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IMPORTANT ANNOUCEMENT FROM BRISTOLCON COMMITTEE

June 23rd, 2020< by Rosie Oliver --> · No Comments

We have been monitoring the developing Covid-19 situation closely. In particular we have been following the advice from Public Health England (PHE) and the government, and how that will impact our planning and our members. Our primary concern is ensuring the health and wellbeing of our members and all involved, and even with a relaxation in restrictions it would not be possible for us to offer the convention that you know and love. 

Regrettably, we have now had to take the difficult decision to postpone BristolCon this year. 

The good news is that we have formally moved the event to Saturday October 30th 2021 at same place, the Hilton DoubleTree Hotel, Bristol. We would like to thank the hotel for their help and support in this. Further good news is that Anna Smith Spark and Adrian Tchaikovsky have both kindly agreed to be our Guests of Honour for this later date.

We will be in touch with all of our members regarding membership options. As you can appreciate, we are working hard behind the scenes to make everything go as smoothly as possible for everyone, so please be patient with us while we sort things out.

For those who have already booked rooms at the hotel for 2020, please contact the hotel directly. Click here for their statement on Coronavirus and Bookings Terms and Conditions. Please note that their current deadline for hotel room changes is 31stAugust 2020.

Panel suggestions for the 2020 BristolCon will automatically be carried over to the 2021 event. Please do not stop sending them in. We would love hear your wonderful ideas.

To sum up, we’re still here, working to provide a fabulous BristolCon in October 2021. We look forward to seeing you there.

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BSFA Best Novel Award

May 18th, 2020< by Rosie Oliver --> · Comments Off on BSFA Best Novel Award

Huge humungous congratulations to our Guest of Honour, Adrian Tchaikovsky for winning the 2019 BSFA Best Novel award for Children of Ruin.

Well done to everyone for getting nominated for the awards. We were especially lucky in the southwest to have three out of the five shortlisted novels – Gareth L Powell with Fleet of Knives, Emma Newman with Atlas Alone and Juliet McKenna with The Green Man’s Foe. The non-southwester shortlisted novel was Tade Thompson with The Rosewater Insurrection.

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Programme Suggestions… We Want More!

March 30th, 2020< by Rosie Oliver --> · Comments Off on Programme Suggestions… We Want More!

Thank you to those who have submitted suggestions for our science fiction and fantasy programme for panels, workshops, small group sessions and kaffeeklatsches. You are absolutely wonderfully imaginative people.

Please keep the suggestions coming – the more we get, the wider choice the participants will have to choose from for the panels. This is your Science Fiction and Fantasy convention!

Please send your suggestions to our wonderful programme manager, Dan, by e-mailling him at programme[at]bristolcon[dot]org. He is waiting with bated breath!

PS Yes your committee is doing the preparations for BristolCon 2020 in the hope that the Covid-19 armageddon will be behind us.

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Bristol in Infinite Detail: Tim Maughan in Conversation at Foyles

March 9th, 2020< by Rosie Oliver --> · Comments Off on Bristol in Infinite Detail: Tim Maughan in Conversation at Foyles

This event is no longer taking place as Tim Maughan is no longer coming over from Canada – Foyles hope to rearrange this event for another time.

Foyles, Cabot Circus, Bristol, have been lucky enough to snag ex-local Bristolian Tim Maughan all the way from Canada for a discussion of his riveting and whip-smart novel, INFINITE DETAIL. Date: Wednesday 8th April 7-30pm to 9-00pm. Cost: £3.

INFINITE DETAIL: Imagine a world without the Internet. No Facebook, no Google and no Wikipedia. An end to automation and algorithms. No more global supply chains or instant communication. Do you see a terrifying Dystopia or sublime Utopia? Set in a future just around the corner, a Bristol both familiar and strange, Infinite Detail is a bold novel that asks big questions about what connectivity really means, how much we rely on technology and why a future not mediated by Big Data is worth imagining.

Tickets are available from the Foyles website here or can be bought directly from Foyles Cabot Circus, SU21, Bridgstowe Street, BS1 3BH.

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BristolCon Programme Suggestions Please!

February 27th, 2020< by Rosie Oliver --> · Comments Off on BristolCon Programme Suggestions Please!

Geeks, chivalrous persons, enchanting beings, time and space travellers, scientists and members good at coming up with ideas for panels, workshops, small group sessions and kaffeeklatsches – we need your help.

Our wonderful programme manager, Dan, wants to hear from you! Yes every single one of you! He (and the rest of BristolCon committee) would absolutely love to hear your suggestions for science fiction and fantasy themed subjects that you want to see on panels, workshops, small group sessions and kaffeeklatsches. Please e-mail them to programme[at]bristolcon[dot]org. He is waiting with baited breath!

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BristolCon Memberships are Open!

February 24th, 2020< by Rosie Oliver --> · Comments Off on BristolCon Memberships are Open!

The portal for buying membership of BristolCon 2020 on October 31st 2020 is now OPEN! Please go to the link here. Will Artists and Dealers please note that they have to contact the relevant organiser prior to buying their memberships to avoid overbooking at the convention.

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BSFA Shortlists

February 11th, 2020< by Rosie Oliver --> · Comments Off on BSFA Shortlists

Congratulations to our lovely guest of honour, Adrian Tchaikovsky on reaching the shortlist for best novel in 2019 with his Children of Ruin, published by Tor.

But look what the southwest has been doing in the best novel category – securing three of the five places. Congratulations to:

  • Juliet E McKennaThe Green Man’s Foe (Wizard’s Tower Press)
  • Emma NewmanAtlas Alone (Gollancz)
  • Gareth L PowellFleet of Knives (Titan Books) 

Even more incredible, last year’s Guest of Honour, Gareth L Powell has also been shortlisted in the Best Shorter Fiction category for Ragged Alice published by Tor.com and in the Best Non-Fiction category for About Writing by Luna Press.

We wish them all the best of luck for the BSFA awards.

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Bury Me Where They Fall – Book Launch with Jonathan Watts

February 3rd, 2020< by Rosie Oliver --> · Comments Off on Bury Me Where They Fall – Book Launch with Jonathan Watts

Jonathan Watts will launch his debut fantasy novel Bury Me Where They Fall and sign copies at Waterstones in the Galleries on Saturday February 8th at 7pm. Although free this is ticketed event and tickets may be obtained from here.

The Blurb: Jonathan Watt’s “Bury Me Where They Fall” is an epic fantasy novel about a disloyal soldier named Amiel who takes on a mysterious and dangerous warlord known as Decius.

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Bristol Science Fiction Writers Circle – Start Up Meeting

January 21st, 2020< by Rosie Oliver --> · Comments Off on Bristol Science Fiction Writers Circle – Start Up Meeting

We (the magnificent seven for now) will be holding our start-up meeting of the Bristol Science Fiction Writers’ Circle on Monday January 27th at 6-30pm in the bar at the Hilton Doubletree hotel (same place as where BristolCon is normally held). This will be to discuss what we want to do when and how.

If you are interested in joining this science fiction circle, you are most welcome to come along. For those that don’t me, I’ll be bringing along a bright red Dalacarlian wooden horse to place on the table similar to the one below…

If you want to join the Circle and cannot make the meeting, please let me know by e-mailing at media[at]bristolcon[dot]org with some idea of what you would like to see. [Please note we are dealing with science fiction and not pure fantasy or pure horror.]

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Sci-Fi Comedy Double – After Dusk & Waiting For Becky on January 18th

January 11th, 2020< by Rosie Oliver --> · Comments Off on Sci-Fi Comedy Double – After Dusk & Waiting For Becky on January 18th

Real Positive Poles proudly present a double bill of Bristol’s finest live comedy on January 18th 8pm to 10-30 pm at The White Bear “Room Above” 133 St Michael’s Hill Kingsdown Bristol BS2 8BS. Join them for a delve into the unknown with After Dusk and some American style funnies from Bristol all-stars Waiting for Becky.

You walk into a play but none of the actors have learned their lines, because there are none. This show hasn’t been written yet. A nightmare or a dream? Who’s to say? Up ahead there’s a sign. They take a turning through your imagination and arrive at your final destination: An improvised twist on The Twilight Zone. Some of Bristol’s best improvisers create a brand-new episode of the classic science fiction show which inspired Black Mirror. Suitable for all levels of nerdiness and Twilight Zone knowledge!

With support from: Waiting for Becky! Fresh, hot and recently graduated as the Parents Basement House Team, Waiting for Becky are leading purveyors in American longform style giggles. Their show consists of as many or as few scenes as they want, but at the very least some. For one night only it comes with a sci-fi twist that Real Positive Poles have insisted they insert but have absolutely no power to enforce!

Tickets can be obtained from here.

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