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  • Capt. Xerox 9:30 pm on April 9, 2020 Permalink |
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    It’s hard to know if this year’s #Worldcon in #NewZealand is going to happen, but we do know that the #Hugo and Retro Hugo finalists have been announced. Sadly, I think I’ve read more of the retro nominees than the works from last year. https://t.co/pKRykDSFli

  • Capt. Xerox 2:03 pm on January 4, 2020 Permalink
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    This opinion piece from @SYFYWIRE posits that the geeks have won and that we’re all #scifi and #fantasy fans now because of the popularity of movies like Avengers, Star Wars and Game of Thrones. Agree or disagree? https://t.co/mqRRG0myOg

  • Capt. Xerox 5:21 pm on December 30, 2019 Permalink
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    Just wanted to draw some attention to this homage to Leslie Croutch, an early Canadian #scifi fan who probably deserves a bit more attention. https://t.co/q615gaQGTh

  • Capt. Xerox 10:47 am on December 12, 2019 Permalink
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    I can relate to this take from a genre fan who admits she finds herself less committed to #scifi than she was when she was younger and how it makes her feel uncomfortable around other fans. https://t.co/CISJUYUcRD

  • Capt. Xerox 7:28 pm on May 14, 2019 Permalink
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    Discover how fanzines helped #scifi survive the Blitz and beyond. https://t.co/ZVR9Fz03DJ

  • Capt. Xerox 10:24 pm on October 23, 2017 Permalink
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    An archival transcription project from the University of Iowa invites us to explore the history of #scifi.

  • Capt. Xerox 8:34 pm on June 12, 2017 Permalink
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    Here's proof that weird theories have been part of 'Star Wars' fandom for decades. https://t.co/RId5GUoihW

  • Capt. Xerox 9:40 pm on May 12, 2017 Permalink
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    The SyFy channel is rebooting with a new focus on science fiction fandom. https://t.co/f2dUy2SYJz

  • Capt. Xerox 11:39 am on April 5, 2017 Permalink
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    Just catching up on this year's 2017 Hugo Award Finalists. Looks like those Rabid puppies are still at it. https://t.co/LXM0Ge7zRz

  • Capt. Xerox 11:09 am on March 24, 2017 Permalink
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    A Victorian science fiction book and tea club? Sounds like jolly good fun, old sport! https://t.co/bEYHXIEjRk

  • Capt. Xerox 2:22 pm on March 16, 2017 Permalink
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    Loved watching this science-fiction costumer's outfits change over the years from 1967 to 2000. Amazing stuff! https://t.co/pN1hHAaoO8

  • Capt. Xerox 7:53 pm on February 1, 2017 Permalink
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    Just read in Ansible how online science fiction community SFF.net has closed shop. Looks like another Facebook casualty. https://t.co/w1VC9Xzzfb

  • Capt. Xerox 4:05 pm on October 9, 2016 Permalink
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    Your favourite genre stars are taking home pots of money for their convention appearances. https://t.co/B6XlnT0k4Q

  • Capt. Xerox 10:07 pm on August 25, 2016 Permalink
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    Here's how the Puppies siege of the Hugos is like Donald Trump's own presidential campaign. https://t.co/IHcRznWxlL

  • Capt. Xerox 10:06 pm on August 25, 2016 Permalink
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    Fan-made Star Trek sets become tourist attraction in Ticonderoga, New York. https://t.co/uL7ObBbBAy

  • Capt. Xerox 9:10 pm on May 16, 2016 Permalink
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    Meet the woman who invented cosplay. https://t.co/A8LADkeZtM

  • Capt. Xerox 12:20 pm on May 20, 2014 Permalink
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    Lifehacker offers some helpful tips on how to survive a con. http://t.co/qsw5jJgkOo

  • Capt. Xerox 2:21 pm on February 24, 2014 Permalink
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    Annoyed that Mardi Gras in New Orleans has gone commercial? Why not march in the #scifi themed Chewbaccus instead? http://t.co/B2Xww7QWNc

  • Capt. Xerox 11:23 am on February 20, 2014 Permalink
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    What strikes me most about these 1980 cosplay photos is how few are imitating existing media characters. http://t.co/QXHgkuYhfn

    • Lazarus 3:17 pm on February 21, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Take out Star Wars and I think you’re left with one Alien and one Star Trek. Love the last pic with Horace Gold and the “Galaxy is Back” pin.

      • Capt. Xerox 1:48 pm on February 23, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I finally watched Morgan Spurlock’s Comic-Con documentary last night and didn’t see much in the way of original costumes on display in that film. Everyone was wearing outfits copied from existing media franchises.

        If you’ve never seen the movie before, it’s a pleasant ode to fans everywhere who are passionate about the things they love. What is a nice surprise that it didn’t set out to mock nerds and geeks, but portrayed them as real people who care about the imaginary worlds that are so important to them.

        What it didn’t do was make me every want to step foot at Comic-Con, which looks like too much of a gigantic commercial venture designed to suction money from your wallet.

        • Lazarus 3:21 pm on February 23, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Hmm, have not seen that Doc. Gotta get it.

          You know, there was a time when Comic Con was about … comics. (snicker)

          It used to bug me that these cons have strayed from comics so much, but I must admit, bundling all things genre has not only expanded the shows, it has made them more feasible and given them new life. Too much success in fact when you see some of the outrageous prices (and I’m not talking about celeb signings and all that, I’m talking entrance!).

          I like a lot of the bundling, but not all. But I must say that when all these different fans come together, they play nice and don’t cross one another. Its just one massive geekfest and you can enjoy yourself if you come for one aspect or many.

          I still go for the comics mainly (really enjoy meeting the artists and writers) but I take it all in.

  • Lazarus 9:15 am on September 1, 2013 Permalink
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    News coming out of worldcon includes some interesting worldcon bids for 2017. Montreal and Nippon. I sorely regret not going to Japan a few years ago for their worldcon but I may have a that chance again. On the other hand if Japan loses it’ll be another Montreal worldcon. This is what you call a win-win situation.



    • Lazarus 4:04 pm on September 5, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      If the voting was done in the usual manner, I think many people not only voted solely on author recognition, but in this case a pretty cool title as well. I shudder to think what the percentage of voters actually read what they voted for, much less reading all the nominees to make an honest comparative vote.

      Sorry to hear your streak of reading all the nominees was broken. You still read two more than me, if that makes you feel any better. (It should!)

    • Capt. Xerox 10:14 pm on September 2, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I can’t see myself ever getting to Japan for a Worldcon, but I sure could dig another go at Montreal, but what are the odds that it would be back there so soon?

      Took the time to look up the winners for this year’s Hugo and was a bit surprised to see that Redshirts by John Scalzi had won. I forgot that it was nominated! At least it’s an original story, if not actually that good a book. Not sure why it got so many raves among critics, because it left me cold. I found it a bit too self-conscious. Still, it was a lot more entertaining than Kim Stanley Robinson’s brick, 2312. As for the other nominees, I never got around to reading any of them.

  • Capt. Xerox 1:52 pm on May 16, 2013 Permalink
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    Why does this brawl between rival Star Wars and Doctor Who fan clubs sound like a scene from Fanboys? http://t.co/YecFnnhdpl

  • Capt. Xerox 5:23 pm on January 2, 2013 Permalink
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    If you’ve attended Montreal’s Con*Cept convention in the past, you probably received this message:

    What : Convocation for a special general assembly
    When : January 20th, 2013, at 12h30
    Where : Hôtel Espresso, 1005 rue Guy, Montréal, room to be determined


    1. Start of the special general assembly

    2. Reading of the agenda

    3. Resolution to dissolve/liquidate “ConCept SF&F inc”
    3.1. Nomination of the liquidator
    3.2. Disposition of the goods

    4. End of the special general assembly

    Marc Nadeau
    ConCept SF&F inc – Secretary-treasurer

    It’s sad news, but probably not surprising. The convention has been limping along for a few years now, not due to any lack of effort on the part of the organizers. Bravo to all of the volunteers who have worked so hard since Con*Cept began. I have a lot of happy memories from my visits.

    • Jeffrey Allan Boman 1:52 pm on January 4, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      With the exception of the 3 1-day Relaxacons, I’ve been at Con*Cept since ’92, and was on concom from 1993-99.

      I’m sorry to see it fail.

  • Capt. Xerox 1:11 pm on September 18, 2012 Permalink
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    Sound’s like Ottawa’s Can-Con is growing. Too bad Montreal’s Con*Cept is going in the opposite direction. http://t.co/Scr3VIzq

    • Lazarus 4:17 pm on September 18, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Still small for sure but I find it hard to believe that last year there were only 125 people. That number is probably from the first year and there was a noticeable increase last year.

      I had an interesting conversation last weekend at the Montreal Comicon (I went Saturday only) with someone who was trying to keep Concept afloat. He thought that the recent success of those comicons probably had an influence on the downturn at traditional SF cons. It’s hard to argue. I went to both Ottawa and Montreal comicons this year and spent considerable coin at each. I can easily see people having to decide on one or the other. I guess I’ll find out this weekend at Can-con.

      • Capt. Xerox 2:08 pm on September 19, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        The subject has come up at other cons. Comicon and media-related cons are bringing in the young folks, but the traditional fan cons are declining in attendance because those fans are aging and they’re not being replaced in sustainable numbers. What are media cons doing that the others aren’t or is it the subject matter?

  • Capt. Xerox 1:31 pm on September 4, 2012 Permalink
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    Did you see the news on who won the Worldcon bid for 2014? It was London. Weren’t the Olympics enough? http://t.co/tuw67GWZ

  • Capt. Xerox 3:23 pm on August 2, 2012 Permalink
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    Can you find yourself in one of the thousands of photos in the Midamerican Fan Photo Archive? http://t.co/hFxRyNsj

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