Sunday, August 14, 2005

Worldcon, Part 1

Worldcon, the biggest volunteer-run event in the world, is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly hugely mindboggingly big it is…

Well, it’s not that big, actually. But it’s still quite big. There were around 4.100 attendees (or “warm bodies,” as they are affectionately called in official lingo) counted at Interaction, Glasgow. But that’s still a lot of people. And, even though I heard they had to cut down on programming due to lack of space, there was a lot going on—program items, fan events, general lounging around and drinking beer, and so on. So, to write a comprehensive con report would be quite a task (and require a lot of notes-taking during the event, which I didn’t do). So I’m not going to do that. Instead, I’m going to post short summaries of the convention days, strictly from a subjective point of view, along with some pictures, during the next few days (as I get my thoughts and pictures sorted out).

To start with, here are a few pictures of the convention site,
SECC main entrance The Armadillo Satu Hlinovsky, Sari Polvinen, Taika & Jan Hlinovsky and Jukka Halme in front of the Armadillo

from inside the convention center,
Finns and Swedes standing in front of the Voodoo board A view from the SECC hallway, with people walking to and fro SECC hallway and café People sitting at the SECC café

of the fan gallery & dealers’ room,
One side of the Fan Gallery exhibition, with a lot of photos of fen Overview of the Dealers’ Room People walking around the Dealers’ Room Gadgets and models on sale at the Dealers’ Room, including a nice USS Enterprise model Tables of second hand books on sale A lot of people standing on the autograph queue

and of the Fan lounge.
Overview of the Fan lounge Overview of the Fan Lounge A really long table with huge piles of fanzines Ahrvid grabbing quite large stacks of fanzines

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