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Programme Suggestions… We Want More!

March 30th, 2020< by Rosie Oliver --> · No Comments

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 --> · No Comments

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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BSFA Awards Long-Lists

January 7th, 2020< by Rosie Oliver --> · Comments Off on BSFA Awards Long-Lists

The BSFA Awards long-lists have been published and what I can only describe as our super-human Guest of Honour, Adrian Tchaikovsky, has several entries:

  • Best Novel – Cage of Souls (Head of Zeus)
  • Best Novel – Children of Ruin (Tor)
  • Best Shorter Fiction – Walking to Aldebaran (REBCA)

We also have some local authors on the long-lists:

Best Novel:

  • Peter F Hamilton – Salvation Lost (Macmillan)
  • Juliet E McKenna – The Green Man’s Foe (Wizard’s Tower Press)
  • Emma Newman – Atlas Alone (Gollancz)
  • Gareth L Powell – Fleet of Knives (Titan Books)

Best Shorter Fiction:

  • Damaris Browne – The Colour of Silence (Distaff anthology, ed. Rosie Oliver & Sam Primeau)
  • Rosie Oliver – The Ice Man (Distaff anthology, ed. Rosie Oliver & Sam Primeau)
  • Gareth L Powell – Ragged Alice (Tor.com)

Best Non-Fiction:

  • Gareth L Powell – About Writing (Luna Press)

Congratulations to one and all. (I must admit I have to give Gareth L Powell a super-human award as he is on three lists!)

If I have missed anyone from the southwest off these lists – I don’t know where you all live – please let me know at media[at]bristolcon[dot]com.

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Bristol Area Science Fiction Writers’ Circle – Start Up Meeting

January 2nd, 2020< by Rosie Oliver --> · Comments Off on Bristol Area Science Fiction Writers’ Circle – Start Up Meeting

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL!

A small of group of us are getting together to start up a science fiction writers’ circle in the Bristol area.

What is a writers’ circle? It usually comprises a group of writers who submit pieces of fiction at regular intervals to the others for constructive feedback. This technique of improving writing has worked well in many genres and many places.

Is this what the Bristol Science Fiction Writers’ Circle will do? Short answer is yes, but it may do more. As this is a science fiction (please note not pure fantasy or horror) we may try to find out ways of helping each other with the science background side of things. (At least two of us have a notable background in science – and different branches too!)

We are getting together to sort out the details of exactly what we want to do. If you are interested in joining in, we will be having our first meeting on Monday January 27th at 6-30pm in the bar area of the Hilton Doubletree hotel – the same hotel where we normally have BristolCon. This meeting is to discuss what we want do etc. I’ll be bringing along a small wooden horse to place on the table so strangers know where we are in the bar area – you can’t miss it – it’s bright red with strange swirly strokes of other colours. Those familiar with Swedish culture will know it as a Dalecalian wooden horse. (If the weather turns out to be bad, we will rearrange!)

If you want to join and are unable to make this meeting, please contact me at media[at]bristolcon[dot]org with your wish list and resource constraints.

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