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 November. 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.
[This month’s events after the jump]
Thirty days during which over two hundred thousands of writers will attempt to produce a novel. Are you going to be one of them?
Guy Fawkes Night
An event popularized all over the world thanks to Allan Moore and David Lloyd. Guy Fawkes Night will feature fireworks and bonfires all over the British Isles, while it will most probably be celebrated by people wearing masks elsewhere.
One of the largest SF festivals around, the Utopiales welcome over 40,000 people each year. The range of their guest list, which includes Tim Powers, Javier Negrete, Tommaso Pincio, Ian McDonald, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Yoann, and David Lloyd, shows just how varied this event is.
Science + Fiction
A festival focusing on genre films, television and visual arts.
Novacon is the U.K.’s oldest ongoing convention. Highlights of the weekend include the Nova Awards ceremony (celebrating excellence in British fanzines) and the traditional beer tasting at the dead dog party.
Portland’s SF convention is back and this year’s theme is the Lighter Side of Horror. Events at this convention include the Open Read & Critique, where writers read the opening of their short story or novel and fellow writers critique the work, Clarion style.
This year’s SFContario is also host to the 31st Canvention the Canadian National Convention and the Aurora Awards. This year’s guests include John Scalzi, Karl Schroeder and Gardner Dozois.
With so many events promising to be the biggest most astounding thing ever, it’s nice once in awhile to see an event billing itself as “a friendly little SF&F festival…held every fall.” All modesty aside, they have a great guest list that includes Tor.com’s very own Jo Walton.
Los Angeles, CA
L.A. annual SF convention asks the question we all want the answer to: “Where’s my flying car?” I don’t know if anyone there will have the answer, but I know they’ll have a good time.
A fair dedicated to DYI and small press publishing, Expozine will welcome over 250 creators and celebrate it’s tenth edition this year. Publishers and zine editors have until november 9th to get a table.
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, write reviews of francophone short fiction for The Portal, 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.