TIL that the first science fiction convention was held over 100 years ago. Like many that came after it featured cosplay and panels and was a disastrous financial failure.

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> Like many that came after it > a disastrous financial failure Of course, that’s not limited to science fiction conventions, either! [DashCon 2014 flashbacks intensify] $17,000 for 1 hour in the ball pit!

IndigoMichigan

Complete with used up hospitality suite and the realization that getting to know your favorite authors isn’t always a positive.

CeramicFerret

We tend to forget that humans of the past were basically the same as humans of today. Nerds have existed since the dawn of humanity.

SolSeptem

The smell was described as “peculiarly offensive”. Probably.

caspissinclair

I wonder what those first cosplays were!

philthegreat