An Interview with Madeline Klein, Con Chair of Conbust

Rebecca Raskin ’16
Assistant Features Editor

What is Conbust?

Madeline Klein: Conbust is a convention devoted to women in science fiction and fantasy – genres that have been dominated mostly by men. It hosts a wonderful array of guests – from authors, to editors, to gamers, to comic bookers, to warriors – each year. It exists primarily to highlight and celebrate women in sci-fi, fantasy and gaming, and to herald the arrival of new women coming into the genres.

What do you do to help organize it?

MK: I am one of the Con Chairs. My duties run anywhere from logistics to actually running about during the convention, trying to get everything together.

How did you get involved in Conbust?

MK: One of my favorite authors, Tamora Pierce, speaks at the convention. After finding that out, I decided that I simply must attend. Since then, I fell in love with it.

How can someone get involved in Conbust?

MK: You simply contact this email:, and either I or one of my colleagues will get back to you with more information! We also have a website:

What’s your favorite and least favorite thing about Conbust?

MK: My favorite thing about it is the final product. I think it’s so wonderful to see so many different people from all sorts of backgrounds get together and share their interest for sci-fi, fantasy,and gaming. It’s also cool to see your work pay off. My least favorite thing is that it can get very busy and hectic before the date.

What is the most interesting talk you’ve been to?

MK: My favorite talks are always with the editors/authors, as those are more my interests. The panels about character creations/worldbuilding are always particularly interesting.

What’s the strangest thing that’s happened to you this year?

MK: I don’t know, alien abduction!

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