GOH: Diana Wynne Jones
The 1985 Worldcon was again
in Australia, so Thomas and Don missed going to Worldcon for the
first time since 1975, for Don, and since 1983 for Thomas. Between
Unicon and Darkover was a long dry spell
After the triumph of Darkover 7, the boys were prepared to
be disappointed. Fortunately, they weren't.
Don was on two panels at this year's Darkover: one on Historical
Research and another on the Ethics of Magic. Thomas and Don also
discovered the musical talents of Julia Ecklar.
Darkover is both friendly and intimate. During the con, Thomas
and Don had a minor quarrel -- they quickly lost track of the
number of truly concerned people who came up to one or the other
of them to express good wishes and "to make sure everything
is okay." In cold print, this sounds dreadful . . . in reality,
it was comforting. People weren't trying to be nosy or intrusive
-- rather, they were behaving like family.