The Crossroads of the Aether
Zebulon Vitruvius Pike. Gentleman adventurer, mercenary explorer, dime novel hero and veteran of the late unpleasantness. After serving in the US Aeroship Cavalry and as special agent to the President, Pike left government service to travel the world. When not saving civilization as we know it from science pirates, abominations of nature and invaders from the beyond, Professor Vitruvius occasionally lectures on topics of interest in history, science and technology.
The people running Vandalia Con had contacted me hoping that I would do presentations again at their second convention. Unfortunately, at that time I was still unemployed and wasn't making any commitments. Even as the schedule was being finalized my job hadn't yet sorted itself out so I wasn't even sure I would be going, let alone presenting. But as con time arrived, things had sorted themselves out at least enough that I…Continue
Sci-Fi Valley Con in Altoona has moved to a new, larger venue. A definite improvement on previous years. I am pleased that they have continued with the policy of mixing the tables of artists and small press in with the more conventional dealers rather than segregating them to an “artist's alley.” I think it improves the situation for the artists and my conversations with some of them has confirmed that this is, in fact, the case,…Continue
I accepted doing presentations for the International Steampunk Symposium after getting my new job offer but before I knew when my start date would be. I figured that would be sorted out by the beginning of the year and having to take a day off for the con in April would not be an problem. However, the start date kept getting pushed further and further back until, when I started at the beginning of March I was…Continue
With being unemployed, I wasn't sure I was going to be able to make Tekko. On the plus, though, it's local so there is no hotel cost. That's a few hundred dollars right there. Last year's steampunk presentation was pretty mediochre so I decided to let the concom decide. I offered to do a steampunk presentation and, if they agreed, then I would go. Otherwise, I might save the money.
It turned out that they did agree to have a steampunk presentation. And while my job situation has not…Continue
Steel City Con's pricing schedule is $20 a day and $40 for the weekend. So, if you are not going for all three days, it's not worth your while to get the weekend pass. Not sure if that's really going to encourage weekend pass holders. It certainly didn't encourage me. I just got the one-day pass on Saturday.
The concession stand at the Monroeville Convention Center also has some strange pricing. A fountain drink is $3. If you…Continue