Eastercon LX is the 60th British National Science Fiction Convention, celebrating science fiction, fantasy and horror in literature, film, comics and other media.

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More At-Con Newsletters and LXtra

Somehow we completely failed to mention LXtra, the live streaming of some of LX’s programme items. Better late than never!

And now onto yet more newsletters from the prolific team headed by John Coxon (found on various social media sites as, shockingly, John Coxon), this isn’t the last of them:

The Voice Lashings of Ginger Beer (Sunday Afternoon)

The Voice Ball on the Pavillion Roof! (Sunday Evening)

The Voices Number Pi (Sunday Late)

At-Con Newsletter So Far

The Voice Issue #1 (Friday Afternoon)

The Voice Number Two (Friday Evening)

The Voice The Magic Number (Saturday Noon)

The Voice Two Plus Two (Saturday Evening)

The Search for Dark Matter at Boulby Mine

Hopefully you’ve spotted that the ReadMe and Programme are now available for download. Unfortunately, as tends to be the case, an error has been found already.

The programme item on Monday at 11am in the Hawthorn room should in fact be “The Search for Dark Matter at Boulby Mine“.

Dr. Sean Paling of Sheffield University will talk about how UK astrophysicists are searching for the missing mass in the Universe at the bottom of Boulby mine. Dr. Paling will give an easy introduction to astronomy, the Universe and the search for Dark Matter followed by a virtual tour of the experiments currently underway over 1km underground at Boulby.


In a first for an SF convention, we have arranged for an orchestra to perform at Eastercon LX!

On Saturday evening at 8pm, the National Festival Orchestra will perform classical works inspired by fantasy and mythology. The concert will include such works as ‘Dance Macabre’, music composed for SF&F films and TV shows such as Star Wars and Star Trek, and classical works which have been famously used by film-makers such as ‘The Blue Danube’ by Strauss (used in Kubrick’s ‘2001 a Space Odyssey’) and Beethoven’s Symphony No.6 ‘Pastorale’ (used in Disney’s ‘Fantasia’). The concert will be compered by Vince Docherty, LX’s music programme lead.

Experience fantastic, inspirational music at its best - live!

The National Festival Orchestra

The National Festival Orchestra is dedicated to exciting, high-quality performance of a range of musical styles. Based in the North of England with members drawn from all over the UK, the musicians combine a breadth of professional experience that ranges from symphonic and opera orchestras to West End and Broadway shows.

The orchestra regularly plays to sell-out audiences at the best UK concert venues including the Bridgewater Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall and The Sage Gateshead as the adopted orchestra of the outstandingly successful company ‘Sing Live UK’.

The NFO has built a national reputation through television broadcasts and BBC Radio, including a tribute concert to film composer John Barry and its fine performances as the resident orchestra for the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival in Buxton since the festival’s inception in 1994. The orchestra has joined Leslie Garrett live in concert, and enjoys links with
some excellent choral societies in the North of England.

A performance at the first Edward German Festival led to an invitation to record the composers operetta ‘Tom Jones’ on the Naxos label, completed in September and due for release in August 2009.