Here’s the belated follow up to part 1 as I got a little distracted by other things yesterday.
As you may have heard, Nine Worlds 2014 was a lovely convention. Full to the brim with a wide variety of things to do (from geeky crafts, to geeky food, to Waterdancing classes, to books and films and makes room for a bit of real science too!) all tied together with bows of inclusiveness and ribbons of fun.
I got to meet lots of new people, went to a brilliant talk about Black Holes*, did my first public reading of The Vagrant, and met the Goblin King.
In fact, the event was pretty much perfect so long as we don’t talk about the food prices or the lack of service in certain parts of the hotel…
Regardless, I’ve booked to go back next year, and by the sounds of it, so have a lot of other folks. And I’m already looking forward to it!
I used to think of Nine Worlds as a large convention but that changed when I went to the Excel Centre for Loncon3. It was huge! Like Death Star huge. Even the ten thousand or so attendees didn’t manage to clutter the place. Everything I went to was well attended, and whenever a big name was involved, people were packing every available space.
I had minimal commitments during the convention which meant that I spent most of the time talking to people, catching up with old friends, making new ones and generally failing to go anywhere I’d planned to go. And it was glorious!
Between the marathon bouts of socialising, I had my first panel, was interviewed on camera, and had a great time at the new peoples greeting session on the Friday, which was packed for two hours with people making friends. Lovely.
The Hugos are classy. You even get a fancy ribbon if you lose!
And there was the Hugo awards. They were amazing. It’s been a long time since I’ve needed to dress up for anything and I must admit I rather enjoyed doing it again. Our category was announced early so we didn’t have to stew for too long. We didn’t win but we came fourth! Not bad for a podcasting whippersnapper.
I have to say, that I was really proud of the results. Every winner was deserving, every speech dignified (and sometimes funny) and overall, the message was one of inclusivity.
*I'm now pretty sure they do exist.