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Picocon 35 — ‘Harmony’ 17th February 2018

Picocon 35 was held on Saturday 17th February 2018, in Imperial College Union.

What is Picocon?

Picocon is the annual Science Fiction & Fantasy convention run by the Imperial College Science Fiction and Fantasy Society, ICSF. It usually takes place on a Saturday in February, in Imperial College's Blackett Building. We try not to clash with other conventions around the same time.

It is a small (hence the name), affordable and convenient convention for students and fans in or near London. Registration opens at 10am, with the first scheduled events kicking off at around 10:30. The schedule concludes in the evening.

At a Picocon you will encounter:

Picocon 35 logo

Guests of Honour

Speaking at Picocon 35 this year will be:

Provisional Timetable

10:00 Front Desk/registration opens
10:30 Authors' Talk - Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell
11:30 Author's Talk - Paul Stewart
12:00 Author's Talk - Chris Riddell
12:30 Lunch

Destruction of Dodgy Merchandise
14:00 Author's Talk - Emma Newman
15:00 Authors' Panel
16:00 Turkey Readings & Viewings

Silly Games (starts 16:30)
17:30 Harmless Fun (definitely not a fish duel)
18:00 Pub quiz



  • £8 for ICSF members;
  • £10 concessions (with valid ID) - students/DWP/OAP/children;
  • £12 full price;
  • FREE for past Guests of Honour.

You can buy tickets here.

Discounts for large parties (e.g. other University SF societies) are potentially available (email the Picocon Sofa).

Please note that neither ICSF nor Union membership is required to attend Picocon; all are welcome.

Food will be served between 12:30-13:30 in h-bar.

Directions to Picocon

Here's a general map of the area, pointing at the entrance to Beit Quad (which houses the Union) off Prince Consort Road.

By London Underground

London Underground

The tube is probably easiest way to get to Picocon; both Gloucester Road Station and South Kensington Station are within easy reach.

Both stations are served by the Circle, District, and Piccadilly lines. There are planned engineering works on some other Underground lines .

These maps show the routes we suggest from both Gloucester Road Station and from South Kensington Station.

By Public Bus

TfL Buses

Both the Royal Albert Hall and the South Kensington bus stop groups are near by - the Royal Albert Hall itself is next door to the Union. From South Kensington stops, follow the route map from South Kensington Station.

These stops are served by buses C1, 9, 10, 49, 52, 70, 74, 345, 360, 414, 430, and 452.

By Bike

Santander Bike Hire

There are three hire cycle docking stations on Prince Consort Road, which also houses the Union. Search for 'SW7 2BB' on the Cycle Map.

Note: If you get lost around South Kensington trying to find Beit Quad, ask for directions to the Royal Albert Hall, and once there, Beit Quad is the building on the left of the RAH as you face its main entrance (if you arrive from the Hyde Park side, you will be at the rear of the RAH).

Contact Us

For more information, please contact Edward da Fonseca, the Picocon Sofa (comfier than a chair), at picocon@icsf.org.uk.

Our mail address is the following:

Student Activities Centre
Imperial College Students' Union
Beit Quad
Prince Consort Road