10 Days to Edge-Lit 3!

There seems to be an epidemic of conventions in the UK at the moment.  August is simply awash with geeky goodness, with the second Nine Worlds Geekfest taking place at Heathrow from the 8th to the 10th, the International Discworld Convention (the Ankh-Morpork Grand Exhibition) with Manchester standing in for Ankh-Morpork from the 8th until the 11th, and, of course, the Big Kahoona: LonCon, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention, setting off Sub-Etha Sens-O-Matics all across the capital from the 13th to the 18th of August. But as awesome as all of these August (and, indeed, august) events are, please…

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On This Day: The First Worldcon

Not for the first time, we are indebted to the Hugo-winning Encyclopedia of Science Fiction for pointing out – via its excellent On This Day function – that the first Worldcon began seventy-five years ago today in New York City. This major event began in 1939 and (following an early hiatus caused by war, from 1942 to 1945) continues to be held annually, most frequently in the USA, where it has attracted as many as 8000 attending. With London‘s third Worldcon (the UK’s seventh) only six weeks away and rumoured to be set to attract almost 10,000 attendees, we thought…

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Nineworlds Convention Recap

So, this weekend the first Nineworlds convention took place in two hotels in Heathrow. As you can see from this blogpost, Gollancz was well represented by authors and staff, so we thought we’d give you a quick run-down on the proceedings! But, before I do, one thing to note – the main thing about Nineworlds was that it had a lot of different strands going on. Like, a lot. At one point on Friday evening, about half eight, I worked out that there were 18 things I could be at. At some points on Saturday that would have been a…

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Gender parity: A Special Guest Post

Gollancz is delighted to welcome a guest blogger to the site. Lizzie Barrett, known to many as @alittlebriton and as a mover and shaker within the BFS and Fantasycon communities, has been kind enough to let us repost her words about panels, and the importance of making sure voices from every walk, genre and gender of life are heard. This opinion piece came together with a little help from her friends (as all the best things do) namely Anne C. Perry, known to the SFF world as @thefingersofgod and as the quite marvellous @pornokitsch. It’s also featuring on our blog…

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