Arisia Abbreviated History

Date Venue Guilty Parties: ConChair & Arisia Officers Guests of Honor & Special Guests Theme Registration
Arisia '90
Feb 23-25, 1990
Lafayette Swissotel
Boston, MA
Chair: Matthew Saroff
President: Mary Robison (1)
VP: Kim Van Auken
Treasurer: Tom Fish
Clerk: Adria Crum
WGoH: Richard Bowker
AGoH: A.C. Farley
FGoH: Spike McPhee
Arisia '91
Feb 1-3, 1991
Vista International
Waltham, MA (2)
Chair: Matthew Saroff
Pres: Mary Robison
VP: Robert Bazemore
Treasurer: Marshall Ellis
Clerk: A. Joseph Ross
WGoH: Jack L. Chalker
AGoH: Bob Walters
FGoH: Laurel Cunningham-Hill and Richard Hill
Arisia '92
Jan 3-5, 1992
Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers Chair: Kimberly S. Van Auken
Pres: Patrick McCormack
VP: Jeffrey Jordan
Treas: Marshall Ellis
Clerk: A. Joseph Ross
WGoH: Craig Shaw Gardner
AGoH: Robin Wood
Tech Guest: Alex Latzko
Filk Guest: T.J. Burnside Clapp
Guest Editor: Ginjer Buchanan (4)
Guest Editor: Shoshanna Green (4)
Media Guest: Lynne Stephens
(3) 1094
Arisia '93
Jan 15-17, 1993
Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers Chair: Robert "Insanity" Bazemore
Pres: A. Joseph Ross
VP: Heather Coon
Treas: Allan Kent
Clerk: Mark Dulcey
WGoH: Ellen Kushner
AGoH's: Charles Lang and Wendy Snow-Lang
Fan GoH: Monty Wells
Tech GoH: Carl Zwanzig
Arisia '94
Jan 21-23, 1994
Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers (6) Chair: James S. Belfiore, Jr.
Pres: A. Joseph Ross
VP: Nicholas "phi" Shectman
Treas: Allan Kent
Clerk: Edward Dooley
WGoH's: Spider and Jeanne Robinson
AGoH: Michael Whelan
Fan GoH: Dave Kyle
(5) 1513
Arisia '95
Jan 13-15, 1995
Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers Chair: Sheila Oranch
Pres: Joelll Herda
VP: Jim Stevenson
Treas: Erik Bunce
Clerk: Edward Dooley
WGoH: C. J. Cherryh
AGoH: Jael
Fan GoH: Walter Kahn
Tech GoH: Deryl Burr
Filk Guest: Michael Longcor
Arisa '96
Jan 12-14, 1996
Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers Chair: Nicholas "phi" Shectman
Pres: Cris Shuldiner
VP: Walter Kahn
Treas: Randall Cohen
Clerk: Robert Fairburn IV
WGoH: Emma Bull and Will Shetterly
AGoH: Lissanne Lake
Fan GoH: Rob Bazemore (aka Insanity*3) (7)
Musical Guest: Boiled In Lead
Minneapolis Music 1826
Arisia '97
Jan 10-12, 1997
Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers (8) Dictator: Pat McCormack (9)(10) WGoH: R. A. Salvatore
AGoH: Bob Eggleton
Fan GoH: The Gang of Five (11)
Exploring Tyranny In Our Literature and In Our Lives (12) 1874
Arisia '98
Jan 16-18, 1998
Westin Waltham-Boston
Waltham, MA (2)
Exec Director: Glen R. Goodwin (14)(10)
Pres: Jeffrey L. "Hunter" Jordan
VP: Brendan Quinn
Treas: Skip Morris
Clerk: Paul Selkirk
WGoH: James P. Hogan
AGoH: Cortney Skinner
Fan GoH: Marty Gear
Freedom: Stories of The Revolution! 1538 (13)
Arisia '99
Jan 8-10, 1999
Westin Copley Place, Boston Chair: Cris Shuldiner
Pres: Elka Tovah Menkes
VP: Glen R. Goodwin
Treas: Skip Morris
Clerk: Rachel Silverman
WGoH: Roger MacBride Allen
AGoH: Gary A. Lippincott
Fan GoH's: Patrick and Teresa Nielsen Hayden
Science Guest: H. Paul Shurch aka "Dr. SETI"
The 10th Arisia
Party Like It's 1999 (15)
Arisia '00
Jan 14-16, 1900
Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers Chair: Paul Selkirk
Pres: Noel Rosenberg
VP: Cris Shuldiner
Treas: Skip Morris
Clerk: Tom "Merv" Murphy
WGoH: Jane Yolen
AGoH: Tom Kidd
Fan GoH: Sharon Sbarsky
Musical Guest: Echo's Children
(16) 1965
Arisia '01
Jan 12-14, 2001
Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers Chair: Elka Tovah Menkes
Pres: Brendan Quinn
VP: Nicholas "phi" Shectman
Treas: Skip Morris
Clerk: Tom "Merv" Murphy
WGoH:Lois McMaster Bujold
AGoH: Wojtek Siudmak
Fan GoH: jan howard finder aka "Wombat"
Looking Back on the Future 2082
Arisia '02
Jan 18-20, 2002
Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers Chair: Noel Rosenberg
Pres: Brendan Quinn
VP: Colette Fozard
Treas: Nicholas "phi" Shectman
Clerk: Paul Selkirk
WGoH: Katherine Kurtz
AGoH: Tristan Alexander
Fan GoH: Eugene Heller
So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish: A Tribute to the Works of Douglas Adams 2309
Arisia '03
Jan 17-19, 2003
Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers Chair: Skip Morris
Pres: Joel Herda
VP: Noel Rosenberg
Treas: Nicholas "phi" Shectman
Clerk: Paul Selkirk
WGoH: Harry Turtledove
AGoH: Victoria (Poyser) Lisi & Julio Lisi
Fan GoH: Anthony R. Lewis, FN
Gaming Guest: Looney Labs
Alternate Realities 2264
Arisia '04
Jan 16-18, 2004
Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers Evil Overlord(10): Carsten Turner
Pres: Joel Herda
VP: Noel Rosenberg
Treas: Nicholas "phi" Shectman
Clerk: Alex Latzko
Sculpture GoH: Arthur Ganson
WGoH: Tim Powers
Fan GoH: Kim Van Auken
Special Freedom Guests: Eric S. and Catherine Raymond
Special Filk Guest: Tom Smith
The Future of Freedom 2283
Arisia '05
Jan 21-23, 2005
Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers Chair: Buzz Harris
Pres: Carsten Turner
VP: Rick Kovalcik (RKOV)
Treas: Alex Latzko
Clerk: Claudia Mastroianni
WGoH: Barbara Hambly
AGoH: John Picacio
Fan GoH: Victor J. Raymond
Special Media Guest: Harry Knowles
Special Fannish Movie Guests:
Special Filk Guests: Mary Ellen Wessels & Ed Stauff
Through Alien Eyes 2086
Arisia '06
Jan 13-15, 2006
Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers Chair: Nicholas "phi" Shectman
President: Rick Kovalcik (RKOV)
Vice President: Lisa Hertel
Treasurer: Benjamin Levy
Clerk: Rachel Silber
WGoH: Allen Steele
AGoH: Frank Wu
Fan GoH: Barb Schofield
Special Musical Guest: Heather Dale
Focus 2412
Arisia '07
Jan 12-14, 2007
Hyatt Regency Cambridge Chair: Joel Herda
President: Rick Kovalcik (RKOV)
Vice President: Lisa Holsberg
Treasurer: Benjamin Levy
Clerk: Rachel Silber
WGoH: Esther Friesner
AGoH: Hilary Scott
Humor 2137
Arisia '08
Jan 18-21, 2008
Hyatt Regency Cambridge Chair: September Isdell
President: Nicholas "phi" Shectman
Vice President: Crystal Huff
Treasurer: Benjamin Levy
Clerk: Rick Kovalcik
WGoH: Laura Anne Gilman
AGoH: Marrus
Fan Performer GoH: Eric in the Elevator
Pirates and Ninjas 2369 (registered)
2280 (badged / attended)


  1. Nineteen-ninety was Arisia's second year of existence, officers from the first year were: President: Cris Shuldiner, VP Mary Robison, Treas: Tom Fish, Clerk: Brian Cooper
  2. The "Vista International" is now the "Waltham Westin" hotel.
  3. No theme, but there was a "Carmen Miranda Silly Hat Contest".
  4. Ginjer and Shoshanna were each listed as "Special Guest Editor" in different sections of the Program Book. No-one (including the chairman) remembers what really happened.
  5. Arisia's 90-92, 94 & 95 were each officially a "Speculative Media Conference". The inside cover of A'94 was the first to call Arisia a "Science Fiction Convention". Arisias '93, '96 & '97 called it a "Convention". Arisia '98 went both ways. Arisia '99, '00 & '01 said "Science Fiction Convention". (Warning - this is a religious issue among Arisia Die-Hards).
  6. The "Park Plaza Castle" (formally the armory for the First Corps of Cadets National Guard Unit) was used for the masquerade and several other events due to an outside wedding being scheduled in the hotel main ballroom.
  7. At A'96 our Fan Guest of Honor got married in the hotel ballroom as his "GoH Event".
  8. Arisia '97 was the last year under the old family-owned Park Plaza management. The hotel sale closed the Monday after the convention.
  9. There is no mention in the A'97 Program Book of Arisia Corporate or its officers. They apparently didn't exist since we had a "Dictator". (For the record, they were President: Cris Shuldiner, VP: Brendan Quinn, Treasurer: Marshall Ellis, Clerk: Glen Goodwin.)
  10. Arisia has a position of Convention Chairman. Occasionally they forget this and call themselves something else.
  11. The "Gang of Five" were Arisia's Founders: Brian Cooper, Tom Fish, Mary Robinson, Matthew Saroff, Cris Shuldiner.
  12. Theme aka "The Iron Boot of Tyranny".
  13. Arisia '98 had a strict attendance cap of 1500 due to hotel function space limitations. The cap was raised to 1550 and no-one was turned away.
  14. Chair was originally Randall S. Cohen, replaced by Glen Goodwin during the Summer of '98.
  15. There actually was no external theme for this convention as the Chair does not believe in them. What is listed here is the internal theme designed for the staff to have fun with.
  16. No official theme, but the "in joke" was that Arisia '00 was officially "Not Y2K Compliant", so the dates were printed as 1900.

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