Ad Astra Information

July 13-15th, 2018

Our History

Since 1980

ConYearDateGuestsLocationChair(s)
I1980June 13-15James Hogan, Steve SimmonsRamada Inn Downtown, TorontoGreg Hagglund
II1982June 11-13Jerry Pournelle, Ro Lutz-NageyCara Inn, MississaugaMike Wallis
III1983Sept. 23-25Ben Bova, Ken FletcherCara Inn, MississaugaMike Wallis
IV1984June 8-10Dean Ing, David C. Onley, Bob PassavoyHoward Johnson Airport Hotel, EtobicokeMike Wallis
V1985June 7-9David Brin, Vonda McIntyre, Mike GlyerHoward Johnson Airport Hotel, EtobicokeLeslie Dickson
VI1986June 13-15Steven Brust, Roger Zelazny, Frank Kelly FreasHoward Johnson Airport Hotel, EtobicokeMike Wallis
7 (1)1987June 12-14C.J. Cherryh, Elisabeth Vonarburg, Diana Gallagher WuHoliday Inn Airport Hotel, TorontoMike Wallis
81988June 10-12Orson Scott Card, R.A. MacAvoy, Fran Skene, TaralHoliday Inn Airport Hotel, TorontoMike Wallis
91989June 9-11John Varley, Kerry O?QuinnRegal Constellation Hotel, TorontoIan Wilson
101990June 8-10Terry Pratchett, Frank Kelly Freas, Larry StewartHoward Johnson Airport Hotel, TorontoIan Wilson
111991June 7-9Barbara Hambly, George Alec Effinger, Bob EggletonHoliday Inn Airport Hotel, TorontoKaren Wehrstein
121992June 5-7Katherine Kurtz, Lois McMaster Bujold, Jan Howard FinderSheraton Toronto East Hotel & Towers, TorontoKaren Wehrstein
131993June 4-6Frederik Pohl, Dave Duncan, Robin WoodSheraton Toronto East Hotel & Towers, TorontoLloyd Penney
141994June 17-19L.Sprague deCamp, Catherine Crook deCamp, Diane Duane, Peter Morwood, George Alec EffingerSheraton Toronto East Hotel & Towers, TorontoLloyd Penney
151995June 16-18Roger Zelazny, A.C. Crispin, Shawna McCarthy, Wayne Barlowe, Kim Newman, Stephen Jones, Michael Copabianco, Ellen DatlowHoliday Inn Yorkdale, TorontoSteve Wilson
161996June 7-9Larry Niven, James P. Hogan, Philip Pullman, Robert J. Sawyer, Kathryn CramerDays Inn Airport, MississaugaSteve Wilson
XVII1997June 13-15Steven Brust, Tim Powers, John CluteDays Inn Airport, MississaugaSteve Wilson
18 / ?981998June 5-7Josepha Sherman, Tanya Huff, Keith & Gary ArseneauRadisson Hotel Toronto East Don Valley, TorontoMichael Green
20002000Feb. 18-20Nancy Kress, Charles de Lint, Christopher Stasheff, Scott Edelman, Lloyd and Yvonne PenneyBest Western Primrose Hotel, TorontoIan Wilson, Morgan Birch
20012001Feb. 23-25Connie Willis, David G. Hartwell, Rick Green, Robert J. Sawyer, Urban TapestryHoliday Inn Don Valley Toronto East, TorontoMichael Green, Mary-Ellen Casciato
20022002Feb. 8-10Guy Gavriel Kay, John Howe, Julie E. Czerneda, Ted NaismithColony Hotel, TorontoMichael Green, Mary-Ellen Casciato
XXII (2)2003March 21-23David Brin, Tanya Huff, Robert Gould, Brian FroudColony Hotel, TorontoMichael Green, Mary-Ellen Casciato
2004 (2)2004April 2-4C.J. Cherryh, Robert Charles Wilson, Don Bassingthwaite, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Mark Askwith, Gord RoseCrown Plaza Don Valley Hotel, TorontoAmanda Foubister
XXIV2005April 8-10Nalo Hopkinson, Don Hutchinson, Tom Smith, Charles Vess, Peter WattsDays Inn Airport East, TorontoDoug Ward, Peter Sprokkelenburg
252006March 31 -April 2Kelley Armstrong, Terry Brooks, Peter David, Ed Greenwood, Betsy Mitchell, Martin Springett, David WarrenCrowne Plaza Toronto Don Valley HotelDoug Ward, Peter Sprokkelenburg
262007March 2-4Ed Beard Jr., Cory Doctorow, Phyllis Gotlieb, Stephen Jones, Lee Knight, Chris KnightCrowne Plaza Toronto Don Valley HotelFrancois van Heerden
272008March 28-30Yvonne Gilbert, Howard Tayler, Christopher Golden, Rebecca Moesta, Kevin J. Anderson, Dr. Shelley Rabinovitch, Glen Loates, Wayne BrownCrowne Plaza Toronto Don Valley HotelFrancois van Heerden, Peter Sprokkelenburg, Mike McDougall
282009March 27-29Melyssa Ade, Nigel Bennett, Kent Burles, David Drake, Joanne Ellen Hansen, Tamora Pierce, Timothy ZahnCrowne Plaza Toronto Don Valley HotelLee Knight, Amy De Ruyte
292010April 9-11Aaron Allston, Todd McCaffrey, Robert J. Sawyer, Eric Flint, Robert Pincombe, Kate Hewlett, Cathy Palmer-Lister, Thea Munster, Heather Dale, NerdgasmToronto Don Valley HotelLee Knight, Amy De Ruyte
302011April 8-10Mercedes Lackey, Larry Dixon, Ben Bova, Kathryn Cramer, Julie Czerneda, Ellen Datlow, Dave Duncan, Scott Edelman, Eric Flint, Ed Greenwood, David G. Hartwell, Tanya Huff, Don Hutchison, Stephen Jones, Guy Gavriel Kay, Todd McCaffrey, Shawna McCarthy, Tamora Pierce, Howard Tayler, Elisabeth Vonarburg, Peter WattsToronto Don Valley HotelMary-Ellen McAlonen, Doug Ward
312012April 13-15Harry Turtledove, Lesley Livingston, Shelly Shapiro, Joe Jusko, Peter HalaszMarkham Holiday InnMary-Ellen McAlonen
322013April 5-7Ben Bova, Jim Butcher, Scott Caple, Stephen Hunt, Cris MachtMarkham Holiday InnAlana Otis-Wood, Evelyn Baker
332014April 4-6David Weber, Steven Erikson, Anne Groell, Patricia Briggs, Donato Giancola, Mark TownsendSheraton Parkway NorthAlana Otis-Wood, Paul Roberts
342015April 10-12Anne Bishop, Charles de Lint, MaryAnn Harris, Denis McGrath, Monica PachecoSheraton Parkway NorthAlana Otis-Wood, Paul Roberts
352016April 29 ?May 1Catherine Asaro, Tom Doherty, Sandra Kasturi, Brett Savory, Jack WhyteSheraton Parkway NorthPaul Roberts, Kris Webb
362017May 5-7Eric Choi, Kristen Britain, Brandon Sanderson, SM StirlingSheraton Parkway NorthMary-Ellen McAlonen

Starting in 1980, Ad Astra is now the longest-running not-for-profit, volunteer-run, weekend-long, science fiction, fantasy event in Ontario.

We’ve archived some web pages from previous years:

2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 

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Notes: (1) — Ad Astra 7 was also Convention 7. ((2) — Ad Astra XXII (2003) and 2004 were combined with Orion, a gaming convention.

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