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27 January 2009 @ 01:09 pm
Conventioneering?  
I've been to two SFF conventions now -- the two most recent Arisias. I'd say I liked last year better than this one. Convention-wise, I've liked some panels and like hanging out with folks I know, but I can end up feeling a bit lost, and I want the drive to be worth it.

I know nothing, really, about Boskone. Anybody going? (I do see mabfan on the confirmed panelists listing.) Any suggestions whether I should check it out? I haven't read any SFF in years at this point, I think, beyond Harry Potter; I'm currently focused on TV SF. I don't know what they really have event-wise or vibe-wise. Some of last year's panel schedule looks interesting, but ... I don't know.
 
 
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introverteintroverte on January 27th, 2009 06:43 pm (UTC)
My opinion, based on one Boskone 2 years ago, is that it's more serious than Arisia. There's little-to-no costuming, more readings, more real science discussions, fewer parties and silly events like the dances and Rock Band thing we went to. Still, it was fun if not as packed with stuff as Arisia. I believe there are political issues, being: Boskone is an "old guard" con and Arisia is the whippersnappers.

YMMV
michelel72: DoctorCatmichelel72 on February 4th, 2009 04:45 am (UTC)
(Sorry for the late reply.) That's a good overview, and it does help, thanks. It sounds like something I'd enjoy if I had a group to hang with, but I'm kind of out of the game these days ....
mabfan (Michael A. Burstein)mabfan on January 27th, 2009 06:44 pm (UTC)
Nomi and I will sadly only be at Boskone on Sunday. I will note that there were a lot of good TV panels at Boskone last year, and I expect there will be again this year.
michelel72: DoctorCatmichelel72 on February 4th, 2009 04:46 am (UTC)
(Sorry for the late reply.) Good to know. I expect I'll pass this year, but I'll keep an eye on it for years future. Thanks for the feedback!
E.T. Davidoffvettecat on January 29th, 2009 04:33 am (UTC)
Boskone is more of a literary con, and tends to attract an older crowd. It depends what you're looking for.
michelel72: DoctorCatmichelel72 on February 4th, 2009 04:46 am (UTC)
(Sorry for the late reply.) Good to know, thanks.
(Anonymous) on February 13th, 2009 05:03 pm (UTC)
So are you going?
An old friend of mine called me to let me know he's going, and that Greg Bear is going to be a guest. He knows 1) that I can't go; 2) that I love Greg Bear (he's one of what I call the Three B's of modern SF, along with Greg Beneford, and David Brin). This friend obligingly offered to get my copy of Eon signed, which I jumped at. Anyway, if you do decide to go, let me know what you thought of the con!
michelel72: DoctorCatmichelel72 on February 13th, 2009 05:11 pm (UTC)
Re: So are you going?
No, oh mysterious visitor, I decided to bail, but thanks ....