In Hull on Saturday, Fantastic Books Publishing put on the book launch to end all book launches – an SF&F Convention
FBP was launching the hardback and paperback editions of four licensed novels and an anthology of short fiction based in the universe of Elite: Dangerous, a space combat and trading online computer game.
If that reads like a bit of a mouthful, the whole day was a bit of a jaw-dropping mouthful. Never having attended a Con, and knowing nothing about the game, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but as can be seen from a selection of photos there was plenty going on, and never a dull moment.
...a few of the Cosplayers...
...and a fast-moving Dalek intent on chasing me round the raffle mountain.
There were also the gamers, both old school round a table...
Not that I'd have known what to do. And probably I would have ended up going on the stage suffering from motion sickness.
Add in X-Box consoles, Manga, Anime, and various merchandising stalls, the biggest problem was finding time to eat. This doesn't even touch the stage panels, including Dr Who actors, or the eye-opening amount of books sold, but I'll cover that side tomorrow in FantastiCon was Fantastic - 2.
Everyone was friendly and ultra chatty, and most willing to explain the inner workings of anything in words of one syllable. I had a spectacular time and will definitely be going to another.