It's the talking I love best about Worldcons. The people who go to them are the smartest,
funniest, most interesting people on this planet or any other, and collectively, they
represent the entire sun of human knowledge. Forget Wikipedia.
My proof that Worldcon people know everything? Well, I saw this great movie on Academy Matinee
when I was a kid. It was about these people on an ocean liner, and they were supposed to be
going to America, but really they were all dead, and...
Well, anyway, I'd been trying to find out the name of this movie for years -- this was before
Internet Movie Database -- but I couldn't remember who was in it, and no one I talked to
had ever heard of it.
"You should ask at Worldcon," Ed Bryant suggested. "Somebody will know." So at the next one,
on my first panel, I did just that, though without much hope of its working.
"Okay, there's this movie about people on an ocean liner," I said, and had barely started
into my description when not one but a dozen hands shot up.
"It's Between Two Worlds," the first person said.
"It stars Edmund Gwenn and Sidney Greenstreet," another piped up.
"It's a remake of the movie Outward Bound."
"Which was a play on Broadway starring Leslie Howard."
"It was made from the book Outward Bound by Sutton Vane."
That may well be my favorite Worldcon moment of all time. Well, that, or getting thrown out
of the Tupperware Museum.
Hope to see you all in Reno. Can't wait to hear what everybody has to say -- have you seen the
British series Primeval? What about Syfy's Alice? Is Andrew Lee Potts not the cutest thing
you've ever seen? -- and can't wait to see what we get thrown out of this time. See you there!
For a longer version of Connie's Worldcon memory, click here.