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NEWS

  • Aug 24, 2013 - added a new page with maps and navigation information for the convention site.
  • Aug 23, 2013 - expanded the travel and parking pages.
  • Aug 22, 2013 - you can now access program and other convention information from our mobile applications.
  • Aug 21, 2013 - Press Release #32: LoneStarCon 3 Thanks Publishers for Supporting Public Libraries in San Antonio.
  • Aug 20, 2013 - our interactive program guide is now online, with details of all 945 program items!
  • Aug 20, 2013 - the Pocket Program can now be downloaded in PDF format from the publications page.
  • Aug 20, 2013 - Press Release #31: LoneStarCon 3 Partners with Ustream to Broadcast 2013 Hugo Award Ceremony.
  • Aug 19, 2013 - our Restaurant Guide can now be downloaded from the publications page.
  • Aug 13, 2013 - the overall convention schedule is now available including service hours and program highlights.
  • Aug 12, 2013 - Progress Report 5 is now available.
  • Aug 12, 2013 - there will be a ghost walking tour of San Antonio on the evening of Thursday, August 29.
  • Aug 12, 2013 - our animation program will be showing a wide range of anime and cartoons.
  • Aug 8, 2013 - published initial agenda and materials for the WSFS Business Meeting.
  • Aug 7, 2013 - Press Release #29: LoneStarCon 3 to Feature Author Jay Lake with Film Premiere and Special Exhibit.
  • Aug 1, 2013 - every day is special with our Theme Days in the Exhibit Hall.
  • Aug 1, 2013 - John Hertz will be leading book discussion groups on The Glass Bead Game, Vintage Season, and The Dying Earth. Read them, and then join in!
Artist Showcase - Cindy Emmons

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From Krazy Kat to Schrodinger's Cat, felines have always been part of science fiction. So when my Sock Cats started mewling about wanting to go to a con, I figured that they were anthropomorphic enough to fit in. However, it wasn't until I started to research the history of socks that I realized how well they fit.

Holy Steampunk! Socks were right there at the start of the Industrial Revolution. Mechanized hosiery-making was the first target of the Luddite Revolt, and I could envision Ol' Ned Ludd playing Whac-A-Cat as they popped out of the knitting machines. Later, Victorian textile manufacturing remained at the heart of both progress and misery. It's unfortunate that Henry Mayhew never saw fit to interview a Sock Cat because their insights would have been invaluable.

In our time, the Sock Cats have not only maintained their curiosity and knack for survival, they have maintained their sense of fun. They consider themselves to be High Stitchpunk, cheering loudly for #9 and exploring with the dolls of the Brothers Quay.

Right now, the Sock Cats are demanding better chairs and point to Barbie's furniture as an example of what they'd like. I remind them that if it were not for old-fashioned DIY, they would all be stuffed with someone's feet. That shuts them up. For a while.


Artwork: Sock Cats