Worldcon Report 7: It Begins

by Brenda W. Clough

image The word is that this Worldcon will be possibly the biggest ever. We arrived today, checking into one of the con hotels and immediately having a Book View Cafe dinner with everyone available plus friends — you may see here among others Chris Dolley, Madeleine Robins and Jen Stevenson!

The con committee prudently organized perhaps 30 tracks of programming, and we’re all going to be busy as bees, if not on programs then attending each other’s panels and making trenchant comments.

Before arriving at the Docklands however, my husband and I indulged in one more bout of touristy activity. We went to the Tower of London, where as you can see the commemoration of WW1 is in full swing. They’re going to put up about 800,000 of these ceramic red poppies up, the same number as the British casualties. The re-enactors are also all of that period, Tommies in khaki urging all good Englishmen to join up while a suffragette demands equal pay for equal work now that women have to do it. Why is it left to an American female to clap and yell ‘Hear, hear!”? Perhaps the Brits are too restrained? This is not a problem I suffer from.

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About Brenda Clough

Brenda W. Clough spent much of her childhood overseas, courtesy of the U.S. government. Her first fantasy novel, The Crystal Crown, was published by DAW in 1984. She has also written The Dragon of Mishbil (1985), The Realm Beneath (1986), and The Name of the Sun (1988). Her children’s novel, An Impossumble Summer (1992), is set in her own house in Virginia, where she lives in a cottage at the edge of a forest. Her novel How Like a God, available from BVC, was published by Tor Books in 1997, and a sequel, Doors of Death and Life, was published in May 2000. Her latest novels from Book View Cafe include Revise the World (2009) and Speak to Our Desires. Her novel A Most Dangerous Woman is being serialized by Serial Box. Her novel The River Twice is newly available from BVC.

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Worldcon Report 7: It Begins — 2 Comments

  1. A friend of mine is doing a chocolate tasting at the con on Sunday – definitely stop by, she knows her stuff!