Redemption 05

Science Fiction Conventions

My first SF convention was Contrivance in 1989, the first convention I was on the committee of was Protoplasm in 1992. I was on the committee of Helicon, the Eastercon and Eurocon in 1993, and Intersection, the 1995 Worldcon. I helped found, and am currently involved in running a series of Blake's 7/Babylon 5 conventions called Redemption, which tries to provide a lively and interactive fan-based programme, as an alternative to the rather more guest-oriented style of media con that has been more common in recent years. We've run 3 of these, in 1999, 2001, and 2003. The fourth will be in February 2005.

Liberator in Jumpgate

Forthcoming Conventions

These include some of the conventions that I am hoping to go to in the next couple of years, plus a few others that look interesting.

August 20th - August 23rd, 2003  Discworld Convention 2004

The 2004 Discworld Convention at the Hanover International Hotel, in Hinckley, Leicestershire, GoH: Terry Pratchett

August 28th - September 1st, 2003  Torcon 3

The 61st World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

September 27th - 28th 2003  Phoenix Convention (P-Con)

General (predominantly written) SF Convention at The Ashling Hotel, Parkgate Street, Dublin 8, Ireland. Email for details.

October 24th - 26th 2003  They Came and Shaved Us

General SF Convention with an emphasis on humour. From the same deranged wierdos who brought us Aliens Stole My Handbag, and Damn Fine Convention. Fairways Hotel, Dundalk, Co. Louth, Ireland (halfway between Dublin and Belfast for those with dodgy geography skills like me).

November 7th - 9th, 2003  Novacon 33

General SF Convention. According to Ansible this is in Walsall, so I assume it is again at the Quality Hotel, Bentley, Walsall as used in 2002, but the web site has not yet been updated for the 2003 con (as of 7/1/03). For details email

April 9th - 12th, 2004  Concourse

The 55th British National Science Fiction Convention at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool. (Which won against the flawed, but intriguing Concurrence bid).

September 2nd - 6th, 2004  Noreascon 4

The 62nd World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) in Boston, Massachusetts, USA

February 25th - 27th, 2005  Redemption '05

A convention for fans of Blake's 7, Babylon 5 and Beyond... A fan-oriented media SF convention, at the Hanover International Hotel, in Hinckley, Leicestershire, United Kingdom.

August 4th - 8th, 2005  Interaction

The 63rd World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) in Glasgow.

For a good list of Science Fiction conventions in the UK, and some of the major cons in Europe and the US, check out the ConNotation convention list.


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