This Island Hinckley

Well, I’m back from Eastercon, the 56th British National Science Fiction Convention. I wasn’t there for too long (the con­ven­tion lasts from Friday to Monday; I popped in for the Saturday and Sunday). It was cer­tainly an enthu­si­ast­ic gath­er­ing. Science fic­tion fans are a breed apart; they engage with their interests and enjoy the oppor­tun­ity to speak to the writers and the oth­er artists asso­ci­ated with sci-fi. The events ranged from a James Bond-style casino to a live screen­ing of Dr Who to an audi­ence-par­ti­cip­a­tion sta­ging of Shakespeare’s Richard III -

Audience: “When is the winter of our dis­con­tent!?”

Richard: “Now is the winter of our dis­con­tent…”

If this doesn’t make any sense, con­sult the guide.

In addi­tion to the hustle and bustle, there was some some hob­bing and nob­bing. I bumped into Ken MacLeod (the splen­did author who provided me with an equally splen­did review of Déjà Vu way back when) and engaged him in a con­ver­sa­tion that involved a lot of blither­ing on my part. Ken told me about some of his upcom­ing books. Judging by his descrip­tions, and his past efforts, they should be ones to look out for. Also bumped into Charlie Stross, Cheryl Morgan and M J Simpson. Mike Rennie and Lucy Zinkiewicz (thanks again, guys; par­tic­u­larly Lucy for let­ting me crash) intro­duced me to bewil­der­ing num­ber of people, each of home asked me a bit about my book. Of the ten or so cop­ies of Déjà Vu I took with me, I man­aged to get eight of them into cir­cu­la­tion. But the trip was more than just busi­ness. It was nice to put names to faces and say hello to people. Very nice they were too.

And, if that wasn’t all splen­did enough, I man­aged to pick up a mug (from ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha’s sign-up table) read­ing ‘Something that tastes almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea’.

Author: Ian Hocking

Writer and psychologist.

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