What Is Worldcon?

For more than 50 years, people who enjoy science fiction and fantasy have been getting together at regular conventions. Of these, the annual World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) is far and away the biggest and the most exciting, attracting 5,000 or more people.

Here you will have the chance to meet many of the world's leading authors and artists, along with fans and readers, editors and publishers, critics and commentators.

You can join in serious discussions, watch top movies, buy the latest books by your favourite authors and have them signed, make friends, and enjoy a constant round of parties. Conversations (and bar opening hours) usually carry on well into the early hours. If you never sleep, there's always something going on.

Intersection, the 53rd Worldcon, is taking place in Glasgow from 24th-28th August 1995. It is being organised by British fans with help and advice from all over the world. It is the first British Worldcon since 1987, and the first outside North America since 1990, so you can be sure it is going to be something very special indeed.

Where is it happening?

Our main site is the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, one of Britain's foremost venues for conferences and conventions. Its network of halls ensure we have enough space for all the displays, exhibitions and programme items we are planning. The SECC is situated on the banks of the Clyde just a short walk from the centre of Glasgow, with road links and its own train station making it easy to get about.

The SECC is adjacent to our main hotel, the Moat House, which will also be staging several events. And we've block-booked a number of major hotels and university halls, most within walking distance of the city centre and the convention site. Prices have yet to be fixed, but while top accommodation will be costly for many people, there will be a range of accommodation to suit most pockets. There will even be a campsite available not too far from the SECC.

What's going on?

With our choice of guests, along with the hundreds of other sf professionals and experts who will be attending, you can be sure of a rich and varied programme, from the imaginative and demanding to the light-hearted and entertaining. Our theme is "Space and Time", which gives us plenty of scope for panels, talks, films, discussions, debates, quizzes, author readings and lots more.

Our FanFair sets the tone for the more relaxed part of the programme. Here, amid a host of fun and games, you'll discover amateur magazines from around the world or simply get together with friends.

Our extravaganzas are a vast and colourful part of the convention, from the gorgeous displays of the costume makers' art in our Masquerade, to the presentation of the Hugos, the most prestigious awards in the whole world of science fiction.

And there's more. A dealer's room so vast it will take your breath away, where you'll find everything from the latest books to collector's items, second-hand bargains and valuable first editions, along with all sorts of curiosities, gifts, t-shirts and lots lots more. There's an art show where you can see fabulous paintings, and auctions where you can get the chance to own one. There's music and dancing, videos and computer games, exhibitions and parties, and things you won't believe until you see them.