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After the Con

[Written two days ago]

I’m sitting at the airport, head still buzzing from the most fantastic WorldCon of my life. Coincidentally, it is also the first WorldCon of my life, but on purely empiric analysis, I doubt it gets any better than this. I don’t know how to describe the rush of frantic energy that fills you when your fellow panelists are all in synch to keep the audience laughing. I can’t convey the peaceful ambience of the abandoned hotel lobby at 5AM when you’re on your down the escalator to the gym. There has been laughter (and trauma, but mostly laughter) and many good friends who have welcomed with open arms and unquestioning friendship a stranger they had known up until this year only as a name on the internet.

I cannot describe how grateful I am for that.

As I look back on the con, memories flicker like brilliant reflections across a darkened pool:

Buffalito wrangling for Klingon expert Lawrence Schoen...

Courtney Willis and the Baseball Bat of Moderation Excellence...

Mary Robinette’s gracious willingness to take me under her wing at exclusive parties...

Autographing next to Howard Tayler at the SchlockMercenary booth...

Combining powers with Joe Zieja to defeat Munchkin adversaries Myke Cole, Amy Sundberg, Bill Lawhorn and Gama-the-Ninja...

My super-awesome entourage, Megan Walker and Dantzel Cherry, who performed secret missions at my bequest, and without whom my reading would have been doughnutless...

My first and awesomest con friend, Jamie Rubin, who apparently wasn't lurking after all...

Danielle Friedman, who needs no introduction because she knows everybody...

Ensign Friend and the Worldbuilding panel on vampiric iron-eating intelligent soap scum...


Oddly, the Hugo Awards were only a vague addendum to the magnificent tapestry that was Chicon 7. Far more significant in my recollection were conversations with excellent people like Paolo Bacigalupi, Bryce Moore, Eddie Schneider, David Klecha, Rachel Swirsky and many, many others.

You were awesome, Chicon. And to all the fabulous people who made you what you are: Thanks for giving me one of the best weekends of my life.