Celebrating the Short Story in Science Fiction


Many thanks to everyone who helped to make Capclave 2001 a success. I hope we'll see all of you again next year.

No WSFA members, Capclave program participants, or hotel facilities were harmed by the terrorist attacks, the tornados, the solar flare, or the Nimda computer virus. Capclave will happen as scheduled. Here is the tenative program.

We do not have a membership ceiling, and it is not too late to register at the door (unless you're reading this after September 30th, the last day of the convention).


The Washington Science Fiction Association, the people who brought you Disclave,
proudly presents
 a new convention for a new millennium.

September 28-30, 2001
Sheraton College Park


Capclave Guests

Capclave's Guest of Honor is Gardner Dozois, the editor of Asimov's Science Fiction and The Year's Best Science Fiction. The winner of more Hugos than any mortal can count, Gardner is an inexhaustible fount of fannish wisdom and weird doings. This is your chance to talk with the 2001 Worldcon's GOH without all the crowds.

Our Ghost of Honor is Joseph Mayhew, Hugo-winning cartoonist, author, librarian, and fan. Joe's death last year robbed us all of his cartoons, tales of fan history, and continuous work for fandom. Capclave will have a tribute to Joe and provide a chance for people to share the many things they've learned from him.

Special Art Exhibit: Worlds of Wonder, an incredible collection of cover art and illustrations in the genres of fantasy and science ficton.

Capclave Activities

As a small con in our first year, we have chosen to focus on short stories in science fiction and fantasy. This means we will feature:

There are many things we may want to have someday but currently cannot provide in our small hotel (like a masquerade, babysitting, children's program, art show, or gaming.)


Capclave Programming

Since Capclave is a brand-new con we are free to try a different program structure. The Capclave program will emphasize short speculative fiction. Our Guest of Honor, Gardner Dozois, and other notable authors, editors, and fans of the short fiction form shall explore short fantasy and science fiction stories.

Some possible panel topics include: How authors put together characters, surroundings, and events and tell a tale in a few thousand words (or less); past masters of the short story; where are the short fiction markets and how to get your story published; writing for fun - fan fiction (fanfic); what authors can do in stories that they cannot in novels; the obligatory Buffy panel - is a Buffy episode more like a story or a chapter in a novel?; reactions to the 2001 Hugo choices; and some early picks for the 2002 short fiction Hugo Awards.

Program participants so far:


WSFA is putting on Capclave


Hotel Information

Capclave will be held at the Sheraton College Park, 4095 Powder Mill Road, Beltsville, MD 20705. All rooms, Single - Quad, are $89, plus tax (currently 10%). To make reservations, guests should go directly through the hotel at 301-937-4422 or through the central reservation office at 800-325-3535 on an individual basis. When you call identify yourself as a member of WSFA, group code ABR. Check in time is three and check out is noon.

The room block has been extended through Friday the 14th. Please make your reservations before then, identifying yourself as a member of WSFA, group code ABR.

We've been getting some reports from people being told that the block is sold out. It isn't. If you do have problems with the hotel please let Elspeth Kovar know.

The hotel has a shuttle which is free for guests needing to be picked up at the Greenbelt Metro Station or within five miles of the hotel. Please call the front desk at 301-937-4422 to make an appointment.



Party Information

Capclave is a social convention, so we hope many people will host parties in the evening. Please register your party with Elspeth Kovar, the Party Tzarina. You can do this ahead of time or at the convention. For blocking rooms together please contact Elspeth in advance.


Capclave Contest

The first 50 paid Capclave members who reserve a hotel room will be eligible for the Capclave Drawing. Grand prize: we pay the room cost for a night! First prize: Membership reimbursement and a Capclave T-shirt. Eight additional prizes will be awarded. 1/5 of the first 50 people will win something; you can't get *those* odds playing the lottery!


Capclave Staff

Inside my head?  Science Fiction


NASA Presentation

Capclave is pleased to feature a presentation by NASA scientists with the latest rocket and space station news, pictures from outer space, and plans for future exploration.


So how can you get in on all the fun? Pre-registration is closed. You can register for $35 at the door for all weekend. Or you can get a single-day membership for $15 on Friday, $25 on Saturday, or $10 on Sunday. Please consider volunteering; cons are always more fun when everyone participates. For more information about Capclave and WSFA visit us online at

There is now a room-sharing/ride-sharing board. Email your room-sharing or ride-sharing message to, and I will post it to the board within 24 hours.

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Capclave 2001
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Capclave 2001
Celebrating the Short Story in Science Fiction
From WSFA, the people who brought you Disclave
Guest of Honor: Gardner Dozois
Ghost of Honor: Joseph Mayhew
September 28-30, 2001
Sheraton College Park, Beltsville, MD
Registration: $30 through August 15th.
$35 at the door.


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This page was created 11 May, 2001. This page was last updated 6 October, 2001

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