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 don’t overlook the excellent Edge-Lit 3 event, taking place in Derby just ten days away, on Saturday 19th July. Edge-Lit is the spiritual successors to the very highly-regarded Alt.Fiction event and is fast becoming a major date in the SF calendar.
How major? Well, Guests of Honour are Joe Abercrombie and Charles Stross, doyens of British Fantasy and SF respectively, and the roll call of speakers is equally impressive, including Jaine Fenn, Jon Courtenay Grimwood, Tricia Sullivan, Freda Warrington and Conrad Williams, to name but a few.
The event runs from 11:00 am until midnight, costs £25 for the day, and SF Gateway and Gollancz are proud sponsors.
So, what are you waiting for? Get yourself over to the Edge-Lit website and book!