Exhibits covers a number of activities which will be hosted in and around Exhibit Hall A which is located at street level in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

Theme Days in the Exhibit Hall

"Exhibits" can sound like something you just stand in front of and look at. But don't get the wrong idea! Of course, there are plenty of static displays, but the Exhibit Hall is much more than that. There will be activities and events running every day, with opportunities to get engaged and take part.

A key part of our vision will be Theme Days. Each day will highlight a particular aspect of our exhibits and have some special surprise activities. Our daily themes will be a Taste of Texas; Space Cowboy; Biohazard; Steampunk; and British SF. Full information on the Theme Days and a preview of some of the special attractions can be found on the Theme Days page.

Fixed Exhibits

We will be featuring a range of exhibits which traditionally appear at Worldcon each year. These include:

  • The WSFS Banner which was first created for the 1956 Worldcon and is now displayed each year while the event is open.

  • Guest of Honor Exhibits, which highlight the careers and work of each of our Guests. This will include a major display of work by Artist Guest of Honor Darrell K. Sweet in the Art Show.

  • The Hugo Award Exhibit, featuring many actual Hugo trophies spanning the 60 year history of the award.

  • The World Science Fiction Society (WSFS) Exhibit on the history of Worldcon - historic photos, t-shirts, press clippings, badges and other artifacts and information.

  • The Pro and Fan Galleries. These exhibits feature high quality photographs of many leading professionals and fans, past and present.

The Worldcon Photo Booth

LoneStarCon 3 is happy to provide, free of charge, the Worldcon Photo Booth. Ever wanted a photo of yourself coming out of the TARDIS, maybe with a friend or with your favorite author? Can you picture yourself with alien eyes and a top hat? Want to be caught on film with an Angry Bird on your shoulder? Costume pieces and backdrops provided, this will be a great opportunities to make some memories.

The Photo Booth will be open from Noon until 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday; and from Noon until 3 p.m. on Monday.

  • Yes, this service is free to all members!
  • One free printed photo per attendee, while supplies last!
  • Feel free to bring a USB thumb drive to save your personal photos!
  • Photos can be taken with our equipment or with your own camera, if you prefer.

From the Boskone Photo Booth (live action Heather Dale prop not included)

Special Exhibit - Fandom in 50 Objects

Fandom in 50 Objects serves both as a display of 50 iconic things (or in some cases groups of things) from various parts of fandom, as well as a directory and guide to many other exhibits at LoneStarCon 3. Items will represent both what reminds us of our past, present, and future, as well as things that differentiate us or unite us. Each item that relates to another exhibit will have an arrow pointing to those other exhibits so you can delve more deeply into the various aspects of fandom. Enjoy!

Special Exhibit - The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

You know it's not a Hugo … but do you know who's won it or what happened to the winners? We are proud to present a look back at not only the winners of the Campbell Award, but we'll learn about the namesake of the award and the traditions that have grown up around it as well. Sponsored by Dell Magazines, the publishers of "Analog," the Campbell Award has a history as rich as any other in the genre. Join us at LoneStarCon 3 for a detailed presentation on this unique award.

Special Exhibit - Featuring the Genome of Jay Lake, by Illumina

In the course of his cancer treatment, Jay Lake underwent genomic sequencing, funded through a crowdsourcing effort that led many of his friends to promise artistic acts of whimsy to help meet the goals. LoneStarCon 3 is showcasing both the art and science of Jay’s genome. Lake writes:

Today was a big day for me. The Nebula nomination of my novella, "The Stars Do Not Lie" was announced, and the primary data for my genomic sequencing arrived at my hospital. We claimed it there, and transshipped the hard drives (yes, plural) to the bioinformatics group that is doing the analytics. That would be several hundred GB of data on my healthy genome, and the same amount of sequencing on my tumor genome.
I am one of the first few dozen people in the world to do this clinically, as opposed to experimentally. For the follow-up testing we're now arranging, I am one of the very first to do it clinically. Sequencing human and tumor genomes is Big Science, which as recently as a year ago took million dollar machines and supercomputing clusters, and weeks of effort. It's now in the realm of $100,000 machines and server arrays, and days of effort. The work on my genome, and that of my tumor, will help advance this lab-proven technology to be clinically approved, and in a few years, part of the standard of care. This will help lay the groundwork for saving millions of lives in the decades to come. I'm really looking forward to seeing how this is all presented at LoneStarCon 3 this summer. There's so much more I have to learn, and so much more you will, too. In addition to the science of gene sequencing, some of my friends are exploring the art of the genome. We hope to include some previously unexplored combinations of art and science with this exhibit.

Special Exhibit - The Texas-Israeli War of 1999

LoneStarCon 3 will be presenting an exhibit on the famed Texas-Israeli War of 1999, based the on the award-winning non-fiction (ahem!) book by Jake Saunders and Howard Waldrop.

Through photos, battle maps, and actual artifacts of this turning point in the history of the Republic of Texas, we will pay homage to those who fought in this famous conflict. From Sol Ingelstein's legendary tank squadron, to the sinking of the Judge Roy Bean, to the rescue of President Clairewood, LoneStarCon 3 will examine the impact and meaning of this exciting time in "ReTex History."

Special Exhibit - TSR Dungeons and Dragons Artwork

Back in the 1980s, when TSR ruled the world of role-playing games, Diesel LaForce was employed as an illustrator working on Dungeons & Dragons and its related settings. The company wasn't sure what to do with the original artwork they gathered in the process of publishing games and supplements, and eventually took to just throwing things away. LaForce rescued a great number of these pieces from the dumpster, and has retained them to the present day. Now, he's opening his collection to show these pieces to fandom once more before breaking up the collection … he's agreed to a deal to sell a portion, and this is the final year the whole collection will be together. Stop by the Art Show to see some of these fantasy illustrations from the classic era of Dungeons & Dragons.

Special Exhibit - SF Music

LoneStarCon 3 will be trying something new in the exhibit hall this year … a presentation of science fictional music. We will feature approximately 100 songs, many of them from popular music, but also focusing on those created by or about our community and stories, and songs taken from larger dramatic works of science fiction such as films, television shows, musical plays, opera, and rock opera. It will be possible to listen either at the main screen, which will simply loop through the contents of the exhibit over speakers, or at any of the four secondary screens, which will have headphones and an additional jack for more listeners as well as a mouse for controlling what the exhibit plays. Since this is an exhibit which could easily take up a great deal of time, we will be providing soft seating at each screen in the form of loveseats. Check back with us online in the coming weeks for a list of the songs we received as suggestions but were not able to include in our hundred.