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J. N. Khoury
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I was considering attending the Mythopoeic Society's annual conference called MythCon. I don't know much about this particular conference or group, but since I'll be in the city where its taking place with little else to do, I was intrigued.

Anyone know anything about MythCon and can give an opinion?


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Kathleen Dalton Woodbury
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Haven't been, but I subscribed to the Mythopoeic Society journal for quite a while.

If you are a fan of JRR Tolkien and/or CS Lewis, and are interested in a more-or-less scholarly approach to their work, I'd recommend your checking it out.


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Is that the one in Dallas? I looked it up and it seems that this is one of those conferences that visits several cities.

I am attending a similarly named conference called MystiCon in Roanoke, VA (my hometown) at the end of February. David Gerrold, who wrote "The Trouble with Tribbles", will be a featured speaker. Brinke Stevens will also be there, but I would have rather seen her about twenty years ago. An artist named Randy Asplund will also be speaking.


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J. N. Khoury
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This one is going to be in Albuquerque in July, so I think it's something different. I read that Peter Beagle, Christopher Tolkien, Neil Gaiman, and Ursula K. LeGuin have been guest speakers there before, which has gotta count for something!
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Sounds really interesting. Go, J. N. Khoury. I think you'll be glad you did.
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J. N. Khoury
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Thanks, I think I might. Just hate to spend money when you're not sure what you're getting, you know?
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Yeah, I know.

Have you been to any other SF/F conventions? I ask because I'm wondering if you know what to expect, and how this might be different from some of the others.


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J. N. Khoury
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I haven't, and I know this one is not a writing con per se, but I thought it might be worth a try since I will be in the area with nothing to do while its going on. I suppose I could spend money on worse things, and I am a HUGE fan of anything labeled Mythopoeic. I was hoping to hear a firsthand account of someone who may have more experience with it, though.
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I think it's more of a scholarly conference, with papers presented instead of author panels (though there may be panel discussions).

A regular SF/F con has gaming, films, people walking around in costume, panels, a dealer's room, an art show, filking (people sitting around singing songs made up especially for SF/F fans), and it's all pretty casual.

According to this, it has some of the regular con stuff, but not all of them.


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If anyone here has been, I hope they speak up.

I'd recommend that you talk a friend into going with you, J. N. Khoury, because cons are always more fun if you know someone. But I really think you should go. (The more I talk about it, the more tempted I am to go, come to think of it.)


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J. N. Khoury
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Well I just found out my favorite English professor just so happens to be going. What fun! And thanks for the link, that clarifies things a lot for me. I hadn't seen that before. You should totally come! I'd love to meet you!
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It's been years--at least twenty, probably longer. Probably mid 1980's, actually.

There were at least a few author readings. (Marion Zimmer Bradley, I think.)

And I recall one writing workshop, although I couldn't begin to tell you who ran it. It doesn't seem to have made a great impression on my memory. Then again, I just may not have been ready for it, either.

The only other thing I recall is the auction. I bought my first Randal Spangler prints, there. In fact, I think that's where I was introduced to his art.

As it gets closer, you ought to be able to find some sort of schedule of what's offered.


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