harry harrison

Last Minute Changes

Hi everyone. We have some bad news and some good news.

Harry Harrison, author of The Stainless Steel Rat and long-time Octocon guest, has unfortunately had to cancel his trip for the weekend. He had a minor accident this morning and isn't able to travel over the next few days.

The good news is that he is expected to make a full recovery and we're looking forward to seeing him at future conventions!

Harry was looking forward massively to the convention and was very excited to see his good friend Dave Lally appear as a guest of honour for the first time, but Harry's health comes first and rightly so!

The other bit of good news is that Harry's bibliographer Paul Tomlinson will be at the convention, speaking on some panels and enjoying the con, so he can answer any pressing questions you may have and bring back all well wishes to Harry! Be sure to say hi when you see him!

We hope to see you all there!


Only Six Days To Go!

Oh hi there, October Convention-lovers!


These past few days, all we've been hearing are staged whispers about "letting out your inner geek" and "nerdgasming" and "transforming" and "rolling out", but what does it all mean?


Well, it may indicate a change in neuro-linguistical programming brought on by some kind of new mass-marketing machine built by Doctor Advertiso, OR, it could mean that Octocon 2009 is nearly upon us!


With only six days to go, we're putting together our final preparations for one of the greatest conventions of all time!


So, what do you have to look forward to besides The Golden Blasters film festival, Octocon's Next Top Monster, meeting Mike Carey, Derek Gunn, Michael Carroll, C.E. Murphy and more, meeting your fellow fans, and "competing to be the worst" at The Red Shirt Olympics?


We're glad you asked!


Only Thirteen Days To Go!

Hello everyone!

We here at Octocon Towers (and our colleagues beavering away in the OctoCave to find OctoGold™ in order make limited edition foil-embossed collectors' comics) are so very, very excited to be only two weeks away from Octocon 2009!

Just in case there are people out there still not sure what they'll be doing on the 10th and 11th of October (you know who you are!), we thought we'd tease you with a few little things to whet your appetites!

Firstly, in an homage to message boards all across the Internet, we shall have lots of reasoned and interesting discussions, that will ocassionally devolve into lolcats before getting back on topic. Among the panels we have in store, we will have a discussion on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) issues within the genres of speculative fiction, a debate on whether music can really be a storytelling medium, and a question of fans' ownership of the people that create their books, comics, movies and TV shows brought on by this blog post by Neil Gaiman.

Secondly, we'll have many mini-events happening throughout the weekend. There are of course The Golden Blaster Awards, at which we will show you several short films, you get to pick your favourite and just maybe win a prize yourself! But there are also such goings-on as our Saturday night events, at which you shall be entertained like some kind of royalty, and this little thing we like to call...

Octocon's Next Top Monster!


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