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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

WorldCon, Day 4

I'm tempted to write, well, more of the same, and unfortunately I'm not inclined to take a lot of photos at SF conventions, mostly because I'm pretty much a scenery photographer rather than a people photographer. 

More panels, more meeting up with friends from the Bujold list, more interesting conversations.

In the evening Mary and I went to the Hugo Awards ceremony, which is basically a People's Choice Award for all things SF (although you do have to be a member of the World Science Fiction Society, attending WorldCon or not, to vote), but it's a good deal more prestigious, or so I gather.  "Hugo Award winning" seems to mean something when it comes to book sales, at any rate.

It was highly entertaining, at least from my point of view.  The two hosts, Jay Lake and Ken Scholes, really should do standup comedy together more often, and several of the presenters and recipients were quite funny as well.

The best novel category did not go to Bujold's CryoBurn, but to Connie Willis's time travel duology Blackout and All Clear.  I've enjoyed some of Willis's previous work (To Say Nothing of the Dog was laugh out loud funny), so I really ought to look into these.  One of these days...

And that was my fourth and last full day at WorldCon.  Tomorrow, headed west again.


  1. I've been enjoying your Yosemite / Worldcon trip report. We had planned to go to both places this summer as well before we decided we could only afford to go to Alaska.

  2. Thank you! I haven't been to Alaska since 1995, and not to the Kenai Peninsula since 1972, so I've enjoyed your reports, too.

  3. We're scenery photographers, too. Up until a few years ago, my mother-in-law used to travel quite extensively. She'd insist on showing us her pictures, which would've been cool, except for all the people we didn't know obscuring the potentially cool scenery.

    There are no photographs of people in our house, mostly prints of space art, nebulas & such. We have photo albums, but they're hidden away. Even the fannish pictures came from other folks.

    Over on, we have enough scenery pictures to share with the *whole* class, though.

  4. I get my scenery-over-people preferences from my father. He did take pictures of us as we were growing up, but other than that he took very few pictures of people at all.

    You know what my house looks like -- not much room for framed photography with all that needlework on the walls. I do have photos of my parents and both sets of grandparents up, and one of my father in his uniform during WWII, but that's it.