Swancon 42
13-17 April, 2017

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Swancon is Australia’s longest running Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Speculative Fiction Convention and is the premiere event in Perth for fans of all forms of media.

2017 heralds the 42nd Swancon, and the second greatest computer ever, Deep Thought, challenges us to ponder the Ultimate Question. That of Life, the Universe and Everything!

Our Guests

  • Joyce Chng / Damask

    Born in Singapore, but a global citizen, Joyce Chng writes mainly science fiction and YA. She likes steampunk and tales of transfiguration/transformation. Her fiction has appeared in The Apex Book of World SF II, We See A Different Frontier, Cranky Ladies of History, and Accessing The Future. Her YA includes a trilogy about a desert planet and a fantasy duology in Qing China. Joyce has also co-edited a Southeast Asian steampunk anthology titled THE SEA IS OURS: Tales of Steampunk Southeast Asia with Jaymee Goh. Her Jan Xu Adventures series, an urban/contemporary fantasy set in Singapore, is written under the pseud. J. Damask which she will tell you it's a play on her Chinese name. Swancon 42 is really excited to have Joyce join our already stellar lineup of guests coming to you this Easter!

  • Sean Williams

    Sean Williams is a well known and loved Swancon guest, and is the bestselling author of over one hundered short stories and forty nine award winning books. He has also recently travelled to Antarctica and we can’t wait to hear his stories about that! He has been called many things in his time, including (somewhat ostentatiously) “the premier Australian speculative fiction writer of the age” (Aurealis), the “Emperor of Sci-Fi” (Adelaide Advertiser), the “Lord of the Genre” (Perth Writers’ Festival), and the “King of Chameleons” (Australian Book Review) for the diversity of his published output.

  • Alan Baxter

    Alan Baxter is a multi award-winning author of supernatural thrillers and urban horror, and an international master of kung fu. He runs the Illawarra Kung Fu Academy and writes novels, novellas and short stories full of magic, monsters and, quite often, martial arts. He rides a motorcycle and loves his dog. You can find him on Twitter @AlanBaxter, Facebook and Instagram: @warrior_scribe

  • Michael Troughton

    Michael Troughton is an Actor, Writer, Director and Teacher who starred in several late 80's and 90's comedy-drama's, and also appeared in the 2014 Dr Who Christmas Special "Last Christmas" as Professor Albert. He is the author of "Patrick Troughton: The Biography Of The Second Doctor Who", who was his father, and we are thrilled to have him join us at Swancon 42

  • Traci Harding

    Traci Harding is an Australian novelist. Her work blends fantasy, fact, esoteric belief, time travel and quantum physics, into adventurous romps through history, ulternative dimensions, universes and states of consciousness. She has released five trilogies including The Ancient Future and The Celestial triad, and three stand alone novels, with her 20th book due for release in 2017.

  • Douglas Adams (In Memoriam)

    The late, great Douglas Adams was the creator of all the various manifestations of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, of which the novel went straight to Number One in the UK Bestseller List and in 1984 he became the youngest author to be awarded a Golden Pan. A seminal, influential and unique creative genius, Douglas effortlessly blended the ridiculous with the infinitely impossible and topped it off with a side-dish of wry commentary and brilliant insight. He was an inspiration to generations of readers, comedians and authors and on this, the 42nd Swancon, we believe that it's important that we honour his contributions to our consciousness.

  • Davina Watson

    Davina Watson is a well known and loved member of Perth fandom, who in 2008 was a member of the Swancon “Contact” Committee which holds the record for the most family generations on a single committeee. She loves Fantasy and Crime and has been recognised over the years with The Marg Hughes (Mumfan) Award. She's always a friendly face willing to chat with anybody and we're excited this year to recognize her many years of selfless dedication and contribution as our Fan Guest of Honour.

Also – Call For Panellists and Items

Yes! It’s true! We have a DRAFT PROGRAM!!! Woohoo!

Please go check it out here!

You can view it in List, Tile or Grid format. Grid is great to get a “whole day” picture – List format will show you who is on each panel item.

You may notice there are still a few gaps – we would love for your to send more program items to our great programming team at programmer@swancon.com.au

Some panels are also in need to extra Panellists – so please if you see anything that interests you, email Michael and Damian and let them know!

We suggest that you create an account with Grenadine, so that you can save your “My Schedule” items to help plan your Swancon.