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Alastair Reynolds Signing At Forbidden Planet Bristol – Thursday October 6th

September 30th, 2016< by Jo --> · Comments Off on Alastair Reynolds Signing At Forbidden Planet Bristol – Thursday October 6th

Heads up, Bristol people! Former Bristolcon Guest of Honour Alastair Reynolds will be signing copies of his latest SF space pirate adventure novel, Revenger, at Forbidden Planet in Bristol at 6pm on Thursday 6th October 2016 – be there if you can!

The galaxy has seen great empires rise and fall. Planets have shattered and been remade. Amongst the ruins of alien civilisations, building our own from the rubble, humanity still thrives.

And there are vast fortunes to be made, if you know where to find them . . .

Captain Rackamore and his crew do. It’s their business to find the tiny, enigmatic worlds which have been hidden away, booby-trapped, surrounded with layers of protection – and to crack them open for the ancient relics and barely-remembered technologies inside. But while they ply their risky trade with integrity, not everyone is so scrupulous.

Adrana and Fura Ness are the newest members of Rackamore’s crew, signed on to save their family from bankruptcy. Only Rackamore has enemies, and there might be more waiting for them in space than adventure and fortune: the fabled and feared Bosa Sennen in particular.

Revenger is a science fiction adventure story set in the rubble of our solar system in the dark, distant future – a tale of space pirates, buried treasure and phantom weapons, of unspeakable hazards and single-minded heroism . . . and of vengeance . . .

This sounds awesome – can’t wait to get my hands on it!


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BristolCon 2016 Progress Report 3

September 27th, 2016< by Roz --> · Comments Off on BristolCon 2016 Progress Report 3

It’s tempting to simply type several paragraphs of “Aaaaarghghghhg!” at this point, as the BristolCon team readies the castle for the coming onslaught of writers, readers, editors, gamers, Very Hard Quiz Questions, workshops, flashing lights and cake. Banners are flying. Chargers are snorting. The jousting schedule is almost ready.

These last few weeks before the convention always seem to surprise us, despite the fact that some of us have been doing this for quite a while now. Every year we promise ourselves we’ll do things earlier, and every year Life gets in the way and it’s a mad scramble to pull all the essential elements of a BristolCon out of the maelstrom surrounding us and nail them in place. OK, that might be too many metaphors.

By the end of this week we should have published:

  • Main programme of panels and events
  • Small Group Sessions, with signups open
  • Art Show programme
  • Games Room provisional timetable of hosted games, and list of other games available to play
  • Details of Open Mic and workshop(s) on the Friday night.

Programme participants will be contacted shortly.

Minions will be invited to check the programme so that our Minion King, Ade, can design the rota to everyone’s satisfaction. If you are interested in being a Minion, please contact volunteers[at]bristolcon[dot] org. We need people to time panels, ensure water jugs are filled, move chairs and so on. The more Minions, the lighter everyone’s duties, and you get a) a special rate on next year’s convention membership b) a warm fuzzy feeling and c) cake, of course!

On the day, we’ll be recruiting people to the Committee for next year; if you’re interested in that please contact chair[at]bristolcon[dot]org.

Any questions? We love to catch up with our members on Twitter (@bristolcon) or on facebook.

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Advertisers Note!

September 18th, 2016< by Roz --> · Comments Off on Advertisers Note!

Due to demand for colour ads, we will again be printing the whole programme book in colour. Rates for inner page ads remain as published here. I am extending the deadline for submission of adverts to this Friday, 23rd September, so if you have something you want to promote to our lovely members, get in touch!

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Advertise in the BristolCon Programme Book

September 12th, 2016< by Roz --> · 1 Comment

If you would like to see your ad in our programme book at BristolCon 2016, please contact me (Roz) on media[at]bristolcon[dot]org or on twitter @bristolcon within the next 7 days.

We’re also still accepting items for goodie bags – if you have any flyers, bookmarks, promo cards or merchandise you’d like to send us please let us know soon. We need to receive your items by the end of this week if possible.

Outside cover full page (colour) £30 (portrait) [sold subject to image approval]
Inside cover full page (colour) £25 (portrait)
Inside cover half page (colour) £15 (landscape)
Inner page full page (b&w) £15 (portrait)
Inner page half page (b&w) £10 (landscape)
Inner page quarter page (b&w) £7.50 (portrait or banner)

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Programme Participation applications close today

September 11th, 2016< by Roz --> · 2 Comments

Just a quick note to let you know that we will be taking down the programme participation form this evening at 9pm. We’re excited to have already received record numbers of applications, and MEG is now faced with the enormous challenge of trying to fit as many people as possible into the right slots! Please bear with us while she wrestles with forms and spreadsheets; we’ll let you know the outcome as soon as we possibly can.

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Time running out to volunteer to participate

August 30th, 2016< by Roz --> · Comments Off on Time running out to volunteer to participate

If you would like to take part in the programme at BristolCon this year, there’s still time – but only just! We send a detailed poll to all our potential participants in advance of putting the programme together, to ensure that the panels are a good fit for our members. If you have your membership and would like to be considered for a panel or have an idea for a workshop, please contact MEG on programme[at]bristolcon[dot]org as soon as possible.

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Bristol Sunset Cinema Presents…. Close Encounters and Starship Troopers

August 18th, 2016< by Jo --> · Comments Off on Bristol Sunset Cinema Presents…. Close Encounters and Starship Troopers

The very lovely people at Bristol Sunset Cinema are following up last year’s successful screening of The Princess Bride with a series of screenings across venues in Bristol this summer of a range of classic films.

Tickets are available now for Close Encounters of the Third Kind at Ashton Court at 8pm on September 4th 2016 and you can buy them from this link.

Tickets are also on sale for the following :

Star Trek : First Contact at Millennium Square at 7pm on September 16th

The Lego Movie at Ashton Court at 8pm on September 23rd

Starship Troopers at Ashton Court at 8pm on September 25th

Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves (the Alan Rickman one) at Ashton Court at 8pm on Friday October 14th

The Matrix at Ashton Court at 8pm on Sunday October 16th

These should all be brilliant events – try and get to one or more of them if you can!

You can also follow Bristol Sunset Cinema on Facebook

Or on Twitter – @bristolsunsetcinema

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TWO tables available in BristolCon dealers room 2016

August 3rd, 2016< by Roz --> · Comments Off on TWO tables available in BristolCon dealers room 2016

Two tables have become available in our dealers room for this year’s convention. If you’re interested, please contact Mark on dealers[at]bristolcon[dot]org for more information.

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North By Southwest Authors Longlisted for Years Best Horror Vol 8

August 2nd, 2016< by Jo --> · 1 Comment

I’m very happy to be able to share the news that two stories from North By Southwest, the North Bristol Writers anthology that was partly funded by The BristolCon Foundation, have been longlisted for Ellen Datlow’s Best New Horror Volume 8.

The stories are “House Blood” by Ian Millsted (Silence Rides Alone), and “Latitude” by Pete Sutton (Latitude also appears in Pete’s new short story collection A Tiding of Magpies, and is set in and around Bristol. You can read a review here) They are both super-creepy stories and you should check them out!

Many congratulations to Ian and Pete!

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SFF News – “Class” Filming In Bristol!

July 26th, 2016< by Jo --> · 1 Comment

Bristol, as you all know, used to be home to ghost / werewolf /vampire house-share drama Being Human, before they all moved to That Cardiff… But now SFF TV has returned to Bristol. Last week filming took place in Redcliffe Caves (two minutes walk from the BristolCon hotel) for Class, the Doctor Who spin-off series about the students of Cole Hill School. One of the students is an alien refugee who has been hidden there for safety by a certain Time Lord….

According to our sources the caves were dressed to resemble the famous Lascaux Caves in France, home of the renowned and well-preserved prehistoric cave paintings. So look out for them when they hit the screen!





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