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Oh, Readercon: NO.

I never did get around to posting a report of my own, but to be honest, there wasn’t much too it. Also, I’ve been battling some horrific post-con depression, which I’m not going to go into except to say that it’s difficult to blog when I’m going through that kind of shit.

So, anyway. I’d much rather you pay attention to the following: Genevieve Valentine’s Readercon experience – basically it’s like Animal Farm, where some con-goers are more equal than others…

Two weeks later…

Genevieve gets: The Verdict

Nick Mamatas gives his opinion on The Readercon Creeper

Rose Fox says: This is the opposite of what I wanted

I’m not a big deal in the writing world, so I know my opinions and actions aren’t much of an influence, but for what it’s worth, I can’t continue to go to Readercon with their decision standing as it is. My going, in my opinion, would make me feel like I’m ok with people being harassed at cons, and that I’m also ok with harassment being taken lightly and/or written off if the harasser is someone who has professional contacts and connections. By continuing to support and attend Readercon, I’d feel like I was both in support of harassment and putting myself out there as someone who doesn’t mind being harassed – because, hey! It’s Readercon! Grope my ass and you’ll just get a little slap yourself, no biggie! Yeah, really, no.

I’m going to buy a membership for Necon next year, and see if I can also swing World Fantasy Con in Brighton. If I can get the time off, I’ll also try to go to Boskone. There are plenty of cons I can and will be happy to attend. Until things change, Readercon won’t be on that list anymore.


Originally published at Livia Llewellyn.


Marine Autumn

I owe you marine autumn
With dankness at its roots
and fog like a grape
and the graceful sun of the country;
and the silent space
in which sorrows lose themselves
and only the bright crown
of joy comes to the surface.

--Pablo Neruda.

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