Octocon 2018

Octocon is moving! Octocon 2018 will take place in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Blanchardstown from Friday 19th – Sunday 21st. Click here for the 2018 website!


Pat Cadigan has agreed to be a Guest of Honour at #Octocon2018. We look forward to talking all things which blur the lines between tech and biology.

Just to let people know, we are not a red roped convention, our guest of honour and guests, roam the convention, being on panels, going to panels;  taking part in the convention and conversation.

There are no signing fees or photograph fees.

There is only one arranged signing for our Guests of Honor and that is after their interview on Saturday.

Guests are generally happy to sign a book or comic after a panel or even in the bar if asked nicely.

Octocon 2018 registration now open!


About us

Octocon, the National Irish Science Fiction Convention, is a weekend celebration of our favourite stories from books, comics, TV, films and games; attracting artists, writers, film-makers and fans from across the human sphere of influence. Running since 1990, where our first Guest of Honour was Terry Pratchett, 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 delve into the unsung genres and curious concepts of Speculative Fiction, with workshops, panel discussions and charming guest speakers.


We are delighted to be returning yet again to The Camden Court Hotel for Octocon 2017.


Camden Court Hotel

Camden Street Dublin 2

+353 (0) 1 4759666









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What is membership?

We do not sell tickets to Octocon. Instead we sell membership in our convention.

If you are a member of Octocon you are entitled to attend any event that we are running.

In the case where an event has an additional cost, due to extra materials or similar, that cost will need to be paid when you sign up for the event.

What does it get you?

Once you become a member you will have the right to access the public areas of the convention. That is the panel rooms, the dealers rooms and the convention bars, such access will be limited by local laws where relevant.

By becoming a member in advance of the event, you will also be kept informed about what is going on at the event, and have the opportunity to shape what happens at Octocon.

How much does it cost?

An attending membership currently costs €30, we also offer a Concession rate of €20 for students, pensioners, people who are 21 and under, and benefit qualified individuals. Proof will be required at the event, and concessionary status must apply during the event.

Children under the age of 12 will be entitled to free membership, but must be accompanied by a guardian.

The costs of membership will continue to change as the year goes on.