I went to a Science Fiction Convention once and it was very very bad. It was full of low esteem nerds dressed up as barbarian princesses, wizards or hobbits. The people and events were sad and disturbing.

Reluctantly, though, I’ve decided that I might ride up to Readercon in Boston this July to see some writers that I’ve corresponded with and perhaps listen to some of the panel discussions where some fairly famous people will be talking. I’ll bring books and try to get them signed.

Readercon is a convention for readers and does not have an art show, gaming, films, or costumes. This means that it will not offend my own inflated sense of dignity.

Another good thing about this con is that you can go for one day on the cheap. Most cons seem to cost a hundred dollars of more. All it will cost me is $35, gas and snacks. I have until June 19th to decide if I want to register for all three days at $55.

Still, Boston is a good 4-1/2 hour ride. When the alarm goes off Saturday morning at 5 AM it is very likely I’ll turn over and go back to sleep. I wonder if my brother Larry (not a reader) would like to ride shotgun.


  1. steve davidson wrote:

    go. I’ll meet you there!


    Saturday, May 29, 2010 at 11:48 am | Permalink
  2. Michelle (Mush) wrote:

    When you come back, tell me how good the writer’s panels were. I'd love to hear the lectures they offer.

    (as a side note: bring several notebooks of various sizes. One that can fit in your shirt pocket, one that can fit in your convention bag [they give you bags that are full of print ads for other conventions in the area], and one that can be left on your hotel nightstand.)

    Have fun!

    Monday, May 31, 2010 at 2:37 am | Permalink