MarsCon 2004: Let's Play Doctor


Greetings, gentle beings!

Huge thanks to everyone who joined us for the first ever Blue Mars Film Room & Anime "Geek-Out and Space Camp." We had marshmallows. We had croquet. We had the best view of Mars ever! And we had lots of movies, cats and cows!! It was a good time. Let's do it again. And now, here's the latest on MarsCon 2004...


MarsCon membership rates go up to $42 for adults at the end of October. The current rate is $32 ($15 for kids ages 6-12; under age 6 is free). Don't miss your chance to register early so you can party on the cheaper side for an entire weekend with Dr. Demento, Luke Ski, Richard Biggs, Davina, Baron DavE Romm, Dr. Mike (John M. Ford), the Nick Atoms, Tri-Destiny, and a host of other talented, exciting guests and fans just like you.

MAIL IN REGISTRATION - Simply mail in a registration form along with your payment to this address: MarsCon, P.O. Box 21213, Eagan, MN 55121. Registration forms may be found at many local conventions, at comic/gaming supplies stores, or on the web right here.

ON-LINE REGISTRATION - You can register through the Internet using PayPal here.

AT-THE-DOOR REGISTRATION - Not sure yet if you can attend the convention? You can lock in a cheaper rate now if you register as a Supporting member by paying $15 before October 31st, then an additional $25 when you arrive to pick up your badge at the convention. Otherwise, at-the-door registrations are available: ($55 for adults; $25 for kids ages 6-12 ATD).

GROUP DISCOUNTS - Groups of 10+ can take $5 off each registration if they register as a group. The registrations must be submitted together, and payment must accompany the registration forms. This cannot be combined with other discounts.

PROMO DISCOUNTS - Watch for special discounts on registrations at MarsCon promotional parties and events. We are currently planning promo parties for Valleycon and Windycon [Luke Ski will be there!!], and several of us will be on hand to accept registrations at Munchiecon this very weekend. We'll be showing a special video featuring live footage of Dr. Demento, Richard Biggs, and David E Romm at promo parties to further entice you.


Dr. Demento wrote a wonderful article about us in the latest Demento Society newsletter. He refers to MarsCon as a "mammoth science fiction convention" and writes:

"I will be presenting my Festival of Dementia and acting as MC of a grand Masquerade. (I've done this before at other sci-fi cons, and some of the costumes are true works of art, just like in the movies). I will also be signing autographs, and raffling off one of my top hats for charity - the actual hat I wore on many TV appearances including 'Behind the Music' on VH-1."

"I've always loved appearing at science fiction fan conventions. They are great places to make new friends. You can learn a lot of interesting things, and also party down if you like. MarsCon promises a full weekend of music, movies, concerts, information, fun & games, and lots of cool stuff for sale...and it'll be great to be back in my home town!"

And, we are so very happy to have you with us at MarsCon, Dr. Demento!! The Festival of Dementia is scheduled for Friday evening at 9:00 p.m., following Opening Ceremonies and Shockwave's 25 Anniversary Radio Show! The Masquerade will happen on Saturday night.

FFI on the Demento Society, you can write to PO Box 884, Culver City, CA 90232. Dr. Demento's web site may be found at http://www.drdemento.com.


MarsCon is an annual science fiction & fantasy convention sponsored by FenSF, Inc., and run completely by volunteers. Our theme for MarsCon 2004 is "Let's Play Doctor!" Guests of Honor will include Dr. Demento, Richard Biggs, John M. Ford, Davina, Baron David E Romm, and the great Luke Ski! MarsCon will also feature musical performances by the Nick Atoms and Tri-Destiny. The convention takes place March 5 - 7 at the Airport Hilton in Bloomington, Minnesota. Convention activities include concerts, panel discussions, parties, gaming, science & art exhibits, specialty vendors, movies, singing, dancing and more. It's a great time.

To reserve your room for MarsCon 2004, call the Airport Hilton at 952-854-2100. (Very Important: Please mention "MarsCon" when you call or you will be charged more for your room.) Sleeping room rates for MarsCon are $99 per night + tax.

To request and reserve a party room, check out our Party Room Request Form. Party rooms are $119 per night + tax. Groups planning parties so far include IKV RakeHell, U.S.S. Nokomis, DreamStitcher, World Defense Force, Klinzaa Lounge, Somewhere Between Tattoine and Gallifrey, Cosmic Tulip Lounge, Twin Cities Scapers/Delvian Seek, KPLA Radio, Eccentric Artists, Wardroom, and maybe you.


Oct 19, 2003 -- 1-4 pm - Munchiecon/Relaxacon
Nov 23, 2003 -- 1-4 pm - Southdale Library, 7001 York Ave S, Edina (NOT 3rd Sunday!)
CHANGE -- Dec 14, 2003 -- 1-4 pm - Southdale Library, 7001 York Ave S, Edina

You are welcome to attend MarsCon meetings as a volunteer or spectator. It's a great way to get to know the committee and hear about upcoming events. The next planning meeting is scheduled for October 19, 2003, 1:00 p.m. at Munchiecon/Relaxacon! For an up-to-date meeting schedule, please visit our meetings page.

Directions to October's meeting at Munchiecon/Relaxacon:
TRAVELODGE HOTEL, 1870 Old Hudson Rd., St. Paul, MN 55119. This is at Exit 245 of I-94, the intersection of I-94 and White Bear Ave. Old Hudson Rd. is the NORTH frontage road of I-94. The hotel is on the EAST side of White Bear Ave. It is 3 miles EAST of downtown St. Paul, and 2 miles WEST of the I-94 and I-694/494 interchange, 3 short exits away. For at least 20+ years this was a Ramada Inn. More recently it was a Red Lion Inn. Use the entrance nearest White Bear Ave. When you enter the lobby, turn RIGHT to get to the elevator. Take it to the 7th floor. Pick up a badge(s) if you like; not needed if simply attending the meeting. Early arrivals can contribute $5 and partake in dim sum.


To add yourself -- or remove yourself -- from our email list please surf to http://mail.marscon.org/mailman/listinfo/marstoday and scroll down to "Subscribing to Mars Today" (to add yourself to our list) or "Mars Today Subscribers" (to remove yourself). Follow the instructions and you're in (or out). If you have any trouble at all with your Mars Today subscription tell the MarsCon webmaster via [deactivated -- see current year for a working email address] .


MarsCon 2004: "Let's Play Doctor"
Hilton Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport Hotel, Bloomington, MN
March 5-7, 2004 -- All Weekend Long!


E-Mail Address: [deactivated -- see current year for a working email address] *
Snail Mail: MarsCon, P.O. Box 21213, Eagan, MN 55121
Web Site Address: http://www.marscon.org
Phone: 612-724-0687 (no collect calls, please)
* Email address will change often to avoid spammers - this page should update automagically.

© 2003 FenSF, Inc. All Rights Reserved. This page last revised January 12, 2006 at 01:51 PM

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