Unlike lively, social science-fiction conventions, science-diction conventions are tedious affairs where mispronouncing "geodesic" alienates one from friends and family. Avoid costly tongue trip-ups with today's Groupon: for $20, you get a weekend pass to the Omaha Science Fiction Education Society's OSFest 4.0 convention (up to a $40 value). This pass is good through the entire convention, which takes place July 22–24 at the Omaha Crowne Plaza. The Omaha Science Fiction Education Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit group.
The Omaha Science Fiction Education Society's fourth-ever science-fiction and fantasy festival, OSFest 4.0, entertains fans with more than 100 scheduled events and discussions, and interactions with a distinguished roster of special guests. Throughout the weekend, volunteer OSFest staff moderate readings by established or emerging authors, such as convention guest of honor and New York Times bestselling author David Weber, encouraging attendees to ask questions and debate which author is in fact a fully reanimated Jules Verne. Alternately, expert panels discuss divisive topics such as Pirates vs. Ninjas, Anime, Which Superhero Was Most Ticklish, and Doctor Who, while workshops help attendees design Klingon garb, build models, and forge chainmail. Nesting within the larger festival, the 2011 OSFest Independent Film Festival also screens dozens of independently produced features and shorts for convention-goers, with titles as enticing as Motor Home from Hell, Why Am I in a Box?, and Cave Women on Mars.
Weekend passes for children aged 12 and younger are regularly priced at $15.