The Clive Cussler
Collector's Society is proud to announce its Eleventh Annual Convention. This years event
will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 9-10-11 of 2015.
This event is open to the public and you do not need to be a member to attend.
Lodging is not included in your Convention ticket price.
We also accept personal checks, made out to:
Clive Cussler Collector's Society
1190 E. HWY 372 #17 PMB #1
Pahrump, Nevada 89048
We do not send out paper tickets for this event, we'll be expecting you. When you arrive, check in at our registration desk and get your ID Badge and convention program. Your ID badge must be with you to attend all scheduled events.
Tickets sold at the door, or within 30 days of the event will be subject to addition charges. Please purchase your tickets before 9\9\15.
Tickets for the Clive Cussler Collector's Society Convention can only be purchased through the Clive Cussler Collector's Society official web site at: www.cusslersociety.com
Tickets purchased from third parties will not be honored!
This event is still in the planning stages and is subject to change.
Your convention ticket price includes but is not limited to; Friday night reception with with co-writers and Special Guests, Saturday's meeting with Special Guest Speakers, Banquet Buffet Dinner, raffle's and book signing event.
Thursday October 8th, 2015
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM - CCCS registration/meeting/sales room open. This room will be open during the entire weekend. We are located on the second floor.
7:00 PM - *Kick-Off dinner for early attendees.
*Dinner will be held at 'The Cantina" restaurant at the Tuscany Suites & Casino. We have a separate dining room reserved for our group. We usually have a good turn out, so please send us an email if you plan to attend. email@example.com
*This Kick-Off dinner is not part of your convention ticket price, each person will be paying for their own meal.
Friday October 9th, 2015
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM - CCCS registration/meeting/sales room open.
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Meet and Greet with co-writers and Special Guests.
This event will be on the second floor in our CCCS registration/meeting/sales room.
Saturday, October 10th, 2015
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM - CCCS registration/meeting room open.
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Wayne Valero, President of the CCCS, will welcome the group, make special announcements, award raffle prizes and introduce the guest speakers:
Check back regularly for updates on speakers and special guests!
Dayna Cussler - Built for Adventure II - Clive’s daughter Dayna will preview the follow-up book to Built For Adventure. Scheduled for release in 2016, it will feature cars from the ’50s
and ’60s, plus some classics not included in Built For Adventure. Dayna will show some of her photos for the book and give special insights into the cars’ histories and why they were included in the collection.
Mike VanBlaricum - WHO IS M? - Vice Admiral John H. Godfrey, the British Director of Naval Intelligence (DNI) from 1939 to 1942, in a private memo titled Room 39, wrote, “As far as I
know it never had a head, nor would a ‘head’, the way the word is usually accepted in the service, be tolerated.” Room 39 was, as Andrew Lycett, Ian Fleming’s most tenacious biographer calls it, “the bridge of Godfrey’s ship.” Fleming was the DNI’s personal assistant and liaison with the outside world. Godfrey refers to Fleming as “a benevolent presence” in
Room 39. Admiral Godfrey is arguably Fleming’s main model for M in his James Bond novels. Other possible models for M have included Fleming’s mother, Evelyn Ste Croix Fleming (nee’ Rose), whom he called M; William Melville of the British Secret Service Bureau who adopted the codename M; and Maxwell Knight of MI5 who signed his memos M. Undoubtedly, Bond’s M has elements of all of these. In Fleming’s last full length novel, The Man with the Golden Gun, we learn that M’s real name is Vice Admiral Sir Miles Messervy. CCCS member and founder of The Ian Fleming Foundation, Mike VanBlaricum, will present “Who is M?” In his presentation, Mike will offer possible inspirations for James Bond’s M with concentration on Admiral Godfrey and his influence as Fleming’s immediate supervisor for three years. Attendees will gain an understanding of Fleming’s own leadership as ‘a benevolent presence’ during WWII. Finally, we’ll take a close look at the fictional M as Fleming described him and his actions in the twelve James Bond novels and nine short stories. Mike did this presentation at the Spy Chief’s Conference
in Venice, Italy, last year.
Andy Scheer - Editing Dirk Pitt - CCCS member, Andy Scheer, has edited the past two Dirk Pitt novels for Dirk Cussler. In his presentation, Andy will show the original version alongside the edited one and will explain his strategy for trimming surplus words, adjusting phrases for maximum impact, and deleting potential distractions. Attendees will see unpublished and in-process versions of Poseidon’s Arrow and Havana Storm not seen before. Andy is a freelance editor who has edited fiction and nonfiction titles for several publishing houses. His individual clients include Dirk Cussler and former Disney Imagineer C. McNair Wilson.
Jack Du Brul - The Lightning Stones -Jack will talk about and sign his new Mercer novel, The Lightning Stones, as well as discuss the future of the Mercer series.
Tentative guests include Dirk Cussler, Roland Dahlquist, Paul Kemprecos, and Brian Hicks.
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Lunch break (on your own).
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM - guest speakers continued:
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Banquet Buffet Dinner, with assigned seating will begin at 6:00 and dinner will be served at 6:30.
After dinner, Wayne Valero will make acknowledgments, announcements and raffle prizes.
Competition and Panel Director Peter Green will take the stage and announce the winner of 2015 Adventure Writer's Competition, present the coveted Grandmaster Award and $1000 check.
We'll have a short break then start the book signing event.
Sunday, October 11th, 2015
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM - CCCS registration/meeting room open.
Final Dinner.- (On your own with remaining attendees).
These scheduled events are not limited to this initial
listing and are subject to change.
The CCCS reserves
the right to refuse admission to anyone for any reason. Your ID badge must be with you at all scheduled events.
Past Convention DVD Videos
Our 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 Convention
DVD Videos are on sale now, order yours
2015 Convention Raffle Items
To Be Announced.
NUMA Logo Jackets
Through the help of Dirk Cussler and Ralph Wilbanks, we are
offering for sale, Official NUMA
Logo Jackets. Click
here to order yours today
The 2015 Adventure Writer's Competition
Scott Slater’s Blood of my Blood won the 2014 Adventure Writer’s Competition.
$1,000 grand prize: The Adventure Writers Grand Master Award.
For more information about the 2015 Adventure Writer’s competition, click the link below:
Adventure Writer's Competition
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I didn't purchase my convention tickets from the "Clive Cussler Collector's Society" official web site, will my tickets still be good?
Only tickets purchased from the CCCS web site will be honored. If in doubt, contact the CCCS at firstname.lastname@example.org or make a personal call to Bruce at (503-792-3208) during regular business hours PST..
Can I mail some books to the hotel so I don't have
to pack them through the airport with me?
You certainly can, but be sure to check with the hotel first.
Some hotels charge a daily storage and handling fee so make
sure you understand their policy before you mail anything.
This is our first Cussler Society
convention and we were wondering if we needed to wear formal
attire at the banquet dinner.
The dress is casual at all our events, wear whatever makes
you feel comfortable.
I won't be able to attend this years convention. Can
I still purchase tickets for the raffle?
Our raffle items are an incentive to attract individuals to
our conventions and are only available to paid convention attendees.
I'm a guest at the convention, am I eligible
for the raffle drawings?
Only paid attendees are eligible for the raffle drawings. Guests
with complimentary admission are not eligible for the drawings.
I'm not a member of the Clive Cussler Collector's Society,
can I still buy tickets and attend?
Our Convention is open to the public, anyone can attend. The
CCCS reserves the right to refuse admission to anyone for any
I bought tickets to the convention, but they never
came in the mail. When can I expect them to arrive?
We do not send out paper tickets. When you pay for your convention
ticket, your name and contact information is added to the attendee
list. When you arrive at the convention, check in at our registration
booth and sign in. You'll receive an information packet with
event details and an ID Badge. You must wear your ID Badge to
attend the events.
What happens if I paid for my convention tickets in
advance and it turns out that I will not be able to attend,
will I get my money back?
You will be refunded 100% of your ticket cost, less any PayPal
fees or expenses we incurred in the transaction, up to 30 days
before the event. After the 30 day deadline, any cancellation
will be handled on a case by case basis and up to the discretion
of the CCCS event organizers.
I was wondering if the convention events could be separated
so I would only be paying for the events I wished to attend?
Sorry, our convention tickets are only sold as a package deal.
We do our best to put on an event that everyone will enjoy and get the best value for their ticket price.
What type of presentations we can expect?
We have speakers who may or may not
provide a slide show/Power Point presentation–that will
depend on them. We'll have a meeting room set up and the subject
matter and presentation will be at the discretion of the speaker.
However, in this setting Wayne Valero will address the group to convey
information, introductions, acknowledge individuals and, hopefully,
have several types of drawings, in which Cussler and Cussler-related
collectibles will be given away.
The CCCS reserves the right to refuse admission to
anyone for any reason.
if you need more information on our convention.