Pure Spec 2014: Spec: The Final Frontier

November 14-16, 2014 at the Ramada Conference Centre Edmonton.

With David Gerrold, Dave Gross, Dan Riskin, Amber E. Scott, and Skype guest Samuel R. Delany!

Pure Spec 2014 Entertainment: MAKE OUT CITY!


Make Out City are the red lipstick of indie rock: loud, flashy, and unforgettable.

A broken heart and a personal ad sealed with a kiss brought them together in September 2012. After playing in Edmonton for three years Electric Love Song (Patrick Chorley – bass, Amir Reshef – guitar, and Jon Schofield – drums) had run out of love but not out of songs. Meanwhile, vocal powerhouse, Gaia Willis, was looking for new projects after saying goodbye to Splitsville and moving to themake out capital. They met and combined to form Make Out City: a valentine to hard rock and indie music.

Their list of influences is a long one and while Make Out City won’t kiss and tell, it’s safe to say that past and present crushes include: Led Zeppelin, Heart, Death From Above 1979, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

After two EP releases, Make Out Monday in 2013 and Handsome Tuesday in 2014, the group are still smitten. They hook up every week in the heart of the city to strut their stuff in their sweltering practice space. Whether playing live with bands like Five Alarm Funk, Death By Robot, Small Town Knife Fight, or I Am Machi, they continue to bring you the hot and heavy music you need to make out to.

Make Out City

Tickets to Pure Spec and the Uniformal Ball where Make Out City will be performing are available here!



Volunteering with Pure Spec!

Want to help out at Pure Spec? Sure you do! Pure Speculation needs enthusiastic volunteers/minions to help with Pure Speculation 2014. Specifically, we need assistance with registration desk, silent auction, and merchandise table.

At the registration desk, this is the team that people meet first, so attitude is everything. You need to work well under pressure, even with 20 people lined up in front of you. You will report to our capable Treasurer, and follow instructions carefully. Good penmanship is a must.

The merchandise table is associated with registration and will handle books and items for sale by our guests. Clear and accurate record-keeping is essential.

Silent auction volunteers will watch the merchandise tables, and answer any questions bidders might have about the items.

For detailed info and more volunteer positions, visit  http://www.purespec.org/volunteer/

Pure Spec 2014 Welcomes David Gerrold

Photoigraph of Dave GerroldPure Speculation is pleased to welcome David Gerrold as one of its Guests of Honour. Best known for writing the famous “The Trouble with Tribbles” episode of the original Star Trek series, Gerrold has an extensive history of involvement with the Star Trek franchise, including writing episodes of Star Trek: The Animated Series, and several books such as Worlds of Star Trek, The Trouble with Tribbles, and The Galactic Whirlpool.

Outside of the Trek franchise, Gerrold also wrote scripts for the original Land of the Lost TV series (which he also helped develop), as well as Sliders, Babylon 5, and the 1980s revival of The Twilight Zone. His original fiction includes The Man Who Folded Himself, When HARLIE was One, and the semi-autobiographical novelette The Martian Child, which was made into a film in 2007.

Today, Gerrold can be found at http://www.gerrold.com, which includes a blog and bibliography. Come and see David Gerrold at Pure Speculation 2014, November 14-16 at the Ramada Conference Centre, Edmonton.


Hotel info

Check out our shiny new hotel page for all the details about staying at the hotel. Plus, reasons to consider getting a room even if you’re not travelling from outside Edmonton. Only one of the reasons involves snow!

Join the Pure Spec Organizing Committee

Pure Spec is looking for help with our organizing committee, and we want YOU.

As we approach Pure Speculation, the duties pile up, and we could use any extra pair of hands (or three) to help. You don’t need important contacts or reams of free time: just a good attitude and being ready to help (and bring pie!). Make suggestions, help get the word out, and keep on top of what we’re planning. Members who aren’t able to volunteer at Pure Spec events still get discounts on tickets.

We generally meet at one of our members’ house on Sundays: the frequency of meetings depends on how close we are to a major event. Please email pure.speculation@gmail.com for the address. Our next meetings will be Sunday, September 21, with an Events Committee meeting at 5:30, and an Organizing Committee meeting at 6:00 pm. The length of meetings depends on how much we have to do, but everyone is free to come and go as they like.

Vanessa Cardui will be at the Uniformal!

We’re delighted to announce the one of the two musical acts that will be playing the SciFi UniformalVanessa Cardui! We’ve been talking about bringing her back ever since we were lucky enough to have her at Pure Spec in 2012, so we’re extra thrilled to have her at the Uniformal.

Vanessa CarduiCalgary-based Vanessa Cardui has been working as a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and recording artist since 2004, specializing in service to fandom and other communities of delightfully weird people. Her new self-produced album, Filk and Cookies, is a triumph of frivolous whimsy, and her fourth full-length album, Patience, is currently in production following a successful Kickstarter in the fall of 2013.

If you buy an advance weekend pass to the festival, you can get a discount on your Uniformal ticket. Check it out on the tickets page!

And keep watching our website, Facebook, and/or Twitter for more exciting announcements. Between now and the festival we’ll be telling you more about our panels and gaming, Taste of Spec, our second Uniformal act, and more!

Pictures from InterNerd!

Here are pictures from the fourth annual InterNerd Gathering on July 26. Thank you to everyone who came for making it a great success! Hopefully next year the weather will be a teensy bit drier.

Thanks also to Stan for taking these pictures.

Volunteer position: room monitor!

Have you considered volunteering for Pure Spec? Volunteering is a lot of fun. Volunteer rewards include muffins through our “Muffins 4 Minions” program, now in its second year, and reimbursement of your weekend pass if you volunteer for six hours or more.

One of the many exciting positions we recruit volunteers for is room monitor. Room monitors help to keep the panel rooms running smoothly and on time, so that all the wonderfully geeky things we are planning will have the planned amount of time. They also help us to develop great programming by recording data on how many people attend panels.

Visit our Volunteer page to learn more about Room Monitor and other available volunteer positions.

Gaming & ticket pages

Greetings, Speculators! We have for you today two shiny, new, highly informative pages on our website: the gaming page brings you an overview of what we are planning for gaming programming this year, and the tickets page provides an easy way for you to buy your ticket to this year’s festival. You can also pick up tickets to Taste of Spec on Friday and our SciFi Uniformal on Saturday at the advance-weekend-pass-holder prices, though of course you will need to have an advance weekend pass to use them.