Satelite 4

So I have been away from the blog for about two months, apologies work just got really busy.

This coming weekend is Easter, which for me means Eastercon, the British National Science Fiction Convention, Which this year is in Glasgow.

I am on two programme items:

I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Cluedo Friday 16:00 – 17:00

A deep and incisive exploration as to why, in this age of complex, sophisticated, interactive video games, some people still enjoy playing board games.

Great Expectations, or Dealing with Unreasonable Fannish Demands Monday 10:00 – 11:00

Conrunners discuss the evolution of fannish expectations, from a time when it was appreciated that Cons were run by amateur volunteers, and a few logistical hiccups were accepted, to modern demands of essentially a professional conference level of service.

I am looking forward to both of these panels, as I think that there will be some good discussions had. You should check out the full programme!

Anyway, I hope to see some of you at the convention.

Plans for the year

I am currently planning on visiting two international Conventions, Eastercon and Worldcon.

Eastercon is the British national convention, and moves around the united kingdom every year, with different groups organizing it. This year will be in Scotland and is called Satelite 4 I have applied to be on the program, but doubt i will get much. Most of my time will be pushing Shamrokon.

Worldcon, is a convention that moves around the world, though tends to be US based. This is a historical thing, and this is changing. This year is in London, Loncon 3, next year is in Spokane (Washington state),Sasquan. This is basically one of the longest running Science Fiction and Fantasy conventions in the world. the First one occurred in 1939 at the New York Worlds Fair, this is where the name originally came form.

So my two international cons this year are both in the UK. I had hoped to make it to Swecon (Swedish National Convention) in June, or to Finncon (Finnish National Convention) in July,  but looking at finances that is almost certainly not going to happen.

Locally I will probably get to a number of Dublin Gaming and Anime cons. Will try to get a Ticket for Dublin Comic Con as well.

I will also be at Shamrokon which is taken place at the end of this August .

[Review] The Alchemist of Souls by Anne Lyle

The Alchemist of souls by Anne Lyle

The Alchemist of souls by Anne Lyle

So i picked this up at Eastercon in April, and only got around to it on Tuesday night. I read a short bit before i had to stop, for many reasons. I was hooked enough to know that if i went much further, i wouldn’t stop till i was done.

Last night though i powered through the entire book, and i can only say that it is a brilliant book.

The story is revealed through the point of view two main characters, and one sidekick.

The two main characters are a man who is not a noble, but who is able to move with people of the noble class because of his background, and a girl who has spent the last five years hiding out as a man, working in the theater, and seems to have a mechanical mind set. The sidekick is a good friend of the male main character, and is often used to show viewpoints that neither of the main show.

The story is set in an alternate history version of Elizabethan England. When the Europeans arrived in the New World, they found a race of people called Skrayling. These people have been trading with Europe since. The Skrayling are allied with the English, and for the first time have decided to send an ambassador to the court.

While the plot revolves around the arrival of this ambassador, not all of the events in the book are directly tied to the plot. Sometimes events happen as a result of the actions of the characters, that does not directly serve the plot, but are the consequences of actions by various actors. This adds to the general realism of the story.

There is a lot going on in this book, and i am not going to go into them, as i would not do them justice. All i can say is that I will be on the look out for the sequel to this book.