Phandemonium Book Club – Slan


Join us for a lively discussion of A.E. Van Gogt’s book Slan. Slan is a finalist for the Retro Hugos.

From Goodreads: “In the 1940s, the Golden Age of science fiction flowered in the magazine Astounding. Editor John W. Campbell, Jr., discovered and promoted great new writers such as A.E. van Vogt, whose novel Slan was one of the works of the era.

Slan is the story of Jommy Cross, the orphan mutant outcast from a future society prejudiced against mutants, or slans. Throughout the forties and into the fifties, Slan was considered the single most important SF novel, the one great book that everyone had to read. Today it remains a monument to pulp SF adventure, filled with constant action and a cornucopia of ideas.”

We’ll be meeting on Sunday, July 10, 2016, at 7:00 pm at our normal location:

Cosi 1740 Sherman Ave Evanston, IL



Goat Droppings!


The post Capricon 36 edition of Goat Droppings is now available here!  Please be sure to also send us feedback via our survey, which is open until March 31st.


Goat Droppings Post Capricon 36



Goat Droppings – January 2016


Capricon 36 is just a few weeks away. Take a look at the latest edition of Goat Droppings to get a peek at what we have planned.

Goat Droppings January 2016 Final

Feeling “Board”?


Members of Phandemonium,
We want YOU! Yes, YOU! Wonder why? It’s simple. Every one of you makes Capricon the convention that it is. As a member of Capricon, you are also a voting member of Phandemonium, the parent corporation of Capricon. So now, as we look for members interested in making Capricon the best darn convention out there, we want YOU!
We are currently seeking candidates for two Phandemonium Board of Directors Member Positions. Every year the membership of Phandemonium (that’s you) elects two new people to serve a three year term on the Board of Directors. The six elected board members, along with an appointed Conchair, Secretary, Treasurer, and SMOF (Supreme Minister of Fun) are tasked with keeping the corporation running and enabling the convention and other outside activities to take place. Would you be interested in helping to guide what other activities Phandemonium does to promote fandom in Chicago? Please email for more information.
For full details, please visit the Phandemonium Information section of our blog at
Looking forward to seeing you all at Capricon in February!
Helen Montgomery
President of the Board, Phandemonium, Inc.

Phandemonium Book Club Evanston – “The Martian”


The Martian by Andy Weird Book Cover

Join us for a discussion of Andrew Weir’s novel “The Martian”. It is the basis for the movie of the same title that will hit theaters this October.

We’ll be meeting on Sunday, September 27, 2015, at 7:00 pm at our normal location:

1740 Sherman Ave
Evanston, IL

Join us for what is sure to be a lively discussion.

Phandemonium Book Club Evanston – “Lock In”



Join us for a vigorous discussion of John Scalzi’s newest book, “Lock In”. It is currently nominated for a John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Science Fiction Novel.

We’ll be meeting on Sunday, July 26, 2015, at 7:00 pm at our normal location:

1740 Sherman Ave
Evanston, IL

Join us for what is sure to be a lively discussion.

“Soon I Will Be Invincible” at Chicago’s Lifeline Theatre


Chicago’s Lifeline Theatre is performing “Soon I Will Be Invincible”. It’s a musical based on the Austin Grossman novel. If you saw their presentation at Capricon 35, you know it promises to be amazing.

Click here for details on performances.

Phandemonium Book Club Elgin – “Up the Walls of the World”


You don’t have to be psychic to appreciate “Up the Walls of the World”, the 1978 debut novel by James Tiptree, Jr. This is a story of vastly different intelligences, with an Earth invasion as well.

We’ll be meeting on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 1:00 pm at…

Elgin Books
66 S. Grove Avenue
Elgin, IL 60120

Read this classic and see if Earth survives!

Phandemonium Book Club Evanston – “Ubik”


Philip K. Dick may be a lot of things, but he’s never dull. Join us as we discuss one of his most acclaimed novels, “Ubik”. It was chosen by Time magazine as one of the 100 greatest novels since 1923.

We’ll be meeting on Sunday, May 17, 2015, at 7:00 pm at our normal location: 1740 Sherman Ave
Evanston, IL

Join us for what is sure to be a lively discussion.

Phandemonium Euchre Club – April 2015


Spring is in the air and a young fan’s thoughts turn to…Euchre!

We’ll be meeting on Sunday, April 12, 2015, at 6:00pm at our regular location:

The Grafton Pub
4530 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60625

The One-Eyed Jack is winking at YOU!

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