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Date: Fri, 2 Aug 2002 22:38:27 +0000 (GMT)
From: Josh Geller 
Subject: Re: (urth) WorldCon and the Gene Wolfe convention circuit future

I'll definitely be there.



On Fri, 2 Aug 2002, Michael Andre-Driussi wrote:

> Hello there everybody.
> Just got an update on WorldCon today.  They are about 1000 members below
> where they were expecting to be at this point (the event starts August 29).
> It will likely be a smaller WorldCon than seen in recent times.  (Is this
> due to post 9/11 travel decline or the graying of sf fandom, or both, I
> wonder?)
> I'm going there mainly because Gene Wolfe is going to be there.  Of course,
> there is no absolute guarantee he will be able to make it, but he has
> membership and all that.  (And Vernor Vinge is Guest of Honor, which I find
> interesting.)
> Now then, I don't want to scare people, but only tell the facts as I know
> them. Gene Wolfe is 70-something years old and he didn't go to any
> conventions last year.  Then they (Gene and his wife) decided to go to
> conventions this year (Horror Con, World Con, and World Fantasy Con), and
> they plan to go to conventions every year until they cannot, so when they
> next stop going to cons, they really will stop for good.
> So if you would like to meet Gene Wolfe at a convention, I urge you to do
> it =this= year.  WorldCon is in San Jose, WFC is in Minneapolis (iirc) in a
> couple of months.
> Personally I'd like to see some of the people around here in the flesh at
> WorldCon, but that's just selfish.  Altruistically I want Gene Wolfe's fans
> to meet him, and the window of opportunity is drawing to a close.
> =mantis=
> --


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