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Eurocon 2009
Deepcon 10 - Italcon 35



26-29 marzo 2009

Guests of Honour
Sergey Lukyanenko
Ian Watson
Bruce Sterling
Giuseppe Lippi

Actors Guests of Honour
Marina Sirtis
Anthony Simcoe
Max Grodénchik

Geoffrey A. Landis
Mary Turzillo
Lolita Fatjo
Eric Stillwell
Larry Nemecek
Janet Nemecek

Unfortunately Robert Silverberg will not be attending Eurocon this year. Also, we regret to inform that Ms Kate Mulgrew will not be attending Eurocon this year because she has just been offered a new production of a play that will be running from March 4th through April 5th.

Here is the note she sent to the fans:

I deeply regret having to miss this convention for any number of reasons, foremost among them my love of the Italian people and all things Italian and my ongoing effort to raise money for Alzheimer’s research.  I look forward to coming again in 2010 but in the meantime will be performing in Terence McNally’s play MASTER CLASS, about the great diva Maria Callas.  Impossible to say no to such a wonderful challenge.   See you in 2010 - grazie tutti!

Info: eurocon@euroconsf2009.it

Deep Space One is a cultural association aimed at promoting science fiction in all of its forms: literature, movies, television series, cartoons, graphic novels, role playing, videogames, model-making, etc. Right from the start, eight years ago, we have been organizing Deepcon, a convention attended by a varied array of international guests: writers, editors, publishers, actors, screenwriters, producers, people working “behind the scenes” as well as NASA scientists, astronauts and scientific experts. Among the many foreign guests, we had the pleasure of having with us Anne McCaffrey, Harry Harrison, Ian Watson, Richard Morgan and Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, as well as actors Alexander Siddig, Ed Bishop and Connor Trinneer; at our last March convention the main guests have been writer Ruth Nestvold, actresses Mira Furlan and Suzie Plakson, doctor Vittorio Cotronei and engineer Walter Piperno, both working for the Italian Space Agency.

Since 2004, along with Deepcon, we have also been organizing Italcon, the convention of Italian professionals working in the field of science fiction; we therefore feel we have gained an adequate experience in organizing events of this size and kind and in ensuring and providing the quality level expected from events such as Eurocon; we have also been able to rely on Gianfranco Viviani’s experience, organizator of the long gone previous Italian edition held in Stresa in 1980.

Eurocon has been missing from Italy for 19 years now (since Eurocon in San Marino, in 1989). This will therefore be a precious opportunity to come into contact with other European contexts, while allowing the rest of Europe to learn about the rich and varied world of Italian science fiction, which can boast known and respected writers such as Valerio Evangelisti and Roberto Vacca. We are very glad and honoured to have been granted such a possibility, and we hope the European science fiction community will massively take part in the event.

In 1972 in Trieste, during the first edition of Eurocon, the first Premio Italia (the Italian award) was held, an acknowledgement given to the most appreciated professionals in various sectors of Italian science fiction (best author, best translator, best magazine, best fan magazine, best television series, best novel etc…). Our fan magazine Alpha Quadrant has won twice for best non-professional magazine.

Twenty seven years ago, during the Stresa Eurocon in 1980, Italcon was instituted, during which the Premio Italia continues to be assigned. It will be a great pleasure for us to be able to bring the Premio Italia and Italcon together with Eurocon on the occasion of Deepcon 10th edition in 2009.