A cold truth surfaces…
The Dublin Convention Centre is too small for the size of this convention. By a lot. Thursday was chaos in the halls leading into the meeting rooms. Packed solid with people trying to exit rooms where panels had ended and others who were wanting to get into those same rooms for the next round of panels. Convention Centre staff became the traffic police in a mostly vain attempt to keep everybody moving.
By Friday the chaos had abated by a bit, but there have still been severe people flow problems. Overnight each floor of the Convention Centre was taped off into queue lanes, one for each meeting room. It’ll not quite an airport boarding lounge situation but very similar. And this created addition confusion until, finally, everybody started to figure it all out. But this system created lots of delays and there are usually lines of people waiting access for some rooms even after the scheduled panel starting time.
This has resulted in plenty of people with frayed tempers, from what I’ve observed, but no meltdowns. At least for now but there are still three days to go.
One other thing I observed— the traffic police are not to be messed with! More than one person was firmly directed to clear out of some area where queues would be forming. Don’t think anybody has dared to jump a line after seeing them in action!
Heicon Memories panel
Panel opened with round of applause for Silverberg when he stated that this is his 66th Worldcon. He has the record, I think.
Suzanne Tompkins, Ginjer Buchanan, Robert Silverberg, and Mary Burns.
Bill Burns and Geri Sullivan. Unsurprisingly, most everybody in the room not only knew about the site, they also were frequent visitors. And many of us even have Fanzines hosted by the site!
Keith Kato’s Chili Party
…was held in Oscar Wilde’s House. There was even a docent tour.