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WorldCon

I got back from WorldCon yesterday, and I am dead tired. I don't know that I'll get much done today.

The convention was really big and I enjoyed a lot of it. Especially the writers workshop session I did, and the Queer Star Wars panel on Friday, and my reading. Also really enjoyed the Build a World game show on Friday night. The time and room got moved, so we lost some of our audience, but it was still a lot of fun, and I got to direct some audience members in an interpretive dance to explain the world we created. And the last panel I did, the Urban Fantasy in Transition panel was great.

The exhibit hall was really well done this year, and was full of displays and programming. There was even a big craft area with supplies and classes that were taught there. There was a fake river partitioning off the dealers room, with a twenty foot tall glittery volcano, and when the room closed, the volcano "erupted" and the river turned into lava. (Plastic lava) It was really cool. And we went to some of the bid parties Friday night and swore allegiance to China and San Juan. Also Ireland, I think, but I didn't get a ribbon there.

And the Hugo Award results, and the speeches, were fabulous.

The Verge: http://www.theverge.com/2016/8/21/12571854/hugo-awards-takeaways-the-fifth-season-nk-jemisin-binti

And from the Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/aug/21/hugo-awards-winners-nk-jemisin-sad-rabid-puppies

I'm so happy and so relieved the Hugo voters came together to drive off the rabid puppies again. By the organization's charter, it takes two years to change the award rules, and the new rules that were proposed at last year's WorldCon were voted in by the membership this year, so that should be the last time for slate voting by this gang of racist and misogynist assholes.

But it's still incredibly sad to look at the nomination stats, and see the novels and stories and best related work non-fiction that was driven off the list by this bunch of fuckwads. The list of nominees bumped by the puppies slate is at the end of the stats PDF: http://www.thehugoawards.org/content/pdf/2016HugoStatistics.pdf (Two of the short story nominees would have been "Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers" by Alyssa Wong and "Wooden Feathers" by Ursula Vernon.)

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Thank you for your report on world con. I think I understand the puppy situation better. Since I've never been to a world con, I could barely grasp what was going on last year when the whole fiasco was reported in locus. It sounds like you had a really good time.


Thanks. It's really frustrating when people blow it off as a joke, when it's literally a white supremacist response to the more diverse nominees and winners in 2013 and 2014.

Why don't you tell us wot you really think? ;-) Good piece.

The common factor I'm seeing in Worldcon reports (including mine) is people being bone-tired at the end of it. I guess that's normal. I had a fabulous time, but it's going to take me all week to recover.

I'm glad I'm not the only one. I'm having a real problem getting anything done that doesn't involve sleeping or reading.

Worldcons wore me out when I was in my 30s. Now I'm 60, and it takes me the better part of a week to recover. (Which I spend catching up on my online communities and writing up my own con report, which should be up sometime next week.) It's just the inevitable result when you want to DO ALL THE THINGS!

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