61st World Science Fiction Convention

The 61st Annual World Science Fiction Convention, “Torcon3”, opens August 28 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and runs until September 1.

Guests of Honour include George R.R. Martin, Frank Kelly Freas, Mike Glyer, and toastmasters Spider and Jeanne Robinson. A zillion guests and panellists will appear, including Suzy Charnas, Julie Czerneda,Tanya Huff, China MiĆ©ville, Larry Niven, Fred Pohl, Terry Pratchett, Kim Stanley Robinson, Robert Silverberg, Melinda Snodgrass, Caro Soles…. And (cough)Timeshredder, who will appear on an obscure Saturday morning panel.

Anyone coming?

Yes, there will be discussing of SF writing, parading of fantasy costumes, creating of hypothetical aliens, and consuming of Saurian brandy. The Hugos will be awarded, as they have been at World Con since 1953. Most of the panels address SF writing and SF/fantasy issues, though popular SF/fantasy media won’t be ignored. Angel, Firefly, and Babylon 5 each receive a panel, and Buffy… gets a couple. Curiously (and despite the inexplicable nomination of episodes for Hugos) Enterprise is being ignored. Now I am by no means an insider with the scoop on why this should be, but Berman and Braga might want to consider whether this could be yet another clue-bat whacking them upside their heads.

If anything outstanding happens I will post here– and look for a Sunday morning report on the Hugos. I will also be adding some Con stuff at my site’s new section.

Finally, if you’re a Bureau42 regular and will be attending the Con, please contact me by e-mail (or look for the couple in the embarrassingly last-minute Lex Luthor and Supergirl outfits at Friday’s costume dance). We should get together.

Technogirl, you reading?

7 replies on “61st World Science Fiction Convention”

  1. Dave says:

    so…
    … on your name card in the obscure panel, will it say “Timeshredder” or “Mr. Shredder” (which makes you sound like a Ninja Turtles archvillain)?

    • Timeshredder says:

      Re: so…

      … on your name card in the obscure panel, will it say “Timeshredder” or “Mr. Shredder”

      I’m officially listed by my real name– which, however, appears in brackets on my Con Badge after “Timeshredder.”

      • hitch says:

        Re: so…

        … on your name card in the obscure panel, will it say “Timeshredder” or “Mr. Shredder”

        I’m officially listed by my real name– which, however, appears in brackets on my Con Badge after “Timeshredder.”

        so how did you rate?

        • Timeshredder says:

          Re: so…

          so how did you rate?

          Hey…. I’m the Timeshredder, dammit.

          Seriously, they needed some people who have published and have experience with the editing, publishing, or teaching of writing
          who were willing to handle the three-hour panels working with aspiring writers. The Big Names don’t generally want to do that.

          And we’re off.

  2. TechnoGirl says:

    TechnoGirl Can’t Go :(
    >Techgirl, you reading?

    I’m reading but sadly I’ve given up my computer carreer to become a starving student again so I no longer have the funds to go :( . Pooh! Have fun and write back and tell us how it’s going!

    • Timeshredder says:

      Re: TechnoGirl Can’t Go :(

      Sorry to hear! Good luck with the student thing.

      • Timeshredder says:

        Re: Torcon

        For those who might be interested, here‘s a “why am I up already?” Friday a.m. updates. I’ll add more Sunday. Hopefully, my prose style will have recovered by then.

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