If there’s anything SF readers and watchers, gamers and otakus enjoy more than their particular hobbies, it’s getting together to talk with like minded people. Doing so on tor.com is great, as is doing it in person.
What follows is a list of some of the events that will happen over the month of February. It in no means tries to be comprehensive, but I do try for geographical and thematic variety. Feel free to add events near you, large or small, in the comments.
The Woman in Black
What will probably grab your attention about this film is Daniel Radcliffe playing a young lawyer who travels to a remote village where he discovers a vengeful ghost. What should grab you attention is director James Watkins’ name in the credits.
Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival
February 4, Seattle, WA
Some people prefer short stories to novels and other prefer shorts to features. This festival caters to the latter group. In addition to watching the films, you’ll be able to meet the directors
February 9-12, Wheeling, IL
This year’s theme is Amazing Adventures and with a guest list featuring Cory Doctorow, Les McClaine, Steven H Silver and Javier Grillo-Marxuach it promised to be an amazing convention indeed.
The Secret World of Arrietty
After virtually everyone else in the world had a chance to, North American audiences will finally be able to see the four inch tall heroine on the big screen. Should you go see it? It’s a Ghibli film, need I say more?
February 17-19, Boston, MA
Boston’s regional convention is a must attend event for many fans and pros. And their guest list has something for everyone.
February 17-19, Dallas, TX
ConDFW is a literary science fiction and fantasy convention featuring all the usual activities plus a charity book swap and auction, a short story contest, and some unusual activities like the Sci-Fi Spelling Bee.
February 25-26, Glasgow, UK
Satellite bills itself as a science fiction convention celebrating the 30th ante-anniversary of the Chinese first landing on Mars. It’s the place to be if you can’t wait that long to play Jetan.
February 24 - March 18, Adelaide, Australia
An annual open-access arts festival, Adelaide Fringe has things for lovers of music, art and theatre. And there are plenty of events for geeks among the 900+ on the schedule: be it “100 Years of Lizards”, “Medieval Streetfighter”, “3Luminal” (a live presentation at Adelaide Planetarium), a tribute band to Satriani playing the complete “Surfing With the Alien” album, or RiAus’ presentation of “The Science of fiction: Doctor Who”.
René Walling is a fan of SF, animation and comics, this has led him to co-chair Anticipation, the 2009 Worldcon, be involved with fps magazine for more than a decade, and start Nanopress, a Canadian small press. He looks forward to living on Mars where he would benefit from having more than 24 hours in a day.