It looks like I'm to be one of the guests at Mecon, a convention run by the Queen's University of Belfast Science Fiction Society, which is particularly nice given I've never actually been to Ireland. Not that I can recall, anyway. I'm the ninth guest to be added so far, which makes for a very healthy number of writers both established and new who'll be there. Hal Duncan will be there, as will Ken MacLeod, Ian McDonald and Diane Duane: the convention runs from the 4th - 6th August 2006 at the Queen's Elms Centre, Belfast. More details here and here.