David Brin on Nippon 2007
Over in the Emerald City weblog
, David Brin writes an enthusiastic letter about Nippon 2007, the Worldcon in Yokohama two years from now. He writes of a proposal he made that N2007 focus on how the advent of a Japanese Worldcon "will feature profound shifts in the world’s 'centers of gravity.' Especially in the realm of ideas."( Further quotes from Brin's letterCollapse )
It's all very positive, and Cheryl adds her own endorsement at the end. I, however, am more pessimistic, and have added my own wet-blanket comments to the entry. I don't expect much turnout from the English-speaking western fans or authors, myself. I fear we're going to have a giant Japanese National Science Fiction Convention with a few hundred westerners at most over in one corner huddled together. For most people who have made the Worldcon a part of their lives for a while, 2007 won't even exist -- and I doubt many of those people will go to the NASFiC, either.
I want to be wrong about this, but the number of people who voted for Japan who said variations on, "Oh, I can't possibly attend, but the Worldcon should go to Japan" worries me.
I plan to go, but I wonder how many other Worldcon regulars will be there. Current Mood: pessimistic