We have a host of great guests from the worlds of gaming, cosplay, music, film and television.
Author, travel correspondant, tech guru, TED speaker and all round good egg Kate Russell will be joining us!Kate has been writing about technology, gaming and the Internet since 1995 and now appears weekly on BBC2 and BBC World News, reporting for technology programme Click. A regular expert on the sofa at ITV’s Daybreak and various other TV and radio stations, she writes columns for National Geographic Traveller magazine and Web User magazine. Her first book ‘Working the Cloud’ is the ultimate collection of online tips, tricks and resources for small businesses, start-ups and entrepreneurs who want to get ahead online. In 2014 Kate published her first novel – a science fiction story based (under official license) in the game world of Elite: Dangerous called, Elite: Mostly Harmless. Her latest work is 'A Bookkeeper's Guide to Practical Sorcery', a young adult magical romp through the fictional town of Terratonia following the exploits of Henry Noble, DC and friends. It is available right now as e, paperback and stunning audiobook, read by Charles Collingwood (the voice of BBC Radio 4's Brian Aldridge from the Archers).
Jemma is an acoustic musician with a growing following of tens of thousands and has one of the most delicate and beautiful voices for a generation.
At previous FantastiCons she has sang us exclusive tracks, joined us for the after party and thrown herself enthusiastically into the NERF arena!We don't know what she has planned for this year yet, but we're certain it will be Fantastic!
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Simon Fisher-Becker joins us again this year and will be available for autographs, selfies and is always happy to chat about his incredible career.
Simon has been in countless film and TV projects including Dr Who (Dorium maldovar), Harry Potter (The Fat Friar), Puppy Love (Tony Fazackerley), played the Fat Controller from Thomas the Tank Engine and was even a Town Crier!
A multi-talented motivational speaker, he spends his time travelling the world and we're very lucky that he's found space in his busy schedule to come and join us for some FantastiCon fun!
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Colin Spaull has been a stalwart of stage and screen for decades.
His performances in 'Morse', 'The Last Detective', 'The Inbetweeners', 'Doctors', 'Holby City', 'Eastenders', 'Casualty' and 'The Brittas Empire' were legendary and he's one of only a select few actors who can boast of appearing in both classic and new episodes of Doctor Who.
We're very pleased to announce that Colin will be joining our ranks as a Fantastic author shortly when we publish his autobiography.
Colin will be available for autographs, selfies and is always happy to chat with his fans.
Welcome to the party Colin!
BOOK LAUNCH: Shadeward Enervation
Drew Wagar, author of FBP bestseller Elite: Reclamation, released the first in his hard science fiction series, the Shadeward Saga - Shadeward: Emanation at FantastiCon 2015. FantastiCon 2016 saw the successful launch of part two Shadeward: Exoneration.
In 2017 he gave an exclusive first reading of his highly commended Elite Dangerous: Premonition, a book whose narrative was helped over the finish line by thousands of players of Elite: Dangerous, live in game!
He also gave a reading from his epic novelisation of classic retro game Lords of Midnight, live at the event!
FantastiCon 2019 will see more excellent content from Drew Wagar, including the first opportunity to grab a signed copy of the third in his Shadeward Saga, Shadeward: Enervation, the paperback of which launched in July. The official eBook launch happens live at the event.
A self confessed workaholic, Paul regularly travels the world meeting megastars of stage and screen to immortalise their voices in his amazing Voicepacks. His aquisitions so far include Brian Blessed, Kate Russell, Marina Sirtis, Tom Baker, John DeLancie and William Shatner to name but a handful!
He always brings along some goodies for the Fanatstic raffle and his late night dancing is something you really have to see to believe!
BOOK LAUNCH: Exiles
Daniel Blythe is an acclaimed writer of novels for children and adults – as well as a writer of non-fiction on subjects as diverse as popular music, politics, collecting gadgets and games, parenting and the history of robotics. He has written several of the official Doctor Who books licensed by the BBC.He'll be chatting on stage and giving a reading from his latest offering, 'Exiles', the first book he's published as a Fantastic Books author which launches officially at the event.Welcome to the party Daniel, we're stoked to have you!
BOOK LAUNCH: Gravity's Arrow
Jack Mann is a consultant dermatologist with a passion for great science fiction. His debut novel 'Gravity's Arrow' is launching at FantastiCon 2019.Jack will be chatting with the audience, giving a reading and signing books over the FantastiCon weekend.
BOOK LAUNCH: The Star Protocol
The Marett brothers join us this year to launch their amazing science fiction debut, The Star Protocol.
Simon and Ramon will be available for signings, giving a reading on stage and possibly some action in the NERF and/or Lasertag Arena given their joint prowess at archery!
Stuart is the author behind epic fantasy series A Seared Sky trilogy, which was released at FantastiCon 2014 and 2015.
Stuart also launched the beautiful hardback version of his short, dystopian science fiction thriller The Methuselah Strain at FantastiCon 2016.
He is one of our most prolific authors and over the last three FantastiCons, he released his Generation Mars series; Blood Red Dust, War Over Dust and Return To Dust.
Stuart will be at the 2019 event and is always open for selfies, autographs, chats and discussion!
See the Generation Mars series trailer here, created by the amazing AdIQ's Ramon Marett.
Simon is a talented sim-racer, dedicated gamer and all round great guy. He also has a moustache of epic proportions that takes on a mind of its own throughout the FantastiCon weekend.
He's bringing along his purpose built simulation rig for you all to try.
Last year the Stig even had a go!
Led by author, technology journalist and lifelong gamer Kate Russell, the Hammers of Slough are much more than an in-game group of friends from around the world.
Hammers of Slough Sunday is a weekly online gaming party which has ran for years and features regular Hammers Nats Wright (an extremely talented photographer), Bubble (the mastermind behind the brand new Galaxy Crash game), Sarah Johnson (sim racer and 3D Printer extraordinaire) and the incredible Pleijpe (a Dutch madman of the highest order) to name but a handful of this large and growing group.
Our CEO Dan is a proud member and was lucky enough to join the Hammers for a real life pilgrimage to where the Hammers sprang into existence, right outside the local Greggs bakery.
Many a celebratory sausage roll was consumed.
Though their involvement is always mysterious and usually accompanied by a kazoo chorus, all we can tell you is there will be Hammers of Slough in attendance. They came last year and this year they will return and, much like the sand people, in greater numbers.If you're a fan of a Jammie Dodger biscuit, we'd suggest getting in quick before the Hammers consume them all. Last year's stock lasted about 8 minutes!
Special Effect is a very special charity and through it we have had the privilege of meeting two of the world's nicest and most sincere people.
Baz and Ali work tirelessly for the charity and do an eye watering amount of fundraising in a variety of cruel and interesting ways which we're sure they'll be happy to tell you all about at the event.
They'll be representing Special Effect and as such will have some really interesting bits of tech for you to try out to show just how amazing the work this epic gamers' charity does really is.
Welcome to the party Baz and Ali, you're FantastiCon legends!
Lee Conley is an author of the Dead Saga and is also a historical martial arts and swordsmanship expert who regularly performs demonstrations at events around the country.
This year he'll be joining us all weekend and showing off his skills with a longsword!
A YouTube community discussing topics of geeky interest such as technology, gaming, cosplay, sci-fi and fantasy films and television, anime and manga, science fact, comic books, and even train spotting! Our motto is “We geek, therefore we are.”Headed by the wonderful Illisia 'Illi' Adams and Douglas 'Dug' of 3D Printing fame, the Geeketeers never fail to produce some excellent content, look after our cosplay masquerade and cosplay competition and generally make the whole convention a geekier, happier place to be.
Don’t be shy, come and say “hy”!
Dan Smith (AKA The Commander) is an extremely talented gamer, Twitch Streamer, Musician, Performer and Songwriter and is famed across the gaming world for his excellent parody songs.
Euan Gloyn is a Dr Who superfan and as such has created one of the most detailed and authentic copies of the T.A.R.D.I.S we have ever seen.He has kindly agreed to bring his creation to the convention and you will be able to see it in pride of place. He's also agreed to bring along more of his amazing creations, including the Bat Signal!
Thanks Euan, you're Fantastic!
Jon Lunn, one of the Jedis behind Spidermind Games and producer of the ED:RPG, will hopefully be at the event showing off the latest amazing creation, ED Battle Cards! Alison, one of his ambassadors, will be running scenarios in our RPG area with those of you brave enough to try your luck in the Elite: Dangerous universe...
Welcome aboard Spidermind!
Dalek Jast will be at the convention and will be offering a pilot experience to a select few lucky convention attendees.His creator, Robert Phillips, will also be there to lend a hand and, if necessary, administer some exterminations!
Dalek Jast is part of the amazing 'Sons of Skaro' Dalek builder group who do sterling work raising thousands of pounds for charity wherever they go. As many of them who are free will be at FantastiCon 2019 so prepare for an invasion!
Fireteam Ascension are a professional cosplay troop who travel the UK in their incredible, hand made Halo power suits. They are famed for their impromptu dance shows and general tomfoolery and we're super excited to see how they fair in the NERF and LaserTag arenas too!Their Founder, Dan Gonzales, is a long time friend of FantastiCon and he's very much looking forward to showing off the new team's skills!
Check out their latest trailer!
BOOK LAUNCH: Falling Into Crime
It's not many bookstores that can boast International award winning crime writers among their number but Penny Grubb is just that!A prolific crime writer and author of academic textbooks, Penny will be joining us again and is always happy to sign copies of her books from her permanent post behind the Fantastic Books Store!
John Scotcher released The Boy In Winter's Grasp, the first in his historic fantasy series at FantastiCon 2015 and we will be talking to him about progress on its sequel and what he has planned for the future.
Sue Knight, author of 'Till They Dropped' and 'Waiting for Gordo', will be at the event.
Sue is a shy but prolific author and this will be possibly the only chance to meet her in person in 2019.
Copies of both of Sue's works will be available at the Fantastic Books Store!
Matt Adcock is the author of 'Complete Darkness' and is bringing along some Limited Edition art cards for FantastiCon delegates.
He's looking for folks to share pictures of themselves holding the cards at the event on social media. For those that do, he'll also have some tshirts which he'll award to those folks who have shared his art cards the farthest.
Welcome to the party Matt!
Cosplaying as 'Mashashy', this lady is a stalwart of the cosplay community. She has been to every convention you could imagine in costumes as diverse as Princess Peach, Mario (pictured), Maya from Borderlands, Poison Ivy and many more...She is a model and also works as creative director at NIche Magazine UK, a magazine dedicated to cosplay and convention fun.Mashashy is one of our FantastiCon Ambassadors.