I’ve gathered up a calendar of sci-fi related events, from all around the world, and happening over the next six months. This includes conventions, book signings, author talks and more! I also wanted to take the time to discuss events with my readers: have you been to any conventions, book signings or other sci-fi related events recently? I’ll be discussing mine at the bottom of the post, and please feel free to leave your experiences, positive or negative, in the comments! Don’t forget to check out the schedule for the rest of today’s posts. You can also Tweet about the event using the hashtag #RRSciFiMonth.
- 1st – Ender’s Game is released
- 5th – The Given Sacrifice signing by S.M. Stirling: London, UK
- 5th – Patrick Rothfuss and Scott Lynch signing at Forbidden Planet Megastore, London, UK
- 7th – signing of Behind the Sofa: Celebrity Memories of Doctor Who, London, UK
- 8th – Thor: The Dark World is released
- 8th-10th – Novacon: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, UK
- 8th-10th – Hal-Con: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
- 8th-11th – Philcon: Cherry Hill, NJ, USA
- 10th – Dark Satanic Mills signing by Marcus and Julian Sedgewick: London, UK
- 15th-17th – Astronomicon: Rochester, NY, USA
- 15th-17th – Collectormania: Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, UK
- 16th – Science of the Time Lords: Leicester, Leicestershire, UK
- 22nd – Catching Fire is released
- 22nd-24th – BBC Doctor Who Celebration: London, UK
- 23rd – Doctor Who 50th Anniversary and airing of the special episode, ‘The Day of the Doctor’
- 29th-1st Dec – SFContario: Toronto, ON, Canada
- 29th-1st Dec – Starbase Indy: Indianapolis, IN, USA
- 1st – Phenix City Toy & Comic Book Show: Phenix City, AL, USA
- 1st – Exeter Comic Expo: Exeter, Devon, UK
- 2nd – meet James Dashner at Forbidden Planet London: London, UK
- 7th – Titan Con: Belfast, County Antrim, UK
- 7th – Farragut Fest: Kingsland, GA, USA
- 12th – Science Fiction and Fantasy Reading Group: Waterstones Southampton, Hampshire, UK
- 1st-2nd – Cardiff Comic Con: Cardiff, Glamorgan, UK
- 7th-9th – CoastCon: Biloxi, MS, USA
- 7th-9th – MarsCon: Bloomington, MN, USA
- 8th – Valiant: Sheffield, South Yorkshire, UK
- 8th-9th – Collectormania: Newcastle, UK
- 13th-16th – All-Con: Dallas, TX, USA
- 16th – EM-Con: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, UK
- 21st – Divergent is released
- 27th-30th – Sci-fi Weekender: Pwllheli, Gwynedd, UK
Events I have been to include:
- London MCM Expo October 2009, March 2010, October 2010 – London’s big film, video game and comic con, I went there three times whilst at university as London was only a thirty minute train ride away. However I was kind of freaked out by some of the er… let’s say rather overenthusiastic fans there. I feel there is more of a focus on anime than anything else, so would only consider going there again if they focused more on the other areas of media.
- Cheltenham Literature Festival 2012 – I worked there last year, had an amazing time and met some brilliant people. I blogged about my experience: Days 1 & 2, Days 3-5 and the last few days of the festival. There was a whole range of science fiction authors there, amongst other famous personalities!
- Cheltenham Literature Festival 2013 – this year I went to the festival as a ticket buyer, and met Patrick Ness and Meg Rosoff who have both written YA sci-fi, as well as some non sci-fi authors including Sarah J. Maas, David Levithan, Maureen Johnson and Mary Beard.
- BristolCon 2013 – just two weekends ago I went to BristolCon, a science fiction and fantasy convention for the south-west, with some friends of mine and had a brilliant time – but I have a whole post later in the month talking about that, so I’m not going to give anything away now!
I’d love to go a film premiere one day, or a midnight screening. I also really wish I could attend the signing by Patrick Rothfuss that is on today, but getting back from London after that time would be difficult. I also actually won tickets for Sci-Fi Weekender this year, but still couldn’t afford to go as that did not cover the accommodation (pricey) and train fares (probably extortionate) and couldn’t really get the time off work. I don’t live far from Wales, maybe an hour or so, but this was at the other end of the country. And next year I plan on going to FACTS in Belgium, with some internet friends of mine who I have known for years. Iain Glen (aka Jorah the Explorer) was there this year!