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  • 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 - Philip Peterson


One of my brothers loaned me the book "The Secret of the Martian Moons" when I was in 4th grade, and I've been hooked on science fiction ever since. Less than a decade after that I hit my first convention (I believe it was Norwescon 3) and have been hanging out with weirdos of one flavor or another ever since.

I hesitate to call myself an artist since I stopped doing "real" art when a teacher offered to buy something I had drawn in 7th grade. Still, I have a "real" job using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop 50 or 60 hours a week, plus in my "spare" time I find myself at the business end of a camera quite often, trying to see the unseeable, then putting my vision into reality.

Sometimes pure photshoppery, other times massive projects involving hundreds of pounds of cement dust, cinnamon, lemon pepper, charcoal, dry ice, etc. I'll see a weird plant and it will spark an idea of creating alien worlds, or read about cryovolcanoes on Enceladus and get the urge to simulate that in my photo studio.

To translate to Texan, I suppose I might say I start with a photographic piņata and than smack it hard with my Photoshop club to see what comes spilling out.

Amongst my distinctions I'm proud to say that my work was the only photography that received a complaint at a photo exhibit at the University of Washington, and in a classic case of "large fish/small pond" I am a past winner of the Chess Journalists of America "Chess Photo of the year."

Stop me and say hi, I'll be the shy one with the camera!

Visit Philip Peterson at

Artwork: No Survivors