Welcome to Westercon 70

Welcome to Westercon 70! We are proud to host the most prestigious regional science fiction and fantasy convention on the west coast on its 70th anniversary. As our sponsoring body is Leprecon, Inc., which mounts a LepreCon in Arizona annually, we have decided to combine the two in 2017; Westercon 70 will also be LepreCon 43.

LepreCon’s special focus is on art, so we will be continuing that tradition, with our artist GoHs given top billing and a strong art show. As LepreCon also names its gaming track CONflagration, after a former standalone gaming convention, we’re keeping that tradition too, dedicating the entire Abbey room to gaming under the CONflagration banner.

We are officially branding our 2017 event ConAlope. We are commemorating the 70th anniversary not only of Westercon but also of the crash landing of a UFO (or a military surveillance balloon) in Roswell, NM on July 8th, 1947. We suggest that the stranded aliens wrangled a horde of frisky jackalopes and rode northwest to Tempe. They may well make an appearance at Westercon!

Here are some key contact e-mails you may need: Chair | Info Desk | Programming | Hotel Liaison | Dealers’ Room | Art Show

For our full staff and contact details, please visit our Staff List and Contacts page.

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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Westercon 72 Bids

Our Site Selection Coordinator, Ben Yalow, has notified us that, as of the April 15, 2017 filing deadline, one bid has been filed to host the 2019 West Coast Science Fantasy Conference.

Utah for 2019 is a bid to host Westercon 72 at the Hilton Garden Inn and Davis Conference Center in Layton, Utah (approximately 25 mi/40 km north of downtown Salt Lake City) over the weekend of July 3rd to July 7th, 2019.

Members of Westercon 70 will vote this summer to choose the site of Westercon 72. We will issue the site selection ballot soon. All attending and supporting members of Westercon 70 may vote in the site selection election.


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.


Westercon 70 will be held at the Tempe Mission Palms hotel in Tempe, AZ. The ability to make your room reservation is NOW LIVE! Room rates are locked in at the same cost as when we hosted Westercon 62 in 2009; that’s $109 per night (plus taxes). Please visit our Hotel page for very important information regarding booking fees and the link to make a reservation online.

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 be higher on the door.

Westercon 70 Is Officially Less Than A Year Away!

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Westercon 70 is very thankful to its sponsors for enabling us to run a convention with such a strong guest list.

We thank Leprecon, Inc. for being our sponsoring body and LepreCon 44 for sponsoring our Special Artist GoH, Larry Elmore; the WesternSFA (the Western Science Fiction Association) for sponsoring our Author GoH, Connie Willis; the United Federation of Phoenix for sponsoring our Special Media GoHs, John and Bjo Trimble; and the Phoenix Filk Circle for sponsoring our Filk GoH, Tim Griffin.

We thank Baen Books for sponsoring our Ice Cream Social, DAW Books for sponsoring our Swag Bags and donating books and Del Rey Books for also donating books.

We thank the Arizona Office of Tourism for providing maps and visitors guides.

We also thank CASFS (the Central Arizona Speculative Fiction Society) for sponsoring our candy dishes, the Arizona Penny Dreadfuls for sponsoring art and craft supplies and Apocalypse Later Press for donating an ISBN for the Program Guide.

If you have any interest in becoming a sponsor, please reach out to our Sponsorship Coordinator at support@westercon70.org, whether you’re a business or an individual. Sponsorships are how we can bring out our guests and build our convention into something special.

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