2016
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What a year.

I spent the first 2 months in a splint or cast again.  The only good thing about it was I got more mobility in my left hand.

We all lost someone. It was hard for me when David Hartwell died a week after David Bowie. I wrote about that here. Chica, the family dog, died but at least I had one quality afternoon with her. My oldest aunt, Ligia, also passed.

The names of the fallen kept getting longer. They include: Alan Rickman, Jerry Doyle, Morris Keesan, Prince, Muhammed Ali, Kenny Baker, Gene Wilder, Van Williams, Garry Shandling, Leonard Cohen, Alan Vega, Father John McCormick, John Glenn, George Michaels, Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, William Christopher, and the 49 people who were killed at Pulse.

Then there was the election. The future never seemed so scary.

Unfortunately, there was Puppy influence at the Hugos this year, and it was the REALLY bad kind of Puppy. The fans repudiated the slates again and only two categories went to No Award. The powerful The Fifth Season won Best Novel and N.K. Jemisin sent a powerful speech. She stated SFF is looking towards the future rather than an imagined past.

MidAmericon 2 was fun. It was great talking to Ken Keller, con chair of MidAmericon (1976 Worldcon). He explained how the then relatively unknown Rocky Horror Picture Show was on the film program at MidAmericon. Keller had seen it at a theater and thought it would be fun to show at Worldcon. This may have sparked the phenomenon. I owe the local shadowcast, The Rich Weirdoes, for saving my sanity for have a special performance honoring Bowie. It helped me cope with Bowie’s and Hartwell’s death.

AFO 2016 was my first AFO as staff. I kept track of panel attendance on my shifts. My new panel, 21st Century Science Fiction Anime, went extremely well. People seemed to connect with the shows I picked. Next year I want to discuss Anime SF Feature films.

Megacon went through changes. There was no AMV Contest. There were more comic book guests like Frank Miller, Peter David, and Gail Simone. I only was at the con during the day since it was up against the Fringe Festival. It Megacon during the day and Fringe at night.

Spooky Empire events went well. In April, they had the legendary Alice Cooper who signed my CD and comic of The Last Temptation. They got dealt a bad hand in October with Hurricane Matthew disrupting everything in Orlando. When they rescheduled in December, I hung out with the writers.

Swampcon gave me chance to hang out with my Neconomicon friends.

Necronomicon was great. I was able to run a Dealers table, did some panels, and win trivia.

There were some great stuff for Trek’s 50th anniversary. We got a new film, Star Trek Beyond. There they were exploring strange new worlds and new civilizations. It was the most Trek-like film. There was a two-volume oral history of the series. The year ended with For the Love of Spock, directed by Leonard Nimoy’s son Adam.

There were good genre films this year. Rogue One shows a great side story of the Star Wars universe. Marvel continues the great trip with Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange. X-Men:Apocalypse was a fun look at the 80s, and young Scott and Jean were cute. Deadpool was a romantic superhero film. The Lobster was a great independent science fiction story where one must marry or become an animal. Warcraft was an ambitious film that tried to create believable characters. Mermaid directed by Stephen Chow was beautifully insane. Embers showed us how important our memory is. The Witch showed 17th century fears. The Legend of Tarzan was a faithful film about Lord Greystoke. Kevin Smith let us share some fun with Yoga Hosers. Nerve was scarily real. The new Ghostbusters film was fun, and I want Kate McKinnon in everything. Midnight Special was a nice independent Science Fiction feature film about a father rescuing his son from a government lab and getting him to safety. We finally get a look at the American Wizarding World in Fantastic Beasts, and Where to Find Them. A new Disney princess comes to us from Polynesia in Moana.

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad were messes that had some fun stuff for the comic fans. DC/Warner Brothers have to learn this and fix it for the future films. While their live action movies were floundering, DC did well in its DVD range and showed these films in the theaters as Fathom events. This included The Killing Joke and Batman: The Return of the Cape Crusaders.

There were some strong nominees for the Oscars from last year, which I saw this year. Spotlight showed the need for an active press. The Big Short angered me because we could have avoided the 2008 Financial Crisis. The Revenant was slow, but beautiful to look at. Carol needed to fully flesh out the characters, but was compelling. Trumbo presented a dark time of American history. Brooklyn was beautiful, but there was little tension. Son of Saul was a great film about the Holocaust, but painful to watch. The Bridge of Spies tells a story about a man with integrity. Creed showed that a film that focuses on a fully realized character of color could be financially successful.

Some films deserve Oscar nods next year. Moonlight shows a boy’s coming of age story in the roughest neighborhood in Miami. The Arrival is a great adaptation of a Ted Chiang story about understanding aliens. Nocturnal Animals is alluring visually. Blue Jay is a touching story about two old friends seeing each other for the first time in years. Christine showed a young woman slowly driven to desperate action. La La Land was a fun musical romp, which makes you smile and cry at the same time. Swiss Army Man was a quirky story of a man and his best friend, a corpse. Love and Friendship shows what a woman must do to secure her place in 18th century England. Sing Street reminded one of the fun times the 80s were musically. Manchester on the Sea is painful but fulfilling film about a man trying to find himself after suffering great tragedy.

There were some great non-Anime animated features. April and the Extraordinary World is a homage to Ghibli and tells its own story effectively. Phantom Boy is a fun superhero story set in New York. Zootopia has some great ideas, but there are some disturbing elements when one analyzes the film closely. Finding Dory is about finding family, the one we are born with and those we put together. Kubo and the Two Strings tells the story of a disabled hero who fights on his own terms.

Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made showed a group of boys who loved Raiders of the Lost Ark and remade it. This was the best documentary of the year. Michael Moore showed us alternate ways of doing things in Where to Invade Next. It was great seeing the Fab Four in The Beatles: Eight Days a Week. The Green Girl, made in 2014, told the story of actor Susan Oliver and her extraordinary career.

I caught up on some classics this year including most of the Phantasm films, Monkey Business, Two for the Road, Purple Rain, When We Were Kings, The Witches, Rachel Getting Married, Crimes of Passion, and Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolfe. Though not a classic Under the Cherry Moon was a fun film. I also finally saw It Follows, a brilliant horror film. I also re watched Labyrinth, The Neverending Story, Stand By Me, The Maltese Falcon, Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke.

Mostly stayed with the same shows this year Once Upon a Time, Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELDGrimm took an odd direction. Network cut Agent Carter short. Person of Interest had a satisfying conclusion. Gotham is still an interesting mess. Daredevil gave us a fully realized Punisher and Elektra. Luke Cage was a powerful showin the Marvel Earth with action and character depth. The Walking Dead gives us a compelling villain in Negan and seems to be coming back from the brink of nihilism. Orphan Black seems to be back on a strong course. Mr. Robot had some interesting twists. Black Mirror returned with strong episodes like “Nosedive”, “San Junipero”, and “Hated in the Nation”. Legends of Tomorrow goes to some of the other eras of the DC universe. Stranger Things brought a great combo of Horror and Science Fiction and treated its characters with respect. Frank Spotnitz left in the middle of the The Man in the High Castle’s second season. There was tension, character development, and a rocking season finale. The network pulled the plug on The Muppets just as it found itself. Doctor Who took a break, but came back with a fun Christmas special. We also saw “The Power of the Daleks” return as an animated story.

This was a slow year for anime. I did not see as much new shows as last year. Rin-ne continues the story of our favorite poor half shinigami. The Heroic Legend of Arslan continues in Arslan’s fight to free his people. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventures: Diamond is Unbreakable takes the story to a small Japanese town, and more crazy characters. Lupin III: Part 4 takes the gang to Italy were they fabulously posh adventures. Erased has a young man going back in time to prevent a murder. Orange has a group of friends sending letters to their high school selves to prevent a classmate’s suicide. Joker Game give us a group of smart and realistic Japanese spies in the late 1930s and early 1940s. We follow the life of a teen psychic in Mob Psycho 100. Macross Delta continued the great SF series. There were idols, mecha, Zentradi, and ties to previous series.Yuri!!! on Ice takes us to the world of competitive figure skating and relationships involved. Sayo Yamamoto, Yuri!!! on Ice’s director, needs to make feature films. The Psycho-Pass feature examines the Sibyl system abroad. The Boy and the Beast explored the nature of family, and showed that Mamoru Hosada is one of great anime feature directors.

No new comics grabbed me this year. I stayed with X-Factor (until cancellation), Spider-Man 2099, Ms. Marvel, Astro City, and Saga. He-Man and Rachel Rising had satisfactory conclusion. Titan did a fun Fourth Doctor story set in Hinchcliffe era. Paul Cornel also did a fascinating 3rd Doctor story for Titan. Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro take us to a new version of a women’s prison in the future in Bitch Planet.

N.K. Jemisin started a new trilogy about geomancers (people who can manipulate the earth) with The Fifth Season and The Obelisk Gate and it is incredible. The former deservedly won the Hugo. Taiyo Fuji solves a problem in a new way in Gene Mapper. Charlie Jane Anders told the story of a powerful friendship in All the Birds in Sky, and these friends try to save the world. Yoshiki Tanaka’s Legend of the Galactic Heroes series final gets an English translation. Kate Elliot gives her spin on epic fantasy in Black Wolves with complicated plot and good characters. Dan Wells’ John Wayne Cleaver come backs to fight demons including his own in The Devil’s Only Friend. Seanan McGuire asks what happens to children after the big adventures in far away lands in Every Heart a Doorway. Fortune takes a strange turn for teenage Agnieszka in the Nebula winning Uprooted. Neal Stephenson destroys the Moon and shows the consequences in Seveneves. A girl’s desire to be a knight starts in Tamora Pierce’s Alanna: The First Adventure. A young woman gets help from one of the great all time actors in A Night in with Audrey Hepburn. Toh Enjoe experiments with form with Self-Reference Engine. Allen Steele takes tour in the history of Science Fiction, and takes us to the stars in Arkwright. Connie Willis looks into the pros and cons of telepathy in Crosstalk. Cixin Liu concludes his trilogy with Death’s End. There an alien invasion is averted or is it? The series covers many big ideas. The pieces set up for the big conclusion in Kameron Hurley’s Empire Ascendant. Carl Hiaasen’s Andrew Yancy gets into trouble in Razor Girl. Creep Con reminds us that we in the fan community must treat each other with respect and we will not tolerate bad behavior.

I started to listen to Kevin Smith’s to Hollywood Babble-On and Pop Culture Happy Hour from NPR.

I checked out some novelettes in the Lady Business recommendation spread sheet.

Now that the wrist is fully healed I plan to bike ride more often. Due to the 6 month hiatus I got complacent. Now lets ride.

Again I will work on balancing fan writing, reading, media watching, and con work.

To see what have I been reading check here. Note after February the site will be here. Hopefully I will make some corrections and update in the coming week.

As always, thanks to those who made the year as fun as it was.  This I list would be long and I would forget someone.

2017 looks scary. Let us all look out for each other. Take care.

Kansas City Day 9, MidAmericon 2 Day 5
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The day started with Stroll with the Stars with David Brin, Joe, and Gay Haldeman. It was good walk and talk to some off the others about Worldcon history. I went to the Christian Service that was presided by Reverend Randy and Reverend Michael. Reverend Michael used Honor Harrington for the sermon.

I went to the press office to work on my Hugo Ceremony report. I then sent it off to interested websites. I went to two panels before Closing Ceremony.  Closing Ceremony was short but to the point. The Guest of Honor thanked the convention. There was drinking of Jim Beam whiskey in honor of Bob Tucker. The con chairs from Worldcon 75 and encourage the audience to go to Helsinki. Afterwards I dropped of my Volunteer time card. I stayed at the press office for a while. There I got to talk to David Gerrold and Pat Cadigan. I helped Chris Barkley take the press gear (printer, computer, etc) to the hotel. At the hotel, I went to the Lady Business get together and it had a great talk about books and fan fic. Then I went to dinner with Chris Barkley, Juli Marr, Jason Ahlquist, Michaele Jordan, Dan Berger, Roger Jordan, and Jim. It was a good dinner while watching the Closing Ceremonies of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. I went to the convention center to check out the Dead Dog party and Fan Lounge. At the Fan Lounge, I got my fanzines and made sure Chris Garcia's program book was in safe hands.  I stopped at Marriott bar and said hi to some Florida pros and fans. Then got ready for the trip home.

Panels I went to:

  • MidAmericon I: A Conversation

  • Can Hard Science Fiction Be to Hard?

It was a great con with some bumps. Now I go to start working on my report.

Kansas City Day 8, MidAmericon 2 Day 4
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The day started with a Stroll with the Stars. I talked with Kathleen Sloan, Mary Robinette Kowal, and others. Got some shots of the library that has some nice art on the parking lot (see below, unfortunately some is obscured by trees).

Then it was off to panels and signings. The con organized one of the easiest George R.R. Martin lines to get through. I was able to go through the line twice and got something for friends signed.

After panels I got changed for the Hugos. It was a very tight ceremony. Pat Cadigan was a fun and sassy host. Many of predictions came true but there were some surprises. It was cool that Jessica Jones "AKA Smile". That was a great show. There were No Awards were I expected them. I hope we free the Best Related Work Category from the Rabids. Former Florida fans Joe Siclari and Edie Stern won the Big Heart Award. Both of them have shown respect and kindness to me throughout the years. Joe showed me an advance copy of Vincent Di Fate's Infinite Worlds: The Fantastic Visions of Science Fiction Art years ago. Well deserved.

Special thanks to Daw editor Shelia Gilbert for loaning me her Hugo. As I said last night "BUY MORE DAW BOOKS!!!!"

Panels I went to:

  • Tamora Pierce Interview and Live Character Drawing

  • In Memoriam: David G. Hartwell

  • Speaker for the Dead (In Memoriam Panel)

Today some panels and closing ceremonies.

Kansas City Day 7, MidAmericon 2 Day 3
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Today was Star Wars day at MidAmericon 2. There was a special presentation by Gary Kurtz, producer of the first two films and lots of Star Wars cosplay.

I did the Stroll with the Stars and had lovely conversations with Steven Silver, Stina Leict, Kathleen Sloan, Fran Wilde and others. Then I spent most of day buying stuff, getting autographs, and Guest of Honor panels. Panels I went to will be listed below.

I worked at Masquerade. This year's Masquerade had 34 entries. My first job was to corral the contestants for their official picture. Then when that was done, I worked backstage. I helped contestants get on and off stage and move props if necessary. John Hertz was the Master of Ceremmonies and explained the history of Regency fashion and Beau Brummel. The masquerade also showed a film discussing the history of costuming that included a message from the president of the International Costumers Guild. Between intermission and judging I checked out the dance. I made it when they started playing "Time Warp". I came back to help the contestants for the award presentation. Afterwards, I went back to dance. After that I went to the con suite on the Exhibit Floor for quick calories, and then back to the hotel. I saw Tom Galloway at the bar and chatted with him for a bit. Then crashing in my room.

This was the Best in show last night, Troll Bridge.

Today more panels and signings and the 2016 Hugos.

Panels I went too.


  • Pat Cadigan Explains it All to You

  • Patrick and Teresa Nielsen-Hayden: Fractal,Interstitial, Fannish


Kansas City Day 5, MidAmericon 2 Day 2
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The day started in an interesting way. I showed up to the Press Office and there was a crew form the local NPR KCUR station setting up for a show. The hosts were looking for someone to interview. We went to the exhibit floor and I found Jacob Weisman (Publisher of Tachyon Books), Aurora Celeste (Master Costumer and Guest of Honor Liaison), and Ben Yalow (longtime fan). All were not available for the 10AM interview. I impressed the guys with my knowledge that they decided to interview me. I was a bit nervous, mainly because once I did an interview on an Internet radio show and felt I talk too fast. I prepped with Jason who is working on a documentary on politics and Science Fiction. I did my best to promote the Worldcon and John Pomerantz said I did a good job. The show is called Central Standard and I will post a link to then recording if/when it is available.

I tried to donate blood but apparently other blood banks do not want people who went to Carribean or Florida. So being a Florida native ruled me out. I wrote deferred on my Heinlein Society ribbon. I have been kind of indifferent with Zika. I assume things are sensative but under control. Now I am bit worried.

Then I went to panels and got a book signed by Taiyo Fujii. At the end of the day I checked in at the press office and watched Jason interview Chris Barkley for his documentary. I recommended Mark Oshiro as a good interview for what they are doing.

After a dinner, I went to the Retro Hugos. It was setup as a radio show from 1941 complete with a dastardly villain and virtuous super science heroine. The hosts were Kevin Roche and Marissa Pelot. Kevin was from Devention, the 1941 Worldcon. Marissa was from the future and tried to explain our world to Kevin. Marissa showed him her smartphone and its capabilities. Unfortunately the phone falls into the wrong hands. Awards were given out in between skits and musical numbers.
I checked out the parties and talked to Renay Williams, Pablo Vasquez, Marissa Pelot, and others. Then checked out the pro hub that is the Marriott bar.

The panels I went to:

  • 50 Years of Star Trek

  • The Art of Kuniko Craft (picture above)

  • Grandmaster Chat

  • Being Michael Swanwick (pictured above)

Today Stroll with the Stars, panels, and Masquerade.

Kansas City Day 5, MidAmericon 2
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The day started with being recruited at Move in/Move Out (MIMO) at the last minute. It was kind of a complement since I knew what the rules were for access to the Exhibit Floor. Then I joined Chris Barkley and Julie Marr at the Press Office. My first job was to get a water station in the interview room. It was not on the order forms but the con staff approved the addition. By noon the Press Office had a water station. I got a program book for people to sign for Hugo Winner and Fan Editor Chris Garcia. I placed it in the Fan Lounge next to the Fandom Rocks drop off place. I worked 4 one hour shifts at the Fan Lounge. It was an easy job. One has to be helpful and straighten out the area once in a while.

I then went to the Dealers Room to see who was going to get my money. There were a lot of books, recordings, and one magazine I want to get. I wanted to buy someone a copy of American Gods but I could not find a copy. I sat at the Locus table while Francesca Myman got her badge. That was an easy job and Liza Groen Trombi came over to relieve me. I went to the Press Office for a while and worked on my Anime Festival Orlando 2016 Report and fielded anything that came by.  I then decided to vote on site selection for the 2017 North American SF Convention and the 76th Worldcon. Then it was to Opening Ceremonies.

The Heinlein Stadium was the location for the Opening Ceremonies. This a astro turf area where games like the Pro vs. Fan softball game will be held. It was opened by a musical procession of a local group. Pat Cadigan (pictured above) then introduced all the Guests of Honor and the designers of the 2016 and 1941 Hugo bases. Then Ken Keller, MidAmericon (1976 Worldcon chair), made a special presentation. He wanted to start a tradition between MidAmericon chairs. He presented Ruth Lichtwardt with a light saber to celebrate the fact the Star Wars was promoted at MidAmericon. He asks her to pass on the ligh saber to the MidAmericon 3 con chair and hopes it will not take 40 years for the next MidAmericon. There will be some special events to mark this anniversary. The musical group returned and led the audience on a procession to the con's first night.

The con created a volcano that erupted and threw out Tootsie Rolls for the kids. I had to get to the Fan Lounge for my night shifts. I got to finally meet Renay Williams, co-editor of Lady Business (a Hugo finalist this year) and co-host of The Fangirl Happy Hour podcast. I have corresponded with her via Twitter and email for the last year and read Black Wolves by Kate Elliot so she would not judge me.

After my shifts at the Fan Lounge, I checked out the parties in the Fan space. I went to San Juan in 2017, New Orleans, and San Jose in 2018. I bumped into Michael Taylor from the Washington Area. I checked out the Steampunk dance. There were some nice tunes played and we wrapped up the night with "Time Warp". I went back breifly to the San Juan party and then went back to hotel.

Today panels and the Retro Hugos.


Kansas City Day 4
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I went to the American Jazz and Negro League Museum. They are collocated in the same building.

Charlie "Bird" Parker was from Kansas City and was a musical center for a time. The museum had exhibits on all the great Jazz artists: Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, and Ella Fitzgerald. You could even play pieces of their music. One exhibit was devoted to album covers (see picture above). They also explained some music theory. A small but effective display.

The Negro Leagues Museum was across the way. They had a chronology of the history of African Americans in baseball. Kansas City had one of the more famous teams, the Kansas City Monarchs. The exhibits documented all the major teams and players of the Negro Leagues. They had a film narrated by James Earl Jones. They also recreated a scaled baseball diamond fielded by the stars of the Leagues. I wish I could have gotten a shot of it but photography was forbidden. They had an exhibit on local legend and Floridian Buck O'Neill of the Monarchs. He became internationally famous when Ken Burns made him one of the main voices of his Baseball documentary.

Then I went to MidAmericon. I did the same thing as yesterday but more intense since I was on my own more but and there were more people coming through. I saw a lot of people come into the Exhibit area setup. I got to talk to Ken Keller, con chair of MidAmericon in 1976. I asked him about how The Rocky Horror Picture Show got on the film program when it was a relatively unknown film in 1976. Keller said he and friend saw it in a theater and loved it. He said this has to be shown at the Worldcon just for "Science Fiction Double Feature" alone. Kansas City was film distribution hub. This meant there were a lot of local film vaults with films to be sent all over the country. It was also cheaper for a non-profit organization to rent a 35mm print and get it delivered. The convention Rocky Horror three times. Keller thinks this may have helped create the Rocky Horror phenomenon since people from all over the country and the world came to MidAmericon.  I got to impress him by telling him that the Enzian, the art theater of record in Central Florida, still shows 35mm and I saw Stand By Me in 35 last week.

Today the con starts and I am hosting the fan lounge for four shifts.

Kansas City Day 3
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I was planning to go to museum but it turned out that it was closed on Monday.

I checked that last MidAmericon 2 progress report and saw there would be work today at the con. So I went to the Convention Center and once I found how to get in I went to the Volunteer Desk and worked the desk. I mainly sorted waiver sheets and checked that printed last names could be read. We got pizza for lunch and I saw a lot of people since everyone had to sign the waivers.

I talked to John Day who went MidAmericon in 1976. He saw Rocky Horror Picture Show at that con for the first time. The film had barely been out for a year and this was before the establishment of the responses and shadowcasts. I was surprised when I heard on Twitter that the film was shown at that Worldcon since the film was not what it is now. John confirmed this since he said that the MidAmericon audience did not yell at the screen. This was before video tape so I wonder how much a 35mm print cost to rent at the time. I may find out.

Today, another attempt to go to a musuem in the morning and volunteering in the afternoon.


Kansas City Day 2
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Above is downtown Kansas City taken from the tower of the National World War I Museum and Memorial. The outside of the Memorial Museum can be seen below.
This was a surprise. I found out about this while planning a trip somewhere else. Apparently the people of Kansas City asked if the government was going to do a memorial for those who fought in the World War in 1919. They then took upon themselves to build it. In 10 days they raised $2.5 million in donations for the Memorial. The building was dedicated by several flag officers of Allied powers including General John Pershing, who led the American Expedition Force during the war. The Memorial is not part of the National Park system as other memorials are. Years later they added a museum underneath the tower and buildings.

It is a very detailed museum. There is a film that one sees first discussing the road to war in Europe. One half of the museum covers 1914-1917 and the other the rest that covers the United States involvement in the war. They have a ton artifacts including artillery pieces, an ambulance, bayonets, rifles, pistols, and a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. They also have films that explains all the major battles in Europe. They had a room dedicated to posters made during the war that had this famous poster.


There was a big chronology of the war that covered major events of the war and the US.  One thing that caught my eye was this paragraph that outlined J.R.R. Tolkien's war service.
I was recently reminded of how odd my nickname of Rainbow Warrior is unusual. Even when I got all those years from the Arnold Air Society, I knew there was a Rainbow Division lead by Brigadier General Douglas MacArthur in World War I. Here is the division insignia.
I also found out that the American Library Association organized a book drive to give books for soldiers to read while overseas. They helped the ones who had trouble reading.

After that I grabbed lunch and stocked up on supplies and listen to a videocast and then watched the 50 Years of Star Trek documentary. It was pretty good but I zoned when they were talking about Trek contributions to science. I believe that SF does not try to predict the future. It creates a probable future to tell a story. Any devices created in the story are to make that future authentic. I always figure some engineer got tasked with designing a new phone and thought "Hey let's make like a Trek communicator".

Anyway, I also planned out my Worldcon schedule and outline times I have nothing planned so I can volunteer or see the exhibits. I wonder if it will survive the Worldcon. On Wednesday, I am voluteering at the Fan Lounge for 4 hours as a host.

Today more sightseeing.

Kansas City Day 1
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I got up early to to do some last minute prep.  Then I headed out.  While waiting for my flight this backpack caught my eye.

This seemed like a good sign for going to Worldcon.

The plane trip went very smooth. I finished Alanna by Tamora Pierce, one of the Guests of Honor this year. She has a very tight writing style and Alanna is great characters. I might try and read the rest of the series.

I got to the hotel. They have a new state of the art elevator system. You pick a floor and you are assigned an elevator and it takes you to your floor.

After I settled in I walked around downtown Kansas City.  I was choosing to what to do before the con. I saw cosplayers walking around. It turns out that this weekend is Kansas City Comic Con. Later I checked the website and there was no one I wanted to see, so I will pass on this.

The Cathedral was around the corner from the hotel. The had a real early vigil mass and went there. Then I went back to my room and planned out what to do on Sunday.


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