I know you’ll be interested in this one. Waterstones in the Galleries, Broadmead will be hosting an evening with Mike Carey, author of The Girl With All The Gifts (currently being filmed!) and Fellside. Mike is a superb author and very entertaining in conversation, and he will be being interviewed at this event by BristolCon’s own Cheryl Morgan, so don’t miss it!
The event is FREE and takes place on Wednesday May 18th at 6.30pm. Please let Waterstones know you’re coming by booking a free ticket via Eventbrite at this link. It’s sure to be busy, so book now!
April 22nd, 2016 · 1 Comment
BristolCon attending artist Andrew Pawley is running a Kickstarter for his latest run of his aliens-vs-dark vibes comic GalaXafreaks – check it out here!
Andrew says :
The GalaXafreaks are a bunch of galaxy sized weirdos getting up to hi-jinx! I’ve previously successfully crowdfunded 4 issues of the comic. Each issue is full of individual stories. You can download a free PDF of GalaXafreaks: Original Series No#1 here!
In the last issue we meet the Darklings. One Darkling in particular is different from all the rest! What has Meeko got to do with the origins of her planet and what is her relationship to the Cosmic Giant Captain Yeah!? In this issue the plot thickens as Captain Yeah! and Meeko start to realise the epic proportions of the Dark Vibe Underlords plans! You can find out more about the GalaXafreaks here.
Check out his fabulous GalaXafreaks art too – and let’s see if we can get Andrew to his third stretch goal before May 1st!
March 22nd, 2016 · Comments Off on Far Horizons Press – Support Their Funding Campaign via IndieGoGo
Those splendid people at Far Horizons Press have just launched an IndieGoGo fundraising campaign in order to finance THREE SFF anthologies they have in the works.
FORMER HEROES : Have you ever wondered what happens to heroes once they stop being heroes? Then you need to read this book to see how real life heroes, heroic buildings, starfarers and super heroes cope with no longer being heroes. Includes stories by David Gullen, Gaie Sebold, Andrew Goodman, Peter Sutton and Sara Jayne Townsend.
FOREVER HUNGRY : Do like brains? Do you like munching into their gooey goodness, do you salivate at the thought of getting your hands deep inside the cranium and stuffing that grey matter into your ever-chomping jaw? Do you, in fact, like Braaaains!? If so then this book is for you. Over 20 stories of the shambling undead for your pleasure.
FANTASTICALLY HORNY : Do you want your erotica to explore new worlds and new species? Do you want to read sexy sci-fi or fantasy with added, er fantasy? Then this book is for you, a collection of tales to titillate and tease. Find out what those aliens, robots, dragons and centaurs get up to in the bedroom.
So if you like heroes, zombies, or shagging (and if you don’t like at least one of these things I’m sorry but you’re DEAD INSIDE) – or indeed a combination of all three, you should check out Far Horizons IndieGoGo campaign and bung them a few quid to help them on their way!
March 16th, 2016 · Comments Off on BristolCon Fringe – March 21st 2016 – with Myfanwy Rodman and Pete Sutton
Yes, the BristolCon Fringe has rolled around once more, and this month it’s an all-Bristol affair. We’d like to welcome back Myfanwy Rodman and Pete Sutton – Pete has just signed a deal which will see a short story collection of his published by Kensington Gore, so congratulations, Pete! (If Pete is reading expect magpies…)
As always the Fringe is a free event that takes place in the back room of the Shakespeare Tavern on Prince Street at 7.30pm – turn up early to grab a seat and a bite to eat!
February 19th, 2016 · Comments Off on Bristol Film Festival – Coming March 2016
Bristol is having its inaugural Film Festival in March 2016, and there are plenty of genre-related goodies on the programme for you to enjoy!
Forbidden Planet with an introduction from Dr Pete Falconer
Friday 11th March, 9pm
Tickets: £7.50 adults, £5.00 concessions (under 18, OAP, student), 10% discount for NHS/police/fire/armed forces (enter SERVICESDISCOUNT as a promo code, and show valid ID on the night)
Saturday 12th March, 6:30pm
All tickets £5 – 10% discount for NHS/police/fire/armed forces (enter SERVICESDISCOUNT as a promo code, and show valid ID on the night)
Labyrinth was recently screened at the Watershed and tickets sold like wildfire, so if you missed out last time grab these quickly!
Saturday March 12th, 5pm
Dark Studio, Arnolfini
A screening of the Bristol-made webseries recut as a film
Horror In The Caves – All Weekend from Friday
Redcliffe Caves – nearest postcode BS1 6SR
Tickets: £18 with 10% discount for NHS/police/fire/armed forces (enter SERVICESDISCOUNT as a promo code, and show valid ID on the night)
Alien / Aliens
Saturday 12th March, 6pm – 10.45pm
I can think of few things more scary than an Alien / Aliens double bill in a cave…
Saturday 12th March, 3:30pm
Genre faves also showing include The Babadook (which I actually refused to watch at the cinema because I knew it would scare the pants off me), The Descent (and oh gee that’s in a cave as well…), and a double bill of Samurai Cop I and II from our friends at Bristol Bad Film Club.
If you’re interested in any of these films, in films made by local film makers, or just in cinema in general, head on over to the Bristol Film Festival website
to find out more and book tickets!
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January 29th, 2016 · 2 Comments
December and January are always the quietest months of the year for the BristolCon team, as the furore of the last con dies down and we take a few deep breaths before ramping up to the next one. But we never stop completely (no rest for the wicked), and we’ve had several meetings to talk about the 2016 convention, whilst individual department heads have been beavering away behind the scenes making their corner of BristolCon 2016 even more awesome than in previous years.
The dealer’s room is filling up, so if you want to be considered for a space, please contact dealers[at]bristolcon[dot]org as soon as possible. We also want to hear from any visual artists who would like to display their work in the art show; contact, you guessed it, artshow[at]bristolcon[dot]org.
We’ve begun the process of collecting and consolidating ideas for panel discussions, presentations and workshops. If you have any ideas you’d like to share, tweet us @bristolcon or email programme[at]bristolcon[dot]org. That’s also the email for enquiries about participation, but we won’t be looking at assigning people to panels for some time yet. We’d also love to hear our members’ suggestions for anything else we can do to enhance your BristolCon experience, such as…
…mugs? Anybody fancy a mug? We’ve produced the odd artefact over the years as gifts for Guests of Honour or competition prizes, but merchandise has never been made available to buy. We are considering it this year, so, what do you think? Would you like a little bit of BristolCon to take away?
January 29th, 2016 · 2 Comments
Fight Like A Girl cover by Sarah Anne Langton
The BristolCon Foundation’s first sponsored projected of 2016 is the launch party for Kristell Ink’s new anthology Fight Like A Girl.
The launch will take place at The Hatchet Inn, Frogmore Street, Bristol (one of only two surviving medieval inns in the city centre) on Saturday April 2nd from 1pm-5.30pm.
There’ll be swordplay from contributing author Fran Terminiello and friends, readings from the anthology and discussion of the role of women in SF&F. There will also be a buffet to munch. You can see Fran’s skills in action in this video of an impromptu display in the bar at FantasyCon in 2014. Also showing off her moves in the video is Juliet McKenna, another of our contributors, who will be at the launch and could well be persuaded to throw someone to the floor with her little finger; always a treat.
Copies of ‘Fight Like A Girl’ will be available to buy on the day. RRP £9.99
Tickets are available from eventbrite – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fight-like-a-girl-flag-launch-event-tickets-20658444965
The entry price of £5 per head is entirely to cover the cost of the buffet. The extra 95p is a fee charged by eventbrite to cover their administration costs. So if you want to join in with the buffet, please buy a ticket so we know how many people want feeding!
You can also join in the fun on our Facebook Page.
January 21st, 2016 · Comments Off on Cube Cinema – Galaxy Quest and Live Stand-Up!
Those good people at the Cube Cinema in Bristol are all geared up to bring you a cinematic and comedic treat.
On February 27th at 7.30pm, the Cube are putting on an evening of live standup comedy culminating in a showing of the 35mm print of Galaxy Quest, recently voted the 7th-best Star Trek film of all time! Dressing-up is postitively encouraged and there might be prizes to be won.
Tickets for this out-of-this-world trip, and further information, can be found by following this link :
Never give up, never surrender!
Tags: Bristol · Events · Movies
January 19th, 2016 · Comments Off on One-off Showing of Labyrinth at Bristol Watershed – Buy Your Tickets Now!
In honour of the great David Bowie, in what is (un)arguably his finest moment on screen, those lovely folks at Bristol Watershed are going to be showing Labyrinth on Feb 14th at 11.30am, and tickets are available from their website right now.
You should probably grab these quickly; tickets are going to be snatched up like unsuspecting baby brothers…
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January 17th, 2016 · Comments Off on January Fringe – With Will Loram And Nick Walters
Tomorrow sees the first Fringe of 2016, which will see up-and-coming Bristol author Will Loram paired with Nick Walters, who you may remember terrorised us with his “Blood Terror of the Scrunge Worms” last time he read (don’t worry, you can get ointment for that at the chemists….) No Scrunge worms this time, we’re promised, but a reading from Nick’s new UNIT novel for you Who fans out there…
You are welcome to join us – all Fringe events are free and kick off at 7.30pm in the back room of the Shakespeare Tavern on Prince St – hope to see you there!