19 October 2009

World sci fi, fantasy and horror convention heads to Australia

The 68th World Science Fiction Convention, Worldcon, will be held in Melbourne from 2-6 September next year. Aussiecon 4 will be at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The Worldcon annual convention brings together people, both professionals and fans, from all over the world who have an interest in the science fiction and fantasy genres. Although the emphasis of the convention is on the literary side, all other forms, such as film, television, and comics, are included. Programming includes panel discussions, lectures, science demonstrations, films, readings, and autographings.

Aussiecon 4 is so named because it is the fourth Worldcon to be held in Australia and all have been held in Melbourne. Previous conventions (1975, 1985, 1999) were widely acclaimed.

The program is still in the planning stages, but guests of honour will include Kim Stanley Robinson, Robin Johnson, and Shaun Tan.

Click here to visit the official web site for the convention.