posted by Sari
That, I think is the most important information. And when my feet hurt I am not a happy camper. Worldcon turns out to be lots like other cons: lots of panels with interesting subjects where participants just wander off to talk irrelevantly about irrelevancies. The one program number so far I have really enjoyed was a panel of Harry Potter -bashing. And that just because it was really catharctic.
And I have actually watched quite a lot of programming, hoping to hit the jackpot that justifies the format. So far, no go. So I am a bit grumpy and anti-connish at the moment. Okay, lot anti-connish. On the plus side, there have been few authors who have been articulate and interesting in panels so I would like to get (more) of their work. Of course, they are apparently obscure enough not to have their work prominently displayed in the hucksters room. So the only thing I have bought is a Diane Wynne Jones -book I did not have.
Jukka has been really enjoying himself, actually meeting new people and generally getting with the program admirably. At the moment he is still at the party hotel, while I am already back at the hotel blogging on this darned expensive connection.
Hi Sari and Jukka,
Wish I was there. However, based on the WorldCons I have been attending (1990, 1995, 1998, 2002, 2004) they don't necessarily have any better panels than smaller cons. A tiny ReaderCon here in Boston, with only two hundred guests or so, had better panels, on average, than any WorldCon. The most enjoyable aspects of WorldCons are social, so go to parties! :) European WorldCons have better parties, IMHO.
If you see Anetta and Pekka, say hi for me!
Posted by: Stefan | August 07, 2005 at 23:22
It isn't so much the size of the con but my firm belief that panel discussion as a form of programming is ultimately unsatisfying. I am yet to see "a serious" panel that I honestly thought was good. Then again, I am not a great fun of talk-shows either. I suppose I don't like a format where there is no time to really drive a point through. Panels waffle.
I am blogging from the Glasgow airport, Jukka already got off to Helsinki via Bryssels, I am continuing to London for few days in the British Library.
Posted by: Sari | August 08, 2005 at 16:17
Back at home, finally. A great trip, lots of good memories and ideas; both Finncon 2006 and other wise. Met a LOT of people, several known via internet, some via fanzines, and some not known at all. Sorry about the un-updatenessness (erm...), but our hotel didn't have a decent service (unlike the one Kimmo was apparently staying, but did he report more than once, really...? Just kidding.).
There's lots to say and lots to write about. Hopefully to digest it all, also. Keep watching this space.
Posted by: jukkahoo | August 09, 2005 at 02:48