It rocked. I know some of those involved, and know how much hard work they put in, and how stressed they were beforehand, but as a punter, I’d say it went really well. A few small hiccups, but overall, a triumph. Highlights included:
- The Fan Village: complete with real ale bar (natch), perpetual Finnish room party and village green (the latter also a Quidditch venue).
- The programme: all life was here. At one point there were five items I wanted to go to on at the same time. When I get my time machine I’m going back.
- The Masquerade: that’s right, I’m a pro writer who costumes. Get over it. Actually I no longer enter Masquerades, but I do judge them, which means I got the best view of some amazing costumes.
- The pigeons: well, the whole exhibition space in general. I got to stroke a horny lizard and reminisce over the excellent ‘Raw Spirit’ display.
- Brad: Brad was in Idaho so he sent his telepresence robot in his stead. It asked pertinent questions at one of the AI panels and got a Hall Costume award. One day attending cons this way will be the norm but right now, it’s cool.
- The people: I spoke to so many people I’d not seen for years. I failed to see a number of people I knew were at the con but for them at least, there will be other chances. Catching up with old friends who came out of the woodwork because this was a London Worldcon, and meeting new people, was just great.
And if you are in any doubt that all SFF life was there, check out the image that goes with this blog entry.