Join us for the 77th anniversary of the world's first and longest-running conference on science fiction, fantasy, and horror!

Started in 1936, Philcon features cutting-edge programming about literature, art, television, film, anime, comics, science, gaming, costuming and cosplay, music, and other topics of interest to fans of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror. We will also have many other attractions, such as our awesome Art Show and Auction; a Vendors' Room full of unique merchandise; a full slate of Children's/Family programming; our Writer's Workshop (featuring professional authors and editors); Concerts; the Time Traveler's Masquerade Ball, our Masquerade/Costume Competition, and more!

Principal Speaker

Allen Steele

Hugo Award winning author

Artist Guest of Honor

Charles Vess

World Fantasy Award winning artist

Fan Guest of Honor

Robert "Bob" Madle

First Fandom Hall of Fame Award winner

Musical Guest of Honor

The Heather Dale Band with S.J. Tucker

Pegasus Award winning musicians

Latest News

Announcing Principal Speaker Allen Steele

Philcon is pleased to announce that our Principal Speaker for 2013 will be bestselling SF author Allen Steele!

Allen M. Steele was born in Nashville, Tennessee, and is a prolific author of novels, short stories, and essays. His work has been translated into more than a dozen languages worldwide. Before he established himself as a science fiction author, he spent several years working as a journalist.

Steele began publishing short stories in 1988. Some of his early novels, such as "Orbital Decay" and "Lunar Descent" were about blue-collar workers working on future construction projects in space. Since 1992, he has focused more on stand-alone projects and short stories, although he has written several novels about interstellar exploration centered on the moon "Coyote".

He is a three-time Hugo award winner: first in 1996, for his novella "The Death of Captain Future", then in 1998 for his story "...Where Angels Fear to Tread," and again for best novella in 2011 for "The Emperor of Mars."


Rates for Philcon Memberships Increase July 1st!

Rates for Philcon adult memberships will increase from $40 to $45 at midnight on July 1, 2013 (the evening of June 30, 2013). Register by the end of the month to receive the lower membership rate!

Advertise in the Philcon Souvenir Program Book

The Ad Rate Card for the Philcon 2013 Souvenir Program Book and Pocket Program is now available. The deadline to reserve ad space is October 12, 2013.

Video: David Kyle Interview at Philcon 2012

Check out this video recorded at Philcon 2012 of an interview with our 2012 Fan Guest of Honor, David Kyle.


Friday Night LARP by Philadelphia Mind's Eye Society

We are happy to announce that The Philadelphia Mind's Eye Society will be running a LARP of "Vampire the Masquerade: The Search for Lady Julia" on Friday evening from 7 to 11pm in Plaza VI. 


Ten Things to Enjoy at Philcon

  1. Presentations by Hugo Award-winning author Allen Steele, and Will Eisner Comic Award-winning artist Charles Vess.
  2. A live performance by the Heather Dale Band with S.J Tucker.
  3. A diverse program, examining such topics as literature and publishing, art, mass media, popular culture, gaming, science, costuming and cosplay.
  4. Our track of anime programming, with sponsorship by our friends at Zenkaikon!
  5. Our Costume Ball, where you can dance the night away with other fans in your favorite fashions from your favorite era... real or imagined!
  6. Philcon's famous Masquerade, where costumers from all over present their creations for you.
  7. Two areas for open gaming, near the dealer's room and in the Gaming Suite upstairs, where you can enjoy your favorite war-games, board and card games, as well as RPGs, with other gamers.
  8. Meet with professional authors, artists and others from the worlds of science fiction, fantasy and horror.
  9. Find out about new writers, books, shows, movies, and events, and share your finds with other fans.
  10. A diverse track of children and family programming, where the young and young at heart can explore their inner creativity