The 2018 SFWA Nebula Conference

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America’s 52nd Annual Nebula Conference will be held in Pittsburgh, PA in 2018!

When: Thursday, May 17th, 2018 – Sunday, May 20th, 2018

Where: Pittsburgh Marriott City Center – 112 Washington Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Registration Coming Soon


SFWA members and other individuals who are interested in the field of science fiction and fantasy are welcome to attend SFWA’s Nebula Conference. Attendees may participate in workshops, programming and special events throughout the weekend.

Focusing on three tracks relevant to professionals in the genre, attendees will be able to choose from career management, professional development, and expert knowledge panels and workshops throughout the weekend.

This conference is fully accessible and we will strive to make this event comfortable, safe, and engaging for all attendees.

Mass Autographing

Information coming soon.

Accessibility and Harassment Policies

Our policies on harassment and accessibility are located here:

The Marriott City Center was the site of the 1999 and 2017 Nebula Awards in Pittsburgh.

Accessibility

Skooter/wheelchair Rental

Pittsburgh Wheelchair Exchange

Our site is fairly compact – restaurant/bar/Starbucks on 1st floor, function space on 2nd floor, hospitality on 21st floor – but if you want to rent a scooter or wheelchair, the Pittsburgh Wheelchair Exchange will deliver!

If you have any questions/concerns about Accessibility, please write to us.

Transportation

Getting to the Marriott Pittsburgh City Center

Here are the general directions at the hotel’s website.

Airport to the Hotel

Pittsburgh has the SuperShuttle, taxis, Uber and Lyft, but the cheapest way is to take the 28X bus, which leaves from the airport and gets you to the hotel in about 40 minutes for $2.75 (cash).

28X Airport Flyer Bus

Once you arrive at the airport and get your luggage, follow the signs that say “Ground Transportation.” You’ll see signs for 28X bus which goes right to the terminal. Here is the schedule and map for the 28X bus:

  • Be sure to tell the bus driver you want the first Duquesne University stop. If you haven’t requested a stop, the bus can bypass the stop.
  • The bus stops on Forbes Ave (and, confusingly,not on the Boulevard of the Allies), just across the street from Chatham Sq.
  • Get off at the stop labeled Uptown Boulevard of the Allies at Duquesne University.

Note:

  • The bus will leave you off 2 blocks from the hotel. However, you will not return to this bustop to get back to the airport – follow these directions to return to the airport via bus.
  • You’ll also see a Barnes and Noble on that corner. Cross Forbes Ave., walk down Chatham Sq. cross Fifth Ave. where Chatham Sq. changes to Washington Pl.
  • You’ll see PPG Paints Arena on the right. Walk about a block up Washington Pl. You’ll see a sign for the Marriott on your left, take a left into the driveway.

Taking the 28X from Hotel to the Airport | Map

To get back to the airport, don’t go back to the spot where you were dropped off (Forbes and Chatham Sq.). You need to go into downtown to get to the outbound 28X stop. The directions are a little tricky; the bus-stop is at 411 Seventh St. (in front of a Bruegger’s Bagels). If you have GPS on your phone, that’s the easiest way to find it. The outbound 28X stop is about .4 miles from the hotel.

  • Exit the hotel lobby and turn left in the parking lot, away from Washington Place. Across from the left edge of the building, you’ll see a walkway over the highway that ends on Centre Ave.
  • Take the walkway, then a left onto Centre, and cross Centre at the first crosswalk which takes you by the Doubletree Hotel.
  • Walk down Chatham St. on the right side of the Doubletree, cross both lanes of Bigelow Boulevard. You’ll see the UPMC building (formerly Steel Tower) in front of you.
  • Take the sidewalk that goes to the right of the UPMC building. This sidewalk ends near the intersection of Grant and Seventh. Cross Grant, then cross Seventh so you’re on the right-hand side of Seventh. Walk about two blocks on Seventh where you’ll see a series of bus-stops. Check for the one that says 28X, it’s roughly in front of a Bruegger’s Bagels.
  • The fare for the bus back to the airport is $2.75 in cash.

Cabs, Etc.

Cabs, Uber and Lyft are available. While they don’t go to the airport, you can request an Uber autonomous vehicle for trips to certain Pittsburgh areas; check your Uber app for more information.

Hotel Parking

  • Hotel self-parking, fee: 6 USD hourly, 22 USD daily with in & out privileges
  • Hotel valet parking, fee: 26 USD daily

Closest cheaper option is 3 blocks away | MAP

Garage at Manor Complex
564 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

If you’re only parking temporarily at the hotel (under 2 hours), it’s cheaper to park down on 5th Ave. (1 block down Washington Pl from the hotel) during the week and Saturday until 6pm.

Note: Street parking in Pittsburgh, where permitted, is free after 6pm daily and all day Sunday.

Hotel Shuttle

While the hotel shuttle is not available for trips to/from the airport, it can take you to sites within three miles of the hotel, including Oakland, the South Side, the Strip District, Station Square and the North Side. Check with the concierge for availability.

Train Station to the Hotel | Image

If you’re arriving in Pittsburgh via Amtrak, the train station is about a half mile walk or cheap cab ride to the hotel:

Greyhound Station to the Hotel | Image

The Greyhound Station is across from the Amtrak station, and is also about a half mile walk or a cheap cab ride to the hotel:

MegaBus Dropoff to the Hotel | Image

MegaBus dropoff/pickup is at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, about .6 miles walk or a cheap cab ride to the hotel:

Other Things to Do in Pittsburgh

If family members are coming with you, or you just need a break, here are some places to go/things to do in Pittsburgh in mid-May:

Duquesne University

The campus is just three blocks away and offers an interesting view of the area.

Pittsburgh Pirates Games
PNC Park is a 1.2 mile walk from the hotel.

Tickets

Events at Heinz Hall, home of the Pittsburgh Symphony

Heinz Hall is .6 miles from the hotel.

 

Benedum Center
.6 miles from hotel

 

O’Reilly Theater
.6 miles from hotel

 

Toonseum
945 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222
.5 mile walk from hotel
Wednesday-Sunday: 11am-5pm
Admission: $8, kids 6-12 $4
Pittsburgh has a lot of mini-museums in the area. This is a museum of cartooning and comics.

The Warhol
117 Sandusky, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
1 mile walk from hotel
Saturday-Thursday 10am-5pm
Friday 10am-10pm
Admission: $20, $10 children, students and seniors over 65
Half price Friday 5pm-10pm (cash bar and snacks available)
This was one of the first single-artist museums in the world. In addition to the Warhol exhibits, this May you’ll see work by Jace Clayton and Firelei Báez.

Heinz History Center
1212 Smallman St., Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Daily 10am-5pm
Admission: $16, kids 6-17: $6.50
History and sports history of Western Pennsylvania.

Carnegie Science Center
One Allegheny Ave.Pittsburgh, PA 15212
2 mile walk from hotel
Open 10-5 daily (until 7 on Saturday)

Museum with Bodyworks, RoboWorld and a WWII submarine that you can tour.

Carnegie Museum of Natural History
4400 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Buses going to Oakland from the hotel area leave from Forbes and Washington Pl (2.5 blocks from hotel, where the 28X would have left you off)
Any 61 or 71 bus will get you to the Carnegie Music Hall stop (you’ll see a brontosaurus behind the bus stop). Entrance to the Natural History Museum is to the left of the Music Hall.

Monday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m.–8 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday: noon–5 p.m.

The Natural History Museum has one of the best dinosaur exhibits in the country, along with exhibits
on geology, gems, animals and ancient Egypt. An art museum and library are adjacent.

Rivers Casino
777 Casino Dr., Pittsburgh, PA 1521
2.1 mile walk
Casino on the Northside just past Heinz Field

Kennywood
An excellent amusement park outside of Pittsburgh, especially great for coaster fans, car needed to get there.

Medowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village
401 Meadowcroft Road, Avella, PA 15312, 724-587-3412
Saturday: noon-5pm
Sunday: 1pm-5pm
Admission: $18, kids 6-17: $7
About an hour southwest of Pittsburgh (by car ony), if you have any interest in one of the earliest archealogical sites in North America, this is fascinating and worth the trip.

Hotel Restaurants

Starbucks–off the lobby of the hotel.

6am – 5pm Mon-Fri
7am – 1pm Sat-Sun

Crafted North
Burgers, Cocktails, Craft Beer

Hours:
11am-midnight Sun-Thur
11am-2am Fri-Sat

Steelhead Grille
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Restaurants | MAP

There are many restaurants within two blocks of the hotel. Pittsburgh has one of the best restaurant scenes in the country.

Zagat named Pittsburgh its top food city for 2015: http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2015/12/15/pittsburgh-named-zagats-top-food-city-of-2015/

William Penn Hotel

This is a large old hotel within 3 blocks of the Marriott. It was the site of the 1960 Worldcon and it has a number of interesting spots to visit, including:

  • Starbucks–with extended hours

5am-8pm Mon-Fri
6am-6:30pm Sat
6:30am-3pm Sun

The five downtown restaurants we’d particularly recommend for a fancy dinner are the Carlton (classic meat with an amazing wine list), Poros (Greek fish), Valozzi’s (upscale Italian with a mozarella bar), Six Penn (great Sunday brunch though), Nine on Nine (while a dinner-only spot most days, it’s open from 11am-3pm Sunday). Note that none of these restaurants are open for dinner on Sunday. Fine restaurants open for Sunday dinner in the downtown area include Lydia’s (great Lydia Bastianich Italian food), Nicky’s Thai Kitchen Downtown (great Thai) and Eleven (upscale American with a great bakery).

We’re sad to report that the Sonoma Grille, our favorite California wine bar has just closed. But the longtime chef at Sonoma Grille has opened a new casual French place in the same spot, Le Lyonnais.

One fine eating establishment is giving us a 10% discount – the Milkshake Factory, 314 Fifth Ave. (less than a half mile from the hotel). Just show your badge for a discount.

Pittsburgh has a reputaion as a “shot and a beer” town, though most of the restaurants and bars in downtoan have a variety of foods and drinks. But Pittsburgh has joined the upscale bar trend. Blend Bar has a variety of scotches and is one of the few bars where can buy a cigar and smoke it on site. It also has a dress code and it’s open Mon-Sat noon-midnight and Sun 3pm-10pm. Perle is a champagne bar in Market Sq. open Thur-Sat 8pm-2am ($5 service charge).

If you want restaurant or other recommendations for things to do in Pittsburgh, write to Nebula Conference Local Coordinator, Laurie Mann.

Additionally, click here for “The Ultimate Guide to America’s Most Underrated City” for further reading.

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