A few weeks ago Elliott and I went to a local literary convention here in the Bay Area called FOGCon, which stands for Friends of Genre Convention. Basically it’s a very small (mostly) Sci-Fi/Fantasy convention that takes place in the basement of a hotel. Okay, the basement happens to be a pretty nice conference center with a lot of different breakout rooms, but it sounds better if I just say basement!
The honest truth is that we were both glad we didn’t spend the money to go the full weekend and instead opted to just go for one day, Sunday, because it really wasn’t for us. The panels we went to were good, but the people and general atmosphere, not to mention it was really small, were really not for us.
The first panel we joined was “We are the ones who only travel”, a panel that looks at the concept of a multi-generational starship and how the people who are born and die on the starship much feel, both physically and psychologically. It was unorganized and one of the panel members didn’t show up until an hour late (thanks to alcohol and daylight savings time).
The second was “Getting around the speed of light”, where the panelists talked about the fact that the speed of light is probably a barrier humans will never surpass and what other means of travel we may have to go long distances in space. This one was very organized and felt like what a panel should feel like, but Elliott found this one less entertaining than the first!
Off Topic Picks:
- Jeremy: Pathfinder Series of Books by Orson Scott Card (Pathfinder, Ruins, Visitors)
- Elliott: The MBTI Assessment Test