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What's up with Capricon?

Does anyone reading this know who's running the 2005 Capricon? I know the staff changes around every year (in general, a good thing) but I just heard about a policy change they've put in this year that made my jaw drop.

Greg Ketter (from DreamHaven Books in Minneapolis for those who have just joined us) just told me that Capricon returned his check for tables, saying that they wanted more new blood and felt that there were too many book dealers anyway.

This would have been his 25th Capricon. That's right - he's been to every single one. I was trying to work out with other long-timers whether he is or is not the ONLY dealer to have participated so long. I should ask Steve Salaba, who would be one of the few other contenders I can think of.

I think this was a very poor decision on someone's part. Do they really feel that books are no longer part of science fiction? Or that Mad Science (this year's theme) is only about gadgets and sparkly stuff? There were only four book dealers last year anyway - how many fewer can they be planning on!

I wasn't at all sure I'd be able to afford going this year anyway, since for the first time it would mean flying in. Now here's one more big reason not to try too hard.


Jan. 5th, 2005 08:50 pm (UTC)
I submit that it wouldn't be a SCIENCE FICTION CONVENTION if someone on the concom didn't do something that SOMEONE considered "mind-bogglingly stupid". The list of things that might offend are legion, and any action in the positive or negative will piss off a niche of fandom. Further, running it the same way year after year with NO changes draws derision as well.

Since I will inherit the chairmanship of Capricon next year, I'd like to know which convention YOU chair, since from your comment it appears you posess the secret of mollifying 1000+ fen without dissent. I'd love to come and see it.
Jan. 6th, 2005 05:31 am (UTC)
Thank you very much for confirming my decision to continue to stay clear of Capricon.

I'll happily confess that I don't know the secret to mollifying 1000+ fen without dissent, but I'm pretty sure this response of yours wasn't it.


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Alice Bentley

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