Archipelacon will be an international event, with members from a dozen countries already signed up ten months before the convention. To take advantage of this opportunity, we will host a meeting for science fiction and fantasy writers from the Nordic countries, to give them the opportunity to make contacts and discuss the field with their colleagues from the neighbouring countries.
More details will follow as we get closer to June next year.
We are thrilled that so many young people from all over the world have been interested in our event and joined up this early. Unfortunately our financial structure only allows for a certain amount of youth memberships (subsidized by the convention), and the interest we’ve received means we have sold out of them.
There are still plenty of full memberships available for people of any age. Note that children under 13 are welcome if accompanied by an adult,
We have received a few questions about memberships, such as if separate tickets are needed, and if there is a cap on the memberships (ie. a maximum number of members we can have).
Archipelacon comes from the tradition of fan-run science fiction conventions. Everybody pays their membership fee (including the con committee, volunteers and programme participants) and no one is paid to work for the convention. It doesn’t make a profit. There’s a reason why we sell “memberships”
So, yesterday we were challenged by Finncon to do the ice bucket challenge to spread ALS awareness.
Naturally we were up to the task (and by ‘we’ we mean Elisa). Here is the proof:
Archipelacon has hit 250 members! There are people coming from several countries all over (at the moment the list includes Austria, China, Finland, Germany, Ireland, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, and USA).
The members list is now online, and will be updated regularly.
We are proud to let you all know that George R.R. Martin is the third guest of honour of Archipelacon! He is of course best known for his epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire which is adapted for television by HBO as Game of Thrones. He has been writing science fiction, fantasy and horror since the early 1970s and he has won the Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards several times.
We now have an Archipelacon map with the venue, the main hotel and other points of interest inserted. We’ll update the map with more points of interest as we get closer to the con. A link to the map can be found also on our page with information on the Åland Islands.
The Åland Islands are a wonderful travel destination, especially during the summer. Find out some of the things to do in addition to participating in the convention on our Åland info page.
Our GoH pages for Johanna Sinisalo and Karin Tidbeck have been updated with info (and links) to their works that have been translated in English. So take a look at these wonderful authors’ works and find out why we’re so proud to have them as our GoHs!