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Gareth L Powell wins BSFA Best Novel Award – Congratulations

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

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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BristolCon at EasterCon – Ytterbium!

April 12th, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · No Comments

BristolCon will be putting up its banner at EasterCon! Literally! We’re there to support our guests of honour, Gareth L Powell (who is shortlisted for this year’s best BSFA novel award) and Andy Bigwood, (who is an exhibiting artist).

If you want to register for BristolCon while you’re enjoying Ytterbium, please seek us out – look for our banner – we will be around!

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At EasterCon / Ytterbium this Year…

April 5th, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · No Comments

Less than two weeks to go to the EasterCon national science fiction convention or should I say, Ytterbium! Number of registered attendees has reached at least 976, so it’s going to be a BIG convention at Park Inn Heathrow, London. Certainly not an EasterCon to miss!

Andy Bigwood, our artist guest of honour at BristolCon this year, will be exhibiting some of his artwork.

We’re particularly delighted to have not one, but two, local authors shortlisted for BSFA Best Novel award, who will out and about there:

  • this year’s BristolCon science fiction guest of honour, Gareth L Powell for Embers of War
  • previous BristolCon Guest of Honour, Emma Newman for Before Mars

See here for Ytterbium.

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BristolCon Fringe Open Mic Night

April 1st, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · 1 Comment

April 15th 7-30pm to 9-30pm will see the return of the BristolCon Fringe annual Science Fiction and Fantasy Open Mic night. The place is The Gryphon, 41, Colton Street, Bristol, BS1 5AP.

Bring along your work in progress (or finished work that’s been languishing in a drawer, or something you’ve published, or anything else you’ve written) to read a five minute extract from. Never read in public before? That’s absolutely fine, we are always looking for new talent!

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BristolCon Safety Policy Reminder

March 24th, 2019< by MEG --> · No Comments

We at BristolCon are proud of our reputation for being a friendly, safe, and inclusive environment for everyone. We welcome all fans of Science Fiction and Fantasy and our aim is to promote authors and artists working in the genre. Your safety, and that of all of our attendees, is our priority.

For further information on our safety policy, please visit the link on our FAQ, policies and Guides page

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Green Stories Initiative

March 14th, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · Comments Off on Green Stories Initiative

Green Stories is an initiative to get people writing about green issues such as climate change, green energy, sustainable food etc. It has recently completed a competition for writing short stories and the anthology, Resurrection Trust, will be published on March 28th with a foreword by Caroline Lucas MP and review by Jonathan Porritt.

The profits from this publication will be used to run bigger competitions in the future, the next one for writers opening in April will look for solution-focused stories with a positive tone, which according to research are more likely to inspire greener behaviours and a proactive mindset to address sustainability issues than stories with a catastrophic focus. This seems to be because negatively framed stories can either make people avoid the subject and switch off, or leave them feeling helpless to make a difference.

The Green Stories website, which also has information about various issues, is here.

For those interested in the Resurrection Trust see here. There will be a book launch at October Books, 189 Portswood Rd, Southampton SO17 2NF. Thursday 28th March 2019 7.30pm -8.30pm. There will be wine and nibbles and some short readings and general mingling.


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Broken Shadow By Jaine Fenn Book Launch

March 11th, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · Comments Off on Broken Shadow By Jaine Fenn Book Launch

Local author, Jaine Fenn, will be launching her novel, Broken Shadow at Books on the Hill (Hill Road, Clevedon, North Somerset BS21 7PL), Saturday, April 13th. Jaine will be at the bookshop from 11am onwards, with the launch party at 5-30pm.

Broken Shadow is the second in her Shadowlands duology. If you have not read the first book, Hidden Sun, a good blurb can be found on Amazon here. For those who have read the first book, a better blurb can be found here on the Angry Robot site.


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BristolCon Fringe presents George Mann and Anna Smith Spark

March 4th, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · Comments Off on BristolCon Fringe presents George Mann and Anna Smith Spark

George Mann and Anna Spark Smith will give readings from their work on Monday, March 18th, 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.

Books on the Hill will be selling books as always, as well as some splendid teas.

George Mann is a Sunday Times bestselling novelist and scriptwriter.

He’s the author of the Newbury & Hobbes Victorian mystery series, as well as four novels about a 1920s vigilante known as The Ghost. He’s also written bestselling Doctor Who novels, new adventures for Sherlock Holmes and the supernatural crime series, Wychwood.

His comic writing includes extensive work on Doctor Who, Dark Souls, Warhammer 40,000, a creator-owned series based on Newbury & Hobbes, as well as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for younger readers.

He’s written audio scripts for Doctor Who, Blake’s 7, Sherlock Holmes, Warhammer 40,000 and more.

As Editor, he’s assembled four anthologies of original Sherlock Holmes fiction, as well as multiple volumes of The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction and The Solaris Book of New Fantasy.

Anna Smith Spark is the author of

  • the critically acclaimed, Gemmell and BSF awards shortlisted Empires of Dust grimdark epic fantasy series The Court of Broken Knives, The Tower of Living and Dying and The House of Sacrifice (HarperVoyager UK /Orbit US/Can).

Her favourite authors are Mary Renault, R Scott Bakker and M. John
Harrison. Previous jobs include English teacher, petty bureaucrat and fetish model.
You may know her by the heels of her shoes.
Twitter: @queenofgrimdark
Facebook: Anna Smith Spark

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Dark Visions: An Evening with Patrick Edwards at Foyles, Cabot Circus

March 2nd, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · Comments Off on Dark Visions: An Evening with Patrick Edwards at Foyles, Cabot Circus

Foyles, Cabot Circus, Bristol, are holding a literary science fiction event on Friday 15th March 7-30pm to 9-00pm, cost £3.

It is to launch a debut novel by Patrick Edwards, author of the bold and chilling new dystopia, Ruin’s Wake.

In Ruin’s Wake, Patrick Edwards imagines a world under the boot of a totalitarian government, a world with no history and whose inhabitants exist at the mercy of the state. Join Patrick as he discusses his fascination with the future, and the real world inspirations for his novel.

Patrick Edwards lives in Bristol and has never grown out of his fascination with science and the future. In 2014, he decided to give writing a go and graduated from the Bath Spa University Creative Writing MA with distinction. His first novel, Ruin’s Wake, was inspired by the works of Iain M. Banks and modern-day North Korea, and is ideal for fans of Iain M. Banks, Adrian Tchaikovsky and David Mitchell.

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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2019 Membership is now OPEN!

February 26th, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · Comments Off on 2019 Membership is now OPEN!

The membership portal for 2019 BristolCon is now open. Go to the PORTAL HERE

Membership Rates Nov to May are:

Standard – Adult (Ages 10+): £25

Concessions (Unwaged and Young Adults Aged 14 to 17): £15

Disabled: £15

Carer (only available with a paid Disabled Membership): Free

Artist: £25

Dealer (Full Table – includes 1 Dealer Membership with each Table, additional helpers are charged at Standard Membership rates): £40

Dealer (Half Table – includes 1 Membership): £30

Former Guests of Honour: Free

Guests of Honour: Free

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