I’ve been a fan of science fiction for most, if not all, of my life. But aside from a few Creation Conventions in the late 70s and early 80s, and a couple quick trips to see some Babylon 5 personalities when they came to the Philly area about a decade ago, I was never really involved in sci-fi fandom, at least at the convention level.
That means I’ve missed out on some golden opportunities over the years, including a Worldcon held in my own back yard, the Millennium Philcon of 2001. But I’ve been doing my best to change that over the last few years. I’ve been a supporting member of the last two Worldcons, Aussiecon 4 and Renovation, and last year attended Philcon’s 75th anniversary convention. And this year, I will be an attending member of the 70th Worldcon being hosted by Chicon 7 in Chicago.
I’ve been able to convince both my son and my brother-in-law to come with me, and it promises to be a grand road trip. We will be driving from the Philly area to Chicago, and if we can survive each others’ company during the 12 hour ride, the convention should be a blast! The hardest part will be waiting for August to get here.
In the mean time, the 2012 Hugo nominees were announced over the weekend. I’m glad that supporting and attending members of the convention receive an e-book copy of all the written nominees, because as it stands I’ve only read one of the nominated novels (Leviathan Wakes) so far. So I need to get back to my reading to clear out my to-read pile in anticipation of all the nominated works that will be filling up my Nook very soon.
I can’t wait!