About Octocon

Octocon, the National Irish Science Fiction Convention, is a weekend celebration of our favourite stories from books, comics, TV, films and games; from science fiction, fantasy, horror and beyond; attracting artists, writers, film-makers and fans from across the human sphere of influence.

The first Octocon was held in 1990, Terry Pratchett was our  first Guest of Honour and over the years  some of our guests have included Anne McCaffrey, JG Jones, Tanith Lee, Mike Carey, George R.R. Martin and Gail Simone.

For one weekend in October, we gather together to talk about all the wonders we have read and watch over the year; to share our favorite moments from book, TV, comics and films; to delve into the unsung genres and curious concepts of Speculative Fiction; to take part in workshops, and listen to panel discussions and charming guest speakers; to see what ‘must haves’ are in the Trade Hall; to experience the fun which is Octocon.

Octocon 2020 was our first online convention due to Covid-19, but we very much hope to return to a physical space in 2021.