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Posted on Aug 30, 2006 in Appearances | 5 comments

Worldcon thoughts

Went to Worldcon. It was both exciting and exhausting. Obviously, I lost the novelette Hugo to Peter Beagle, (and Cory Doctorow, and Howard Waldrop), but was content to see Beagle win, and was pleased to be in such excellent company on the ballot (Yes, it is an honor just to be nominated).

Good things about the con:
Seeing: Carrie Vaughn, Daniel Abraham, Lou Anders, Rob Sawyer, Gordon, JJA, Sheila Williams, Brian Bienowski (sp?), Jay Lake, The Nightshade posse, Liza, Jonathan Strahan, Jim Minz, Jim Frenkel, Toby Buckell, and on and on and on and on which leads to…

The bad thing about the con:
Too little time to connect with anyone. Just a glazed whirlwind of faces and smiles and breakfast and lunch and dinner meetings with drinks and conversations that bounced from topic to topic without the time and space to follow-up. One of the reasons I loved going out to the Campbell Conference was that I got a chance to speak at length and in-depth with Rob Sawyer and Lou Anders. Sometimes we talked about sf and craft and business, sometimes about music, sometimes about children and marriages, anything was game, and you didn’t feel like you had to make your time count all at once the way you did at Worldcon where the flow of people keeps coming and the distractions keep coming, and the sleep never happens.

One other bummer thing about the con:
My wife Anjula was out in the hall during the Writers Workshop party, and a guy walked by saying to his companion, “I said hi to Paolo Bacigalupi and he just looked right through me. I guess that tells me where I stand on the totem pole.”


I’m actually pretty bummed about this, because I really must have looked right through this guy. Not intentionally, for sure. But still. The press in the party suite was crazy, and people were everywhere, and apparently there was this guy who’d pinned a bit of his self-esteem on whether I had my shit together. Which I obviously didn’t.

So I ended up trying to be extra aware and nice to people through the rest of the con, hoping to atone for unintentional sins.


  1. I was rooting for “Calorie Man” but was also happy to see Beagle win, since he’s a local boy :)

  2. Well, you did stop to talk to me. :)

  3. Well, that’s something, I suppose. At least I’m talking to Random People. Normally I have to go find people on street corners to do that with.

  4. Hi Paolo! What an amazing honor to be nominated for the Hugo! I gasp to think of the SF luminaries in whose hallowed presence you now stand. I only wish I could get hold of a copy of “Calorie Man” to read – the link to the story is now dead, and F&SF is sold out of that issue. If I’d been a little bit more on the ball, I guess I would have had better luck. I guess I’ll have to wait until your first short story collection is published. In the meantime, all my best wishes!

  5. Hi Amanda,

    I’m working on that short story collection, but in the meantime, I can probably hook you up with the Calorie Man. I’ve also got a couple other stories out in the Magazines, “Pop Squad” in the Oct/Nov F&SF and “Yellow Card Man” in the Dec. Asimov’s.