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Sunday, November 15th, 2009
5:39 pm
[sharikkamur]
Illustrious - a bid for Eastercon2011
At the Novacon opening ceremony on Friday it was announced that there is at least one definite bid for Eastercon 2011 - Illustrious.

This is brought to you by a committee comprising Chris O'Shea (the_magician), Nik Whitehead (sharikkamur), John Dowd, Fran Dowd (frandowdsofa), John Harrold, David Mansfield, and Hayley Fazzani (quasi_hayley), aided and abetted by several others and would be held at the Hilton Metropole at the NEC in Birmingham (the DiscworldCon hotel).

It will have the normal wide-ranging programme (organised by Dave) but will have two themed streams - SF through the decades and Military SF.

There is a eastercon2011 community where discussions about the Eastercon 2011 (not just about the Illustrious bid) occasionally take place. The bid website is at www.illustrious.org.uk, and there is also a Facebook event (Illustrious2011) for the bid.

We are NOT taking pre-supporting memberships (it just makes the book-keeping complicated) so memberships will only be available if we win the bid at Odyssey next year. Nevertheless, if you want to get involved then please come and join the discussions on the eastercon2011. More news, ideas and discussions will occur when the rest of the bid committee get back from Novacon.

Cheers,

Nik (Co-chair)
Wednesday, August 5th, 2009
8:29 pm
[rhionnach]
Mentions of Satellite 2
I thought members of this community would be interested to read the following entry in Ken Macleod's blog:

http://kenmacleod.blogspot.com/2009/08/working-in-spaceship-yards.html
10:33 am
[mfdtrepidation]
Comments regarding satellite 2

There have been several S2 reports on various LJs. All very positive which is nice. However, there is a comment flying about on several LJs that someone ‘denounced’ our convention as ‘space advocacy convention masquerading as a science fiction convention’. I feel this remark is a) wrong and b) insulting to the people who ran it.

Firstly, what is meant by ‘masquerading’. This was an SF convention, pure and simple. Our theme was the 40th anniversary of Apollo and so space themes were inevitable. However, there was plenty of consideration of this theme from an SF angle.  Look at the programme, we had panels on media and literary aspects of our theme, grumpy old fen, eco-convention discussions… For goodness sake – our Guest of Honour was Iain M Banks, only one of the leading SF writers in the world! There was also plenty of fun items (games, making things etc) which seemed to be popular with both children and adults., real ale, live music, book dealer, disco and an art show – what more do you want in a short SF con?

Perhaps ‘masquerading’ is meant to imply we were hiding our true intentions. Again, this is clearly not so. We have put plenty of information up on our website as speakers confirmed and the programme took shape. We have always been clear that we are working at the ‘harder’ edge of SF. Other convention focus on fantasy or horror (or Discworld or LotR or…) so people have choice. We have always said clearly the type of convention we were going to run, and we ran exactly what we said we would. So no hiding things there.

I am not sure about the comment of ‘space advocacy’. Yes we had talks on a space science/science theme. I think if you are going to do that the best thing to do is to have authoritative and knowledgeable speakers. Clearly S2 managed that in spades – Dave Woods, Frank O’Brien, Phil Wellings, Robert Law, Colin McInnes… We also had a talked sponsored by the International Year of Astronomy delivered by Nik Whitehead. Was that ‘space advocacy’? Certainly there is a strong pro-space exploration element there, but is that surprising if you get experts in the field? Also, is it surprising to find a pro-space consensus at an SF convention? Hardly!

In our items we looked at the pros and cons of space exploration in the past and in the future and everyone was given plenty of opportunity to air their opinion, so I cannot see how we could be accused of ‘space advocacy’

Apparently the person making these comments ‘denounced’ our convention. Now, I am not aware that we are living in a totalitarian state or who we have been ‘denounced’ to. Certainly there have been no secret policemen kicking in my door. If the person who made these comments did not like the look of our convention (and clearly they had a good idea of the programme, due to our open advertising) then all they had to do was stay away and go to other events that better suit their taste, but to bad mouth the convention because we were open and honest in delivering what we said we were going to reflects badly on the commenter, not on the convention.

Finally, it would be helpful if the originator of these comments were to come out and identify him/herself. Sniping from the safety of anonymity is not constructive. If the person wants other things included in a Glsgow SF convention, then please come and speak to us about that. If you deliver constructive comments then other convention organisers can use them in designing future conventions.

Michael

Flight, satellite 2


Saturday, August 1st, 2009
2:34 pm
[dyllanne]
Satellite 2 - Post con Poll
All text entries will be viewable only by me and voters names will be kept confidential.

Poll #1438171 Satellite 2 - Post Con Poll
This poll is closed.

Did you enjoy Satellite 2?

Yes
14(87.5%)
No
0(0.0%)
Some of it.
2(12.5%)

Where did you hear about Satellite 2?

At another con.
8(50.0%)
From a poster in library, shop or pub.
0(0.0%)
From a friend
4(25.0%)
From LJ, FB or another social site.
1(6.2%)
Other
3(18.8%)

Would you come to another convention by the same committee?

Yes
15(88.2%)
No
0(0.0%)
Maybe
2(11.8%)

Did you volunteer?

Yes
10(62.5%)
No
6(37.5%)
I didn't know how to.
0(0.0%)

What was your favourite program item you attended?

What was your least favourite program item you attended?

Was there anything not present in the program you would have liked to have seen, e.g more guests, panels on television show, movies etc?

Did you go to the Art Show/Dealer's Room?

Yes
15(93.8%)
No
1(6.2%)
I didn't know there was one.
0(0.0%)

Did you have any issues at Satellite 2?

Yes, I told someone and they were resolved
1(6.2%)
Yes, I told someone but they weren't resolved
1(6.2%)
Yes, but I didn't tell anyone
0(0.0%)
No, everything was fine.
14(87.5%)

If there was one thing that would have improved the convention what would it have been?

Location
1(10.0%)
Theme
0(0.0%)
Hotel
2(20.0%)
Program
1(10.0%)
Price
1(10.0%)
Other
5(50.0%)

How would you rate the hotel function space (10 is good, 1 is bad)?

Mean: 7.62 Median: 8 Std. Dev 0.99
1
0(0.0%)
2
0(0.0%)
3
0(0.0%)
4
0(0.0%)
5
0(0.0%)
6
3(18.8%)
7
3(18.8%)
8
7(43.8%)
9
3(18.8%)
10
0(0.0%)

How would you rate the food available (10 is good, 1 is bad)?

Mean: 5.23 Median: 6 Std. Dev 1.53
1
1(7.7%)
2
0(0.0%)
3
0(0.0%)
4
2(15.4%)
5
3(23.1%)
6
5(38.5%)
7
2(15.4%)
8
0(0.0%)
9
0(0.0%)
10
0(0.0%)

How would you rate the drink availabe (10 is good, 1 is bad)?

Mean: 5.80 Median: 6 Std. Dev 1.72
1
0(0.0%)
2
1(6.7%)
3
1(6.7%)
4
1(6.7%)
5
3(20.0%)
6
2(13.3%)
7
5(33.3%)
8
2(13.3%)
9
0(0.0%)
10
0(0.0%)

Is there any other comments you'd like to make?

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009
1:35 pm
[mfdtrepidation]
Reduction in room rates at Crowne Plaza for S2
The Crowne Plaza have just agreed to a reduction in the room rates for Satellite2. Prices have come down to £95 per room per night, including full breakfast. this rate is for either single or double occupancy. To take advantage if this improved rate, mention 'Satellite 2' to the  hotel when making your reservations.

The committee have been told of some people booking directly at a lower rate. However, to our knowledge, this is a room-only rate. Given that full breakfast costs £19.50 there is still a good deal to be had booking on the Convention Rate, especially with our re-negotiated price.

Michael
Flight, Mission Control Team
Monday, April 6th, 2009
4:35 pm
[mfdtrepidation]

Colin has just posted this to the Satellite 2 Y! Group

To anyone on the list who hasn't joined the convention yet (and why wouldn't you want to?), there will be a price rise after Eastercon. So, if you're not attending LX, I'll be at the usual Trout meet (Cask and Still, Hope St, Glasgow) from 7.00pm on Thursday.
I'll bring membership forms, and you all bring your cheque books.


And of course, if you can''t make Trout then drop us a cheque by post, carrier pigeon or other method to get the cheaper rate.
Monday, March 16th, 2009
11:07 am
[mfdtrepidation]
Hear Iain M Banks newest book first!

Transition the newest book by Iain M Banks is due for publication on September 3rd. However, if you can’t wait till then, you can get a sneak peek at Satellite 2 in July where Iain will be reading from his new novel.

 

Be the first to hear from his latest book – come to Satellite 2!

 

Michael

Chair, Satellite 2

www.satellite2.org.uk

http://community.livejournal.com/satellite_2/

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Satellite_2/

 


Thursday, March 5th, 2009
1:13 pm
[mfdtrepidation]
satellite 2 @ Redemption '09
 
Roger <beep> , 3 of the committee members and Simon attended Redemption 09 in Coventry. Satellite 2 was well represented at the con. Christine give a talk on forensic science in fact and fiction which consisted of telling everyone how forensic science was really done then everyone laughing like a drainpipe at CSI clips of how not to do it. The talk was at 10 o’clock in the morning, but she still pulled in a pretty good crowd of about 80 people. I think they were there to find out clues of how to get away with murder!

 

Michael hosted the latest ‘Deface the Music’, an SF-based music quiz, with much appreciated help from Christine and Simon. In a close contest, Odyssey, led by Gaspode, won the quiz (finally!). The audience came last – one of their poorest showings ever.

 Colin and Simon re-ran Elf’s game from Satellite 1 – ‘Finding Uranus (with both hands)’, a blindfolded, and generally random, tour of the universe. It was programmed at a crappy time so not many people turned up for it. It did not help when several people told us they thought it was a Slash item and stared away deliberately!

 

Roger, meanwhile, was off helping Dexter the Dinosaur in his bid to become Ruler of the Universe. Dexter poled a disappointing number of votes, probably due to the fact the Brigade Leader Lethbridge-Stewart and his evil henchmen of the RSF party were putting the frighteners on everyone who did not vote for his Freedom Party, a blatant piece of election gerrymandering.

 We also ran a convention desk which generated a lot of interest and a few promises to attend Satellite 2. There was a panel on future cons which gave us more opportunity to make our pitch.

 All in all a great con and great fun had by all! Big thanks to Steve Kilbane and his committee for all their work putting it together.


 
Saturday, February 7th, 2009
11:22 am
[rhionnach]
Con T Shirt ordering
Can I order a con T shirt http://www.satellite2.org.uk/?page=tshirt at Trout on Thursday?
Monday, November 10th, 2008
6:17 pm
[dyllanne]
At Novacon
Just a note to say that Michael (FLIGHT) and Christine (CAPCOM) will be at Novacon this coming weekend. See them there for memberships. Or join from the website :- http://www.satellite2.org.uk/
Wednesday, August 20th, 2008
11:03 am
[dalg]
Membership prices
Just a quick post to point out that the membership prices are frozen until 31/12/08, so the membership forms are still valid.

Feel free to print one out and join the convention. You know it makes sense.
Thursday, April 10th, 2008
3:45 pm
[dyllanne]
A Truism from Iain
In yesterday's "Daily Star of Scotland" Iain Banks (The esteemed GoH for satellite_2) has a quote on Page 2 under thought for the day. "Everything in life gets easier the longer you've been at it."
Tuesday, March 25th, 2008
1:49 pm
[dalg]
Satellite 2 at Orbital.
We went, we saw, we sold memberships.

The table was in a prime location, you couldn't miss our giant (A1) poster as it was directly across from the door into the dealers room.




Yes, there was sillyness involved.
Tuesday, March 18th, 2008
8:57 am
[dalg]
Membership price
Please not the membership price is NOT £30, it is £40. There is a £10 discount until the 24/3/08, but ONLY IF THE MEMBERSHIP IS PAID IN FULL. If you buy a supporting membership you WILL NOT get this discount.

Remember, pay in full get the discount.

Buy a supporting, no discount.
Friday, March 14th, 2008
7:15 pm
[dyllanne]
Special membership price.
Just a note on memberships. From Monday evening the membership forms will be available from the website. Until March 24th the price will be £30, after that it will be £40. Providing the postmark of your form is before the 24th you'll get it at the special discounted price. Cheques can be made payable to "Satellite2".
6:46 pm
[dyllanne]
Iain M Banks and Ken McLeod Video
I've just been to the Aye Write website and in the audio and video section they have a video of the Iain M Banks and Ken McLeod talk that dalg and I went to on Sunday.
9:03 am
[dalg]
Memberships are now being taken
We have started taking memberships.

Woo Hoo !!!!
Tuesday, March 11th, 2008
12:23 pm
[dyllanne]
Guests oh Honour and Fan faces.
As planned dalg and I went to see Iain M Banks and Ken McLeod at aye_write. We even handed out flyers for satellite_2.

"What did they talk about?" I hear you cry.

They each read a section from their most recent books.
They talked about how they met at High School and how Iain used to go round to Ken's house and tell him the whole plot of books he intended to write. Interesting story of how Ken suggested that Use of Weapons should have one story going forward and another going back. As Use of Weapons is one of my favourite books of all time, this was fascinating stuff.
When it came to questions dalg and I shut well up and hence avoided being uncool in front of loads of people. There were loads of people wanting to ask questions. This was fortunate as, as Ken has pointed out before, Sci-fi fans ask questions just to be polite and we would have been compelled by the laws of fandom if no one had put up their hands.
Iain asked Ken if he would ever write a mainstream novel and Ken said that he'd tried but the sci-fi just kept creeping in despite his best intentions.
And someone asked Iain if he chose character names by pulling letters out a scrabble bag. Iain replied that he'd tried that, but then everyone came out Polish.

We went round afterwards to get books signed and we were all cool, till Ken recognised dalg from satellite_1 and he went all embarrassed then I introduced myself to Iain as treasurer of satellite_2 and he shook my hand and I got all unnecessary. We then had to beat a hasty retreat to the pub as we were both overwhelmed by then and in need of a small refreshment.

I thought I'd grown out of it, like travel sickness, but no, I'm still a grinning idiot in front of famous people.
Friday, February 15th, 2008
12:21 pm
[dalg]
10:09 am
[rhionnach]
Number 1
Heh heh! I'm the first one here! (Apart from Dalg)
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