Steam at Craftonomicon

   Posted by: cholmondeley   in Culture



The 51st Australian National SF Convention, Continuum 8: Craftonomicon, begins today in Melbourne, and retronautical pursuits occupy a prominent place in the programme of events.

The convention’s focus on crafting will appeal to the maker sensibility, and Guest of Honour Kelly Link, writer and editor of the recent Steampunk! anthology, will be speaking on a number of panels. In addition to a live interview with Link, the specifically steam-oriented programme items are:

  • Friday, 18.00 “Turning the Gears: Steampunk Craft”
  • Sunday, 11.00 “Steamplay”
  • Sunday, 17.00 “The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes”
  • Sunday, 18.00 “Steampunk Squalor”

The rest of the programme covers a broad range of topics from Transhumanism, Daikaiju and traditional fairy stories through Maurice Sendak, Legocraft and Podcasting. Saturday’s Maskobolo features a 20,000 Leagues vs HP Lovecraft theme, and Sunday evening’s entertainments include the annual “Ditmar Award” ceremony.

Entry for Friday is by gold coin donation, and day memberships are available for Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Programming begins at 4pm, Friday (today), at the Rydges on Swanston.

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