The 74h Worldcon (MidAmeriCon II) has ended. After a brief impromptu bonus vacation in Charlotte, North Carolina (due to missing a connecting flight), I'm back home in Chattanooga. So here's Worldcon Report 2! (See Worldcon Report 1, which includes my first George R. R. Martin sighting of the con).
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my bonus vacation
- I saw George R. R. Martin around several more times. He was even dressed up sans Greek fisherman's hat for the Hugo Award Ceremony. More on the Hugos below.
- I went to a lot of great panels. Some of my favorites were Alienation in Science Fiction (which included Robert J. Sawyer, who I met later), The Art of Worldbuilding (which included Greg Bear and Carrie Patel), Alienbuilding (which included Larry Niven, Sheila Finch, and Caroline Yoachim), and a panel on Sense8 (which included Mark Oshiro, Sunil Patel, and Kate Elliott).
- I bought several books, thus fueling my bibliophilia. I made sure to buy a few books from smaller presses like Rosarium and Apex.
- I met a lot of interesting people, some of whose names I unfortunately can't remember! A few people whose names I do remember are Shiv Ramdas (whose work I hope to check out soon), Mike Substelny, and Chester Hoster.
- Jo Walton signed a book for me, and I told her that as a SF fan and philosopher who regularly teaches Plato's Republic, I thoroughly approve of her Thessaly series, which is about the time traveling goddess Athena setting up Plato's Republic in the distant past (with robots and Socrates!). She signed Necessity, the third book in the series, which I hope to review soon (see my reviews of the first two books here and here).
- Before the Hugo Awards Ceremony, some friends and I ate at the Flying Saucer restaurant, which seemed like the most appropriate place to eat (the food was good and the beer selection was amazing; check it out if you're in downtown Kansas City).