I’m Going to GenCon!

GenCon is a fun annual event here in Indianapolis. This year, I’ll be going for the first time. Peter Davison and Walter Koenig will be there. I will probably wear a costume. Given the focus of my fandom, I feel it really ought to be something Doctor Who related, rather than the Star Trek uniform my sister got me for Christmas last year. Presumably a jacket and bow tie would do the trick? I would love it if I had the cricket uniform worn by Peter Davison’s Doctor, even though I don’t really have the hair to pretend to be him. Presumably my height best suits my dressing like Sylvester McCoy. Then again, I could wear anything and say I’m the Twelfth Doctor and no one could prove me wrong…

I’m also really pleased that this year, for the first time since I’ve been offering the course, my class on religion and science fiction meets on October 31st. I wonder whether anyone besides me will wear a costume that day.

Although I don’t think I will manage to make it to them, there are a couple of events related to religion at GenCon this year – for instance, a seminar on religious representation in role-playing games.

Have any of you ever been to GenCon – or planning on going this year, for that matter? Have you ever been to something similar? I have a vague recollection of being at a science fiction convention as a child, but have never been for as long as I can remember clearly, at least.


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  • http://www.itsallrandommostly.com/ The Shape

    When I was 15 and Star Wars Episode 1 came out I went to a Star Wars convention in Dublin. It was pretty cool with actual costumes from the movies (Yoda, Boba Fett etc). They also had replica space ship and great exhibitions…and the security were storm troopers.

    I’m still in two minds about whether or not to go to Dublin Comic Con next weekend. They’re promising some Doctor Who surprises and have built a ten meter Alien set to explore. Sounds like a lot of fun.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/religionprof/ James F. McGrath

      I expect to see photos on your blog – assuming your costume sufficiently disguises your identity, that is!

      • http://www.itsallrandommostly.com/ The Shape

        I might go as Tom Brodie.

        • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/religionprof/ James F. McGrath

          Isn’t that more like going as George Lucas than going as Luke Skywalker? In other words, going as a mythmaker rather than a myth? :-)

  • Brad Matthies

    I always saw you as a Jedi Consular.

    “Refraining from drawing their lightsabers (many Consulars wielded green lightsabers) except as a measure of last resort, Consulars spent a great deal of time studying the mysteries of the Force.”


    And you’ll need to order a Consular green light saber…


    But if you must…


    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/religionprof/ James F. McGrath

      I could be a Jedi consular. As you know, I am a little short for a stormtrooper…

      • Brad Matthies