Origin Story

1993 ~ Just when you thought science fiction conventions were extinct in San Diego, one appears out of nowhere. Sci-fi conventions in Southern California were once like the California Condor – an endangered species. However, just like the bird, they’re making a come-back! ConDor became San Diego’s newest science-fiction media and literature convention, put together by the California Association for the Advancement of Speculative Media (C.A.A.S.M.), this non-profit organization.

Thus was the beginning of ConDor in 1993. And what a start this fledgling convention had with Octavia Butler as the Literary GOH and J. Michael Staczynski as the Media GOH, good timing as Babylon 5 debuted just 2 weeks earlier. The Town and Country Hotel was the venue and remained so for years to come. Dianna Hildreth did a superb job as chairperson, bringing with her an experienced committee. Con-Dor was so much fun, the crazed committee decided to do it again.

What is C.A.A.S.M.?

The California Association for the Advancement of Speculative Media, Inc. (C.A.A.S.M.) is an IRS 501(c)3 tax exempt non-profit corporation. Its purpose is to promote an interest in the speculative fiction media (science fiction and fantasy), and provide opportunities to educate and broaden public awareness of this genre. ConDor is run under the auspices of C.A.A.S.M. in partial fulfillment of that purpose.