I’ll be arriving in Chicago one month from today for Worldon, the 70th World Science Fiction Convention and the seventh to be held in Chicago. I’m really looking forward to it. For one thing, it will be my first Worldcon. For another, there will be a lot of terrific panels and programming. But I’m looking forward to it most of all for the people I’ll get to see. I’m always amazed at the friends I’ve made in the science fiction world, other writers, editors, and fans. I’ll get to see quite a few people who I haven’t seen in some time like Rob Sawyer and Allen Steele. I’ll get to meet some writers I’ve always wanted to meet in person like Robert Silverberg and Mike Resnick. I’ll also get to meet a number of friends I’ve made online over the years, like John DeNardo from SF Signal, Ken Liu, and Bryan Thomas Schmidt. And then there are people are all around great people no matter how often I see them, like Steven Silver. Of course, there will be a number of people who can’t be there, and I’ll miss them, but I’ll do my best to make my experience as interactive as I can.
One thing I’ve learned about Worldcon is that people get booked up quickly and I’m already starting to fill up my schedule with various meeting, lunches, breakfasts, etc. If anyone out there is going to Worldcon and wants to meet up there that weekend, feel free to get in touch with me so I can get it on my calendar. Of course, I’ll probably be wandering around a lot, too, so if you see me, say hello.
And a reminder that the Hugo voting deadline is fast approaching. I already voted. Have you? You have about 2-1/2 days left to do so. Go forth and vote!
And see you in Chicago in a month!