VCON Attendees — Remember Russia

As per also per here, Jim McPherson will be signing copies of "Nuclear Dragons" at this year’s VCON. Its theme is …

Pirates and Piracy:  Sea, Space and Web

Swashbuckling rogues, desperate space battles, the future of intellectual property rights, grizzled old seamen following ancient treasure maps, the basics of Ferengi business practices, peer to peer file sharing, and maybe even a little Captain Morgan…

I’ve been advised that cosplay is a word; a portmanteau, no less. Apparently it also has a drawback. Folks get caught up in character so random acts of piracy may be expected.

What’s scary is what happened to Greenpeace activists this week in RussiaRussia levels piracy charges at whole Greenpeace crew. Evidently Vladimir Putin is not a costume-player.

Two pirate women, artwork by Melissa Mary Duncan, 2013

Image Courtesy of Melissa Mary Duncan www.melissaduncan.ca. Melissa is one of VCON38’s attending artists. We invite you to join her in the art gallery on Saturday (5 October 2013) to watch her at work and enjoy her process.

The big event takes place on Friday, 4 October 2013, starting at 7 p.m. Free entry for the book signing event Friday evening. Vendor’s Room is open to the public all weekend, 4-6 Oct. Website is here.

Event address: Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel, 3500 Cessna Drive, Richmond, BC. Important information follows.

TRANSIT AND WALKING DIRECTIONS FOR VCON 38

DIRECT BUS SERVICE AT HOTEL – LIMITED AND UNUSUAL HOURS,
about every 20 to 30 minutes.  The “unusual” part is because the hotel is directly on a Night Bus route.

Friday:  c. 1:30 am to c. 4:30 am, N10 Downtown/ Richmond – Brighouse Stn
c. 6:25 am to c. 7:25 pm, C92 Bridgeport/Airport South

Saturday c. 1:30 am to c. 4:30 am, N10 Downtown/ Richmond – Brighouse Stn
c. 8:10 am to c. 7:05 pm, C92 Bridgeport/Airport South

Sunday c. 1:30 am to c. 4:30 am, N10 Downtown/ Richmond – Brighouse Stn

Monday  c. 1:30 am to c. 4:30 am, N10 Downtown/ Richmond – Brighouse Stn
c. 6:25 am to 7:25 pm, C92 Bridgeport/Airport South

The C92 stops by the hotel on its way out (Stop #58061, on Russ Baker Way) from Bridgeport (Canada Line) Skytrain station to Airport South, and again on its way back (Stop #58058, on Miller Road). Contact Transit at 604-953-3333 and reference these stop #s to get precise service details.
The N10 Night Bus between downtown Vancouver and Richmond center also stops right by the hotel, at the same stops It makes 6 trips each way, half-hourly, late every night. The first 3 trips each way make a side run to the Vancouver Airport and Bridgeport Skytrain station. The bus winds up stopping by the hotel at least twice each way on these trips.

More travel info to VCON here

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Routes not to take to VCON

As per also here and here, Jim McPherson will be signing copies of "Nuclear Dragons" at this year’s VCON. The big event takes place on Friday, 4 October 2013, starting at 7 p.m.

Free entry for the book signing event Friday evening. Vendor’s Room is open to the public all weekend, 4-6 Oct. Website is here.

Two pirate women, artwork by Melissa Mary Duncan, 2013

Image Courtesy of Melissa Mary Duncan www.melissaduncan.ca. Melissa is one of VCON38’s attending artists. We invite you to join her in the art gallery on Saturday (5 October 2013) to watch her at work and enjoy her process.

Event address: Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel, 3500 Cessna Drive, Richmond, BC. Important information follows.

Note #5 in particular. Evidently cosplay (which apparently is a word; a portmanteau, no less) has a drawback. Folks get caught up in character so random acts of piracy may be expected.

ROUTES to NOT TAKE:

1) DO NOT ATTEMPT to walk to Templeton Skytrain station.  It is a very dangerous route across marshy land and strangely looped roads, the nearest station side is blocked off, and Skytrain service does not run past 1:00 a.m.

2) DO NOT CROSS Sea Island Way or Bridgeport Road, except at the lighted intersections at No. 3 Road.  There is a very tempting disused railway crossing at the east (Richmond) end of each bridge. However, traffic is very fast, very frequent, and knows it has the right of way. Sea Island Way is extremely bad: the one-way traffic is coming fast over the hump of the Moray Channel Bridge, and WILL NOT SEE YOU IN TIME.  Traffic on Bridgeport Road is one-way toward Airport Connector Bridge, and has long clear sightlines, but the crossing is still not legal and still not recommenced.

3) DO NOT ATTEMPT to use the north side of Sea Island Way AT ALL, unless you work in the hut at the west end.of the Moray Channel Bridge.  There is a crosswalk on the north side of the bridge, but it is marked “closed”, and strongly fenced off at both ends..Only bridge service staff are allowed to use it, and only when they’re actually turning aside the center of the bridge to let tall river traffic through.

4) DO NOT use the bridge at Bridgeport Road (Airport Connector Bridge) to get to the hotel,. Cars must go this way, but it is a longer route among the tangled roads.  If you use this bridge by mistake, there is a bicycle path, west of the bridge, that leads back under the bridges’ ends and connects up right across from the hotel..  It has “subject to flooding” warning signage on it..  Hope it is not a very high tide!.

5) (For over-enthusiastic pirates) If the Moray Channel Bridge crossing is held up for a passing tall ship, DO NOT ATTEMPT to board said ship.  It will not let you off anywhere you actually want to go, and your outfit and gear will be ruined in the process.

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