Saturday, May 9, 2015

At Marcon

Vernor Vinge

Today's blog posting is coming to you from Columbus, Ohio, where I am attending Marcon, an annual science fiction convention. 

I love science fiction conventions, anyway, but this one particularly interests me because some of the organizers are members of the Libertarian Futurist Society, the folks who give the Prometheus Award. (Robert Shea was, I think, a member of the group, which gave a Prometheus Hall of Fame Award to Illuminatus!) Two of the featured writers here, F. Paul Wilson and Vernor Vinge, have won the Prometheus more than once. I interviewed them publicly Friday night. (The photographs are from Wikipedia; I haven't taken any convention photos yet.)

Anyway, the Libertarian Futurist Society attracted me because I love science fiction and am interested in libertarianism; I've been a member for years, and at this convention, I am finally meeting people I've only interacted with through the Internet. (When I started this fandom stuff, I would meet people at conventions who I had known for years via the U.S. mail).

Saturday, I'm going to wear my Boing Boing tribute to  RAW shirt, which says "Fnord" in the front. Let's see if the shirt attracts any attention.

F. Paul Wilson