Two websites may inform you of Con activities :
http://www.odyssey2010.org/ (Now you can spell 'odyssey'!)
http://www.satellite2.org.uk/ This shows the events that are planned and can give an idea of what topics to expect at "SF" Cons. The earlier you join, the cheaper the cost (prices rise with time). I often room-share with a complete stranger and have never had any bother in my many years of attending. (And it halves the price of a room as well!)
Hope your cough has cleared up.
Listened to 'The Space Show'. You should really try to attend Eastercon (at least), for an artist can get his work shown in its Art Show to people from all over the U.K., meet other artists and sell stuff at the Art Auction. David Hardy can sell a pic for £300, while my small ones can help to pay my costs ; Membership, hotel, buys, etc. They are offered at low prices (Minimum Bids) but can quadruple at Auctionand everyone enjoys the 'patter' of the Auctioneers as they try to spur possible Buyers.
The tactical ploys of Bidders are also enjoyed as they attempt to out-manoeuvre rivals to obtain their chosen pic.
'Man and the Stars', 'New Worlds for Old', 'Man and the Planets' --- I think that was the order the books appeared.
As the series progressed, I appeared less and less in the section of illustrations, which for financial reasons, became black-and-white.
Thanks again for your input, Ed B.
Thanks for your Comment re my 'old' artwork. As most of my artwork is done for sale at the annual Eastercon (to defray expenses) it is of a nature that will be -- hopefully -- bought
What seems to be popular are the "LLAs" (loveable little aliens), so that is what I am doing at the moment, rather than pure Space scenes.
Regards, Ed B.