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2015

2016 | Overseas | Bids | London 

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  • 3-6 April 2015 • Dysprosium (Eastercon), London Heathrow
    Press release, 6 March: "No memberships will be available on the door so those wishing to attend will need to pre-purchase a membership before sales end. [...] Day memberships are £20 per day for a one-day Friday or Monday membership or £30 per day for a one-day membership on Saturday or Sunday. A full weekend membership remains £80 until March 30, 2015. There will be fewer than 100 day memberships available per day as this is a very limited release."
  • 14 April 2015 • Yesterday's Tomorrow (Eagle/Dan Dare), London
  • 23-26 April 2015 • Dead by Dawn (horror film festival), Edinburgh
  • 29 April 2015 • Brave New Worlds: The Dystopia in Modern and Contemporary Fiction (conference), Newcastle
  • 7-9 August 2015 • Nine Worlds Geekfest, London
  • 19-23 August 2015 • Sasquan (Worldcon), Spokane, WA, USA
  • 21-24 August 2015 • Wadfest (Discworld), Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire
  • 27-31 August 2015 • Frightfest (film), Glasgow
  • 28-31 August 2015 • The Asylum (steampunk), Lincoln

2016

  • 27-31 January 2016 • Conception (RPG), New Milton, Hampshire
  • 17-21 August 2016 • MidAmeriCon II (74th Worldcon), Kansas City, MO, USA
  • 4-6 November 2016 • BCon (Eurocon), Barcelona, Spain

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Ansible 332, March 2015

Algis Budrys Collected F&SF Essays: ebooks available; also David Langford's He Do the Time Police in Different Voices, The Leaky Establishment and (new in March 2015) The Complete Critical Assembly.

March 2015
John Scalzi, Prognostication Master
Rowling on Dumbledore yet again
The Bookseller YA Book Prize
W. Heath Robinson saved for the nation
Coming soon: Triffid Alley, London
Holly Lisle: "Open Letter to SFWA Upon My Resignation"
Ursa Major Awards voting opens
Terry Pratchett (1948-2015); Guardian; Telegraph; New York Times; The Register; more links in SF Encyclopedia post
Justina Robson: "Women, give science fiction a chance"
Kazuo Ishiguro strikes back: "I am on the side of the pixies and dragons"
Lambda Awards SF/Fantasy/Horror shortlist
"Sigourney Weaver slams the Oscars: Sci-fi films don't get enough respect "
The Pope recommends SF
British Library: The Gothic
Ursula K. Le Guin on Kazuo Ishiguro
SFWA Grand Master: Larry Niven
A new home for the VATMOSS horror page

February 2015
Leonard Nimoy (1931-2015)
"Dracula deserts Shropshire"
More about L. Ron Hubbard
First Edition Fever: The Iliad
Bram Stoker Awards shortlist
Nebula Awards shortlist
Grand Master William F. Nolan
BSFA Awards shortlist
Kitschies shortlist
Arthur Machen Collection update
"SFWA Welcomes Self-Published and Small Press Authors!"
2014 Locus Recommended Reading List

January 2015
After Colleen McCullough's death: how would your Australian obituary read?
George Lucas confesses
The new editor of F&SF
More Lovecraftian disputation
Sasquan (Worldcon 2015) membership rates to rise on 1 February
2016 Cardiff Eastercon bid withdrawn
Hugo Award nominations are open
SF² Concatenation Spring 2015 Newscast
1926 vision of London in 2026
Philip K. Dick Award shortlist
FAAn Awards voting is open
Loncon 3 post-mortem: final attendance, very very small surplus
What J.G. Ballard's drafts looked like
2015 TAFF race opens: vote here; PDF ballot form
"The Virtues of Know-Nothing Criticism"

December 2014
EU VAT horror coming in the New Year: my summary with added links, now moved from Ansible 329 to a page of its own; one small concession from HMRC
"From androids to zombies: taxation of the undead"
"Arthur Machen Collection at Risk"; more (BBC 29 December)
"Alert: Questionable Terms of Use in HBO's Game of Thrones Compendium"
Jerry Pournelle: small stroke, prospects good
Gabriel García Márquez: what's his archive worth?
"How I Defeated the Tolkien Estate"
Sue Mason wins Rotsler Award
Stu Shiffman remembered
Home Office changes its official reason for refusing "L. Skywalker" passport
"Interstellar is not a science fiction film ..."

November 2014
Chris "Mr Controversy" Priest rides again!
Ursula K. Le Guin at the National Book Awards (Guardian); video
"Winnie the Pooh banned ..."
Sex, violence and Paddington Bear; more
Terraform: new online magazine
World Fantasy Awards 2014
One London, fifty Paddingtons
"A Report on Damage Done by One Individual Under Several Names" [now PDF]; an impressive collection of links by Ann Somerville; a word from Peter Watts; Wikipedia debates reliable sources for all this
"When Greg Bear Has Open Heart Surgery"
France in 2023: Worldcon bid revived

October 2014
"Hammer horror archive opens to public for first time"
"Jack Kirby is Now Credited in Marvel Comics as the Creator ..."
SF&F Translation Awards Closing Down
David Mitchell interviewed
Eastercon 2015 news!
Someone else better not reviewed
SF "bit of plastic" valued at £40-£50,000
"The New Death of New Worlds"
#GamerGate: Brianna Wu targeted by online psychopaths; File 770; Guardian; defence fund planned
Langford interview at Nocturnia
Mild-mannered Thai author and notoriously abusive blogger revealed to be one and the same; huge discussion thread ensues; apology links
Harlan Ellison survives stroke
Death of the Book Award: 2014
October Batman stamps confirmed
On "Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination"
Asimov Will Be Watching You

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