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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!

Worldcon programs are large and diverse, and include lectures, debates, workshops, and of course a multitude of panel discussions. LoneStarCon 3's program is no exception and includes no less than 945 distinct items over five days, with over a dozen tracks running in parallel at any moment in time.

Program Schedule

The full schedule for the convention is now available and can be accessed in two ways.

  • The Pocket Program, which all attending members will receive in printed form when they arrive and register at the convention, can be downloaded in PDF format from the publications page.

  • The schedule is also available through our interactive program guide. This guide includes a full copy of the program, which can be browsed by item day and time, location, or participant. The guide is linked to our program database so it will also be updated automatically to reflect any last minute program changes.

Who's Appearing?

Worldcons typically feature around 500 program participants. You can find the full list of confirmed participants on our Also Appearing page.

Update for Participants

All program participant schedule confirmations have been issued as of Friday, July 26. We have also been contacting program volunteers who unfortunately could not be accommodated on program this year. If you have not heard from us, and would like to confirm your status, please contact us at

Program Areas

Our program will include all of the following areas: follow the links (where available) for more detailed articles.

In addition look out for the following special events:


Participation Programming and Activities

Alongside our traditional programming, we are also delighted to offer some more interactive programming and activities. (Note that most of these activities are open while a few such as the Writers' Workshops will require preparation or pre-registration).

For Younger Fans

Our support for younger fans comes in two parts. For children up to 12, we will be providing professional childcare. For 6-12 year olds we also have a fan-run children's programming stream, Rangernauts. We are delighted that this stream will be run by James Bacon and Alissa McKersie who also ran the very successful children's programs at Renovation and Chicon 7.

Get Involved

A good Worldcon program is a tough but awesome project to undertake. If you want to help behind the scenes, we are always looking for more staff. You can e-mail us at Please give a brief resume of your experience -- it doesn't have to be Worldcon experience -- and what areas interest you.

Any Questions?

Still have questions? We've answered some of the more common ones on this page of Frequently Asked Questions.