Iowa's ICON 40 invites you to join the Con of Futures Past
at the Cedar Rapids Doubletree - October 16-18, 2015

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Fall 2015, ICON, Iowa's longest-running science fiction and fantasy convention, will be at the Cedar Rapids Doubletree on October 16–18, 2015!

ICON 40 Countdown

Countdown to ICON 40! It may be a pure accident that it might look somewhat like something from a well known movie.

Additional rooms are now available using a special ICON rate nearby

Some rooms are now available at a special ICON rate at the Hampton Inn on the NE side of CR, a block N and E of the Cedar Rapids Marriott and about 4 miles from the ICON Doubletree hotel.

See our Hotel page for details.

T-shirts are no longer available for pre-order

See our T-Shirts page for information. The T-shirts pre-ordered will be available for pick up at the convention. A small number will also be available for purchase at ICON.

Preliminary Programming Schedule is online

The preliminary online programming schedule is now available on Sched.Org!
Go to to see it and/or download the app.

DreamCon registration is now open

DreamCon, a wonderful opportunity for high school and college students interested in writing, is now open for registration through October 12th. See DreamCon Workshop for details! DreamCon is Friday, October 16, 2015 from 1 pm until 5 pm at the Cedar Rapids Doubletree.

The Dealers room is now full

The Dealers room is now full assuming we receive payments from everyone who has already requested tables.

Pre-ICON Author Signing at Barnes and Nobel Cedar Rapids

There will be a Pre-Icon Barnes & Noble Signing again this year from 6:30PM to 8:00PM at the Cedar Rapids Barnes & Noble, 333 Collins Rd NE Bldg 1, Northland Square SC, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402 See Pre-ICON-Programming for details and the list of twenty seven authors expected!

As of August 17 the DoubleTree is full

As of September 12 the overflow hotel is also full. The closest hotels will be those located on 33rd Ave SW in Cedar Rapids, unfortunately we do not have a group rate for any of them.

Our Wonderful Guests of Honor

Check out our Guests page for more information on them
Author David Gerrold
Artist Sarah Clemens
Author Ann Leckie
Cosplay Fan Kalli McCandless
Toastmaster and Author Jim C. Hines
Mama and Papa of ICON Joe and Gay Haldeman
and many more!

Michael Zahs Silent Film Festival

We are wanting to bring back the Michael Zahs Silent Film Festival talk and presentation on silent films he rescued from the late 1800’s. One of the films he will show is the second oldest motion picture known to exist in North America, and possibly the world. Mr. Zahs is an expert on 19th century Iowa, a dynamic speaker and a real nice guy. However, to bring him in we need donations, we are part way to our goal but need more. If you can help us bring him to ICON this year
please click here to reach the donate page!

Hotel outside food / beverage policy

"Due to hotel policy, no outside food or beverages will be permitted during the Wylde Nept concert. There will be a cash bar provided by the DoubleTree. Outside food/drink is allowed on the fifth floor (party/consuite floor).
Thank you in advance for your cooperation.”
 –  ICON 40 ConCom

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Available here now - Back to the ICON

Now availble to play, Back 2 the Con online game!
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Check-list for ICON 40!

  1. Register for ICON 40 - online registration is closed (except for Dreamcon which is open until Oct 12th). You can still register at the door!
  2. Before Oct 1, 2015 At The Door
    Adult Weekendclosed$65
    Adult Friday only not available $30
    Adult Saturday only not available $45
    Adult Sunday only not available $20
    Youth 7-12 Weekendclosed$35
    Youth 7-12 Friday only not available $15
    Youth 7-12 Saturday only not available $20
    Youth 7-12 Sunday only not available $10
    Child under 7 free free
    Paradise ICONclosedclosed

Do you have everything checked off this list yet?

Parking options for ICON 40

Parking options:
Free street parking 6pm Friday - 6am Monday.
There are 2 parkades with 500 spots each and if you're staying in the DoubleTree you can get passes from the Front Desk that allow you to exit the parkade for free.

Gaming? Yes, ICON has GAMING

We have a large space dedicated to gaming Friday afternoon and running through Sunday afternoon

And of course the Mindbridge Game Library with it's hundreds of games will be available for free use by our attendees!

We need help staffing the Mindbridge Game Library and Video Game Library checkouts, if you can spare an hour or more sometime during the weekend help would be appreciated, sign up at for ICON game room volunteers

Pre ICON Programming

We have programming before ICON again this year! See Pre-ICON-Programming for details.

How can you help?

Convention setup at hotel - Thursday, October 15 and Friday, October 16

If you can't meet at the storage locker, you can meet us at the hotel when we arrive with the truck. That will probably be around 3:30 to 4:00.

Continuing for ICON 40 - ConBucks!

Volunteers have the opportunity to be gifted with ConBucks (see volunteer opportunities here)
at a rate of one ConBuck per hour (some jobs are double-hours; see volunteer page for details.)

Looking for older news?

Check out our News page for information no longer on our home page

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