A very popular event at Pure Speculation is the "Pure Spec Idol" session. Virginia O'Dine first pitched the idea, and appeared on the panel, and we have kept it ever since. Writers submit the first page of a manuscript, anonymously. Then they watch as the panel of editors listens to the page being read aloud. With often huge slushpiles of manuscripts coming in to a magazine or book publisher, the first page of a story can "make or break" it. So the editors will stop the reading as soon as the prose breaks a rule or throws them out of the narrative.
If you enjoy an adventure and want to meet new people, love Science Fiction, Science Fact, Fantasy, Horror, Gaming, Film, Comics or all of the above, then a weekend in Edmonton in November is tailor-made for you. Pure Speculation, sponsored in part by On Spec, is a total geek-fest. While events like the upcoming Edmonton Comic Expo (we'll be there!) can give you movie and TV stars, lots of photo ops and an amazing array of cool stuff to buy, Pure Speculation will give you a chance to get up close and personal with the creators of the SF works you love.