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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!
Masquerade - What's in a Theme?

By Jill Eastlake, LoneStarCon 3 Masquerade Director

This will be my second time directing the Worldcon Masquerade - and I couldn’t be happier about it! Let’s talk about themes, as I believe they aren’t done enough or presented enough.

This year’s theme is "Deep in the Heart of Texas". Yes, it’s corny, and it’s true. Many people simply will roll their eyes and say, "Why bother?" Here’s why.

Most of us realize that being science fiction and fantasy fans means that we're not normal. And, we are proud of it! Then, sometimes, we get hung up making things that really other people have invented already. We use patterns, copy published works, and occasionally make them our own. I’ve seen a huge number of wonderful re-creations and adaptations. Lets go a bit further and use those strange imaginations we are so proud about having.

Think about Deep in the Heart of Texas. Deep. Hearts. Texas. Here are a couple of my whacky thoughts that could lead to some strange and wonderful ideas.

I started typing "deep," but instead typed "Depp." Hmmm. What would Johnny Depp do that's incredibly creative and might have something to do with Texas? What would Captain Jack Sparrow do were he somehow in Texas? How would he land in the middle of the state, nowhere near the Gulf? How would he be in the Gulf, so shallow at the edges?

Hearts both in the abstract, see Valentine Hearts, or in the body, see pumping hearts. This could get sweet. It could get gory. Candy hearts. Beating hearts. Sacrificing hearts to the candy ghods?

Texas has a long tradition, and some rip-roaring good symbols. The lone star. The shape of the state. Western wear. 10-gallon hats. How about some aliens who saw Dallas, the TV series, and came here believing we’re all like that? Funky?

I’m into doing group entries. How about 71 aliens who are all somehow embedded in Texas? Well, that was odd.

So, are some of you crazy enough to enter the themed competition? I’d love to see where you go with this.

See y'all in the middle of Texas, real soon now.