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Picocon 22

Saturday 19th February 2005

Picocon 22 took place on Saturday 19th February 2005, in the Imperial College Students Union (directions below).

 Guests of Honour

Gwyneth Jones was a guest at Picocon 20, and we are glad to have her back! She is a writer and critic of science fiction and fantasy, and is also known as Ann Halam, writer of teenage horror fiction. After being nominated four times previously, she won the 2002 Arthur C. Clarke award for her novel Bold as Love, and her novel 'Life' has recently been nominated for a Philip K Dick award.. Her writing deals especially with gender roles and the impact of technology on everyday life. She won the James Tiptree Jr. award for SF writing on sex and gender issues in 1991 with her novel "White Queen".

Jon Courtenay Grimwood published his first novel when he was 20, and has held a number of jobs in the publishing industry including writing for the Guardian and and the magazine Focus. He is well known in SF circles as the author of the Arabesk trilogy: Pashazade (nominated for both the Arthur C Clarke award and BSFA best novel), Effendi, and Felaheen (2003 BSFA best novel award winner). His latest novel, Stamping Butterflies, is a BSFA nominee.

Brian Stableford has been a guest at many a Picocon, and is back again this year :) He has been writing science fiction for over 40 years, with more than 50 novels and almost 200 short stories to his name. He has also written many non-fiction works including The Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction Literature and a current project entitled The Science of Science Fiction.

Two more collections of his short stories are being published this year.


10:00 Doors Open (not a fish duel)
11:00 Welcome from the ChairEnity, followed by Gwyneth Jones' talk and Q&A (not a fish duel)
12:00 Lunch, and Destruction of Dodgy Merchandise (not a fish duel)
13:30 Jon Courtenay Grimwood - Q&A (not a fish duel)
14:30 Brian Stableford's talk (not a fish duel)
15:30 Panel (not a fish duel)
16:30 Silly games (not a fish duel)
18:00 Quiz (not a fish duel)
19:00 Close (not a fish duel)

Unfortunately this year there will be no film, as the concert hall is not available.

Other features of interest will include:

If you have any dodgy merchandise you would like to contribute to the charity auction at lunchtime, please bring it along!


Membership for the day is:

£3 icsf members
£5 concessions (with valid ID) - students/DHSS/OAP/children
£7 full price

ICSF membership is not required to attend Picocon.

 Directions to Picocon

Picocon 22 will be held at the Imperial College Students Union on Prince Consort Road in South Kensington, London.

Here's a general map of the area, pointing at the Union.

South Kensington Station (Piccadilly Line) is within easy reach. Note that the District and Circle lines are not running that weekend, so you may need to find alternative routes! The following TfL map is accurate enough, as long as you ignore the place names: from South Kensington Station.

The buses C1, 9, 10, 49, 52, 70, 74, 345, 360 and 414 all stop nearby. Please look here for further information from TfL - in particular the South Kensington spider map may be helpful.

Our mail address is the following:

Imperial College Student Union
Beit Quad
Prince Consort Road
SW7 2BB London

 Post-Picocon 22: related stuff