So far I’ve scored some free books (thank you freebie table and Baen), chatted with the usual mix of highly interesting people, drove down Michigan Avenue with a local pointing out the highlights, and sat on a “Teens talk to scientists” panel where the audience was extremely small but very precocious. Without a designated moderator (oops) or list of questions, we wandered across topics ranging from how to become a zoologist to whether or not time travel is possible.
The hotel layout is great for getting around once you get the hang of it, and so far there has been no massive elevator congestion – that may change on Saturday and Sunday, but fingers crossed the sailing stays smooth. The dealer’s room is better than most, and I’m tempted by at least six of the t-shirts in there, but will probably limit myself to two. Probably.
The view from the con suite (69th floor) is amazing, so even if you don’t want to partake of the company and free food, you can see all of Detroit from there. I also recommend the view from the fitness center, which is on the 40th floor and looks out over the water. The tail end of the sunrise this morning was absolutely gorgeous from up there, albeit a little blinding.
Overall it feels like a really well-run con and is off to a good start. Now I’m heading down to my “Designing Fictional Spacecraft” panel.