A few years ago, someone (Sherwood Smith, I think, but I might be wrong…) started posting on LiveJournal as one of the big cons approached — World Fantasy or Worldcon, I don’t remember which — saying that she wasn’t able to go, and she was bitter, listening to all her friends chatter on about the approaching event. She started hosting “Bittercon”, an online discussion about all the panels she would dream of being on, if only she could be on panels.
Spring forward a few years. Most of our MW regulars are at ConCarolinas this weekend. I, alas, am very far away from ConCarolinas. I won’t be able to join in on the panels. I won’t be able to hang out in the bar with my new and old friends. I won’t be able to put faces to so many names I love conversing with here.
I am bitter.
So, for those who *are* around today, this weekend, whenever you read this, let’s play a game. What panel would you like to see at a science fiction and/or fantasy convention? And which no-more-than-five authors would you want to see on the panel? (Yeah, for purposes of this discussion, those writers can be living or dead…)
(I’ll be somewhat out of pocket on Friday, so don’t fret if I don’t respond to your posts immediately!)
And for those of our colleagues who are at ConCarolinas — raise a glass for me!