Aussiecon 4 - World Science Fiction Convention.

The 68th World Science Fiction Convention will be held 2-6 September 2010 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Our Guests of Honour are Hugo-winning author Kim Stanley Robinson, award-winning Melbourne artist Shaun Tan, and dedicated fan Robin Johnson. Melbourne has also hosted Worldcons in 1975, 1985, and 1999.The annual Worldcon brings together science fiction and fantasy professionals and fans from around the world. All forms of SF&F are represented - film, television, comics, costuming, gaming, and especially literature. Programming includes panel discussions, lectures, science demonstrations, films, readings, and autographing.

The World Science Fiction Convention 2010…

Will also be held in Melbourne.  Just before the Singularity Summit.  It is highly recommended, so much so in fact that we have some speakers attending Aussiecon also speaking at the Singularity Summit in Melbourne.

We are working with Aussiecon to have some panel discussions surrounding futurism and the Singularity

Panel participants will include:

And possibly

A Celebration of Science Fiction

The World Science Fiction Convention (‘Worldcon’) is an annual global celebration of all things speculative in fiction, open to everybody. Held most often in the USA, the Worldcon is headed for Australia this year. Known as Aussiecon 4, the event will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre during 2-6 September 2010.

As much writers festival as fan fest, Aussiecon 4 represents a rare opportunity for Australian science fiction, fantasy, and horror aficionados to mingle with authors, artists, editors, agents, and other members of the international and Australian science fiction community.

Aussiecon 4 promises the ideal forum for insight, inspiration, and networking. Multiple streams of panel discussions on a wide range of topics will be fielded by some of the biggest names in global SF. What is more, there is always an  opportunity in the relaxed and convivial atmosphere of the con to stop, sit, and share a drink.

One of the star events of every Worldcon is the presentation of the prestigious Hugo awards for achievements in science fiction and fantasy fiction, film, and fandom (and more). The 2010 Hugo award winners will be determined by the votes of those who register to attend Aussiecon 4 early.

Although several science fiction conventions are held in different states of Australia each year, none come close to the scale and sophistication of a Worldcon. The event brings together a few thousand professionals and enthusiasts from around the world.

In fact, the premium field of authors, illustrators, and other leading industry figures at Aussiecon 4 is expected to be the largest ever assembled in Australia. If you’re interested in the speculative fiction genre, Aussiecon 4 is simply not to be missed.