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. No long lineups for an autograph, and no need for having your GPS to remember where you parked your car. Visit the Pure Speculation website. Some of the guests are listed, and very soon you will see a comprehensive list of the programming and events. Here's just a taste of it:
A Taste of Pure Spec is the opening event, but here's the catch. You need a weekend advance ticket to get in. This is where we give each of the main guests a chance to introduce themselves, and perhaps even say or do something a little different. In previous years, author Ed WIllett charmed us with songs by Flanders and Swann; artist Joe Wos told and drew a hilarious tale about a duck named Don; game designer Jason Kapalka gave an engaging talk about computer game idreas that died on the drawing board. You never know what you're going to get.
And this year, one thing we DO know is that we'll get some top notch entertainment. Local singing group Apocalypse Kow, and Calgary singer/songwriter Vanessa Cardui will be there to get the festival off to a great start.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY
Our marketplace will be open all day, giving the attendees a place to browse for all manner of SF and Fantasy related products (many hand-crafted) that can't be found in your local mall. Several small-press book publishers will be selling their books, too.
Programming begins at 10am and goes on through the day. You can listen to inspiring discussions about the art of writing, the issue of race in Science Fiction books and film, things that are cool and new in the world of comics, interviews with featured guests, and so forth. Our mega panel of all the guests will be Saturday, and the Costume Competition is Sunday at noon. There will be something for everyone, including the kids. And soon to be announced is a special Saturday evening social event, hosted by the local Browncoats group. Tickets for this will be available at the door.
SPECIAL FOR ASPIRING YOUNG WRITERS
Something not to be missed is our one-day YouthWrite workshop on the basics of writing computer games. It's a special event held on-site, with separate registration (see the Pure Speculation website for details). YouthWrite participants will be able to wander through the Marketplace, and they may wish to purchase a Sunday ticket for the festival, after their workshop is done.
All in all, Pure Speculation is a feast for geeks, and not to be missed. Visit www.purespec.org for registration information.