The an­nual pop cul­ture con re­turns for another cel­e­bra­tion of all things geek

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Few con­ven­tions are as wel­com­ing as Nine Worlds. The week­end- long geek­fest prides it­self on an in­clu­sive at­mos­phere, a di­verse range of tracks and a zero tol­er­ance anti- ha­rass­ment pol­icy that must never get an air­ing given the rarely less- than- friendly at­ten­dees we’ve en­coun­tered in pre­vi­ous years. If you’ve ever been in­tim­i­dated by the idea of at­tend­ing a con­ven­tion, there sim­ply isn’t a bet­ter place to start.

This year’s Nine Worlds runs from Thurs­day 7 Au­gust ( with an evening ded­i­cated to so­cial­is­ing and “low key” events ahead of a for­mal launch on Fri­day morn­ing) through to Sun­day 9 Au­gust, once again at the Radis­son Blu ho­tel at Heathrow. Much like last year, there will be around 30 tracks, each with ded­i­cated pan­els, dis­cus­sions and ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing: all the books, comics fandom, fan fic, food and drink, fu­ture tech, history, LARP, LGBTQ+ fandom, pod­cast­ing, skep­ti­cism, Star Trek, Tolkien, videogames cul­ture and worlds of Whe­don. This year’s event will also play host to the 2015 David Gem­mell Awards For Fan­tasy.

Tick­ets may seem a lit­tle pricey (£ 95 for adults if you book be­fore 30 June) but it’s still good value for a week­end- long residential con with games, mu­sic and movie marathons run­ning through the evenings for any­one with the energy to burn the can­dle at both ends. As an en­tirely vol­un­teer- run event the or­gan­is­ers are al­ways on the look- out for full- time vol­un­teers and any The name says it all – dig out your best sci- fi duds and head down to the fab­u­lously named Magna Science Ad­ven­ture Cen­tre for a day of anime, gam­ing and comic books. 8- 9 Au­gust Wan­der round a se­ries of elab­o­rate sci- fi sets and dis­plays ( for nowt!) or buy a ticket and at­tend a packed day of pan­els in Dublin city cen­tre.

8 Au­gust

Com­pe­ti­tion for the best seats is fierce. Cos­play is… im­pres­sive. York­shire Cos­play Con 8 Dublin Comic Con

Nine Worlds is packed with dis­cus­sion pan­els and ses­sions.

Party time at the 2014 event.

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