Introduction to the Program

If you've been to a Worldcon before, you probably know what to expect from a Worldcon program. But if you haven't, you have a great time ahead of you.

Worldcon programs are large and diverse, and include lectures, debates and panel discussions. Typically there will be in excess of 500 distinct items in this core program over the 5 days, with up to a dozen tracks running in parallel at any moment time. The formal program ranges over topics from fiction and writing to politics and science, and participants have included Nobel Prize winners, astronauts, scientists, writers, editors, publishers, artists, film makers, and fans.

Our Theme - the New Frontiers

The overall theme for our convention will be the New Frontiers. This theme will influence our program as well as our exhibits and events. We'll take you to the edge of the genre as well as the heartlands - we'll challenge your views and ideas, and we'll introduce you to new people and new voices.

Program Participants

We have now published our list of confirmed program participants.

Program Schedule

The full schedule for Program and for the convention as a whole is available from this page. This includes downloads of the Pocket Program and Program Grid.

Program Areas

Our program includes all of the following areas: follow the links (where available) for more detailed articles. Or check out the full schedule for a complete list of items and descriptions.

Participation Programming and Activities

In addition to our traditional programming, we are also delighted to offer some more interactive programming and activities. (Note that some of these activities are open while others require preparation or pre-registration).

Finally, our Member Services section includes some other items that you may be interested in:

For Younger Fans

Our support for younger fans comes in three parts. For the youngest, on up through to 12, we will be providing professional childcare. For 8-12 year olds there will be fan-run children's programming, and above this age we will have a teen activities built around a separate teen lounge. More information is available on the Children and Young Adults page.

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Still Have Questions?

We've answered some common questions (mainly for people who are appearing on program) in this page of Frequently Asked Questions.

Alternatively, you can contact the Renovation program team by email at