So, Worldcon is over and it was a lot of fun. I got home Tuesday afternoon, about 24 hours later than I was supposed to and I have been catching up ever since, but things are finally starting to calm down. A few post-Worldcon thoughts:
1. Sleep. Last night I managed to get almost 8 hours of sleep, the first time since before Worldcon. I think I’ve pretty much caught up on the sleep I didn’t get at Worldcon. For those curious as to how much sleep I did get at Worldcon, here it is, Thursday through Monday, courtesy of my FitBit Flex. (All times are Eastern, and Worldcon was in the Central time zone.)
I was supposed to be home on Monday but my flight was cancelled and I spent the night at my friend Rich and Tricia’s house–I slept pretty well, all things considered.
I have now pretty much caught up on sleep. I’ve also discovered that as I get older, multiple consecutive nights of 4 or 5 hours of sleep can be pretty rough on me.
2. Hugo awards. There has been a lot of Tuesday-morning quarterbacking of the Hugos which is to be expected, I suppose, but some of it has been pretty mean-spirited, which is too bad, and which sheds a poor light all around. I watched the awards from the bar this year, and the biggest cheer in the bar seemed to come when Dr. Stanley Schmidt won the Hugo award for Best Editor, Short Form. I jumped up, screaming myself when that award was announced. I am so happy for Stan, who I was fortunate enough to sell stories to and work with before he retired from Analog last year.
And my friends at SF Signal won the Hugo award for Best Fanzine for the second time in a row. I am so happy for John and Patrick and J.P. and all of the contributors to SF Signal.
I was particularly pleased to see Ken Liu get the Best Short Story Hugo for “Mono No Aware.”
The toughest part about the Hugo awards for me these days is that I have quite a few friends who are nominated. I wish they could all win.
I would like to congratulate all of the Hugo winners as well as all of the Hugo nominees. You should all be proud of your accomplishments.
3. London and Spokane. Next year, Worldcon will be held in London, and as much as I would love to go, I just don’t think it is in the cards. The 2015 Worldcon will be in Spokane, Washington. This came as a surprise. I was almost certain that Helsinki would win the bid. That said, I look forward to Spokane. I’ve never been there, and I imagine it will be a lot of fun.
4. Post-Worldcon Writing. Lots of business gets done at Worldcon and this time was no different. I made some good connections, made some new friends, and I fully expect some freelance work to come out of Worldcon.
5. Worldcon Problems. No Worldcon is without its problems. I feel like I was more aware of them this time around because I have friends directly impacted by some of the problems. I had a great time, but the same can’t be said for everyone and hopefully we learn from these problems and prevent them from happening in the future. Even if the problems didn’t directly impact me, they impacted friends and people I met at Worldcon, and that does affect me. Worldcon should be a safe, welcoming and accessible place for fans, writers, artists, editors, agents, publishers, and everyone alike.
Okay, that’s pretty much it. I am grateful of the opportunity to attend Worldcon and for all of the friends I made there, and the people I met there. I’m already looking forward to Worldcon 2015 in Spokane.