London‘s Sci-Fi Festival kicks off next week (April 28th – 3rd May), and there’s a lot to see! So try and keep up, we’re going to whizz through everything so you know where and when all the best bits are.
The free stuff.
On a budget but still want your sci-fi fix? Then make sure you register for the Manga comic workshop, have a coffee with a professional writer, and head down to the pub quiz. You can also catch a free screening of Minority Report and even an old Doctor Who episode with Peter Cushing. Make sure you sign up early to bag the free spots.
Of course, films are playing a huge part in the festival, with premiers of Earthling, the Mexican film 2033, and the fascinating sounding One. Based on an essay, it focuses on a statistics about what happens in a single 60 seconds on Earth and turns them into a mystery story. Sounds fab.
There’s also the traditional all-nighters. So if you fancy seeing Starcraft II, having a Manga marathon of having a bit of a giggle, grab a (strong) coffee and settle in for the night. Looking for something a little more… short? Then there’s a couple of great short film programs to inspire you as well. You can even have a bash at making a film in 48 hours.
The Sci-fi LAB is the place you want to head for all things fictional. There’s panels, discussions, and debates with some of sci-fi’s best writers. Everything from 60 years of Dan Dare, a discussion on Marvel Comics and of course, talk about the modern Doctor Who.
Still not done? Blimey, you’ve had loads of sciencey goodness! But, if you’ve got room for just a little bit more, then head to the Girl Geek Dinners for more Manga talk, or watch a special screening of Barbarella. There’s even a special Sci-fi Oktoberfest. Apparently decent beer and science go well together. Who am I to argue?
Photo of a moment in the Sci-Fi London Festival by Craig Grobler.