I like one-day conventions. They’re condensed, manageable (financially and physically) and tend to have an unique feel to them. Picocon holds a special place in my heart as it was the first con to invite me to be a Guest of Honour.

So, this year I’ll be back and, in true Picocon anarchic style, may well be on some of the programme, even if it doesn’t say so on the website. Most certain is my participation with this year’s Guests in the main afternoon panel, which has no title but is always interesting. There’s a possibility I might do a reading – not of the Turkey variety I hasten to add. I may get involved in the Silly Games, although I know there are a number of more amusing persons who’ll be there who I hope to watch, not least GoHs Sarah Pinborough and Charles Stross.

It being Picocon there may also be the kind of student stunts you only get at a quality university at the forefront of scientific research, which going on previous years will involve supercooled gases, a large hammer and, quite possibly, fish.


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