This website aims to collate knowledge from people who have helped run the popular not-for-profit science fiction convention known as "Eastercon".
It also has information for those of you wanting to attend Eastercon.
If you want to take part in a discussion about the future of Eastercons, and the sort of things that might be useful to carry forward from year to year, then there's a discussion going on on the Friends of Eastercon site.
What's new on the site.
Concentric, the 2020 Eastercon, has been cancelled because of the Coronavirus.
Thanks to Mark Plummer John has scanned in the Eastercon programme archive, 31 programme books and 47 PRs from Whitcon to BECCON ’87, and uploaded them to Fancyclopedia. 1880 pages, done on an HP all-in-one printer with sheet feeder I just bought for £30. HP think they’ll make their money on Instant Ink, the fools… http://fancyclopedia.org/eastercon
For the moment, the easiest thing to do is click on Recent Changes in the navigation menu to the left of the screen.
We try to keep news of bids and any major changes (new guests, change of hotel) on this front page.
We're looking for new articles and new areas to write about, so if you have any questions, suggestions, or want to update or edit any of the articles (or want to write new stuff), then please get in touch!
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What is an Eastercon?
Eastercon is the annual British National Science Fiction Convention. It has been held over the Easter weekend every year since 1955. Before 1955 it was usually held over the Whitsun weekend.
Eastercon attracts 800-1,200 fans of Science Fiction, Fantasy and similar genres. Programme events usually include a fancy dress competition, an Art Show, a large Dealers Room selling books and other items, panels, quizzes, workshops, competitions and talks. Items range from hard science through writing workshops to the fun and silly. People are encouraged to take part.
Because it is considered to be a place for fans to meet and take part, rather than sit and listen to presentations, it's a convention and not a conference. Similarly when you pay your money to take part, you buy a membership in Eastercon and not a ticket.
The current cost of attending an Eastercon is approximately £50-£60 British pounds for the membership (discounts are usually available for the unwaged and for those younger than a certain age) plus you will have to pay for your own food and accommodation. Most people stay in the convention hotel and special lower room rates are negotiated.
2020 Concentric at the Birmingham NEC has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus.
- 2019 - Ytterbium
- 2018 - Follycon
- 2017 - Innominate
- 2016 - Mancunicon
- 2015 - Dysprosium
- 2014 - Satellite 4
- 2013 - EightSquaredCon
- 2012 - Olympus
- 2011 - Illustrious
- 2010 - Odyssey
- 2009 - LX2009
- 2008 - Orbital
Fancyclopedia's gateway article on Eastercons in fannish history. The conventions there have a treasure trove of PRs, newsletters, ReadMes, Programme and Souvenir books.
Fanac.org have a good selection of photos and reports from 1973 to 2000.
- 2007 Contemplation
- 2006 Concussion
- 2005 Paragon2
- 2004 Concourse
- 2003 Seacon03
- 2002 Helicon 2
- 2001 Paragon
- 1996 Evolution
Eastercons have many traditions
Advice on attending an Eastercon
Advice on running an Eastercon
See the advice section for tips on bidding, adding fun and many other areas of Eastercon convention running
General Eastercon articles
Caroline Mullan's thoughts
Evolution did a survey of Eastercon attendees' demographics in 1996 (John has preserved the web pages in case the Internet Archive loses them)
The EightSquaredCon committee blog discusses how they ran their event, with general articles on Eastercon 2023 etc
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