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Why bother with cons?

I’m going to a science fiction convention in Vancouver. It’s VCon, October 19-21st. We call them cons in the trade, and they are unique to the book world, as far as I can tell. We’ll have panels on topics related to books, writing, science, fandom, and issues related to futurism and the changing world. There’ll be gaming, video, costuming and schmoozing in the bar.

So why go? I meet quite a few aspiring science fiction and fantasy writers who have never been to a con. Lots of beginning writers are oddly reluctant to learn about the industry which they are so keen to be a part of. Let me summarize the arguments: Read More…