Chicon 7

Chicon 7 logoIt’s official! I just finished registering as an attending member of the 70th World Science Fiction Convention at Chicon 7 in Chicago, IL. It will be held next year over the Labor Day weekend, from August 30th to September 3rd, 2012.

I had originally planned to make the trip with an old friend, but it looks as though he won’t be able to make it unless he hits the jackpot in Atlantic City. Chances are good that my son will be willing to go and I have some leads on some other friends who may be interested as well. Time will tell…

I’m excited about this trip, mainly because I’ve rarely gone to science fiction conventions before, save for a a smattering of corporate-run cons over the years. As a result, I was never really tuned in to the fan run convention circuit, and certainly had never been to a Worldcon before, even when one was being held right in my back yard!

Another reason I’m looking forward to Chicon 7 is that the guest line up is pretty impressive. The Author Guest of Honor is Mike Resnick who, according to Locus magazine, is the all time leading award winner for short fiction. I’ve been reading his work for a long time and I’m looking forward to finally meeting him.

Toastmaster John Scalzi may not have the pedigree of Resnick, but the man can write a pretty good yarn. His books are great, his blog is constantly entertaining and/or thought provoking, and his sense of humor affects me as a piece of yarn affects a cat (that’s had bacon taped to it). Oh, did I mention he’s the current president of the SFWA?

Story Musgrave is the Astronaut Guest of Honor at Chicon 7. As an aviation and aerospace fan growing up in the Sixties and Seventies, the astronauts were my heros. Being able to finally meet a veteran of spaceflight would be a lifetime thrill for me.

Not to shortchange the other Guests of Honor (artist Rowena Morrill, agent Jane Frank and fan GoH Peggy Rae Apienza), but I’m not as familiar with them as I might be. There’s still almost a year before the con to remedy that situation, so there’s some hope that I won’t embarass myself at the con.

Now for the hard part. Waiting the 356 days until the con begins!