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Discounted Train Travel

July 29th, 2021< by Tom Page --> · No Comments

The Bristol (& Bath) Tourism have done a deal with GWR so that anyone going to a “Conference” in Bristol can get reduced rail fares!

You can get the GWR offer on PEAK (i.e. a weekday morning), to Bristol, if eligible.

The small print: fixed, locked-in, train to Bristol but complete flexibility as to which GWR train you catch on the way home.

This only applies​​ on GWR services this includes London Paddington.

Unfortunately, this does not apply to any other train company to get to Bristol (eg Cross Country or South Western Railway).

To get the discounted travel, go to: Discounted Train Travel

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Memberships NOW on sale!

June 11th, 2021< by Tom Page --> · Comments Off on Memberships NOW on sale!

BRISTOLCON IS BACK! LIVE AND ONLINE!

Memberships NOW on sale

A long time ago, in a very different world, we at BristolCon celebrated our tenth anniversary in style. Wind forward to today and so much has changed. Last October, we held two virtual events with Chris Lintott’s Zooniverse talk and Peter F Hamilton’s interview with Gareth L Powell. These were very well received as we learned the ropes for holding virtual events.

This year, we are planning for a combined in-person-and-online event on 30th October at our favourite venue, the Doubletree Hilton Hotel on Redcliffe Way. Our plans are to supplement the live event with some digital presentations, an online art gallery, and a social area. Our Guests of Honour are confirmed as Anna Smith Spark and Adrian Tchaikovsky.

Those of you who signed up for last year’s event will have received an email confirming that we have transferred your membership to this year’s event. Please contact us at (membership at Bristolcon dot org) if you have not received your confirmation.

We would love to see you all again after such a prolonged absence and we have today opened up the membership database to allow you to sign up. We have agreed to maintain membership prices at the previous level with the cutoff for the price rise postponed to 30th September. 

Memberships NOW on sale

If you would like to be involved in the organisation or running of the Con on the day, you would be most welcome. Please get in touch at (chair at bristolcon dot org) as we are particularly looking for support with registration, on-line tech, and volunteer coordination. 

We continue to monitor government advice closely and are working with the hotel to ensure the safety and well-being of our members. Updates will be posted here as they occur.

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BristolCon 2020 on YouTube

November 23rd, 2020< by Rosie Oliver --> · Comments Off on BristolCon 2020 on YouTube

With thanks to one of our techno-wizards, Nik Whitehead, we can now bring you recordings of BristolCon 2020.

The first event was a zoom talk by Dr Chris Lintott on The Crowd and the Cosmos, Adventures in the Zooniverse. The link is here.

The second zoom event was Peter F Hamilton being interviewed by Gareth L Powell. The link is here.

We have SIGNED copies of Chris Lintott’s book, The Crowd and the Cosmos. If you want one click here to go to the ordering page.

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Gareth L Powell’s Chat with his Literary Agent – Alexander Cochran

November 16th, 2020< by Rosie Oliver --> · Comments Off on Gareth L Powell’s Chat with his Literary Agent – Alexander Cochran

Gareth recently published a post on his own blog – a chat with his literary agent, Alexander Cochran. It is a wonderful introduction to what literary agents do. The post can be found here.

Alexander Cochran works for C&W Agency. His clients include many talented authors such as Gareth L Powell, G V Anderson, Tade Thompson and Dave Hutchinson. With such a stellar list, I for one would would expect him to be very busy, which might explain why he is currently closed to submissions from possible new clients. More details about Alexander Cochran can be found here.

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Expanding on the Zooniverse

October 28th, 2020< by Rosie Oliver --> · Comments Off on Expanding on the Zooniverse

I have just finished beta-testing a new project for the Zooniverse, which will be transferring hand written records of UK tides data from 1850s onwards to the computer. The historical data, which unusually is recorded every 15 minutes, will then be analysed for the impact of climate change on our seas. I suspect this project will soon be uploaded onto the Zooniverse.

This follows on another project in the spring that digitised rainfall data in the UK, again transferring handwritten records into digital form. Those that helped have since had a nice thank you e-mail saying that some of that data has already been used help improve climate change assessments for worldwide reports. There will be more analysis to be done on the data that will lead to an even better understanding.

And climate change analysis is only one topic where the Zooniverse is having an impact, in this case a very significant one. And to think it all started needing help with astronomical observations.

BristolCon are absolutely delighted that one of the Zooniverse’s founders, Chris Lintott will be giving a talk on its history and what it can do this coming Saturday via Zoom. If you want to find out more, and how you can help with important science and technology work, do join us.

When? Saturday October 31st, 5pm

Where? Zoom

Tickets: Free from Eventbrite here.

BristolCon are fortunate enough to be able to offer signed copies of Chris Lintott’s book, The Crowd and the Cosmos. See here for details.

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The Crowd and the Cosmos – Signed Book Offer

October 21st, 2020< by Rosie Oliver --> · Comments Off on The Crowd and the Cosmos – Signed Book Offer

BristolCon is absolutely delighted to be able to offer a limited number of hardcover editions of:

The Crowd and the CosmosAdventures in the Zooniverse

signed by the author, Chris Lintott. This as Brian May (of Queen fame) notes is a very easily readable book.

Price is £20 per book including postage and packing to the UK and European destinations. See our sales page to place your order.

What a lovely momento for our upcoming BristolCon 2020 event with Chris Lintott where he will give a talk via Zoom on The Crowd and the Cosmos – October 31st 5pm British Time. Click here to go to Eventbrite’s booking form.

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Peter F Hamilton zoom event – Waitlist Added

October 19th, 2020< by Rosie Oliver --> · Comments Off on Peter F Hamilton zoom event – Waitlist Added

Wow! BristolCon has sold out of tickets for the zoom event with Peter F Hamilton when he will be interviewed by fellow southwest science fiction author Gareth L Powell. Thank you to all our lovely customers who ordered tickets.

We have added a small waitlist to this Peter F Hamilton event that celebrates the publication of his novel, Saints of Salvation, the final book in his Salvation trilogy.

When: Sunday 1st November 5pm – 7pm, GMT (British Time)

Where: On Zoom

If you want to join our waitlist, see Eventbrite link here.

Peter is also ‘appearing’ in two other virtual events to celebrate the publication as can be seen on this poster that still have tickets available.

For those interested in buying the novel:

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Zooming into the Zooniverse

October 17th, 2020< by Rosie Oliver --> · Comments Off on Zooming into the Zooniverse

Less than a week to get your tickets to join that wonderful event! If you want make sure you’ve got your place reserved – hurry over to Eventbrite here.

If you want a SIGNED copy of the book that Chris is giving a talk about, our super-person with be going to post office on Monday, so you should be able to get a copy in time. Go here to order

The Crowd and the Cosmos

by the Zooniverse’s co-founder Chris Lintott.

The talk will be on: how the Crowdsourcing helps us find our place in the universe; how members of the population can aid scientific research; and why can’t a computer do it?

When? October 31st 2020, 5pm British Time.

Where? On Zoom

Click here to go to Eventbrite’s booking form.

Oh by the way – this event is free.

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BristolCon 2020 Zoom Event with Peter F Hamilton

October 7th, 2020< by Rosie Oliver --> · Comments Off on BristolCon 2020 Zoom Event with Peter F Hamilton

Bestselling science fiction author, Peter F Hamilton, has a novel coming out on 29th October (17th November in the USA) – The Saints of Salvation – the third in the Salvation trilogy. If the first two novels are anything to go by, this will be an excellent read

To celebrate this momentous occasion, we are holding a zoom event – Peter will be interviewed by fellow southwest science fiction author Gareth L Powell – Sunday 1st November 5pm – 7pm British time.

Expect a wide ranging conversation covering Peter’s new book, his past writing career, and maybe even the novella they will be publishing together next year. This is a great opportunity to spend some (virtual) time with one of the biggest names in British Science Fiction!

When: Sunday 1st November 5pm – 7pm, British Time

Where: On Zoom

For practical reasons we will need to limit numbers. Please get your ticket through Eventbrite here

By the way, this event is free.

For those who want to buy Saints of Salvation:

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BristolCon 2020 – Virtual Zoom Event

September 21st, 2020< by Rosie Oliver --> · Comments Off on BristolCon 2020 – Virtual Zoom Event

We know you’ve all been dying to know about this virtual event – the mini replacement for the real BristolCon. We’ve had loads of people asking. And your committee has been eager with the excitement…

Drumroll…. We are thrilled to host an online Zoom event featuring our special guest Professor Chris Lintott who will be giving an illustrated talk followed by a Q&A session on the subject of his latest book:

The Crowd and the Cosmos

Blurb.… How does Crowdsourcing help us find our place in the universe, how can members of the population aid scientific research, and why can’t a computer do it?

Yes, the one and only Professor Chris Lintott who helped start up Zooniverse, as well as being a presenter of BBC’s Sky at Night programme.

When? October 31st 2020, 5pm British Time.

Where? On Zoom

For practical reasons we have had to limit numbers and have set up a booking on the good old trusty Eventbrite.

Click here to go to Eventbrite’s booking form.

Oh by the way – this event is free.

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