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Long Weekend at Worldcon in Chicago

Chicon 7I’d really hoped to have this written sooner, since the convention was over Labor Day Weekend. But, better late than never,* right?

At the end of August, I took my family to Chicago for a very different convention experience. Worldcon is a more literary and, in some ways, academic con than the glitzier media cons like Comic-Con International, or the celebrity-oriented cons like Wizard World. The guest list is more focused on writers than on actors or media personalities, and panels tend toward discussions rather than announcements.

Worldcon itself travels around from year to year, essentially a convention franchise where members of one year’s convention vote on who gets to put on the con two years from now. Last year it was in Reno. Next year it’ll be in San Antonio, Texas, and in 2014 it’ll be in London. Certain elements remain constant — there’s always a masquerade, an art show, a Regency Dance, and of course the Hugo Awards — but the tenor of the con can change wildly from one year to the next.

This year’s con was the seventh Worldcon in Chicago, and it was a lot of fun.

Read my full writeup at K-Squared Ramblings.

*Even on the Internet!
Globe of Krypton

Fastest Cab Alive

Flash Taxi Cab on the streets of Chicago

Flash…speed…lightning logo…round shape around the bolt…

I remember a trio of speedsters going into the super-speed courier business (Kapitalist Kouriers), but taxi cabs?

Spotted all over the place in Chicago during my trip to sightsee and attend Worldcon 70/Chicon 7. My convention photos are up on Flickr. Update: And here’s my write-up of the con.