Saturday, September 1, 2007

Why having a Worldcon in Canada in 2009 is cool

The 2009 World Science Fiction Convention will be in Montreal. That's cool for many reasons, including:

It's the 30th anniversary of John Robert Colombo's Other Canadas, the massive retrospective anthology that first established that there was, in fact, such a thing as Canadian science fiction.

It's the 25th anniversary of the first Tesseracts anthology, edited by Judith Merril.

It's the 25th anniversary of the founding (by Judith Merril, with Robert J. Sawyer as its coordinator) of Hydra North, Canada's first association of science-fiction professionals.

It's the 20th anniversary of the founding of On Spec, Canada's leading SF magazine.

It's the 20th anniversary of the founding of SF Canada, the Canadian association of SF writers.

It's the 20th anniversary of the debut of Prisoners of Gravity, Canada's great TV series about SF

It's the 20th anniversary of ConText, the legendary Edmonton convention that brought together most Canadian SF writers for the first time.

For Rob's June 2009 response to Amy J. Ransom, see here.
The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site



At September 01, 2007 11:51 AM , Blogger Dwight Williams said...

Solid logic, with more than a tad of heartstring-yanking thrown in. I like it.

At September 02, 2007 10:01 AM , Anonymous John said...

Thanks for your valuable contribution!

At September 09, 2007 3:10 PM , Blogger RobertJSawyer said...

Christian Sauvé has pointed out some significant French-Canadian anniversaries that fall in 2009, as well:

* 35e anniversaire de Solaris (1974)

* 30e anniversaire de Boréal (1979)

* 25e anniversaire du GPSFFQ (1984)

At September 09, 2007 5:12 PM , Anonymous Cathy Palmer-Lister said...

Also the 20th anniversary of Con*Cept!

At September 09, 2007 10:27 PM , Anonymous Yvonne Penney said...

2009 is the 100th anniversary of powered flight in Canada.

Yvonne Penney

At September 11, 2007 8:24 AM , Blogger Dwight Williams said...

I'd forgotten that detail about powered flight! And I've been to the Aviation Museum.

I need to revisit the place, and soon, apparently.


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