by Steve Sawicki
NESFA Event ISBN/ITEM#: 0502BOSKON
Date: February 18-20, 2005 / Show Official Info /
The typical snowstorm forgot to come to Boskone this year. But then so did, apparently, a number of fen. Call it Boskone light. While the unofficial count hovered at around 1,200 I'd be hard pressed to name more than 800 or so myself. Perhaps it was the lack of snow or maybe it was that this crew (and the attendees) had just a few month earlier burned themselves out at a worldcon. Certainly the organization of this year's con seemed quite a bit off.
The guest of honor, Orson Scott Card, was kept hopping, as GOH's usually are and there were crowds everywhere he went. The dealer's room was smaller, by about 7 tables according to insiders and the art room was smaller as well. There were plenty of panels though, with the media panels well attended and the story telling done by Bruce Coville and Barbara Chepaitis packing a room. The hotel, the Boston Sheraton, is large, probably too large for this convention as it easily accommodated two other conventions which almost ran concurrently--Linux and Unitarians, if I remember correctly.
Alan Pollack was the guest of honor and I saw neither hide nor hair of him. Mike Glyer was the special guest and he must have been hanging around with Pollack, or perhaps we just move in different orbits.
Urban Tapestry were the featured filkers and I have to admit that I missed every performance. But hey, I was busy myself with my own panels, readings and wanderings. My schedule kept me trapped in the hotel so I never quite got out to partake of the local eateries. Maybe next year.
There were bid parties, hall costumes and Adam Rex won the Jack Gaughan Award for something to do with art. There was an anime program and a gaming track neither of which I ever passed near. Next year, Boskone 43 will be held in Boston once more in February.