My First Convention



If i am going to talk about Irish Fandom, I should be honest about where i started. I first attended an Octocon in 1998. The previous year Octoocon had been the Eurocon for that year. However the issues that surrounded the convention had pretty much burnt the committee, and a lot of the traditional Irish Convention runners had a need of a break.

So in order to keep things going, there was a one day event rather than having nothing



The Guest of Honour was James White, and there was a lot of very interesting programming.

This is where the path of my life changed. I had no idea what to expect, but I watched some incredible panels.

The few i can remember, after looking at the timetable, were

  • “Star Wars – The greatest disaster ever to hit SF literature ” – What I recall I was on the opposite side of this position, as I was only really into Science Fiction because of it.
  • “No Such This as Irish Fandom” – This panel is where i got the idea for setting up a Science Fiction Society in college, for which i still blame the panelists for everything.

I sadly can’t remember much more about the panels, it is after all nearly 15 years ago. I do recall having a great time, which is not hard to believe as i was at Octocon many times over the years that followed.

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