August 01, 2005

Overheard at the Con

This is a new feature that will appear periodically, as we attend conventions and overhear things.  The tradition of keeping track of anonymous overheard bits and bobs started for us at the 2002 ConJose in San Jose, when a staff member overheard someone she couldn't see scolding, "Shelby, it's not okay to touch your sister's breast with the back of your hand, either!".  Trying (or trying not to) fill in the blanks on other overheard conversations made us laugh so much that we thought we'd share some highlights from this years World Science Fiction Convention:

"I must be hanging out with you guys, because I'm blushing and want to hide under the table."

"Was she the one who choked herself to death with her scarf, or was she the one who had the dessert named after her in Australia?"

"Erik-The-Plasma-Screen-Installer was a wanker."

"The award for the best introduction should certainly be called the 'Fore 'ward'."

"Gee, they'll name a whole new wing of the prison after us."

"This will either be a huge success, or we'll never be allowed at another WorldCon."

[Said by an elder statesman of the science fiction field] "I'm so relieved that you were throwing me a party -- when I saw all these people gathering around I thought I was going to be lynched!"

"Television is live radio with faces." "No, television is small cinema with books."

"Oh my gosh, it's like eight people in a pterodactyl costume.  They look so lifelike!"

And the unofficial award for 'Misquote of the Con' goes to: [Mentioning Kelly Link's Hugo Award Winning Novellete "The Faery Handbag"] "The Hairy Fanbag"

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