This has been a possibility that has been bubbling under the surface since a bit before Christmas, but is something that can now be revealed…
I will be one of the Guests of Honour at the UK National SF Convention next year (2016). This is called Mancunicon and, unsurprisingly with a name like that, it is being held in Manchester.
Things are just coming together for the Con, as it only won the bidding session at this year’s Eastercon yesterday, but they already have a twitter account @Mancunicon and web pages etc. will be following shortly – the con team were too busy taking memberships in person at this year’s Eastercon (Dysprosium, at the Park Inn just outside Heathrow) to get the web presence up and running.
The rest of the guests are great as well: Ian MacDonald, Aliette de Bodard and Sarah Pinborough (that’s @iannmcdonald @SarahPinborough and @aliettedb if you’re on twitter).
Easter is early next year so there is only 50 weeks to prepare, but I already have some interesting schemes in mind for science and other aspects of programming, since that is one of the things I do. And the great thing about being a GoH is that I can suggest things and don’t have to do too much myself :-)
I’ll try to keep things updated here as they develop, and especially if one special super secret project comes off.
See you in Manchester!
ETA: Some terminological clarifications