Kevin Standlee (kevin_standlee) wrote,
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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."

Brin goes on to say:

Since first mentioning this, I have been most pleased by the enthusiastic response from the Nippon 2007 organizers, as well as members of some other SF experts, translators and publishers in places like Beijing and Shanghai, who seem to think it a good idea to involve other Asian nations in a 2007 summer of celebration and reflection on the future. The 65th Worldcon should be the final and climax, culminating “SF and The Future” events across a vast continent where tens of millions are discovering — every day — how technology and forward-thinking can transform lives, uncover dangers and inspire hope for a better tomorrow.

And continues on in this vein for a bit more.

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.
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