...it's a giant gas
27th – 29th May 2022Crowne Plaza Hotel, Glasgow


Satellite 7 POSTPONED

In view of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic we have decided to postpone Satellite 7.

The convention will now take place from Friday 19th to Sunday 21st February 2021. We plan to ‘drag-and-drop’ Satellite 7 from its current dates to the new ones: the convention will still take place in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, with the same theme, guests, and programme.

What happens to my membership for Satellite 7?
All Satellite 7 memberships will automatically roll forward to the new dates. Current members in Young Adult, Junior, Child or Infant categories will remain at that level, even if they have a birthday between May 2020 and February 2021 that would normally move them into a more expensive category. Do please let us know, however, so we can code your badge correctly.

Can I get a refund if I don’t want to attend on the new dates?
As the convention is being postponed rather than cancelled, and to avoid running at a deficit, we unfortunately cannot offer refunds at this time. You can however transfer your membership to someone else, see our Refund Policy.

What about my hotel bedroom booking?
If you booked a room using the code that was provided to convention members then you can cancel your booking without penalty up to 72 hours before your original intended arrival. Please contact the hotel directly to do this. We cannot cancel on your behalf.

Anyone who chose to book their hotel bedroom independently should check the terms and conditions applicable to whoever they booked through.

We will re-open bedroom bookings for the re-arranged convention in the autumn. We will alert all members that room bookings are re-opening at that time.

Are all the guests still attending?
We are pleased to confirm that both of our Guests of Honour, author Aliette de Bodard and artist Margaret Walty, will be attending on the revised dates.

Our Day Guests, comic artist Kev F Sutherland and space engineer Professor Malcolm Macdonald have also committed to coming to Satellite 7 in February 2021… as has the fantastic Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre.

What about programme?
Programme development will continue, though at a slower rate, ramping up again towards the end of 2020. If you have already volunteered, we will simply carry forward your item to the new dates. If you have not yet volunteered, there is now even more time to do so. We are always happy to receive suggestions for interesting programme items (though can’t guarantee to be able to run them all).

I have already volunteered to help the convention. Do I need to fill out new forms for the new dates?
No. If you have already volunteered, we will assume that you are still willing to help. If you have not yet volunteered, please consider doing so. Satellite 7 will only be as good as you – the members – make it.

My T-shirt now has the wrong dates. Will it be replaced?
No. It is still a perfectly functional T-shirt. Further, given the date change, you will now be wearing a unique collector’s item!

If you have any further questions, please drop us a note at COVID19@seven.SatelliteX.org.uk

We would like to thank all our members for their patience at this very difficult time. Please do everything you can to keep yourself and your loved ones safe and well.

We hope to see you all in Glasgow in February 2021.
The Satellite 7 Committee

Added on 20/03/2020 10:59 by Michael

The Scottish Falsetto Socks are in town...

...so lock up your garters!

Can’t wait to Satellite 7 to catch up with our favourite knitted footware – the Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre? Well, the little guys are on tour right now! They will be in Glasgow next week with not one, but two complete shows. And as long as the audience does not exceed 498 people, they should be good to go!

Added on 12/03/2020 18:27 by Michael

Day Guest Announcement

Satellite 7 is delighted to announce our convention Day Guests.

On Saturday we are joined by Kev F Sutherland . As well as being the writer, producer and performer of the outstanding Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre, Kev is a prolific comic artist, contributing work to the Beano, Doctor Strange and Doctor Who Adventures.

On Sunday we welcome Professor Malcolm Macdonald from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Strathclyde. Malcolm is Director of the Scottish Centre of Excellence in Satellite Application and a non-executive member of the Board of the UK Space Agency.

Added on 26/02/2020 19:32 by Christine

Space (copy)cats

Wherever Satellite Conventions go, NASA is sure to follow. It has just announced it is considering missions to Venus and the moons of Jupiter, planets-of-honour at Satellites 6 and 7 respectively. Hopefully they will not find any Space Ghouls on the way.

Added on 15/02/2020 10:20 by Michael

Iain M Banks honoured by ocean explorer

American undersea explorer Victor Vescovo has recently become the first person to visit the deepest point in every ocean, diving in a submarine named after a ship in Ian M Banks’ Culture Series. The DSV Limiting Factor was called after a General Offensive Unit of the same name in The Player of Games. Mr Vescovo is such a big, self-confessed fan of the series he also named the mission support ship Pressure Drop from a ship in the Hydrogen Sonata . A number of the smaller outboard boats used in the missions also are called after Culture ships.

He has one regret...not meeting Iain in person. He should have come to Satellite 2, where Iain was our Guest of Honour shortly before his untimely death in 2013.

Added on 11/02/2020 13:18 by Michael