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InterAction, 63 Worldcon 4-8 August, Glasgow by Vincent Docherty and Colin (Co-Chairs)
Review by John Berlyne
Date: August 2005 / Show Official Info /

Worldcon was a blast - the perfect embodiment of the adage that if you can actually remember it, you weren't really there! Thanks to Ernest and his loan of the Sfrevu camera, here are a few snaps of the goings on that I managed to capture in between drinking sessions. Digital cameras are great, aren't they? But dammit, using one has not improved my photography skills! Apologies all round.

It's been ten years since we Brits last had a Worldcon on our soil, and back then, before I even knew such events existed; Fandom invaded the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (a wonderful appropriate spacey looking venue) much as it did last week. Many who were there ten years ago returned and were treated once again to a fantastic programme of well-organised events, pints of free-flowing ale and a veritable galaxy of SF stars. Photo: The Armadillo at the SECC, Glasow. It took off when the convention ended! Photo by Russell Wilcox.

It was great to have a chance to meet many authors who rarely make it to these shores. Amongst those I didn't manage to snap were Jeffrey Ford, Martha Wells, Andy Duncan, Kelly Link, Robert Silverberg, Joe Haldeman, Carol Berg, Terry Brooks, Cecelia Dart-Thornton, Laura Ann Gilman, Katherine Kurtz, Elizabeth Moon, Ian Irvine, Tanya Huff, Robin Hobb, Kim Stanley Robinson and Benjamin Rosenbaum. And, being a UK Worldcon, there were many UK based authors present including. Peter F. Hamilton, Justina Robson, Geoff Ryman, Ian R. Macleod, Ken Macleod, Iain Banks, Paul McAuley, Paul Cornell. Jessica Rydill, Charles Stross, Pat Cardigan, Ian Watson, Jay Caselberg, Martin Sketchley, Liz Williams, Steph Swainston, Susannah Clarke, Mark Chadbourne, Chaz Brenchley, Stan Nicholls, James Barclay, James Lovegrove, Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter -- you get the idea.

China Mieville, very much in character.

"So George, when's the next book coming out?"

Signings by Greg Bear, Michael Cobley, and Hal Duncan.

PS Publishing and Authors.L-R Lisa Tuttle, Steve Jones' shoulder, Pete Crowther (sitting) Kim Newman, Graham Joyce.

Kevin J. Anderson and Sandy Auden

The Michael Swanwick reading circle.

All aboard for the Voyager party.

Pirate Jane Johnson.

David Hartwell is attacked by a parrot.

Pirate Richard K Morgan and Bantam Spectra editor Juliet Ulman

Captain of LOCUS and scourge of the seven seas, Pirate Charles N. Brown.

Bragelonne editor and damn fine fellow Alain Nevant.

Macmillan/Tor UK editor Peter Lavery preparing for a trip to Loch Lomond.

Darren Nash manfully mans the Orbit table

That's me on the right--all excited to be meeting Connie Willis

Hugo Winners. It was scrum in the press pack, I can tell you!

Peter Crowther and Darren Nash abuse the Sfrevu camera whilst I'm off using the loo!

The clan of McWriters -- L-R Hal Duncan and a pint of Guiness, Michael Cobley, Gary Gibson, Deberah J. Miller.

Anne McCaffrey signs. It was great to see her there and this poor photo doesn't do her justice.

Mark Roberts shows symptoms of what can happen when you read his "Thackeray T. Lambshead Guide to Eccentric Diseases". This photo does him too much justice!

Trudi Canavan Signs.

Andy Remic presents his work at the "What's New from Orbit Books" panel

And at the end of the con, Gary Gibson shows what happens when you over-indulge. Though to be fair, he looks a damn site better than the guy behind the camera!

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