MeCon report

Jolly good fun. Much thanks due to , , and for organising it. I dragged Anne along to the quiz on the Friday night, and we came third, in a team with , and a guy called Brian from Canada.

I went to about five panels in all (which is probably more than I went to at WorldCon last year, apart from the ones I was actually on), including two on Doctor Who, where the charming was every bit as impressive in person as on the screen. moderated a select discussion of C.S. Lewis immediately after his Guest of Honour speech. Some time afterwards, we ended up having a very nice meal at the Rajput, which is as good as ever, along with , and .

I showed my face much more briefly today, though was able to give Ken MacLeod a printout of the Celebrity Deathmatch Hugo commentary. Also very good to see and again, for certain plotting and nefarious purposes, and to receive my own copy of “Puny Earthling” featuring my article on Northern Ireland in science fiction. Very nice also to see , and anyone else who I haven’t yet mentioned.

I also managed to get into town and buy:

Ghost World by Daniel Clowes
Preacher: Gone to Texas by Garth Ennis

Sixteenth Century Ireland, by Colm Lennon
Year’s Best SF 11, ed. Hartwell/Cramer
Epic, by Conor Kostick
McSweeney’s Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales, ed. Michael Chabon
Doctor Who: Short Trips: Past Tense, ed. Ian Farrington
Vellum, by Hal Duncan, who was actually there at MeCon but I forgot to ask him to sign it
Winter Moon – in fact not bought in town but kindly given by who is one of the three authors, the other two being Mercedes Lackey and Tanith Lee

Chronicles of Narnia boxed set of the four stories done by the BBC in the 1980s
Doctor Who: Lost in Time assorted episodes from the First and Second Doctors where the rest of the story has been deleted
Doctor Who: The Caves of Androzani – possibly the Fifth Doctor’s best story, certainly (sadly) his last
Doctor Who: The Curse of Fenric – I’ve been told that the Seventh Doctor’s last season is actually rather good, well, now I’ll find out if it’s true!

Anyway, great to see you all there. Next year, perhaps?

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