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Con Report: Readercon 20

July 13, 2009

I’m back and begining recovery from this year’s Readercon, easily the most interesting con in New England, and quite probably further abroad than that.  Every year I find myself more enthralled by the panels (Is Fiction Inherently Evil? was one of the many highlights this year),  spending more money in the dealers’ room (man I love Golden Gryphon Press), and laughing harder at the Kirk Poland Memorial Bad Prose Competition (“in the begining was the word…and the word was misspelled”).

It’s not possible to say enough good things about this con.  It is simply a book lover’s paradise.  And now next year seems so far off.

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Con Report: Boskone 46

February 16, 2009

I’m recovering from a long fun weekend at the moment, the cornerstone of which was a day at Boskone 46.  I only went for Saturday this year due to some other commitments, but had a great time while I was there.  

The con seemed a little smaller this year than in the past, probably as a side effect of the economy like everything else, but the guest list sure didn’t show it.  I had the chance to indulge my inner autograph hound and accost Karl Schroeder, Charles Stross and guests of honor Greg Bear and Jo Walton (whose novel Farthing I picked up at the con and started reading on the T to great satisfaction).

The art show was great as always, particularly the special exhibit that Tor’s legendary art director, Irene Gallo put together.  There were also some very nice works from Stephan Martiniere, Donato Giancola, and Bob Eggleton on display.

The panels weren’t on the greatest assortment of topics this time around, but with the right people on a panel anything can become fascinating.  I went to some great physics panels based around Geoffrey Landis, and the one on writing about despair (on Valentine’s Day no less) with Jo Walton, James Morrow, Suzy Charnas and Therese Nielsen Hayden pretty much made the entire con worthwhile for me.