By Adam Roberts | July 8, 2009
Categories: Events and Appearances
Tomorrow I get an early plane, no, wait, scrub that, a very early plane ... to fly to Finland for Finncon 2009. As you'll see from the link, that's 'Europe's largest science fiction & fantasy event'; and as you'll also see my status is somewhere between being a GoH and being some other manner of interloper ('Guests of Honour George R.R. Martin, Alastair Reynolds, and Special Guest at the Research Workshop Adam Roberts'). I'm there to talk about SFF criticism; but if you're attending the gig, in any capacity, do come up and say hello.
[Update, Sunday 12th July] I'm back, and what a splendid con it was: the Finns are hospitable and personable to almost parodic levels. I had a thoroughly enjoyable time. Special thanks to Merja for looking after me with such deft proficiency and charm; to Aleksi for some above-and-beyond driving and interviewing; and to Jukka for overall organisation and for just being so extraordinarily, I don't know, massy and sculpted and impressive-looking. And thanks to all the people with whom I had such interesting connish interactions. Aleksi's English is very good, by the way. When he suggested we take some time, during the car journey to the con, to 'fool around', I believe he knew what he was asking.