Welcome To ConAlope - Westercon 70

Welcome to Westercon 70, home of the most prestigious regional science fiction and fantasy convention on the West Coast. We are sponsored by Leprecon Inc., which is responsible for the yearly convention LepreCon. As such, Leprecon Inc.’s 2017 event – Leprecon 43 – will be combined as a part of Westercon 70.

Each Westercon is given the opportunity to chose a unique name to distinguish itself, so we are officially branding our 2017 event “ConAlope”. As Westercon is a pop culture event that celebrates both sci-fi and fantasy, we decided to have a little fun with our theme this year and melded the two genres. We are commemorating the 70th anniversary of not only Westercon, but also of the crash landing of a UFO (or a military surveillance balloon) in Roswell, New Mexico on July 8th, 1947. We suggest that the stranded aliens wrangled a horde of frisky jackalopes and rode northwest to Tempe, Arizona. Those silly, pesky aliens and jackalopes alike may well make an appearance at Westercon!

Presenting Our Guests of Honor

Please visit our Guests of Honor page for more detailed information on each guest.

Quick News Blurbs

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Welcome to the brand new Westercon 70 website! Our Webmistress Diane Shreve has worked hard to construct a user friendly and modern website that will be home to everything you will need to know for our upcoming convention. The website is still a work in progress and new pages, features, guests, and announcements will be added frequently, so definitely be sure to give us a browse when you can!.

Westercon 70 At Westercon 69: Portland

The Chair, Dee Astell, Vice Chair Hal Astell and Treasurer Kevin McAlonan recently attended Westercon 69 in Portland. ConAlope – Westercon 70 – hosted a few rambunctious and very successful room parties to get everyone pumped for the upcoming year. Thank you so much to everyone who stopped by to meet us and say hello! We are very excited for Westercon 70 now that we are officially less than a year away!


Westercon 70 is pleased to announce our Author Guest of Honor: Connie Willis. Connie is one of the most successful science fiction writers in history. She has won eleven Hugos (including three for Best Novel) and seven Nebulas, among many others; she has been recognised by the Science Fiction Writers of America as their 28th Grand Master and was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2009.


ConAlope, Westercon 70, LepreCon 43 will be held at the Tempe Mission Palms hotel in Tempe, Arizona. The ability to make your room reservation is NOW LIVE! Our hotel liason has done a wonderful job securing the same room rates from Westercon 62 in 2009 at $109 per night (plus taxes). Please visit our Hotel page for very important information regarding booking fees, the link to make a reservation online, and an address if you’re old school and would prefer to pay via check.

Memberships Now Available To Purchase Online!

While memberships could be purchased directly through our heads of staff and at various public events we have attended, we are pleased to announce that we have officially opened up online sales for memberships! Go ahead and get yours today! Prices will increase after the end of the year.

Westercon 70 Is Officially Less Than A Year Away!

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Westercon 70 has proudly partnered with long running Arizona science fiction and fantasy convention, LepreCon. ConAlope – Westercon 70 – is also LepreCon 43. LepreCon has a special focus on art, so we will be continuing that tradition. We will also be the site of the gaming event ConFlagration and will have a dedicated area for digital, board, and tabletop gamers alike.

Interested in becoming a sponsor? We are accepting both business and personal sponsors. Sponsor funds help us bring out unique guests and go directly towards building the convention into an even grander experience for all attendees! Please send an email with all of your contact details to for more information.

Tempe Mission Palms
50 E 5th St., Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 894-1400
3.5 Miles From Sky Harbor Airport Heart Of Downtown Tempe