When: Aug 23-27, 2006

Where: Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA.

L.A. Con IV, the 64th World Science Fiction Convention.

Eldon had the following to say about his second Worldcon:

“I’ll say this right away: Anaheim is not Scotland. Going in, I knew this experience wouldn’t be half as enjoyable as last year’s Worldcon. And with that kind of attitude, I was mostly right. I suppose the relatively short drive from north L.A. beats a nine-hour plane ride across the Atlantic, but, aside from that, I’d have to humbly challenge Disneyland’s claim to being the ‘happiest place on earth.’

In any case, I wasn’t able to attend the entire weekend, and so didn’t see many panels. I did get to tour the dealers’ floor, with its usually impressive—and sometimes outlandish—props, artwork, and so forth from the science fiction and fantasy community. The convention also gave me a chance to catch up with my brave editor Diana Gill, publicist (and author) Jack Womack, and a number of other friends, fellow authors, booksellers, and industry insiders. My most unexpected encounter had to have been with Craig, the founder of the popular classifieds website www.craigslist.org. The most memorable would be getting to meet one of the industry’s biggest agents, who said that I did not look like I belonged anywhere near a science fiction convention. I’m not sure if that was a friendly dig at my appearance, or that of the stereotypical convention goer, but I chose to take it as a compliment.

All around, the weekend was of limited excitement, as you can tell. But, as I said before, I’m not sure I gave this year’s convention much of a chance to begin with. Fortunately, I had to leave early for a brother’s birthday, so I didn’t hang around long enough to spoil the festivities for everyone else. Next year’s Worldcon is being held in Japan, from what I understand. Hopefully, that will prove to be a more exotic locale than my own backyard in sunny Orange County, California.”