Around the Worldcon
September 20, 2013 1:40 AM Subscribe
In the weeks since LoneStarCon 3
(the 71st annual World Science Fiction Convention
) took place, videos of just a few events have appeared online: the complete Hugo Awards ceremony
; the WSFS business meetings
; Brandon Sanderson's video AMA
; a clip of a Dalek
wandering the exhibition hall. The pocket program listing the schedule of public events
offers further insight into what went on. And many attendees have posted their written
/recorded personal reactions
. A selection of the programmed content itself might be evoked with an old-school smorgasbord of links.
Selections from Day 1
Selections from Day 2
- Graphic Novels You Should be Reading. Panelists suggested numerous graphic novels they felt were underappreciated: The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec (now a feature film); It Was the War of the Trenches; Terry Moore's Echo; The Manhattan Projects; and The Sixth Gun.
- Prometheus Awards. The Libertarian Futurist Society awarded its annual Best Novel prize to Cory Doctorow for Pirate Cinema. Doctorow could not attend the ceremony because of a scheduling conflict (Burning Man).
- Shadows on the Wall. MeFi's own Mary Robinette Kowal reprised her performance of "The Broken Bridge" available on YouTube and instructed attendees on how to create shadow puppets. Author Emma Newman, one of the attendees, created shadow puppets based on characters from her Split Worlds urban fantasy series, notable for having been developed through a "story a week" project that yielded 54 stories available for free online.
- Two-Gun Bob: The Somewhat True Tales of Robert E. Howard. REH researchers, including Mark Finn, author of the recent biography Blood and Thunder, dispelled myths about his life and personal character, in particular addressing tendentious elements of Dark Valley Destiny by L. Sprague de Camp.
- Reading: George R. R. Martin. GRRM read a scene from his upcoming novel, The Winds of Winter. While at the convention, he also gave a lengthy interview to The Austin Chronicle.
- A Look at the Paleolithic. Kim Stanley Robinson lectured on topics related to his new novel, Shaman: Ötzi, Chauvet Cave, and paleolithic art, commenting briefly on Dale Guthrie's observations on the relevance of teenagers to cave painting.
- Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab. Fans met to share samples of Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab perfumes from lines based on fantasy role-playing games, steampunk, Rappaccini's garden, etc.
Selections from Day 3
- Novels You Should Have Read Since Chicon 7. Panelists recommended novels that had (more or less) appeared since the last Worldcon: Sea Change; The Vorrh; The Mad Scientist's Daughter; The Hydrogen Sonata; Seven Terrors; Self-Reference Engine; Shaman; The Drowning Girl; Angelmaker; Great North Road; Crandolin; Good Man Friday and, more generally, the Benjamin January series; We Were All Completely Beside Ourselves; American Elsewhere; The Shining Girls; Necessary Evil or, more generally, The Milkweed Triptych; The Ocean at the End of the Lane; The Best of All Possible Worlds; Edge; Midnight Blue-Light Special or, more generally, the Incryptid series; Libriomancer; The Last Policeman and Countdown City; Necessary Ill; Cold Copper or, more generally, the Age of Steam series; Handbook for Dragon Slayers; The Summer Prince; The Rithmatist; The Lives of Tao; Nexus; The Incrementalists; Three Parts Dead; Impulse or, more generally, the Jumper series; The Thousand Names; Evening's Empires; The Fractal Prince; and The Republic of Thieves or, more generally, the Gentleman Bastard series.
- An Hour with Lois McMaster Bujold. Bujold engaged in a dialogue with her lifelong friend and fellow novelist, Lillian Stewart Carl.
- Intricate Worlds. Panelists including the novelists Robin Hobb/Megan Lindholm, Gail Carriger, and Amanda Downum discussed maximizing memorable details and minimizing unnecessary research to create engaging fantasy worlds. Side note: Carriger's blog documents the vintage / retro fashions she wore at the convention.
- The Howard and George Show. As reported by the Austin Chronicle, novelists George R. R. Martin and Howard Waldrop engaged in a humorous dialogue about the friendship they've shared since they were teenagers, beginning with the letter GRRM published in Fantastic Four (1961) #20 to which Waldrop wrote a personal reply.
- The Masquerade. Partially captured by the photoset LoneStarCon3 Costumes.
Selections from Day 4
In 2014, Loncon 3
in London, England, will be the 72nd Worldcon. When Worldcon takes place outside North America, a NASFiC
takes place. The 2014 NASFiC is Detcon1
In 2015, Sasquan
in Spokane, Washington, will be the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention.