Tuesday, October 31, 2006
The event is held at S-Osis (Rehtorinpellonkatu 6) and the doors open at 10 (in the morning, that is, if you can believe any comics artists are up by then). The comics-themed evening party starts at 8 at the same location; there’s a cover charge of 2 euros for those coming in after that. There will be live music, performed by Veltto Virtanen, Verde, Freakenstein, and Jumalan ruoska.
Update: If you want to get a head start, there will be pre-con-festivities on Friday night at the Cosmic Comic Café. (The comics club has an extra meeting at the same place on Thursday also, but the readers of this blog will be at the sf mafia at Bremer then—right?)
Thursday, October 26, 2006
The speakers are:
- 14:00 Leena Krohn talks about what you need fantasy for
- 14:40 Steve Aylett (interviewed by Iida Simes)
- 15:00 New weird, surrealism, magic realism; a panel discussion on current fantasy trends (Jan Hlinovsky, Hannu Blommila, Jukka Halme, Elli Leppä, Juha-Pekka Koskinen)
- 15:40 the “Kuvastaja” award for best Finnish fantasy book of the year
- 15:50 Pasi Jääskeläinen (interviewed by Kanerva Eskola)
- 16:10 Anu Holopainen (interviewed by Aleksi Kuutio)
- 16:30 J. Pekka Mäkelä (interviewed by Toni Jerrman)
- 16:50 Vesa Sisättö talks about Finnish science fiction and fantasy literature
- 17:20 How to get published; a panel discussion (Jukka Halme, Anne Leinonen, Tuomas Sorjamaa, Kimmo Lehtonen)
Saturday, October 14, 2006
Friday, October 13, 2006
Arrived in Sweden very early in the morning.Shopped at Comics Heaven and Sf Bokhandeln, and ate a very nice pub lunch.
Imagicon is well organized for a Swedish convention. Everything was in place, program items start on time, and there even are a con newsletter and helpful signs outside pointing the way to the con site.
GoH sightings. Joe Haldeman stopped being conforming after he realized people weren't going to throw hand grenades at him for being different any more. Geoff Ryman wanted to talk about sex because he thought it would be more interesting than talking about writing.
The current panelists are talking very quietly, so I'm sitting in the back, blogging instead.
Thursday, October 12, 2006
The last couple of years, the Swecon delegation from Finland has been pretty much Ben, Jukka & me (Ben and Jukka were there before that, too). We’ve had fun—and also told others here so. Maybe partly because of that, and no doubt because the Swedes came to Finncon in force this year and had a visible Swecon presence, there are now thirteen Finns going to Imagicon. That’s right, count them, thirteen! That’s quite a leap from three. The Nordic fandom is coming together, and I’m very excited about that.
See you in Stockholm!
Thursday, October 05, 2006
- zombie lemons are scary to some
- Åcon will be great and have many participants; we will probably have to fend off all the people wanting to join at the door; this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t join up right now, though
- people have strange experiences with the customs office, having tried to bring things like lightsabers or indian chief head gear into the country
- it can pay to pose as a royalty when traveling abroad (even a Finnish royalty)
- understanding the thing about the 30 euro bills can be difficult
- Sarasvatin miekka (the jolly sword and sorcery romp)
- Sarasvatin keikka (the noir crime story in the style of Donald Westlake)
- Sarasvati breikkaa (the music industry–themed YA novel)
- Sarasvatilla leikkaa (the detective story)
- Sarasvati meikkaa (the chic lit book)
- Sairas vaatii Kreikkaan (the gripping drama)
- Sarasvuo feikkaa (the cynical analysis of trendy business world)
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
So come to Bar Bremer at six to swap stories about the loot from the Book Fair, inquire about Åcon, ask about going to Swecon, or just talk about whatever else comes to mind!
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Åcon’s guest of honor will be Hal Duncan, a British author whose debut novel Vellum has gotten quite a bit of attention in the sf circles. His second novel (and the other half of “The Book of All Hours”), Ink, will be published in February. Mr. Duncan should prove a very interesting guest to meet, I think.
The membership fee of Åcon is 20 €. All paid members can join the con info and debate e-mail list (if they want) and participate in planning the convention, so it pays to pay up early (more details on how to do this to be announced quite soon, hopefully). The con web site will also be up soon.
The Åcon committee is Eemeli Aro (chair), Jukka Halme, Ben Roimola and myself.
Update 2006-10-05: Added link to the con web site.
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