Progress Report #2

Welcome to the 2nd Progress Report! Here’s information about accomodation in Barcelona, progress with the programme, projects to translate Spanish SFF into English to make it better known, nice places to eat and drink, and places to see. Hostels We are researching cheap room-share hostels in the Ramblas area near to the CCCB for fans without much money—but see Tourist Apartments below for a good alternative which can be just as cheap, and which you might want to book now to make sure of an apartment in the best location, although hundreds of apartments will continue to be available throughout the city. Hotels Now that we’re into 2015 and hotels can foresee 2016, our team is busy researching the most suitable hotels within a few blocks of the CCCB, the Centre for Contemporary Culture of Barcelona.  We hope to agree with one of the hotels to designate it as our “official” con hotel, with a price reduction. In our next Progress Report, in early September 2015, we aim to provide full hotel contact details for convention members to book their rooms.  Booking in September 2015 will probably a good idea if you like a particular hotel near to the CCCB for the convention, which is different from the possible “official” hotel. HOTEL CATALONIA RAMBLAS  (4 star), C/Pelai, 28.   Single occupany of double room, Euros 110; double 121.  With buffet b/fast.  3 minutes from Plaça de Catalunya.  This is a possibility as a designated “official” con hotel, 120 rooms, its rear entrance very close to the CCCB, with a large restaurant in case we have a banquet at the end...

Eurocon Barcelona Progress Report # 1, December 2014

Greetings, Members of BCON, the 2016 Eurocon; and a Happy Festive Season! We’re already coming up with ideas for our programme—see below—but we would also very much appreciate suggestions from yourselves about items that you would specially like to see on the programme. And if you wish to volunteer to be on a panel, or give a talk or presentation, do let us know, along with your experience and interests.  We can’t promise to fit everything in, but we’ll try. Just send us an email to info@eurocon2016.org. Plans for Barcelona 2016 Programme (so far) Author of Nineteen Eight-four, George Orwell, and his formative experiences in Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War, with a guided walk to Las Ramblas close to the convention centre to see the locations described in Orwell’s Homage to Catalonia. A panel on whether books of warning, set in the future, such as Nineteen Eighty-four, Nevil Shute’s On the Beach, and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, et cetera, might have had a cautionary effect sufficient to prevent such futures from happening. The work of Stanislaw Lem.  2016 is the 10th anniversary of the death of Lem, Polish author of world importance who wrote science fiction, philosophy, and satire. 2016 is the 50th anniversary of the film Fantastic Voyage based on a story by Isaac Asimov, whose novelisation of the film was published in the same year.  A panel on medical nanotechnology. Also, a panel on the adaptation of SF stories and novels as films. 2016 is also the 50th anniversary of Daniel Keyes’ novel Flowers for Algernon, about the artificial enhancement of intelligence.  Subsequently dramatised for...