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MarsCon 2009 - Invasion MarsCon!

Greetings from MarsCon!

MarsCon is an annual science fiction & fantasy convention sponsored by FenSF, Inc., and run completely by volunteers. We will be celebrating our eleventh annual MarsCon at the Holiday Inn Select in Bloomington, Minnesota, on the weekend of March 6-8, 2009. Our theme is “Invasion MarsCon!” Our planned Guests of Honor include:

Our first Progress Report (to print and share with your friends) may be found online at:

For the latest news, read on and check out our web site for frequent updates as the convention approaches.

Masquerade Ball, You Are Invited...

What? It’s the week after Halloween, and you still want to show off your costume? You’ll want to come to the second annual MarsCon Masquerade Ball. Here are the details:

Rate Increase / Save By Registering Now:

The MarsCon pre-registration rates increase on 10/31/08. Save your dough for Dealers Room and Art Show by registering now. Current rates are $35 for adults, $15 for children (ages 6-12). Our Registration page may be found on the web at

Annual Programming Ideas Harvest:

MarsCon depends on you, the attendees, for much of our programming. Whether you wish to host the event or simply suggest an event that you would like to see, please post your programming ideas for MarsCon 2009 on our web site at:

As always, MarsCon is immensely grateful for the incredible programming contributions we receive each year from artists, authors, guests, musicians, singers, actors, fan groups, clubs and individuals. Thank you!

Booking A Room Or Hosting A Party:

To reserve a sleeping room for MarsCon 2009, call 952-854-9000 or 1-800-HOLIDAY, and make sure to mention “MarsCon” in order to get the reduced rate. The room rates will be $89 + tax for a regular room and $109 + tax for suites. Parties will be grouped together on the 13th floor, close to the Con Suite and Krushenko’s. Smoking parties will be on 12th floor. Hotel info and a nifty map may be found here: & the party room request form may be found at:

Gaming Needs You!

Attention all gamers, we need your help. Last year we had game demos, drafts, prizes plus a ton of fun. This year we want new ideas for gaming so if you want to run your favorite campaign, march your army into the frows of battle, or out-stratagize your enemies in a card game look no further. If you are more curious and want to learn more volunteer for gaming and earn incentives for just helping out. (Besides, volunteering doesn’t mean you can’t game.) If you have ideas or a game you would like to see or run please contact me (Dan Penwarden)—see the gaming page for current contact information. Thanks for your help and support and remember keep your dice clean your pencils sharp and don’t let go of those mox’es.

Next Planning Meeting:

Do you think it’s possible to pull off an invasion without advance planning? No way! We, the hard working convention committee, meet regularly through the year scheming… er, ‘planning’… next year’s con. All meetings are at the Holiday Inn Select, 3 Appletree Square, Bloomington, MN. Look at the hotel events schedule once you arrive at the Holiday Inn to see which room they’ve saved for us on that date. Our next meeting will take place on Sunday, November 16, 1:30-4pm. Join us!

Invasion MarsCon

Invasion MarsCon!
March 6-8, 2008
Holiday Inn Select, Bloomington, MN

MARS TODAY Subscriptions

To add yourself—or remove yourself—from our email list please surf to 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 (contact info).

Thanks once more to volunteers! We could not possibly do this without you! More volunteers are always welcome & needed!

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