“As a panelist, I was (as always) impressed by the interest and knowledge of the audience, or should I call them fellow participants. If only my students had been as involved when I was a college teacher.” ~Via anonymous contact form


“My Dealers’ Room and Panel experiences were great in every way. Met a lot of interesting people and had a really good time.” ~Via anonymous contact form

Total fun

“As always, total fun. I wish I’d gotten to more panels, but everything I went to was awesome. Great concerts, great panels, great parties!” ~Via anonymous contact form


“I enjoyed myself thoroughly, in large part because of the welcome nature of most everyone in general and Karen, Kevin, and Lara in particular.” ~ Via anonymous contact form


“I am amazed at the high quality of Confluence! The two cons I know through personal experience are World Fantasy and Confluence. Although World Fantasy is larger, the difference is only one of physical size; it’s clear to me that the same kind of care, thought, planning, energy, and love...

Busy & fun

“Confluence was busy, busy, busy, and as fun as always.”  ~Brea Ludwigson


” . . . an aspect that impressed me about Confluence was the overall friendliness and organization. On Friday afternoon, after I had settled in my hotel room and went downstairs to the main floor, I met Kevin, who recognized me on sight and gave me a fast tour of the...
Guest of Honor: Joan Slonczewski

Two of Joan Slonczewski's books won the Campbell Award for Best Science Fiction Novel: The Highest Frontier, and A Door into Ocean.

Besides writing books, Joan teaches microbiology at Kenyon College, authoring with John Foster the textbook Microbiology: An Evolving Science. She contributes to the nation’s economy by employing students to conduct research on bacteria in extreme acid or base, like the stomach or pancreas respectively. For arts and humanities majors she teaches the notorious course Biology in Science Fiction.
Featured Filk Guest: Brooke Abbey

Brooke Abbey (formerly Lunderville) is a banjo & banjola playing pharmacist from Canada. She writes extremely serious songs about giant squid, antihistamines, and LiveJournal - she won the 2009 Pegasus Award for Best Filk Song for her most serious song ever, The Wreck of the Crash of the Easthill Mining Disaster.

Brooke performs with alarming boisterousness, which she assures you is probably a real word; has a medical condition that prevents her from wearing matching socks; and is probably the one taking a nap on the floor in the corner of the filk room over there. Please don't steal her blankie. You can check out her music at, including her studio album "Brooke vs. John: Steel Cage Match."
Confluence Code of Conduct

This policy applies to interactions between attendees of Confluence, the Annual Pittsburgh Science Fiction Conference, and between those attendees and all other persons on the convention site during the event, including the hotel staff and non-attending guests of the hotel.

Be respectful and courteous towards others. We expect you to understand that you need to ask before you touch someone who might object and that no means no. Costumes are not an invitation for harassment. Harassment of any kind, from intimidation to illegal behavior, will not be tolerated. We also expect you to refrain from other types of illegal, destructive, and hazardous conduct.

If you feel you are being harassed, please let the Confluence convention chair, another Confluence committee member, or a member of the Dorsai Irregulars (convention security) know. Confluence staff members all wear lavender laminated badges marked “Staff” and members of the Dorsai Irregulars wear salmon-colored badges marked “Security”. You will be treated with respect and your concerns will be taken seriously. The names of all people involved will be kept confidential to the extent possible, but any accused has the right to know enough detail to be able to defend him- or herself. (Continued here: Full text of Confluence Code of Conduct)
Located at the birthplace of the Ohio River, Confluence is Pittsburgh's longest-running literary conference with a strong focus on science fiction, fantasy and horror.

Award-winning authors, editors, artists and song-writers gather for three full days, holding panel discussions, concerts and talks that will broaden and deepen your appreciation of your favorite genres. Welcoming and personal, Confluence gives the attendees a unique opportunity to meet and chat with the writers and artists who create the SF/F/H culture today, and are shaping the movement of science fiction and fantasy in the future.

When you need to get up and explore, we also offer a wide variety of activities including musical filk concerts, an exciting dealers room, morning-to-night video track, science programming, art shows, poetry readings, writing workshops, art demos, and Saturday night entertainment.

We look forward to seeing you there!