• Due to a family emergency, Tamora Pierce will be unable to attend Chessiecon 2016. She sends her regrets and is looking forward to seeing all her fans again next year,
  • The Girl Scouts will be selling cookies at Chessiecon on Saturday, Nov. 26! Come get your Thin Mint fix.
  • Congratulations to Fred Blonder! His first published short story, "The First Law", appears in the anthology Heart of Farkness.
  • Chessiecon needs volunteers! See our Volunteers page to find out how you can help.
  • Get involved! Make your ideas for a better convention count! Attend TSFS and Chessiecon planning meetings. See the Chessiecon/TSFS calendar.
  • Congratulations to Sarah Pinsker for her Nebula Award for her novelette Our Lady of the Open Road!
  • Get in on the fun! Enter the Turkey Awards contest. Go to the Turkey Awards page for the rules and to read last year's "winners" for inspiration!
  • Please read our Code of Conduct and Accessibility Policy.


Register for 2016

Nov. 15At Door
Young Adult
Children under 12 are always free.

Contact Us

TSFS, Inc.
PO Box 83032
Gaithersburg, MD 20883-3032

Sarah PinskerGuest of Honor

Sarah Pinsker is the author of the novelette "In Joy, Knowing the Abyss Behind," the 2014 Sturgeon Award winner and a 2013 Nebula finalist. Her story "A Stretch of Highway Two Lanes Wide" was a 2014 Nebula finalist, and another story, "No Lonely Seafarer," made the 2014 Tiptree Award longlist. Her fiction has been published in magazines including Asimov's, Strange Horizons, Lightspeed (including the Women Destroy Science Fiction and Queers Destroy Science Fiction special issues), Fantasy & Science Fiction, Uncanny, Daily Science Fiction, the Journal of Unlikely Cartography, and Fireside, and in anthologies including Accessing the Future: A Disability Themed Anthology of Speculative Fiction, How to Live On Other Planets: A Handbook for Aspiring Aliens, Long Hidden, Fierce Family, and The Future Embodied. Her stories have been translated into Chinese, Spanish, and Galician. She co-hosts the Baltimore Science Fiction Society's Dangerous Voices Variety Hour, a reading series/quiz show. She is also a singer/songwriter with three albums on various independent labels: (Charmed, disappear records; Wingspan, Reinventing Records; This is Your Signal, The Beechfields, with the Stalking Horses) and a fourth forthcoming. She and her wife live in Baltimore, Maryland and she can be found online at sarahpinsker.com and twitter.com/sarahpinsker.

Tabitha LadinArt Guest of Honor

Tabitha Ladin grew up in Maine and began her life as an artist at a very early age. From her early years she has loved drawing and painting animals both real and imagined. She still has drawings done when she was four years old that she occasionally pulls out for giggles.

Tabitha went to The Art Center of Tucson in Arizona to learn Graphic Design and Computer Graphic Design. After some freelance work, she moved to the Los Angeles area in California and worked as a colorist and later a color editor for Malibu Comics. After about a year she moved back to Arizona and worked as an interface designer for a major financial software company and later joined the marketing department to create designs for catalogues, brochures, flyers, packaging etc. She worked there for about eight years before her position was eliminated and she decided to care for her children full time.

In 2009 when her children weren’t so little Tabitha decided to return to her true passion; fantasy and nature art. Working in acrylic paints she strives to bring to life in brilliant color all the fantastic creatures that reside in her imagination. She sends her fantasy and science fiction art to various fantasy and science fiction convention art shows around the country. She has also published a line of 6 fantasy themed coloring books on Amazon.com.

Tabitha can be found online at http://www.tabithaLadin.com.

S.J. TuckerMusic Guest of Honor

S. J. Tucker came flying out of the Memphis music scene in 2004, guitar in hand and voice at the ready, and her feet have hardly hit the ground since. With a siren’s voice and a mental blowtorch made of masterful lyrical storytelling and style, she deftly binds together the varied elements of jazz, folk, and fairytales. No two of her concerts are the same, but S. J.'s skill, stage presence and desire for connection with her audience, consistently shine through. Listeners and critics compare her guitar work to that of Emily Saliers, her vocal delivery to KT Tunstall and Joni Mitchell. The body of her recorded work spans more than ten years and features frequent guest performances by Heather Dale, Betsy Tinney, Ben Deschamps, Alexander James Adams, and Renee Janski. S. J. often travels solo, but is happiest when sharing concerts with her 3-piece folk fusion band, Tricky Pixie. She’ll be on the road in 2016, as ever, but when she isn’t traveling, she lives with a very handsome wizard and three equally handsome cats, in a thoroughly enchanted forest, at the feet of the Arkansas Ozarks. Listen for free and join the fan family at http://sjtucker.com

Elizabeth SchechterSpecial Guests


Elizabeth Schechter has been called one of the top erotica and alternative sexuality writers in the world. Her writing credits include the award-winning steampunk erotic romance House of Sable Locks, the science fiction BDSM duology Tales from the Arena, and the Celtic fantasy Princes of Air. Her shorter work has appeared in anthologies edited by D.L King (Carnal Machines), Laura Antoniou (No Safewords), and Cecilia Tan (Jingle Balls; Like a Prince). Elizabeth Schechter was born in New York at some point in the past. She is officially old enough to know better, but refuses to grow up. She lives in Central Florida with her husband and son, and a most accepting circle of friends who are both very amused and very proud of the pervy, fetish writer in their midst. Elizabeth can be found online at http://elizabethschechterwrites.com, or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Elizabeth.A.Schechter.

Betsy  Tinney

Betsy Tinney , recipient of the 2012 Pegasus Award for Best Performer, is a Northwest cellist known both for her graceful musicality and her broad versatility. She has performed and recorded with many different groups, from solo acoustic performers to large rock bands; her contributions to each are unique and, as she explains, “whatever the song wants.” Betsy also performs solo, using a combination of acoustic cello and electronic looper that creates an interwoven tapestry of sound. Her solo cello work has been called “captivating,” “mesmerizing,” and “a rich texture for the ear, reminiscent of dark chocolate and fine red wine.”

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