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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!
Press Release #28


LoneStarCon 3, The 71st World Science Fiction Convention
San Antonio, Texas
August 29 - September 2, 2013

Postal queries to: P.O. Box 27277, Austin, TX 78755


Monday, July 29, 2013

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - LoneStarCon 3, the 71st World Science Fiction Convention ("Worldcon"), is pleased to invite convention members to join a unique guided tour commemorating the life and work of author Robert E. Howard.

This special day-long event will take place on Wednesday, August 28. A chartered bus will take participants on a tour of Robert E. Howard's home town haunts, including a visit to the Robert E. Howard House and Museum in Cross Plains. The tour will be led by Robert E. Howard experts Mark Finn and Rusty Burke, and will offer a rare chance to see Texas through the eyes of this legendary author. Places on the tour are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost is $50, and places and may be booked through the LoneStarCon 3 website at

LoneStarCon 3 will also be featuring a special exhibit on Robert E. Howard, giving all members a chance to see artifacts drawn from the museum's collection, and from the Cross Plains Library. Other contributors to this unique exhibit include Dark Horse Comics (publishers of several REH comics titles), Paradox Entertainment (the rights holders of the Robert E. Howard literary estate) and several private collectors. Much of this material has never been seen before, and will be on display only for the duration of LoneStarCon 3. In addition, several noted experts will be on hand to talk about the items on display, and to answer your questions about the Robert E. Howard House, Howard Days, and more.

For more information, please see or write to


Robert E. Howard (1906-1936) is the father of modern sword and sorcery, sometimes referred to as heroic fantasy. His characters, Conan the Cimmerian, King Kull, Solomon Kane, Bran Mak Morn, Francis X. Gordon, Sailor Steve Costigan, Breckinridge Elkins, and many others, were published in "Weird Tales" and other pulp magazines during the 1920's and 1930's. Howard was also a gifted poet, and his most famous prose and poetry was published during the golden age of "Weird Tales" magazine. Howard was amazingly prolific, writing over 300 short stories and novellas and over 700 poems in a career that stretched a little more than ten years.


Founded in 1939, the World Science Fiction Convention is one of the largest international gatherings of authors, artists, editors, publishers, and fans of science fiction and fantasy. The annual Hugo Awards, the leading award for excellence in the fields of science fiction and fantasy, are voted on by Worldcon membership and presented during the convention.

LoneStarCon 3 is sponsored by ALAMO, Inc., (Alamo Literary Arts Maintenance Organization), a 501(c)(3) organization. For information about memberships or hotel accommodation, please visit our website at Please send press questions, or requests to be removed from the LoneStarCon 3 press release mailing list, to, and send general queries to

"World Science Fiction Society," "WSFS," "World Science Fiction Convention," "Worldcon," "NASFiC," "Hugo Award," and the distinctive design of the Hugo Award Rocket are service marks of the World Science Fiction Society, an unincorporated literary society.