The most important thing about <plokta.con> is the people who'll be coming. We currently have 49 members, who are:
Michael Abbott, Brian Ameringen, Amanda Baker, Square Bear, Austin Benson, Bridget & Simon Bradshaw, Gordon Brignal, Claire Brialey, Marianne Cain, Steven Cain, Dave Clements, Eddie Cochrane, John Dallman, Steve Davies, Guy & Sue Dawson, Giulia De Cesare, Sue Edwards, Lilian Edwards, Janet & Mike Figg, Susan Francis, Gwen Funnell, Ann & Steve Green, Rhodri James, Kari, Tony Keen, Paul Kincaid, Dave Langford, Patrick Lawford, Ken MacLeod, Sue Mason, Caroline Mullan, Phil Nanson, Chris O'Shea, Bernie Peek, Mark Plummer, Roger Robinson, Naomi Saunders, Alison Scott, Mike Scott, Robert "Nojay" Sneddon, Maureen Kincaid Speller, Huw Walters, Peter Wareham, Anne Wilson and Caroline Wilson.
If you think you've joined, but aren't on this list, then please let us know so that we can sort it out. All of you who've said you'll join but haven't got round to it yet -- and there are plenty of you -- please send us twenty pounds before we put the membership rates up. Children aged 12-17 (at the date of the con) are £10 and children under 12 are free. Cheques made payable to Plokta, please.
We will also be taking memberships in US dollars at Boskone, Potlatch and Corflu, if this makes things easier for you. Alternatively, Americans can send us a cheque for $35, made payable to Roger Robinson (we assume this is ok with you, Roger).
Hotel Booking Information
We considered having traditional UK convention hotel booking forms, but eventually decided that you're all adults who can be trusted. Therefore, we are empowering you to book your own hotel room, by phoning the hotel on 0116-2531161, preferably between 9-5, Monday-Friday. It is the Leicester Holiday Inn, 129 St Nicholas Circle, Leicester, UK LE1 5LX, http://www.basshotels.com/holiday-inn?_franchisee=LCTUK. You will need to tell them you're coming for <plokta.con>, and tell them how many people you are and which nights you're coming for. The convention will start on Friday evening, 26th May, and continue till early afternoon on Monday 29th May. (The Monday is a public holiday in the UK). You should automatically be booked in at the con rates, which are £27.50 twin or double per person per night, or £37.50 for single occupancy, but we would recommend that you check and confirm this. Children under 12 staying in their parents' room are free, or you can have an adjoining room for the kids for £30 a night. Please let the hotel know if you have any special requirements. If you have any problems, if the hotel can't sort things out that you need, or if you would like us to find you someone to share a twin room with, please e-mail us or write to us. There should be a hotel brochure enclosed with this issue of Plokta.
Feeding Ken MacLeod
We took our Guest of Honour, Ken MacLeod, out to dinner at Novacon. This gave us a chance to get to know him, and gave him an idea of what he was letting himself in for.
If you want to appear on the programme (or need to for ego or tax reasons), please let us know. Although the main purpose of the con is for people to relax and have a good time, we will be having a single stream programme most of the time. We still have room to put in your fabulous programme idea, if you're burning to tell us about one.
The Programme Book
Well, there won't be one, but we do intend to have an issue of
Plokta with a cover-mounted CD-Rom for members. For this, we'd
like to include facsimiles of old fanzines, digital photos, fannish memorabilia
of all kinds. Please send us suggestions and material.