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11th to 13th November 2022

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Burning Brightly

Reviews have been appearing for BURNING BRIGHTLY: 50 Years of Novacon, the anthology published as part of the celebrations for Novacon 50. For those of you who didn’t make Novacon this year and are unaware of the book, the anthology features stories from fourteen talented SFF authors. Most are selected from previous Novacon specials, written by Guests of Honour, with a few new stories as well. A highlight is the inclusion of “The Spheres” by Iain M Banks, which has never been reprinted anywhere else since Novacon 40 in 2010. Reviews describe the book as “The story’s tone – wry, understated, pointed – is typical of this admirable collection, in which editor Ian Whates brings together tales by fourteen top UK SF talents” – Financial Times. And “…an excellent collection of varied Science Fiction tales with a few fantasies thrown in for good measure … certainly worth your time and money.” – SF Crowsnest

More reviews appear in Nation Cymru and in Library Thing

If you weren’t lucky enough to receive a copy at Novacon, it is published by NewCon Press ( It is available as a paperback (£12.99) or as a limited-edition hardback (£27.99) signed by all the authors except one. An ebook version can be found here.

Guest of Honour


Gareth L. Powell’s EMBERS OF WAR won the 2018 BSFA Award for Best Novel and was shortlisted for the 2019 Locus Awards and the 2021 Seiun Awards in Japan. Its sequels, FLEET OF KNIVES and LIGHT OF IMPOSSIBLE STARS, were both shortlisted for the BSFA Award for Best Novel, and FLEET OF KNIVES was also shortlisted for the 2020 Locus Awards.

His alternate-universe thriller Ack-Ack Macaque won the 2013 BSFA Award for Best Novel (in a tie for first place with Ann Leckie’s ANCILLARY JUSTICE) and was shortlisted for the 2016 Seiun Awards in Japan, while his small-town horror/crime novella RAGGED ALICE made the shortlists for both the 2019 BSFA Award for Best Shorter Fiction and the 2020 British Fantasy Award for Best Novella.

Gareth’s short fiction has appeared in Interzone, Clarkesworld, and Gardner Dozois’s Year’s Best Science Fiction, and his story ‘Ride The Blue Horse’ was a finalist for the 2015 BSFA Award.

Gareth was born in Bristol, England. He began writing at school and university and was fortunate to count Diana Wynne Jones and Helen Dunmore as early mentors. He has written about science fiction for The Guardian, The Irish Times, and SFX; and is a regular monthly columnist for The Engineer. In 2013, he realised a childhood ambition when a five-page strip he’d written appeared in the British comic 2000 AD.

He currently lives in North Somerset with his two children and is engaged to the science fiction author J. Dianne Dotson.