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Book Launch Event – The Undoing of Arlo Knott by Heather Child

July 22nd, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · No Comments

The Occasion: To celebrate the release of Heather Child’s new novel, The Undoing Of Arlo Knott.

Where: Storysmith, 49 North Street, Bristol, BS3 1EN

When: Thursday 1st August, 6:30pm

Who: Heather Child will be talking to Cheryl Morgan (of Wizard’s Tower Press)

About What: ‘Five things you won’t regret’ and exploring the ideas behind this mind-bending new book.

Tickets are available here – there are only three left – so if you want to be there, hurry!

The Blurb:

What if your life had an ‘undo’ button?

Arlo Knott develops the mysterious ability to reverse his last action. It makes him able to experience anything, to charm any woman and impress any friend. His is a life free of mistakes, a life without regret.

But second chances aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. As wonderful as his new life is, a mistake in Arlo’s traumatic childhood still haunts him and the temptation to undo, undo and keep undoing could be too much to resist.

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Want to Ask our Guests of Honour a Question?

July 20th, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · No Comments

We would absolutely love to know what members of BristolCon 2019 want to ask our wonderful Guests of Honour, authors Diane Duane and Gareth L Powell, and artist, Andy Bigwood. Please send your suggestions to Dan at programme[at]bristolcon[dot]org.

ABOUT DIANE DUANE:

Diane Duane has been a science fiction and fantasy writer for forty years. Her best known works include her long-running (since 1983) Young Wizards” series — its tenth novel, Games Wizards Play, having been published in 2017 — and the nine bestselling Star Trek novels for which, among many other works, she was recently awarded the Grand Master / lifetime achievement award of the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers.

Her TV and film writing has included characters ranging from Jean-Luc Picard to Batman and from Siegfried the Volsung to Scooby-Doo. Her most recent such accomplishment is running Sean Bean around a postapocalyptic New York landscape in tight leather pants, in the SyFy miniseries The Lost Future. (She tried to leave Sean alive at the end, she really did, but sometimes things just don’t work out…)

Her present workload includes a new historical novel, Games, involving the ancient Roman entertainment industry, in collaboration with her husband Peter Morwood; the eleventh Young Wizards novel, its title to be announced in 2020; and the completion of the final book in the main sequence of her Middle Kingdoms fantasy series, The Door Into Starlight.

In her spare time Diane gardens, cooks and studies astronomy, food history, and European rail schedules.

ABOUT GARETH L POWELL:

Gareth L. Powell is the BSFA Award-winning author of the novels, Embers of War, Fleet of Knives, Light of Impossible Stars, Ack-Ack Macaque, Hive Monkey, Macaque Attack, The Recollection and Silversands, as well as the horror novella, Ragged Alice, and the short fiction collections, Entropic Angel and The Last Reef.

Luna Press will be publishing About Writing, his field guide for aspiring authors, in 2019.

ABOUT ANDY BIGWOOD:

Andy Bigwood is an Artist, Draughtsman, Bookbinder, Cartographer, Illustrator and Author, twice winning the British Science Fiction Association Award for best artwork.

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Dealers, Artists and Participants – Progress at BristolCon

July 17th, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · No Comments

Things are gathering a head of steam here at BristolCon! (Some of us like steam engines – puff, puff!)

Dealers Room: The Dealers’ tables are selling. There is still room, but if you want to guarantee a table, please get in touch sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment by contacting Dr Bob through clicking on the ‘Send Message to out Dealer Liaison Person’ blue bar lower down the page here. Those who to date have given permission for us to say they are coming are (and yes, there are more) *:

*These are the registered company names for the dealers.

Art Room: Similar situation to the Dealers’ Room. There is still space left. If you want to exhibit your art, please click on the ‘Send a Message to our Artistically Inclined Guru’ blue bar lower down the page here.

Participants: The committee have come with some very  interesting proposals for the programme this year – so many that I for one will be disappointed to not have many there because we do not have room in the programme. As usual, BristolCon will be sending participants’ forms to those who are signed up members, to see which items they want to see and participate in. These forms are planned to go out in the next few weeks. If you want a say or be a participant, you will need to sign up very soon. Memberships can be obtain here.

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Luna – A Play About the Moon – Bristol 20th July

June 25th, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · No Comments

This year sees the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. Of course there are various celebrations going on around the world. Here in Bristol there will a play, Luna, at The Wardrobe Theatre on July 20th, 12pm and 3pm.

The Blurb: 

For as long as we have turned our eyes to the sky we have been entranced by the moon. It controls our tides, stabilises our orbit, marks our time. And on July 20th 1969 two humans finally landed on its surface.

Luna is a joyous adventure through humanity’s ongoing fascination with this mysterious lump of dead grey rock, from our earliest attempts to explain its ever-changing presence, to the extraordinary achievements that culminated in Neil Armstrong’s one small step. Playing at The Wardrobe Theatre exactly 50 years to the day since the first moon landing, Luna is a rich feast of storytelling, puppetry, music, history and science.

Directed by Toby Hulse, performed by Shaelee Rooke and Robin Hemmings, plus a supporting cast of household objects and domestic lights.

Tickets can be bought here.

Directions to The Wardrobe Theatre can be found here.

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BristolCon Talk to be on ‘How can we send a probe to ‘Oumaumua?’

June 17th, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · Comments Off on BristolCon Talk to be on ‘How can we send a probe to ‘Oumaumua?’

Wow! We’re over the Moon (in more senses than one). BristolCon on 26th October will have a special speaker from i4is (Initiative for Interstellar Studies) giving  a talk about their project Lyra.

The idea behind project Lyra is to explore the opportunities for sending a small scientific probe to the interstellar asteroid ‘Oumuamua – the one that made a lot of headlines in the popular science press in late 2017 and early 2018.

‘Oumuamua is the first – and so far only – example of a rock from outside our own solar system that we humans have detected. There are currently several theories about its composition and certainly a lot of unknowns about it.  As such, sending a probe to it, so that we could make in-situ measurements of its properties, could be enormously valuable. However, the problem is ‘Oumuamua is moving extremely fast – above the escape velocity for our solar system – and so any probe that wants to catch up with it needs to go very very fast…

If you can’t wait to geek out on serious getting to the stars stuff,  their Second Foundation of Interstellar Studies workshop will be on 27th-30th June at Charfield, South Gloucestershire. Details here.

If you want to know more about i4is,  their website link is here.

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BristolCon Fringe presents Tim Kindberg and Helen Gould

June 4th, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · Comments Off on BristolCon Fringe presents Tim Kindberg and Helen Gould

Tim Kindberg and Helen Gould will give readings from their work on Monday, June 17th, at The Gryphon, 41, Colton Street, bristol, Bs1 5AP 7-30pm until about 9pm. Doors open at 7pm.

The event is free to attend and there will be a Q&A after the readings where the audience will have an opportunity to ask questions to the authors.

Bristol-based Tim Kindberg (www.champignon.net) writes novels and the occasional short story and poem. His YA fantasy Shadows of Marrakech tells of a Berber girl’s struggle against slavery and ignorance, in which she faces an uncanny parallel world with a mind of its own. In middle-grade Starboy, a lonely boy is abducted into outer space, and can’t return unless he and the girl he falls for can rescue their fellow dispossessed from the evil Prince of Emptiness. Most recently, in gothic science fiction novel Take You With Me, set between the West Country and West Africa, a traumatised detective must save the woman he loves from a mind-consuming vampire, without exposing her to his own monster inside. Tim is also author of Main Man, in The Bowie Companion. He is a former director and occasional editor of Magma poetry magazine.

By day he is a digital technologist, creating software and doing R&D in the creative sector. In his ‘For Sceptics’ talks and blog articles he takes a critical look at major technologies such as AI, Blockchain and 5G, and invites a creative response to them.

Helen Claire Gould discovered science fiction at nine and has been writing it since her teens. She met her husband at Peterborough SF Club and set up the Peterborough SF Writers’ Group. After graduating from Anglia Ruskin University in Geology and Planetary science in 2000, she taught Geology and Creative Writing evening classes. In 2014 she self-published her debut novel Floodtide, followed in 2018 by The Stallion and She…; her current WIP is The Zarduth Imperative: Discovery. Her website is www.Zarduth.com.

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Salvation Lost by Peter F Hamilton – Paperback Book Launch

May 29th, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · Comments Off on Salvation Lost by Peter F Hamilton – Paperback Book Launch

Local author, Peter F Hamilton, will be launching the paperback version of his novel, Salvation at Books on the Hill (Hill Road, Clevedon, North Somerset BS21 7PL), Saturday, June 15th, 5-30pm to 8-00pm.

Access to Event Brite tickets can be found here.

 

 

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BristolCon Entry Price Rise Soon!

May 12th, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · Comments Off on BristolCon Entry Price Rise Soon!

The entry price to our wonderful science fiction and fantasy convention, BristolCon, will be going up on June 1st. So you need to get your memberships by 31st May if you want to get them at our current rates.

Standard – Adult (18+) will rise from £25 to £30

Concession (Unwaged and Young Adults Aged 14-17) will rise from £15 to £20

Disabled from £15 to £20

Artist from £25 to £30

All other memberships will remain the same.

Our membership portal is here!

 

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BristolCon Fringe presents R B Watkinson and Paul Cornell

May 3rd, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · Comments Off on BristolCon Fringe presents R B Watkinson and Paul Cornell

R B Watkinson and Paul Cornell will give readings from their work on Monday, May 20th, at The Gryphon, 41, Colton Street, bristol, Bs1 5AP 7-30pm until about 9pm. Doors open at 7pm.

The event is free to attend and there will be a Q&A after the readings where the audience will have an opportunity to ask questions to the authors.

Paul Cornell is the writer of the Lychford series of novellas from http://Tor.com Publishing, and the creator-owned comics Saucer Country and This Damned Band.

Reader, author, narrator, actor, R B Watkinson’s first book of her Wefan Weaves trilogy, The Cracked Amulet, was published in 2016. Set in a world of magic and war it has garnered many great reviews. Book two, The Fractured Portal, should be published later this year (she apologises for the delay). Her short story, A Battle for Elucame, was published in the award winning Art of War Anthology. She has narrated and produced three audiobooks: Ghosts of Tomorrow by Michael R. Fletcher, The Last Dragon Rider by Erin Krystal, City of Kings by Rob J. Hayes. She has two more books in production. This huge career change occurred after her three children were grown when she went to the University of Oxford to study Creative Writing in 2009-2011, before that she was in special educational needs, before that a freelance editorial secretary, before that many things all lost in the mists of time.

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Gareth L Powell wins BSFA Best Novel Award – Congratulations

April 20th, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · Comments Off on Gareth L Powell wins BSFA Best Novel Award – Congratulations

Our Guest of Honour, Gareth L Powell, has just won the BSFA best novel award for his novel Embers of War. Hearty congratulations to Gareth on this wonderful achievement and to all who were shortlisted for coming so close.

Full list of awards:

Novel: Embers of War by Gareth L Powell

Short Fiction: Time Was by Ian McDonald

Artwork: In the Vanishers’ Palace: Dragon I and II by Likhain

Non-Fiction: On motherhood and erasure: people-shaped holes, hollow characters and the illusion of impossible adventures by Aliette de Bodard

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