Room 1, all day, Board games
Play board games with fellow game fans. There’s always someone up for a game!
Room 2, 10:00 am, Lecture
(R)evolution: Which evolutions and revolutions have made people and society the way they are now? What is still to come? Evolutionary biologist and SF author Frank van Dongen shows you his vision on the past, present and future of humanity.
Room 2, 11:00 am, Lecture
Where the bad people dwell… A good story has a conflict at its core and therefore it needs an antagonist. But is the antagonist simply an evil person whose only goals are world domination and the destruction of the world as we know it? No! On the contrary, antagonists need a bit of love from their authors, to make the readers (secretly) love them a bit too. So, which baddie strikes a chord with us? How do you make the reader accept the bad guy as a fully-fledged character in the story? In this panel you hear the thoughts of various authors and how they approach the creation of their antagonists.
Room 2, 1:00 pm, Panel
Diversity/Own voices in fantastic literature. The call for more diversity in literature, films and television has been heard and answered more and more over the past years, but does that not make stories a bit goody-goody and boring?
Room 2, 2:00 pm, Panel
Erasmuscon 2024. Organising a Eurocon is no mean feat, but we’re going to do it anyway. How do we use all the creativity within the Dutch SF, Fantasy and Horror scene? We can use your ideas!
Room 2, 3:00 pm, Panel
Political systems in Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy. Magical royal bloodlines, feudal space- empires, dystopian authoritarian regimes. Political systems are an integral part of the SFFH genres. How do these systems work, what is their influence on the worlds created in these genres, and which
varieties can do with a bit more attention?
Room 3, 9:50 am, Opening ceremony
Room 3, 10:00 am, Lecture
Mirrored worlds. Who is Johanna Lime? How does the imaginary world in the novel Schimmenschuw and the Vergeten Vloek trilogy work? The magical system, the technology, the opposite mirrored kingdoms in Taurus and Monoceros, the Avatars and the dragons.
Room 3, 11:00 am, Discussion
What is more fun than reading/watching your favourite book/film? Chatting about it with other fans, who may have some surprising new tips for you! (So your to read/to watch list will only get longer…)
Room 3, 1:00 pm, Panel
Science Fiction. Fantasy or prediction? We sometimes hear people say: science fiction has been overtaken by reality, the future is now. But is predicting the future a purpose of science fiction at all? Or are we confusing two different things? We take a field trip into the worlds of futurism and science fiction and find out if and how the two overlap.
Room 3, 2:00 pm, Quiz
The HSFCon quiz. Join in and test your knowledge of books, films, TV shows and more!
Room 3, 4:00 pm, Lecture
Guest of Honour speech by Peter Schaap: be inspired by the musical GOH speech of Peter Schaap, one of the grand masters of Dutch fantasy! A surprise is included.
Room 3, 4:00 pm, Closing ceremony
Room 7, 11:00 am, Workshop
Origami dragons: Never managed anything more complicated than a paper hat? This is your chance to learn something new – folding origami dragons. You know, just for fun, or for an inspirational decoration on your desk, for something to do during those endless meetings, or to give away!
Room 7, 2:00 pm, Workshop
Bookart: Yes, we know, cutting up books is a crime, but we can make allowances for art, right? And don’t worry, we will provide the books 😉
Room 7, 3:00 pm, Workshop
Flash Fiction is a delicious type of storytelling in which the stories are less than a thousand words long. That makes them perfect to write in an hour, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do. Writer Roderick Leeuwenhart, who has already sold multiple novels, short stories and flash fiction (both in the Netherlands and abroad), is on hand to help you through the workshop. What do you need to take with you? It is useful to have a story idea that you want to work on. Flash
fiction is very well suited for random ideas that don’t really fit in a larger work, for instance, but that you can’t let go either. Writing materials (pens and paper) will be available, but you are also welcome to work digitally on your own screen.
Chances are that you won’t finish your flash fiction story within the allotted time. That’s no problem. The main thing is to get started, you can finish it later. Workshop attendees can email their (typed) stories to Roderick afterwards to discuss them and get feedback.
Room 8, 11:00 am, Short films
Theme: ‘Fiction with science’
Room 8, 1:00 pm, Short films
Room 8, 2:00 pm, Film
Room 9, all day, Sector31
The creative Star Trek platform for the Netherlands!
Room 9, 11:00 am, Workshop
Voyager combadge Paint your own combadge to take home with you. Do you want it exactly the same as in the show, or do you use your own imagination? Anything is possible. You can find good examples (both replicas and screen-used) at our stand.
Room 9, 1:00 pm, Sector31 Quiz
A fixture of Sector31 meetings is the Sector31 Quiz, in which great prizes are up for grabs. For the occasion we have given the quiz a special HSFCon makeover. Take the challenge and win lovely prizes!
Room 9, 3:00 pm, Workshop
La Sirena combadge. Paint your own combadge to take home with you. Do you want it exactly the same as in the show, or do you use your own imagination? Anything is possible. You can find good examples (both replicas and screen-used) at our stand.