MarsCon 2010

Mars Today - January 2010


MarsCon is barely over a month away, and we hope you will be joining us. There is just under one day left to register at the lower full-weekend rates. Cost is $45.00 for adults/teens and $20 for kids ages 6-12 through January 31st. After midnight, the rates will switch to our at-the-door prices of $60 for adults/teens and $25 for kids ages 6-12. Day passes will also be available at the convention. For registration forms, or to register online, go to

About MarsCon

MarsCon is a volunteer–run sci-fi/fantasy convention for all ages, with food, parties, gaming, music, costumes, prizes, vendors, science exhibits, famous guests, an art show, anime and other fun stuff, sponsored by the Fans Educational Network for Science Fiction (FenSF). MarsCon will fill the Holiday Inn & Suites, Bloomington, MN, with zany, fannish goodness on the weekend of March 5-7, 2010. Our theme will be “Dark Lords & Femme Fatales,” and Programming will feature these wonderful Guests of Honor:

MarsCon also depends upon you, the attendees, for much of our programming. A preliminary program schedule has been posted at:  We are in the process of adding our literary tracks, so this schedule will change a lot between now and MarsCon. A more complete list of programming ideas appears at: Please contact us if you see an event listed which you would like to help host.

Hotel Reservations & Parties at MarsCon

MarsCon is returning to the Holiday Inn & Suites, 3 Appletree Square, Bloomington, MN, (close to the airport & Mall of America) for MarsCon 2010. The room rates are $89 + tax for a regular room and $109 + tax for suites on any floor, including the party floor. To reserve a room, call 952.854.9000 or 1.800.HOLIDAY, and mention “MarsCon” to get the reduced rate. Tip: Try calling the 952 number first during regular business hours, and please let us know if you have any trouble getting the MarsCon rate so we can help. If you want to host a party at MarsCon, go ahead and book a regular room, then fill out our party request form at, then contact Nicky at with your room confirmation number and party details so she can make sure your room gets placed on the 13th floor.

So far, planned parties include:

Upcoming Planning Meetings

Planning meetings for MarsCon take place throughout the year, and they are a great place to add your ideas to MarsCon 2010. Meetings generally get started at 1:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn & Suites, 3 Appletree Square, Bloomington, MN. We welcome potential volunteers, representatives from other groups, and even the mildly curious to attend and contribute to planning.

MarsCon 2010: Dark Lords & Femme Fatales
March 5-7, 2010 - All Weekend Long
Holiday Inn & Suites, 3 Appletree Sq, Bloomington, MN

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

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March 5—7, 2010
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites
Bloomington, MN

Dark Lords and Femme Fatales

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