by Rob Balder
Renovation, The 69th World Science Fiction Convention
August 17–21, 2011
My first Worldcon. May I never miss another.
I don’t know what I can say to do it justice. I was brought in as a last minute replacement musical guest, and got to perform for about a thousand appreciative people at Doctor Demento’s live show. That was only one highlight of the week. There were others that were just as good.
You go to Worldcon because the top minds and talents and personalities of the SF and Fantasy fields will be there, and they certainly are. I made more contacts and had a better time at this con than any I can recall, and it was all about the other guests.
Not that there was anything at all wrong with the programming, which was some of the most thoughtful and interesting I’ve ever seen. The fans there were also among the friendliest and most articulate I’ve ever met. The party scene was full of loud Klingons and happy people smooshed against bars and buffet tables. And the city of Reno was weird and wonderful and it charmed the hell out of me. I didn’t want it to end, but there is always next year in Chicago.
Impression: Magic. Made me feel better about fandom and what I do than any con in years.