12 August 2008

WorldCon subjective wrapup

I've finally recovered somewhat from WorldCon and am feeling human again. :)

I've been trying to be positive in my daily posts, but to be honest, I was underwhelmed by WorldCon. It was just too big. The focus was all on the super-stars, such as Lois McMaster Bujold, Connie Willis and George RR Martin. If you wanted to go worship at their feet, it was a perfect opportunity, but that's not my scene. We were surrounded by other interesting authors, but there was no bio information about anyone--so how did you know? It was basically chaos.

My other main problem was the level of scientific expertise on the science panels was surprisingly low. I went to several where some of the panel "experts" knew virtually nothing about the scientific topic in question. At a world-class event, this type of thing should not be happening. To be clear, there were a few scientists, but they were outnumbered. :(

I could complain more but that wouldn't accomplish anything. I'm glad I went once to see what's what. And I found out about "siff-wah". :) Personally, I think regional Cons are much better for fans and authors/artists/media folk. See you at MileHiCon in October!


Anonymous said...

I read the same thing on Nick Mamatas' blog (it may have been Jed Hartman's or Ellen Datlow's). Whoever it was, he/she indicated that it was really spread out and it was almost impossible to find people. Nick also had an interesting post about people singing in the elevator. :)

I still wish I was there!

David E. Hughes said...

I was impressed with the scientific expertise of Geoffrey Landis. I wish Lesley could have been there for his presentation or kaffeeklatsh.

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It was spread out, but fun to see all the name tags bouncing around on 16th street mall, right in our own stomping grounds.