Welcome to Novacon
Novacon is the UK's longest-established regional science fiction convention, held every autumn since 1971. It's built around a single-stream programme mixing both literary items and more informal events, with deliberate emphasis on social contact between sf fans and genre professionals.
Our Guests: Ian R MacLeod and Vernon Brown
Novacon 38 was delighted to feature British science fiction and fantasy author Ian R MacLeod as its guest of honour; every member of Novacon received a limited-edition souvenir chapbook written by Ian, with cover artwork by David Hardy.
In addition, Vernon Brown appeared as fan guest of honour; was chair of the very first Novacon, back in 1971, is current chair of the Birmingham Science Fiction Group and runs Novacon's annual sf examinations.
Read more about our guests
Novacon News Update:
Justina Robson announced as Novacon 39 guest of honour
Critical Wave #2.01 now online
As well as our progress reports, news bulletins will be regularly posted on this website.
Read Critical Wave #2.01 (updated 14 November)
The 2008 Nova Awards
Since 1973, Novacon has hosted the Nova Awards, celebrating excellence in British sf fanzines (the awards are now also open to both Irish fandom and certain electronic fanzines). This year's winners were Prolapse, edited by Peter Weston and named "best fanzine", Claire Brialey ("best fanzine writer") and Alison Scott ("best fanzine artist").
Read the current Nova 'longlist'
The Birmingham Science Fiction Group
Since 1972, Novacon has been organised by the Birmingham SF Group, which now meets on the second Friday of each month at the Briar Rose Hotel, off New Street.
Visit the Brum Group website