Goodbye, Melbourne. Hello, Atlanta.
First, the bad: I won't be attending the World Science Fiction Convention in Melbourne this summer. I wanted to be there. Traci and I bought attending memberships back in 2008, and it's been her dream to visit Australia. In the end, we decided that we'll be better prepared to afford the trip and have a longer visit, at a later date. We still intend to buy supporting memberships for the con, and we're gonna miss seeing our friends out there, and especially the Aussies that will no doubt put on a killer show. Believe me -- we tried, folks. It just wasn't in the cards at this time (even with the current Qantas airfare sale). Best wishes to all Aussiecon organizers.
A friend has already claimed one of our two attending memberships for transfer, and we have the other available at this time. That attending membership is available for $155 USD and Aussiecon's Clare McDonald will soon have the transfer forms available at the Aussiecon website. Contact me if you're interested in purchasing it. (The current con rate for attending membership is $225 USD, so our price is a pretty significant savings.)
I'll definitely be at Worldcon in Reno in 2011.
Now the good news: although I'm disappointed that I won't be able to attend Worldcon this year, I'm very pleased to say that I'll be attending Dragon*Con in Atlanta over the Labor Day Weekend! Lou Anders spoke highly about last year's show and I'm gonna give it a shot this year. From what Lou says, the con has become more diverse, more literate, and more art-friendly over recent years. I'm really excited to be part of this year's guest lineup. They're still announcing who will be there, and still ironing out the site updates, but I see that Donato Giancola, Cherie Priest, and Brandon Sanderson are amongst the early names announced. Should be great times. Really looking forward to the action this summer.
Next month -- Boskone!! I can't wait. :)