The World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) is coming to London in 2014 â€“ and itâ€™s bringing some of the biggest stars in science fiction and fantasy with it.
London was confirmed as the venue yesterday (2 September 2012) at the 2012 Worldcon, currently taking place in Chicago. The 2014 Worldcon will be the seventh to take place in theÂ UK and the third in London; the capital previously hosted the event in 1957 and 1965.
Loncon 3 will take place in the ExCeL conference centre in Londonâ€™s Docklands from 14-18 August 2014. The confirmed Guests of Honour cover the fields of fiction, comics,Â art, criticism, publishing and fandom: Iain M. Banks, John Clute, Malcolm Edwards, Chris Foss, Jeanne Gomoll, Robin Hobb and Bryan Talbot.
Worldcon joint chair Steve Cooper said: â€œWeâ€™re thrilled to be bringing the Worldcon back to London. We have fantastic guests and weâ€™re building an exciting programme covering all aspects of science fiction and fantasy.
â€œIt doesnâ€™t matter what area of this wide-ranging genre youâ€™re passionate about â€“ classic or modern, film or television, comics or cosplay. Weâ€™ll have something to interest, inform and
The Worldcon is held in a different city each year, and usually attracts around 5,000 science fiction and fantasy fans from across the globe. Highlights of the event include the Hugo Awards and the Masquerade, a spectacular live show showcasing fantasy and science fiction costumes. The programme has around a thousand individual items spread over five days,
with panels, talks, workshops, quizzes, films, videos, autograph sessions and more.
Alice Lawson, joint chair, said: â€œLoncon 3 will bring the best of science fiction and fantasy into the heart of London, and we plan to make it a fully inclusive, family-friendly experience that is safe and accessible to all.
â€œThe 2012 Olympics and Paralympics demonstrated that London has outstanding facilities,Â infrastructure and volunteers, and we hope to attract a record-breaking number of fans. Iâ€™m
looking forward to welcoming them to London in 2014.â€
For further information, check out the Loncon website:Â www.loncon3.org