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2014: BristolCon: Sex, Death and Aliens


Bristol 07/10/2014

Now in it’s sixth year, Bristol’s acclaimed science fiction and fantasy convention, BristolCon, presents another exciting line-up of attractions at the Hilton DoubleTree Hotel in the centre of the city.

Our Guests of Honour this year are the authors Jon Courtenay Grimwood and Emma Newman, and artist Julian Quaye.

Jon Courtenay Grimwood is an award winning writer of several alternate-history series: the cyberpunk-flavoured ‘NeoAddix’ sequence, the ‘Arabesk’ series and the supernaturally intriguing ‘Assassini’ series, as well as some fabulous stand-alone novels including the British Science Fiction Award winning End of the World Blues and the literary fiction work The Last Banquet (as Jonathan Grimwood).

Emma Newman is the author of the hugely entertaining ‘Split Worlds’ series, described by the Guardian as ‘JK Rowing meets Georgette Hayer’, and hosts the Hugo-nominated fancast ‘Tea and Jeopardy’.

Local artist Julian Quaye paints steampunk-esque portraits with beautifully realised animal heads. He tells us that his influences are Rene Magritte, Beatrix Potter, Walt Disney and Warner Brothers, “…encapsulated in a portrait in the manner of American realist painter Edward Hopper but with a liberal dose of kitsch.” His work will be on display, and, as is traditional, he has given us the cover art for this year’s souvenir programme book.

BristolCon will be host to many other well-known writers and artists. These include Paul Cornell, Jonathan L. Howard, Anne Lyle, Gareth L. Powell, Ian Whates, Tricia Sullivan, Jim Burns, and the wonderful Jasper Fforde.

BristolCon will of course feature its usual mix of discussion panels, merchandise stalls, and art on display. Our panels are renowned for their appeal – we tailor them to our members. This year we bring you sex, death, aliens, alien sex, music, cake, the Misty Mountains and more (it’s all family friendly!) We will also be running an innovative series of ‘small group sessions’, where authors will sit down with up to nine people and workshop aspects of writing or talk about specific themes, for example a tour of the urban fantasy world of Paul Cornell’s Shadow Police series, with the man himself as your guide!

In the evening there will be a gaming room running games such as Werewolf and Ricochet Robots, our fiendish quiz, and a screening of Uninvited courtesy of the Bristol Bad Film Club.

If you can’t come to the convention but would still like a good fix of SF&F that weekend, we also have two events running on the Friday night to tell you about. Firstly, Tricia Sullivan will be launching her book ‘Shadowboxer’ at Foyles in Cabot Circus at 5:30 – for 6. Secondly, a free night of open mic readings will be on in the bar, hosted by the BristolCon Fringe. That starts at around 7:30 – just turn up and read!

Convention tickets can be bought in advance for £25 from the convention website at or at the Open Mic event. Tickets on the door will be priced at £30.


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