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Boskone Friday

Like half the size of Arisia, older, and no cosplay. Apparently it used to be big, over 4000, "the Winter Worldcon". Too big for them, so they shut down the Masquerade and banned costuming panels. So everyone who wanted that formed Arisia, and Boskone's this quiet literary thing.

Fun panels though, and filk is filk. First panel was about Stross, second had Stross and was about Lovecraft. Fantasy was declasse before Tolkien, so you had lots of fantasy in SF drag. "Our hero leaves the spaceport and loses his blaster so must use his fists and sword against Martians too proud to use guns," Now fantasy sells twice as well as SF and Stross wrote Merchant Princes as SF in fantasy drag, though partly to avoid an option on his next SF novel. I find myself wondering if we'll see more SF in fantasy drag, like Scrapped Princess? (Reminds me that I have yet to see a Rosemary Kirstein book in person or in a library system.)

Nice thing about smaller con: much more compact. Con Suite with its free food is far more accessible, in a big room on the bottom floor, rather than on the 16th floor behind a long alley of vendors.

Could have more notes but I want sleep.

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sraun
Feb. 19th, 2011 09:22 am (UTC)
Like half the size of Arisia, older, and no cosplay. Apparently it used to be big, over 4000, "the Winter Worldcon". Too big for them, so they shut down the Masquerade and banned costuming panels. So everyone who wanted that formed Arisia, and Boskone's this quiet literary thing.

You do know that it was significantly more complicated, with much more drama and angst, than this description implies, don't you?
nancylebov
Feb. 19th, 2011 12:01 pm (UTC)
Yes, I was going to say that there was a security disaster with the hotel, it wasn't just a "this is too much work" decision to downsize. Though considering that conventions are run by volunteers, it isn't outrageous for them to decide how large a convention they want to run.
mindstalk
Feb. 19th, 2011 01:56 pm (UTC)
No, I honestly have no idea. Well, various intimations of "bad blood".
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