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THE CON cover, a convention badge with title and author, along with alien and rocket ship stickers and a button with portrait of Jane Austen

The Con

by JD DeLuzio

Science fiction, 14+
240 pages

ISBN: 978-1-928011-41-5
MSRP: $19.99 CAD paperback, $3.99 CAD ebook
Released: November 2020

Read samples: Web - Print


"My god! It's full of starfruit!"

A hotel hosts a science fiction convention, a meeting of the Jane Austen Society, and, just possibly, an extraterrestrial presence. Enter a middle-aged SF fan with a troubled past, a lonely Janeite, a pair of genius fangirls, a nerd power couple, a duo of geeky brothers, Miss Austen's most disreputable character, and an elite athlete epically out of her element.

And, of course, Azogo of Uirtkauwea'ki.

Through syllabus and syllabub, cosplay and quests, a robot battle in a parking garage, an intoxicated visit to the Augur of Quaoar, an intimate three-body problem, and an Anglican LARP, our heroes must answer the cosmic question: does anything we do matter? Or is it all just a con?

Includes related stories "Troll Bridge" and "Do You See What I See?"

Reviews of The Con:

"DeLuzio's fun but convoluted debut thrusts readers into the colorful world of science fiction fan conventions through the intertwined experiences of a tangled web of characters. DeLuzio offers a comedic whirlwind of panels, a robot fight, and encounters with pop culture figures." - Publishers Weekly

"DeLuzio gives an up close and personal look at the sometimes feared, often mocked sf convention, only this one just might have real aliens in attendance. The double entendre title highlights the book's deeper theme: How do we define what is real and what is fantasy? Some readers may be confused by the sf references and gaming jargon, but the quirky cast of characters and their relatable geekiness more than make up for it." - Library Journal