BCON – Eurocon 2016 in Barcelona, Spain

Eurocon is an annual pan-European science fiction convention, that unlike Worldcon is not a stand-alone event, but traditionally piggybacks the hosting country’s national sci-fi convention. The organising committee of each Eurocon is selected by vote of the participants of the previous event. The convention is organised by the European Science Fiction Society. The first Eurocon was held in Trieste, Italy, in 1972.

This year’s Eurocon will find its home in Barcelona, Catalonia (marking the first staging of the event on the Spanish soil) where it will be held alongside BCon (standing for Barcelona Con) – the annual Spanish national science fiction convention HispaCon, at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB, i.e. the Centre of Contemporary Culture) in the heart of the city.

Similarly to World Science Fiction Convention, each Eurocon features panels, presentations, readings, autograph sessions, discussion groups, as well as participatory activities including writing, art, workshops, costuming, cosplaying and many other genre-related programme items. The European SF Awards recognising the best works and achievements in science fiction for the previous year are also awarded at the event.

With close to 1000 members from over 30 countries from all around the world, Eurocon 2016 will transform its hosting venue during the three days of its running into a bustling hub of like-minded people engaging in assorted genre-related activities.

For the first time, Eurocon will be displaying a re-entered piece of the actual Hubble Space Telescope kindly lent by NASA, with two attending ESA astrophysicists giving a talk about their work.



Eurocon 2016 - Location

Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB) or, in English, Centre of Contemporary Culture, is one of the most visited exhibition and arts centres in the city of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Situated in the El Raval district, the centre boasts a floor area of 15,000 m², 4,000 of which are exhibition spaces. The venue also features a spacious auditorium and various multiuse seminar and lecture rooms.

Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (Centre of Contemporary Culture), situated in the heart of the city, aesthetically combines new and old architecture.


Eurocon 2016 - Guests of Honour

Aliette de Bodard (France) – despite being raised in Paris, with French as her mother-tongue, Aliette writes in English, likely helping her winning two Nebulas, Locus and the British SF Association Award. Her penchant for history led to Obsidian and Blood – a noir mystery fantasy series set in Aztec culture and alternative history Xuya, in which the Chinese discovered America before Columbus.

Enrique Corominas (Spain) – winner of the 1986’s National Comic Book Prize for Zona 84, Enrique published numerous books and short stories in Spain, France and Italy, and designed cover art for such classic works of the genre as
H. P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu, Clive Barker’s Hellraiser and Spanish edition of George R.R. Martin’s
A Song of Ice and Fire published by Gigamesh.

Péter Michaleczky (Hungary) – a founding member of Hungary’s Avana Sci-Fi Association, Péter edited Hungary’s most important SF magazine of the period, Átjáró (Gateway), from 2001 to 2004. In addition to putting together a number of sci-fi anthologies and other books, Péter co-organised several national HungaroCons, ÁtjáróCons and other science fiction conventions.

Rosa Montero (Spain) – among Rosa’s awards for fiction are the Primavera Novel Prize in 1997 for The Cannibal’s Daughter (La hija del caníbal) and the Qué Leer Prize which she won twice, for The Madwoman of the House (La loca de la casa) and for Tale of the Transparent King (Historia del rey transparente). She also wrote sequel to Blade Runner, Tears in the Rain (Lágrimas en la lluvia).

Richard Morgan (UK) – a SF & F author of seven books written in the noir style, writer of two graphic novels featuring Marvel’s character Black Widow, the lead writer for science fiction video games Crysis 2 and Syndicate, winner of Arthur C Clarke, Philip K. Dick and John W. Campbell awards, Richard’s two novels (Altered Carbon and Market Forces) are just being adapted into feature films.

Rhianna Pratchett (UK) – veteran of the video games industry, Rhianna worked on many well-known titles including Heavenly Sword, Mirror’s Edge as well as Overlord and Tomb Raider series, earning her recognition in the form of the Writers Guild of Great Britain’s Best Videogame Script award and a BAFTA nomination. She also writes comics, short stories, plus scripts for film and TV.

Andrzej Sapkowski (Poland) – the most translated Polish fiction author after Stanislaw Lem, Andrzej’s award-winning dark fantasy fiction includes Blood of Elves, but he is best known for his gritty, dark fantasy series of novels Witcher, that was adapted first into television series and subsequently into an award-winning video game franchise spanning three instalments to date.

Johanna Sinisalo (Finland) – writer of multiple award-winning fiction novels, notably Not Before Sundown (a.k.a. Troll: a Love Story), Birdbrain and The Blood of Angels - all published in English, Johanna’s trademark style of surreal invention and savage humour best translated into the screenplay for the crowd-funded sci-fi spoof film Iron Sky, about Nazis from the Moon invading Earth.



Eurocon 2016 - Special Guests

Albert Sánchez Piñol (Spain) – this most translated Catalan writer (his first novel Cold Skin was translated into 37 languages) wrote several collections of short stories such as The Ages of Gold and Thirteen Sad Trances, as well as novels such as Pandora in the Congo, set in the late 19th century, where European explorers encounter an ominous race living deep inside an old mine.

Brandon Sanderson (US)Brandon’s writing debut, 2005’s novel Elantris was praised by critics and readers alike, who hailed it as an original and innovative take on the fantasy genre. He is probably best known for his brilliant fantasy trilogy Mistborn, with the titles The Final Empire (2006), The Well of Ascension (2007) and The Hero of Ages (2008), with its prequel The Alloy of Law.



Eurocon 2016 - Programme highlights


Friday, 4 Nov 2016

10:15  Opening Ceremony/Inauguración/Inauguració (ENG-CAT-SP)

CCCB - Sala Teatre

11:15  Impostor Syndrome (ENG)

Hotel Catalonia Ramblas - Sala

AznarCon (SP)

Centre d'Estudis i Recursos Culturals - Pati Manning

Queer Societies in SF (ENG)

CCCB - Auditori

11:30  Futuros tenebrosos: Entrevista con Emilio Bueso (SP)

CCCB - Sala Raval

Atrás han quedado los días de gloria del imperio (SP)

CCCB - Aula 1

Discover Catalan SF (ENG)

CCCB - Aula 2

12:15  Where are the Aliens? (ENG)

CCCB - Auditori

12:30  German SF Culture (ENG)

CCCB - Sala Raval

La dona a la mitologia i la literatura fantàstica catalana (CAT)

CCCB - Aula 1

Interview with Péter Michaleczky (ENG)

CCCB - Aula 2

13:15  Distopías y apocalipsis: ficción utópica durante el franquismo (SP)

CCCB - Auditori

Inconsciente colectivo; influencias jungianas en la ciencia ficción clásica. (SP)

CCCB - Aula 2

13:30  Interview with Johanna Sinisalo (ENG)

CCCB - Sala Teatre

14:15  Small Presses Conference (ENG)

Hotel Catalonia Ramblas - Sala

14:30  How to Build a Fantasy World (ENG)

CCCB - Sala Raval

15:15  LEM: máquinas escribientes (SP)

CCCB - Sala Raval

15:30  French SF Culture (ENG)

Centre d'Estudis i Recursos Culturals - Pati Manning

La ciencia ficción en los países Árabes (SP)

CCCB - Aula 2

15:45  La cultura friki en España: un refugio en un mundo líquido (SP)

CCCB - Auditori

16:00  Launch of Mecanoscrit/Presentación/Presentació Mecanoscrit (ENG-CAT-SP)

CCCB - Sala Teatre

Wonder Women; (techno)heroínas feministas para el siglo XXI (SP)

CCCB - Aula 2

16:15  European SF Society Business Meeting #1 (ENG)

Hotel Catalonia Ramblas - Sala

Cross-Media: New Narratives for the 21st Century (ENG)

CCCB - Aula 1

16:30  Futuros quebrados (SP)

Centre d'Estudis i Recursos Culturals - Pati Manning

Obras perdidas de la CF (SP)

CCCB - Aula 2

16:45  Launch of Barcelona Tales (ENG)

CCCB - Auditori

17:00  Bill, the Galactic Hero (2014) (ENG+VOSE)

Filmoteca - Sala Grande

17:15  Evil Females (ENG)

CCCB - Sala Teatre

Detrás de las cámaras, donde se cocina la magia: FX (SP)

CCCB - Aula 1

El monstruo y la postmodernidad (SP)

CCCB - Aula 2

17:30  Book signing of Mind the Gap with Vanfunfun (Nacho Iribarnegaray) (SP)

Chronos bookshop

The Place of Euro SF in the World (ENG)

CCCB - Sala Raval

17:45  El futuro de la Hispacón como encuentro de la CF española: HispaCon 2017 (SP)

Centre d'Estudis i Recursos Culturals - Pati Manning

Gender & the Post-Human in Science Fiction (ENG)

CCCB - Auditori

18:15  Pioneros en España, el inicio de la era del juego. (SP)

CCCB - Aula 2

18:30  La Pell d’ Albert Sánchez Piñol (CAT)

CCCB - Sala Teatre

La Pell d’ Albert Sánchez Piñol (CAT)

CCCB - Sala Raval

The Influence of European Authors & History in the work of George R.R. Martin (ENG)

CCCB - Aula 1

18:45  SFF in Portugal Nowadays (ENG)

Centre d'Estudis i Recursos Culturals - Pati Manning

18:55  Reading Club: Rosa Montero (SP)

Biblioteca del Camp de l’Arpa

19:00  Reading Club: Miquel Barceló (SP)

Biblioteca Les Roquetes

Presentation of Cuentas Pendientes with Sergi Álvarez and Sagar Fornies (SP)

Chronos bookshop

Signings/Firmas

Gigamesh bookshop

Presentaciones de Vienen a por ti, Sherlock Holmes y las sombras de Whitechapel y Malditas bastardas

Biblioteca Montbau

Visiones 2016, VVAA (AEFCFT)

Vila de Gràcia - Biblioteca Vila de Gràcia

Autor Solaris (2016) (POL-VOSE)

Filmoteca - Sala Pequeña

Reading Club: Richard Morgan

Biblioteca Jaume Fuster

21:30  Segon Origen (2016) (CAT)

Filmoteca - Sala Pequeña


Saturday, 5 Nov 2016

10:15  George Orwell Walking Tour (ENG)

Hotel Catalonia Ramblas - Main Door

Influencias de la cultura audiovisual en la literatura de género (y viceversa) (SP)

Centre d'Estudis i Recursos Culturals - Pati Manning

Interview with Enrique Corominas / Entrevista con Enrique Corominas (ENG/SP)

CCCB - Sala Teatre

American Gothic contra Gótico Ibérico (SP)

CCCB - Auditori

10:30  The Aznar Saga (ENG)

CCCB - Sala Raval

Stanisław Lem: A Celebration (ENG)

CCCB - Aula 1

Els altres mons de la literatura catalana (CAT)

CCCB - Aula 2

11:15  Diálogo España-América Latina (SP)

Centre d'Estudis i Recursos Culturals - Pati Manning

Verne Versus Wells (ENG)

CCCB - Auditori

11:30  Interview with Rhianna Pratchett (ENG)

CCCB - Sala Teatre

Estado de la CF española: ¿tradición o revolución? (SP)

CCCB - Sala Raval

Surfing Space-Time (ENG)

CCCB - Aula 1

Fronteras entre CF y fantasía en el cómic (SP)

CCCB - Aula 2

12:15  Tricks of the Trade of Genre Translators (ENG)

Centre d'Estudis i Recursos Culturals - Pati Manning

Political SF (ENG)

CCCB - Auditori

12:30  In Collaboration with the European Space Agency - Space Exploration: Visions of the Future (ENG)

CCCB - Sala Teatre

Traducciones que trascienden el papel (SP)

CCCB - Sala Raval

Euro Fandom (ENG)

CCCB - Aula 1

Albinos en la literatura fantástica: el auge de lo extraordinario (SP)

CCCB - Aula 2

13:15  The Failures of Futurology (ENG)

CCCB - Auditori

13:30  Dédalo (ENG)

Centre d'Estudis i Recursos Culturals - Pati Manning

Juegos de mesa con antecedentes (SP)

CCCB - Sala Raval

Is Venus Habitable? (ENG)

CCCB - Aula 1

15:00  Mundos fantasía (SP)

Hotel Catalonia Ramblas - Sala

Los géneros efímeros: el problema de la estética en el género fantástico (SP)

Centre d'Estudis i Recursos Culturals - Pati Manning

The Spanish SF Scene Today (ENG)

CCCB - Aula 1

15:45  How Your Brain Cheats You (ENG)

CCCB - Auditori

16:00  Interview with Brandon Sanderson (ENG)

CCCB - Sala Teatre

La traducció del fantàstic al Català (CAT)

CCCB - Aula 2

16:15  Entrevista con Joe Haldeman/Interview with Joe Haldeman (ENG/SP)

CCCB - Sala Raval

16:30  How Robot Companions Will Change Us: Science Beyond Fiction (ENG)

Centre d'Estudis i Recursos Culturals - Pati Manning

Transgender Translation & Transformation: What does Being a Transvestite have to do with SF? (ENG)

CCCB - Aula 1

17:00  ESFS Business Meeting #2 (ENG)

Hotel Catalonia Ramblas - Sala

Aliette de Boddard and Silvia Schettin (ENG/SP)

Chronos bookshop

Homenatge a Antoni Munné-Jordà (CAT)

CCCB - Aula 2

17:15  Interview with Richard Morgan (ENG)

CCCB - Sala Teatre

17:30  Relaciones emocionales y familiares no normativas en la CF (SP)

Centre d'Estudis i Recursos Culturals - Pati Manning

Entrevista con Charles Stross (ENG/SP)

CCCB - Aula 1

17:45  El cerebro friqui (SP)

CCCB - Auditori

18:00  Queer en la CF (SP)

CCCB - Aula 2

18:30  Signings/Firmas

Gigamesh Bookshop - Gigamesh bookshop

Brandon Sanderson, el maestro del Cosmere (ENG/SP)

CCCB - Sala Teatre

Brandon Sanderson, el maestro del Cosmere (ENG/SP)

CCCB - Sala Raval

18:45  Troleo en el mundo friqui (SP)

Centre d'Estudis i Recursos Culturals - Pati Manning

OMNI: Narración transmedia (SP)

CCCB - Auditori

19:00  Presentation of La carne no está en venta: Apocalipsis with Ricard Millàs (SP)

Chronos bookshop

Robot Jox (1990) (ENG/VOSE)

Filmoteca - Sala Pequeña

21:30  The Congress (2013) (ENG/VOSE)

Filmoteca - Sala Pequeña


Sunday, 6 Nov 2016

09:30  Asamblea anual AEFCFT (SP)

Hotel Catalonia Ramblas - Sala

10:15  Pasat, present i futur del fàndom català (CAT)

Centre d'Estudis i Recursos Culturals - Pati Manning

Interview with Andrzej Sapkowski (ENG)

CCCB - Sala Teatre

Rome & the Lost Legion: SF in Italy & Romania (ENG)

CCCB - Auditori

10:30  Euro Steampunk (ENG)

CCCB - Aula 1

Tolkien y la fantasía como herramienta de educación (SP)

CCCB - Aula 2

11:15  Business Meeting Asociació Catalana (CAT)

Hotel Catalonia Ramblas - Sala

Charla sobre fantasía humorística en España (SP)

Centre d'Estudis i Recursos Culturals - Pati Manning

Beyond Jurassic Park (ENG)

CCCB - Auditori

11:30  Interview with Aliette de Bodard (ENG)

CCCB - Sala Teatre

Mythology into Fantasy (ENG)

CCCB - Sala Raval

La Ciencia en Star Trek (SP)

CCCB - Aula 2

11:45  Weird Fiction in Europe (ENG)

CCCB - Aula 1

12:15  Booktubers, un fenómeno a analizar (SP)

Centre d'Estudis i Recursos Culturals - Pati Manning

Machines That Kill (ENG)

CCCB - Auditori

12:30  Literatura y cine de género en Hungría y Europa Oriental (SP)

CCCB - Aula 2

12:45  Interview with Rosa Montero / Entrevista con Rosa Montero (ENG/SP)

CCCB - Sala Teatre

Ciencia ficción: del pulp al blockbuster (SP)

CCCB - Sala Raval

Is there a Southern European SF? (ENG)

CCCB - Aula 1

13:00  Signings/Firmas

Gigamesh Bookshop

13:15  Teaching SF in the University (ENG)

Centre d'Estudis i Recursos Culturals - Pati Manning

13:30  La ciència-ficció de Manuel de Pedrolo més enllà del Mecanoscrit (CAT)

CCCB - Aula 2

15:00  G. R. R. Martin y P. Rothfuss, de la tragedia a la picaresca. Nuevos géneros dentro del género (SP)

CCCB - Aula 2

15:15  ¿Qué significa ser posthumano? (SP)

Centre d'Estudis i Recursos Culturals - Pati Manning

16:00  Does SF Prevent a Bad Future? (ENG)

CCCB - Sala Raval

Lovecraft: The Scientific Sources (ENG)

CCCB - Aula 1

How to Promote Euro SF (ENG)

CCCB - Aula 2

16:15  Entrevista con Lisa Tuttle (ENG/SP)

CCCB - Auditori

17:15  Closing Ceremony/Clausura/ (ENG/SP/CAT)

CCCB - Sala Teatre

Closing Ceremony/Clausura/ (ENG/SP/CAT)

CCCB - Sala Raval

18:30  Young Adult Fantasy (ENG)

Centre d'Estudis i Recursos Culturals - Pati Manning

La narrativa del pixel: Encuentro con Rhianna Pratchett (ENG/SP)

CCCB - Sala Teatre

La narrativa del pixel: Encuentro con Rhianna Pratchett (ENG/SP)

CCCB - Sala Raval

Sin mi lavadora no sería yo la misma persona. El ser humano es post-humano (SP)

CCCB - Auditori

La lectura como fenómeno social (SP)

CCCB - Aula 2

18:45  Comics & SF

CCCB - Aula 1

19:30  Charly (1968) (ENG/VOSE)

Filmoteca - Sala Pequeña

21:30  Iron Sky (2012) (ENG/VOSE)

Filmoteca - Sala Grande