Sci-Fi Month: Events (international)

Posted 5 November, 2013 by Rinn in Sci-Fi Month / 12 Comments

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.

November 2013


December 2013


January 2014


February 2014


March 2014


April 2014

  • 4th Captain America: The Winter Soldier is released
  • 4th-6thAd Astra: Toronto, ON, Canada
  • 4th-6thChevron 8.1: Heathrow, London, UK
  • 5th-6thSci-Fi Scarborough: Scarborough, North Yorkshire, UK
  • 11th-13thConGlomeration: Louisville, KY, USA
  • 18thTranscendence is released

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!

So my question is this: what sci-fi events have you been to? Did you have positive or negative experiences? Are there any you would love to attend?

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12 responses to “Sci-Fi Month: Events (international)

  1. It’s a tiny local thing, but depending on how it goes I’ll be writing it up for a blog post – I’m attending the book launch here in Glasgow for Libby McGugan’s debut novel, THE EIDOLON, on Thursday (Nov. 7th)! Looking forward to it, and I’ve also taken note of a movie release or two from your list. Fun times! 😀

  2. Wow this is such an amazing list! I had no idea there were so many events going on! I’ve been to this year’s Gallifrey One con in LA which was awesome! I got to meet Freema and Sylvester McCoy and others. I would love to go to the DW celebration this month, but flying to London won’t be happening for me. *tear* But the 50th anniversary ep does help ease the pain. 🙂

    • Me neither until I looked some events up! I wanted to make it truly international but sadly only managed to really find stuff in the UK and North America.
      Oh lucky! That sounds so exciting! =D
      I wish I could too… it sold out so long ago though!

  3. Ahhh, this is awesome! Too bad only one of these is even remotely near me! I did add it to my calendar, though. 😀

    The only sci-fi event I’ve been to was this Star Trek convention my husband and I went to on a whim when we were visiting his parents. It was small, and not much was going on, but I *did* spot the actor who played Draco Malfoy!

  4. I was invited to attend a science fiction convention last year as an author but didn’t get to go. I know my publisher sends promotion materials to a lot of them.
    Very excited for Thor tomorrow!

    • Aw, how come you couldn’t go? I can imagine those events are pretty wonderful as an author =)

      Me too, I really want to see Christopher Eccleston as Malekith.

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