Posted by jukkahoo
Tomorrow morning we'll hop to a Norwegian and fly to Arlanda, where we'll take a train to the beautiful medieval town of Linköping, in order to participate this years Swecon, Confuse.
Confuse promises to be a nice, smallish convention of two-three hundred fen, with a lineup of interesting guests with Madeline Ashby, Kristina Hård and Ben Aaronovitch. I've been to two previous Linköping Swecons, the very first one in 2002 was also my first ever Swecon. I was the NoFF (Nordic FanFund) representative then and I was well impressed by the lätt och lagom attitude of the arrangers, solid GoHs (China Miéville and Gwyneth Jones) and well-stocked beer pub.
This time the location of the con is a hotel. Uppsala's Kontrast was also at a hotel, but I wasn't staying on location, so who knows what infernal nightly bacchanalia I missed. This time, we have a room at the Frimuraren.
Sari is taking charge of the Helsinki in 2017 -bid table, together with Åcon 8. I'll probably be hanging around that table somewhat as well. I have all my programming on Saturday. At Noon I'll be lying What Books You Should Read Next, at 2PM I'll be spreading malicious rumours about the BID, at 6PM I'm participating on a Hugo/Puppy-panel, and at 9PM we'll be asking Pointless questions from unsuspecting participants with Fia.
Should be fun, and will be. Swecons are always a really nice little convention (unless they have huge, Big Name Guests like when Stockholm had the Eurocon), with some terrific programming, interesting guests, good talks, chats and enough beer. As you can see, I LIKE Swecon. The Swedish fandom is my other home fandom.
This week has been murder at work, with long days and a desperate attempt to clean up the table before Summer vacation. Which has now OFFICALLY STARTED! See you at a con!