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Picocon 19

Saturday 9th February, 2002

From the Sofa

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This page is about Picocon, ICSF's annual convention. This year is our 25th anniversary, so we have big plans afoot. This page will be updated regularly as we get more information in.

Date and Location

Picocon 19 will be held at Imperial College Students Union on Prince Consort Road in South Kensington, London, SW6 2BB.
The nearest tube stations are South Kensington and Gloucester Road (District, Circle and Picadilly lines).
Registration starts at 10am and events will run from 11am through to 6pm, when a film will be shown in the Union cinema.

Guests of Honour

Anne Gay - is the author of several fantasy books including Mindsail and Dancing on the Volcano. She also edits LineOne's Science Fiction Club in the What's On section.

China Miéville - The winner of this years Arthur C. Clarke award for his novel Perdido Street Station. He has published several short stories in UK anthologies, and written three novels to date, King Rat, Perdido Street Station, and The Scar. He is also studying for a Ph.D. at LSE.

Stan Nicholls - has written a range of books including a novelisation of Tom and Jerry: The Movie, Spiderman books, the Authorised Biography of Gerry Anderson, the Orcs: First Blood trilogy and the Nightshade Chronicles trilogy. He was also the first manager of London's Forbidden Planet shop, a journalist and a teacher of creative writing.

Geoff Ryman - His first publication was "The Diary of the Translator" for NW in 1976. His magazine version of The Unconquered Country: A Life of History (1984, Interzone) won the British Science Fiction Award and the World Fantasy Award. His first full length novel was The Warrior Who Carried Life (1985) a fantasy quest and his second, The Child Garden: A Low Comedy (1987 Interzone) won the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. Most recently, Lust was published last year. He has also created an internet book - 253, about the people on a tube journey.

Other Events

Time Event - all to be confirmed
10.00 Registration starts
10.30 Start of Killer Tournament
11.00 China Miéville
12.00 Destruction of Dodgy Merchandise
Killer Happy Hour
13.00 Juggling lessons
Killer Happy Hour
14.00 Geoff Ryman
15.00 Panel discussion featuring all GOHs
16.00 Stan Nicholls and Anne Gay
17.00 Pub Quiz and end of Killer
18.00 Film: Pitch Black

Destruction of Dodgy Merchandise - This now annual event consists of an auction for pieces of offensively tacky, cheap or cute merchandise. All proceeds from the auction go to icu RAG and the winner of each lot gets to destroy it using the tools available, including large hammers and liquid nitrogen. Please feel free to bring along your own contributions.

Killer tournament - a sort of roleplay running throughout the day. Participants will be issued a target to kill and there will be a prize for the person who kills the most targets. If you would like to bring a weapon along please note that anything dangerous or any form of water pistol will not be allowed. The rules can be found here.

LAN Network - We will be running a LAN Network with approximately 10 pcs running a deathmatch games including Unreal Tournament. Come along and blow your friends up with high power weaponry.

Dalek Racing - Norfolk and Chance will hopefully be racing again, our daleks go pretty fast, but aren't very good at cornering, making the events less of a race and more a survival contest.

Pitch Black - The day concludes with a showing of Pitch Black in the ICU cinema. A great opportunity to see this science fiction/horror film if you missed it on it's limited cinema release.


Entrance for the whole day including the film is:
£2 for icsf members
£5 concessions (with valid id) - students/DHSS/OAP
£8 for non-students

If you only want to come to the film in the evening, there will be a reduced rate of £3.50.

Tickets can be bought in advance from the ICSF library, where you will get a 50p discount.

If you would like any further information please contact John Kirk the Picocon Sofa (as opposed to chair).