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Be warned... (phone post) [Apr. 21st, 2008|01:21 am]
dalekboy
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Let me make this as clear as possible - the next person who says to me, in a matter-of-fact tone, that Continuum can't run a convention in 2010 because of the WorldCon, I will skin. I will then tan the hide, and wear it as a warning to others.

Given that the Worldcon in '99 knocked out Melbourne fandom for two years either side of its running, I should think it's even more important that we continue to operate.
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[User Picture]From: ariaflame
2008-04-20 03:40 pm (UTC)
But would it be counted as valid for a costume?

I think there would be difficulties if there were committee overlaps, but otherwise I don't see a problem.
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[User Picture]From: sjl
2008-04-20 04:15 pm (UTC)
Summer or winter coat? Because, let's face it, a human hide won't do much in winter, being mostly hairless.
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[User Picture]From: strangedave
2008-04-20 04:28 pm (UTC)
I think having a Continuum the same year as the Worldcon is actually a damn good idea.

If the same people likely to be taking on crucial roles for a 2010 Continuum would be likely to be tapped to run crucial roles for Worldcon, then it would be a potential problem. And the the Continuum crew are smart and capable enough to deal with this issue.
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[User Picture]From: purrdence
2008-04-20 05:15 pm (UTC)
Also, why should the Melbourned people who can't go to the Worldcon miss out on their fannish fun?
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[User Picture]From: arcadiagt5
2008-04-20 08:28 pm (UTC)
Do you need help?

Frankly I've enjoyed the Continuums more than the Worldcon...
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[User Picture]From: jocko55
2008-04-24 12:16 pm (UTC)
yep, me too. (being Fan GOH at c3 was wonderful) A3, dying on stage with JMS was hideous, yes we were underprepared but that panel would have gone better without JMS. the Q&A later was much better, we could explore who JMS was and why he created B5.

Enough abbreviations, already. Melbourne Science Fiction Club minicon Sat 17 may, $10--I can afford to attend.
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[User Picture]From: drjon
2008-04-20 09:42 pm (UTC)
If you're getting a lot of people making the remark, maybe you should take the time to make a public comment on it, including the whys and wherefores.

It might be a good idea. You don't need a public perception like that undermining your planning.
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[User Picture]From: paul_ewins
2008-04-21 12:12 am (UTC)
Yes, well, given that once again Aussiecon will be run by people who enjoy running Worldcons rather than people who enjoy running local cons it looks like it would be two separate pools of people. No reason not to run one earlier in the year and I think the traditional June QBLW would work out well for all concerned. It would be a great marketing opportunity for the worldconners if they chose to take it.
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[User Picture]From: mireille21
2008-04-21 11:13 am (UTC)
All very good points.
Just no one look at me right? I'm still trying trying to convinve Damian that I'll be far too busy with other things to help out with next year's Natcon. :)
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[User Picture]From: transcendancing
2008-04-21 02:19 am (UTC)
Well said. I believe that you will have substantial support from people Australia wide for this. There will be a Swancon that year - why shouldn't there be a Continuum, and a Conflux etc.

I love Continuum's (alas I've only been to one...).

I will email the Continuum people when appropriate and let them know that I have time/energy/support to offer. Or something - not sure how useful it will be from Perth :)
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[User Picture]From: damienps
2008-04-21 09:01 am (UTC)
Let's make it happen any way. Because it was quite a drought on Cons back then.
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[User Picture]From: jocko55
2008-04-21 12:41 pm (UTC)
Damn but the Aussiecons divide Melbourne fandom, suddenly books or media or anime or fanzines or cons you run become points of difference and the differences matter. Age becomes a point of difference; whether you are a baby boomer or a newbie. I know who I am, but i can be bullied into silence--it happened at work, till I blew the whistle. Fandom is broad, but shallow church, perhaps a brownshirt has little to say to someone who has read every Heinlein book, but maybe they can discuss politics. It doesn't work if someone or other decides they are better because they like this over that. Hmm, Aussicon 2010, "Let's party with the aliens over there..."

I would like to go to a continuum in 2010. Worldcon in town is not the only game. My wife and I are taking my daughter to Adelade during the worldcon. I intend to celebrate the Hugos with a Schnitzel and a Schnapps.
cheers
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[User Picture]From: davidcook
2008-04-21 11:34 pm (UTC)

And on this side of the planet ...

From what I can gather, Glasgow fandom was fairly quiet before WorldCon 05, but has revived quite a bit since then - although most of the committees of the WorldCon and Eastercon 06 weren't really Glasgow fen as such. There has also been Confounding Tales and Satellite 1 and Satellite 2 on the way, though, and the revival of the monthly meet-in-the-pub group too.
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[User Picture]From: curzon79
2008-04-24 03:15 pm (UTC)
hey Danny

i think continuum should continue.. hopefully one is held in 2009. I would defiantly come Swancon is great but I want to start going to interstate conventions in 2009.

I just looked at the Continuum 4 arcived website and it was at the Victoria hotel. I have stayed there before when I went to Melbourne in 2005 for the Grand Prix.
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