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Mars Today is the offical newsletter of MarsCon. Check back here often to find special announcements, the latest information about MarsCon & MarsCon 2000, and schedule information for meetings and other MarsCon activities.

December, 1999

Happy holidays, all!

This is a great time for Mars fans! We're all very excited about the progress of the Mars Polar Lander, landing on the red planet this very month!! -- and we're eagerly anticipating news of the several films about Mars which are currently in production. On the home front, we're busily preparing for MarsCon 2000 and striving to keep you up to date on the latest developments...

BREAKING NEWS!! - Our first Progress Report for MarsCon 2000 is now available for download as a .pdf file directly from the first page of our web site at: You'll need Acrobat Reader (free) from Adobe to read/print it. A link to Adobe is also provided on our web site. Let us know if you would like a print copy mailed to you or if you would prefer a .pdf file sent directly to your e-mail.

Another MEDIA GUEST OF HONOR coming to MarsCon 2000 is LISA M. GETTO who has worked on Deep Space 9, Babylon 5, Crusade, X-Files, Profiler, and many, many other Films and TV shows. She's from Wisconsin and glad to be coming back to the midwest to be at MarsCon! Check out her web site at

Our ARTIST GUEST OF HONOR for MarsCon 2000 will be DENISE BOIE! Denise is a local artist whose fantasy art has been seen at many other conventions throughout the U.S. We welcome her to MarsCon 2000!

CALL FOR ARTWORK! - MarsCon needs artwork for con T-shirts, Volunteer T-shirts, badge art, publications, etc... Now's the time to sharpen those pencils, dust off that mouse and get to work! All art must be submitted in camera-ready form by March 1, 2000. The artists whose work is selected will be praised in our Program Book and provided with gratis copies of the final printed form for their portfolios. Please contact us through our P.O. Box or at if you have questions.

WE'RE LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD FEN - Yes, we need volunteers! No volunteer-run convention can happen without volunteers. One hour, one day, or whatever time and talents you have to offer will be appreciated. Volunteer for the fun, volunteer to contribute to fandom, or volunteer for the perks (free buttons, free t-shirts, discounts, etc...)-- doesn't matter to us, just volunteer! Send us a Volunteer Form, or contact us at, or write us at our P.O. Box. You WILL be contacted!

RATE INCREASE APPROACHING - Just in case you or a friend have not sent in your registration forms yet, here's a reminder. The registration rates go up January 1st, 2000, so please register now if you would like to get the lower rates. Registration forms are available at many area comic stores and book stores. They may also be found on our web site, and we are happy to send you registration forms via snail mail as well. Just let us know if you need them.

UPCOMING OPEN MEETING - Our next MarsCon 2000 ConCom Meeting is scheduled for Sunday, December 19th, 1999, 1:00 p.m., at the Hennepin-Southdale Library in Edina, Minnesota. This meeting is open to everyone, and we encourage you to come if you can and get more involved in planning MarsCon 2000.

DIRECTIONS TO SOUTHDALE LIBRARY (7001 York Avenue South, Edina, Minnesota, located 4 blocks south of 66th Street, across from Target Greatland)

  • FROM MINNEAPOLIS: Head South on Interstate-35W. Take the MN-62 West exit. Take the CR-31/Xerxes Avenue exit. Turn Left onto CR-31 which becomes York Avenue.
  • FROM ST PAUL: Head South on Interstate-35E. Take the MN-5/West 7th Street exit. Turn Right onto Fort Road. Fort Road becomes SR-5 West. Take the Interstate-494 West/MN-5 West exit on the left. Merge onto I-494 West. Take the Penn Avenue exit. Turn Right onto CR-32, then Left onto West 76th Street. Turn Right onto CR-31 North which becomes York Avenue South. The Library will be on your right hand side.
  • FOR MORE SPECIFIC DIRECTIONS: (Try this link and click on directions for the Southdale Library)

Hope to see you there! Until then... Don't Panic! M2K is Coming!

E-Mail Address:
Snail Mail: MarsCon, P.O. Box 600458, St. Paul, MN 55106

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