Pure Spec 2018 – June 15 & 16

My very first panel was last year at Pure Spec and it was a nice change-up from some of the larger shows & festivals. It had a little something for everyone and was very walkable for our family & small children.

This year looks to be no different with returning guests & vendors, as well as a whole new lineup of nerdy all-stars.

For all the details, go to www.purespec.org

Returning for its fourteenth year, the Pure Speculation Festival​ is set to once again celebrate science fiction and fantasy storytelling in all its forms! Join us June 15 and 16​ at the Alberta Avenue Community Hall​ (9210 118 Avenue) for a weekend packed with panels, demonstrations, reptiles, art, stories, music, dance, zombies, and games.

Featuring Guests of Honour Krista D. Ball​ (author), Candas Jane Dorsey​ (author and publisher), and Sam Maggs​ (author and Pop Culture expert), along with a host of writers and artists from Edmonton’s science fiction and fantasy community.

Organized by nerds for nerds, the Pure Speculation Festival​ is dedicated to creating an inviting and inclusive community event, open to everyone who loves science fiction and fantasy popular culture.

Admission to the festival is free​ to all members of the public, so you can bring your family or attend with a group of friends and join in the celebration! The festival plays host to some of Edmonton’s nerdiest vendors, artists, and publishers, such as Variant Edition Comics + Culture​, Reveal Books​, illustrator Chris Moet​, and Elements Games & Collectibles​. You can stop by Dragon Paw Lady Face Painting​ to get your face painted (and your kids, too), or if zombies are more your thing, let the Nightmare Circus Performers​ teach you “Thriller!” and get some zombie make-up. Plus the festival offers a variety of panels and demos, on everything from Archeogaming 101​ to Witches in Fiction​, with stops at Parasol Dueling​ or a Star Trek Trivia Contest ​(hosted by Minister Faust​) in between.

Winding down this celebration of nerdery is the return of the Internerd BBQ​, hosted by the festival and welcoming nerdy groups from all over Edmonton. Entertainment will be provided by singer/songwriter Vanessa Cardui​, along with the SF-inspired dance of Eclipse Fusion​. Besides good food and good company, the evening will also feature the Second Annual Pure Speculation SF Mastery Quiz​.

Celebrate everything there is to love about science fiction and fantasy with the Pure Speculation Festival ​this summer!