Some people mark religious holidays. Others celebrate at rock festivals. I get excited about SF conventions. I’ve got that Xmas day feeling you used to get as a kid and it can only mean one thing . . . ALT FICTION!

To be accurate Alt Fiction is a festival, not a convention. There are no Klingon costumes or in fact costume of any description (Yes these do appear at some conventions but I find it just as peturbing as you do) – just a shed load of excellent writers joining panel discussions, giving readings, launching books and running workshops.  Alt.Fiction is all about written SFF and other ‘Alternative Fiction’, as opposed to multi-media conventions which focus primarily on TV shows. Just into its second year and Alt.Fiction is the most important SFF gatherng in the UK after EasterCon and FantasyCon.

I’m also excited about Alt.Fiction becuase its organised by fellow LDO Alex Davis, who has also been helping me with the Fantastic! event season here in Leicester. What with this, my almost cult-like adoration of Iain M Banks and Alt.Fiction being just up the road in Derby its looking to be something of a highlight in this years literary calendar.

I’ll be blogging throughout the day from Alt.Fiction. Follow from the comfort of your own home at: or log onto the blog here. 


April 28th, 12 midday to 9pm
Darwin Suite, Assembly Rooms, Derby
£20, £15 concessions
Tickets from Assembly Rooms Box Office, 01332 255800.
Alt.Fiction moves into its second year with another day of readings, workshops, discussion and book launches featuring some of the UK’s leading talent in the fields of horror, science-fiction and fantasy. With a line-up including Iain M Banks, Harry Harrison, Mike Carey, Ramsey Campbell, Graham Joyce, Mark Chadbourn, Chaz Brenchley and many more, this year’s event is an essential for any genre readers or writers.
Full details on the webpage at:

Published by Damien Walter

Writer and storyteller. Contributor to The Guardian, Independent, BBC, Wired, Buzzfeed and Aeon magazine. Special forces librarian (retired). Teaches the Rhetoric of Story to over 35,000 students worldwide.

2 thoughts on “Alt.Fiction

  1. Don’t mix the ears and the pasty in the same outfit. That’s a shooting incident even among moderate Trekkies. The fundamentalists have been known to hang, draw and quarter a person for less.



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