GOH: Damon Knight & Kate Wilhelm
Official Artist: Carl Lundgren
Special Guest: Shawna McCarthy
This year the Boskone was a disaster.
Thomas, as was his usual custom, went to ClipperCon
this February, while Don went to Boskone and stayed with Lisa
and Melissa. The Cedar Grove Movement had nothing to complain
about: Melissa and Don were both on a "Worldbuilding"
panel on Sunday afternoon. By then, of course, they were all rather
tired of the con.
The Copley Place Marriott was an upscale hotel in a very Yuppie
section -- the hotel was none too happy with the fans, and made
no secret of that fact. Add to this the overcrowding . . . Boskone
22's attendance topped 3,000 . . . and the potential for disaster
was obvious. Nor could NESFA's precautions (a two-page weapons
policy, for example) prevent what was coming.
No, there was no violence and no deaths. But the common fans
were no match for the snootiness of the hotel. Lisa, Melissa and
Don saw a couple of fans turned away from the hotel coffee shop
because they were wearing costumes -- simple cape-type things.
Melissa sorrowfully informed the restaurant guard that the Cedar
Grovers, of course, could not eat there if they insisted on turning
away fans . . . then they found a committee
member and told them.
All told, it was a very tense convention...and when it was
over, Boskone was rather forcibly invited not to return to the