Dubbed “The Crossroads of the Multiverse,” the small but mighty InConJunction celebrated it’s amazing 36th show this year on July 1-3, 2016, at the Marriott East in Indianapolis, IN. A fan-run convention since the beginning some 30-plus years ago, the show is organized by The Circle of Janus Science Fiction & Fantasy Club. With a heavy focus on sci-fi and fantasy, the show boasts several unique and entertaining aspects, including a fully-functional Bridge Simulator, an expansive Live Auction, a cosplay Masquerade, and specific rooms dedicated to ‘Doctor Who,’ anime, and more.
This year’s Guests of Honor list included bona-fide rocket scientist Dr. Simon Morden (who is also a writer and Phillip K. Dick Award winner), Rockne S. O’Bannon (creator of ‘Alien Nation,’ ‘Farscape,’ and co-creator of ‘SeaQuest DSV’ along with Steven Spielberg), and Keith R.A. DeCandido (writer for TV series such as ‘Star Trek,’ ‘Doctor Who,’ ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer,’ ‘Supernatural,’ and more). Multiple stage and panel rooms hosted such intriguing content as “Weird Science,” the annual Robert A. Heinlein Memorial Blood Drive, Karaoke “Filking” (familiar tunes with new sci-fi/fantasy lyrics), an “Awkward Twitter Mingle,” lightsaber training from the Indiana Lightsaber Academy, and more. There was even concerts from genre-themed music groups Wax Chaotic, a sci-fi folk music band, and The Shakeups in Ponyville, a ‘My Little Pony’ themed band.
A large gaming room and a con suite – an ingenious room available to ALL attendees of the show to grab a drink and a light snack – rounded out the action, along with the hotel restaurant that had been re-themed as “The Restaurant at the End of the Multiverse” for the weekend. The show was highly entertaining and well-organized – a welcome break from the “way too big and way too much info overload” mega-cons that seem to be a dime a dozen these days. If you’re in the Midwest and want a unique show to attend, this may be the right destination for you. Mark your calendars now: InConJunction returns for its 37th year on June 30-July 2, 2017!
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