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LoneStarCon2 · The 55th World Science Fiction Convention · Monday, September 1, 1997

Pretty Confused, After All These Years

Benoit Girard

Issue Nine

Thanks Y'all

Sunday Night's Parties

Fashion Notes: Best Hat

Pretty Confused, After All These Years

Art, People and Chili

All Knowledge Hypothesis Founders
in Subterranean Investigation

Why Domino?

WSFS Business Completed Saturday

Remembering the Alamo in SF


"You're a fanzine editor, you're gonna be perfect as a reporter."

Yeah, sure... and I volunteered. I confess that after all these years, I still haven't learn how to manage the time spent at Cons. Here's how it goes.

Sometime Wednesday evening, I run into someone I know. I offer him or her a bheer and we're off. Three hours later, I'm already off with somebody else... until a third friend comes around to point me in another direction. I have absolutely no control over the process, the few programming items I really wanted to attend are forgotten and I don't remember who I gave a copy of my fanzine to, after a while. I barely make it to the program items I agreed to be on and I miss all the important events I should attend.

And I see the old-timers floating by, serene as Greek statues, fully in control of their life (and mine).

How do you manage? I ask a past Hugo winner in a prestigious fan category.

"Easy", she says, "we old-timers simply don't try to do anything. We just sit around, and talk to old friends. Because otherwise, it's too confusing."

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