Aug. 18th, 2014

WorldCon

Aug. 18th, 2014 07:02 pm
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So yes on balance I think WorldCon was good but I do feel a bit cheated. Sure this was the biggest ever but that didn't reduce the amount I paid but as a result you couldn't get into the panels you wanted to because of over crowding. You had a choice go to a panel and risk not getting into the next panel or miss out on a panel to queue for the next one.

I think it would have been fairer to limit membership if larger rooms couldn't be secured. Frankly assigning 50 seats for a reading by Cory Doctorow or Charlie Stross or most of the readers was silly.

I also found the attitudes of people rather interesting. I know diversity in Fandom has been a big deal this year but people are still willing to silo themselves and protect their own at the expense of all others.

From the people in the mobility scooters who ran people over because they where slow to get out of the way to people criticising old guard science fiction readers for wanting to read the fiction they like and not necessarily agreeing with their vision for how SF should be. Not to say that old guard science fiction writers are any better about letting others get on with what they want to do either.

I have a vision where there are no genres of fiction with rules just books, no racial groups, genders or sexual orientations just people. (To paraphrase a t-shirt I saw, Wibbly-Wobbly-Sexy-wexi-personness!)

If we stopped worrying so much about which group someone belongs to and listened to what they actually had to say and called BS out for being BS and like books because they where good not because they where written by people like us then frankly the world would be a much better place.

Then what do I know because I can't even organise a smooth house move.

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