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Past and Forthcoming Conventions [Oct. 28th, 2006|12:54 am]
Douglas Spencer

Looks like Novacon 36 will be my thirtieth convention (leaving aside one-day conventions such as Dangercon and Picocon, and domestically-hosted games weekends).

October 1991"Eroticon Six"Gravesend
May 1992"Incon I: Inconsequential"Derby
November 1992"Novacon 22"Birmingham
April 1993"Helicon" (44th Eastercon)Jersey
October 1993"VoCon"Gravesend
May 1994"Incon II: Inconceivable"East Midlands?
August 1995"Intersection" (53rd Worldcon)Glasgow
April 1996"Evolution" (47th Eastercon)Heathrow
May 1996"Incon V: Inconsistent"Scotch Corner
May 1997"Year of the Wombat"Nottingham
May 1998"Lazlar Lyricon II"Scotch Corner
April 1999"Reconvene" (50th Eastercon)Liverpool
April 2001"Paragon" (52nd Eastercon)Hinckley
May 2002"Damn Fine Con"Shepperton
June 2002"plokta.con 2.0"Basingstoke
April 2003"Seacon03" (54th Eastercon)Hinckley
October 2003"They Came and Shaved Us"Dundalk
November 2003"Novacon 33"Walsall
April 2004"Concourse" (55th Eastercon)Blackpool
May 2004"plokta.con 3.0"Newbury
August 2004"Brentcon"Brentford
October 2004"Octocon"Maynooth
November 2004"Novacon 34"Walsall
February 2005"Redemption 2005"Hinckley
March 2005"Paragon 2" (56th Eastercon)Hinckley
August 2005"Interaction" (63rd Worldcon)Glasgow
November 2005"Novacon 35"Walsall
April 2006"Concussion" (57th Eastercon)Glasgow
October 2006"Octocon"Maynooth
November 2006"Novacon 36"Walsall

Number of conventions in each year from 1991 to 2006: 1, 2, 2, 1, 1, 2, 1, 1, 1, 0, 1, 2, 3, 5, 4, 3.

2007 is looking very crowded for conventions:

(Edit: note that Convoy is now cancelled)
February 2007"Redemption 2007"Hinckley
March 2007"P-Con 4"Dublin
April 2007"Convoy" (58th Eastercon)Liverpool
May 2007"Confounding Tales"Glasgow
July 2007"Year of the Teledu"Leicester
August 2007"Mecon 10"Belfast
August 2007"Unicon"/"Recombination" etcCambridge
August 2007"Nippon 2007" (65th Worldcon)Yokahama, Japan
September 2007"Eurocon 2007"Copenhagen
October 2007"Octocon"Maynooth
November 2007"Novacon 37"Walsall

I can't believe I'll get to all of these. I'm already intending to go to Redemption, Confounding Tales and Year of the Teledu, and I additionally have a membership for the Japanese Worldcon (although I haven't done anything about travel or accommodation, and it'll cost me about as much as attending three to four other conventions on the list).

Are there any conventions you'd like to tell me about that I really shouldn't miss, and that I've omitted from that list? Or any that are on the list that you'd be particularly keen to see me attend? Do you want to take advantage of an unrivalled opportunity to pass comment on my convention-attending habits or record? Now's your chance.

[User Picture]From: persephone101
2006-10-28 12:13 am (UTC)
I know nothing about any of the conventions on that liast, pretty much. I'd like to pick it up and make it to more next year-which do you think I'd enjoy?

Do you think I'd have a chance of picking up a last-minute membership (or two, actually, as I'd be doing it with dad) to this year's Novacon?
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[User Picture]From: seph_hazard
2006-10-28 12:15 am (UTC)
Bugger. Had completely forgot I was logged in on that account, sorry!
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2006-10-28 08:56 am (UTC)
If you like talking to people about media SF, you might enjoy Redemption. There's loads of panels, and they tend to be of the everyone-joins-in variety.

If you like dressing up in nice clothes, you might enjoy Confounding Tales -- it's run by the same people who did Convivial a couple of years ago (which I didn't attend, but several people you'll see tonight did, and they can tell you what it was like).

If you like mucking around doing insane things with foolish people, and you like participating in the planning and running of a convention, then you might enjoy Year of the Teledu, which is being planned and run by the membership using an LJ community and a wiki. If you suggest a good idea for the convention, someone will ask you if you fancy putting the item together and running it.

The two Octocons I've been to have been different from each other, but each involved meeting people I only see rarely and a lot of sitting around with beer, talking.

But for sitting around with beer and talking, Novacon is hard to beat. It's very lightly programmed and very unstressful. The hotel has been a bit tatty in the past, but we're assured that it's been refurbished over the last year. If you're able to stay over the Sunday evening, there's a very good meal to be had, with a style of food chosen by the Guest of Honour. This year it'll be traditional Scottish food.

Novacon memberships are £36 by post until October 31st, at which point postal membership closes. You may already be too late to do that. It's £40 on the door, and they're very happy to take on-the-door memberships.

You're going to have a rather harder time getting a room, I suspect. You probably want to ring Steve Lawson (who is handling membership) to check up whether they're still available. There's a telephone number here.
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[User Picture]From: surliminal
2006-10-28 05:53 pm (UTC)
Oh goody!!! new people at Novacon! yippee!

I susepct you might still get a room - though not a single.
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[User Picture]From: pigeonhed
2006-10-29 02:03 pm (UTC)
I may be sleeping in the car...
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2006-10-28 09:01 am (UTC)
There's also a web-email form type thingy for contacting various members of the committee here.
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[User Picture]From: watervole
2006-10-28 09:43 am (UTC)
I keep getting tempted by Recombination. I often think about doing the February filkcon, but it's only a couple of weeks before Redemption and there's often Redemption-related work to be done. Recombination would give me filking and gaming and SF all under one roof and at a more convenient time of year.

Would you like to go to that one?
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2006-10-28 09:50 am (UTC)
August is even fuller, proportionately, than 2007.

Mecon has an excellent list of guests, and I've never been to Belfast (I've been through it on my way to work, but not to it), so I'm quite tempted there.

But Recombination is tempting too.

I think I need to talk to people who've been to each, and then take a view -- it's probably not sensible to do both. I don't have to make my mind up straight away.
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[User Picture]From: steverogerson
2006-10-28 09:57 am (UTC)
I'm in the same boat as you regards the Japanese Worldcon, but I do intend to go. Must do something about travel thingies soon. What's the nearest sensible airport?
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2006-10-28 10:33 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2006-10-28 10:39 am (UTC)
Aliens Stole My Handbag is the only convention in the whole series of SFCoaMBH that I've missed, and I've been told repeatedly that it was very good.
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[User Picture]From: pingopark
2006-10-28 05:06 pm (UTC)
Incon II was held in Long Eaton, or near it, to be more accurate, as it was in the arse-end of nowhere.

I worked out I'd been to over a hundred conventions a few years ago and gave up trying to keep track. Mind you, I went to my first con in 1983, so I had quite a head start on you. These days I barely seem to go to any.
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[User Picture]From: pigeonhed
2006-10-29 02:05 pm (UTC)
Novacon will mark my 20th anniversary in con-going.
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