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Sun, Apr. 17th, 2011, 02:22 pm

I am going to Eastercon this year, for the first time ever. I've not really done cons particularly. I did worldcon in 2005, because it was in Glasgow, and it worked for me. This one I'm doing because a number of friends are going, and for the first time I had the Friday/Monday as holidays anyway.

Getting a strange vibe about it though. Seems to be a strange buzz about this con, and its hard to tell how much of that is just how cons work, and how much is because this one is particularly odd. I'm hoping it'll be an interesting weekend anyway. Hope to get to some interesting panels, even if this year's theme does nothing for me. Hoping to get some cool books, get some cool books signed. And I'm taking part in one of the writer's workshops, partly out of curiosity, and partly as an attempt at taking my writing more seriously.

I expect there will be a few people here that are going, so I'm interested in feedback/opinions on the whole thing, so comments appreciated.

Sun, Apr. 17th, 2011 01:58 pm (UTC)

I hope it's fun! Are there any authors or events you're looking forward to?

Sun, Apr. 17th, 2011 06:27 pm (UTC)

the details seem to be particularly vague at the moment, which seems to be one of the frustrations.

but, lauren beukes is coming over from south africa, and is doing a reading. her novel zoo city is up for the clarke award, which is presented at this event. its a very good novel, one you might find interesting, i certainly recommend.

not sure if iain mcdonald is going to be there or not, i hope so, his novel dervish house is also up for the clarke award. i think its his best in some years, and as much as i enjoyed zoo city, dervish house would get my vote.

tricia sullivan is also going to be there, not read her clarke nominated novel lightborn, but i've read many of her previous novels and she has a very distinct and unique voice. speaking of american novels, i did struggle a little with her novel double vision, which came from the pov of someone growing up in an american 80s, which jarred with me just enough to throw me. but still, like i said, quirky.

charles stross has said he is going, an edinburgh based writer, many of his books are quite interesting, he has covered quite a bit of territory in his work. trying to decide if i was to take one book with me to get signed what it would be, and i can't decide, though the jennifer morgue might win out.

other than that, i have a sense there are other interesting authors there, but the events seem pretty sparse, so not sure who is doing what or appearing where. we'll see.

Sun, Apr. 17th, 2011 08:26 pm (UTC)

The Clarke Award's presented at Sci-Fi-London (I know because I'm helping out that night), but as Eastercon is at the same time this year I suspect there will be some ritual stuff going on.

As far as I can tell (from someone who has set on the edge of fandom for years, knows con-runners and attended his first eastercon last year) it's situation normal atm. The events are generally not so much about the authors, but random panels, talks and whatever from various people of various levels of note with a schedule that's still being finalised. I've heard some grumbling from people on panels about being left out of things they thought they were on and being added to things they didn't ask to be, but that seems to happen most years.

Go to items, talk to randoms in the bar, generally wander around - that seems to work better than making a schedule. I had fun last year and will be back next year. I might even stay in the hotel despite living down the road from Heathrow...

Sun, Apr. 17th, 2011 08:31 pm (UTC)

i assumed that the clarke was at eastercon, because thats where lauren beukes and tricia sullivan are going to be. but perhaps they are doing both. i have no idea. i did wonder why there wasn't a more prominently marked event in the schedule.

a few folk have said the chaos is normal, but like you said there is also a buzz of frustration, i guess i'm too structured not to look at it and wonder how the hell that's supposed to work.

advantage i had at worldcon was i was local, and could park outside, carrying books back and forth to the car. here i'm thinking it would be nice to get some things signed, but not sure what.

thanks for the feedback anyway.