Sunday, April 5, 2009

What is wrong with Canadian fandom?

So, we have six major general-interest regional science-fiction conventions left in Canada: VCON in Vancouver, Con-Version in Calgary, Pure Speculation in Edmonton, KeyCon in Winnipeg, Ad Astra in Toronto, and Con*Cept in Montreal.

And, incredibly, three of them are on the same weekend in 2009! VCON, Pure Speculation, and Con*Cept are all the first weekend in October. Don't you guys talk? I know there's a Canadian con-runners mailing list, for Pete's sake.

VCON and Pure Speculation are definitely close enough physically that there are significant numbers of people who would have attended both -- and there are crazy folk like me who will go to any major Canadian con if scheduling permits regardless of its location.

This just makes zero sense, guys. No wonder con attendance is shrinking coast-to-coast.

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At April 06, 2009 12:10 AM , Blogger Guybrarian on the Edge said...

Its worse than that, I have heard that next year Ad Astra and Filk Ontario are on the same weekend in the same metro area.

Say it ain't so Rob!

At April 06, 2009 1:39 AM , OpenID boywhocantsayno said...

I heard the same, about Ad Astra and FKO next year. Not sure how *that* happened. V-CON and Con*Cept, I can understand. AA and FKO are in the same city!

For what it's worth, I'm doing my damnedest to make sure that the 2010 Gaylaxicon (which I'm chairing, in Montreal) isn't too close to Con*Cept. Problem is, Con*Cept hasn't set their 2010 dates yet.

(I also want to make sure that we pick dates that aren't too close to Dragon*Con - because three quarters of my concom, as well as the Atlanta contingent of the Gaylactic Network, will be there - and we want to have the con before it gets too cold in Montreal.)

At April 06, 2009 5:53 PM , Blogger Ron Friedman said...

I resent the usage of the term “fandom.”

The fanish aspect is only one part of these cons. (perhaps 50%)

I, as a wannabe professional, am much more interested in the pro side of this business.

At April 06, 2009 6:05 PM , Blogger RobertJSawyer said...

Ron, you'd do well to learn the culture you're trying to become part of. Fandom is in no way, shape, or form a pejorative term in science-fiction circles -- and pros who try to draw dividing lines find themselves excluded

That said, it IS Canadian FANDOM that puts on these conventions, old boy.

At April 07, 2009 3:53 AM , Blogger Technotaoist said...

This makes me sad.


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