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BristolCon Membership Goes Up to £25 from June 1st – Book Now!

May 9th, 2016 · No Comments

Just a quick heads up – if you haven’t bought your BristolCon membership yet then don’t forget to get one by the end of May. The price goes up to £25 on June 1st, so save yourself a fiver and sign up now!

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BristolCon Fringe Crime Special! Featuring Paul Cornell and Martyn Waites (Tania Carver) – May 16th 2016

May 5th, 2016 · 3 Comments

Come on down to the BristolCon Fringe the month for our first ever Crime Special! We are lucky enough to be hosting former BristolCon Guest of Honour Paul Cornell, author of the Shadow Police novels (Who Killed Sherlock Holmes? (Shadow Police) launches in Forbidden Planet in Bristol and that London at the end of the month ), and also Martyn Waites, who also moonlights as Tania Carver (The Lost Girl (Brennan and Esposito) ), so this is one not to be missed!

As always, Fringe events are free and open to all, and take place in the back room of the Shakespeare Tavern on Prince Street (next to the Swing Bridge) from 7.30pm onwards – get there early to get a seat and grab something to eat.

Hope to see lots of you there!

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Mike Carey at Bristol Waterstones – May 18th 2016

May 2nd, 2016 · No Comments

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!

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GalaXaFreaks – Support this Kickstarter from BristolCon Attending Artist Andrew Pawley

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!

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Far Horizons Press – Support Their Funding Campaign via IndieGoGo

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!

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BristolCon Fringe – March 21st 2016 – with Myfanwy Rodman and Pete Sutton

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!

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Bristol Film Festival – Coming March 2016

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
Auditorium, Arnolfini
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)
More information and tickets here:
Saturday 12th March, 6:30pm
Auditorium, Arnolfini
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
Tickets: £5-6
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…
Except maybe…
The Thing
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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BristolCon 2016 Progress Report

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?

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Fight Like A Girl launch party, 2nd April 2016

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 –

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.

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Cube Cinema – Galaxy Quest and Live Stand-Up!

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!


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