Loncon 3 - The 72nd World Science Fiction Convention

The 72nd World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), also known as Loncon 3, will be held from Thursday 14 to Monday 18 August 2014 at ExCeL Exhibition Centre London in Royal Victoria Dock, London, England, United Kingdom.

The special highlights of the convention will be the introduction of Guests of Honour – individuals who contributed to the field of science fiction in a significant way through their literary works, comics, art, criticism, publishing or fandom, and awarding The Hugo Awards - the leading award for excellence in the field of science fiction and fantasy.

The convention will be attended by over 6000 professionals and fans from the hosting country and from more than 50 other countries from around the world. The rich programme comprised of over 1000 programme articles will be divided into many overlapping areas and will feature numerous science fiction related genres such as anime, art, comics, cosplay, film, literature, manga, music, science, TV, video games and much more. The full Loncon 3 Programme is here.

Loncon 3 - Programme highlights:

Thursday, 14 August

Chris Foss's battle-weary spacecraft, dramatic alien landscapes and crumbling brutalist architecture irrevocably changed the aesthetic of science fiction art.

11:00  Chris Foss - Art and Influence (Capital Suite)

12:00  Opening Ceremony (Auditorium)

12:00  War Of The Worlds – Goliath /Film/ (Capital Suite)

13:30  Loncon 3 Guests of Honour Discuss Iain Banks (Capital Suite)

13:30  Signing: Patrick Rothfuss (Boulevard)

14:30  Reading: Russell Blackford (London Suite)

16:30  The Retrofuturism of JJ Abrams (Capital Suite)

18:00  Why Aliens Are Cool Again (Capital Suite)

20:00  The 1939 Retro-Hugo Awards Ceremony (Auditorium)

22:00  The Cancellation and Re-imagining of Captain Tartan /Play/
           (Second Stage)

Friday, 15 August

Skylon, a single-stage-to-orbit spaceplane which could revolutionise space travel, is today science fiction, but in a few years could become science reality.

10:00  RP Haven and Tabletop Games (Games Tent)

11:00  Reading: George RR Martin (Auditorium)

12:00  BIS: SKYLON and spaceflight of the future (Auditorium)

13:30  Guest of Honour interview with Jeanne Gomoll (Capital Suite)

15:00  Iain Banks - Before The Wasp Factory (Capital Suite)

15:00  Interview with John Clute (Capital Suite)

15:30  Mastermind /Play/ (Capital Suite)

16:30  A Conversation with Malcolm Edwards (Capital Suite)

18:00  Suicide or Lulu and Me in a World Made for Two /Film/
           (Capital Suite)

20:00  Worldcon Philharmonic Orchestra (Auditorium)

Saturday, 16 August

Comic book artist Bryan Talbot discusses role of anthropomorphic characters in his Grandville graphic novel series of steampunk detective thrillers.

10:00  Welcome to Clone Club (Capital Suite)

11:00  The Destruction of London (Exhibits Hall)

12:00  Grandville and the Anthropomorphic Tradition (Second Stage)

13:30  An Interview with Chris Foss (Second Stage)

15:00  Tim Powers' The Anubis Gates - World Premiere /Play/
           (Second Stage)

17:30  The Anubis Gates - Post Performance Q&A (Second Stage)

18:00  The Terminal Zone /Play/ (Capital Suite)

20:00  Masquerade /Cosplay/ (Auditorium)

22:00  Hallucinating Shakespeare /Play/ (Capital Suite)

22:00  80's Night Dance (Second Stage)

Sunday, 17 August

Excession is Iain M. Banks's fourth science fiction novel from the Culture series. Main Guest of Honour sadly passed away before he could attend Loncon 3.

10:30  Reading: Thomas Olde Heuvelt (London Suite)

11:00  Iain M. Banks, Writer and Professional (Second Stage)

13:00  Graphic Novel Man: The Comics of Bryan Talbot (Capital Suite)

13:30  An Interview with Robin Hobb (Second Stage)

15:00  Bryan Talbot: 'How I make a Graphic Novel' (Capital Suite)

15:00  Girl Genius Radio Plays /Play/ (Second Stage)

16:00  I4IS: Far Centaurus - The Pros and Cons of Interstellar Travel
           in Science Fiction (Capital Suite)

19:00  London and Other Futures (Capital Suite)

20:00  The 2014 Hugo Awards Ceremony (Auditorium)

22:00  British Rock Disco (Second Stage)

Monday, 18 August

Black Mirror - Fifteen Million Merits, which will be screened on Monday, is an episode from the first series of the stunning dark future anthology of dramas.

09:30  Reading Iain M. Banks (Capital Suite)

10:00  Mythology and Folklore in Anime (Capital Suite)

10:00  Genres Collide: Does SF&F have its own form? (Capital Suite)

11:00  Getting Better Costume /Cosplay Photos/ (Capital Suite)

12:00  SF and Space Travel: Pragmatism or Pessimism? (Capital Suite)

12:00  Science Fact and Science Fiction (Capital Suite)

12:00  The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr - Abridged /Play/
           (Second Stage)

13:30  The Limitless Imagination of Anime (London Suite)

15:00  Closing Ceremony (Second Stage)

18:00  Black Mirror - Fifteen Million Merits /TV Screening/
           (Capital Suite)