Mars Today - July 2002

Dear Friendly Fen,

Thank you to all who stopped by our parties at CONvergence to sing a song or shake your groove thing!! The voices doing karaoke were so incredible, and disco was divine....fen CAN dance. We'll be setting up for another fine room party at Diversicon barely two weeks away, and we hope to see many of you there. For more news on recently-added Guests of Honor, movie nights, meetings, etc, read on. See you soon!

Additional Guests Of Honor Announced!!

We are very happy to announce that authors Sharon Lee & Steve Miller will be joining us for MarsCon 2003 as our Literary Guests Of Honor. Sharon and Steve are the creators of the Liaden Universe series of novels, the latest of which is I DARE (Meisha Merlin 2002). Their earlier works include AGENT OF CHANGE, CONFLICT OF HONORS, CARPE DIEM, and PLAN B. Most recently, Steve & Sharon's novel SCOUT'S PROGRESS was named winner of the 2002 PRISM Award for "Best Futuristic" at the Romance Writers of America national convention. Another of their novels LOCAL CUSTOM came in second in the same category. See To learn more about Sharon & Steve and their unique style of Space Opera before the convention, please visit or

We are also very pleased to announce that local make up effects artist Dave Mendez will be coming to MarsCon as our Fan Guest Of Honor. Listing Tom Savini, Dick Smith and KISS among his inspirations, Dave has been working with Costumes For Your Eyes applying make up to their models and for their local Fright House. Dave has the dual role of The Gatekeeper of the Fright House. He is currently working on a local independent horror movie in pre-production. A former member of Vessel Celtic Rock, Dave can also be found working at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. He enjoys collecting swords, toys and any make up tips he can get. Dave makes his home in Mounds View with his wife Sue & 3 cats.

Next MARSCON Movie Nights - On Friday & Saturday, July 26 & 27, 11:30 p.m., MarsCon will sponsor showings of Lord Of The Rings at the Plaza Maplewood Theatre - 1 block east of White Bear Ave on 1847 E. Larpenteur Ave, Maplewood, Minnesota. Admission price is $4. Come out and have some fun, see a good movie, meet some friendly folks and support the MarsCon Convention. Feel free to put it on your calendar and pass this email on to all your movie friends!

MarsCon sponsors movie nights at the Plaza Maplewood on the fourth weekend of each month, and ticket sales help us put on a great Con with a reasonable membership rate. Join us some time!

Coming Attractions:
Aug 23/24 - The Matrix
Sept 27/28 - Aliens
Oct 25/26 - Sleepy Hollow
Nov 22/23 - The Princess Bride
Dec 27/28 - Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon

Mars Needs Artists - We are currently seeking artwork for con t-shirts, volunteer t-shirts, badge art, publications, web site, et cetera, and we'd love to hear from you! Artists who contribute their efforts to MarsCon will be praised in our Program Book and may be provided with gratis copies of the final printed form for their portfolios. Please contact us at or via any of the methods listed below if you are interested in contributing artwork for MarsCon 2003.

How To Register For MarsCon - Register, oh yes, please do! Registration forms for MarsCon may be found at most local conventions, many comic/gaming stores, and, yes, even on the MarsCon web site. If you're on the MarsCon mailing list, you'll receive a progress report this fall which also contains a registration form. (If you're not on the mailing list or if your address has recently changed, let us know via one of the methods listed below, and we'll fix it.) Just fill out the form and mail it in to register for the convention. On-line registration through PayPal is also now available via the web site.

Adults $30 or Children (6-12) $15 until 10/31/02
Adults $40 or Children (6-12) $15 until 1/31/03
Adults $50 or Children (6-12) $25 At the Door
Supporting Memberships $15 before 1/31/03
+ $25 when you arrive at con

Next ConCom Meeting - MarsCon planning meetings (also known as ConCom Meetings) are generally held on the third Sunday of each month. They are open to all, volunteers and spectators alike, and we encourage you to attend if interested. The next meeting will be a potluck barbecue held on Sunday, August 18, 2002, 1:00-4:00 p.m., at Brian & Christine LaBounty's place. Please send email to Christine via for information and directions.


MarsCon 2003: "No One Here Is Exactly What He Appears"
Hilton Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport Hotel, Bloomington, MN
Feb. 28-March 2, 2003 -- All Weekend Long!

E-Mail Address:
Snail Mail: MarsCon, P.O. Box 21213, Eagan, MN 55121
Web Site Address:
Phone: 612-724-0687 (no collect calls, please)

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