Forthcoming major science fiction convention and SF film (movie) listing for the year.
Covers international and national SF level conventions only.
SF Film launches refer only approximately to European/UK release dates and are subject to studio change.
Although covering many countries, this convention diary lists only the major national and international SF conventions relating to the genre's literary and cinematic forms. For a more complete list of book conventions (including smaller regional ones especially in the US) then consult the Locus listing. For details of TV related SF conventions in the UK then consult SFX magazine in the UK, and for conventions in countries with a significant Russian-speaking population see MIR Fantasy magazine in Russia.
For registration details see the convention's own website linked to each of the below entries.
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STOKERCON 2018 - EFFECTIVELY THE EQUIVALENT TO THE WORLD HORROR CONVENTION (1st - 4th March '18). Biltmore Hotel, Providence, RI, US. GoHs: Ramsey Campbell, Craig Engler, Caitlín R. Kiernan and Victor LaVall.
SWANCON - 59th AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CONVENTION (29th March - 2nd April '18) Perth, Australian. GoHs: Kameron Hurley, Ryan Griffen & (fan) Barb de la Hunty.
CONCLAVE 3 - 39th NEW ZEALAND NATIONAL CONVENTION (30th March - 2nd April '18) Surrey Hotel, Auckland, New Zealand. GoHs: Karen Miller, Steve Wheeler and (fan) Daphne Lawless.
ROSKON - RUSSIA's 18th near-equivalent to what might be its national SF convention (30th March - 2nd April '18), Moscow. Provisional dates at the time of posting. Note: this is a semi-split event and there is a dual venue. The pro and sercon fan event for a couple of hundred will take place in a hotel in the countryside on the outskirts of Moscow. The public event will take place on just one day in the Exhibition Center 'Forum Hall', st. Letnikovskaya 11/10 p. 7., Moscow, Russia. (Last year saw 5,000 attend the public event though far fewer had the VIP tickets that we might normally associate with natcon membership.)
FOLLYCON 2018 - THE 2018 BRITISH SF EASTERCON (30th March - 2nd April '18). (Not to be confused with the 1988 Eastercon, Follycon.) GoHs: Kim Stanley Robinson, Nnedi Okorafor, Kieron Gillen, and (fan) Christina Lake.
FAN-CON - SOUTH AFRICA (28th- 29th April '18) Cape Town, S. Africa. Mainly CosPlay.
LUXCON (14th - 15th April '18) Forum Geesseknappchen, Luxembourg. No GoHs announced at time of diary compilation, but past GoHs have been authors.
SCI-FI LONDON (1st-7th May '18). London. Britain's most SFnal film festival covering the spectrum from sci-fi through to art house SF including recent overseas offerings. This year it celebrates the 200th anniversary of the first proper science fiction novel.
FANTASTIKA 2018 - THE SWEDISH NATIONAL CONVENTION (15th - 17th June '18) Dieselverkstaden in Sickla, Stockholm, Sweden. GoHs: Ian Watson, Kij Johnson and Mike Carey.
POLCON 2018 - POLISH NATIONAL CONVENTION (12th - 15th July '18), Campus of Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń. GoHs: Tadeusz Baranowski (creator), Rafal Kosik (creator), Artifex Mundi (Publisher) and Michal Karzynski (Fan).
FINNCON - FINLAND's NATIONAL CONVENTION (14th -15th July '18) Univerity of Turku, Finland. GoH: Lauren Beukes.
NEMO- THE 2018 EUROCON (19th - 22nd July '18) Amiens, France. GoHs: Vladimir Arenev (Ukranian author), Pierre Bordage (French author), Philippe Curval (French author), Aliette de Bodard (fantasy writer of Franco-Vietnamese), Laurent Genefort (French author) and Ian Watson (British writer now resident in Spain). Amiens was the home town of Jules Verne.
WORLDCON 76 - The 2018 SF WORLDCON (16th - 20th Aug '18) McEnery Convention Center, San Jose, USA. GoHs: Spider Robinson, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, and Pierre & Sandy Pettinger.
DRAGONCON (30th Aug - 3rd Sept '18) Atlanta, US. One of the US's longest standing, large, commercial conventions with more a sci-fi focus: far more TV than books, and far more Hollywood/large studio movies than independent arthouse SF film.
ELSTERCON 2018 - incorporating the 2018 GERMAN NATIONAL CONVENTION (21st - 23rd September '18), Haus des Buches, Leipzig, Germany. GoHs, authors: Alastair Reynolds (hard SF & space opera) and Kai Meyer (fantasy).
ICECON - Efffectively ICELAND'S NATIONAL CONVENTION (5th - 6th Oct '18), Iceland.
WORLD FANTASY CONVENTION 2018 (1st - 4th Nov '18) Marriott Renaissance Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. GoHs: Michael J. Walsh and Tom Kidd. Special Guest: Aliette de Boddard. Theme: 200 years of Frankenstein.
ZILANTKON - INTERNATIONAL FANTASY & GAMING CONVENTION (2nd - 5th Nov '18 provisional dates at the time of posting), Kazan, Russia. Russia's largest residential convention. Has a historical and sword & sorcery, cos-play focus with related filk. (Update, April 2018: It looks like this may well be cancelled or, as with last year, be a much smaller, more local event without the Zilant Awards.)
YTTERBIUM - THE 2019 BRITISH SF EASTERCON (19th - 22nd April '19) Park Inn, Heathrow, London. GoHs: Frances Hardinge, Sydney Padua, John Scalzi & DC.
TITANCON - THE 2019 SF EUROCON (22nd - 25th June '19) Waterfront Convention Centre, Belfast. GoHs: to be announced.
WORLD FANTASY CONVENTION 2019 (31st Oct - 3rd Nov '19) Marriott Los Angeles Airport Hotel. GoHs: Margo Lanagan (author), Beth Meacham (editor) and Chris McGrath (artist), with Robert Silverberg as the Toastmaster. The convention's theme will be 'Fantasy Noir', it is sometimes described as 'magical cities in decay'.
WORLD FANTASY CONVENTION 2020 (29th Oct - 1st Nov '20) Little America Hotel, Salt Lake City (US). No GoHs announced at the time of posting this page.
We will post an update of this diary January 2019 but will draft the page early December 2018
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Family superhero adventure based on the DC Comics. An ensemble of superheroes. Fuelled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes-Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash-it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions... Funded by Hollywood but made in Britain. Trailer here.
Animation. The much-anticipated sequel to the worldwide hit family film finds Paddington happily settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens, where he has become a popular member of the community, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes. While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy’s hundredth birthday, Paddington spots a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber’s antique shop, and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it. But when the book is stolen, it’s up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief…
Spider-Man 2: Another World
Another in the Marvel Comics superhero franchise. Trailer here.
Science fantasy comedy. Maria, Giorgio, Andrea and Bruno are to experience an unexpected turn out of events. Their aim is to stay human and survive and find a cure against technology obsessed people, the zombies. Trailer here.
Fantasy action. The gates of Heaven & Hell have been broken and the afterlife is in ruins. One group of new arrivals must find a way to put things right to prevent an eternal battle between good & evil.
Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi
Or Star Wars: Episode V if you discount the crap Lucas prequel trilogy. Having taken her first steps into a larger world in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), Rey continues her epic journey with Finn, Poe and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter of the saga that unlocks more mysteries of the Force and secrets of the past. Trailer here.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
A follow-up to the Robin Williams original action, adventure comedy, but this time instead of a board game it's a computer game. Four teenagers discover an old video game console and are literally drawn into the game's jungle setting becoming the adult avatars they chose. Trailer here.
Sci-Fi. 2117: A colonization mission to the new world of Epsilon Eridani B is struck by disaster as the ship crashes, leaving a small number of survivors to fend for themselves against numerous dangers. Trailer here.
Animation comedy from the person who brought us Wallace and Gromit -- Nick Park. Set at the dawn of time, when dinosaurs and woolly mammoths roamed the earth, Early Man tells the story of how one plucky caveman unites his tribe against a mighty enemy and saves the day! It isDug, out to save his home, along with sidekick Hognob as they unite his tribe against a mighty enemy Lord Nooth and his Bronze Age City. Trailer here.
Maze Runner: The Death Cure
Post-apocalyptic juvenile SF rites of passage action movie and the finale to the series. Thomas, embarks on a mission to find a cure to a deadly disease known as the 'Flare'. He leads his group of escaped Gladers but to save their friends, they must break into the legendary last city, a WCKD controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who makes it out alive will get the answers to the questions the Gladers have been asking since they first arrived in the maze. Trailer here.
After a scientific experiment aboard the space station involving a particle accelerator has unexpected results, the astronauts find themselves isolated. Following their horrible discovery, the space station crew must fight for survival. Trailer here.
Marvel Comics antics. After the events of Captain America: Civil War, King T'Challa returns home to the reclusive, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country's new leader. However, T'Challa soon finds that he is challenged for the throne from factions within his own country. When two foes conspire to destroy Wakanda, the hero known as Black Panther must team up with CIA agent Everett K. Ross and members of the Dora Milaje, Wakanadan special forces, to prevent Wakanda from being dragged into a world war. Trailer here.
Curse of the Scarecrow
British horror. This autumn, he will rise again...
Brit director Alex Garland is, of course, known for scripting 28 Days Later, Dredd, and Ex Machina: the latter we rated back in January 2016 as one of the Best Films of the previous year and which subsequently was nominated to that year's Hugo short-list. And Annihilation is, of course, Jeff VanderMeer's novel, the first book in the Southern Reach trilogy, that back in 2015 we cited as one of our choices as to the best SF books of the previous year and which subsequently was short-listed for the Locus Award as well as the Nebula which it went on to win. In short, this one may possibly be worth checking out. Trailer here.
Beyond the Woods
Irish horror. This Irish independent film is about a group of friends who meet up for a weekend in an isolated holiday home in the middle of a forest. Unfortunately for them, a fiery sink-hole has opened nearby, roads have been closed and there's a real stench of sulphur. The friends won't let a small thing like that spoil their plans to party, but as the weekend progresses some of them start acting out of character, one goes missing and little by little they realise that it's not just a sinkhole that opened up nearby but something altogether more horrific. Trailer here.
SFnal adventure re-boot. Lara Croft is the independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished when she was a teen. Now a young woman of 21, Lara navigates trendy East London as a bike courier, barely making the rent, while at college but rarely making it to class. Determined to forge her own path, she refuses to take the reins of her father's global empire just as staunchly as she rejects the idea that he's truly gone. After seven years without him, even Lara can't understand what drives her to finally solve the puzzle of his mysterious death. Going explicitly against his final wishes, she leaves everything she knows behind in search of her dad's last-known destination: a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan… Trailer here.
Children's fantasy of nostalgic appeal to oldies made by Brits and Aussies. This is a feature adaptation of Beatrix Potter's classic tale about a rebellious rabbit trying to sneak into a farmer's vegetable garden... Trailer here.
A Wrinkle in Time
Fantasy based on the novel by Madeleine L'Engle. Following the discovery of a new form of space travel as well as Meg's father's disappearance, she, her brother, and her friend must join three magical beings - Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which - to travel across the universe to rescue him from a terrible evil. Trailer here.
In 1914, a steamship takes a young man to a desolate island on the edge of the Antarctic Circle to become a weather observer, for a year. For the next twelve months, his entire world will consist of a deserted cabin, the surrounding sea and, he discovers, the dangerous strange beings that he discovers are sharing the island... This is based on the Catalonian, Albert Sánchez Piñol award-winning 2002 novel La Pell Freda [Cold Skin]. This Spanish/French offering came out last year in continental Europe but has it British Isles debut this year. If you like mainland European cinema, or something with a slightly different flavour, then check out the DVD. Trailer here.
Based on the classic 1980s video game featuring apes and monsters destroying cities Primatologist Davis Okoye shares an unshakable bond with George, the extraordinarily intelligent gorilla who has been in his care since birth. But a rogue genetic experiment gone awry transforms this gentle ape into a raging monster. As these newly created monsters tear across North America, destroying everything in their path, Okoye teams with a discredited genetic engineer to secure an antidote, fighting his way through an ever-changing battlefield, not only to halt a global catastrophe but to save the fearsome creature that was once his friend. Trailer here.
A Quiet Place
Apocalyptic science/fantasy horror as the Earth is invaded by things that hunt and kill people when they hear them: they hunt by sound. Soon the population is decimated. To survive you have to stay quiet. Trailer here.
The New Mutants
Marvel Comics antics from the 1980s X-Men spin-off Marvel series of comics. Five young mutants, just discovering their abilities while held in a secret facility against their will, fight to escape their past sins and save themselves. Trailer here.
Avengers: Infinity War
Marvel Comics ensemble movie also known as Avengers: Infinity War - Part I. Of note, Karen Gillan is one of the stars and Spiderman is back in the mix. Plus, the trailer hints at another Marvel crossover. The trailer had over 80 million downloads within a week of it being posted! Trailer here.
Solo: A Star Wars Story
Han Solo and Chewbacca's adventures before joining the Rebellion, including their early encounters with Lando Calrissian. Trailer here.
This is set in a near-future world where there is no privacy, ignorance or anonymity. Our private memories are recorded and crime almost ceases to exist. In trying to solve a series of unsolved murders, Sal Frielland (Clive Owen) stumbles onto a young woman (Amanda Seyfried) who appears to have subverted the system and disappeared. She has no identity, no history and no record. Sal realises it may not be the end of crime but the beginning. Known only as 'the girl', Sal must find her before he becomes the next victim. Trailer here.
Brit SF. A successful business man and his colleague discuss the fundamentals of creating a prototype humanoid. After successfully completing an organic female model, the representation of the prototype is underestimated and met with consequences.
This concerns an engineer who travels back in time to stop herself from committing a murder. Stars: Lyndsy Fonseca, Linda Hamilton and Glenn Morshower. The film appeared at a couple of fantastic film fests in 2017 and is tentatively (at the time of compiling this page) slated for a May 2018 release. Trailer here.
Marvel sequel antics. The first one was rather good. Director David Leitch. Trailer here.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Inspired by the Michael Crichton novel and builds on the recent Jurassic World film. Let's hope this one has something new. The good news is that Jeff Goldblum is back as Ian Malcolm from the very first film. This outing sees a major conservation effort to prevent the dinosaurs going extinct as the island is about to see a volcanic eruption. Trailer here.
Following on from the previous film above, there's a sense of deja vous. A top secret government research facility are conducting experiments to resurrect a dinosaur using prehistoric DNA. The scientists believe the experiment will lead to fame and fortune but instead it leads to death and destruction when the terrifying T-Rex grows at an accelerated pace. After rampaging through the research centre the fearsome creature escapes into nearby Devil's Creek where families and holidaymakers are enjoying summer vacation. As the government hires a squad of deadly mercenaries to lead a search and destroy mission, the residents of Devil's Creek realize that terror is not extinct as they face the deadly wrath of the Primeval Predator...
Ant-Man and the Wasp
More Marvel comics antics. As Scott Lang balances being both a Super Hero and a father, Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym present an urgent new mission that finds the Ant-Man fighting alongside The Wasp to uncover secrets from their past... Trailer here.
The love affair between poet Percy Shelley and 18 year old Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, which resulted in Mary Shelley writing Frankenstein.
Animation superhero fun. The original film was rather fun. Early teaser trailer here, second teaser trailer here, and first trailer here.
Alita: Battle Angel
In the twenty-sixth century, a female cyborg is rescued from the scrap heap by a scientist. Director: Robert Rodriguez. Screenplay co-written by James Cameron. Trailer here.
A scientist freezes his children alive, while he races to cure their deadly genetic disease by decoding the DNA of the immortal Turritopsis jellyfish. This hit the film fest circuit earlier in the spring but is tentatively slated for a cinematic release around now. Trailer here.
Re-boot of the 1987 film. Directed by Shane Black. Teaser here.
Marine monster SF based on the novel by Steve Alten and starring Jason Stratham. This is a kind of super-Jaws re-boot. Five years ago, expert sea diver and Naval Captain Jonas Taylor encountered an unknown danger in the unexplored recesses of the Mariana Trench that forced him to abort his mission and abandon half his crew. Though the tragic incident earned him a dishonourable discharge, what ultimately cost him his career, his marriage and any semblance of honour was his unsupported and incredulous claims of what caused it - an attack on his vessel by a mammoth, 70-foot sea creature, believed to be extinct for more than two million years... This is a reasonably big budget (estimated £100,000,000 / US$150,000,000) offering. Trailer here.
A Brit offering, we think from only the skimpiest of pre-publicity at the time of posting (Jan 2018), is a zombie film. But with a budget of £3 million it might be OK? No doubt there will be more info as the year progresses.
The Darkest Minds
Ruby Daly never thought she would survive the horrible plague that killed 98% of America's children... but she did. Those who survived the disease were left with unnatural powers that could only be described by a colour: the greens (super intelligent), the blues (telekinesis), the yellows (control over electricity), the oranges (power over the mind), and the reds (control fire). Ruby is an orange, a dangerous one. She is sent to Thurmond, a camp for kids like her. She is miserable there and scared of what happened to the others like her. She hides under the facade that she is a green and watched as those like her are taken away. She escapes this horrible place with the help of the children's league, and from there her life changes forever. It is based on the Alexandra Bracken novels. Trailer here.
The Marvel Comics' villain from Spiderman gets his own feature film. Stars Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams and Jenny Slate. Trailer here.
Johnny English 3
Comedy technothriller. OK, so this is only borderline SF, but this mini-franchise has a certain Brit following. Johnny English returns to save the world again. Will be released 7 years after Johnny English Reborn and 15 years after Johnny English.
Virus of the Dead
Brit Zombie horror anthology What happens when an uncontrollable virus turns the living into the living dead?
X-Men: Dark Phoenix
More Marvel Comics antics. Jean Grey begins to develop incredible powers that corrupt and turn her into a Dark Phoenix. Now the X-Men will have to decide if the life of a team member is worth more than all the people living in the world. Trailer here.
Biographical drama. A look at the life of the astronaut Neil Armstrong who, on 20th July 1969, became the first man to walk on the Moon.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2: The Crimes of Grindelwald
Magical fantasy, family film. The second instalment of J. K. Rowling's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them series which follows the adventures of Newt Scamander. Stars: Johnny Depp, Ezra Miller and Katherine Waterston. The powerful dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) was been captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings. Trailer here.
DC Comics antics. Arthur Curry learns that he is the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, and must step forward to lead his people and to be a hero to the world. Trailer here.
Mary Poppins Returns
Fantasy. In between-World War London, a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, along with Michael's three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives. Trailer here.
The Human Glitch
Science Fiction horror. Young Ethan Winters finds a computer in a junkyard and it still works. So he takes it home, and that is when hell starts for Ethan and his friends. Can they escape before it's too late? Trailer here.
Steampunk, post-apocalyptic SF based on the Philip Reeve novel and directed by Peter Jackson (who co-writes the screenplay) team-mate Christian Rivers. Many years after the Sixty Minute War, cities survive a now desolate Earth by moving around on giant wheels attacking and devouring smaller towns to replenish their resources. Based on the novel by Philip Reeve. Trailer here.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Webcrawling animation.Reeve. Teaser here.
Green Lantern Corps
More from the DC Comics' franchise. A group of humans join the Green Lantern Corps, an alien interstellar police force that protects the universe. The story centres on the Green Lanterns of Earth-Hal Jordan, Kyle Rayner, John Stewart and Guy Gardner-and the rest of the Green Lantern Corps as they fight an interstellar war against the Sinestro Corps, an army led by the former Green Lantern Sinestro who are armed with yellow power rings and seek a universe ruled through fear. Trailer here.
SF based on the Richard C. Meredith novel. (Meredith was beginning to garner a following in the US and passed away in 1979 aged only 41.) A message of an impending alien invasion that will wipe out all life on Earth forces the creation of a special paramilitary team that has the ability to cross parallel realities, preparing all possible futures for the attack. But when a 'timeliner' named Eric Mathers is told that the pan-dimensional beings called the Krith may have a hidden agenda, he must attempt to discover if the war he has been fighting for the last fourteen years is really for the greater good or just part of the 'greatest lie'.
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