New Dates! July 30 - August 2, 2021
The Mythic, the Fantastic, and the Alien
July 30 - August 2, 2021
Registration is now open.
Announcement: Due to quarantines and health concerns, the Council of Stewards has decided to postpone Mythcon 51 until summer of 2021; the date will be July 30-August 2, 2021. Our venue and Guests of Honor have all agreed to this change and the conference theme will remain the same. Your membership will automatically "roll over" to next year but if you cannot attend next year, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and request a refund of your Mythcon 51 membership. For those who paid the non-member prices, your membership in the Mythopoeic Society associated with joining the conference will be extended by a year. Thank you for understanding!
Theme: The Mythic, the Fantastic, and the Alien
This year’s Mythcon theme provides multiple opportunities to explore the Other in fantasy and mythopoeic literature. Tolkien spoke in “On Fairy-stories” of “the desire to visit, free as a fish, the deep sea; or the longing for the noiseless, gracious, economical flight of a bird.” We invite discussion about the types of fantasy that are more likely to put us into contact with the alien, such as time portal fantasy and space travel fantasy. In addition to Inklings, some writers who deal particularly well with the truly alien who might be explored include Lovecraft, Gaiman, Le Guin, Tepper, and others. Other topics that might be fruitfully explored are: depictions of the alien Other in film and television (Contact, Arrival, HBO’s Watchmen, etc.); developing constructed languages that are truly different from those of Earth-based humans; fantastical Others in indigenous myths (such as Coyote and Spider Woman from Native American mythology); and American folklore about the alien (flying saucers, alien abduction, Area 51, Roswell).
Guests of Honor
Rivera Sun - Author Guest of HonorRivera Sun is a change-maker, a cultural creative, a protest novelist, and an advocate for nonviolence and social justice. She is the author of The Dandelion Insurrection, The Roots of Resistance, and other novels. Her young adult fantasy series, the Ari Ara Series, has been widely acclaimed by teachers, parents, and peace activists for its blending of fantasy and adventure with social justice issues. Going beyond dragon-slayers and sword-swingers, heroes and sheroes in Ari Ara’s world stop wars and wage peace. They use active nonviolence to make powerful change. In all her works, Rivera Sun advocates that if we want to build a culture of peace, we have to tell new stories that still appreciate, but go beyond the old myths, epics, and legends that rehash outdated war and violence narratives. The Way Between, the first book in the Ari Ara Series, has been read by numerous groups of all ages, while the second book in the series, The Lost Heir, has been nominated for the 2020 Dayton Peace Literature Prize.
Rivera Sun’s essays have been published in hundreds of journals nationwide. She is a frequent speaker and presenter at schools, colleges and universities, where The Dandelion Insurrection has been taught in literature and political science courses. Rivera Sun is also the editor of Nonviolence News, an activist, and a trainer in making change with nonviolence. Her essays and writings are syndicated by Peace Voice and have appeared in journals nationwide. She lives in an Earthship house in New Mexico.
David Bratman - Scholar Guest of HonorDavid Bratman is has been reading Tolkien for over fifty years, and has been writing Tolkien scholarship for nearly as long. His earliest contribution to the field was the first-ever published Tale of Years for the First Age, right after The Silmarillion was published. Since then he’s published articles with titles like “Top Ten Rejected Plot Twists from The Lord of the Rings,” “Hobbit Names Aren’t from Kentucky,” and “Liquid Tolkien” (on Tolkien and music). He’s been co-editor of Tolkien Studies: An Annual Scholarly Review since 2013, and has written or edited its annual “Year’s Work in Tolkien Studies” since 2004. David edited The Masques of Amen House by Charles Williams and contributed the bio-bibliographical appendix on the Inklings to Diana Pavlac Glyer’s The Company They Keep. He has also written on C.S. Lewis, Ursula Le Guin, Mervyn Peake, Neil Gaiman, and others. For the Mythopoeic Society he was editor of the monthly bulletin Mythprint for fifteen years, and has worked on many Mythopoeic Conferences, including serving twice as chair. He’s a retired academic librarian and an active classical music reviewer who lives with his wife, Berni (a soprano and violinist), and two cats in a house they call Minnipin Cottage.
LocationPlease join us at the Ramada Plaza Hotel by Wyndham in Albuquerque, New Mexico, for Mythcon 51. Albuquerque is a wonderful “destination city” where Mythcon has been held only once before in 2011 (Mythcon 42) and is well worth the return.
AccommodationsThis year, make your own room reservations directly through the Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Albuquerque Midtown in one of two ways:
— by calling 1-866-650-4900 (toll free) or 505-884-2511 (direct local number) and referencing “Mythcon 51” to get our special rates.
— by making your reservations online through the hotel’s logo below.
Regular room rates will be $83 + 13.875% tax per night for single or double occupancy ($93 + 13.875% tax per night for triple and $103 + 13.875% tax per night for quad occupancy).
Upgraded rooms at higher rates are also available. These rates are available 3 days before and after the event.
DEADLINE for reserving rooms is July 10, 2021.
All rooms are non-smoking and include a full hot breakfast buffet each morning, free drinks from the bar each evening, free wi-fi in rooms and public areas, free parking, free shuttle to/from the airport and popular tourist sites, and refrigerators and microwaves in most rooms. The hotel also features a full-service restaurant and bar on site, room service until 10:00 pm, indoor pool, jetted hot tub, fitness center, business center, gift shop, and game room.
MealsBreakfast — The hotel provides a free full, hot breakfast to all its guests.
Lunch — Lunches will be “on your own,” but the hotel has a full restaurant on site and there are several other restaurant options within easy walking distance.
Dinners — Since Mythies (Mythcon attendees) traditionally enjoy lively conversation with each other shared over meals, this year’s Meals Package includes dinners Friday and Saturday as well as our Sunday banquet; prices will be confirmed soon.