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Peter F. Hamilton

Peter F. Hamilton

Peter F. Hamilton is Britain's biggest-selling science fiction author, having sold several million copies of his novels and short stories. He was born in 1960 in Rutland where he continues to reside. His work falls into two broad categories: near-future thrillers and mysteries exploring high-tech but plausible ideas; and far-future grand space operas, featuring richly detailed fictional universes awash with different alien races and technology based on modern theoretical physics.

Night Without Stars

Peter began his writing career in 1987 and sold his first short story to Fear Magazine in 1988. After several years writing short stories, his first novel, Mindstar Rising, appeared in 1993 and was the first book featuring near-future psychic detective Greg Mandel. Two sequels followed. However, it was Hamilton's massive, blockbuster Night's Dawn Trilogy, which began with The Reality Dysfunction in 1996, which made him a well-known name on the SF stage. Since completing that trilogy he has written two stand-alone science fiction novels, Fallen Dragon and Great North Road, as well as his long-running Commonwealth series incorporating the stand-alone novel Misspent Youth, the Commonwealth Saga duology (Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained), the Void Trilogy (The Dreaming Void, The Temporal Void and The Evolutionary Void) and the Chronicle of the Fallers duology (The Abyss Beyond Dreams and his latest novel, Night Without Stars). He is also writing a fantasy series for children, The Queen of Dreams (The Secret Throne and The Hunting of the Princes, so far) and two volumes of short fiction, A Second Chance at Eden and Manhattan in Reverse.

As fellow SF author and critic Colin Greenland describes him, his books often feel like "fifty SF novels in one," leaping from subject to subject, idea to idea, in dizzying fashion to create vivid and convincing portraits of the future. He is one of the most well-known and biggest-selling authors in the field today which is why we are so excited to have Peter as our guest at TitanCon.

This biography was written for TitanCon by Adam Whitehead (The Wertzone).

Pat Cadigan

Pat Cadigan

Pat Cadigan winning the Hugo Award for Best Novelette at WorldCon 2013 in San Antonio. Photo taken by Shawn McConnell for Amazing Stories.

Pat is a two-time winner of the Arthur C Clarke Award for her novels Synners (won in 1992) and Fools (1995), a three-time Locus Award winner in three different categories - best short story for Angel (1988), best collection for Patterns (1990), and best novelette for The Girl-Thing Who Went Out For Sushi (2013), which also won the Hugo Award for best novelette at WorldCon 2013 in San Antonio.

Pat has been an active member of SFF fandom since 1976 when she joined the convention committee for MidAmeriCon, the 34th WorldCon, held in Kansas City. Pat worked for ten years at Hallmark writing greeting cards, often in perfect iambic pentameter. She sold her first professional science fiction story in 1980 with her success encouraging Pat to become a full-time writer in 1987. She moved to the UK in 1996 and now lives in London.

Pat has been dubbed 'the Queen of Cyberpunk' but her novels defy such narrow categorisation. Her first novel, Mindplayers (1987), introduces what becomes the common theme to all her works - blurring the line between reality and perception by making the human mind a real explorable place. Her second novel, Synners (1991), expands upon the same theme and both feature a future where direct access to the mind is possible via technology. While her stories include many of the gritty, unvarnished characteristics of the cyberpunk genre, she further specializes in this exploration of the speculative relationship between technology and the perceptions of the human mind.

Fools

Her third novel Fools (1992) examines a near-future in which insertable memories and personalities are for sale. This was followed by the Doré Konstantin series, comprising Tea from an Empty Cup (1998) and Dervish is Digital (2000). AR is not just a way of life, it turns out, but also of death, as homicide detective Doré Konstantin discovers when she is called upon to investigate the death of a young man in an artificial reality parlour.

Pat has written a huge number of short stories, many of which are included in three short story collections - Patterns (1989), Home By The Sea (1992) and Dirty Work (1993). Pat has also contributed short stories to the Wild Cards shared-universe edited by George RR Martin including By Lost Ways in Wild Cards II: Aces High and Addicted to Love in Wild Cards V: Down and Dirty. If you are a fan of George's work but haven't heard of Wild Cards I highly recommend you check it out.

The award winning novelette The Girl-Thing Who Went Out For Sushi was first published in the anthology Edge of Infinity (2012) and is also available in The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirtieth Annual Collection (2013). The story is about a group of workers who live in the orbit of Jupiter, where they assist in ongoing scientific research. All the workers have "gone out for sushi" - that is, they have had themselves surgically converted into forms resembling marine life (the narrator is an octopus) in order to better function in microgravity. However, this transformation has also made them into a political underclass relative to the normal humans referred to as bipeds.

Pat's most recent work is Chalk, a chapbook from This Is Horror, about two childhood friends. Dee and Mary discover a way to hide in plain sight so that Dee doesn't always have to go home and babysit or do household chores for her mother. For awhile, it's great fun to sit apart from the rest of the world and watch them unawares. But it's not exactly normal. It hadn't occurred to Dee and Mary that what they were doing would have consequences...

Pat is now a TitanCon regular and she loves coming back every year (even the ten minute walks on the Coach Tour) and we love having her as our guest.

Ian McDonald

Ian McDonald

We are thrilled to once again have Belfast's very own Ian McDonald back at TitanCon 2016. Ian is a science-fiction novelist best known for his BSFA award winning and Hugo nominated novels River of Gods (2004), Brasyl (2007) and The Dervish House (2010). Ian won the 2007 Hugo Award for Best Novelette for The Djinn's Wife (2006).

Ian McDonald was born in 1960, in Manchester, to a Scottish father and Irish mother, but moved to Belfast when he was five, and has lived there ever since. He therefore lived through the whole of the 'Troubles' (1968-99), and his sensibility has been permanently shaped by coming to understand Northern Ireland as a post-colonial (and so, in his view, de facto 'Third World') society imposed on an older culture. He became a fan of SF from childhood TV, began writing when he was 9, sold his first story to a local Belfast magazine when he was 22, and in 1987 became a full-time writer.

Ian has written 22 books, his first being the Locus Award winning novel Desolation Road (1988). Set on a partially terraformed Mars the novel outlines the history of a town called Desolation Road founded by a lone scientist and a collection of strays and castaways.

The Dervish House

Major themes of Ian's work include nanotechnology, postcyberpunk settings, and the impact of rapid social and technological change on non-Western societies. His 1990s Chaga Saga is particularly notable for its analysis of the AIDS crisis in Africa. River of Gods and it's companion novel of short stories Cyberabad Days (2009) is set in mid-21st-century India. Brasyl is set in the 18th and 21st centuries in Lusophone South America. The Dervish House (2010) took us to Istanbul, Turkey in the year 2025 and centred on the families that live in and around its titular house, it is at once a rich mosaic of Islamic life in the new century and a telling novel of future possibilities.

Everness is a YA series comprising Planesrunner (2012), Be My Enemy (2013) and Empress of the Sun (2014). The tagline of the series is "There is not one you. There are many yous. There is not one world. There are many worlds. Ours is one among billions of parallel earths." Everett Singh's father has left him with the most valuable object in the multiverse, a map of all the parallel earths called the Infundibulum, and now there are dark forces who will stop at nothing to get it. He's got wits, intelligence, and a knack for Indian cooking. Everett needs all the help he can get from friends like Captain Anastasia Sixsmyth and the crew of the airship Everness. Can this Planesrunner navigate the Heisenberg Gate between worlds, rescue his father and get the Infundibulum to safety?

Luna: New Moon

Ian's latest work is a trilogy of books that aim to do for the moon what his other work has done for India, Brazil and Turkey, which is to say write a thrilling story of the future that is rooted in the vivid realities of its location. The first book Luna: New Moon (2015) is described as Game of Thrones in space. It's a tale of corporate blood-letting and deceit on a massive scale set on a moon that, for all its lethal harshness, is described with such richness that you feel what it would be like to live (and die) there.

Ian read an excerpt from Luna: New Moon at our Literature Night in 2014 and it was a pulsating and exciting short story about a group of kids risking their lives in a game to run a short distance across the surface of the moon naked and without protection knowing they only have seconds to make it from airlock to airlock and not daring to blink because it will freeze their eyes shut which would mean certain death. It was brilliantly told with each step they took across the surface counted out and interspersed with fraught description of the danger and what was going through their heads, with the reading building in crescendo and tone as they got closer to the safety of the airlock or perhaps not making it at all.

The second book in the series, Luna: Wolf Moon, is published on 27 September 2016.

Jan Siegel

Jan Siegel

Jan Siegel is the pseudonym of fantasy writer Amanda Hemingway (no relation of Ernest). Amanda also writes romantic comedy novels under the pen name of Jemma Harvey. Amanda recently co-hosted the 2016 Hugo Award Ceremony alongside her good friend Pat Cadigan, who was Toastmaster of WorldCon in Kansas City. They were both brillantly funny and did an amazing job. We are delighted to reunite them both again at TitanCon 2016.

Jan's first fantasy trilogy, the Fern Capel series, is a fantasy set in the modern world but exploring magical dimensions and a mythical past. She describes the real and magical worlds as being interleaved. Jan wanted to produce what was, in effect, a children's book for grownups, something that could be read and hopefully enjoyed by teenagers, pre-teens and their parents. She says that as a child she found all fiction entrancing, but some of that charm departed as she moved into the slightly more pretentious world of adult literature, and her aim was to recapture that magic while at the same time writing on a more mature level.

The first book in the series, Prospero's Children (1999), opens with sixteen-year-old Fernanda "Fern" Capel and her younger brother finding themselves isolated in a remote house in Yorkshire where they become entangled in the search for a mysterious key that may be hidden there. The second book, The Dragon Tamer (2000), is set some years later and Fern is about to make a marriage of suitability rather than love, when shadows from her magical past reappear to disrupt the proceedings. The final book in the trilogy is called Witch's Honour (2002) in which Fern must battle a witch who has been invigorated by a dip in the River Styx and is therefore invulnerable.

The Devil's Apprentice

The Sangreal Trilogy uses the same background as the Fern Capel series, but with a whole new cast of characters. In the first book, The Greenstone Grail (2005), a desperate mother spirits away her infant son, seemingly drawn (chased, perhaps?) to the small English village of Thornyhill. She ends up on the doorstep of old Bartlemy, a curious man who has lived on the forested land for as long as anyone can remember-and who comes to believe that the child is destined for great things...

Nathan's adventures continue in the second book, The Traitor's Sword (2006), as he searches for the second of the three Grail relics in the mediaeval kingdom of Wilderslee. In the final book of the Sangreal trilogy, The Poisoned Crown (2007), Nathan has to find the lost crown on a planet covered entirely by water, while contending with a malevolent sea-goddess, assorted marine monsters, an imminent war between merfolk and selkies, and a topless mermaid.

Amanda also writes romantic comedy novels under the pseudonym of Jemma Harvey. The first of these is Wishful Thinking (2004), which Amanda says she began almost at random, simply to see if she could do it, and enjoyed it so much she kept writing. It's is a feelgood story for people recovering from flu and broken hearts, a holiday book for the beach or the aeroplane. Her second romantic comedy, Kissing Toads (2006), is a cynical take on the world of makeover TV. A gardening show goes on location in a Scottish castle owned by an ageing rock star to make a series in which they have to not only fix up the rockery but re-plant a maze which is cursed and re-enact scenes from the dodgy past of former lairds.

Jan's most recent work is a thrilling return to YA with a novel entitled The Devil's Apprentice (2013). The Devil is retiring... but who's taking over? When teenage Pen inherits the job of caretaker for a London building with no doors and only a secret entrance from the caretaker's lodge – which she must never use – little does she know it will lead her into unbelievable danger. For Azmordis, also known as Satan, a spirit as old as time and as powerful as the Dark, Immortality is running out.

Ruth Frances Long

Ruth Frances Long

Ruth Frances Long writes dark young adult fantasy, often about scary fairies, such as The Treachery Of Beautiful Things (Dial, 2012), and the Dubh Linn Trilogy - A Crack In Everything (O'Brien Press, 2014), A Hollow In The Hills (O'Brien Press, 2015) and A Darkness At The End (O’Brien Press, September 2016). As R. F. Long, she also writes fantasy and paranormal romance.

The Treachery of Beautiful Things is a darkly compelling mix of romance, fairy tale and suspense. The trees swallowed her brother whole. And Jenny was there to see it. Years later, when she returns to the woods where Tom was taken to say goodbye at last, she finds herself lured into a world where stunning beauty masks the most treacherous of evils, and strange and dangerous creatures await - creatures who seem to consider her the threat.

In 2015 Ruth won the European Science Fiction Society Spirit of Dedication Award for Best Author of Children's Science Fiction and Fantasy for A Crack In Everything.

A Crack In Everything is the first book in a trilogy set in the world of demons, angels and fairies that exists alongside our own in modern day Dublin. She was a mistake. A crack in the order of the world... Chasing a thief, Izzy Gregory takes a wrong turn down a Dublin alley and finds the ashes of a fallen angel splashed across the dirty bricks like graffiti. She stumbles into Dubh Linn, the shadowy world inhabited by the Sidhe, where angels and demons watch over the affairs of mortals, and Izzy becomes a pawn in their deadly game. Her only chance of survival lies in the hands of Jinx, the Sidhe warrior sent to capture her for his sadistic mistress, Holly. Izzy is something altogether new to him, turning his world upside down.

Ruth lives in Wicklow, Ireland and works in a specialized library of rare, unusual and occasionally crazy books. But they don't talk to her that often.

You can contact Ruth via her website: www.rflong.com, @RFLong on Twitter, R. F. Long on Facebook, RFLong on Tumblr, RuthFrancesLong on Instagram.

Peadar Ó Guilín

Peadar Ó Guilín

In September 2007 Peadar Ó Guilín published his first novel, The Inferior, which the Times Educational Supplement called "a stark, dark tale, written with great energy and confidence and some arresting reflections on human nature." It tells the story of Stopmouth and his family who must battle for survival in a world of tribal societies. To live they must hunt rival species or negotiate flesh-trade with those who crave meat of the freshest human kind. There is but one law: Eat or be Eaten.

The second book in the series, The Deserter (2011), continues Stopmouth's journey as he attempts to understand The Roof and find the mysterious woman he loves who fell from it. The final book in the trilogy, The Volunteer (2013), is available as an eBook.

Peadar put out another eBook called Forever in the Memory of God: And Other Stories in 2013. The collection comprises three stories The First of Many (a novellette that Peadar read the opening chapter of at TitanCon 2013), Forever in the Memory of God and Fairy Gold.

The Call

Fans will be pleased to hear that Peadar has a new book out that will be published by David Fickling Books on 1 September 2016. The Call is a rich story mixing horror, survivalism and deep-rooted Irish mythology. The Wertzone has given The Call a great review and strongly recommending it.

What if you only had 3 minutes to save your own life and the clock is already counting down... Three minutes. Nessa, Megan and Anto know that any day now they wake up alone in a horrible land and realise they've been Called. Two minutes. Like all teenagers they know that they'll be hunted down and despite all their training only 1 in 10 will survive. One minute. And Nessa can't run, her polio twisted legs mean she'll never survive her Call will she? Time's up.

Peadar has been writing curious stories for as long as he can remember. One of his school reports claimed that he had "a talent for communication, which he abuse[d]." Since then he has written plays, published short stories and performed as a stand-up comedian. He has taken part in a project to translate the Linux operating system into Irish and is fluent in French and Italian. Peadar lives in Dublin where he toils night and day for a giant computer corporation.

The Enslaved of Peadar Ó Guilín badge

As a fan of George RR Martin Peadar has been posting on the Westeros forum for years and in 2009 travelled to Worldcon in Montreal where the Brotherhood Without Banners took him firmly into the fold and made him one of their own. While signing copies of The Inferior for some of the BWB Peadar wrote a dedication that could not quite be read, it was supposed to say "...you are so awesome" but it looked like "...you are so enslaved". Within a few hours there were t-shirts and badges saying "Enslaved by Peadar Ó Guilín". I remain convinced that Peadar's fan club needs to be called The Enslaved and he really should try and work something about enslavement into his next novel.

Peadar is now a regular at Irish conventions including Octocon in Dublin and is currently part of the team working on the Dublin 2019 WorldCon bid. He is always an interesting, enlightening and entertaining panelist. When first asked if he wanted to be a guest of TitanCon he thought it was a trick question, a horde of zombified wild horses could not keep him away! Peadar has proved a huge hit with the audience over the years moderating Game of Thrones panels and hosting our Masquerade in such hilarious style. This year Peadar will be hosting our inaugural TitanCon Lovely Beard Contest!

We invite you to come be enslaved by Peadar Ó Guilín.

Debbie (DJ) McCune

Debbie (DJ) McCune

Debbie McCune was born in Belfast and grew up in Carrickfergus. As a child she liked making up stories and even wrote some down, including a thriller about a stolen wallaby.

Debbie read Theology at Trinity College, Cambridge but mostly just read lots of books. She lives in Northern Ireland with her husband, daughter - and two cats with seven legs between them.

Writing as DJ McCune, Debbie's debut novel Death & Co. is the first of a three book YA / crossover series, published internationally by Hot Key Books. Adam is a Luman, and it runs in the family. Escorting the dead from life into light, Adam must act as guide to those taken before their time. As his older brothers accept their fate Adam clings to his life as a normal kid - one who likes girls, hates the Head and has a pile of homework to get through by Monday morning. When Adam gets a terrible premonition he realises that he must make a devastating choice, risking his life, his family and his destiny.

The story continues in Death & Co: The Mortal Knife (2014), the second book of the series. After breaking Luman law trying to stop a terrorist attack, Adam is looking forward to getting back to school and returning to normality. Unfortunately, Fate is standing in his way, and she goes by the name of Morta. Adam must weigh up what is most important: his friendships, school and being normal, or life as a Luman. There is only one place he can find the answers he needs. Adam must enter the Realm of the Fates and take control of a situation that is about to spiral dangerously out of control.

The third book Death & Co: Fault Lines was published in January 2016. The time has come for Adam to face up to the truth and challenge his destiny. When his father allows him one last opportunity to be a regular teenager and travel to Japan on a school trip. Adam could never have imagined that this alone would force his hand. But his terrifying premonition of a devastating tsunami due to hit Japan means he has to act fast and stop it before it happens. There's no going back now: if he saves thousands from a terrible fate, he must also risk the wrath of all Lumen... Is he man enough to take it on?

Debbie is currently finishing her first adult book, a fantasy crime set in a world hidden within our own. Watch this space!

You can read a sample of the prologue and first chapter of Death & Co. on the Hot Key Books website. You can find Debbie on Facebook and Twitter @debbiemccune.

Jo Zebedee

Jo Zebedee

One of the aims of TitanCon is to provide a platform for new local talent to showcase their work to a wider audience. Last year we welcomed a brand new science fiction author from just down the road in Carrickfergus, and we are pleased to announce that Jo Zebedee is joining us again at TitanCon 2016.

Abendau's Heir, the first book in the Inheritance Trilogy published by Tickety Boo Press in 2015, is a character-focused space opera. It follows Kare, the only heir to a galactic empire he doesn't want. His cruel mother, the Empress, at first tries to convince him, but when he refuses to take the Empire she turns on him and takes a vengeance that will resonate through the galaxy. Meanwhile his father's rebellion want a figurehead to stand against her, but Kare just wants to avoid the horrific future foretold for him.

Jo says that "what I wanted to do was to take the SFF trope of the 'chosen one' and ask what it would mean to be that chosen person. What would it do to their relationships, their friendships? Their sanity? I wanted to explore that against a classic SF setting, so there's plenty of action, FTL tech, some military scenes, and the backdrop of a big space opera world." Abendau's Heir can be categorised as grimdark and takes the characters, and the reader, to some very dark corners of the universe.

Jo had tried to write Abendau's Heir about three times when she was in her twenties but it never turned out close to the quality she had been hoping for. Then one summer, Jo's children were finally old enough to entertain themselves and she thought it's now or never. That she was about to turn 40 might have been another incentive!

Finally the book was finished, Jo was happy with it and naively she thought that getting it published would be the easy part. During the five years it took to find a home for Abendau's Heir Jo wrote six books, including the following two books of the trilogy and two stand alone genre novels based in Northern Ireland.

Jo says that she is very proud of the final result. "My editor, Teresa Edgerton, was amazing at shaping the book and pushing me to make it better. The result is so much more than I ever dreamed of."

The Inheritance Trilogy continues in Sunset Over Abendau (published April 2016) and completes with Abendau's Legacy (published October 2016). Jo is currently working on Waters And The Wild, a dark fantasy set in the Antrim Glens, being released from Inspired Quill in 2017.

Jo has also published a stand alone novel called Inish Carraig. The story is set in post alien invasion Belfast. Humanity has been defeated - pity the locals aren't listening. Belfast teenager John Dray struggles to survive in the devastated city, scavenging food and clothes for his younger siblings. Set up by the local crime lord, he's sent to Inish Carraig, a formidable alien prison. There, he uncovers a conspiracy which threatens Earth and everyone he loves. Inish Carraig is available from Amazon.

SFF World interviewed Jo to talk about the publication of Abendau's Heir. Jo is a regular poster at SFF Chronicles. There is a Facebook page for the Inheritance Trilogy if you'd like to know more about the books. Jo can also be found on Twitter.

Rachael (R.B) Kelly

Rachael (R.B) Kelly

One of the aims of TitanCon is to provide a platform for new local talent to showcase their work to a wider audience. R.B. Kelly is another brand new local science-fiction author that will be joining us at TitanCon 2016. She has just published her debut novel titled Edge Of Heaven from Liberties Press. But in fact this won't be Rachael's first time at TitanCon, she was an attendee in 2011 and 2012. It is fantastic to hear that members of the TitanCon community are finding publishing success and we are pleased to welcome Rachael back as our guest.

Edge Of Heaven was the winner of the Irish Writers' Centre Novel Fair Competition in January 2014. Rachael's short fiction and non-fiction articles have appeared in magazines and journals around the world, and her short story Blumelena, was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize in 2012. Her doctoral thesis, Mark Antony and Popular Culture, was published by IB Tauris in 2014. She lives and works in Belfast.

Edge Of Heaven

Danae Grant has a secret – the kind that could get a person killed, if it fell into the wrong hands. In the early twenty-second century, the habitable world is shrinking. The answer is Creo: a bi-level city that towers over the dust bowl of western France. Creo is the melting pot of nations, a Babylonian city of a thousand languages, where the dark streets explode with colour and violence. It's where you go when home is just a memory. It's where you go when you need to disappear.

But Danae can't stay hidden forever. The night she meets Boston Turrow marshal law is declared, and both their lives change irrevocably. Three hundred miles away, in the Réserve Naturelle de l'Auvergne, a dog-walker's gruesome discovery sets in motion a chain of events that will bring disaster in their wake. When the gates of the city close shut, they know the city is dying. Hidden from sunlight and fed air through ancient filters, the people of Creo have seen this kind of thing before. For a population of nearly 100 million, the implications are fatal – their plans for better futures turned to dust.

The secret Danae clings to may be the only answer to the new pestilence taking the lives of hundreds, but stepping forward is tantamount to suicide. Danae will have to make a choice: what will she give up to save the one glorious thing in an inglorious life?

Historical Fencing NI

Medieval Combat Group logo Medieval Combat Group

Historical Fencing NI is a collective of Northern Irish schools for the Historic European Martial Arts, teaching historical weapon techniques reconstructed from authentic period fighting manuals, and using modern protective equipment to allow safe and accurate recreation of historic fencing techniques.

The group acts as a northern body of HEMA Ireland to promote the growth and study of Historical European Martial Arts. HFNI Instructors at TitanCon are from Belfast-based Medieval Combat Group. The Group specialises primarily in the longsword and the messer (a single-edged short sword used by many peasants and townsfolk for everyday defense), and will be offering beginners workshops and demonstrations at TitanCon in the use of these weapons. They will also have a table set up in the dealers area with examples of equipment, examples of the period fighting manuals, and will be happy to answer questions about the martial arts of medieval Europe and the use of the weapons and the type of training that they do.

Historical Fencing NI has also kindly donated a one-on-one private lesson as a prize in our Raffle Prize Draw.

Please see the Medieval Combat Group website or Facebook page for more information.

Brutal Ballet

Bridie Mayfield Brutal Ballet

Brutal Ballet, a classical ballet company dancing to heavy metal was established in 2008 in Australia by dancer and choreographer, Bridie Mayfield. The company is now based in Northern Ireland, with dancers from all over the UK.

The reformed company's debut performance was at TitanCon 2014, which you can see in the video below, and read more about it in this BBC news article.

Last year Brutal Ballet put together an incredible visual performance using UV paint and a blacklight to create an eerie spectacle which meshed perfectly to the track Whitewalkers by Mastodon (a band who appeared as extras in the episode Hardhome by the way). Unfortunately, the white walkers do not show up so well on camera in the video below, it really has to be enjoyed in person.

We are pleased to announce that Brutal Ballet will be back again this year with a new Game of Thrones inspired dance piece, I wonder what they will have in store for us this time...



Leonard Boyd & David Brashaw ~ Backspindle Games

Leonard Boyd & David Brashaw

Leonard Boyd and David Brashaw at the launch of the Polish edition of Clacks!

Local board game publishers Backspindle Games, who have supported TitanCon every year since its inception, are one again returning this year.

David Brashaw and Leonard Boyd are the guys who give our delegates a quick try out of their really fun games in between events. They have published and sold two Discworld games (Guards! Guards! and Clacks!), both licenced by the late Sir Terry Pratchett to all corners of the globe, in English, Polish and Czech languages.

The game Guards! Guards! is actually in its last ever print-run, as the Watch series of books has been licenced to the BBC for a thirteen-part TV series. The game itself is a subtle introduction to the characters of the Discworld and all of the fun things that come with them.

In 2014 Backspindle Games were awarded the title of 'Best Family Game of the Year' at the UK Games Expo for their Luchador! Mexican Wrestling Dice game and this year have been highly commented by industry leaders for their new Codinca Pocket Edition game. Check out this video review of Codinca on YouTube.

Backspindle Games has a new partner in the US, Ninja Division Publishing, who are well known for Super Dungeon Explorer and the Alien versus Predator games. Together in 2017 they will be publishing some really cool new games.

Backspindle Games - our range of games

Game of Thrones guests

Please see our Game of Thrones guests page for details of the cast and crew members attending TitanCon 2016.

Please note that all guests appear subject to work commitments. Panels and events may be cancelled or rescheduled due to unforeseen circumstances. We will do our best to arrange alternative events; however this may not always be possible. Refunds will not be available due to changes in the event line up or schedule. TitanCon accepts no liability for loses incurred through errors or omissions on the website or the TitanCon convention booklet. Please see our Code of Conduct for more information.