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On Readercon

  • Jul. 30th, 2012 at 1:21 PM

No need for me to rehash what has been rehashed countless times already.  If you don't know what I'm talking about, Google "Readercon controversy."  That should do the trick.  Anyway, I haven't been there in two years, which has bummed me out the last two years, because it's always been one of my favorite cons.

Now?

Sigh.  There is a petition that is trying to address what happened.  I signed it.  You should sign it too.  I took no pleasure in signing it, because first of all, you wish that it had never come to this.  Also, signing it means not going to Readercon for the foreseeable future (assuming this mess isn't fixed.)  It's hard to cut ourselves off from things we like.  But attending Readercon now feels like condoning the Board's decision, not to mention future behavior of the kind that created this whole problem.  On top of this, when so many of my friends and acquaintances in the field no longer feel like this is a safe environment--people who in some cases I have known for years upon years--I can't in good conscience ignore that.

So no soup for me.  Come back one year?  I sure hope so, but we'll see how the Board responds ... 

Comments

barbarienne wrote:
Jul. 30th, 2012 06:49 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's very sad.

I mean, I, personally, wouldn't feel unsafe, but I know lots and lots of other people aren't me.

And as swimtech put it, What's the point in going to a convention if most of the people I want to see won't be there? We're considering Ad Astra instead. The logistics are a bit more difficult (airplanes instead of road trip), but the weather is nicer and I do like to see my TO peeps.
rachel_swirsky wrote:
Aug. 3rd, 2012 06:37 pm (UTC)
I signed, too, but I also promised to do my best to go next year if everything turns out well.

I hope I get to see you there.
douglascohen wrote:
Aug. 4th, 2012 12:02 am (UTC)
Well suddenly that's looking a lot more likely: http://readercon.livejournal.com/22250.html#comments

They still have a to get a new board in place, overturn the previous ruling, and make sure they can get on track to have Readercon back to its old self by next summer, but this is a good start.
taiki wrote:
Aug. 12th, 2012 11:59 pm (UTC)
Ironically, your post is the first hit for, "Readercon controversy."
douglascohen wrote:
Aug. 13th, 2012 05:56 am (UTC)
Ha!

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