Tuesday, August 25, 2015

It was the best of times...

Who am I kidding, it was still a really good time.

For those of you who don't know, this year's Worldcon (or World Science Fiction Convention if you like to sip your tea with your pinky up) was beset with its share of catastrophes and controversies. It was almost overshadowed by the Sad Puppy/Rabid Puppy debacle, and it was literally overshadowed by smoke from the Washington wildfires. Many visiting authors and creators found themselves unable to get on programming, and those that did found aspects of said programming woefully problematic.

But many of us attended nevertheless, and we got the very thing that draws us to conventions in the first place: the company of fellow fans and creators.

As someone who's only been attending conventions for three years now, I can easily say that this was one of the most fun for me. In my experience, each con is better than the last because I have the pleasure of visiting with more and more old friends and making even more new ones. I don't go for the programming or even the travel--I go for the community, and this year was a great example of community coming together.

It's also a call to action for me to be more proactive about supporting the work that makes the SFF genre great. This year was a testament to the fact that every vote and and every voice matters, and if we want the conversations around our genre to be constructive, we all need to pitch in.

Most importantly, it's a reminder that the community is filled with thoughtful and delightful people, many of whom I got to see this weekend. So, to Tex Thompson, Eric Fischl, Jennie Goloboy, Annalee Flower Horne, Sunil Patel, Megan O'Keefe, Joey Hewitt, Lee Harris, Mike Underwood, Beth Cato, Andrea Stewart, Jeremiah Honer, Randy Henderson, Folly Blaine, Wesley Chu (and Paula!), Fran Wilde, Scott Andrews, Dan Wells, Cat Rambo, Jason Hough, Patrick Tomlinson, James Sutter, Kate Elliot, Jay Swanson, Luke Mathews, Melissa Olson, Tim Ward, Tina Gower, Matt Rotundo, Courtney Schafer, Kate Dollarhyde, Ramez Naam (and Molly!), Darusha Wehm, Rachael Acks, Arley Sorg (and Danny!), Marina Lostetter, RM Ambrose, Dominick D'Aunno, Tim Sussman, Amy Sisson, Paul Abell, Martha Wells, Lawrence Schoen (and Val!), Alyc Helms, Adam Rakunas, Andrew Barton, Josh Vogt, Cassie Clarke, D.L. Young, S.B. Divya, Austin DeMarco, Terra LeMay, Effie Seiberg, Coral Moore, Amanda Forrest, and so many others that I'm forgetting right now--cheers to you all!

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