Philcon 2003 by Ernest Lilley
Philcon.org Event: ISBN - PubDate: 12/12/03
Coverage by Ernest Lilley
(cover illustration ©Greg and Tim Hildebrant)
The good news was that Philcon was a relaxed
gathering of pros and fans in scenic Philly as we all got ready to
bid the year farewell. The bad news was that between one thing and
another (the late timing of the con and its Center City location) it
was a bit more relaxed than most folks wanted...plans are afoot to
move the whole deal out to Valley Forge, where I'm promised that
lodging has improved since GW's troops had to tough out the winter
there, and that should help. Now to just move it back to November
where it belongs. Besides being under-attended, it was a lot of fun.
I was on several panels by design and a few by virtue of showing up
at the right (or wrong) time. I don't have pics of the masquerade
yet, but some were promised me and I'll add them in when (or if) I
|Though the weather outside was wintry, inside
the con it was warm and festive. Tor Sr. Editor David Hartwell
pauses on his way to a panel for his close-up. Glenn Hauman,
Victoria McManus, Eric Kotani (Yoji Kondo), Catherine Minz and
John G. Henry try to get his hands around the question of whether or
not Heinlein's women were real or imaginary. The consensus seems to
they were imaginary and everyone on the panel knows several
personally. I pointed out that I'm married to one, if anybody needs
I spent entirely too much time at parties (as
usual) starting with a semi-secret celebration of Nth Degree's 8th
issue. Left - That's Nth man himself Michael D. Pederson, Managing Editor
Catherine E. Pederson and contributor J. Andy World. The zine has
just turned two years old and is looking better every issue (www.nthzine.com).
Middle - Right - The SFWA suite was hopping, with fans and pros
bouncing on the bed and frolicking around the open bar. Or, if you
preferred, you could grab a book and relax in the middle of it all.
My kind of people.
David ( Figurehead, leach and Jack of
Slack) and Joan Wendland
(Owner, operator, game designer and Queen of Cards)
Blood and Cardstock
party while down the hall the comely Suzanne posed for us at the
Vegascon party. Todd Dashoff (Con Ops) had
a quiet con, with the exception of a fire alarum and much confusion
at 5:00am Sunday morning. It was a cigarette fire in a wastebasket
on the non-smoking floor, which makes a certain amount of sense,
The Meet the Pros party was held in the Art Show, which is nice.
They ought to keep a bar open in the show all the time as far as I'm
concerned. Yojo Kondo (Eric Kotani) and his wife Ursula talked with
us outside the party - their daughter is currently in Iraq with
coalition forces. Wendy Mitchell checks out the Post WWII
retro-futurist art work of pulp cover artist Radebaugh.
There's an excellent exhibit of his work at:
Darrell Schweitzer, John Ashmead, SFRevu
columnist (and Rider U. Prof) Edward Carmien
I caught up with Editor Gardner Dozois outside a
panel on "What Critics See That Readers Don't", which he co-opted me
for. Imperial Intelligence knows if you've been naughty or nice, and
it's not coal they'll be handing out if they don't like the answer.
The SFRevu semi-annual 1/2 price book sale was well received by
readers - many of whom haven't yet been able to enjoy the jobless
recovery. We hope for a happy new year for all.
The Philip K. Dick auction draws bidders, Death
stalks the green room, and we go to dinner at
Maggiano's across the street
from the con. L-R Edward Carmien, Ian R. Strock (Atremis) Kit
Hawkins, EJ McClure, Ernest Lilley.