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The View From the Hotel Window, Chicon 7 Edition

Not so bad.

In other news, hi, I am in Chicago and ready for Chicon 7. Where are you?

By John Scalzi

I enjoy pie.

81 replies on “The View From the Hotel Window, Chicon 7 Edition”

Sadly, I won’t be attending this year’s worldcon.. I want to, but physics and logistics can be problematic at times. I haven’t figured out how to be in two places at the same time… yet. I’ve got people working on it for me, so stay tuned.

At work, waiting to go home so I can pack for Chicon and then fly out that way tomorrow. Hopefully I’ll get to say “Hi” and see how good your memory is :)

(You recognized me instantly 2 years after VP 13 and surprised the hell out of me.)

I’m in London, England; peering out of my bedroom window there’s City Point in the foreground, and the Gherkin in the background, and from my living room window there’s the (small) lake and the triple towers of the Barbican.

All in all, I’m used to tall buildings…

I am currently in Lisle, Illinois,where I work. Then I’ll be in Geneva, Illinois, where I live. Then I’ll be in Chicago tomorrow for Chicon, staying at the same hotel you’re at now. I’ll see you tomorrow.

On my front porch looking at Bucks Elbow Mountain and enjoying a cold refreshing beverage. If I’d gone to work today, I’d be stuck in bad traffic made worse by a presidential motorcade. I prefer the porch.

I’ve got almost the same view as you, just looking down the river to the lake. Right now there’s a fire hose of water across the river soaking all the boaters coming in from the lake. :)

That looks like the Sheraton, where I stayed a few years ago for Bouchercon. Wish I remembered more of that con, but that just means I had a good time.

Where I am is Cincinnati, but where I will be is Annapolis this weekend. And because my lovely wife is resourceful, I’ll also be flying there instead of driving eight hours after picking her up from work Friday.

Now, if I could just find a way back to New York or San Francisco…

Today — Durant, OK; Madill, OK; and now finally in my hotel in Mesquite, TX. I’ve driven about 1000 miles around OK and TX last week and this and am looking forward to being home in Washington state on Friday just in time to drive to my parents for Labour Day weekend and then fly out to Naples, FL after that… ;)

Sitting in the Hyatt lobby suffering from sticker shock at the price of my supper and vowing that no more food will be purchased from the hotel. Looking forward to the conference, though!

Wishing I were there instead of sitting at home listening to the wind and rain from Isaac and hoping a big branch doesn’t fall on my roof. This has been going on since last night and will continue until tomorrow morning, probably. Oh well, at least I have electricity, unlike most of my neighbors.

Just a few miles away in Evanston. Sad to be missing a con so close, but I am watching my son learn to crawl, so I’m pretty happy to be where I am.

Two days ago? In New Orleans, in the dark, listening to Hurricane Isaac reports on the weather radio. Whee! Got the power back this morning–had to see what you were doing, of course. Last time I stay for “only” a category 1 storm.

So John, Neil Gaiman, and the adult components of John’s family were on the way from the Hugo Winners party to another party. I said: “Neil, Master of All Media, now you need to publish a paper on General Relativity or Molecular Biology.”

Neil: “Why?”

me: “To prove to the fanboys that you can do that too.”

I am just now back from Chicon 7, the 4th Chicon I’ve attended, 4th of the 7 World Science Fiction Conventions held in Chicago.

No con is perfect, but this was as good as any of these 4, which is very good indeed. A full con report will be posted here when I’ve written it. Sorry it’s over — great people, great programming, interesting tales to report of Sanley Schmidt’s farewell party as he stepped down from his decades at the helm of Analog, of Neil Gailman winning his Hugo for a Doctor Who episode, of George R. R. Martin winning his Hugo for Season 1 of Game of Thrones… of my 5 Panel dsicussions…

Chicon 7 was held on August 30 to September 3, 2012

Chicon 7, the 70th World Science Fiction Convention, also known as “Worldcon,” was the premier gathering of authors, artists, fans, dealers, and more in the world science fiction community. Worldcon covers all the genres of written speculative fiction including science fiction, fantasy, horror, slipstream, and alternate history, as well as science, media (movies, television, anime, and online), fanzines, gaming, costuming, filking, and more. More than 5,000 attendees from more than thirty countries attended the five-day event.

I never once checked email or posted on Facebook while in Chicago, so now to catch up…

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