Loncon 3 Programme

Whether you’ve never been to a convention before or if you’ve been to a hundred, welcome! Loncon 3, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), will have something for you. We have scheduled over 1000 programme items over the weekend, and you can find details on all of them in our complete programme guides.

The programme participants are volunteers and include fans, authors, artists, other creators, editors, publishers, critics, academics and scientists. These are in addition to a few invited speakers and the Guests of Honour, who participate in the programme throughout the weekend.

Our programme is divided into many overlapping areas. If you love one the chances are you can spend much of your weekend enjoying just that, but we hope you will be excited by sessions across the programme:

Literature: The space where readers and writers get together to share their love of books from around the world and across theme and genre.

Media: We will look at recent trends that tie together a range of works; trace out traditions across the decades; explore emergent themes and tropes we’ve come to expect from our TV and film; and think critically about how and why media SF works (or doesn’t).

Science: Up-to-date science, delivered by world experts in their fields. Thorny scientific and real-world issues discussed by knowledgeable panelists. The relationship between science and science fiction explored by great writers, great scientists and by those experienced in both.

Comics and graphic novels: Plans are afoot for key note talks, children’s workshops, and panel discussions that explore the rich tradition of sequential art worldwide and how it is likely to evolve in the future.

Young Adult: Programming aimed at teens, children, and adults, exploring the creativity and excitement of YA literature.

Fandom (Traditional and Transformative): We will be embracing all fan cultures, fan histories, fan communities, fan productions, fan consumers, and fan traditions in different kinds of fandoms across London, the UK, Europe, and the world.

Manga and Anime: Manga and anime will be discussed separately from each other and together and in connection with other types of media and comics. The art, culture, and fan elements will be explored as well as workshops offered and thematic discussions taking place with fans, artists, and scholars.

Costuming, Cosplay and Style: Since Worldcon began we have enjoyed the Masquerade and this year we will be continuing this tradition with “how to” and discussion sessions about costuming in the traditional Worldcon sense and the newer construct of cosplay.

Art: Discussions, demonstrations and events related to art, particularly with tie-ins to the art show.

Music: A series of discussions and events related to music and science fiction.

Filk: This is where to go to see and hear professional musicians, soon-to-be professional musicians, and enthusiastic amateurs coming together for the love of music and of speculative fiction.

Film Screenings: An international programme of smart, challenging, story-led science fiction film.

TV Screenings: We want to be able to present stuff that you simply won’t be able to see anywhere else, as well as more easily accessible material with introductions and discussion.

Gaming: We want to showcase both the virtual and non-virtual aspects of gaming at Loncon 3, as well as allowing everyone the opportunity to play games, relax, and have fun.

Academic: A conference of international independent and university-based scholars discussing a range of topics spanning the gamut of speculative fiction.

Exhibits: A set of items to accompany the Exhibits.

WOOFA: “Workshops of fantastic fun, allegedly,” a series of workshops planned for children and their parents and guardians.

For Participants

Loncon 3 has aimed for the breadth of programming that can only come from diversity: diversity of genders, sexualities, nationalities, ethnicities, religions, physical abilities, education levels, and ages. It is diversity that makes London an amazing, vibrant, and exciting city and we want to reflect that in our participants, our items, and our audiences. We will do our best to welcome everyone and to achieve diversity.

Participants should have received an email from us setting out their schedules. Over 900 people will be appearing on our programme, to help make Loncon 3 an interesting, exciting, relevant and enjoyable experience.

For moderators of programme items, we have a few tips here.

And if you have any queries, please do get in touch.

James Bacon, Ian Stockdale, and Liz Batty