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Programme Update!

September 22nd, 2021< by Christopher Rumble --> · No Comments

Greetings Confans!

The latest news from our Programme man is we’re underway!

If you haven’t quite gotten around to filling out your participation form there is still time, but only just!

Get to it BristolConolians

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COVID-19 Policy Statement

September 4th, 2021< by Christopher Rumble --> · No Comments

BristolCon has posted it’s COVID Policy for the BristolCon 2021 Convention, you can see the full statement at the following page

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Supporting Member…but what is it?

August 30th, 2021< by Christopher Rumble --> · No Comments

Hello fellow followers of BristolCon.

You might be asking “What is this new “Supporting member option” and what does it all mean?

Well ConFans, the supporting member is a membership for those who wish to support our fun event, but who may not be able to join us this year. It also reserves your option to upgrade at the prevailing rate should your finances or plans change to allow you to attend.

It entitles you to watch our streamed content guilt-free… the streams are free anyway… both of cost and guilt… but, if you enjoy them or you’ve enjoyed previous cons and you wish to show us a little support… it’s £10 and helps to keep the convention going.

Now some of you might have noticed we said streams… more on that later, fellow follower.

Cheers Drive

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BristolCon Membership Update

August 20th, 2021< by Christopher Rumble --> · Comments Off on BristolCon Membership Update

Bristolcon 2021 was an event we knew might be smaller, we knew people might not want to venture out… We were cautious in expecting to fund it. 
Well folks! Thanks to everyone willing to support BristoCon 21 we are able to extend the discount period until September 30th.
Get your tickets before October 1st and enjoy the Rate usually only available many months before the convention! 
We will also be streaming content if you want to support us but worry you won’t get anything for your money, but more on that when we release the programme. 
Stay Safe, Stay Frosty, Stay fanta-sci-fi  

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Discounted Train Travel

July 29th, 2021< by Tom Page --> · Comments Off on Discounted Train Travel

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!


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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