[LMB] Welcome Beatriz!

Eric Oppen ravenclaweric at gmail.com
Wed Aug 7 03:40:23 BST 2019

I would suggest strongly that you start out with a small local convention,
and go with some people you already know.  Worldcon (before I swore them
off in a rage) was something I found a bit overwhelming, and I'm a
seasoned, salted old veteran of many, many conventions.  And part of the
problem was that I was all alone there, and it did get a bit lonesome
sometimes.  It's nice to have people you know, and preferably people who
share your interests, along to talk to.

There are panel discussions and informal classes on many things related to
the field, usually (in my experience) an art show with both professional,
semi-professional and amateur artists showing their work, costumes both in
the halls and at the formal masquerade show (Worldcon-level costuming is
fully as good as the best professional work), displays of objects of
interest, music, and parties, both in people's rooms and in the main party
venue, known as the "con suite."  And, lest I forget, a "huckster room,"
with all sorts of things for sale.  I could easily spend several thousand
dollars (US) in the huckster room of a Worldcon.

On Tue, Aug 6, 2019 at 9:06 PM Joel Polowin <jpolowin at hotmail.com> wrote:

> Beatriz Esparza Ech?varri <besparzae at gmail.com> wrote:
> > No, I don't think I will go to World SF Convention in Dublin.
> > I have never been to a convention. Is it interesting?
> Well, fundamentally, you've got a bunch of people gathered to share
> their common interest in fantasy and science fiction.  So if that's
> a thing you find interesting, yes, it's interesting.  Depending on
> the convention, there are likely to be panel discussions and open
> sessions about various topics related to that general subject area.
> There may be speeches by guests of honour; there may be opportunities
> to have quiet chats with the people who create the various works.
> There will certainly be times and places to just hang out with other
> fans.  The details are highly variable.
> Some conventions are relatively small; some are quite large.  Some focus
> on just one aspect of SF fandom, others are general.  My preferred style
> is small-ish, with one track of programming that's all worth being at.
> At the other end of the scale are things like the World SF Conventions,
> which can have thousands of people and many concurrent programming
> tracks.  And there are the related events like the Comic-Cons, which
> draw upwards of a couple of hundred thousand people... not my kind of
> thing at all.
> There's almost certainly a convention that would suit you.  I do
> suggest that you do a bit of "shopping" before going to your first one.
> Joel
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