The programme is divided into a number of areas; each managed by an Area Head and their team.
London is protected by the giants Gog and Magog, demonstrating how the fantastic is part of the 2000 year history of the city. It is an incredible history full of depressing depravation, delicious desires, and feats of derring-do. Today it is an exciting, vibrant and enriching city to experience. Whether you speak only 1 of its 300 languages, or visit only 1 of its 300 museums, the range of options open to Loncon 3 visitors is immense.
I’m passionate about comic books. I’m an omnivorous reader: I like superheroes, memoirs, humour, comix, Manga, anthologies, horror, web comics, science fiction, fantasy, and mimetic comic books. Sequential art in all its expressions is wonderful partly because its malleable quality lends it to a diversity of subjects and forms.
Long past are the days when filk was secretly (and by some accounts, loudly) being sung in hotel rooms and corridors, with silly words to folky tunes. If you come along to the filk stream at Loncon 3, you will be able to hear smooth jazz, blood-pumping rock, beautiful choral arrangements, and everything in between. This is where to go to see professional musicians, soon to be professional musicians and enthusiastic amateurs coming together for the love of music and of speculative fiction.
What do we talk about when we talk about "media sf"? In 2014, I want us to talk about context. Perhaps because media sf doesn't tend to be the work of a community of creators in the same way as written sf, our conversations often focus on specific works: the Doctor Who panel, say, or the Buffy panel. And there's certainly value in that approach.
What do you look for when it comes to a Worldcon Science programme? Up to date science, delivered by world experts in their fields; thorny scientific and real-world issues discussed by knowledgeable panelists; the relationship between science and science fiction explored by great writers, great scientists and by those experienced in both; and the unexpected - the unknown unknowns that add an extra frisson to any convention.
We're planning a wonderful series of talks and activities for the Young Adult programme at Loncon 3. YA has long been touted as a source of some of the best creativity in the genres that bring us together for Worldcon every year, and rightfully so! It appeals to both adults and younger readers, and our aim is to do the same by providing items to pique the curiosity and bring out the passion in everybody.