SciFi weekender 1-3 March
February 22nd 2013
I’m going to be there, for the very first time. And I’m looking forward to it.
Many moons ago, I wrote my Eastercon blog and wondered what a ‘different’ SFF convention would look like – and suggested the SFX weekender (of which the SciFi weekend is, unsurprisingly, a direct descendent). The programme certainly looks interesting and varied – I’m on a panel in Spaceport at 5pm on Saturday, discussing modern trends in SF and how would it all look to the old folk. Checking the other panellists, I may actually be the oldest one, so no irony there… if they’re not referring to me as ‘granddad’ by the end, I’ll look on it as some sort of triumph.
I’m also signing 6-7pm at the Forbidden Planet stall/kiosk/lander – there may well be copies of The Curve of the Earth to be blagged, but I’m not sure at this stage.
But putting the work to one side, I’m simply interested as to how all this works: it’s a commercial concern, as opposed to a fan-ran, fan funded con – which is why the likes of me have a free ticket etc, and BRIAN BLESSED will be there. I’m even travelling down/across with friends who (whisper it quietly) aren’t writers, but simply fans who are going for the sheer enjoyment of it all. Neither is this a hotel-based convention. It’s in a holiday park in what can be described as far into Wales as you can reasonably get (which is why I’m delighted that one of my travelling companions is a driving instructor who can share the load with me).
I will – undoubtedly – be in the bar, but also roving around. Don’t be a stranger.