About this guide
If Arisia is going to be your first science fiction convention, then you're in for a treat. This is a gathering of fandom and we hope you'll find plenty of people like you, who share your passions and interests. We also hope you'll find new people and new interests in the community that is Arisia.
You'll have ample opportunities to meet people. If you're shy or don't easily operate where everyone seems to know everyone else, you can volunteer some time to work with us and we'll take good care of you. Volunteering will give you an easy way to talk to people, including some of the biggest names in science fiction. Volunteers are fed and can earn t-shirts and a free membership to next year's convention. Arisia is all fan run. No one is being paid, including the professional writers and artists. People are involved for the same reason you're interested: they love science fiction.
There's so much to do that it can be overwhelming. Just pick and choose and remember there'll be another Arisia next year. You'll find yourself making friends that you'll look forward to seeing at the next Arisia, and perhaps other conventions as well. Some fans are known to socialize in real life, too. There have even been cases of fans getting married, creating little fans, and bringing them to Arisia. Our lawyers insist we can take no responsibility in that regard, but we will offer you our congratulations.
If you're coming to your first, tenth, or twenty-first Arisia, welcome. You're going to have a great time.
This version of the Guidebook has session schedules as of 1:00 PM, Jan 15.