The 72nd World Science Fiction Convention (or LonCon3 for short) was in town last week, bringing together the great and the good of the science fiction community at the Excel centre in London Docklands.  As well as trending on twitter all over the world, LonCon3 made the front page of the Guardian newspaper. Here are 12 things we learnt at LonCon3 – during five days of panels, parties, awards and more parties. We’ve also included some nuggets from the twittersphere too. And can it be LonCon4 already?

 12 Things We Learnt at LonCon3

  1. The Excel Centre grows by 1000 metres in length overnight, when no one is watching.  Seriously, it is so big it has two stops on the DLR. A wrong turn outside the toilets and you could be walking for days.
  2. And on a related note, @Weregopher “no matter how good you thought the support you had from your shoes was it was not enough and your feet are killing you.”
  3. Doctor Who can be beaten in an awards ceremony! Game of Thrones: “The Rains of Castamere” written by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss was awarded the Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form) award at the Hugo Awards beating off stiff competition from two Doctor Who episodes.  Read the full lineup of Hugo Winners here.
  4. That orcs are inherently evil.  As decided by the panellists on the Who misplaced the Monster Compendium? panel.
  5. We also learnt that if Adrian Tchaikovsky were a monster, he’d be a rust monster. And Tom Pollock a sparkly vampire.
  6. The team from Kansas City won the 2016 Site Selection race decided by ballot at LonCon3, and will be hosting MidAmericanCon II on 17th to 21st August, 2016.
  7. That someone will order a double malt whiskey on your bar tab.
  8. Telepresence robots are the future at conventions. Did everyone see that?
  9. @Nickpheas: “The young people who formed the Gate-Crashing Panels Panel are awesome.”
  10. @literarywhore “I learned that pink trousers are a tough look to pull off. And the bar opens refreshingly early.”
  11. Ben Peek can moderate a panel with 30 seconds notice.
  12. AND… that everyone wants more science fiction. If only people wrote more, published more and read more!

Thank you to all the volunteers who pulled off a fantastic welcoming, well organised and fun convention.  See you in Spokane Washington in 2015!  

Read our top ten tips for attending conventions here.