ongoing expenses, so if you can afford it, please consider clicking over to the MarsCon online store and sending a donation.

The 2021 Program Book

A con without a program book? Inconceivable! Click and view yours here.

Also view the Pocket Program Schedule

Join in via Discord

Our Discord is a place to meet up with friends from in-persion editions of MarsCon. Join in here. See the 2021 Tech page for information about the various platforms we will be using.

Check Out the Schedule

Take a squint at the schedule and make those tough choices about which events to attend.

News From MarsCon:

The joint MarsCon / GPS charity auction is underway!

Adding A Party

Join with Chicon 8 - the 80th World Con - Chicago - 2022. They will hold their virtual party in our Discord Saturday night, joining parties by IKV Rakehell and the Space Oddity Music Club and Brew Pub. See the party page for more info.


A con without cool stuff to take home? Unheard of! Except this year we have merch you can get delivered to your home. Snap up your MarsCon 2021 souvenir attire and other stuff at our Teespring store:

The MarsCon 2021 schedule is shaping up. (Just as in in-a-hotel years, you can expect last-minue additions, deletions, swaps and the like.)

Programming & Events at MarsCon

Jon Sloan photo One of the cooler things about planning virtual programming is that geographical limits no longer exist. Presenters, performers and attendees can join from nearly anywhere, and we’re hoping to see folks from far and wide.

Programming will feature:

—Artist Guest of Honor Jon Sloan (learn more about Jon or buy his comic at

Robbie Ellis Photo Amy engelhardt photo —Music Guest Of Honor Robbie Ellis (learn more about Robbie or buy his music at &

—Making her MarsCon debut, comedy musical artist Amy Englehardt

—An ‘Ask Me Anything’ interview with Ookla The Mok

—As well as these usual suspects in the MarsCon Comedy Music Track:
Beth Kinderman
Devo Spice
Il Neige
Insane Ian
The Great Luke Ski
Throwing Toasters
Tom Smith
TV’s Kyle & Lindzilla
Worm Quartet

Bermuda Schwartz photo Book cover —Joining us for a virtual Q&A: Jon “Bermuda” Schwartz—Drummer of “Weird Al” Yankovic’s band for over 40 years and the author of the new book Black & White & Weird All Over: The Lost Photographs of “Weird Al” Yankovic ’83-’86
   (Much more about our Comedy Music Track can be found at

Landry - rocket scientist Landry - costumer —We are proud to announce Bridget Landry's return to MarsCon 2021.

Bridget Landry has worked on the Hubble Space Telescope, the joint US-French oceanographic Earth-orbiter Topex, the Mars Pathfinder project, the Cassini mission to Saturn, the Dawn mission at the asteroid Vesta, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Mars Odyssey, and the Spitzer space telescope. Currently, she is in science sequencing development for Mars 2020, the Curiosity follow-on Mars rover mission.

She is also a fantastic costumer.

—Readings and panels with
S N Arly
Terri Bruce
T. Aaron Cisco
MaryJanice Davidson
Walter H. Hunt
Naomi Kritzer
Sharon Lee & Steve Miller
Lyda Morehouse
G. David Nordley
Isabel Schechter
Kathryn Sullivan
Tyler Tork
Joan Marie Verba
Haddayr Copley Woods

We are inviting as many former guests and past MarCon programming contributors as we can reach to join in the fun. Please help by sharing your ideas for programming with us—talks you’d like to hear or give, presenters/performers you would recommend, subjects or activities of interest to you and other fans… Add your ideas to the list on the Programming Suggestions page.

Other planned activities include:
—Virtual Masquerade
—Bellydance performances
—Behind the scenes of Star Trek stories, with MarsCon '99 GoH Debbie David
—Zumba Dance
—LEGO chit chat
—Crafting workshops
—Close encounters tales from MUFON
—We also plan to have a virtual Art Show and a virtual Dealers Room. More information will be coming soon.

The great dumpster fire that was 2020 is not yet quite extinguished. If you are one of the fortunate financially-secure ones MarsCon urges you to support several worthy causes. Read about them at the Charity Auction page. Thanks to all for supporting our greater community.

The Forces of Darkness shall safely assemble in front of screens on March 12th - 14th, 2021

MarsCon is a fan-run science fiction convention for all ages held every March in the Twin Cities area. At MarsCon you’ll find panel discussions, parties, guest of honor presentations, music of many kinds, our art show, film/anime room, science room, dealers room, charity auction, and masquerade. Our comedy music track is virtually a con in itself, and attracts a nation-wide audience.

MarsCon 2021

“Forces of Darkness”
March 12 - 14, 2021
Virtual only

MarsCon 2022
“The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be”
will return to
Hilton Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport Mall of America
3800 American Blvd E
Bloomington, Minnesota
March 11 - 13, 2022

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