a report of the events of a (usually science fiction) convention
That boy Willis has done it again! His is the Conreport to end all con reports, and for the life of me I don’t know how he does it. In English too!
‘The Old Fan and the New’ gives the viewpoints of four fans on promags, stories, movies, and books; and Ian T. Macauley’s ‘At Usual Rates’ gives another Con report, this time the AgaCon, the first such report I've read in a fanzine.
Mr. Damon Knight, well-known writer and critic, discussing science fiction conventions in an article written last year, comments as follows: ‘I used to wonder what it was that gave the best con-reports their oddly religious tone. I see now there is no oddity involved—a convention is a religious event, a love-feast.’
TRIODE No. 12 (Eric Bentcliffe: send subs. to Dale R. Smith, 3001 Kyle Ave., Minneapolis 22, Minn.: irreg.: 7/$1) is really an extended and extensive con-report this time, and highly informative, too.
A conreport of impressive bulk, The Harp Stateside, recorded Walt’s adventures here and the campaign had much to do with development of the present entente cordiale between American and English fandom.
Con Report, an informal article written by a fan, telling about a convention, including both program and personal adventures.
Contents page notwithstanding, my article on Pacificon II was not intended to be a ‘conreport’ in the usual sense; in fact, I couldn’t have written one if I'd wanted to, since I had never been to a con before, didn’t know the other fen there (in fact, there was exactly one person there whom I know—Durk Pearson), and seldom read other conreports.
He criticized fanzine con reports in which ‘a detailing of the number of hamburgers consumed en route often consumes more wordage than a description of program events, and mention of a first meeting with a new fan from Squeegee, Wyoming is deemed more spaceworthy than an appraisal of the guest of honor.’
A New York City fan group, the Lunarians, waited until 1957 to start staging Lunacons in that city. The first of them in 1957, held in mid-May, had neither guest of honor nor more than 67 persons on hand and doesn’t seem to have inspired any substantial conreports.
Mal and I left for a patrol of the other lounges in an attempt to find something reportable for our promised conreports.
R. Bloch 'Quandry'
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