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Joe Abercrombie – A Little Hatred – In-Store Signing at Foyles on September 15th

August 21st, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · Comments Off on Joe Abercrombie – A Little Hatred – In-Store Signing at Foyles on September 15th

Joe Abercrombie, a previous Guest of Honour at BristolCon and local fantasy author has a new novel coming out – A Little Hatred – which is a return to his world of his First Law trilogy. This is due to be formally published on September 17th.

Foyles, Cabot Circus, Bristol have been lucky enough to grab him for Sunday September 15th, 12:30pm – 1:30pm for an in-store signing, which is free to attend. That’s right, you get his new novel a couple of days early, you lucky people. Details of the Foyles event here.

The Amazon blurb for the novel is:

Introducing a cast of unforgettable new characters, A LITTLE HATRED is the start of a brand new trilogy set in the world of the First Law which will have you gripped from the very start . . .

War. Politics. Revolution.
The Age of Madness has arrived . . .

The chimneys of industry rise over Adua and the world seethes with new opportunities. But old scores run deep as ever.

On the blood-soaked borders of Angland, Leo dan Brock struggles to win fame on the battlefield, and defeat the marauding armies of Stour Nightfall. He hopes for help from the crown. But King Jezal’s son, the feckless Prince Orso, is a man who specialises in disappointments.

Savine dan Glokta – socialite, investor, and daughter of the most feared man in the Union – plans to claw her way to the top of the slag-heap of society by any means necessary. But the slums boil over with a rage that all the money in the world cannot control.

The age of the machine dawns, but the age of magic refuses to die. With the help of the mad hillwoman Isern-i-Phail, Rikke struggles to control the blessing, or the curse, of the Long Eye. Glimpsing the future is one thing, but with the guiding hand of the First of the Magi still pulling the strings, changing it will be quite another . . .

UK Amazon Link Here.

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Want help with Book Launches?

August 18th, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · Comments Off on Want help with Book Launches?

The southwest has some lovely science fiction and fantasy authors who produce wonderful books.

Of course every new book deserves a book launch. Getting a book published is a great achievement, a recognition of all the inspiration and work that goes on in the writerly dens. And it deserves having as many people as possible come along to its launch, which means letting people know! If you have an up and coming book launch, please let me know and I’ll put up a post about here and elsewhere. I lurk at media[at]bristolcon[dot]org.

If you have a book being published and want to find somewhere free of charge to launch your book, we can help. Or should I say our esteemed vice-chair, Bav, knows where and can assist. He can be found at chair[at]bristolcon[dot]org.

We will have some exciting news to share about BristolCon’s evening entertainment shortly.

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Distaff Science Fiction Anthology Out Today!

August 15th, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · Comments Off on Distaff Science Fiction Anthology Out Today!

Distaff, an anthology of all new science fiction stories written by women, is published today in both paperback and kindle versions. The team behind behind it think it is the only such anthology this century!

The southwest of England hosts not one, but two of the authors, E. J. Tett (Holo-Sweet) and Rosie Oliver (The Ice Man).

As for what is in the anthology, one of the authors, Damaris Browne, who lives not that far from the southwest, came up with this lovely description: “…there are twists of all kinds, with aspects of comedy, horror, romance, tragedy and everything in between. We have Nordic police and Nordic myth, environmental messages and examinations of grief, icy inventors, lovelorn ships, planet-saving AIs, rainbow ponies, staring chickens, plagues and immortality, guilt and nowhere-near-enough guilt, clever children and dead children, art and actors, a degraded Earth and an Earth being reborn.”

The official book launch will be at TitanCon at The Hilton, Belfast, Friday August 23rd, 7-9pm in the Lisburn room. More information about the anthology can be found on its official website The Amazon UK link is here.

Authors bios:

E. J. Tett – story title Holo-Sweet

E. J. Tett has been writing stories since primary school, some of which still survive in notebooks in her dad’s attic, and wanted to be an author as soon as she realised it was a possible career choice and “pony” and “ninja” weren’t viable options.

Her first short story, Club Freak, about an anonymous woman’s determination to find her husband’s killer, was published by Park Publications’ Debut magazine in May 2009. Since then, she has gone on to write many short stories and poems for various small presses and has achieved an honourable mention in the 2011 Writers of the Future competition.

In 2014, writing as Emma Jane, she signed her first publishing contracts for not one, but two novels: Otherworld, formerly published by Torquere Press, and Shuttered, by Dreamspinner Press. She also has two novels published by NineStar Press, one a space opera and the other a contemporary romance.Find E.J. online at and follow her on Twitter @emizzy.

Rosie Oliver – story title The Ice Man

Rosie has been in love with science fiction ever since she discovered a whole bookcase of yellow-covered Gollancz science fiction books in Chesterfield library. She was very disappointed when she read the last of those novels. Her only option then was to write science fiction. Which is what she did after gaining two Masters degrees in mathematics, and a career in aeronautical turned systems engineering. To help her along the way, she gained an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University, where her course novel was shortlisted for the Janklow and Nesbit prize as the most promising novel on the course. 

Over twenty of her short stories have since been published in magazines, anthologies and as standalone e-books. Her story “Cyber Control” was voted the favourite short story in Kraxon Magazine in 2016. She published / edited the SFerics 2017 anthology, from which one of the stories, Angular Size, by Geoff Nelder was shortlisted for the 2017 BSFA shorter fiction award. While writing her C.A.T. (a robo-cat) novel, she gained eight Honourable Mentions from the international Writers of the Future Contest, purr, purr, purr. She is currently concentrating on writing science fiction novels in different universes (yes, plural!).

You can find Rosie online at

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Want to put an Advert in our BristolCon Booklet?

August 12th, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · Comments Off on Want to put an Advert in our BristolCon Booklet?

BristolCon is fast approaching and we are starting to get up a head of steam. Like all self-respecting science fiction and fantasy conventions, we will be publishing a souvenir booklet! If you want to put an advert in it, please contact Bav, our booklet wizard and vice-chair, chair[at]bristolcon[dot]org by 30th August 2019.

Advert Choices:

  • Inside Front Cover Full Page (Colour – Portrait) £25
  • Inside Full Page (Colour and Black and White – Portrait) £15
  • Inside Half Page (Colour and Black and White – Landscape) £10
  • Inside Back Cover Full Page (Colour – Portrait) £25
  • Outside Back Cover Full Page (Colour Portrait) £30

All adverts are subject to image approval.

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Expecting a Participant Form?

August 10th, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · Comments Off on Expecting a Participant Form?

All participants forms have been sent out to BristolCon members who ticked the participant’s box. If you’ve not received one yet, then one of three things can have happened:

  1. The form sent by our programme whizz, Dan, has gone to your spam folder. Please check it is not lurking there.
  2. When buying your BristolCon membership, you forgot to tick the participant’s box or have since changed your mind and now want to participate. In this case, please contact Dan at programme[at]bristolcon[dot]org
  3. You have not bought your BristolCon membership. In this case, please go the membership site bristolconmembership[dot]org , buy membership and tick the participant’s box while you are buying your membership.

While we have not finalised the date when the participants’ forms need to be returned by, there is not all that long – Dan is only human – sorry science fiction peoples, he’s not an AI – and sorry fantasy peoples he is not a wizard. We’ll let you know when the last date for e-mailing participants’ forms back is, but it isn’t all the long.

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Participants’ Forms on Their Way

August 1st, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · Comments Off on Participants’ Forms on Their Way

Our lovely programme manager, Dan, has started sending out participants forms. Members will be able to vote for which panels they would like to see, and whether they want to be panel members, run a workshop or do a reading. And we sure do have some very intriguing and hilarious panels on the menu.

But you can only vote if you’re a BristolCon member and have ticked the participants box. Memberships may be obtained from here.

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Congratulations to Peter Sutton and Juliet E. McKenna

July 31st, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · Comments Off on Congratulations to Peter Sutton and Juliet E. McKenna

Local authors are definitely in the news!

Peter Sutton’s novel, Seven Deadly Swords, which was launched at last year’s BristolCon is one of 172 novels to be placed on Not the Booker longlist. Apparently voting for this closes at 23.59 BST on Monday 5 August 2019. More details can be found in The Guardian’s article here.

Juliet E. McKenna’s novel, The Green Man’s Heir, has been shortlisted for the British Fantasy Novel Award for 2018.

I believe there may be some local people shortlisted for other British Fantasy Awards – not quite sure who – we wish Juliet and all of them the best for the awards in Glasgow in October.

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News about our Guests of Honour

July 29th, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · Comments Off on News about our Guests of Honour

Diane Duane is not only Guest of Honour at BristolCon, but also Guest of Honour at WorldCon in Dublin next month. John Scalzi has published his WorldCon schedule, which includes this little gem about Diane…

17 Aug 2019, Saturday 15:00 – 15:50, Liffey Hall-2 (CCD)
GoH talk: a fireside chat with Diane Duane
“John Scalzi sits down to talk with Diane Duane about the ups and downs of a life given over to SFF and genre TV and film. Other topics: crossing the streams of fandom and prodom, the cohabitation of art and married life, the intersection of writing and quirky food habits, and possibly the dead rising from the grave, human sacrifice, and dogs and cats living together… Actually, maybe the cats more than the dogs. In fact, a whole lot more.”

Our Guest of Honour, Gareth L Powell has published his schedule at WorldCon, which can be found at . More significantly Titan Books have recently announced a new two book deal with Gareth. The novels will standalone books set in a brand new universe, with working titles Stars and Bones and Stars and Minds. Congratulations to Gareth.

Don’t forget, if you want to ask our Guests of Honour questions at BristolCon, please let Dan on programme[at] know.

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Book Launch Event – The Undoing of Arlo Knott by Heather Child

July 22nd, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · Comments Off on Book Launch Event – The Undoing of Arlo Knott by Heather Child

The Occasion: To celebrate the release of Heather Child’s new novel, The Undoing Of Arlo Knott.

Where: Storysmith, 49 North Street, Bristol, BS3 1EN

When: Thursday 1st August, 6:30pm

Who: Heather Child will be talking to Cheryl Morgan (of Wizard’s Tower Press)

About What: ‘Five things you won’t regret’ and exploring the ideas behind this mind-bending new book.

Tickets are available here – there are only three left – so if you want to be there, hurry!

The Blurb:

What if your life had an ‘undo’ button?

Arlo Knott develops the mysterious ability to reverse his last action. It makes him able to experience anything, to charm any woman and impress any friend. His is a life free of mistakes, a life without regret.

But second chances aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. As wonderful as his new life is, a mistake in Arlo’s traumatic childhood still haunts him and the temptation to undo, undo and keep undoing could be too much to resist.

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Want to Ask our Guests of Honour a Question?

July 20th, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · Comments Off on Want to Ask our Guests of Honour a Question?

We would absolutely love to know what members of BristolCon 2019 want to ask our wonderful Guests of Honour, authors Diane Duane and Gareth L Powell, and artist, Andy Bigwood. Please send your suggestions to Dan at programme[at]bristolcon[dot]org.


Diane Duane has been a science fiction and fantasy writer for forty years. Her best known works include her long-running (since 1983) Young Wizards” series — its tenth novel, Games Wizards Play, having been published in 2017 — and the nine bestselling Star Trek novels for which, among many other works, she was recently awarded the Grand Master / lifetime achievement award of the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers.

Her TV and film writing has included characters ranging from Jean-Luc Picard to Batman and from Siegfried the Volsung to Scooby-Doo. Her most recent such accomplishment is running Sean Bean around a postapocalyptic New York landscape in tight leather pants, in the SyFy miniseries The Lost Future. (She tried to leave Sean alive at the end, she really did, but sometimes things just don’t work out…)

Her present workload includes a new historical novel, Games, involving the ancient Roman entertainment industry, in collaboration with her husband Peter Morwood; the eleventh Young Wizards novel, its title to be announced in 2020; and the completion of the final book in the main sequence of her Middle Kingdoms fantasy series, The Door Into Starlight.

In her spare time Diane gardens, cooks and studies astronomy, food history, and European rail schedules.


Gareth L. Powell is the BSFA Award-winning author of the novels, Embers of War, Fleet of Knives, Light of Impossible Stars, Ack-Ack Macaque, Hive Monkey, Macaque Attack, The Recollection and Silversands, as well as the horror novella, Ragged Alice, and the short fiction collections, Entropic Angel and The Last Reef.

Luna Press will be publishing About Writing, his field guide for aspiring authors, in 2019.


Andy Bigwood is an Artist, Draughtsman, Bookbinder, Cartographer, Illustrator and Author, twice winning the British Science Fiction Association Award for best artwork.

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