This is a big one. I go away to run some errands for a few hours and suddenly con reports start flying into my e-mailbox. They must have had the Internet Pedal Trolls working overtime for this one.
The con is now over, and has been a great success. Because Finncon is free, it is hard to judge numbers, but all of the 5,000 program books that were printed have been taken by someone. The guests have been talking about coming back as attendees next year.
I had a light load of panels today. I listened to Liz Hand's GoH interview and then we went for lunch at the Mexican-Asian-Italian restaurant (which is across the road from the sex shop). After that Liz did a Kaffeklatsch in the pub and I pottered around doing bits and pieces until it was time for the final panel.
It has rained quite a bit, which was sad because the anime hordes got their costumes soggy. It also discouraged nice folks standing outside the convention center with signs saying "free hugs".
In the UK the fans drink the bar dry of real ale. In Finland the teenage cat girls eat the convention out of chocolate.
It looks like Chris Bell will make it home. Rumors that she was applying for political asylum in Finland are untrue. But she did need a lot of work done on the car before it would have been safe to head back through Europe.
This year's wrap panel was called "The Heinlein Legacy". I told the Finns lots of interesting things about Heinlein that they did not previously know. Thankfully they didn't take any of my bits seriously, but listened mostly to Clute, Jonathan Clements and Joe Haldeman instead. (Heinlein was responsible for the fashion for giant fighting robots in Japan - who knew?)
And then, finally, it was time to go back in the sauna. This being Finncon, all of the beer at the dead dog had been donated by a sponsor. If only they could get someone to sponsor heating up the lake it would be perfect.
Oh, and the chipotle vodka went down very well. No one died.